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ONE LAST PUSH TO SAVE THE HYPERION BRIDGE FROM A ROAD DIET

Email City Hall today to voice once more your support for “Exhibit 1” (see below for email addresses and sample text)


The Los Angeles City Council will vote this coming Tuesday (June 9th) to either support or deny a motion to move forward with an all-inclusive design option for the Hyperion Bridge, as part of the bridge’s restoration project. This design, referred to as “Exhibit 1”, will preserve 4 narrowed traffic lanes, 2 wide bicycle lanes, and a wider ADA compliant sidewalk. Click here for City Council agendasee agenda item 7

This restoration project has been in the works for 13 long years. “Exhibit 1” is the choice supported by the Bureau of Engineers, Board of Public Works, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge, the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, the Atwater Village Residents Association, Friends of Atwater Village, the Los Feliz Improvement Association, and hundreds of residents and businesses throughout Atwater Village, Los Feliz and Silverlake.

“Exhibit 1” is the most equitable choice for all modes of transportation. We’ll be gaining an ADA compliant sidewalk crossing the entire bridge, two elevated bike lanes (5’ bike lane up the bridge along with a 6’ bike lane down the bridge), a dedicated pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the L.A. River, a realigned northbound Interstate 5 exit at Glendale Blvd (with a signal that allows freeway commuters to directly access Silver Lake and Los Feliz instead of using the turnaround at the Glenfeliz/Glenhurst intersection), traffic calming measures with the narrowing of the car lanes, and many other improvements.

Moreover, the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct is a important part of the local vehicular infrastructure. During a 12 HOUR study done on the use of the bridge there were approximately 102 pedestrians, 84 bicyclists and 18,000 vehicles. Should we lose a traffic lane on Hyperion’s main bridge, which the other design options promote, it would overburden Hyperion and Rowena Avenues and Glendale Blvd with traffic congestion. This would tax our emergency first responders and cause excessive traffic delays for local drivers and far-flung commuters.

Let your voice be heard AGAIN by emailing our elected officials at City Hall before 10:00am on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. See email addresses and sample text below.


Click here to send emails with sample text below OR cut-n-paste email addresses and sample text below (feel free to write your own letter):

EMAIL ADDRESSES

councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org, councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org, councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org, councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org, paul.koretz@lacity.org, councilmember.martinez@lacity.org, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org,   councilmember.parks@lacity.org, councilmember.price@lacity.org, councilmember.wesson@lacity.org, councilmember.bonin@lacity.org, councilmember.englander@lacity.org,  councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org, councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org, mayor.garcetti@lacity.org, board@atwaterchamber.org, board@atwatervillage.org, favboard@friendsofatwatervillage.org, cityhall@empowerla.org

SAMPLE TEXT (FEEL FREE TO WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER)

Subject: I support “Exhibit 1” for the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct restoration project

Dear Councilmember,

As a stakeholder in the Atwater Village and Silver Lake area I support “Exhibit 1”; which is the most equitable choice for all modes of transportation. We’ll preserving 4 narrowed traffic lanes and gaining traffic calming measures, 2 wide bicycle lanes, a wider ADA compliant sidewalk and many other improvements.

This restoration project has been in the works for 13 long years.  Enough is enough, I urge you to vote in support of “Exhibit 1”.

Thank you,

26th Annual L.A. River “Gran Limpieza” – Sunnynook Site in Atwater Village

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
9:00 am to Noon
At the Sunnynook Bridge (Sunnynook Dr & Legion Ln), Central Atwater Village

Click here to RSVP

Join Friends of Atwater Village and other volunteers to cleanup Atwater’s section of the Los Angeles River. Bring work gloves and lots of energy!

The Sunnynook Footbridge is located in the scenic “Glendale Narrows” in Atwater Village, the central and longest natural area of the LA River. The site features a footbridge over the River with tremendous views. The soft-bottom river has tall willow trees, and plenty of ducks and other water fowl.

Location Specifics: Sunnynook Drive at Legion Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Thomas Guide page 594 D2

UPDATE: 2015 ATWATER VILLAGE & VICINITY VINTAGE POSTCARD CALENDAR

Give the gift of history this holiday season. Get your very own 2015 vintage postcard calendar that features images of Atwater Village and neighboring areas including Tropico, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. The calendar lets your see how things looked 50 or more years ago at certain locations in and around Atwater Village.

The calendars are just a $10.00 donation to support Friends of Atwater Village (FAV), a 501-c3 volunteer non-profit organization. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be put back into neighborhood projects.

The calendar is now available at these fine locations:

Alias Books East (3163 Glendale Blvd)
Atwater Barber Shop (3301 Glendale Blvd)
Atwater Village Farmers’ Market (3250 Glendale Blvd)
Luis Lopez Automotive (2751 Fletcher Dr)
Hair Dimensions (3340 Glendale Blvd)
Potted (3158 Los Feliz Blvd)
Treehaus (3229-b Glendale Blvd)

More locations coming soon.

In addition to the calendar FAV has authored Arcadia Publishing’s book Images of America Atwater Village. Both the book ($21.99 donation) and the calendar ($10.00 donation) can be ordered via a mail order form (click here for order form), by calling (323) 913-2999 or by sending a check or money order to:

Friends of Atwater Village
P.O. Box 39A55
Los Angeles, California 90039

Orders will be delivered for free to residents in Atwater Village, Tropico, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. There will be a shipping & handling fee for mail orders.

Click here for mail order form

ATWATER VILLAGE & VICINITY VINTAGE POSTCARD 2015 CALENDAR

Take a step back in time and see how things looked 50 or more years ago at certain location in and around Atwater Village. Friends of Atwater Village (FAV) have gathered a collection of vintage postcards and included them in their 2015 Calendar.

