Do L.A. City Councilmembers Really Care About Pedestrian Safety?
No matter what, we are all a pedestrian at some point when getting from here to there. But in a city that has more pedestrian deaths than most others, how much attention is paid to sidewalks and other walking-related infrastructure from our politicians?
Not much, if you look at the city's official Pedestrian Advisory Committee. 80% of Los Angeles City Councilmembers have failed to appoint a representative to the committee that is supposed to provide feedback on pedestrian safety and mobility on city projects.
Only three people sit on a committee that should have at least a member per each of its 15 city council districts. They are committee chair Deborah Murphy, an urban designer and planner appointed by Council President Eric Garcetti, downtown's Jan Perry-appointee Mike Smart and Josh Elliot-McGifie from Bill Roensdahl's Westside district.