Winnetka Surprised by Parking Restrictions
Winnetka Avenue southbound. Below photo is northbound. Photos provided by
The City has recently installed peak hour parking restrictions on Winnetka
between Vanowen Street and Victory Boulevard. Neither the residents nor the
Winnetka NC were ever informed about these restrictions prior to their
installation and stakeholders expressed concern at our April 2012 meeting.
Glenn Bailey, Vice-Chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee for the City of Los
Angeles has been following this construction project for well over a year,
anticipating that bicycle lanes would be installed upon completion of the bridge
widening. He hoped that the existing bicycle lanes would be extended from their
current terminus at Gault Street south to Victory Boulevard (or hopefully even
further south to the Pierce College entrance Brahma Drive). This would be in
compliance with the City's 2010 Bicycle Plan, which was adopted by the City
Council in March 2011. The plan designates Winnetka Avenue as part of the City's
backbone network between Ventura Boulevard to Devonshire Street.
However, the newly installed peak hour parking restrictions along Winnetka
Avenue between Vanowen and Victory have unnecessarily created a dangerous
condition for bicyclists along this stretch as the right lanes are too narrow to
be shared. They have also precluded the installation of the bicycle lanes. And
those parked were surprised by tow trucks.
On January 4, 2013 the
City Councilmembers Englander and Buscaino introduced a motion to put a $3
billion street repair bond on the May ballot. After hearing complaints from the
community about insufficient time for them to comment on the proposal, the
councilmen have withdrawn the proposal from the May ballot, but are working with
the community to seek feedback and add it to another future ballot.
The purpose of the bond is to fund 8,700 lane-miles of damaged streets over
the next ten years. The city is not currently budgeted for the estimated $300
million annual cost to fix 8,700 lane-miles of damaged streets. On the contrary,
the city budget for the current fiscal year is running a deficit and legislators
will be focused on closing an estimated $216 million budget gap for the fiscal
year that starts in July. A voter approved bond is seen as the only way to bring
streets up to speed in the next ten years. Hidden costs of not approving a bond
include reduced property values and increased car repair.
If the bond is approved, the first year’s cost is estimated to be an
additional $24 in property taxes by the owner of a $350,000 home. It would
increase to a peak of about $120 a year.
WNC Supports LAFD
Members of the WNC pose with firefighters at LAFD 104 bringing about $10,000 in equipment
supplied by the WNC, including storage racks, hedge trimmers, and
Village at Westfield Topanga
At our board meeting on June 14, 2011 we had a presentation
about the proposed Village at Westfield Topanga project by John Alderson, the
Development Director for the project. It is a mixed-use project to be located in
between Westfield Topanga and Westfield Promenade. The project will include
nearly 100 specialty shops and restaurants, a multi-story first class office
complex, a 275 room boutique hotel, and a multipurpose community center.
We discussed how to make the back wall of Costco more aesthetic for the
community. The developer said they would add architectural interest similar to
that at Crate & Barrel. When questioned about graffiti, they noted that they
stayed on top of it. Also, they plan to include bike paths, off the street that
are separate from pedestrian walkways. This will be a benefit to bicyclists, and
by bringing the bike paths a little closer to the stores, a benefit to the
information about the project is on the
At this meeting we also approved the details of our $40,500 budget and an
expenditure of $1,000 for new benches on Sherman Way.
Mobile Billboard Regulations In Winnetka
Mobile Billboard Advertising Display Task Force Hits the Streets
On December 17, 2010, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an
ordinance prohibiting mobile billboard advertising displays from parking on City
streets and public lands.
Mobile Billboard Advertising Displays (AB 2756, Blumenfield), a key piece of
state legislation sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, created Section 395.5 of
the Vehicle Code, which defines "mobile billboard advertising display" as an
advertising display that is attached to a wheeled, mobile, non-motorized vehicle
that carries, pulls or transports a sign or billboard and is for the primary
purpose of advertising. This bill also amended Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code
to give local authorities the ability to adopt rules/regulations by
ordinance/resolution to regulate mobile billboard advertising; this includes
establishing penalties that could authorize removal of the mobile billboard
advertising display. In addition, VC Section 22651 was amended to say that the
mobile billboard advertising display may be towed when left parked or standing
in violation of a local ordinance. Warning citations advising of the
consequences, including towing of the mobile billboard display, are sufficient
warning to the public.
The State law and City ordinance took effect January 1, 2011.
Councilman Zine created a task force in the Third District mobilizing his
community P.O.S.S.E. (People Organizing a Safe, Secure Environment) to help
enforce the law banning mobile billboard advertising trailers on city streets.
