Help Edit the Streetsblog Questionaire for CD5 City Council Candidates

4_14_09_vahedi.jpg4_14_09_koretz_jewish_journal.jpgPhoto of Vahedi from Campaign.  Photo of Koretz via Jewish Journal

By the time the runoff election for City Attorney and 5th District City Council are held next month, Paul Koretz and David Vahedi may be the most well vetted City Council candidates, when it comes to transportation, in the history of L.A. politics.

The Bottleneck Blog asked all six of the original candidates their views on the Expo Line and development in more general terms.  Biking in LA asked all the candidates about bike issues.  Vahedi responded.  Koretz didn’t.  We also know how they both feel about the city’s Pico-Olympic plan: they hate it.  On top of that, the Bruins for Traffic Relief are hosting a forum next week focusing solely on transportation issues for the candidates.

That being said, here at Streetsblog we’re going to do our part to get you the information you need before election day.  Below are my draft questions for the candidates, feel free to comment:

1. We know that you are opposed to the city’s Pico-Olympic plan for traffic relief because of parking concerns.  What would you like to see the city do to improve east-west mobility in the short and long term?

2. The city ran into a public relations firestorm after it raised the cost of on-street parking after little public notice and without building any public support.  What role do you see parking reform taking in providing a long-term solution to the city’s transportation policy and funding?

3. DASH Service is in for drastic cuts and fare hikes in the coming years.  What, if anything, do you think the city should do to avert these cuts?

4. This year is shaping up to be a particularly deadly one for pedestrians in Los Angeles.  What can the City Council do to reduce or eliminate pedestrian crashes and fatalities?

5. If you could waive a magic wand and change one thing about transportation in and around the City of Los Angeles, what would it be?

Because we’re so late in the election cycle, I’m hoping to turn around the questionaire and get it to the campaigns by Thursday evening so get your comments in quickly. 

Incidently, there has been no word back yet from either of the City Attorney Candidates.

  • I’d like to know what they think the city can do to reduce the tension between cyclists and drivers, as exemplified by last year’s incident in Mandeville Canyon, and what can be done to encourage more drivers — including many Metro drivers — to share the road safely with all users.

    Also, the focus of most, if not all, of the traffic plans currently under consideration, such as the Pico/Olympic plan, is on increasing capacity and improving traffic flow. Yet many experts seem to feel the solution to today’s traffic problems lies in reducing the total number of cars on the streets. How do they envision moving L.A. from it’s current auto-centric focus to a more balanced traffic system that places equal emphasis on alternative transportation?

    Finally, many of the traffic problems in Los Angeles stem from a lack of police on the streets to enforce existing traffic laws — many drivers seem to feel free to do anything they want, at any time and in any situation, simply because there is no police presence to prevent it. How can we improve traffic enforcement without negatively impacting current crime reduction efforts?