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OPINION
August 10, 2013
Re "Hey, Mr. Mayor: Start here," Column, Aug. 7 Steve Lopez doesn't go far enough in calling on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to make repairing sidewalks a priority. The roller coasters, hills, dales and X Games-like ramps that are L.A.'s sidewalks seem often an unvoiced municipal admonition that we don't walk here. It's as if the city has invented its own test of citizenship: If you have to walk, go elsewhere. What has always puzzled me is how a modern metropolis can't figure how to put trees, curbs and sidewalks together without one causing the deformation of the others.
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OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Sidewalks of shame,” Mailbag, April 19 Looking at the photo in The Times of the 17-year-old bicyclist riding over a broken sidewalk in Los Angeles caused by enormous tree roots confirms one's belief in the mindlessness of government thinking. Who, in his or her right mind, would plant trees that grow huge, shallow roots next to sidewalks in the first place? There is no way to repair this situation without cutting down the tree (if that happens, I would hear the screaming all the way up here in Bakersfield)
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OPINION
April 19, 2014
Fancy this: In a city known for its car culture, Angelenos care deeply about their sidewalks. Every time the issue of fixing L.A.'s thousands of miles of neglected walkways gets tackled in the opinion or news pages, at least a dozen readers (not a huge amount, but more than on the average topic) fume about their experiences negotiating sidewalks buckled by massive tree roots or just wear and tear. In response to an editorial  and a news article this week on the city sitting on a $10-million fund for sidewalk repair, 22 readers wrote letters imploring L.A. to take action or offering their advice for improving the walking experience here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles lawmakers gave the green light Friday to spend $10 million to repair broken sidewalks next to parks, libraries and other city facilities. Despite public demands for stepped-up sidewalk repairs, the action previously had been delayed because council members were concerned about how the spending might figure in negotiations to settle a related lawsuit. But with the 2013-14 budget year drawing to a close in two months, and chances increasing that the funds might not be spent as promised, the council decided to move forward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1997
If Jim Washington, the city's chief street-use inspector ("Paved With Broken Seams," March 17) thinks people already rely too heavily on government, then return my property tax money and I'll repair the sidewalk, trim the city trees and do all else the city never seems to have enough money to do! ELIZABETH DE SOSA Chatsworth
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles lawmakers gave the green light Friday to spend $10 million to repair broken sidewalks next to parks, libraries and other city facilities. Despite public demands for stepped-up sidewalk repairs, the action previously had been delayed because council members were concerned about how the spending might figure in negotiations to settle a related lawsuit. But with the 2013-14 budget year drawing to a close in two months, and chances increasing that the funds might not be spent as promised, the council decided to move forward.
OPINION
September 16, 2012
Re "A citizens sidewalk brigade," Editorial, Sept. 11 The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services wants to spend $10 million and three years analyzing the state of the city's sidewalks. As every owner of property in L.A. is tied into the Department of Water and Power, a simple solution would be to include a request in every utility bill to have the customer provide a status report of his or her sidewalk with the payment. An appropriate photo could accompany the response. Alternatively, the Neighborhood Councils could provide this information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Steve Lopez
Bob Arranaga says no way. He wouldn't vote for a bond measure to fix potholes and cracked sidewalks in Los Angeles. "L.A. should be paying for repairs from the city budget, not from adding more taxes," he emailed in response to my Sunday column about the 98-page list of people who have filed injury claims against the city since 2007 after tripping and falling. Greg Golden sees it differently. Even though his street in Van Nuys is fine, he said he'd vote yes even if it adds "several hundred dollars to my property tax bill.
