The Avenue 64 Coalition of neighbors wish to thank each and everyone of you for signing our petition and enabling our concerns for increased traffic safety to be heard. When two communities (Los Angeles and Pasadena) bordering on each other stand together with the firm belief that traffic calming and public safety on Avenue 64 is an immediate necessity, good things happen!
Coalition members formally met with LADOT, Councilman Huizar's representatives, and LAPD to illustrate public safety issues which resulted in the installation in late October 2013 of STOP SIGNS at Avenue 64 and Elder Street in Los Angeles within the Garvanza Neighborhood. This action has served to significantly reduce speed going due north toward Pasadena and south into a narrowing Avenue 64 past Meridian Street toward York Blvd, thus improving public safety. Los Angeles DOT went on to re-pave the road from Meridian to York Blvd which appears to have been related to a previously approved plan, now benefitting the area.
The Coalition has reached out to Hillsides Home to seek answers related to it's impact on increased traffic onto Avenue 64 and on the quality of life in the immediate neighborhood of Garvanza. As a result, a Neighborhood Advisory Group was proposed by the CEO where neighbors living adjacent or near to the Home can be informed of issues which will impact them. The Coalition has garnered support from CEO, Joe Costa, to pursue "school" designation for the property to ensure the safety of the home's young residents and it's employees, and to support the installation of safe cross walks at Avenue 64 and Church Street.
Finally, with regard to Pasadena DOT planning, the Avenue 64 Coalition has advocates communicating with Pasadena's "Complete Streets" project planning committee. Pasadena's Complete Streets Committee targeting Avenue 64 (from Church Street north to Colorado Blvd) is entertaining the following traffic calming measures (They remain in the planning stages):
*Avenue 64 and Church St. (Crosswalks, ADA ramps)
*Avenue 64 and Burleigh (Median with Neighborhood Entry Sign, Bulbout)
*Avenue 64 and Cheviotdale(Traffic Circle)
*Avenue 64 and Nithsdale (Bulbous, ADA ramps, traffic signal)*
*Avenue 64 and Glenullen (Bulbouts).
Measures at Avenue 64 and Church Street will be a shared project between Los Angeles and Pasadena DOTs. Our hope is that the communication that is required for successful collaboration, especially as bordering cities and neighborhoods need to take care of one another, will no doubt be optimal. The Avenue 64 Coalition (L.A. participants) would also like to see a Neighborhood Entry Sign for Garvanza.
Pilar Reynaldo is the point person for Los Angeles while Jeff Leon, a participant in the Complete Streets committee, is the point person for Pasadena. Both are to be commended for their tireless efforts to ensure communications between Pasadena and Los Angeles DOTs, especially where the intersections of Avenue 64 and Church Street and Avenue 64 and Burleigh are involved. Patience is the name of the game.
Special thanks to Zenay Loera, (District Director for Jose Huizar, District 14, Los Angeles) and Taka Suzuki (Deputy for Steve Madison, Distict 6, Pasadena). for their assistance in this most important public safety matter.
Thank you so much for your support.
AR Meza (Garvanza)
Avenue 64 Coalition
"Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.”- - - Mahatma Gandhi