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Mulholland Drive to be Fixed

Mulholland Drive closed near Coldwater Canyon | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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As Los Angeles faces a $212-million budget shortfall and depleting reserves, the rain went ahead monkeyed around with Mulholland drive, causing erosion and forcing officials to close a one-mile portion of the scenic artery on February 7th. The price tag to fix the 10 by 35-foot washed out section was over a half million, but who's going to pony up the money?The road sat closed until it was figured out.

Finally, on Friday, a motion by Councilman Paul Krekorian will let crews begin work. "We needed to take immediate action on this," he said of the $690,000 appropriated in a unanimous vote. "Eight thousand drivers use this stretch of Mulholland every day, so this washout has created an enormous traffic problem." state and federal emergency reimbursements will be sought to help defray costs.

"This is what our RESERVE FUNDS are for," said neighborhood council activist Dr. Daniel Wiseman, "for emergencies and unforseen events ...not to pay to decrease the Budget Deficit."