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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Group Makes Push to Include Sidewalk Repairs in $3-Billion Street Repair Bond

One city sidewalk in major need of repair. (Photo by: Judy Graeme via LA Observed.)

As Los Angeles prepares to vote on a $3-billion street repair bond measure in November, Los Angeles Walks, a pedestrian-advocacy organization, has set out to secure some of the funding to repair sidewalks.

Though the proposed bond measure would only fix the worst of the cities streets, Councilman Joe Buscaino said he is “open to drafting a revised bond measure with public input” to address sidewalk repairs as well.

As of 2012, Los Angeles had an estimated 4,600 miles of bad sidewalks, many of them buckled to a level of danger to pedestrians, and others uprooted by trees, while many have just not been maintained in decades, a Bureau of Streets report found.

The report also found that repairs of the city’s worst sidewalks would cost nearly $1.5 billion. But to date, the city doesn’t even have a comprehensive list of damaged sidewalks — officials have said such a list would cost nearly $10 million to create.

Los Angeles faces nearly 2,500 trip-and-fall legal claims each year, but to date, city officials have no current plan to fix sidewalks.

Buscaino is not opposed to changing that, he said.

“I’m open to drafting the bond measure with public input, and in a way that gives it the best chance of passing,” he said. “I’m anxious to hear if residents across the city are willing to put in the sidewalk issue.”

He also added in an interview that he is open to assessment districts, which would make the bond a citywide initiative allowing neighborhoods to vote on whether to add repair costs to property taxes.

The current $3-billion bond measure will be paid for by a mix of sources, officials have said, including a property tax or borrowing against future sales or gas tax revenues.

This additional revenue would then be used to not only resurface, but repair and rebuild the city’s broken streets. Officials have said that between 2005 and 2013, the estimated cost to repair the worst roads doubled from $1.5 billion to $3 billion. Adding that if the city does not act now, the cost will double again in the next decade.

Los Angeles Walks and many of the cities pedestrians hope that Buscaino will be a leader on the council, and support language that would allow residents to vote on adding sidewalk repairs into the $3-billion street repair bond measure.

The proposal is due back before the City Council in October.

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