MMRA Launches Monthly Newsletter
This is the inaugural edition of our new monthly email newsletter. Our community faces many important issues – from subway construction to sidewalk repair – and this newsletter is a key way of keeping you informed so that you can support us in preserving the quality of life in the Miracle Mile. You can also friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates and breaking news. Please share this newsletter with your neighbors.
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In the past you either directly provided your email address to the MMRA or provided it to the MMRA via a petition you endorsed. You will be receiving this monthly newsletter and, on occasion, special announcements on timely issues. If you no longer want to receive this newsletter or other announcements please click unsubscribe to be removed from our list.
A Message from Jim O'Sullivan,
President of the MMRA:
Last year was a very productive year for the Miracle Mile Residential Association as we added several very talented and productive board members who organized petition drives dealing with land use issues. These petitions proved to be very successful in protecting our community.
Our 29th annual meeting at the Korean Cultural Center was packed with residents who showed up to learn more about the financial state of Los Angeles. Based on the positive results of the meeting we began an inventory process in order to evaluate the many issues facing our community. We have learned over the years that nothing is ever successful without the participation of the residents and businesses that make the Miracle Mile such a vibrant neighborhood. To better serve you we have re-instituted our monthly newsletter and are updating our website. We are also taking advantage of social media platforms to keep residents up-to-date on breaking events and issues.
Conditions change rapidly in Los Angeles and they affect all of us. Already we have seen that city hall will place a half-cent sales tax measure to address the city’s deficit on the March ballot and there was talk of also putting on the ballot a three billion-dollar bond issue to repair our streets. A new mayor will be elected this year which will also have repercussions for all neighborhoods.
Depending upon who you listen to, Los Angeles is either on the verge of bankruptcy or slowly climbing out of a deep hole. The Miracle Mile Residential Association has always believed that it is our role to bring you the facts so that you can make an informed choice on the issues that will affect your quality of life.
Accumulating those facts is often an arduous task, but the MMRA is dedicated to bringing that information to you in a timely and efficient way. This newsletter is just a first step in keeping you in the loop. But all good communication is a two-way street – we need to hear from you, too.
Save Our Parking
Preferential Parking District 78
Threatened with Elimination of 6th Street Parking
In July 2012 a tragic accident occurred at the intersection of 6th Street and Hauser Boulevard. A vehicle traveling westbound on 6th Street collided with a eastbound vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Hauser. The collision forced the westbound vehicle off the road and into a pedestrian, a 74-year-old-woman, who died as a result of her injuries. The intersection of 6th and Hauser has a long history of being one of the most dangerous in our neighborhood. We commend Council Member LaBonge’s quick action in introducing a motion calling for the Department of Transportation to make recommendations for implementing traffic calming measures at 6th and Hauser in order to address safety issues. The motion was referred to the council’s transportation committee which passed the resolution and the city council followed suit on August 15th, 2012.
The MMRA fully supports traffic calming measures, but in the same motion Council Member LaBonge also requested that the Department of Transportation consider adding dedicated bike lanes on 6th Street that would cause the loss of a traffic lane in each direction as well as the elimination of preferential parking spaces. Preferential Parking District 78, like most of the Miracle Mile, includes many older apartment buildings with scarce or no off-street parking. Eliminating permitted parking on 6th Street will make an already bad parking situation much worse. It will force residents to seek parking spots on adjacent blocks creating a domino effect that would adversely impact on-street parking throughout the Miracle Mile.
Installing bike lanes on such a heavily trafficked street defies common sense. There are other less congested streets in the Miracle Mile that are better suited for bike lanes – streets that would be far safer for cyclists. Losing two traffic lanes on 6th will doubly impact the Miracle Mile when the Bus Rapid Transit [BRT] rush hour-bus only curb lane restrictions go into effect. The city estimates that BRT will divert 30% of Wilshire Boulevard traffic onto 3rd, 6th and 8th streets. Removing two lanes from 6th will clog our neighborhood with commuters searching for alternate routes.
The Miracle Mile Residential Association opposes bike lanes on 6th Street. We believe there are practical solutions to calm traffic on 6th Street that will preserve valuable on-street parking.