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Los Angeles City Planning Commission Voted To Amend Zoning Code To Limit Mansionization

July 15, 2016

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.

After an impassioned hearing Thursday at City Hall, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to Read more…

OCTA Board Votes to Eliminate and Add Bus Routes in Santa Ana

February 22, 2016

OCTA-Route150On 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…

President Obama Proposes $125 Million For OC Streetcar

February 10, 2016

OCstreetcarFrom 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…

Phil Bacerra Participates in Voice of OC Podcast on Orange County Transit

January 26, 2016

From the Voice of OC – In the latest episode Voice of OC podcast, Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra talks with us about the Orange County Transportation Authority‘s plans for bus route changes in 2016, and Read more…

OCTA Plans to Cut Santa Ana Bus Routes Draw Fire

January 18, 2016

From Voice of OC – As they struggle to cope with declining ridership, Orange County Transportation Authority officials are planning to cut several underperforming bus routes, and in doing so are drawing criticism from some in Santa Ana who say they are reducing bus access to one of the county’s most underserved populations.

As part of a plan that officials say will improve its most heavily trafficked bus routes, the agency has proposed eliminating fifteen routes that have the lowest ridership, many which are located in South County. Several other bus lines countywide will be shortened or their routes altered.

Resources will then be dedicated to increasing bus service along higher performing routes, including the addition of two new Bravo! Express routes. One will run between Long Beach and Tustin, and another from Fullerton to Huntington Beach.

But two casualties of the Transportation Authority’s effort to maximize efficiency are Read more…

Protected Bike Lanes: Long Beach Has Them, Los Angeles Is About To Create One

April 10, 2015

ResedaBlvdBikeLaneProtected 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.

LongBeachBikeLaneSanta 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…

City of Los Angeles Will Invest More Than $1 Billion In Sidewalk Repairs To Settle Lawsuit

April 8, 2015

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.

It was refreshing to see Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s response to the settlement Read more…