Today’s Headlines

  • Metro Buys Union Station (LAT)
  • Angelenos Are Lazy.  Let’s Paint Some Bike Lanes (LAT, The Source)
  • Bev. Hills Council Woman Thinks They’re Playing Too Nice on Subway (Curbed)
  • City Council Votes on $1 Million for Streetcar Design Later This Morning (Blog Downtown)
  • LA Weekly Dumps on Villaraigosa, 30/10
  • Bike/Ped. Count Results Announced in Glendale (LACBC Blog)
  • It’s Going to Be a Secret Ballot on “Wilbur Road Diet” at NC Meeting (Safe Streets Northridge)
  • More on Expo, Phase I 86% Complete (LA_Now)

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Joe

    Were those left turn lanes to the right of the protected bike lane? Won’t that set up cyclists for a left hook?

  • Joe,

    According to the presentation at Silverado Park last Saturday, Bikes and cars will have separate signals to reduce the risk of problems with left turns. Bikes going straight will get to go first, and will generally have the right-of-way.

    Consider that pedestrians walking across the street in the cross-walk are to the left of the turning lane, currently, and cars need to yield to pedestrians. This will be similar, but actually better, due to improved visibility (no parked cars next to the left turn lane) and separate bike signals.

    I will be using this route as part of my bike commute to work, temporarily, in late March and early April, so I hope it will be finished by then for me to try out.

  • California’s Ralph M. Brown Act (http://www.brownact.4t.com/), the law that guarantees open and transparent meetings of our city council, commissions and neighborhood councils, expressly forbids secret ballots.

    Secret meetings and secret ballots a violation of the law.

    “California Government Code Section 54953(c) No legislative body shall take action by secret ballot, whether preliminary or final.”

    The battle over the right to participate in our city government has seen cyclists challenging the DWP Commission (and winning) the LADOT (and winning) the Police Commission (and winning) and City Hall (and winning) by invoking the Brown Act to ensure that the people of LA have the right to participate in open and transparent meetings.

    We shouldn’t have to fight so hard to invoke CA State Law, especially one that is almost 60 years old.

    That being said, let’s take every opportunity to remind those who serve us:

    “It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”

  • Heh. The “Word on the Street” makes a lot more sense in context.

    “Secret ballots” are how most democratic elections are held…

  • Stephen Box

    “Secret ballots” are how most democratic elections are held…

    “Open meetings” are how most democratic legislative bodies conduct their business.

    The rights of an individual are different than the obligations of the legislative body.