December News Articles

From The Atlantic: CityLab:

Why the Wealthy Have Been Returning to City Centers

“Back in 1980, Americans didn’t pay much of a premium to live in the center of a city. Quite the contrary: many gladly paid more to live farther away. We all know how that story ends. In the years and decades that followed, center cities made a comeback, and demand for downtown living soared.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Activists seek ballot measure for moratorium on L.A. ‘mega projects’

“A group of Los Angeles activists said Wednesday that it wants voters to crack down on real estate “mega developments” by putting limits on changes to city planning rules that can be granted for such projects. The Coalition to Preserve L.A. said its proposed ballot measure would establish a moratorium of up to two years for any development project that requires a City Council vote to increase the number of housing units allowed on a particular site.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Hollywood debate is trial run for city growth fight

“The Palladium project is, in many ways, just what elected leaders at Los Angeles City Hall say they want. Under the proposal, two 30-story residential towers would go up a block from a Hollywood Boulevard subway station. It would add 731 homes in the middle of a housing crunch. And the project would be constructed entirely on parking lots, ensuring that the developer won’t need to demolish a single rent-controlled apartment. Nevertheless, the push to approve the Palladium Residences has found a powerful foe in the project’s next-door neighbor, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which says the development is too big for its surroundings.”

From The Daily Beast:

LA Is a Great Walking City. Really.

“In the popular imagination, LA is thought to lack street life while glorifying its dependence on the automobile. This idea is hard to shake. But the characteristics of what some observers call “the Third Los Angeles” are obvious to residents.”

From The Los Angeles Business Journal:

Ending Gridlock: Reason Proposes ‘Mobility Plan’

“The Los Angeles think tank formally presented its “Southern California Mobility Plan” at a luncheon Wednesday at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles that was attended by more than 75 people. The $714 billion plan calls for tolls on local highways and expressways, improving bus rapid transit and express bus services, creating new overpasses and underpasses at congested interchanges, converting carpool lanes to toll lanes and synchronizing traffic lights”

From Curbed Los Angeles:

Here’s the Bonkers, $700-Billion Libertarian Plan to Fix Los Angeles Traffic

“The future of transportation in Los Angeles is getting a lot of much-deserved attention lately, as the sustainability of the city’s model has city planners looking at major changes in the way LA gets around town. Mobility Plan 2035, the city’s long-term transportation plan seeks to finally get many Angelenos out of their cars with workable public transportation and an improved network of bike lanes. Not everyone agrees that that’s the way to go, though. The Libertarian Reason Foundation says bikes and buses are not the solution to traffic congestion—making more room for cars is.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Opinion: The Expo Line hasn’t reduced freeway traffic. So what?

“Though the rail line has drawn more users — 30,000 daily riders — than projected and helped boost bus ridership, the number of people in the area using transit does not appear to be large enough to affect vehicle traffic in such a congested corridor, according to researchers with USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Metrans Transportation Center, which conducted the study for the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”

From The Atlantic CityLab:

Every Town Needs a Huge Cat Directing Traffic

“It can be hard to get drivers to slow down on local streets. Some places install a roundabout. Others go with speed bumps. The town of Sebastopol, in Northern California, chose to install a 12-foot tall orange tabby that glows in the dark and instills the fear of death into your pedal-pushing soul.”

11.11.15 News Articles


California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, 7-year study says

“Roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years, and Dallas-Fort Worth has been a prime beneficiary of the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment.”

From Streetsblog LA:

Parking Reforms Advanced By L.A. City Council Transportation Committee

“As expected, a suite of far-ranging parking reforms was heard by the Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee yesterday. The committee was broadly receptive to the reforms, directing the city’s Transportation Department (LADOT) and other departments to further investigate a number of key reforms. What was perhaps most revealing was individual city councilmember attention to specific parking issues.”

