What, you didn't know there was an election today? Well, not all of Los Angeles has the chance to vote, just those in the 26th District where a group of candidates are vying to replace Mark Ridley-Thomas who is now sits on the County Board of Supervisors. While Assemblyman Curren Price is considered to be the front runner, before heading to the voting booth head over to BikinginLA where statements of three of the candidates are collected. If you don't have time to read the full statements by Price, Rabbi Nachum Shifren, and Saundra Davis, I have a summary of each below.
Saundra Davis - Mrs. Davis is very supportive of bike riders’ issues...Of course if there are specific issues you would like to address or if there are suggestions that you wish to apprise Mrs. Davis of, it would be helpful to hear from you. Mrs. Davis would love to know what those concerns are and what ideas you have that would address the issues.
Assemblyman Curren Price - However, this is only half of the battle. Whether one cycles for business, for pleasure or for the environment, cyclists and, more correctly, support for cyclists plays a crucial role in creating a more livable 26th Senate District. Improvements and expansion of Class One Bikeways via increased public/private partnership funding and incentives for those who build bike-friendly developments supported by ancillary City street improvements are among the priorities I would have in developing a cycling/environmental agenda. A continuous Class One Bikeway along the Exposition Light Rail Line which extends through the 26th District is another.
Rabbi Nachum Shiren - Let me speak frankly: I am angry at the abuse and peril thrown at cyclists, some of our best citizens. We need to make more cycling accessible , not limit or obstruct it! The traffic has become unbearable. Not one of the politicians supports augmenting bike lanes or developing new ones. I will, to the best of my ability upon election, commit to this endeavor.
I will never capitulate to the automobile!
Just a quick reminder that I am still putting together a survey for the remaining candidates for 5th District City Council and City Attorney. Anyone that has a question they would like to see answered should leave a note in the comments section.