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An Insider’s Guide to Public Transit – Hosted by WCA and CD 3 on 10.8.15

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

August – September 2015 News Articles

From the Los Angeles Times:

Why a car-centric transportation plan is folly for L.A.

 http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0902-schwartz-mobility-accessibility-20150902-story.html

“Access — to shopping or work — can be improved by increasing the speed with which we travel between destinations or by decreasing the distance separating them. But we have to choose. Mobility and proximity are in combat with one another. The more mobility we create, the more distant destinations grow — because free-flowing traffic encourages sprawl. The closer destinations are to one another, the slower transportation gets — because density leads to congestion.”

From the Los Angeles Times:

USOC names Los Angeles the official U.S. bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympics

http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-sn-usoc-los-angeles-2024-summer-olympics-20150901-story.html

“Los Angeles has been chosen as the U.S. candidate to bid for the 2024 Summer Games, capping a tumultuous month in which the city went from Olympic also-ran to serious contender.”

From the Daily News:

Billboard campaign touts new Village at Westfield Topanga

http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150827/billboard-campaign-touts-new-village-at-westfield-topanga

“When Matti Leshem scored the gig to create the billboard and ad campaign for The Village at Westfield Topanga he settled on a reality theme, sort of his personal love story about the city and the San Fernando Valley.”

From The San Jose Mercury News:

Senate panel votes to raise California gas tax 12 cents a gallon

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_28668276/senate-panel-votes-raise-californias-gas-tax-12

“Members of a Senate committee tackling a huge backlog of roadway maintenance endorsed legislation that would generate $4 billion annually for repairs by increasing the gas tax 12 cents a gallon and boosting annual vehicle registration fees $35 for most cars. Fees for all-electric vehicles would go up $100.”

From LA Streetsblog:

Garcetti Signs Vision Zero Directive to End L.A. Traffic Deaths by 2025

http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/08/24/garcetti-signs-vision-zero-directive-to-end-traffic-deaths-by-2025/

“Prior to today, Vision Zero was largely confined to LADOT and City Planning (DCP). With this new directive, Garcetti broadens the city agencies responsible for implementing Vision Zero. In addition to LADOT and DCP, Garcetti explicitly names the Police, Fire, Public Works, and Water & Power departments to participate in an internal city of L.A. Vision Zero Steering Committee.”

Westfield’s The Village makes the SFVBJ’s Front Page

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal, in their August 10th Issue, reports on the grand opening of Westfield’s The Village outdoor mall, which is slated to open in September 2015.

“The outdoor mall will act as a connector between Westfield’s Topanga and Promenade malls, combining the three properties and totaling more than 300 tenants – about twice the number of Westfield’s Century City mall or its Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks. The developer anticipates the three adjacent properties combined will bring in 20 million shopper visits and ring up $1.3 billion in sales every year. The $350 million project will make Woodland Hills one of the top retail hubs in the United States, said Larry Green, Westfield’s senior vice president of U.S. development.”

For the full article about this major addition to the Warner Center community please click here.

 

August 2015 News Articles

From The Daily News:

New Home Building Perks Up in Valley

“Probably the most unique project, and likely the first of its kind in the Valley, is the Warner Center plans of California Home Builders that will complete the build-out of the former Panavision site.”

http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150726/new-home-building-perks-up-in-valley

 

From The LA Times:

L.A. will add bike and bus lanes, cut car lanes in sweeping policy shift

“Known as Mobility Plan 2035, the plan spells out hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and other road redesigns. It also seeks to cut the fatality rate from traffic collisions to zero within 20 years, in part by keeping cars within the speed limits.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mobility-plan-20150811-story.html

 

From StreetsblogLA.org:

A Peek Into Metro’s Frequent Bus Network Proposal

“Metro is currently considering some pretty big bus service changes. Basically Metro is considering a cost-neutral scheme that would eliminate multiple relatively low-performing bus lines and would add more frequent service on a core network.”

http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/07/29/a-peek-inton-metros-frequent-bus-network-proposal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+streetsblogla+%28Streetsblog+LA%29

 

From the Los Angeles Times:

Latest forecast suggests ‘Godzilla El Niño’ may be coming to California

A huge El Niño could devastate Southern California

““This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. The forecast is expected to heighten planning for potential flooding this winter. Los Angeles County flood control officials are beginning to plan for the worst. Officials say they’ll have tens of thousands of catch basins cleaned out to hold mud, rocks and other debris that might spill out from saturated hillsides.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-el-nino-20150813-htmlstory.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-huge-el-nino-could-devastate-southern-california-20150813-story.html

 

From the Atlantic City Lab:

L.A. Covers Its Reservoirs With Millions of ‘Shade Balls’

Local news outlets in L.A. reported Monday that 20,000 balls were released into a reservoir at the Van Norman Complex in the Sylmar area of the city. With that move, city officials completed a $34.5 million project that dumped 96 million balls into four reservoirs to protect what’s left of the city’s drinking-water supply.”

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2015/08/la-covers-its-reservoirs-with-millions-of-shade-balls/401066/