From the Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles moved one crucial step closer Thursday to tightening city rules meant to stop mansionization – the phenomenon of big, boxy homes popping up on not-so-big lots.
Local politicians first sought to tackle mansionization years ago, passing city rules to curb the size of new and renovated homes based on the size of the lots they were built on.
Neighborhood activists soon complained the rules were riddled with “loopholes” that afforded builders additional square footage and allowed them to continue erecting hefty homes on modest lots. Critics also lamented that some parts of homes – such as attached garages and covered porches — did not count toward the size limit.
On February 22, 2016, the OCTA Board of Directors voted to approve the revised 2016 Bus Service Plan. The revised plan will replace two routes that currently run through central Santa Ana with a new Route 150 that will travel on the majority of those two routes. The revised plan will also maintain Route 76-MacArthur between John Wayne Airport and Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. Trips on Route 76 east of the airport will be eliminated. The approved plan includes the implementation of Bravo limited-stop bus service along 17th Street.
An earlier version of the plan called for the elimination of Read more…
From the City of Santa Ana – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar got a major boost Tuesday when President Barack Obama included $125 million for the OC Streetcar in his budget for next fiscal year, signaling federal endorsement for the much-anticipated project.
The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the President’s budget puts the project into the federal funding pipeline on the path to receiving up to half of the project’s cost from federal funds. Within the next two years, the FTA will consider Read more…
Protected bike lanes put a physical barrier, such as curbs, planters, or some other barrier, between moving cars and bicyclists. In 2011, the City of Long Beach unveiled the first protected bike lane in California. Four years later, the City of Los Angeles is introducing its first protected bike lane on Reseda Boulevard from Plummer Street to Parthenia Street. Unfortunately, Orange County does not have a protected bike lane yet.
Santa Ana is one of the most bike-supportive cities in Orange County. In 2014, my Santa Ana Planning Commission colleagues and I recommended to the Santa Ana City Council that the Harbor Boulevard Mixed Use Transit Corridor Plan implement protected bike lanes along Harbor Boulevard. In 2009, I worked with staff to create progressive bike parking standards that the Santa Ana City Council unanimously adopted.
It is natural for Santa Ana to Read more…
Many would think that repairing sidewalks is a basic function of any city government. In Los Angeles, it was not a priority. In fact, the City budgeted zero dollars for sidewalk repairs in some past years.
It took a class action lawsuit to push the City of Los Angeles to provide better access for persons with mobility disabilities to the city’s sidewalks and other walkways.
What is being called “the largest disability access class action settlement in U.S. history”, the City settled Willits v. City of Los Angeles by agreeing to invest more than $1 billion in city sidewalk repairs and other pedestrian improvements over the next 30 fiscal years.