Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Comission
   

FEBRUARY 15, 2005WESTERN AVENUE TASK FORCE FEBRUARY 15, 2005WESTERN AVENUE TASK FORCE

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2005

SUBJECT: WESTERN AVENUE TASK FORCE

RECOMMENDATION:

  1. Agree to establish the Western Avenue Task Force as a Joint City of Rancho Palos Verdes and City of Los Angeles Committee for the purpose of analyzing and making recommendations to improve traffic and pavement conditions on Western Avenue.
  2. Direct the City Clerk to advertise and arrange Council interviews for appointments to the Task Force.

BACKGROUND:

The Western Avenue Corridor Task Force was originally formed in November 1996 by the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the San Pedro Peninsula Chambers of Commerce. The Western Avenue Corridor Task Force was established to improve transportation, public safety and business development along the Western Avenue corridor. The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council appointed one of its members to serve on this regional committee. Members of the original Task Force included representatives from the Los Angeles City Council, the County Supervisor’s office, Senator Karnette’s office and Assemblymember Lowenthal’s office as well as business owners, other government officials and representatives of homeowner associations and utility companies. The Task Force successfully convinced Caltrans to add needed traffic signals and remove and replace street trees that were tearing up the sidewalk. In addition, the Task Force completed a business survey that was shared with real estate brokers and other potential businesses interested in locating along Western. The Task Force became inactive in 2003 as its membership dwindled.

DISCUSSION:

Mayor Clark and Councilwoman Hahn hosted a press conference on February 3, 2005 to call attention to the problems on Western Avenue and to promote cooperation between the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Angeles in improving conditions on the shared portions of Western Avenue between Palos Verdes Drive North and Summerland Street. A Caltrans representative was also expected to participate in the press conference, but did not appear.

Councilwoman Hahn proposed, and Mayor Clark agreed, to reestablish the Joint Task Force to focus on Western Avenue traffic and pavement condition issues.

Since the proposal for reestablishment of the Task Force has generated positive response from our residents, the Mayor requests that the City Council agree to the City’s participation in the Joint Task Force and authorize the City Clerk to advertise for potential members of the Task Force and to arrange interviews by the City Council. The Mayor has identified prospective members of the Task Force including representatives from the larger Eastview Homeowners’ Associations and major commercial activities along Western Avenue, such as The Terraces. Councilwoman Hahn has already identified several of her appointees to the Task Force and is interested in moving forward as soon as possible.

Respectfully Submitted,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment: Press Release