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EPIAn Ways October-November 2006

EPIAn Ways October-November 2006

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Echo Park Improvement Association
 Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) hasgiven an unexpected thumbs-down to design Alternative
5, the community‘s preferred design for the rebuilding of
the SR2/Freeway Terminus.In a series of public meetings in the spring of 2006,MTA showed altered versions of the Alternative 5, thedesign commissioned by the Echo Park CommunityAction Committee (EPCAC) without consultation with theEPCAC or the community. The EPCAC design calls for 2
lanes on and 2 lanes off the freeway. MTA‘s version of
Alternative 5 includes 2 lanes on to the Freeway and 3lanes off. This isnot aninsignificantdetail.As a result,MTA claims thatAlternative 5cannot beachieved unlessthe bridge isdestroyed
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that extra lanethat causes this.As of thiswriting, MTAwants to totallyeliminateAlternative 5fromconsiderationand focus itsstudies onAlternative 1, 2,5B and 6A
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 none of whichcontain theentire package ofelements thatthe communityprefers.The MTA claimsthat building anextra freeway lane is possible only if the bridge isdestroyed, but the bridge is a key element inrevitalization of the area, and we cannot support adesign that creates an environment that supports moregridlock and fewer community amenities.
Reconstructing the Terminus with EPCAC‘s original
Alternative 5 as the guide has many positive benefits:The freeway on- and off-ramps are consolidated eastof the bridge.
The bridge surface is ―recycled‖ for use as a
community plaza, not just a walking path.Open space is created for community recreationaluse.A portion of a bikeway with links to the Los AngelesRiver and other communities would be included in theproject.
Saint Teresa‘s Church and School would experienceless noise and pollution, as the current ―north‖ off
-rampfacing the school would be eliminated.The atmosphere in the area would be improved forbusiness.Pedestrian access would be improved.We urge you support the Echo Park CommunityAction Committee and the community. Please tell MTAthat Alternative 5, the original preferred alternative,must not be eliminated as a design alternative. After sixyears of meetings and public input, it would be a terriblebetrayal if Alternative 5 and its benefits are summarilydismissed.We ask you to call or write the following people toexpress your continued support for Alternative 5 and
your displeasure with MTA‘s peremptory decision toignore the community‘s preferred choice.
 
Councilmember Eric Garcetti, (323) 957-4500, or email
Mitch O‘Farrell, Mitch.OFarrell@lacity.org;
Supervisor Gloria Molina, (213) 974-4111, or email tothe attention of Nicole Englund , nenglund@bos.co.la.ca.us;Representative Xavier Becerra, (213) 483-1425 or emailGayle Greenberg, gayle.greenberg@mail.house.gov.
Don‘t wait! It will take only a few minutes to show
your support for your community.
COMMUNITY PREFERS TERMINUS ALTERNATIVE 5; MTA SAYS NO
 By Judith Raskin, Echo Park Community Action Committee
 
 
 
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The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council2006 Election will be conducted Saturday, October 21,2006 from 9am until 6pm. The election will take placeat the Logan Street Elementary School Auditorium,1711 W. Montana Avenue. Both Executive and Districtoffices are up for election. The Executive offices ofPresident, Vice President, C.I.O. and Treasurer are allopen. One District representative is to be chosen ineach of the five Districts. While Candidate filings for theoffices were closed on September 21st so that the bal-lots could be printed, the GEPENC voting proceduresallow write-in candidates to register up to October 21,the day of the election, at 8am-9am before the pollingbegins at 9 am. You could even campaign without al-ready filing and throw your hat in the ring the morningof the election to allow your supporters to vote for you.To run for office you need to be a stakeholder in theGEPENC area. (See www.GEPENC.org/faq.php to view a
map of the council‘s boundaries). A Community Stake-
holder is any individual who lives, works or owns prop-erty in this neighborhood council area. In addition,Community Stakeholder status may be identified byparticipation in, among other things, educational insti-tutions, community organizations or other non-profitorganizations, block clubs, neighborhood associations,homeowners associations, apartment associations, con-dominium associations, resident associations, school/parent groups, faith based groups and organizations,senior groups and organizations, youth groups and or-ganizations, chambers of commerce, business improve-ment districts, service organizations, park advisoryboards, boys and girls clubs, cultural groups, environ-mental groups, code watch, neighborhood watch, policeadvisory board groups, and/or redevelopment actionboards. Note that to run for office or Vote in theNeighborhood Council Election you do not have to be aRegistered Voter or a U.S. Citizen.Further information can be obtained by contactingGEPENC Elections committee co-chairs, Suzi Rogers(213) 250-5208 or Larry Pickens (323) 810-4413. Asthe Election approaches more information will be
posted on the NC‘s website, www.GEPENC.org.
 
Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council 2006 Election

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