Studio City is a posh, older community in the San Fernando Valley, and because of its location, a lot of the pipes and water mains funnel through the neighborhoods that hug the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive. Also, the Los Angeles River, now nothing more than a concrete culvert, takes all the run-off from the entire Valley and sends it out into the ocean.
Then, there are the roads, that are crumbling. Sidewalks that are in disrepair, or if they exist at all, and older trees that are falling down because of the drought and rot.
As Studio City Neighborhood Council President John Walker says: “Something must be done about our infrastructure and your Neighborhood Council is doing it’s best to help get that message out loud and clear.”
He points out that, “We simply cannot continue to increase our population without properly maintaining our infrastrucuture. Serious infrastructure repairs are needed in every community. Our water mains are exploding all across our City and this is happening during the worst drought in the past 20 years. Our streets and sidewalks are in such disrepair that it took a lawsuit before our local leaders would even begin thinking about developing a plan to address the situation. Our City Council cannot continue to shut it’s eyes to the obvious infrastructure breakdown we are experiencing.”
The Los Angeles City Councilman in charge of the Studio City area is Councilman Paul Krekorian, and over the summer recently, he heard stakeholders complain about the need for repairing our sidewalks. For those of you who could not attend, there is still a way to voice concerns via email for not just sidewalks but for street lights, parking issues, road repair and much more.
The growth of Studio City has been a weird and wonderful mix of smaller single-family quaint houses and then apartment buildings, sometimes with classical style made by famous architects. There’s some concern that the smaller homes are being razed and turned into McMansions that essentially take every square foot of the property and don’t have yards or front lawns like the neighboring homes.
Walker says, “We realize that growth is important but the facts are clear. As our infrastructure cannot suport our existing population’s needs, then maybe a building moritorium should be given serious consideration.”
At nearby Universal City there are being built some new hotel towers. The largest structures in or near Studio City are going up at the Universal lot. Walker says, “The construction of all those 30 story buildings we keep reading about in the paper on an almost daily basis should be delayed until the infrastructure is in place to handle the resulting strain. Real restrictions should be enacted to halt the construction of the ever larger homes that are popping up all over our neighborhoods. Such development simply uses up resourses that are already scarce.”
He adds, “The state of our infrastructure is a serious issue and its contiued decline presents a possible danger to us all. Let us join together and send a clear message to our leaders that it is time to make the needed repairs throughout our City and make it safe once again to walk and drive in Los Angeles.”
The city officials are going back to basics and asking that city services focus on street and sidewalk repair, and making the neighborhoods safe, even in the characteristic tree-lined streets of Studio City. Walker is calling for action. He said that more emails come to him involving infrastructure than any other issue. He is urging that stakeholders in Studio City and all across Los Angeles make their voices heard.
Come to the Neighborhood Council meetings and voice your concerns. Write Walker at: email@example.com. Then, you can write the council member at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also check out the new Neighborhood Council website at www.studiocitync.org. Walker said, “We have tried to make it as informative and user friendly as possible. The smoothness with which you can transfer from one area of information to another is both quick and informative. Everything is live and your cursor will take you through the site very effortlessly.”
Once we get closer to the SCNC events, there will be links created that will take you to much more information about that event. With the leadership of our new webmaster: thewebcorner.com, the new website is live as of today. We are excited about being on our new platform which allows us to make changes and enhancements in a much easier way.
The next board meeting is this coming Wednesday, August 19 2015 at the CBS Studio Center at Building 8, Room MPR-3 at 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604 and the public is always invited. There is food served for free at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.