A letter written to MINC – regarding sidewalk repair – we were asked to distribute.
Begin forwarded message:
Dear Neighborhood Council Leader,
I am Joey Lewis, Director, Member & Community Relations for Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® (SRAR). I am writing to you today with an update regarding the broken sidewalks within the City of Los Angeles due to tree roots and the City’s proposed switch in responsibility.
WHERE THE ISSUE STANDS TODAY
As of today, the proposal to switch the responsibility to the individual homeowner is still on the table. While “Point-of-Sale” (a property with a broken sidewalk cannot be sold until the sidewalk is repaired) appears to be off the books, the following options are now being considered by the City:
- “Point-of-Service” – meaning when a new tenant or property owner moves into a property with a sidewalk in need of repair, their utilities will not be turned on until the sidewalk has been repaired.
- “Point-of-Permit” – meaning when a homeowner with a broken sidewalk applies for a permit to do home updates of $20,000 or more, the permit will be denied until the sidewalk is repaired.
- Citywide bond measures, which is where property owners would approve to increase their property taxes to fund sidewalk repairs.
- Assessment district(s), which is where property owners within the City can form an assessment district to repair their sidewalks using the procedures in the State Streets and Highways Code.
STAY UPDATED AND SEND US YOUR STORY
We have launched a special website dedicated completely to LA City Sidewalk Repairs – www.LAPublicFrontage.org. Please continually check this website for updates.
Also, we would like to have photos and stories from individuals with sidewalks in front of their property or in their neighborhoods that are in need of repair. We would like to include these stories on the LAPublicFrontage.org website.
BUREAU OF STREET SERVICES NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH
As part of their proposed plan, the City has instructed the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) to conduct outreach efforts with Neighborhood Councils within the City of Los Angeles to ask for feedback on the sidewalk issue. This outreach effort is to be done by the BSS and reported back to the City within 120 days (as of January 30, 2012).
***Please let us know if your Neighborhood Council has been contacted by the BSS to join one of your meetings as part of their outreach efforts.***
SRAR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL OUTREACH
As part of our ongoing commitment to this issue, we at SRAR would also like to come to your Neighborhood Council meeting to conduct our own outreach efforts. Our Governmental Affairs Director, Mr. Mel Wilson, and I, have been following this issue for several years now, and would like to hear directly from the various Neighborhood Councils in our area.
If you would like to have a representative from SRAR come to your next Neighborhood Council meeting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the possible dates and location of your meeting, along with your contact information. I will then follow up with you directly to confirm.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. We hope you find this information helpful and meaningful.
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