Traffic dominated the agenda as elected officials from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City and Santa Monica met last week for their second Westside regional summit.
The summits are designed to be a forum for developing solutions to problems that cannot be confined to city limits. Thursday's gathering found the leaders exploring ways to unofficially promote cooperation and coordination on such traffic problems as lane closures, synchronized traffic signals and efficient management of through traffic on major arteries.
At a working lunch in the Beverly Hills City Council chambers, the representatives agreed that shared information could be one of the meetings' most useful products.
Los Angeles Councilman Mike Woo reported that his absent colleague, Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, was planning to introduce an ordinance to expand Los Angeles' existing ban on lane closures by utility crews in the downtown area during peak traffic hours. Noting that the proposal was partly a result of ideas raised at the previous summit in February, Woo offered to send the other officials copies of Yaroslavsky's proposal, which he said would cover a wider area of the city.