Following the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, the City of Los Angeles entered a period of unprecedented growth. Real estate developers constructed large housing tracts, along with all the necessary civil infrastructure, like streets and sidewalks. By the early 1970's, an increasing number of property owners began discovering a little-known provision in state law: that even though the sidewalks are a public right-of-way, the adjacent property owner is responsible for their repair. Since most of the damage was being caused by street trees (also planted by developers) located in the parkway, the City Council passed an ordinance in 1973 that exempted the adjacent property owner from responsibility for repair, if the damage was caused by tree roots.
Unfortunately, the City has never allocated sufficient funding to perform the repairs with city crews, resulting in 40 years of little to no sidewalk repairs being done at all.
We all agree that our sidewalks are in terrible shape, and we need to fix them. The question is, who should pay for it?
Councilman Buscaino along with Councilman Englander have been working on a ballot measure that will allow Angelenos to vote on whether they want to pay to fix the City's failed streets.
Recently residents and the media have asked if the Councilman Buscaino is willing to consider the inclusion of sidewalks in the measure. The answer is yes. "We have an estimated $3 Billion street problem and a $1.5 Billion sidewalk problem in the City of Los Angeles," said Buscaino. "The problem is too grand to be fixed with existing funding, so we must seek additional funding.
"I am asking the residents of the City to tell us know how they feel about this issue and what they want fixed and how much they are willing to contribute."
Please answer the following two questions and please share this poll on your social media. The more engagement the Councilman receives on this issue, the more likely he will arrive to the option that has the most support and will serve the greater good.
Communications Director for Councilman Joe Busaino