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West LA Traffic, 7pm on 7/8/08

Even though there has been a decline in traffic due to increasing oil prices, our roads are still socked in from about 3:30pm – 7:30pm.  I love when my parents comes to visit and they try to plan our excursions around "rush hour".  Oh silly NYers.  We don’t have "Rush Hour".  We have "Rush Afternoon and Evening".  If I don’t get my errands done by 2:30, they aren’t getting done that day.  Even if it’s just down Lincoln a few miles in either direction.

City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel will be addressing the Venice Neighborhood Council next Tuesday.  She is the Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee and will be discussing the next 20 years of LA’s transportation projects.  This meeting is open to the public.

From the Venice Neighborhood Council:

LA City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, to address Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting

Los Angeles, Calif., July 08, 2008—Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, will talk to the Venice Neighborhood Council at its monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 15th. The Councilwoman will discuss development of the City’s Strategic Transportation Plan, a process that will yield a plan covering transportation projects and priorities over the next 20 years for Los Angeles.

Councilwoman Greuel has said about the plan: “We are never going to solve our transportation crisis with a piecemeal solution. During the last 20 years, the City’s transportation leadership has failed Angelenos by focusing on short term political gains rather than long term investments. In order to create the kind of transportation system we need – we must have a comprehensive citywide vision and invest in long term planning.”

Los Angeles was identified as the city with the most traffic congestion in the United States in a recent report from INRIX (see: http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard). According to the report, gridlock faces Westside drivers and commuters throughout the LA basin on a daily basis, contributing to average delays of 45 percent. According to another study, traffic delays commuters an "extra 72 hours a year and annually wastes 57 gallons of fuel per traveler" (see http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/ from the Texas Traffic Institute).

Snacks and coffee will be provided at the meeting.

A detailed agenda will be posted on the internet at www.VeniceNC.org and at posting places in the community.

There is no charge for this event. It is open to all Venice stakeholders and public comments are encouraged.

What: Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting

Where: Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd (parking and auditorium entrance on Westminister, 1/2 block west of Abbot Kinney)

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Time: 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM

For more information see www.VeniceNC.org or email Marc Saltzberg at outreach@VeniceNC.org.

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