PARKING, TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION

You know those cameras that take your picture in the intersections? Did you know that 50% of the money you pay for those tickets go to Lockheed Martin IMS – Municipal Services Group (formerly U.S. Public Technologies, Inc.) That’s right. The city has contracted out Lockheed to give out parking tickets in person and via camera. According to a 1999 article in the LA Times the City “may have lost more than $635,000 because of mistakes made...due to parking officer errors.” Some of the problems have been fixed, however, regular audits need to be done to determine if this company is the right one to be in charge of this. Does a private corporation like Lockheed really deserve to benefit from parking fines? Would the city be better served by doing it themselves?

Parking and traffic are linked together. Often there is nowhere to park your car – and public transport is not within walking distance. Public parking lots need to be created throughout the city to encourage people to use public transportation.

Underutilized land can be used by the city by creating mixed use housing (surface street lots can be converted into businesses atop homes with parking included). This will be of an incentive for people to live where they work and drive less. This is especially needed in historic areas of the city in which there is not enough parking for the residents and they are ticketed regularly.

We need more left turn lanes. The reason the Los Angeles Department of Transportation doesn’t install more turn signals is because a certain number of accidents need to occur first. This is dangerous policy making. We need to be proactive.

Freeways move 2200 people per lane per hour, light rail moves 18,000 (3 car train, 8 lane freeway). We have got to get people out of their cars and onto public transportation. But the only way that will happen is if we make it effective, efficient, clean, and convenient.

The subway stops before it reaches the airport. Tremendous corruption at the MTA increased the cost of subway construction to a level in which voters said they didn’t want to see it go any further.

When elected, I will:

Create more bike lanes.
Make sure the Los Angeles Department of Transportation installs more left turn signals, to prevent accidents that happen when people are forced to turn on a red light.
Support an elected MTA board
Timed lights, particularly during rush hour
Create more DASH buses, like we have in the Fairfax district, and extend them to areas like Larchmont – and lower the cost to 25 cents.
Work with neighborhood councils about specific changes such as unnecessary red curbs, areas in dire need of stop lights or signs
Work to create more diamond lanes specifically for rapid transit
Work to link metro rail with buses in a more consistent fashion.
We need to make public transportation more logical and attractive so that people will want to take buses and metro rail.
Support the Exposition light rail project, creation of more light rail city-wide (surface level and above ground)


Although I unequivocally support light rail and a correction of the wrongs
that were done by GM, Standard Oil and Firestone when they destroyed the Red Car and tore up the tracks - before anything concrete regarding light rail can be accomplished, the civil rights issues involving the MTA and the consent decree must be complied with.

I specifically support:

Immediate withdrawal of MTA's appeal of the consent decree to the 9th circuit court
481 expansion clean-fuel buses as ordered by federal judge Hatter (350 of them to reduce overcrowding)
550 expansion clean fuel buses for new county wide express bus service as required by the consent decree
Immediate moratorium on all rail projects, including those underconstruction and including all funded studies for rail, for at least the next five years while the consent decree is fulfilled