Today’s Headlines

  • Sen. Mendoza Wants To Add Two Metro Boardmembers vs Pro-Westside Bias (SGV Tribune)
  • Second Units And L.A.’s Broken Zoning Codes (Planning Report)
  • Hey Drivers, Don’t Honk At Bicyclists (LAT)
  • How Parking Will Work At New Expo Line Phase 2 Stations (The Source)
  • Carnage: Driver Killed In Crash On 105 Freeway In South L.A. (CBS)
    …Driver Dead From Car vs Utility Pole Crash In WeHo (LAT)
    …Four People Hospitalized After Crashes Into Torrance Gym (LAT)
  • Metro Emphasizing Safety On Expo Line Phase 2 (KPCC)
  • What Griffith Park’s Perfect Quiet Car-Free Roads Would Be Like With Car Traffic (CiclaValley)
  • Teen Snapchat Selfie At 100+ MPH Collides, Lucky To Be Alive (KTLA5)
  • Hypocrisy: Everyone Wants To Be Last To Move Into Their Perfect Neighborhood (OC Housing)
Open street festival this Sunday in Downey
Open street festival this Sunday in Downey

Calendar Extra: This Sunday 5/1 – The City of Downey hosts its very first “Ride & Stride” free open streets festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 5.5-mile route is easily accessible from the Metro Green Line Lakewood Boulevard Station. There are all kinds of fun features: Kidslavia, Funtopia, fitness, art, foodie fest, and the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Event details at Downey Ride & Stride website.

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  • The piece in “Planning Report” takes the typical anti-density position. It’s actually really cool that the State passed a law requiring cities to allow second dwelling units. The reality is, cities have a lot of power to pass regulations that can go so far as to essentially make the state requirement meaningless. LA’s old rules as represented by that op-ed (max 640 sqft, not allowed in hillside areas, not allowed to be visible from street) actually seem not that bad, and assuming there aren’t any other rules that complicate it further (which is probably not the case), those rules could open the door for a significant amount of new housing in the City.

    The neat thing about second units is that you can design them in a way that doesn’t even change the look of a suburban neighborhood. Of course, if we opened the door to that too wide we might face devastating consequences like having to deal with a few more cars on the street. God forbid we live in a city where cars struggle to find adequate housing . . .