Citywide Sidewalk Repair Program
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 01, 2016 at 2:44 PM
This week, the City Council laid out the framework for implementing a Citywide Sidewalk Repair Program. In August 2010, Willits v. City of Los Angeles was filed in Federal Court asserting that the City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In 2015, Council approved the Willits Settlement Agreement which commits $31 million per year for 30 years to be used for sidewalk repair to improve access on our sidewalks. Currently, the City is already repairing sidewalks around public facilities. This week’s action sets policy and expands the City's Sidewalk Repair Program to sidewalks adjacent to private property.
The City Council asked for reports back on the feasibility of each of the following:
- Implementing a cost sharing rebate program for property owners for up to 50% of the average cost per square foot
- Instituting a sliding scale of cost sharing for commercial property owners applicable to non-profits and community service organizations that display hardship
- Retroactive reimbursement for property owners who have already made repairs
- A phase in the transfer to a "fix and release" program, providing a 20 year guarantee/warranty, prior to returning the responsibility for future sidewalk repairs back to residential property owners and a 5 year warranty for commercial and industrial properties
- Best practices for the maintenance of trees in the parkways to ensure these trees don't damage sidewalks moving forward
- Simplifying and streamlining the City's tree removal/replacement policies/procedures.
- Enhancing stormwater capture and other green infrastructure standard plans
Click here to view full list of requested action items.
(Photo courtesy of the LA Times)
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District