Category: Transportation

GHNNC Street Repair Blitz

The Neighborhood Council Initiative (known to us as the Street Blitz), run by the Bureau of Street Services (BSS), will be in Granada Hills North real soon.  Our area will be assigned a two-person crew on a hot asphalt truck for one day to patch street potholes, pop-outs, small eroded or cracked areas, and do minor curb and sidewalk patching.  The crew is not equipped to handle tree roots that have damaged the street, or are they able to do any major repair for uplifted sidewalks.

Up to 15 locations will be inspected, so we’re looking for the worst spots that can be patched.  Depending on the conditions and amount of asphalt required, not all identified locations will get fixed during the blitz.  Remember, you can always report troublesome locations via 3-1-1. We’re asking for your help in preparing that list for submission to BSS. Since this is based on Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council boundaries, the locations MUST be north of the 118 freeway, west of the 405 freeway, and east of Aliso Canyon, up to the County line.

Please make your submission no later than July 12. Include the type of repair (pothole, pop-out, depression, minor lifted sidewalk, etc.), the address (preferred) or intersection, and which side of the street (north bound, east side, etc.). The more info you can provide, the less time spent by BSS trying to find the location. Remember, potholes and minor repairs only. Tree root damage is out, as are streets and sidewalks that require more extensive repairs.

Send your request to [email protected].

Senator Hertzberg Calls on Metro to Amend its Expenditure Plan, Include Project for CSUN

The $120 billion plan for LA County transportation improvements over the next 50 years provides no guarantees for state’s largest CSU campus

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued a call today to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan (Metro) Board to consider amending its expenditure plan for a proposed sales tax measure scheduled to be placed on the November ballot and include specific projects benefiting
CSUN.

The board is scheduled to vote on June 23rd on the plan and placing the tax measure on the ballot. If approved by voters, the sales tax increase would provide an estimated $120 billion over the next 50 years to fund transportation infrastructure improvements throughout the county.
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Metro Unveils Ballot Proposal to Transform LA Transit

Metro released the details of a proposed measure for the November 2016 ballot that aims to raise as much as $120 billion for new highway and transit projects in LA County. The spending plan includes improvements to existing infrastructure and programs to facilitate active transportation, including bicycling and walking paths to be built over the next four decades.
According to Metro, the potential ballot measure would ask voters to increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent for 40 years and to continue an existing tax (Measure R) for an extra 18 years, meaning both would potentially run through 2057.
Metro Board Director Paul Krekorian, who has pushed for major improvements in the San Fernando Valley, including upgrades to the Orange Line, new bus routes and increased efficiency throughout the system, called the plan a “golden opportunity to transform transportation for the Valley.”
“The San Fernando Valley has waited far too long for its fair share of transportation investment, and now we are on track to getting it,” said Krekorian. “Metro’s staff proposal shows that the past two years of hard work by Valley leaders, community advocates and business groups in preparation for a new transit ballot measure is paying off. Because we have always insisted that any measure must include the Valley’s top transit priorities, all of these projects are on the list to get funded and built quickly. This proposal gives the Valley a golden opportunity to transform its transportation network and relieve congestion, and we should seize it.
“As these recommendations move forward, I will continue to fight for these priorities and also push for more investment and additional projects to better connect all parts of the Valley.”
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2nd San Fernando Valley Transportation Summit

The 2nd Valley Transportation Summit is being held at CSUN on March 3rd will be an opportunity to continue the dialogue concerning transportation-related challenges and opportunities facing the San Fernando Valley. Please note the RSVP deadline of February 26th.  You may RSVP online via Eventbrite, linked here.

City Aims to Cut Annual Traffic Deaths by 200

More than 200 people die on LA streets each year, and most of those deaths happen on just six percent of streets.

Sitting at a desk in the middle of a Boyle Heights street, Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed an executive directive aimed at cutting traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2025.

The directive calls for reaching the goal, dubbed “Vision Zero,” by creating safer streets, enforcing traffic laws and conducting more public education.

The mayoral action sets up a steering committee consisting of mayoral, police, fire, public works and county public health staff that will target areas most in need of safety upgrades. Those officials are to report back on Dec. 1 with suggestions for cutting traffic fatalities 20 percent by 2017. Read more »

New Intersection Improvements for Balboa Blvd. & San Fernando Rd

From Councilmember Mitchell Englander:

This Monday, I join the Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Transportation to cut the ribbon on several new improvements to the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and San Fernando Road. Improvements to the intersection include the constructed two left turn lanes, a new dedicated lane for traffic heading south onto Balboa Blvd. and a new street light and traffic signal.

In 2007, we identified several projects along this Balboa Blvd corridor as being critical to mobility in Council District 12. The stretch of Balboa Boulevard between the 118 Freeway and Foothill Blvd is one of the most congested in the Valley during peak hours, with over 20,000 commuters passing through it daily.

This intersection serves as an alternative for commuters traveling to and from the Santa Clarita Valley, but we feel increased impacts when there is an incident on the freeway, or during long periods of heavy freeway construction.

Thank you to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering and Department of Transportation for helping to make these improvements a reality. These improvements will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of local residents.

Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District