Next Week, In Livable Streets News

1_6_10_hirsch.jpgMagos went to the hospital, now his attacker may go to court.  Photo: Ross Hirsch

Next week promises to be a very busy one for Streetsblog, and since I’m going to be tied up today finishing the arrangements for the fundraiser, I thought I’d give you a preview of some of the stories we’re working on.

As you may have heard, the City Attorney has decided to press charges against the woman believed to have hospitalized cyclist Ed Magos with her porsche and then fled the scene.  There’s got to be more to the story, and we’ll track down what’s going on.  Also, "People v Glenn Gritzner" kicks off next Tueday, and there’s sure to be more courtroom drama there.

Wednesday, the City Council Transportation Committee meets for the first time in a month.  Will LADOT have an update on the Mt. Olympus’ community’s effort to do their own traffic calming?  What about those speed limit increases?  And Bike Corrals?  If that’s not enough, activists also expect an update on the Wilshire BRT project.  But of course the most pressing question is, "Will Chairman Rosenahl be able to convince two other Council Members to show up on time?"

Back in March, the Governor and legislature agreed to a "compromise" on the Gas Tax will restore hundreds of millions of dollars to transit agencies statewide.  How much is Metro getting, and what are they going to use it for?

Barbara Boxer is banking on the Stimulus to boost her re-election campaign.  We’ll look at whether or not, from a transportation standpoint, those dollars are being well spent.  We already know that more stimulus dollars are being spent to widen the I-405 than any other transportation project in the country.  How about everything else?

Last, a friend emailed me that her neighbor had contractors repave the road in front of her house without getting city permits.  How is that possible?  Is this a great DIY project, or an example of entitled home owners run amok?  If there were really no permits issued, we’ll have more on that as well.

If there’s something hot happening next week that I haven’t mentioned, please let me know here in the comments section, or at the Eco-Village.  Sammy-willing I’ll be in the Charlie Brown shirt again.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Streetsies 2010: It Was the Best of Times

|
If someone had told me a year ago that we would be celebrating a Bike Plan that the cycling community loved, that Metro would have already received some 30/10 money from the federal government and that the LAPD was being praised for its bike-friendly efforts at the end of the year I wouldn’t have thought […]

Cyclists, LAPD Working on “Bicycle Awareness Campaign”

|
Everyone who had a problem with the "Caution! Pass With Care" posters because they were "illegal" can rest assured that the next awareness campaign aimed at motorists, but designed by cyclists will be perfectly legal.  Of course, that the LAPD, along with the LACBC and "Midnight Ridazz," is sponsoring a contest to create the poster […]

When Is Enough, Enough?

|
As I worked on the daily “Today’s Headlines” roundup for this morning, there were three items I wanted to pull because they paint an ugly picture about what’s going on in our streets. Ed Magos is left bleeding in the street next to his mangled bicycle as Angelina Everett speeds off.  Emely Aleman and Angela […]

An Open Letter to the Cycling Community

|
Thanksgiving Day is only a week away and already I have been contemplating the many things I have to be thankful for.  Earlier this year, on January 6th, I was involved in a hit-and-run while cycling to work.  As I was being strapped to a stretcher and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, I was unaware […]