The postcards feature Atwater Village and neighboring areas including Tropico, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. These 2015 calendars will be available at Alias Books (3163 Glendale Blvd), Luis Lopez Automotive (2751 Fletcher Dr) and the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market (3250 Glendale Blvd). The calendars are a $10.00 donation to support FAV’s 501-c3 volunteer non-profit organization. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be put back into neighborhood projects.

In 2015 FAV will celebrate 15 years of service to the community. Some of FAV’s projects have included neighborhood cleanups and mural projects to help abate graffiti and increase awareness of local history.

The murals include; Trains Making History on Fletcher Dr. adjacent to the railroad tracks, Local Landmarks at the corner of Larga Ave. and Fletcher Dr., Past to Present on Vince’s Market at the corner of Atwater Ave. and Silver Lake Blvd. and Revisit the Red Car at the Los Angeles River and the Hyperion Bridge. Each of these mural projects involved student participation from our local elementary schools. FAV has also donated historic photos to the Atwater Village Library and to the Atwater Elementary School Library.

In addition to the calendar FAV has authored Arcadia Publishing’s book Images of America Atwater Village. Both the book ($21.99 donation) and the calendar ($10.00 donation) can be ordered via a mail order form (click here for order form), by calling (323) 913-2999 or by sending a check or money order to:

Friends of Atwater Village
P.O. Box 39A55
Los Angeles, California 90039

Orders will be delivered for free to residents in Atwater Village, Tropico, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. There will be a shipping & handling fee for mail orders.

Click here for mail order form

OPEN LETTER TO L.A. CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MITCH O’FARRELL

Dear Council Member O’Farrell,

Friends of Atwater Village have participated in the Hyperion Bridge Project since 2004 and we appreciate all that you have done to address the Atwater Village Community’s issues/concerns regarding the Hyperion Bridge. We look forward to the day when the 5 freeway off-ramp will be realigned, the Red Car River Park Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge built and our beautiful Landmark Bridge restored. We know that had you not been working diligently as the CD13 representative with all the prospective agencies involved that these community requests would not have been implemented and we truly appreciate all your hard work.

We were happy to see the project finally move forward after a decade but that was, of course, before the bicycle lobby started their movement to disrupt the process. In all fairness, to address the issue you asked that a citizens committee be formed to revisit the project and see how bicyclists could be accommodated. Sadly, it seems that the Citizens Advisory Committee was heavily stacked with bicycle advocates who support reduction of vehicle lanes even though there was an option to accommodate everyone — pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles alike. The vote taken at the last committee meeting was very controversial to say the least.

Friends of Atwater Village steadfastly supports Option 1 with a crosswalk that would span the entire width of the bridge and the historic features respected. We see it as the only viable option to accommodate all the stakeholders and not negatively affect the flow of traffic through our neighborhood. We hope and believe you will take a balanced common sense approach to your decision on which option to support. Thanks again for your commitment to this project.

Sincerely,

Netty Carr, Sandra Caravella, Luis Lopez and Ann Lawson
Board of Directors
Friends of Atwater Village

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON GLENDALE/HYPERION BRIDGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Atwater’s Neighborhood Council / Government Relations Committee is seeking input from bona fide stakeholders on three draft proposal for the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Project. Input can be provided via a comment card (see link below). For more information contact the AVNC at board@atwatervillage.org.

Click here to download Glendale/Hyperion Bridge Improvement Project Comment Card (PDF File)

Click here to download proposal exhibits (PDF File)

Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting, Jan 23rd

Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Thursday, January 23rd 2014 – 7pm
3852 Edenhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Atwater’s Neighborhood Council would like your help to determine if Glendale Blvd would be a good site for a streets cape change through a new LA City program called “People St.” Mayor Garcetti has already stated that Atwater Village’s Glendale Boulevard is one of LA’s “great streets”. Would adding pedestrian amenities make it even better, or worse?

Should this happen? What should it look like? Make your voice be heard at the Town Hall Meeting

For more information contact torin@atwatervillage.org

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT: ATWATER VILLAGE BOOK

To all you Villagers who love your neighborhood: Get to know our local history with the Arcadia Publishing Book “ATWATER VILLAGE”. The book is authored by Friends of Atwater Village, a volunteer group dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of our Village. It’s an ideal gift for your neighbor, fellow pet sitter or to teach your children about their neighborhood’s history . As a bonus with each book you purchase you’ll receive a “Atwater Village” license plate cover, choose either Red or Blue.

WE’LL DELIVER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD UNTIL DECEMBER 23rd. Call 323-913-2999 to order. CASH or Checks made to “Friends of Atwater Village”. All donations welcome !

Atwater’s 22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

UPDATE: HOUSING DEVELOPER TO PRESENT NEW PLAN FOR GLENDALE BLVD DEVELOPMENT

Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, will present their new plans for the small commercial lot located at 3376 Glendale Blvd at a November community meeting.

The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Division Ordinance to subdivide the 9716sf lot into smaller individual lots for the purpose of constructing homes. The previous plan called for 9 smaller parcels; 8 residential and 1 commercial.
Rethink Development is now reducing the number of residential units from 8 to 6, increasing the size of the “yards”, increasing the number of on-street parking spaces, centralizing the trash enclosure, and creating some space between the residential and the commercial space. For a view of their new plans you’ll have to attend the next Atwater Village Neighborhood Council meeting.

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
Thursday, November 14th 2013 – 7pm
Christ’s Church – 3852 Edenhurst Ave