In response to the many emails and phone calls he has received about the concerns of the infrastructure in the neighborhood, Studio City Neighborhood Council president John Walker has invited officials to the next public council meeting to discuss the issues.
“We received many, many replies and real interest in the state of our infrastructure, so I am inviting those that are in a position both know and perhaps assist in making a difference,” Walker said. “It will be an important meeting.”
At the last neighborhood council meeting, Walker said he heard so many complaints about local infrastructure problems that he went on his own to check out the situation in the neighborhood. He found streets that you can’t cross, “and that is unacceptable,” he said. he also said he found three areas that can be helped with federal grants and he will be meeting with the mayor to discuss it.
“This should be a hot button issue for all neighborhood councils,” Walker said. “If we do not have solid infrastructure we are just putting a bandaid on the problem.” He referred to the recent tens of thousands of gallons of water that leaked through a broken water main for 17 hours before it was stopped. He said he is working with other neighborhood council presidents to make this a priority issue for the city. “If you care about fixing things, the send your council member the recommendations.”
Walker is proposing a possibly five-year moratorium of all building construction until the infrastructure is fixed. It would be a back-to-basics plan for the city to concentrate on infrastructure issues.
And so, Walker has invited Kevin James, the president of the Department of Public works for the City of Los Angeles, as the guest speaker at the next Studio City Neighborhood Council meeting on Sept. 16. The discussion will be about the weakening infrastructure of Los Angeles, including crumbling streets and sidewalks, lack of lights and in some cases, a lack of sidewalks on the most popular street in the San Fernando Valley–Ventura Boulevard. At the last Neighborhood Council meeting, Barry Johnson of the Transportation Committee, noted, “It’s a shame that the only part of all of Ventura Boulevard that has no sidewalk is right here in Studio City.”
The Board meeting takes place on the CBS Studio Center and begins with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. As Walker notes, “Considering what is happening all across our city, with streets caving in and water mains bursting, we expect this to be a full house so please arrive early.”