Councilmember Bonin: Concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program

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Dear Friends,

You deserve better than this.

A few weeks ago, I emailed you asking if you were having problems with the new trash service in Los Angeles, and hundreds of business and apartment owners like you responded with helpful feedback. Today, thanks to your help and the invaluable information you provided, I took action to address some of the most glaring and concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program.

As you know, earlier this year, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation launched an ambitious new program, recycLA, designed to dramatically increase recycling, move Los Angeles toward its zero waste goals, ensure fair pricing, improve service, and enhance working conditions. Since the initial rollout of recycLA program, however, I have heard from small business owners, landlords, and homeowner association leaders who have serious concerns regarding sudden and sharply increased costs, confusing new fees and surcharges and inaccurate bills. Your concerns also include frequent and repeated lack of service, lack of notice and widespread poor customer service from the waste haulers.

The issues causing these concerns are unacceptable, and today, my colleague Mitch O’Farrell and I proposed legislation to address the failings of the recycLA roll-out. Our legislation instructs the Bureau of Sanitation to immediately provide a report to the City Council with recommendations to reduce or eliminate extra service charges being levied on small businesses and apartment owners, and to allow apartment owners to share collection bins to help reduce the cost of service. Our legislation additionally demands a plan for further outreach to customers to inform them about the new waste hauling system and of the options available to reduce costs by increasing recycling, and asks for the City Attorney and Board of Public Works to prepare options that allow the city to assess penalties on waste haulers that fail to provide a reasonable level of service to customers. A full copy of the legislation can be found at

The goals of the recycLA program – reaching zero waste in Los Angeles and protecting the workers we rely on for this essential service – are imperative, but the poor rollout and implementation of this program is simply unacceptable. The City needs to take immediate steps to fix it or we’ll never achieve the worthy goals of the program.

I am sincerely grateful for those of you who shared your experiences and frustrations with me and my team, so we could craft legislation that directly addresses the issues you have seen since the program began.

Thank you very much for your participation and for all that you do to make neighborhoods on the Westside great places to live, work and enjoy. It is an honor to serve you and I greatly appreciate your partnership.


Councilmember, 11th District

COMING SOON: New all-way stop sign at Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue

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Our Department has completed the traffic engineering study for installation of all-way stop sign control at the intersection Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue. The installation should take 10 to 12 weeks depending on our field crew’s schedule.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Rudy Guevara, P.E.
Transportation Engineer
LADOT Western District Office

LADOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire

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For the many neighbors who asked for this:
Although the DOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire, they needed to find funding for it….and now they have it. Thank you, Mo!

Happy Holidays!

For your information, the proposed mix-used project at 11660 W. Santa Monica Blvd will fund the installation of left-turn signals at Barrington Av and Wilshire Blvd.


Mohammad H. Blorfroshan
Senior Transportation Engineer
Southern and Western Districts

Volunteers and Donations needed for Veterans requiring ride sharing for surgery

Veterans who are undergoing procedures which require anesthesia need rides. They can use Lyft or Uber but need a companion. They also need financial assistance to pay for this transportation need. Can you help?

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Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray returns to Brentwood!

A big welcome back to Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray! She spoke at the BCC meeting last night and gave us some good info:
– We now have a dedicated LAPD patrol car in Brentwood!
– Leave your purse out of sight on the floor when driving…criminals are taking purses from the passenger
– Always lock your car door when you leave the car, even for a minute…and when you are driving.

Officer Gray’s message is attached along with two LAPD events.

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FROM Village for Vets: More ways to help our vets

Many ways to help our vets:
I. Donate furnishings!
Do you have furnishings that are in great condition but you are going to replace them? Donate them to a veteran. That’s what I did with my sofa. A disabled vet whose home was vandalized came to pick it up with his young son. I felt great to see them leave with joy. Why not do the same?
Contact Marcie at

Dear SBRA,

HUD-VASH has limited resources for furniture and many other items. For this reason, the HUD-VASH program is grateful for any donations we can receive to serve our Veterans. We thank you so much for assisting us with giving our Veterans the items they need to live successfully and independently. HUD-VASH can no do it without you. Much appreciated. Thanks again.

