Cedillo's Figueroa Bike Lane Meeting
After badgering new Los Angeles City Council District 1 Councilmember, Gil Cedillo for nearly a year, he finally stops ignoring road safety and bicycle advocates by hosting what his office called a, "Community Bike Lane Hearing." When Cedillo campaigned for the district in 2013, he expressed his support for the already approved bike lanes on North Figueroa. After being elected by a slim majority, the North Figueroa road diet and bike lanes project in his district mysteriously stalled.

So on May 8th, nearly one year after the project was originally set to be installed, Cedillo hosts this meeting at Nightingale Middle School Auditorium scheduled from 6pm to 8pm. About 350 people were in attendance. LADOT Bike Program and LA City Planning was on hand to present the newly revised and neutered bike lane / road diet project, as well as explain what an alternative BIKE SHARROW side street route put forth by the opposition would look like. Cedillo also arranged for local representatives from LAPD, LAFD, Metro (bus operations), and LADOT (Parking Enforcement division) to give "Professional Opinions" on the project. Fig4All brought yellow balloons, signs, and enlarged photos of bikes and pedestrians using Figueroa. The opposition brought a video that showed 8AM auto traffic using Figueroa to get around traffic on the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

Moderated by Cedillo's Chief of Staff, Arturo Chavez, the meeting felt like a substitute teacher was called-in to lead a class of 300. It was rowdy, it was loud, it was chaotic. It was quite telling how he mispronounced nearly every speaker's name except for those familiar to him. Chavez hand-picked speaker cards and divided them into 19 For and 19 Against stacks, allowing one minute of speaking time for each. Not surprisingly, Cedillo's office didn't bring enough speaker cards, and the meeting was prematurely cut 20 minutes short with many speakers left in the lurch. The next meeting is scheduled for June 12th at Monte Vista School in Highland Park. (But expect this one to be moved because there is NO WAY that tiny school can accommodate 350+ attendees)
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