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Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Reconnecting Los Angeles One Sidewalk at a Time

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has started the environmental review processfor the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project). The proposed Project would continue, amend and expand implementation of Safe Sidewalks LA over approximately 30 years to in order to make City pedestrian facilities compliant with applicable accessibility requirements. Existing sidewalks and walkways will be repaired or replaced under the proposed Project. Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed. The City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the efficient administration of the proposed Project and its objectives.

BOE has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Project and the anticipated scope of the EIR, are available for public review and comment. This phase in the environmental review process is called the “scoping period” (see figure below) and typically lasts 30 days. The scoping comment period for this proposed Project is 50 days.

Agency and public input during the scoping period will shape the scope and content of the analysis in the Draft EIR. Once completed, the Draft EIR will include the results of the technical studies the City conducted and be circulated for public and agency review and comment.

All interested parties are encouraged to visit sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process to learn more about the proposed Project and EIR process.

Also, to submit a comment, please do one of the following:

– Online
Submit comments online at: sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process. Please be sure to include your contact information.

– Email
Email shilpa.gupta@lacity.org with “SRP” as the subject. Please also include your name, a valid mailing address, and telephone number in the email so we may contact you if we have any questions regarding your comment. This information will also allow us to add you to our mailing list so you can learn when the Draft EIR becomes available.

– Mail
You can mail written comments to:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please be sure to submit your comment(s) by the end of the scoping period on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Safe Sidewalks LA

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The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone.

These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life. Sidewalk repairs are being made in front of city facilities and this next phase is an expansion of the repair program that will address broken sidewalks throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

*Access Request Program: People with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers due to broken sidewalks, broken/missing curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way can request a repair.

*Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs and get them fixed in an accelerated time. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot. The rebate program will be available for three years.

*Also, public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk request or for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to: sidewalks.lacity.org or call 3-1- 1.

Bureau of Street Services (BSS) Street Talk Newsletter

Street Services Blitz

BSS Street Talk Newsletter

The Bureau Supports Trojans
bss-1On Saturday, November 23rd the Bureau’s Investigation and Enforcement Division helped with the permitting of USC’s last home football game. Held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the USC Trojans beat Notre Dame during the rainy day. While the USC football season comes to an end at the Coliseum, the Division will still be present at permitted events near the college campus to ensure public safety and enforce permit requirements.

How Stump Removal Works
bss-2How are tree stumps removed from the ground?Before modern-day technology, street services would manually dig out the stumps from the ground with picks and shovels. While this was effective, it was time consuming and very labor intensive. Today, the Urban Forestry Division employs the use of the stump-removal ma-chine. This machine grinds stumps into small wood chips and turns the soil. The area is then ready for a new tree to be planted.

Keeping LA Clean and Green
With a fleet of over 1,700 pieces of equipment, the Bureau of Street Services provides quality street services in an effective and efficient manner. In collaboration with the General Services Department, the Bureau staff recently traveled to the Elgin Sweeper Company in Illinois to inspect the new street sweepers that will soon replace the old equipment. These new motor sweepers use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for power, reducing the need for fossil fuels. The Bureau continues to be the nation’s leader in sustainable practices for street sweeping with 135 CNG sweepers.

bss-3Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Bureau of Street Services has joined forces with Council District 11 and its community to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. On September 19th, construction for the Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project began. Funded by the Highway Safety Improvement program, the project will create a six foot wide sidewalk along Entrada Drive from Almafi Drive to Adelaide Drive. Not only will the project include a new sidewalk, but also new curb ramps, a retaining wall and crosswalks. These new designated pedestrian crossings will further enhance the area’s safety. The Bureau’s Special Projects and Engineering Divisions are proud to be involved in the process for creating these improvements in Council District 11.

LAPD & Bureau of Street Services

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LAPD & Bureau of Street Services Team Up!

To keep the Bureau on the cutting edge of pavement preservation, the Street Resurfacing Division performed quality control training at the LAPD Edward M. Davis Training Facility on August 3rd. Crews repaved LAPD’s training facility while learning how to operate state-of-the-art technology for profiling and paving. With machinery from Caterpillar Inc., the Bureau’s crews will now utilize new sensor technology that allows them to pave smoother streets. The Bureau is proud to invest in employee training as their refined skills will benefit Los Angeles drivers greatly.

