While Los Angeles recently deployed the usual pomp and fanfare to annouce a commitment to “Vision Zero,” that is to say, zero traffic deaths within the city’s limits by the year 2025, there are many of us who question whether there is any real intent to make it happen.
After all, the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan has been so nibbled away by the sharks of self-interest that you could be forgiven for thinking that Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” about it.
And “Great Streets” has, in implementation so far, revealed itself as a collection of set pieces, token guests tucked away at the table by the kitchen to prove our administration’s great liberality….
Still (to return to our existentialist metaphor), we’ll push the damned rock up that hill et again and see what happens as we near the top. If we can muster the numbers to make this a truly collective battle—a battle, rather than a skirmish—maybe we can make Official Los Angeles hold to its promises.
So, I’m going to ask you to attend a meeting, or a whole heap of meetings. The City has arranged ten meetings, scattered all over town, at which it will present figures, explain its intentions, and ask for “input.” That last part means you can speak up. Be there and mouth off, damn it!
The meetings will take place at area libraries, which you’ll see in the list below. You’re requested to RSVP here. The meetings are on different days, but all begin at 5:30pm. Show up and speak up, but be chill about it. leave the rants to the Teabaggers. Let them know you’re tired of blood in the streets, and that the dizzy sense of entitlement of leadfooted motor addicts howl so loudly to preserve shouldn’t trump our physical survival and neighborhood health.
|Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM|
|Date||Branch Library Name||Address|
|7/18||West Valley Regional Library||19036 Vanowen Street Reseda, CA 91335|
|7/20||Pico Union||1030 S. Alvarado Street Los Angeles, CA 90006|
|7/21||Alma Reeves||10205 Compton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90002|
|7/25||Frances Howard Goldwyn||1623 N. Ivar Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028|
|7/26||Echo Park||1410 W. Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90026|
|7/27||Panorama City||14345 Roscoe Boulevard Panorama City, CA 91402|
|7/28||John Muir||1005 W. 64th Street Los Angeles, CA 90044|
|8/1||Jefferson Vassie Wright||2211 W. Jefferson Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018|
|8/2||Palms Rancho Park||2920 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90064|
|8/3||San Pedro||931 S. Gaffey Street San Pedro, CA 90731|
Here we go again!