While there are plenty of options that can make our roads safer, no options were studied or discussed before these changes suddenly occurred. We are pro-safety, but also in favor of fact-based open government.
In these closures, there was not a regional public planning process nor adequate impact studies. However, one study we have seen predicts significant impacts to Culver Blvd and Pershing, but was ignored. The City of LA does not or will not share any baseline data to evaluate the impact of the changes and did not perform an environmental impact report to measure how this lane reduction pushes traffic into new places. The “fire and then aim” approach is wrong for the City of LA and wrong for the region and has lead to them losing lawsuits in the past.
Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Bonin are trying to take shortcuts to safety by reducing lanes on regional connectors. Safety remains a paramount concern for all the families and individuals in this coalition. We know that bad planning causes regional destruction, which we have already started to see unfold.
We are hosting this fundraising effort to continue our local campaign to launch a new planning process on a regional connector for safe streets.
Please note, that since this campaign started, oour understanding of the scope of this project has expanded. We have changed our name to reflect that, and you will now find us via KeepLAMoving.com. Click on the link for PDR to get information about our fight against Mike Bonin's VDM and Safer Streets for Playa del Rey debacle.
One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to campaign activities, including:
1. Legal: We will challenge the City of LA’s exemptions filed for the changes, but we are up against deadlines this month and need to act quickly.
2. Freedom of Information Requests: The City of LA is stonewalling our ability to figure out what happened. They refuse to say what their criteria for project success is, and they refuse to give us studies of the project(s). They had been sued and negligent on VDM studies for years, then suddenly declared an emergency measure. We think the public deserves the emails and studies behind what happened.
3. Organizing and getting the word out: We will use funds to harness our grassroots power from the hundreds of thousands affected. We will grow advocacy efforts with video production, banners, signs and events to keep this issue front and center in the media.
Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/councilman-mike-bonin-s-office-one-lane-madness-in-playa-del-rey
Visit the site: http://wwwKeepLAMoving.com
We are a coalition of neighbors in West Los Angeles/South Bay who have come together on our own dime to raise support to put more research into this new plan. After our own research we learned not enough data supported this massive change.
What's our relationship to where the funds will go? We're raising funds for our own coalition's activities to fight back. This is a team of neighbors in West LA/South Bay.
How will the funds be spent?
100% of the funds raised will be used for services to run this particular campaign. They include attorney fees, advertising and printing costs. We are not spending this money on our time, we're volunteering that.
What's our withdrawal plan for the funds to get to where they need to go? Everyone on our campaign is volunteering their time. We must, however, pay our CEQA lawyer, Robert Glushon of Luna & Glushon in
The money will be transferred directly to him. Any amount that does not go toward legal fees and a retainer will be used to cover advertising/printing costs. A full accounting will be published at KeepLAMoving.com.