They worked with the Department of Transportation beginning January 1, 2011 to
issue the appropriate warnings and impose the available penalties to those who
did not comply. For non-compliance, the vehicle may be impounded and the owner
may be subject to misdemeanor penalties that range from $250 to $1000 and/or up
to six months in jail.
The week before January 1st, task force members hit the streets and inventoried
concentrated areas in CD3. On January 1st, some of those had been removed by
their owners; but of those that remained, LADOT issued warnings to 16 mobile
billboard advertising displays. When LADOT returned the following day, 5 more
had been removed by the owners and 8 were impounded. 1 additional display was
impounded on January 3rd.
To report a Mobile Billboard Advertising Display, call the DOT Parking
Enforcement Communications Division at 818-752-5100 or 213-485-4184. Immediately
Press "2" to report a parking violation. Please be ready to provide the trailer
license plate number and the street block location.
Our new board was sworn in at our October 2012 meeting by Congressman Howard Berman and
California Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield.
Plastic Bag Ban
The City of Los Angeles is proposing to adopt and implement an ordinance to
ban single-use plastic carryout bags, charge a fee on paper bags, and promote
the use of reusable bags at specified retailers in the City of Los Angeles. The
Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for review.
Significant Environmental Effects of Project: The analysis in the Draft EIR
concluded that the proposed project would not result in any significant adverse
impacts on the environment. However, it would result in beneficial impacts on
air quality, biological resources, and hydrology and water quality.
Public Review Period: The Draft EIR was available for public review from January
25, 2013 to March 11, 2013. Written comments were due no later than
March 11, 2013 to Karen Coca, Division Manager, Solid Resources Citywide
Recycling Division/Bureau of Sanitation, 1149 S. Broadway, 5th Floor, Mail Stop
944, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The Draft EIR is available for review
LA River Headwaters Project
The Los Angeles River Headwaters Project held a groundbreaking ceremony
on September 19, 2012 at Canoga Ave & Bassett St. in Canoga Park. The purpose of
the project is to add landscaping, interpretive signage, walking paths, and
seating areas along the north side of Bell Creek and the south side of Calabasas
Creek from Jordan to Owensmouth Avenues and along both sides of the Los Angeles
River from Owensmouth to Mason Avenues. The project also includes a maintenance
bridge across Browns Creek at its confluence with the Los Angeles River. The
project, located in the Canoga Park area of the City of Los Angeles, seeks to
revitalize approximately 1.25 miles of Flood Control District rights of way
along both sides of the Los Angeles River.
Read about this LA River Headwaters Project.
Read about the project scope for the Valley.
WNC Takes A Stand On Community Care Ordinance
At the June 2012 meeting the WNC discussed the Community Care Ordinance proposed
by Councilmember Englander. The WNC came out in support of the ordinance with
recommended changes to support effective group homes, but protect neighborhoods
Winnetka Median Complete
Councilman Zine's Office reported on May 18, 2012 about the Winnetka medians
that we have been diligently working on over the years: Continuing with
Councilman Zine's efforts to focus on core services in the district and through
a partnership with the Winnetka Neighborhood Council, the median improvements
along Sherman Way in Winnetka are now complete. The installation of a new
irrigation system along this stretch of Sherman Way will provide much needed
water to the plants and vegetation. We would like to thank the Bureau of Street
Services for completing the work. Councilman Zine would also like to thank the
Winnetka Neighborhood Council for their partnership.
The WNC would like to thank Councilman Zine!
Winnetka Fire Station 104 celebrated the 50th anniversary of its
groundbreaking on December 11, 2011 with a ceremony inviting back original
participant, Ruth Richter, Miss Winnetka 1961, shown in the current and original
Members of the WNC helped celebrate the 50th anniversary with several current
L.A. City and Fire Dept officials in the recreation of the 1961 photograph.
The Metro Orange Line Extension Project will
extend four miles from the Metro Orange Line Canoga Station to the Metrolink
Chatsworth Station. This dedicated busway will offer improvements to north-south
mobility in the western San Fernando Valley. The construction of the Metro
Orange Line Extension will offer faster travel time, improved bus connections,
and provide better access to destination throughout Los Angeles County.
Anticipated project completion is summer 2012.
The first order of business was for the Metro Contractor to build a new parking
lot at the north end of the Metrolink Chatsworth Station. Having completed that,
the Contractor will now utilize a portion of the south parking lot as a
construction staging area to store construction equipment and to perform
construction work along the alignment.
When: Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010 through the end of
construction summer 2012, a portion of the south parking lot will be used as a
staging area by the Metro Orange Line Extension Contractor.
What to expect:
Parking will be restricted at the South parking lot. Metrolink/Amtrak patrons
are encouraged to park in the North parking lot.
Access to pedestrians will be maintained outside the construction zone.
Access to emergency responders will be maintained.