NEWS
March 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Britain's National Consumer Council this week urged improved safety standards for the country's sidewalks after a survey showed nearly three million adults a year trip or fall on damaged paving stones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1987
People used to stroll on sidewalks and take advantage of the local scenery. Here in Southern California and especially along the coastal cities, we had the good fortune of local promenades for those that enjoyed the opportunity to walk. In recent years all this has changed. We no longer have sidewalks per se. Now they have become cycle walks, dog walks, skater walks and skateboard walks. It's time for people to unite to restore that once pleasure place, the sidewalks, and return it to it's rightful owner--the walker.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Fancy this: In a city known for its car culture, Angelenos care deeply about their sidewalks. Every time the issue of fixing L.A.'s thousands of miles of neglected walkways gets tackled in the opinion or news pages, at least a dozen readers (not a huge amount, but more than on the average topic) fume about their experiences negotiating sidewalks buckled by massive tree roots or just wear and tear. In response to an editorial  and a news article this week on the city sitting on a $10-million fund for sidewalk repair, 22 readers wrote letters imploring L.A. to take action or offering their advice for improving the walking experience here.
OPINION
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After several years during which they provided no money for sidewalk repairs, the City Council and then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last year set aside $10 million to begin addressing the backlog of busted sidewalks in Los Angeles, especially those that have led to trip-and-fall claims. But today, the $10 million hasn't been touched. In January, the city's Bureau of Street Services proposed using one-third of the money to repair broken sidewalks associated with injury claims, one-third to fix those with heavy pedestrian traffic and the final third for a 50/50 program in which property owners would cover half the cost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his first budget this week, he proudly announced that he was doubling funding to fix broken sidewalks from $10 million to $20 million. There's just one problem: None of the money that was budgeted for this year has been spent so far. And it remains unclear how much of it will be used before the budget year comes to an end June 30. Any unencumbered money will be swept back into Los Angeles' general fund. City officials said they held off on sidewalk spending because of a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who assert that broken sidewalks infringe on their rights to public access.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A teenage boy faces felony assault and conspiracy charges after egging a 60-year-old homeless woman who was praying on the sidewalk in Lancaster. A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy witnessed the alleged attack about 1 p.m. Monday near Sierra Highway and Jackson Avenue and arrested the teen, whom authorities did not identify. Two other teen males who were waiting in a nearby vehicle were also arrested. All three are minors. The woman, who was struck once in her chest, complained of pain, but declined medical treatment, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Is there a better symbol of Los Angeles' mismanagement than its miles and miles of sidewalks broken, buckled and twisted by tree roots? These concrete chasms and mini-mountains have made many of L.A.'s walkways nearly impassable for people in wheelchairs or those pushing strollers or those who are less sure-footed. Yet the mayor and City Council have consistently punted on long-term, politically difficult decisions required to address the problem, and their inaction costs taxpayers about $4 million a year to settle trip-and-fall lawsuits.
NEWS
November 12, 1989
Why is it necessary for Beverly Hills to spend upwards of $50 million on sidewalks (of all things) and yet the city's schoolteachers have to strike to get a salary increase? Come on, people, where are your priorities? Something is definitely wrong in "paradise." Could it be that all of that Giorgio perfume has altered the minds of the citizens of Beverly Hills? LESLIE STEWART-MALTZ Brentwood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
East Newhall will receive a $650,000 make-over later this year in the form of new sidewalks and repaved alleyways. The work is expected to improve drainage conditions and pedestrian safety. Residents have long asked for sidewalks in the area. A candidate for City Council in April made the sidewalks an issue. Larry Bird said that funds have been long been available to the city for infrastructure improvements. "They have been getting grant funds for years," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014
Join Times columnist Steve Lopez for an L.A. Now Live chat Monday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of sidewalks and streets in Los Angeles. He will also be taking reader questions on a variety of issues. Lopez has written recently about the sorry state of many of the sidewalks in the city and the several millions of dollars paid out annually to those who have filed claims against L.A. after tripping and injuring themselves. It's what Lopez calls a pedestrian vs. pavement problem.
OPINION
February 7, 2014
Re "10 speeds to L.A.'s future," Column, Feb. 5 Kudos to Steve Lopez for giving bicycle commuting a try. I started using my bike when gas hit $4.50 a gallon (the first time). It was a little nerve-racking as I dealt with drivers who didn't seem to notice me. I started wearing loud colors, got lights for my bike and persevered. I found a few safer routes and kept a schedule. Many of the regular drivers recognize me on my way. I obey the laws, signal my turns, stop at stop signs and lights, and don't weave in and out of traffic.
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