L.A. Council to Vote on Funding for Sidewalk Repairs
By City News Service
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday put off a request to spend $250,000 in a recycling account on sidewalk repairs on the city’s Eastside until Friday.
The funds would go toward repairs in Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar’s 14th Council District, which includes Boyle Heights and parts of downtown Los Angeles.
The “discretionary funds” would not fix all the broken sidewalks in the district, “but it will be something to address some of the most egregious sidewalks,” Huizar said.
Huizar said the city has scarce funds for the “huge problem.” It pays out an average $6 million per year to settle lawsuits filed by “people falling on the sidewalks.”
The city patches some damaged sidewalks with asphalt “so that it is not as dangerous,” but the conditions remain challenging for senior citizens and people in wheelchairs.
Huizar’s motion, to be taken up again Friday, asks his colleagues to approve the transfer of $250,000 from the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station Community Amenities Trust Fund to the Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services Fund.
City leaders are weighing options to pay for sidewalk repairs.
The city’s top budget adviser last week recommended asking Los Angeles voters to raise sales taxes by half a cent, which would raise about $4.5 billion to fix the city’s worst streets and sidewalks.
City Council members are also considering programs to share sidewalk repair costs with property owners.
Mayor Eric Garcetti recently brought attention to the sorry state of the city’s sidewalks by posting a parody video on his Twitter page that showed people dancing to the Pharrell Williams tune “Happy,” only to stumble over the city’s buckled sidewalks.Print This Post
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