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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Dept of Transportation (DOT): SBRA input requested prior to installation of stops signs

The Dept of Transportation (DOT) has been working closely with SBRA asking for our input prior to installation of stop signs in our area.
1. They will soon be installing an all-way sign control at the intersection of Granville Ave and Kiowa Ave. We have received many complaints about the unsafe conditions there and we welcome this improvement. The installation could take 4-8 weeks, depending upon the field crew’s schedule.

2. Although Chenault St and Westgate Av are technically outside SBRA boundaries, we would like to know if anyone has an opinion re: installation of an all-way stop sign control at the Chenault St and Westgate Av intersection.

According to DOT, there is an approximate distance of more than 1,200 ft between existing controls on Westgate Av (between Currituck Dr and Montana Av) so this intersection meets their “Stop Sign Pattern” guideline for all-way stop sign control.

They have asked for a response in one week and after that they will proceed with the approval.

We appreciate notification and hope you will respond before March 31 if you approve…or disapprove of this installation.

Speed Humps: Register your request

The City stopped installing speed humps a while back due to lack of funds and issues with emergency vehicles. This new pilot program got so many applications in the first few hours, they could not handle the requests. That being said, please DO get on the list. Remember a requirement for actual installation includes a general consensus of homeowners on your street as well as various DOT requirements.
Information about Speed Humps AND Speeding in Residential Neighborhoods is attached.
Click here to SIGN UP for a speed hump

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BRENTWOOD GREEN at Brentwood Science Magnet: Open again on Saturdays!

Thanks to the efforts of the Board of Brentwood Green, the park at the Brentwood Science Magnet School will be open again on Saturdays from 9:30-4:30 and open Sundays as well through June.

Enjoy the park. Keep it clean and have fun!
Click to learn more about Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School and the Park

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US House Passes Bill by Rep. Ted Lieu CA District 33 to Restore West L.A. VA

“[T]he House of Representatives passed the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, which authorizes the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. VA campus. Today represents a giant leap forward in restoring the property to the Old Soldiers’ Home it was always intended to be. If enacted, this legislation will enable the VA to construct 1,200 units of housing for homeless veterans at the West L.A. VA and offer new robust services on the campus such as vocational training, recreation and spiritual support. The legislation also ensures that all leases on the campus principally benefit Veterans and strengthen the partnership between the VA and leaseholders.”

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Westside “Martin Expo Town Center Project” approved by LA City Council

Tricia Keane, Director of Land Use & Planning for Los Angeles City Council District 11 (Mike Bonin Council Member)
adds the following explanation to the approved plan:
The project that was approved was the revised project, which has 150,000 sf of commercial office, smaller grocery store (reduced by 40%), 20% affordable housing, 100 parking spaces for Expo Patrons, traffic and circulation improvements like a raised median in Bundy to prevent cut through traffic, $250K for a traffic signal at the Olympic driveway if the neighborhood wants it (subject to DOT approval), and the reconfiguration of the pedestrian island (i.e., “pork chop”) to create a larger pedestrian area at the corner and make crossing the street safer.

(Details available at these sites)
MARTIN EXPO TOWN CENTER blog
Mike Bonin Website LA City Council Approval of Metro Expo Center

FROM COUNCILMEMBER MIKE BONIN: Expo/Bundy Metro Expo Line Infrastructure Grant funds improvements

Grant will make it easier and safer to walk to and from the station

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will.i.am (Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary alum): We Need to Invest in Education

ATTN: sat down with will.i.am to discuss how he hopes the song will spark conversation about what’s happening in society today — especially when it comes to education.

http://www.attn.com/stories/11069/will-i-am-discusses-the-need-to-invest-in-education

will.i.am was bused to Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary:
will.i.am: If I wasn’t bussed out across town to Brentwood Science Magnet School, I would still be in the projects. More importantly, the projects — not physically, but here. I wouldn’t have known the difference. Poor is poor in the hood. You don’t know what rich is until you go outside. When I say rich, I’m not talking rich, like money. I’m talking rich here. So education is — it’s a broad — it’s not just what they’re teaching you to learn. School teaches you how to learn. Learn about yourself, learn about how you contribute, learn about what you mean in the world.

Thank God there was a magnet program when I was growing up. But guess what? The neighborhood that I came from? Those schools are still messed up. And guess what? Where I was able to go to school in Brentwood? That neighborhood is still awesome.

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