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SUPPORT THE 4-TRAFFIC LANE OPTION FOR THE HYPERION BRIDGE

Luis Lopez

Lend your voice in support in keeping 4-traffic lanes on the Hyperion Bridge... email our elected representatives TODAY (see below).

Fellow Business Owners and Local Shoppers,

A real threat looms over small businesses in Atwater Village and Silver Lake. There is an ongoing effort to force a “road diet”, or traffic lane reduction, on the Hyperion Bridge as part of the bridge’s restoration and seismic retrofit. A group of tenacious bicycle activists are advocating for a vehicular lane reduction on Hyperion’s main bridge, which links Atwater Village to Silver Lake. Their stated goal? … to slow vehicular traffic.

The Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) strongly believes that preserving the current 4 traffic lanes is of utmost importance to the local small business community. Local consumers have shown time and time again that their preferred method of travel to shop in Atwater Village or Silver Lake is by automobile. A “road diet” on the Hyperion Bridge would cause unnecessary traffic congestion and delays for consumers seeking to visit shopping districts on either side of the bridge. This would force local consumers to other shopping areas as they seek to avoid the added congestion.  The end result would be more traffic congestion, less road safety and a loss of income for small businesses.

The decision-makers on whether a “road diet” become a part of the Hyperion Bridge restoration and seismic retrofit is our elected representatives: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD13) and Councilmember Tom LaBonge (CD4).

The AVCC has urged these decision-makers to support a design that will preserve the 4 traffic lanes on Hyperion’s main bridge while providing dedicated bike lanes and added pedestrian safety. This common-sense design can be found in what is being referred to as Design Option #1. This design option will preserve the 4 lanes of traffic (two in each direction), install a ADA compliant elevated sidewalk on the westbound side of the bridge, and add two 5' wide bicycle lanes.

We now ask you to lend your voice in support of Design Option #1. Write to our elected representatives TODAY and tell them to preserve the current 4 traffic lanes on the Hyperion Bridge. Click here to send an email or cut-n-paste the following address to your email “TO” box. Make sure to mention that your support Design Option #1.

Send email to: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org, councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, tom.labonge@lacity.org, board@atwaterchamber.org, marcel.porras@lacity.org, mary.d.rodriguez@lacity.org, Shirley.Lau@lacity.org

PRESERVING 4 VEHICULAR TRAFFIC LANE ON THE GLENDALE-HYPERION VIADUCT

Luis Lopez

Open letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell (CD13) & Tom LaBonge (CD4)


Dear Eric, Mitch and Tom:

The Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct is an important part of Atwater’s vehicular infrastructure. It gives local drivers and far-flung commuters’ easy access to surrounding communities, the 5 Interstate Freeway and nearby businesses. Since its construction the bridge has primarily served to facilitate vehicular travel. Today, the Hyperion Bridge remains a key artery for drivers to travel from, to or thru Atwater Village.

The Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) reaffirms its support for design option #1. This option is the best design out of the three deliberated by the Citizens Advisory Committee. It is the only design that will preserve the 4 traffic lanes on Hyperion’s main bridge while providing for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  

Preserving the 4 traffic lanes is of upmost importance to Atwater’s small business community. Local consumers have shown time and time again that their preferred method of travel to shop in Atwater Village is by automobile. A “road diet”, or a vehicular lane reduction, on the Hyperion Bridge would cause unnecessary traffic congestion and delays for consumer seeking to visit Atwater Village. This would force consumers to other shopping areas as they change their driving routes to avoid the added congestion.  The end result would be more traffic congestion, less road safety and a loss of income for small businesses. 

On behalf of the AVCC and Atwater’s business community we urge you to lend your steadfast support for design option #1. 

Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce

RE: ATWATER’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Luis Lopez

Dear Atwater Village,

In 1991 a small group of local residents and business owners started one of Atwater’s most cherished event… the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Since its inception the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) was proudly the leading community group organizing and paying for this yearly event. As the years passed this Atwater tradition grew and other community groups joined in the effort. Today, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is an event that belongs and is enjoyed by the whole community.

A lot has changed since 1991. Our “Charily Brown” red wood pine tree has grown over 80 feet tall. This has added to the overall cost to decorate and light it each year. In addition, the City no longer installs our decorations / lights for free as they did for so many years, forcing the hire of a private contractor.  The event attendance has also grown, adding the need for chairs, tables, a stage, sound system and so on.

What hasn’t changed is the need for funding and volunteers. In recent years Atwater’s Neighborhood Council (AVNC) has provided the lion’s share of funding to decorate and light our tree. We appreciate the AVNC’s funding for this event and we hope they continue to do so. On the volunteer front we continue to rely on individuals that give their time selflessly so others can enjoy this event. In addition, a core-group of volunteers that would comprise the Tree Lighting Committee is also needed to “rally-the-troops” and make sure the event is a successful one.

These past years we had Alex Ventura, Dana Schwartz and Luis Lopez (and other volunteers) to thank for keeping this wonderful event going and for last year’s incredible tree lights/decorations; the best yet. We thank them for their years of service.

The time has come for a new crop of Villagers to take the lead. As such the AVNC is organizing a new Tree Lighting Committee. We urge you to join it and even lead it if you think you have the moxie for it. Spearheading this event can be difficult and it is not without obstacles. However, the satisfaction and community pride one feels afterward is reward enough. Don’t give it a 2nd thought, join the Tree Lighting Committee and make a difference.

To join please attend the next AVNC Board Meeting:

AVNC Board Meeting

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 – 7pm

3852 Edenhurst Avenue (Christ’s Church at Griffith Park)

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce