Open Thread: The First 101 Days of Mayor Garcetti

Garcetti layed out his own transportation agenda in our interview series during the primaries.

With much fanfare from the mainstream press, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first 100 days in office have come and gone. Polls show the mayor has pretty outstanding approval numbers as he’s earned praise for a quiet and steady leadership style.

Things haven’t been as smooth on the transportation front. The much-hyped redesign of the Hyperion-Glendale Series of Bridges has become trench warfare for the Mayor and Council Members that appeared in the flowery video promoting the project. The debacle of the repainting of the Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane drifted into the absurd when it took the city over two weeks to begin painting the lane after water blasting it. Meanwhile, the city’s next signature bicycling project: the My Figueroa! streetscape project in South Park is being challenged by the local City Council Member and millionaire car shop owner, both of whom claim they aren’t fighting it.

By contrast, the new road diet on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock seems to be working well for all commuters (check out these pictures uploaded by Bike SGV’s Wesley Reutimann.) CicLAvia adds at least one more Sunday to the mix next year. The newly launched “Performance” website does put useful data in an easily accessible format. I just hope they continue to add datasets and not just update the ones they already have.

As for our own “First 100 Days” suggestions, the Mayor goes 2.5 for 5.

He kept the stars from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s transportation team, although we don’t know if LADOT General Manager Jaime De La Vega is staying for the long-term, and made solid picks to the Planning Commission and Metro Board of Directors. He definitely is still riding transit to work time and again. The implementation of the road diet in Eagle Rock, despite some heated local opposition is a good sign, even if his overall record on promoting bicycling is somewhat mixed.

On the minus side, he hasn’t made a bold statement on either transit or pedestrian improvements to create a vision for his next term. With a mixed record on bike issues, Garcetti has yet to offer any real vision on transportation. And whether you liked his predecessor or not, you have to admit the man had vision.

Rather than give ideas for his next 100 days, we’re going to leave it to you to outline what Garcetti should do next. Leave your thoughts on the last 100, and next 100, days in the comments section.

  • Mike

    Well on what may be the cities most important issue — fixing the noisy manhole cover at 29th and Vineyard Ave — Mayor Garcetti has accomplished 0%. ;-)

  • brianmojo

    Any news on when they plan on finishing the Spring St. bike lane south of 4th? It’s still just wiped out, paved over and basically non-existent. The lane north of there at least has solid lines.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, try tweeting this to @EricGarcetti with #LAMayor.

  • Anonymous

    Eric Garcetti’s first quarter in office from a livable streets perspective? It sounds like someone saying this, “Here, have another CicLAvia and get out of my face.”

    From the Glendale-Hyperion bridge designed as a freeway, Spring Street green bike lanes turned into a proving ground for production company pull in city hall, to the stalling of MyFigueroa Garcetti’s dropped the ball.

    He needs to have his nipples twisted because he’s all out alignment (ha ha a bicycle maintenance joke).

  • Anonymous

    What should Garcetti do next?

    Immediately turn to the controller and ask Ron Galperin to find out where LA makes the most money on property and sales taxes and find out how to help those districts thrive and grow.

    Next, turn to the Public Works Department and the LADWP and develop a program to get homeowners in economically unproductive suburban sprawl neighborhoods (or geographically odd places, and generally anywhere that it costs an inordinate amount of city funds to maintain the status quo lifestyle) to help households transition to a life free of an LADWP bill and paved roads – basically training people to be cut free from the grid and maintain a high quality of life. Not the same quality of life, but an equally high quality of life without the expensive roads, sewers, and constant electrical grid hook ups.

    No more bonds, no more borrowing, I would push through a sidewalk repair fee when a property changes hands, with some city subsidy to help poor people selling their first home (or whatever).

    No more corporate welfare at train stations – no more TIF, no more 0% development loans, no more unproductive train platforms. When the city is getting a station put in that land shout rocket up in value and the increased property taxes should cover long term maintenance on that area in perpetuity.

    Parking fees in commercial districts need to be diverted to any existing BIDs in the districts generating revenue.

    Survey school kids to develop maps of where and what makes their walk to and from school suck – unsafe crosswalks, etc.

    Use the mayor’s budget survey to perform a thorough quality of life study to measure social capital and happiness – and focus on getting those numbers up year upon year.


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