Silver Lake deserves safe streets
“Road Diets” has been a heavily debated issue in neighborhood politics. You might be asking yourself what a road diet even means.
An example is the “Rowena Road Diet” on what was formerly known as the “Rowena Raceway.” In 2013, when a young woman was killed crossing Rowena, LADOT took action to change the four lanes of traffic on Rowena into the configuration you see today - one lane in either direction, a shared turn lane in the center, dedicated bike lanes, and parking on each side. That is what a road diet is.
Countless studies have been conducted since 2013 (including this one from May 2018) and drawn the same conclusion - Rowena is safer than it was. Cyclists utilize the bike lanes and pedestrians, particularly the hundreds of children who walk along Rowena every day on their way to school, are less at risk of being hurt or killed.
There have been questions about the Rowena Road Diet’s impact on cut-through traffic on Angus and Waverly and other nearby residential streets. Around the same time the road diet was implemented, WAZE became a heavily utilized tool by drivers. Though the exact cause cannot be scientifically pinpointed, the cut-through traffic is a concern for our neighbors on Angus, Waverly, Earl and elsewhere and must be addressed.
The situation is urgent and deserves our community's diligent focus.
Silver Lake Progressive does not think that reversing the road diet and making Rowena less safe is the solution. And we also hear concerns of our other neighbors, who equally deserve safe streets.
We don’t think going to war with WAZE is the answer. Instead, we’d like to re-engineer our streets so that the algorithms of WAZE recognize that our neighborhood streets are not their perfect thoroughfare.
We’d like to collaborate with LADOT and the City Council to make changes to our streets, including restricted rush hour turns, more speed bumps, and one-way traffic options. We’re interested in finding a solution for Hyperion Avenue, Earl St., and other places as well. Data will help; we need to advocate for new traffic studies to identify the solutions that will be most effective.
Another part of the street safety solution is increasing the viability of alternate modes of transportation. Pedestrians and cyclists need to feel safer in Silver Lake.
We need to increase crosswalks and include pedestrian yield signs with flashing yellow lights to indicate when pedestrians are looking to cross. We need to protect our bike lanes by putting them on the inside of parked cars or creating partitions guarding cyclists against traffic. We need to make public transportation easier to use by clearly marking every bus route at bus stops, providing ‘Next Bus’ technology so that people know when their bus will arrive, increasing the frequency of Metro bus lines like the 201, and bringing in new DASH lines for quick local use.
Implementing these solutions and more will require that the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council have healthy relationships with our City Council district offices. The SLNC is an advisory board here to represent the voice of our community, but if the relationships with our Council District 4 and 13 staff are strained, their advisory influence is significantly reduced. That’s the situation our Neighborhood Council faces today. Silver Lake Progressive is dedicated to rebuilding those relationships.
We do not want to trade one neighbor’s safety for another’s. We believe we can make Silver Lake the safest neighborhood for pedestrians, cyclists, and residents by working together.
Vote for Silver Lake Progressive on April 6th, and we will work with you for communal, safe solutions.
silver lake is last in neighborhood investment
Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles are under the purview of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. One of the tools that Neighborhood Councils have to empower their neighborhoods are Neighborhood Purpose Grants (NPGs) - funds that can be granted to local public schools, local non-profit organizations, arts and culture producers, and community movers and shakers to improve the neighborhood through initiatives outside of the Neighborhood Council’s work.
What an amazing tool to support our community!
Unfortunately, the current SLNC Board does not agree. In Fiscal Year 2015-2016, the budget for NPGs in Silver Lake was $17,000 (Source). In Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the budget for this neighborhood empowering tool is $2,000. (Source) In fact, this fiscal year the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council allocated the least amount of money in Neighborhood Purpose Grants than any other Neighborhood Council in City Council District 13. (Atwater Village NC allocated $20,000!) (Source)
This information was not easy to find because the most recent budget listed on the SLNC website is Fiscal Year 2015-2016.
Silver Lake Progressive wants to change this. We are committed to using NPGs as an empowerment tool to invest in our local schools, community projects, and arts and culture. We will be fiscally transparent, accountable, and responsible with the tools entrusted to us by our stakeholders.
Here and now, we vow to increase the budget for Neighborhood Purpose Grants.
Silver Lake Progressive thinks the emphasis should be on Neighborhood Empowerment.
We'd like to share our vision for the Silver Lake Reservoir. We've heard that some misinformation is being spread about our aspirations for this public park, so we are going to set the record straight:
The truth is that Silver Lake Progressive has no interest in developing the Silver Lake Reservoir. We believe it’s possible to expand access to open space and protect the wildlife around the reservoir while also increasing access for the community. What we don’t believe in is making the reservoir into an "amusement park" or commercial district. In fact, the Silver Lake Progressive candidates are advocates for making the Reservoir more natural. We want to naturalize the banks, remove the fences and the concrete banks, and make it more accessible to the community. We think there should be bathrooms in the Silver Lake Meadow to assure that it remains clean and that people can enjoy the Meadow with their children without having to leave to use the restroom. Trails should be ADA compliant so that all members of our community, including the elderly and disabled, can enjoy the Reservoir.
We look forward to working with local landscape architects, engineers, urban wildlife experts, ecologists, stormwater experts, and community outreach specialists to devise an even better future for the Silver Lake Reservoir. We hope you’ll vote on April 6th for the slate that wants to bring a new era of civility, honesty, positivity, and productivity to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council - and that’s SILVER LAKE PROGRESSIVE.