Both CD5 Council Candidates Oppose Pico-Olympic Plan

I may not be thrilled with the reasoning, but each of the last two evenings one of the two finalists for the Fifth District City Council race attended one of the LADOT’s open meetings and voiced opposition to the project in it’s current form.

Reporting on last night’s meeting, Ted Rogers, of BikinginLA fame writes of candidate David Vahedi:

As for Vahedi, he said that he absolutely opposed the project in its
present form, and pointed out that he had filed the suit that initially
halted the project. He said that he would support the elimination of
on-street parking, which could add as much as 25% additional capacity
during rush hour, but only after the city builds off-street parking
facilities to compensate for the loss of parking spaces and prevent
spill-over into the surrounding neighborhoods. And he noted that he and
his family would be personally affected by this plan, as both he and
his father live in the area bounded by Pico and Olympic.

An evening earlier I ran into Paul Koretz, Vahedi’s opponent, who gave me a similar statement:

"I thought from Day 1 that removing parking without plans for an
adequate alternative was a disaster…it make so little sense; I can’t
believe it’s still being considered."

Assuming that Bill Rosendahl is still opposed to the plan, and the changes that were made don’t address his concerns; you have to wonder about the politics of Pico-Olympic.  If both of the City Councilmen for the reasons effected oppose the project, and comments at public hearings close to 100% against; why exactly is this plan still being pushed?  Who is the Mayor’s constituency in pushing this plan besides Santa Monica residents who "deserve" congestion relief on their trips downtown?

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

City/Locals Clash on Pico-Olympic Plan

|
Could there be a better illustration of the divide between the DOT and the community? As I sat and watched angry/scared locals from along the Pico-Olympic corridors testify against the Mayor’s Pico-Olympic plan, I suddenly felt bad for LADOT Transportation Engineer Ken Husting. Basically, it shouldn’t have been this way. The residents and business owners […]

Koretz and Vahedi Debate Transportation and More at UCLA

|
Since Ted Rogers has done a better job covering the CD5 Council Race than I anyway, I thought why not make it official. For the rest of his coverage, check out Biking in LA. Call it the once and future debate. This past Monday night, David Vahedi and Paul Koretz — the candidates running to replace […]

Judge Slams, Stalls Pico-Olympic Plan

|
Maybe it’s not such a "done-deal" after all. Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Jack Weiss, the two elected proponents of speeding up traffic on Pico and Olympic Boulevards at the expense of local businesses and non-motorized travel, were dealt a setback yesterday when a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled that the city needs to […]