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Cyclists Rejoice: VNC Approves Main Street Diet

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By Ashley Beasley

After careful deliberation, Tuesday night, the Venice Neighborhood Council voted to carry out the “Main Street Diet” plan put forth by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Presented by Paul Backstrom, Transportation Deputy for Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the plan proposes to reduce the four traffic lanes on Main St., between Windward Circle and Rose Avenue, to two lanes, while adding a bike lane on either side and a two-way turning lane in the middle.

This would effectively improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, while reducing traffic and parking issues in the area, said Bill Strumple, appointed representative for CD11 from the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

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Mayor Villaraigosa Gets Personal at West Side Town Hall Meeting

By Ashley Beasley


Westside Regional Alliance of Councils
conducted a successful Town HallMeeting Monday night with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center in West Los Angeles.  The spirit of the event was palpable as community leaders and interested constituents snacked on refreshments and mingled, awaiting Villaraigosa’s arrival.

“You can only change government by being a part of the process,” retired former federal government employee, Allen Bridges said, whose issue was apron parking in his neighborhood on Beverly Glen.

Other audience members consisted not only of concerned residents, but many strong community members, business owners and city officials.

Warming up the crowd with an enthusiastic round of audience introductions was Councilmember Bill Rosendahl of City District 11. Rosendahl’s introduction for Mayor Villaraigosa began with a hat tip to his transportation efforts and successes, namely Measure R, responsible for the rapid Metro Rail developments.

Without further hesitation, the questions commenced and showed no signs of mercy for Villaraigosa. Continue reading

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