CEQA, the Expo Line, and High Speed Rail -
The California Economic Summit website has a roundup of some effects of CEQA on important rail projects for LA & the California (and we quote):
Great LA Times Op-Ed on L.A.'s Deficit of Civic Consciousness -
This Los Angeles Times op-ed by Harold Meyerson addresses an important deeper issue that speaks to one of the reasons we’re in the gridlocked mess we are in Los Angeles. Here at Angelenos Against Gridlock we’ve seen what we’d term a pretty big failure by those you might expect to be civic elites to actually be involved in the local issues around them. And our cities and region suffer mightily for it.
Good for Harold Meyerson for calling out this problem. Now we just need some arm twisting by this generation’s equivalent of Dorothy Chandler to get more people to step up to the plate and meet their responsibilities to be involved. The question is, who will take that role?
The face of public transit? The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, rode the bus instead of a limo.
With all of the questions about whether the future LAX airport rail connections will be done right, it’s worth noting that the International Air Rail Organisation is hosting its 21st conference next month. We certainly hope Metro & LAX leaders will be well represented among the attendance, to be reminded how things are done right in other cities around the world.
Air//Rail 2013 Conference:
Angelenos Against Gridlock is thrilled Metro is launching a bike safety campaign. You can read more about it here.
Let’s face it: the state of bike safety in Los Angeles County has been pretty abysmal. “I’ve been hit and had my bike ‘totaled’ multiple times,” said David Murphy, President of Angelenos Against Gridlock. “I feel lucky to be alive. Bike safety issues are not some abstract low-priority issue. It’s incredibly important we make the Los Angeles region safer for residents and commuters on bikes.”
When meeting with Metro bike staff in the past, one of the things we encouraged them to do was to use Metro buses for an ad campaign for bike safety, just like Santa Monica Big Blue Bus had done, and which we believe Metro had been considering. We’re thrilled that they’re doing so.
Don't Miss Our Updates at Faster405.com, too! -
Have you visited our Faster 405 Campaign website lately? Be sure to check Faster405.com frequently for our updates about the latest on the delays on the 405 construction project.
Lest we forget how far we have to go: here’s Tokyo’s subway map. LA’s just a little bit behind.
Link: California Bike Coalition Sets Ambitious Reform Agenda for 2013 -
(Click the headline to read more on Streetsblog LA.)
The Santa Monica Chamber’s excellent Santa Monica State of the City event is going on now. Angelenos Against Gridlock is proud to have moved our offices to Santa Monica last month, and we appreciate Its bike and transit friendliness. (And yes, that’s our own president, David Murphy pictured in the blue shirt on the slide, giving the thumbs up biking to the Santa Monica Bike Center’s grand opening!)
Don't Dismiss the Merits of Connecting the 710 -
The Alternatives Analysis for the 710 has been released, and while we’re all for greater transit connections all across the region, we also think it’s a damn shame the 710 is cut off from itself so abruptly. Despite the controversy finishing the connection deserves consideration.