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Beverly Hills Unveils Draft ‘Complete Streets’ Plan to Make City Less Car-Centric

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BEVERLY HILLS – The much anticipated and comprehensive guide to making Beverly Hills a more mobility friendly city is nearing its completion. The community is being invited to review the updated plan at beverlyhills.org/completestreets.  Hard copies of the plan are also available in the City Clerk’s office and the Library. 

The updated version of the Draft Complete Streets Plan for Beverly Hills will be presented at a special meeting of the city’s Traffic and Parking Commission on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Gallery at Beverly Hills City Hall.

The Draft Plan provides a framework for programs, policies and infrastructure projects to make navigating the city easier, more enjoyable and more equitable across all modes: people on foot, on wheels, riding transit and in cars.

The plan represents a community-driven planning effort and has a focus on preparing for the opening of the future Metro Purple Line subway stations through recommendations for first/last mile connections.

As the city is mature and largely built-out, the provision of bigger and wider roadways is not a feasible option to improve mobility or reduce congestion. Through implementation of the Complete Streets Plan, the City aims to transform Beverly Hills from an auto-dominated community to one that embraces all modes of travel, reduces vehicle trips on our streets, and can be truly considered a world class bicycling city.

This plan envisions a future where students can bike to school, families can take transit to their destinations, people of all ages can walk to neighborhood amenities, and the Beverly Hills community is a model for other jurisdictions. The plan focuses on utilizing creative methods of re-purposing existing roadways and streetscapes to offer more diverse mobility options and increase access to the many destinations the city has to offer.

Complete Streets provide a blueprint for transportation improvements that balance the needs of all road users: bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists. Once implemented in Beverly Hills, it will provide more options for people to choose the mode that best works for their trip type, and a network of streets where individual modes will be prioritized.

The plan calls for residents, employees, and visitors of Beverly Hills will have more car-free options for getting where they need to go. The vision of this plan is ambitious and transformative, while recommending changes that are realistic to pursue over its lifetime through a detailed action plan.

To ensure it is user-friendly, the plan is now structured by mode (bicycling, walking, taking transit, and driving).  In addition, goals and policies for each mode are identified to better guide decision makers and more detailed bikeway network recommendations are featured.  Finally, there is a new standalone Action Plan that identifies implementation of priority projects by year and will serve as a working document as tasks are completed.

For more information or questions, please call 310-285-1128 or email transportation@beverlyhills.org

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Traffic Court Hearings Scheduled Through April 16 Postponed

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Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile for the County of Los Angeles, Superior Court announced that effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction court hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, scheduled between March 17 to April 16, 2020, will be continued for at least 30 days under the emergency order he issued in response to COVID-19-related impacts on Trial Court operations.

“Pursuant to the inherent statutory power I have as the Presiding Judge and the emergency powers granted to me by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye under Government Code Section 68115, I am ordering a continuance of all Traffic and Non-Traffic matters countywide through April 16,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “It is imperative that we, the nation’s largest trial court, continue to prioritize time-sensitive and essential functions to serve our most vulnerable as we reorganize and reduce our trial court operations and focus on ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Any Traffic Infraction matters, and all other Infraction matters heard in our Traffic Infraction courts on the date between March 17 through April 16, 2020, will be continued to a later date. This action is authorized under the General Order Judge Brazile signed March 17 to close all courtrooms except to process cases presenting time-sensitive issues and essential functions.

“We will continue to operate our court and reorganize our responsibilities based upon balancing public health directives and meeting our statutory and constitutional due process requirements,” Judge Brazile said. “I do not make these decisions lightly. In this national public health crisis, we must prioritize emergency services and access to justice for the most vulnerable people in our communities while implementing social distancing measures in our courthouses.”

People who had court hearing dates between March 17 and April 16 for Traffic Infraction and Non-Traffic Infraction hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, will receive updated Court notices by mail.

More than one million Traffic Infraction matters (971,818 Traffic citations, and 37,283 Non-Traffic citations) are filed annually in the Court, including citations for Vehicle Code and Non-Traffic-related Infractions.

Traffic Infraction matters are heard at the following courthouses: Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Inglewood, Metropolitan, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Van Nuys West, and West Covina.

Many traffic matters can be handled without an in-person court appearance by using the Court’s website at:  http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic2.aspx.

The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has over 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage, and follow us on Twitter.

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West Hollywood Adjusts Parking Rules for Covid-19 Emergency

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The City of West Hollywood is immediately suspending the following parking regulations until March 31, 2020:

  1. Permit parking on all residential streets
  2. Street sweeping
  3. All AM/PM rush hour enforcement (including Holloway, La Brea, Fountain, Robertson south of Beverly)
  4. Blocked Driveways – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement 323-650-6757
  5. Loading Zones – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement 323-650-6757

All citations issued that are not currently delinquent will be extended an additional 30 days from their issue date. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau at (800) 687-2458 with all citation related questions.  

The City of West Hollywood will continue to post updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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WeHo Designing ‘Visual Marker’ Gateway Signage for Sunset Strip Limits

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WeHo plans gateways for Sunset Strip

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — The Sunset Strip has been known during its history as a place for entertainment, a playground for the Hollywood elite and a haven for outliers and outsiders.

The iconic 1.6-mile stretch of road offers a broad range of restaurants, boutiques and vibrant clubs, yet some visitors and even residents from neighboring areas don’t know when they’ve entered the iconic strip.

The city of West Hollywood wants to change that by creating visual markers along entry points at Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Road, Sunset Boulevard and Marmont Lane, and Sunset and La Cienega boulevards.

City Council members voted unanimously on the […]

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