Clean Streets LA Challenge

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Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings.We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

Clean Streets LA Challenge

Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, theCity Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings. We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

Open Invitation to Public Works Liaisons

Open Invitation to Public Works Liaisons

​​All Public Works Liaisons are invited to engage with and attend the following:

  • Board of Public Works ​to Visit LANCC – The Board of Public Works is discussing the Clean Streets Initiative at the next LANCC monthly meeting on November 7th @ 10am. Please visit LANCC’s website for meeting details​ by clicking here​: LANCC. We highly encourage all Public Works Liaisons​, NC Presidents/Chairs​, and active community clean-up organizers and volunteers​ to attend. ​
  • Prepare for El Niño – The Bureau of Sanitation recently shared a flyer listing some of the work they have done around the city to prepare for the upcoming rainy season, and they also took the time to list a few recommendations for Angelenos. Please click here for the flyer and share it with your Neighborhood Council and stakeholders​:
  • Regional El Niño Town Hall Meetings – The Emergency Management Department is convening a few departments to hold the Regional El Niño Town Hall Meetings at four locations across the city. Please plan on attending one of the meetings on behalf of your Neighborhood Council to learn how the city is preparing for the heavy rains. Please click here for ​the ​flyer and share it with your Neighborhood Council and stakeholders​.
  • Implementation Plan for Clean Streets Citywide Program– Help your Neighborhood Council monitor the Council File related to the Clean Streets Initiative by subscribing to the following Council File: 15-0600-S78. This would be an opportunity for the Neighborhood Council to submit a Community Impact Statement (CIS).
  • Appoint Your Public Works Liaison – As a reminder, if they haven’t done so already, please remind your Neighborhood Council ​P​resident or ​C​hair to appoint your NC Public Works Liaison and register them with EmpowerLA. If you have any questions ​please don’t hesitate to contact Octaviano Rios, Neighborhood Council Advocate, at (213) 978-1551.

Can Neighborhood Councils help attract businesses to their community?

Can Neighborhood Councils help attract businesses to their community?

YES! And if you attended last week’s Congress of Neighborhoods workshop entitled Attracting Good Businesses for Community Success and moderated by Dave Behar, Immediate Past President of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, you would have found out that you can help attract good businesses into your community and learn new tools to be more effective with economic development efforts. Attendees of the workshop heard from Elvina Beck, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council Board Member and Business Owner; Mitchell Harmatz, Harbor Area Planning Commissioner and Business Owner; David Roberts, Economic Development Director in the Office of Councilman Joe Buscaino; and Octaviano Rios, Neighborhood Council Advocate for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Octaviano had the opportunity to share with workshop attendees a few of the city resources available to them including working with the City Clerk’s Office to connect with or help develop a business improvement district; engaging with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Clean Streets Initiative and becoming a Neighborhood Council Public Works Liaison to bring resources to help clean up neighborhoods and make them more attractive for private investment; and getting acquainted with the City’s Office of Finance and the Economic & Workforce Development Department that offers a long menu of resources to help attract, grow, and retain business in the community. Panelists also touched on the value of relationship-building with elected offices, property owners, and retailers you are eyeing to bring into community; as well as suggesting that board members be well acquainted with the needs of their community and generally knowing their community’s underutilized real estate such as vacant commercial property. Neighborhood Councils have a passion for not only advocating for their community’s needs, but to collaborate with other Neighborhood Councils on various issues that later become alliances, and economic development seems to be another passion to help improve neighborhoods.

Bureau of Street Services’ Street Talk

Bureau of Street Services’ Street Talk

September 30, 2015: From the desk of Nazario Sauceda, Director of the Bureau of Street Services

BSS Continues Historic Pavement Preservation Programbss2

During one of the hottest summers on record in the history of Los Angeles, the Pavement Preservation Program reached a new milestone of approximately 1,000 lane miles completed from July 1st to September 30th. This total surpassed last year’s first quarter Summer Fiesta, and BSS continues to work at a record pace, laying down additional lane miles in preparation for the anticipated “El Nino” winter storms.

BSS Teams Up With the LA Dodgers!

