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Mobility within Korea town is becoming increasingly more difficult as parking becomes limited, more cars enter the streets, and as the population begins to age. I have parents that are about to enter retirement and something that I am constantly worrying about is how they are going to get around. Driving is becoming more frightening and dangerous for many people. Have you tried to go to a Korean market around noon? It is absolutely panic inducing. The town can collaborate with DOT as well as Uber to provide a service somewhere in between traditional the traditional Dash service as Uber. Users could call up a bus using their phone and routes can be optimized using Uber/google routing software. The bus and the app can be made to be aesthetically appealing to the Korean population with friendly interfaces and bus design. These services can be offered on demand which greatly increases accessibility to all demographics. This will reduce congestion on the roads, decrease accidents from elderly drivers, reduce carbon emissions, and also create a sense of identity of Koreatown. I have a degree in civil engineering and a Master’s in sustainable infrastructure. I’ve also been born and raised in Koreatown.
David, I KNEW when we spoke a few times that you were a man with a high level of Integrity. I have been tracking you as I do our Mayor. I see you walking the talk. May you be blessed to hold steady in who you are. Far too many of those seeking office end up falling through the cracks of temptation that are self serving. One of the things I can see in you is that you Love what you are doing. That Love affords you a great strength.You are doing a Terrific job.
In my view, swept streets are essential to maintaining a minimum of neighborhood charm in LA. Recently I spoke with a sweeper driver and discussed his route in Franklin Hills. I asked him about the difficulties he encounters in the course of sweeping in the hills here. The stand out reason for not being able to do his job is the uneven and broken concrete streets.
Why? Because it turns out the scooper mechanism at the rear of the sweeper can not be lowered into position on uneven pavement.
So, in effect, the City, by not fixing the broken concrete streets is promising a service (street sweeping) it can not provide. If a street sweeper can not sweep, the signs should be taken down until the streets get fixed. Until then the "No Parking on Sweeping Days" signs are a violation of the rights of the people who must move their cars every couple of days with no benefit. The City cannot profit from the revenue of parking violation tickets without providing the service for which the violation is cited.
Tenants who have been renting for years have seen their quality of life sink as they view their front lawns and parkway medians on Rowena give way to dead grass and dog poop. I believe landlords have taken advantage of the water restrictions of the past few years, now no longer in effect, to NOT pay for watering or replacing the dead lawns with appropriate landscaping.
Rowena, at Griffith Park Ave, is now one of the ugliest streets in the greater Silverlake/Los Feliz area. It now may be a fact of life that we will get little or no rain on a regular basis and the City needs to look to other cultures and how they deal with an arid climate. The green grass of yesteryear is gone, DG (decomposed granite) is the best replacement, used in most of the south of France and a proven solution.
Mr. Ryu - I am unable to attend tonight's meeting but I voted for you based on your platform to put our neighborhoods first. To quote you - "I’m running for City Council to change the conversation at City Hall to one that takes account of neighborhood concerns first. Right now, City Hall isn’t listening. Neighborhoods are the heart of Los Angeles, but too often our interests are put aside for those with the deepest pockets and the loudest voices. I’m running the same way I will represent the 4th District – by listening to all stakeholders, starting first with my residents and communities". The quality of life in the Valley is suffering with multiple projects - a new hotel at Riverside and Coldwater, mixed-use building at Magnolia and Colfax (tbd?) , The Sportsmen's Lodge project? Furthermore, everytime I see a house being torn down and a larger cookie-cutter New England style house going up my heart breaks. Please support our community and let the developers know that overbuilding in our community is not welcome.
Currently, to report a code violation, one must give one's information. Although it is promised that such info will be confidential, we have seen instances where an inspector may say "we got a complaint from a neighbor" when only one person could really be that person. This makes reporting a poor neighbor very awkward.
David, I am so impressed with you. You have been true to everything we talked about when you were running for this position. Thank you for your integrity. I dare say, you are not just "another politician". Annette Saint John Lawrence
Everyday I hear the growl of engines accelerating down Rowena, a road with, near my house, a 25 MPH speed limit and several curves. People are short-cutting traffic on Los Feliz (I've been behind speeders who then turn back up Griffith Park to go back to Los Feliz Blvd) or are using it to pass through to points south, and they drive like they're already on the I-5 and/or are aggressively happy to be free of Los Feliz Blvd's traffic. A stop sign was put in at Ben Lomond Pl; I feel this helped somewhat with traffic speed on Rowena. We need another stop sign at either Lowry or, better yet, Avocado. This will also help prevent the daily near-accidents of westbound drivers turning onto Avocado without stopping nearly missing people eastbound and accelerating away from Los Feliz.
