First things first: Check out this incredible video of Los Angeles circa 1917. Keep an eye out for clips of streetcars and Angels Flight.
California State Assembly joins Senate and says: Give Me 3 (L.A. Streetsblog)
By a 41-20 vote, the California State Assembly approved S.B. 910, a bill that would require drivers to pass bicyclists by at least three feet. The bill was sponsored by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), but L.A. should get a helping of credit too, says Streetsblog editor Damien Newton. After all, “it was a joint campaign of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Midnight Ridazz and LAPD that adopted the ‘Give Me 3′ postering campaign that became the slogan for S.B. 910 supporters.”
Bill pushes gas levy for congestion relief projects (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
More news from the Capitol: Thanks to existing state laws, raising taxes requires approval from two-thirds of the voters. That’s why Measure R needed, and got, at least 67% “yay” votes to pass in 2008. A new bill, however, proposes allowing regional planning agencies to ask local voters to approve new taxes for specific projects by a 50% margin. The hope is that this would give regions more control over the types of mobility projects they want to do, be they road repairs, bike paths, transit expansion — or anything else. Part of the assumption behind the bill is that citizens tend to be more supportive of taxes when they believe they’ll see immediate benefits.
Gold Line agency poses questions (Inland Empire Daily Bulletin)
The Gold Line Foothill Extension is presently funded only to its Phase 2A terminus in Azusa, though one day it could reach as far as Ontario Airport. If funding ever comes along for that latter segment, the Gold Line Construction Authority wants to have a plan in place and it’s asking Foothill cities to chip in on the planning costs. So far Rancho Cucamonga and Upland have balked, citing the concern that they won’t actually end up with stations in their respective cities — although determining where to put stations would be part of that very planning process.