The most urgent needs are the repair of sidewalks citywide, traffic mitigation (i.e. synchronizing lights on thorough fares to encourage movement of traffic), and better connections between north and south of the 210 freeway. Also better connections to gold line stations from north Pasadena. I would address this by collaborating with my colleagues to prioritize and streamline funding for these issues and for sidewalks,
possibly look at a citywide assessment.
2. According to the CA Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Pasadena has 2nd worst rate of automobile-pedestrian collisions, and the 5th worst rate of automobile-bicycle collisions, of similarly sized cities in the state of California. To address such safety issues, a growing number of cities across the country and world are adopting “Vision Zero” goals to focus transportation improvements on reducing serious roadway injuries and deaths. Would you support Pasadena doing so and what actions would you the City Council and staff take to reduce and prevent collisions involving pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users?
Yes, institute a bike safety initiative to help drivers and cyclist better understand how to co-exist on the roads together. Clearly delineate bike lanes.
3. Forty years ago over 60% of school children in the United States walked or rode a bicycle to school. Today, that figure is less than 10%. This decline in bicycling and walking has been mirrored by dramatic increases in childhood obesity. What can the City Council can do to support the environment and public health by making it easier for local children to once again walk and bike to school?
Less children walking to school is also a function of families choosing to send their kids outside their neighborhood schools which means that they travel further away. In that respect, the Mayor and City Council can continue to encourage families to seek public school as a first option, not the last.
4. AB32 (Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), calls for a 25% reduction of CA’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. SB 375 (2008) sets further reduction guidelines for passenger vehicles and requires metropolitan planning organizations to develop “Sustainable Communities Strategies” to achieve those targets by integrating transportation, land-use, and housing policies. Almost half of emissions in LA County come from motor vehicles. What specific strategies do you think Pasadena should implement to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions? (e.g., Incentives for city staff to carpool, use public/active transport or other non-motorized modes of transport.)
The city currently already incentivizes carpooling among employees. What I believe would be more useful is encouraging Pasadenans to use public transportation in their “off” or weekend time. We are in the Los Angeles Basin and people are very depenedent on their cars. People will use public transportation more when options become more frequent and efficient. Also car sharing options should be instituted citywide instead of only in the business districts.
The city can have an education and use campaign to let residents know that the waterways and green pathways exist for public use. Promote their use as public hike and walk trails.
6. What street in your district do you feel is in greatest need of a “Complete Street” overhaul and what would you specifically change? (Complete Streets, also known as "livable" streets, are streets designed for everyone. They provide safe access for all users, regardless of age or mode of transportation. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities should be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Local examples include LA's Great Streets initiative and Bringing Back Broadway.)
Lincoln Avenue Corridor – prime opportunity due to being a high traffic roadway surrounded by single family homes. I have already moved to implement the Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan – a first for the area that changes some zoning and design guideline. I have pushed for a traffic diet to narrow the street in certain sections and slow traffic to encourage walkability and make the area safe for bikers and pedestrians. I have also worked to recruit developers and business to locate to the corridor to have “destinations’ available.
7. For each of the following transportation modes, when was the last time you used it, where did you go, and what was your experience:
b. Public transit
c. Walking (more than two blocks)
a. Bicycling – very long time ago at Santa Monica Beach area
b. Public transit – approximately one month ago to go to Chinatown downtown for dinner - Gold Line.
c. Walking (more than two blocks) – walk from rose bowl to my house from new year game