Hello Mr Ryu, first I want to thank you for all the positive changes you've made to our community in your short time as our Councilman. I understand you recently did a ride-along with the President of the Franklin Hills Resident Assosciation, Mr. Tim Cowell. I'm sure it was a nice visit and drive of their neighborhood, he mentioned in their newsletter, discussing with you about the attempt to move their boundaries and installing a sign at corner of Tracy St and Talmadge. I would like to express our concerns as residents of the area that would be affected by this. First, Tom LaBonge supported placement of a sign at Corner of Tracy St and Talmadge, but when the consequences and outcry of the affected residents, he withdrew his support, putting the decision onto you. The Los Feliz Improvement Assoc, also supported the 'sign', only later after discovery of how a sign would legally change the neighborhood boundary and how the necessary signatures required for the 'sign' were acquired questionably. They to also retracted their support. The LFNC, at their hearing was unable to come to a conclusion, passing it on to the Neighborhood/Education Committee, only to revisit the motion again and then, to vote against placement of said 'sign' and boundary change. Juan Longfellow, our LFNC representative of District D, went door to door, talking with neighbors, specifically about this, who live within the neighborhood that would be affected by the change, only to hear of unanimous opposition and of many who knew nothing of the sign or consequences it would have. In a nutshell, the past president of FHRA, is/was making an attempt to expand their boundaries into our neighborhood as a pat on their back for what they have done, mainly on the border of the neighborhood. It has never been mentioned about how their crime rate is higher and home values are lower, this change will encompass us into their statistics, how this will affect our values or insurance rates is unknown. The necessary signatures for the 'sign' application were acquired without exposing the implication of said sign and boundary change. They used Tom LaBonge to gain momentum, only to have him step away from the controversy. We have gathered a multitude of emails from those who live here that are against this. All of this information and documents was sent to LaBonge, will we ever know if it still exist or disappeared when he left office. I speak for myself and my neighbors that oppose this and ask you to follow all of those here in the affected area that are against this change, do not find it necessary or of any advantage or value to us. Please deny the FHRA request to expand their boundaries, and please do not allow the city to install a sign at the corner of Tracy St and Talmadge and change the name of our neighborhood.
I write in hopes that this reaches Councilmember Ryu or the appropriate staff. One of the highly local issues he inherited is a proposed change in neighborhood boundaries in Los Feliz. The Franklin Hills association has proposed changing signage and borders of Franklin Hills to annex a portion of what is now plain Los Feliz. This is not a simple, easy issue, and, although it has been portrayed a non-controversial, it actually IS. I request that the Councilmember NOT support any requested boundary changes. The changes are opposed by the Los Feliz association and were eventually opposed by former Councilmember LaBonge after he realized just how controversial the move is in our area. They are also opposed by the impacted area as a change in neighborhood has the ability to negatively impact property values. I, as others, moved to Los Feliz on purpose and paid a premium to do so. We feel a strong affinity for the area and had never heard of Franklin Hills before moving here. As in medicine, in government the first rule is "do no harm." After hearing about this proposal, I contacted the Franklin Hills association to as WHY this was proposed and, frankly, they could not tell me anything other than that they want to expand their boundaries to include historic sites like Marshall High and Prospect Studios, and that they want to be recognized for cleanup work they do in the adjacent areas. When pushed, they could come up with no reason why this would help my community or property values. It appears to be driven by highly local ego or control issues. But those are not my concern. I care about my property values, being able to list my home as Los Feliz, and being associated with the neighborhood I deliberately chose to live in. I understand a committee vote is scheduled soon and hope that the issue can be denied or at least that impacted neighbors have a chance to weigh in directly with your office. Thank you.