From The Bookings Institute:

Four paths to abundant Internet bandwidth

“Five years ago, 1,100 communities demonstrated their desire for next generation, gigabit-speed broadband… For several years, incumbent Internet service providers dismissed the concept… Yet in the past 12 months, every major incumbent, covering over 80 percent of the population, has announced plans to deliver mass-market gigabit. So can cities stop worrying about whether they’ll have the affordable, abundant bandwidth needed to thrive in the future?  No.”

From The Daily News:

At 10 years old, Valley’s Orange Line busway needs more juice, officials say

“Now with passengers on the bus rapid transit line squeezed elbow to elbow on their daily commutes to school and work, officials trumpeted the Orange Line decade but said it needs to carry more, and the Valley deserves better public transit.”

From Curbed LA:

LA Passing Up Tens of Millions For Infrastructure and Affordable Housing

“Los Angeles has got a lot of expensive infrastructure issues that need attention and money, like the dangerous sidewalks and lumpy roads and aging water pipes. But a new audit from the LA City Controller’s office shows that the city is “failing to exercise its power” to charge developer impact fees that could be helping pay to fix things, says a release from the controller’s office.”

From The Atlantic CityLab:

The Next Stop Toward a Better Transit App

“Most transit apps are pretty straightforward: punch in your desired location and they’ll give you some route options, the next times buses or trains are coming, and maybe a couple of tidbits on service interruptions. But savvy riders want more than directions to navigate transit services. Which neighborhoods have the most regular service? Where are the wheelchair-accessible stops? How strong is bus service relative to metro?”

From Curbed LA:

Los Angeles Getting New Wireless-Enabled Streetlight Poles

“Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the newest breakthrough in LA streetlight technology, the SmartPole… The new Phillips SmartPole comes with all the bells and whistles, including energy efficient LED lighting and 4G LTE wireless technology. Using Ericsson’s small cell technology… the streetlights will bring increased wireless broadband coverage to dense areas of the city.”

October, 2015 News Articles

From the Daily News:

Valley leaders call for higher return on public transit dollars

“This is a golden opportunity for transportation in the San Fernando Valley,” said Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents a traffic-clogged district from North Hollywood to Van Nuys. “The Valley must be part of a systemized (transit) plan. We must now speak as a single voice: The Valley must not be left out. So it will be imperative for everyone in this room to fight tooth and nail … to make every penny that this Valley deserves goes into the ballot measure.”

From the Daily News:

What the San Fernando Valley would get, and not get, in new transportation tax

“When voters across Los Angeles County approved a half-cent sales tax seven years ago to ease traffic gridlock, the San Fernando Valley lost out to a lion’s share of new rail stops. Score: Greater Los Angeles south and east of the Santa Monica Mountains, 78. The San Fernando Valley, 2. That’s why Valley elected and business leaders are calling for a greater share of transportation fixes from a proposed extension of the Measure R tax and a fairer stake in a tandem transit tax proposal known as Measure R2.”


Urban nature: Valley gets 12 miles of new trails along L.A. River

“Bicycle and walking trails are planned for a 12-mile San Fernando Valley stretch of the Los Angeles River, with $6 million announced Thursday to design the project. City and county officials split the design cost for the Los Angeles River Valley Greenway project, with four Valley area council members contributing much of the $3 million in funding the city is dedicating to the effort.”

From 89.3 KPCC:

Los Angeles outlines 3 possible approaches to legal street vending program

“A new city report that looks at possibilities for legalized street vending in Los Angeles outlines three different scenarios. The choices: a citywide street vending program, specific street vending districts, or a combination of the two that lets different communities decide how they want to manage street vending. One other choice? To maintain the status quo, which prohibits sidewalk vending in L.A.”

From the Daily News:

At 10, Valley’s Orange Line is a child star that hasn’t aged well: Guest commentary

“Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Orange Line busway, which connected Metro’s North Hollywood station to Warner Center, mostly along its own right of way. I remember the date well, since I turned 45 that day. In the ensuing decade, the Orange Line has acted like a precocious child star who hasn’t aged well. I, on the other hand, am just 10 years older.”

