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.

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