This intersection used to have stop signs for traffic on De Longpre, and then mysteriously a couple years ago, they switched, stopping traffic on Detroit instead. If anything, the intersection has become more dangerous, with cars on Detroit forced to inch out into the intersection (visibility is terrible because of all the cars parked on De Longpre) while cars driving on De Longpre, often cutting over from/to La Brea, zip across at high speeds. It's only a matter of time before there's an accident (in fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if there have been some already). It would be a much safer intersection if there were stop signs for both Detroit and De Longpre traffic.
“There are numerous mechanisms by which uncontrolled dosing of fluorides through water fluoridation can potentially harm thyroid function, the body and the brain. A malfunctioning thyroid often leads to weight gain. And diabetics and patients with kidney disease are often thirsty, causing them to consume increased amounts of fluorides if they have access to only fluoridated water. Communities of color and the underserved are disproportionately harmed by fluorides because most rely on municipal water sources, many of which continue to add fluoride, despite research showing the potential harms and negating the potential benefits. I support federal investigative hearings looking into why our cities and towns are allowed to continue to add fluoride to public water sources and why the whole story about fluorides is only just now coming out.” (Dr. Mark Hyman via email on April 1, 2016)
What is the plan for 420 South La Brea? Its been a big hulking eyesore for many years. It would be awesome in so many ways if some of it could be turned into public space. I know the real estate market is crazy right now. But it would be great if the needs of the residents were factored in.
David: During your campaign and more recently at a Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) meeting you told those attending that Alice Roth was your dedicated and respected Deputy authorized to do the “peoples” work within City Hall on your behalf. Therefore, at this time if for example LAUSD has been having about 300,000 students not in school, unexcused in excess of three times, during school hours, possibly out robbing houses in Sherman Oaks, what are you doing to be sure they go to school rather than be in the streets of LA, dubbed Curfew Violators? I am confused why she and most Local Government, State and Federal Government Elected and Staff continue to claim “not my job” to meddle in the affairs of schools, when these students become Curfew Violators potentially headed to the “pipelines to prisons”, currently ignored, unless first a crime is committed. Therefore, if the City wishes to reduce the estimated 23,000 Homeless per year living on the streets within the City of LA, as reported by the media, I now ask you why not start to deal with Curfew Violators and have Alice Roth call me to discuss what she and you can do? Thanks in advance for the call. Thomas D. Carter, CPA – AKA Mr. Flashlight shining his light on the truth
One of your campaign promises was to get the DASH Bus in Beachwood running on Sundays so that we can lessen traffic congestion and parking issues in order to get to and from the farmers market. Extending hours to 11 pm in order to have dinner in Hollywood would also lessen vehicular issues.
Since I not only live one block away from the Fuller entrance of Runyon Canyon and I also spend 2-3 hours a day exercising my Chocolate Labrador morning and evening in this beautiful canyon, I am quite concerned about the future of Runyon. One major issue about this closure is that originally Runyon was suppose to stay half open. One of the reasons FORC wanted a total shut down was because they managed to find a donor to pay for fixing a retaining wall near the tennis court on condition that they (Pink Dolphin,) could construct a basketball court. Even though this is being done for free how could the Board of Commissionors of Parks & Rec. exempt any environmental studies? The impact of added loud noise is what most concerns me. The sound of basketballs constantly bouncing on a surface that has never best tested in the middle of our bowl shaped canyon which will be amplified upwards and outwards. How can we allow the solitude of this rare sanctuary in Los Angeles be potentially permanently ruined? A noise check is very simple and inexpensive, you just put some of the proposed surface on the ground, play a ten minute game and have volunteers situated around the adjacent areas to listen to the impact. We also have nesting owls and many other birds that have been living in Runyon for several years that would be negatively impacted. Even doing this for free Pink Dolphin should not be exempt from environmental studies. And even though it is free their proposal has their name "Pink Dolphin," posted above and on the court. For years anyone who even posted a business card on the billboard had it ripped off by the Park Rangers for advertising. Speaking of which FORC tore down the billboard and constructed a new billboard that only allows themselves to post any and all material. FORC has muscled into Runyon and somehow became the official voice, (but hopefully not the only voice,) of Runyon. If the construction of the proposed basketball court is halted because we gain our sanity and have some environmental studies can we then keep the eastern half of Runyon open? Thank you.