From the Atlantic CityLab:

How Panasonic Turned Car Commuters Into Transit Riders

“Ken Jeanos has been working at Panasonic’s North American headquarters in New Jersey for about 25 years, and up until two years ago he drove into work almost every day. That all changed when the company moved to downtown Newark in mid-2013. Now Jeanos takes New Jersey Transit into Newark Penn Station. He bought an iPad for the trip and reads the Wall Street Journal or catches up on emails. “It really sets up a much easier transition into the work day,” says Jeanos, who’s now CIO of the North America hub. “Personally, I really didn’t think I would be a huge fan of it, because of the independence of having the car. And it’s really been wonderful.”


WCA and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield invite you to ‘An Insider’s Guide to Public Transit‘ a free public open house for Warner Center residents and employees. The Insider’s Guide aims to introduce new/potential riders to just how clean, easy, and convenient local public transit is!

Representatives of the Transit Agencies that serve Warner Center will be on hand to answer your questions, and to share how easy it is to commute to Warner Center.

The Insider’s Guide will be held at Westfield Topanga’s Community Center, located at:

Westfield Topanga Community Center

21710 Vanowen Street

Canoga Park, CA 91303

Join us this Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 4pm – 7pm, and become a Transit Insider!

9.15.15 News Articles

From the Daily News:

Village at Westfield Topanga: An economic driver and downtown for the Valley

“After Friday’s opening of the $350 million Village at Westfield Topanga, the Valley will now have what its promoters say has long been missing: a downtown. It is the first new major project in what is a seismic shift in the future development of Warner Center, the business and retail anchor of the west San Fernando Valley. “It’s going to be a major economic engine for the region and the city. It’s not just drawing people from the city, it’s going to draw people from all over. More people are going to be circulating through here than Disneyland,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the area.”

From the Atlantic CityLab:

Jersey City’s Innovative New Affordable Housing Plan Might Actually Work

“Simply put, Jersey City would offer the smallest tax incentives for market-rate development in already-coveted neighborhoods—along with strong requirements for affordable housing. In less sought-after neighborhoods, meanwhile, it would offer the strong incentives for all development.”

From the Atlantic CityLab:

Late to the Bike-Share Party, L.A. Could End Up a Leader

“…LA might be able to make up for being late to the party by being the first U.S. city to truly incorporate bike-share into its existing public transportation system. BTS/B-cycle, the vendor that will be operating L.A.’s bike-share, is reportedly working with the city’s transit authority, Metro, to create some kind of a unified fare structure.”

From the Daily News:

Trolley system coming to Westfield’s Village

“The $350 million lifestyle destination, which opens Sept. 18, is getting its own mass transit system that will serve the Warner Center area, at least in a small way. Westfield Corp. is putting the finishing touches on two bright red trolleys that will soon be motoring about the local streets. “We couldn’t be more excited to be offering this. These are really cool,” said Brendan Kotler, assistant general manager in charge of Westfield’s Topanga, Village and Promenade properties.”

From the Public CEO:

Could L.A. Become a River City?

“All the progress in revitalizing the Los Angeles River has presented the city with a special opportunity: to develop the communities along the river, as it makes its way from Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley all the way to the San Pedro Bay. The potential to attract investment, housing, businesses, and better transportation to communities along the river is enormous. But so are the potential obstacles—if we don’t make changes to governance and come up with new tools for development.”


Moving to An Area With More Green Space Can Improve Your Mental Health for Years

“There’s plenty of evidence for the idea that humans thrive when we have frequent exposure to nature—even when it’s just a patch of greenery in the midst of a city’s concrete jungle.”

From The Atlantic CityLab:

Prototyping the Age-Ready City

“The generations entering middle and old age today will also have to rethink what it means to be old. Fewer will be able to rely on family caregivers, but many also have higher expectations about being able to remain active in their communities.”

From Streetsblog USA:

Surgeon General’s Warning: Unwalkable Places Are Hazardous to Your Health

“Physical activity is essential to people’s health, but dangerous streets and spread-out, sprawling communities prevent Americans from getting enough of it, says the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.”

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