Today’s Headlines

  • Integrity Issues At Neighborhood Integrity? DiCaprio Did Not Endorse, Claims Scrubbed (Curbed)
    NII Quietly Funding No On Measure M Campaign (Curbed)
  • Crenshaw/LAX Line Tunnel Machine Breaks Through At Leimert Park (The SourceCurbed)
  • What Metro’s Long Range Plan Means For Communities (Investing in Place)
  • Measure M Claims 15% Traffic Reduction In 2057 (LAT)
    Lisa Schweitzer Expresses Reservations About Measure M
  • Metro Studying Increased Rail Service To Burbank-Glendale Areas (Urbanize)
  • Longtime LADOT Bike Coordinator Mowery To Move To Mayor’s Office (Biking in L.A.)
  • After Bike-Ped Crash, L.A. River Shared Path To Remain Shared (L.A. WeeklyCurbed)
    …Councilmember O’Farrell: Changes Will Be Coming To River Path (LAist)
    …Hopefully the Same Will Happen On Streets Where Car Crashes Cause Injuries/Deaths
  • LADOT LeapLA Blog: Introduction To L.A.’s Vision Zero Efforts
  • Mobility Plan Approves Network Of Protected Bike Lanes (USC Story Space)
  • Teachers Make Too Much For LAUSD Affordable Housing Built For Them (LAT)
  • Metro Celebrates New Freeway Park-and-Ride Parking Lot In Westlake Village (The Source)

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6 thoughts on Today’s Headlines

  1. Joe, thank you for posting the Lisa Schweitzer piece. It’s about the most sober, level headed thing I’ve read about these propositions this election season.

  2. Schweitzer’s description of Damien Goodman as “fabulous” is unsettling. The Crenshaw Subway Coalition, while it has had a good cause generally, has opposed at-grade light-rail along a street that is wider than almost any in Los Angeles, claiming adverse impacts on traffic and safety. By about any measure, they’ve been as interested in transit as the Cheviot Hills neighbors who took the Expo Line to the courts for years. And CSC has continued to dig in, recommending a “no” vote on Measure M, if for no other reason than out of spite, as a vote against funding for increases to the transit network will inherently make the currently under-construction Crenshaw/LAX line that much less useful.

    If we’re going to describe people like Goodman in terms as “fabulous,” we ought to be able to back that up with a justification. She reported that he made good points about Vermont BRT, and that’s valid and fair, but using a single project – however important – to speak out against a very large, countywide effort seems short-sighted and self-interested to the detriment of the greater good.

    Prof. Schweitzer has unfortunately generally taken the tack of extolling the things she dislikes about Metro, at the expense of a more reasoned, broad understanding of the decision-making that got the transit agency to this point, which could include, for instance, so much as even just a nod to the agency’s own point of view. Her perspective is invaluable, but it would sure be nice if she could lend as much legitimacy to a person like Stephanie Wiggins (who she only mentioned in passing, and who actually represented Metro at the same event) as she did Damien Goodman. Not doing so comes off as predisposition toward opposition.

  3. Her point about NII is good. If that passes, it will undercut Measure M significantly. We’re being forced to decide on M without being able to know if the land use side is going to work out in the biggest city in the county, which is unfortunate.

  4. Agreed. I found that to be an especially persuasive perspective. I also appreciate the implicit up side of both measures passing and how it could be boon the Blue Line corridor. Would that THAT were so.

  5. It’s also a bit of a red herring. So, we have NII now. And who’s to say that voters couldn’t try it again 5 years from now, when some Measure M projects might finally be coming to fruition? Or 10 years from now, when we’re seeing the real impact of Measure M in full force? Just because we have NII now doesn’t mean we might not in the future.

    Just look to Santa Monica for a perfect case-in-point, where Measure R, which was approved 8 years ago, funded the construction of the Expo Line to the pier, and in three weeks the city’s voters will be deciding on Measure LV, which would probably stop all construction taller than two stories.

  6. Well… you could make the argument in the reverse direction too. If NII passes then we’re going to need a shitload of transit investment because poor people aren’t going to be able to afford to live in much of the central city of L.A.

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