II. Volunteer!
From Village for Vets Newsletter:
Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00am 6:00pm
Over 100 Community Volunteers are Needed On Friday October 27 for the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and their Dependents
Sign up now!
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting their 3rd annual Stand Down on October 27, 2017 from 6AM – 6PM.  The Stand Down provides resources and services free of charge to America’s heroes.  The services include Hot Meals, Housing Assessments, Legal Assistance, Disability Claims, and much, much more.
CLICK for additional info about Village for Vets

How you can help our vets: Please consider donating or volunteering

Please consider donating to or volunteering with
Village for Vets as they partner with Meals on Wheels and The Westside Food Bank
as they can continue to provide 50 lunches everyday to homeless veterans

Thank you.

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About Village for Vets

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CLICK for more info & opportunities to support

DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION signs to be installed at Wilshire Boulevard at Barrington

SBRA meetings with the Dept of Transportation and CD11 have resulted in DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION signs at Wilshire Boulevard at Barrington in response to requests from the community. Hope it will ease the traffic gridlock there. See below.
Marylin Krell, Past President SBRA

June 13, 2017

11 – Western SR# 80354
Barrington Av & Wilshire Blvd



That “DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION” signs be authorized for eastbound and westbound traffic on Wilshire Boulevard at Barrington Avenue. (Section 80.07 (d) L.A.M.C.)


A request was received from Marylin Krell of South Brentwood Residents Association, on behalf of the area residents, for the installation of “DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION” signs for eastbound and westbound traffic on Wilshire Boulevard at Barrington Avenue due to concerns with gridlock at this intersection.

A traffic engineering study of this location has been completed. The study included an investigation of the physical conditions and existing traffic controls, and field observations of traffic movement through this intersection.

In the Mobility Plan 2035 of the City ‘ s General Plan Transportation Element, Wilshire Boulevard is classified as “Boulevard II” with an average daily volume of 50,000 vehicles , and Barrington Avenue is classified as “Avenue II” with an average daily volume of 20,000 vehicles. The study revealed that eastbound and westbound motorists on Wilshire Boulevard at times block this intersection, especially during the weekday peak periods.

The installation of “DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION” signs, as described in the Determination, is justified to discourage motorists on Wilshire Boulevard from stopping within the intersection and interfering with the movement of traffic in and out of Barrington Avenue.

Approved by:

Mohammad H. Blorfroshan, P.E.
Senior Transportation Engineer Southern and Western Districts

cc: Councilmember Mike Bonin, 11th Council District (Attn: Debbie Dyner Harris, Jessie Holzer, Len Nguyen)

No more!!

LADOT: Installs protected-permissive left-turn signals all directions at BarringtonXWilshire

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has authorized the installation of protected-permissive* left-turn signals in all directions at Barrington Av and Wilshire Blvd intersection (similar to Bundy Dr and Wilshire Blvd).

At Bundy Dr and Wilshire Blvd intersection, the left-turn signals for all directions are protected-permissive-type*. The left-turn phase for each direction is activated based on demand. In each left-turn lane, the loop detectors activating the left-turn phasing are approximately 70 ft to 90 ft from the crosswalks (depending on the length of the left-turn pocket), so when there are four or more vehicles in a left-turn lane at the beginning of the cycle for that direction, the left-turn phase gets activated and the green phase would be extended if there is a demand.

*In a “permissive” mode, a green signal permits vehicles to turn left as traffic allows(see left image in Figure 1 Permissive and Protected).
In a “permissive/protected” mode, the permissive left-turn phase is immediately followed by an exclusive, protected left-turn phase, initiated by a green arrow signal indication (see image in Figure 1 Permissive and Protected).
– Courtesy of Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety

An alternative style of a left-turn signal light is Sunnyvale’s

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