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Would $3 Billion Pay to Fix Your Street?

Here are the road condition maps for your neighborhood.

Now that the City Council has delayed action to put a $3 billion street repair bond issue on the May ballot, just which streets would be in line for repair in Northridge East, West and South, and Chatsworth and Porter Ranch? Follow the links to find your street.

Los Angeles is more than 60 years behind in necessary street repairs, according to Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino who are proposing the bond issue. There is a good chance that your street is one of the nearly 9,000 miles of crumbling thoroughfares in need of resurfacing.

If approved, owners of a $350,000 home would pay $119 per year in added property taxes over the course of the 29 years it would take the city to pay off the debt. The tax on a property's assessed value would start low and increase as the city borrows more heavily to fund the street repairs, with the rate eventually declining as the city stops borrowing more money. A two-thirds popular vote would be needed for it to pass.

The delay came at the urging of Neighborhood Councils who bemoaned the lack of advance notice and discussion about the bond issue. It was announced last Friday in order to meet a January 30 ballot deadline. And City Council President Herb Wesson Wednesday agreed that the plan lacked public outreach to gain support from the city's 95 Neighborhood Councils.

A website has been launched to explain the need for the bond issue.

Englander and Buscaino say the bond measure is necessary, because the city cannot afford on its own the estimated $300 million annual cost to fix some 8,700 lane-miles of damaged streets. The city budget for the current fiscal year is running a deficit and legislators will be tasked with closing an estimated $216 million budget hole for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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-- City News Service contributed to this report.

Jo January 11, 2013 at 02:03 PM
If LA City would place street services as a priority instead of pensions, we would have decent streets. Pensions are bankrupting LA. LA City reduced pensions ONLY for new employees EXCEPT Police and Fire. LA needs to reform pensions for EXISTING city employees and include Police and Fire. Pensions+retiree benefits consume 1/3 of LA's budget, soon to be HALF of the budget. They slashed street sweeping, storm drain cleaning. They have zero for sidewalk repairs & tree trimming. They cut Street Services Enforcement staff by 2/3; that is why weeds are allowed to grow tall along major streets such as Tampa. Sprinklers on 7 Tampa medians are broken; Englander told us the City can't afford to repair them so the medians look disgraceful! We pay high taxes, our town should look nice like T.O, Simi, etc where they pay lower taxes and their towns look much nicer. Private sector do not get lavish pensions+job security but we pay public sector union employees who get lavish pensions+benefits while LA goes down the drain. Low-information voters created this situation by voting for same ole insider Democrat politicians. 14 of the 15 City Council members are Dems so now you know why SF Valley looks disgraceful. Gruehl, Perry & Garceiti created this mess. Stop wondering why our roads and parkways look crappy and just vote for Kevin James for Mayor if you want to stop this madness. We need drastic changes in City Hall. Stop voting for Democrats, they are wrecking LA.
Northridge Tax Payer January 12, 2013 at 02:02 AM
They are wreking the country. My sidewalks are wrecked. We pay out the ass just keep the fat city unions full. Privatize the city works get rid of the unions and let the city workers figure out their retirement just like I have to figure out my rerirement as I pay for theirs with my taxes...

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