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UPCOMING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 27 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | South LA Sheriff’s Station conference room |
1310 W. Imperial Highway

Do you walk in Westmont/West Athens? Join us for a community workshop on September 27 to provide input on the Step by Step LA County pedestrian plan. The workshop will include interactive discussions to give priority to the most needed and supported projects recommended in the draft Plan. Public input will continue to shape the plan as it moves toward adoption in 2018.

COMMUNITY PEDESTRIAN PLAN

The draft Step by Step LA County; Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities provides a policy framework for how the County is proposing to get more people walking, make walking safer and support healthy active lifestyles and includes a Community Pedestrian Plan for Westmont/West Athens. Review the draft Plan and provide your comments here by November 20, 2017. Hardcopies of the Plan are available at Woodcrest Library (1340 W. 106th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044).

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Over the last year DPH staff and consultants have been meeting with Westmont/West Athens community members to gather information on walking barriers and opportunities to inform the development of the Westmont/West Athens Community Pedestrian Plan. The following is a summary of outreach activities that have taken place so far. Review the draft plan and email the project staff below to share your knowledge of the community and thoughts on how to make Westmont/West Athens more walkable.

Community Workshop   The Public Health and Regional Planning departments co-hosted a community workshop at Helen Keller Park on October 6, 2017 to provide information and gather feedback about Step-by-Step LA County and the Connect Southwest LA specific plan. An overview of the Pedestrian Plan goals and timelines was presented to attendees, followed by interactive activities where residents and stakeholders identified barriers and opportunities for walking in the community and locations for desired improvements.

Community Workshop meeting 1  Community Workshop meeting 2  Community Workshop meeting 1

Walk Audit   Residents and stakeholders gathered at Encanto Court on February 25 and March 11, 2017 to participate in walk audits evaluating and documenting walking conditions in Westmont/West Athens that contributes information for the Pedestrian Plan analysis and recommendations. Community members were trained and provided with tools to evaluate crossings and intersections, sidewalks, and the comfort and appeal of pedestrian environments. After training sessions, participants broke into teams to conduct the evaluation along pre-identified routes that focused on intersections and sidewalks: Vermont Ave., Normandie Ave., Imperial Highway, Century Blvd., Manchester Ave., El Segundo Blvd. and Western Ave.

Audit 1  Audit 2  Audit 3


COMMUNITY MAP

map of Westmont and West Athens 

CONTACT INFO FOR PROJECT STAFF

Monica Carlos, monica@lani.org, (213) 627-1822 x15
Miguel Ramos, miramos@ph.lacounty.gov, (213) 351-1902


HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS!

icon of parent and child walking and holding handsWalking just 30 minutes a day may the reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer. Both youth and adults have higher rates of obesity than the County as a whole, so children and adults in Westmont/West Athens need more opportunities for physical activity. County streets are a public resource that can be designed to enable more people to walk for transportation and recreation.

data table showing that childhood obesity and adult obesity are higher in Westmont/West Athens compared to LA County overall, data table showing that physical activity is higher for youth ages 5-17 in Westmont/West Athens compared to LA County overall, but is lower for adults 

A goal of the pedestrian plan is to support healthy lifestyles by making it safer for people to walk. Currently 14.9% of collisions in Westmont/West Athens involve people walking. With your input this plan will identify improvements that can reduce collisions involving people walking so more residents are able to get out and enjoy walking in Westmont/West Athens.


HOW TO REPORT ISSUES TO THE COUNTY

Report problems such as graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping, street light or signal issues, and more to the Department of Public Works at: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/contact/

Go mobile! Report problems while walking in your community. Download Los Angeles County The Works app to your phone!  http://dpw.lacounty.gov/theworks/


HOW TO CONTACT YOUR SUPERVISOR:


WESTMONT/WEST ATHENS | SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 2 | SUPERVISOR MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS
email: markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Hall of Administration, room 866
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: (213) 974-2222
Exposition Park Office
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
phone: (213) 741-9292


 
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