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Kevin Hart Suffers Major Injuries in Malibu Car Crash

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Kevin Hart Suffers Major Injuries in Car Accident, Roof Crushed

MALIBU (TMZ) — Kevin Hart is on the mend this morning after going under the knife Sunday … less than 24 hours after he injured his back in a horrific car accident.

One of Kevin Hart‘s classic cars ended up in a ditch in the Malibu Hills after veering off the road … TMZ has learned, and looking at the damage … it’s a miracle he and 2 other people in the vehicle survived.

A source connected to Kevin tell TMZ that doctors completed successful back surgery on Kevin Sunday evening. Another source told us the comedian is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a couple of days while he recovers.

TMZ broke the story … Kevin was miraculously able to walk away from the accident early Sunday morning on L.A.’s treacherous Mulholland Highway — with assistance from a bodyguard — but was rushed to a hospital with what cops called a “major back injury.”

Police tell us the driver of the car was found pinned in his seat under the crushed roof and so was the female passenger. We’re told the fire department had to saw off the roof to free them.

Jared Black, the man who was driving Kevin’s vintage Plymouth Barracuda at the time of the accident, was pinned in the crushed vehicle and also seriously injured. He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center and we’re told he’s surrounded by family members as he also recovers.

Cops say Jared’s fiance, celebrity trainer Rebecca Broxterman, was pinned in the backseat … but firefighters pulled her from the wreckage without major injuries.

SCENE OF THE CRASH

The accident happened just before 1 AM Sunday on the winding and treacherous Mulholland Highway. Crash scene video, obtained by TMZ, shows Kevin’s Plymouth Barracuda deep in a gully about 10 feet off the road.

The car smashed through wooden fencing along the roadside, and you can see the roof was completely crushed by the impact.

Cops have confirmed the vehicle belongs to Kevin, but they tell us he was not driving at the time of the accident. There were 2 other people were in the car, including the driver — and cops say Kevin and the driver both suffered “major back injuries.”

Police say the driver had not been drinking.

Kevin was first out of the vehicle and according to a witness, a member of his security team showed up in an SUV and picked him up. Kevin lives nearby and cops say he went home “to get medical attention.” He was eventually treated at a hospital.

TAKIN’ HER OUT FOR A SPIN

Earlier, on Saturday … Kevin posted a video of himself in his vintage ride, as someone yelled at him for laying down too much rubber on the street as he spun out his tires.

Kevin bought the car back in July as a 40th birthday gift to himself.

Originally Published — 10:17 AM PT

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City Issue: Should Cars be Banned on Broadway in Downtown LA?

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times)– Councilman Jose Huizar has asked the city to study a ban on private cars along Broadway between 1st and 12th streets in downtown L.A.

Banning cars from downtown streets is beginning to catch on in major U.S. cities, with New York and San Francisco moving to free up space for transit vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. But the trend hasn’t come to Los Angeles — yet.

A proposal introduced by Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar could change that. The councilman asked city officials last week to study the feasibility of a ban on driving and parking along a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway between 1st and 12th streets.

Broadway is “an ideal street to go car-free,” Huizar said, because narrower roadways and expanded space for pedestrians have already begun to transform the iconic corridor. […]

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Ways to Reduce Traffic Congestion and Greenhouse Emissions

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Remove car lanes, restrict vehicles and improve transit to reduce traffic congestion

by Fanny Tremblay-Racicot for The Conversation

During a trip to the United States, I was surprised to hear a transportation planner from a major American metropolis say that traffic congestion was not a problem because it was a sign of economic vitality.

Some even say that aspiring to less congestion is not desirable, as the road network is designed to absorb peak traffic during the morning rush hour. Not having congestion means there is more capacity within the network than demand.

Yet the environmental, social and economic costs associated with traffic congestion are real and affect the health, quality of life and wallet of all taxpayers and citizens on a daily basis.

The consequences of road congestion are generally measured in terms of additional travel time, and with the associated costs of additional vehicle use, such as fuel, depreciation and maintenance.

Costs of $4.2 billion in Montréal

Some studies also include greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and additional accidents caused by more time spent in traffic. Congestion also leads to other direct and indirect costs such as premature wear and tear on roads and impact on the health of people.

Montréal is the second most congested city in Canada, with a total of 145 hours lost per capita in peak rush hour traffic in 2018. It comes after Toronto, which ranks first among Canadian cities (167 hours lost). Québec City ranks ninth (85 hours lost).

Increase in greenhouse gas emissions

Road congestion also increases the air pollution produced by the combustion of fossil fuels, leading to an increase in respiratory problems, premature deaths and several types of cancer, especially for neighboring populations, which are often disadvantaged.

Gasoline and diesel vehicles also emit carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. In Canada, the entire transportation sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gases emissions, accounting for 28 per cent of total emissions.

In Québec, transportation accounted for 43 per cent of total greenhouse gases emissions in 2016, of which 80 per cent came from road transportation. These emissions increased by 52 per cent between 1990 and 2016.

Although greenhouse gas emissions from road congestion are not systematically inventoried, they are often used to justify new road projects. But why does congestion persist, despite government interventions to reduce it?

