Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) are kicking off the 100th repair of a distorted sidewalk in his district.
The elderly woman who resides at the location has difficulty leaving her house because of the uplifted sidewalk and walkway and with getting into a vehicle because of the crumbled curb. The resident is beyond excited to have a safe, new sidewalk.
Los Angeles has gained a notorious reputation as a city with crumbling infrastructure from shoddy sidewalks, to warped roads, to nearly 100-year old water pipe lines. Rather than relying on the city with a $242 million projected deficit for relief that may never come, Councilmember Parks sought out a strong collaborative partner, LANI that would get the job done. Together they have repaired 100 sidewalks at a cost of $748,120.88, significantly lower, and completed in a swifter manner than if the city were to take on the immense task.
There are over 11,000 miles of sidewalk in the city, with approximately 40% in need of repair. $10 million was allotted for sidewalk repairs in the city in the 2013-14 budget but went unnoticed and unspent by the time the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2014) came around. The funds were carried over to the 2014-15 fiscal year budget which allocates $20 million for sidewalk repairs under the management of the Bureau of Street Services.
According to the Chief Administrative Officer’s (CAO) most recent report from October 24, 2014, only 21 locations in adjacent to city properties have been identified that could be repaired for an estimated cost of $3.7 million. At this time, the CAO says the results of this program are still being officially reconciled and are not yet available. According to the Bureau of Street Services, NONE of the $20 million funds for fiscal year 2014-15 has been allocated for sidewalk repair yet. That means nearly $27 million is sitting while the city moves into a new year.
Since Parks’ success with LANI, council has utilized their expertise as well. Councilmember Parks hopes to repair upwards of 400 sidewalks before his final term ends on June 30, 2015.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 10 a.m.
WHO: Councilmember Bernard C. Parks,
WHERE: 1762 W. 48th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90062
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