Portraits in Courage: Paul Koretz Edition

Still from a ##https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir1faPsFRzE&feature=youtube_gdata_player##Question and Answer## session with the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.
Paul Koretz isn’t known for always making good decisions. Here he grabs a sombrero and bandana to answer questions because he was in a Mexican restaurant. Still from a ##https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir1faPsFRzE&feature=youtube_gdata_player##Question and Answer## session with the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.

There’s been a lot of controversy about Paul Koretz’ decision to pull the plug on a study of a floating bike lane for Westwood Boulevard, even though he had previously promised a full study before making a decision. Now, via the Daily Bruin we have an explanation for his decision.

“I looked at the issue and heard a firestorm of opposition from the community,” Koretz said. “I decided at the end of the day that regardless of what the study reported, it would be unlikely that I would support it.”

I can’t help but wonder what other decisions the Councilmember might make if there were enough community opposition before having all of the facts. Selling out the safety of cyclists along a particularly dangerous stretch of road was easy enough. If you have any ideas on where the ceiling is for Koretz caving, please let us know in the comments section.

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