“Build it and they will come!”

The government response to congestion problems has generally been to build new roads or widen existing ones. However, this measure is ineffective because increasing capacity only increases vehicle use.

New routes generate additional demand equivalent to the new capacity. This natural near balance between supply and demand explains why roads reach pre-expansion congestion levels between five and 10 years after the construction of new routes.

What American economist Anthony Downs called “the fundamental law of highway congestion” in 1962 has since been confirmed by a large number of scientific studies.

The new traffic caused by the increase in road capacity, commonly referred to as “induced demand,” comes from four sources: increased commercial traffic, changing travel patterns, population migration and, to a lesser extent, diversion of traffic from other routes.

An increase in travel time

In the short term, new road segments reduce travel time and therefore costs, which encourages individuals and businesses to travel more, change departure times or itineraries, choose cars over public transit or move further away from where they work.

This increase in demand therefore compensates proportionally for the new road supply in the medium term, and at the same time for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that could have been associated with a reduction in congestion.

In addition, the road network may not be used to its optimal capacity because users make an individual decision about the fastest route for their travel, regardless of the choices of others. These decisions may not correspond to the social optimal. Thus, the addition of a road can increase the total travel time over the entire network (and vice versa), making it necessary to coordinate individual trips.

Adding roads does not improve the economy

Another argument often used to justify increasing road capacity is that of job creation and economic development. Although road infrastructure creates employment during its construction, most studies have not found a link between increased road capacity and economic activity. Indeed, it is rather a displacement of economic activity across the same metropolitan region that is observed.

For example, exporting companies will be located along the new road infrastructure, but this will not have a significant effect on the total value of their production.

Increasing public transit is not enough

Increasing public transit is often promoted as the main alternative to building additional lanes or new roads. However, in accordance with the fundamental law of congestion, the space freed up by the use of public transport is ultimately compensated for by the additional demand it creates. Thus, public transport is not enough to reduce congestion.

In fact, if the objective is to reduce car traffic, the only effective method on the supply management side is reduction in road capacity, because the law of road congestion also works in the opposite direction: what we refer to as “reduced demand.” In addition to reducing travel demand, lane removal and traffic restriction also have measurable and documented social, environmental and economic benefits.

Adding new modes of public transit will not solve congestion problems. (Shutterstock)

Ecofiscal measures

Other measures are used to manage transport demand. First, the imposition of eco-tax measures, such as the gas tax and the parking tax, can help reduce vehicle use.

A Québec study reveals that increasing the gas tax to $0.46/L in Québec and introducing a road use tax of $0.15/km in greater Montréal area would make it possible to reach a quarter of Québec’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, in addition to increasing the use of public transit by almost 40 per cent.

Eco-taxation also encourages motorists to use public and active modes of transport, provided that these choices are available to them.

Teleworking, flexible working hours, parking management and so-called smart growth policies also reduce travel distances and the need or willingness to travel by car. These measures have positive consequences on public health, urban quality of life, land values, local consumption, etc.

The most effective planning choices are not always the most popular. To get them accepted, decision-makers must act at the right time, use technical expertise, conduct pilot projects, find allies, compensate for inconveniences and work with the various levels of government.

This text is an abridged version of a text originally published in the journal Le Climatoscope.

Fanny Tremblay-Racicot is Professeure adjointe, administration municipale et régionale, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)

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Metro Water District Inspection and Maintenance Jan 6 – 15

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about a planned inspection and maintenance of water supply infrastructure by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC).

As part of efforts to ensure the water distribution system continues to deliver reliable water supplies, MWDSC will coordinate a ten-day project to dewater, inspect, and maintain the major water pipeline running under Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood in three locations between La Cienega Boulevard and N. Harper Avenue.

Work will commence on Monday, January 6, 2020 and continue intermittently through Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Traffic control may be implemented during pipeline inspections and westbound traffic lanes on Sunset Boulevard may be impacted during maintenance work from Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Friday, January 10, 2020.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead and use alternate routes in anticipation of potential delays.

Parking will be temporarily limited at locations impacted by maintenance work; temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance in the affected work areas.

Specific locations include:

  • Sunset Boulevard east of La Cienega Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard west of N. Sweetzer Avenue
  • Sunset Boulevard west of N. Harper Avenue

One of the biggest challenges in ensuring reliable water deliveries in Southern California is the need to routinely repair and upgrade existing pipelines and associated facilities, some of which are more than 60 years old.

To meet that responsibility, MWDSC temporarily takes parts of its delivery system out of service to conduct inspections and perform maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers. Water supply to homes and businesses will not be affected.

To safely gain access to many of these facilities, Metropolitan must halt the flow of water temporarily and allow the pipeline to empty. In some areas, particularly low points in the system, this water must be pumped out. Metropolitan makes every effort to minimize the amount of water that is discharged. When feasible, the water that is pumped out is discharged into facilities that replenish watersheds and local groundwater supplies. In some isolated situations, however, some of the water is not able to be captured.

For more information about this project, please call Rupam Soni, Metropolitan Water District Principal Public Affairs Representative, at (213) 217-7262 or communityrelations@mwdh2o.com.

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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