Since I not only live one block away from the Fuller entrance of Runyon Canyon and I also spend 2-3 hours a day exercising my Chocolate Labrador morning and evening in this beautiful canyon, I am quite concerned about the future of Runyon. Once major issue about this closure is that originally Runyon was suppose to stay half open. One of the reasons FORC wanted a total shut down was because they managed to find a donor to pay for fixing a retaining wall near the tennis court on condition that they (Pink Dolphin,) could construct a basketball court. Even though this is being done for free how could the Board of Commissionors of Parks & Rec. exempt any environmental studies? The impact of added loud noise is what most concerns me. The sound of basketballs constantly bouncing on a surface that has never best tested in the middle of our bowl shaped canyon which will be amplified upwards and outwards. How can we allow the solitude of this rare sanctuary in Los Angeles be potentially permanently ruined? A noise check is very simple and inexpensive, you just put some of the proposed surface on the ground, play a ten minute game and have volunteers situated around the adjacent areas to listen to the impact. We also have nesting owls and many other birds that have been living in Runyon for several years that would be negatively impacted. Even doing this for free Pink Dolphin should not be exempt from environmental studies. And even though it is free their proposal has their name "Pink Dolphin," posted above and on the court. For years anyone who even posted a business card on the billboard had it ripped off by the Park Rangers for advertising. Speaking of which FORC tore down the billboard and constructed a new billboard that only allows themselves to post any and all material. FORC has muscled into Runyon and somehow became the official voice, (but hopefully not the only voice,) of Runyon. If the construction of the proposed basketball court is halted because we gain our sanity and have some environmental studies can we then keep the eastern half of Runyon open? Thank you.
Re: 4 Month Runyon Closure March 10 2016
Let LA Councilman David Ryu know that he should open up adjacent parks like Fryman Canyon, Bronson Canyon and Waddles Park, to be off leash for the four months while Runyon is closed.
1) We need to be able to allow our dogs to get their needed exercise by being off leash and not ticketed for being off leash in these adjacent parks. I asked David Ryu at the press conference on March 3, 2016 whether there had been any plans for allowing adjacent parks to accommodate our dogs temporarily be off leash and he stated that he hadn't. Mr. Ryu then mentioned a few parks that are all on leash with Parks Rangers who give out expensive tickets. I told KFI News and the LA Times that if the city closed down a major street there would always be consideration and plans for alternative routes.
2) Since the DWP workers are going to be finished at 4:00 every day, why can't we open up the eastern half the park for hikers and the people with dogs at 4:30 pm until normal park closing. That’ll give us about 4-5 hours until post sundown closure and should not slow down the four month projected timetable. A top DWP official told me ten minutes before that press conference that they originally were planning on closing only half of the park and that FORC, (“Friends of Runyon Canyon,”) wanted the entire park closed.
3) The proposed basketball court in the middle of Runyon has upset everyone here. We want to be to enjoy the quiet natural rustic setting and a loud bouncing basketball reverberating throughout the canyon will be a loud nuisance. Wayne Walters of Digital Interiors, (the company that is installing the court told me today that no studies were done to check for noise in the canyon.) There are enough basketball courts in LA and very few rustic canyons with solitude & birds singing.
4) The FORC billboard at the Fuller main gate only displays their announcements and does not serve as a posting board of the people. This is a public park and the billboard should be part of the commons. We need to have a voice!
Most of us voted for David Ryu and want to continue to support him. I suggest that Mr. Ryu realize that thousands of us need not be so upset and deeply inconvenienced when our needs can so easily be met. I have heard hundreds of other dog owners sadly wonder why the park could not work out some kind of compromise. please call the councilman's office and find out if he can grant this request.
Citrus at Wilshire south and Citrus at Olympic north This notice is to acknowledge that councilmen David Ryu's office is informed that the traffic congestion here on this street and at these intersections are dangerous and a major accident is imminent . , If God forbid that a fatality occurs in one of these intersections , then this post will be proof of the City's knowledge ! It will only get worse when the new rules apply during construction i live on Citrus and have witnessed many infractions over the past few weeks. there needs to be a 'NO TURN ' south on Citrus off of Wilshire and traveling north on Citrus from Olympic between the hours of 7 and 9am and 4 to 7 pm its understood the the BMW dealership patrons need access , customers can access from 8th street , Robert Vetica