ONE BIG THING: SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO HOLLYWOOD
Bike, bus, or pedestrian safety improvements are coming to Hollywood, but only if we make our voices heard! This month, the Department of Transportation is starting outreach for new safety upgrades for a 2-mile stretch of Hollywood Blvd from Gower St to Lyman Pl in Hollywood and East Hollywood.
The upgrades will include various elements of the Vision Zero Safety Toolkit, which has been proven across the city to save lives and improve how people get around – whether they’re walking, biking, taking transit, or driving.
But first, the community needs to provide input. Please take this short survey to make your opinions heard in this process – because we need to be ambitious if we’re gonna make our streets safer and give people more options for how to get around.
Why it Matters
Traffic violence is the #1 killer of children in our city. Between 2010 and 2019, 53 people were killed or severely injured just along this 2-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard.
These safety improvements will benefit the whole community – especially the working-class families who rely on walking, biking and public transportation to get around in their day to day lives.
The outreach and feedback phase will continue until this winter, when the designs will be finalized. Implementation should be ready to begin early next year!
In the meantime, we’re looking forward to also working on some much-needed improvements to the rest of Hollywood Blvd to build a safe and thriving corridor. Stay tuned for more exciting updates about Hollywood Blvd!
One More Quick Hit!
New Legislation to Cut Red Tape for Building Affordable Housing on Public Land
For years in LA, affordable housing projects on public land have been forced to jump through way more hoops than private developments. This week, we introduced a motion with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to finally change that.
Public land has special zoning called “Public Facilities Zones.” And because of our current laws, affordable housing is one of the hardest things to build in this type of zoning.
If we’re going to combat the housing crisis, we must build housing that essential workers can actually afford on underutilized public lots that the City already owns, and this motion puts us on track to make that vision a reality.