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Would $3 Billion Pay to Fix Your Street?

Take a look at the road condition maps for Highland Park.

Now that the Los Angeles City Council has delayed action to put a $3 billion street repair bond issue on the May ballot, just which streets would be in line for repair in Highland Park. A look at the map above will help you find your street.

Los Angeles is more than 60 years behind in necessary street repairs, according to Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino, who are proposing the bond issue. There is a good chance that your street is among the nearly 9,000 miles of thoroughfares, according to the Bureau of Street Services, are crumbling and in need of resurfacing.

Maps released by the Bureau of Street Services show that while North Figueroa Street is mostly in good condition, there are two extended stretches of York Boulevard in need of repair. The stretch near Avenue and Eagle Rock Boulevard and the stretch between Mesa Avenue and the Arroyo Seco Parkway are listed as being in the worst condition.

If approved, owners of a $350,000 home would pay $119 per year in added property taxes over the course of the 29 years it would take the city to pay off the debt. The tax on a property's assessed value would start low and increase as the city borrows more heavily to fund the street repairs, with the rate eventually declining as the city stops borrowing more money. A two-thirds popular vote would be needed for it to pass.

The delay came at the urging of Neighborhood Councils who bemoaned the lack of advance notice and discussion about the bond issue. It was announced last Friday in order to meet a Jan. 30 ballot deadline. And City Council President Herb Wesson Wednesday agreed that the plan lacked public outreach to gain support from the city's 95 Neighborhood Councils.

A website has been launched to explain the need for the bond issue. Click here for an overview of Neighborhood Council street assessments undertaken by the Bureau of Street Services.

Englander and Buscaino say the bond measure is necessary because the city cannot afford on its own the estimated $300 million annual cost to fix some 8,700 lane-miles of damaged streets. The city budget for the current fiscal year is running a deficit and legislators will be tasked with closing an estimated $216-million budget hole for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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— City News Service contributed to this report.

David Fonseca January 11, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Hey John and Hector, shoot me an e-mail, I'll respond with docs.
David Fonseca January 11, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Actually, you can direct download here: http://bss.lacity.org/ncsa.htm
John Munoz January 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Can someone tell me what happened to prop R that was supposed to come out of the price to pay for gas and pay for road construction and repairs
No710Anywhere January 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
No710Anywhere January 19, 2013 at 06:12 PM
if city leaders made their workers pay their fair share of health premiums, and hired new workers on a 401k, they could attend to basic services, like road maintenance. the board of public works is a joke. see latimes today, and resignation of alarcon as example. add this tax burden to the 9.5% sales tax proposal, and you get the gist City of LA is in $$ trouble. Which means we pay more...


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