On Sepbss3tember 13, 2015, BSS Investigators staffed the New Balance Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K Run and Kids Fun Run presented by your SoCal Honda Dealers, benefiting the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation that promotes Sports, Recreation, Education, Literacy, Health and Wellness for the residents of Los Angeles. The event included a 5k and 10k race and a scenic run through Elysian Park. BSS secured the routes and made sure the event went off without a hitch!

Exceptional Work Continues Despite Emergency Drought Plan

bss1On August 20th, 2010 the City of Los Angeles enacted the Emergency Water Conservation Plan (Ord. 181,288) placing restrictions on water use. The Bureau has been in compliance and since then, implemented design and installation of drought resistant plants in the funded construction of their landscaped median islands to help reduce water consumption. Currently, the Bureau is completing the construction of five new median islands totaling 5,047 square feet. The medians were designed using drought tolerant trees, plant material, and an irrigation system using sub surface irrigation design. The newly constructed medians have improved the aesthetic appearance of the corridor while enhancing the urban environment.

Pulling Weeds

Who amongbss4 us is excited about pulling weeds? Not many would raise their hands. Yet, we all can see what a huge difference eliminating weeds from our public right of way can make regarding the overall appearance of the infrastructure. Weed abatement is one of many back to basics services provided by BSS staff, which may not be noticed by the general public that nevertheless has a positive effect on our communities, making them cleaner, safer, and more livable. The pictures to the left were taken along Wilbur Avenue in the San Fernando Valley.

The Department of Public Works is the City’s third largest department and is responsible for the design, construction, renovation, operation, and/or maintenance of public facilities and infrastructure including: municipal buildings, water treatment facilities, streets, bridges, sidewalks, street lights, and the urban forest. To learn more about the Department of Public Works, visit www.bpw.lacity.org

LOS ANGELES WILL FINALLY FIX ITS SIDEWALKS!

LOS ANGELES WILL FINALLY FIX ITS SIDEWALKS!

For the first time in the history of Los Angeles, the City has made a commitment this week to establishing a sustainable, fair, long-term sidewalk repair policy by settling the Willits class action lawsuit. The City will invest $31 million per year for the next 30 years to fix our broken sidewalks!

“As chairman of the Public Works committee, I have been committed to finding solutions to fixing our streets and sidewalks since my first day on the Los Angeles City Council. The settlement of this lawsuit is a win for not only the mobility impaired, but for all Angelenos as it finally requires the city to fix its broken sidewalks. There are no losers here. I look forward to hearing from the public as we develop the details in the Public Works Committee on how residents can submit repair requests, which locations to prioritize and how quickly we can start the work,” said Councilman Buscaino. CONTINUE READING…

The basic terms of the settlement are as follows:

  • 30 year agreement
  • $31 million per year (in today’s dollars)
  • 15% cost escalator every 5 years to keep up with inflation
  • Will increase to $67 million per year in the final 5 years
  • Total: just over $1.3 billion
  • $5 million per year will be dedicated to curb ramps, and $26 million will be dedicated to sidewalks
  • 20% will go toward addressing specific requests made by disabled persons

Locations will be prioritized as follows:

1. City offices and facilities (parks, rec centers, libraries, police stations, etc)

2. Transportation corridors

3. Hospitals, medical facilities, assisted living facilities and similar

4. Places of public accommodation such as commercial and business zones

5. Facilities containing employers

6. Residential Neighborhoods

FAQ

1. How can residents report broken sidewalks?

Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app

2. How soon will my sidewalk be fixed?

The settlement requires repairs next to city-owned facilities first. It will take at least 2 years before that work is complete and we can move on to repairs of sidewalks adjacent to private property

3. How can I see where my request is on the list?

There is no list of individual locations, only general direction on what types of locations get priority over what. The Budget & Finance and Public Works Committees will hold hearings in the coming months to solicit public input and develop a fair and transparent policy about priority of specific requests, as well as all of the other policy details like:

  • whether the city will pay for sidewalk repair after the 30 years or return the responsibility to the adjacent property owner
  • whether city workers or contract workers will do the work
  • whether alternative materials like porous pavement and rubber sidewalks will be allowed
  • whether the city will pay for 100 % of the repair costs, or implement a cost sharing program like 50/50.

After 40 years with no repair policy, we’re not going to get one in place overnight. But this week’s action commits the City to solving this problem.

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