Ensuring Safe Streets During an Emergency
Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 27, 2017 at 10:02 AM
After the recent power outage caused by an explosion at the Northridge receiving station, many of you wrote to me about malfunctioning traffic signals and the generally dark and dangerous driving conditions on streets in the affected areas. This week I introduced a motion that asks the LADOT with assistance from LAPD to report back on what measures were in place during the outage.
The City Departments responsible for the safety of Los Angeles residents and those departments responsible for the roads and traffic should be prepared for power outages as well as other emergencies. LADOT Parking Enforcement officers are typically tasked with traffic control when traffic signals are out, but there was a severe shortage of LADOT Parking Enforcement officers on duty and zero supervisors on call the evening of July 8th, 2017 during the outage. It is clear that this situation can't be allowed to repeat itself.
The motion requires the departments to provide a comprehensive report to the Public Safety Committee on the current staffing levels of the Parking Enforcement officers during an emergency, the current staffing plan in place when responding to emergencies as well as what steps can be taken to ensure the LADOT maintains appropriate staffing levels in the future to efficiently and effectively manage traffic related issues during a power outage emergency.
This report will provide us with a blueprint for best practices to improving the city's response to power outages and other emergencies so that we can't keep streets safe no matter the circumstances.
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