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Last round of questions for SLNC 2016 Candidates

Please write them in comments below, I will try to give ALL candidates an opportunity to answer in the next 24 hours. Answers will also be posted physically at the "pop-up community bulletin boards" we are presenting at the entrance of 2389 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Across from the library between Glendale Blvd and Edgewater Ter, A.K.A. "the Sunrise Sheep Hill")
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CANDIDATE JUAN HERNANDEZ - on Several Silver Lake Matters

Rowena road diet:
The Rowena road diet is quite a conflicting subject. I personally believe we need to make streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, Public transportation, make it safer for all in general. Now concerning Rowena, yes it does create traffic which isn't fun for drivers but if we look at what its done, Has it slowed down divers on the road? Yes definitely it has and logically that was one of its purposes making it safer especially because we have Ivanhoe Elementary school there and its important to keep a low speed limit around schools. We also want to keep it safe for bicyclist on the road by creating more bike lanes. I'm all for the green strips.
Reservoir:
Bring back the water its a Reservoir and a reservoir without water isn't a reservoir, I don't see apartments there, I don't see anything but what we have as the reservoir. Its iconic when we think about silver lake often times we associate it with the reservoir because its a landmark. We need to preserve it!
Apartments:
Yes we are over populated but we can not continue to bring down trees and take up so much nature to create these buildings that in the end are so unaffordable for people to live in anyways. Let's work with what we have creating new condos, buildings, ect. Is not the answer. Once again we need to preserve!
Encourage:
Its all about getting the people involved which is hard but we have so many restaurants and small businesses in the area I'm sure many owners would want to corporate with us and we could post up flyers announcements to get the local shoppers interested and involved. Its all about communication and talking with shop owners.
Motor homes:
I've seen them and I always wondered what they were used for I thought it was for work purposes but I'm not sure, I'm sorry I'm not quite aware of the situation with the motor homes but if its an issue the resident of silver lake want to see action taken upon then shall be it my priority is hearing what the people want and giving them what they want to the best of my ability as long as its beneficial for our community.
Meetings:
Its not just about what time the council can meet its about when the residents can meet. If decisions are being made for silver lake shouldn't silver lake residents be present. It should definitely be accessible and most convenient for the residents. That way we could also have a bigger turn out and more people attending meetings.

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This is an INDIVIDUAL candidate to community outreach appeal.

As a local stakeholder I hear and see Silver Lake Community members are requesting more answers from ALL candidates
in order to make up their minds before voting in Saturday's SLNC-elections. Please allow me to be your local matchmaker.

I am using the " Nextdoor application " online and also the physical "Sunrise-Location" ( 2389 Silver Lake Boulevard, across from the Library between Glendale Boulevard and Edgewater Terrace ) to gather, organize and post the last round of community questions before Saturday's, May 14th Silver Lake Neighborhood Council 2016 Elections.

I invite you to answer them individually (instead of responding with general slate or group answers).
I salute ALL of you for investing time and energy in community matters. Community does matter indeed.
Volunteering as a candidate makes you all special people who are trying to make a difference.

Please participate and cooperate by sharing your answers and visions with your local community.
I will do my best to paste and copy between now and when the election ends as much as possible.

https://www.facebook.com/Silverlakenc/

Jeff Kelly from Silver Lake Waverly Terrace 2h ago
Are you for the road diet and in turn into painting the green strips to ensure safety. Are you for filling the reservoir with water. Are you concerned enough to fight the developers from taking every large property and filling it with apartments, extremely large home and structures that don't hold the aesthetic value of the area. Are you going to encourage more local and small businesses for the area, how are you going to help with that. What are you going to do about the motor homes along the lake. Would you be willing to change the times of the council meetings to a time that working people with families, a majority her in SL, can go. I think that's it, thank you!

CANDIDATE answer from JUAN HERNANDEZ (per email):
The Rowena road diet is quite a conflicting subject. I personally believe we need to make streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, Public transportation, make it safer for all in general. Now concerning Rowena, yes it does create traffic which isn't fun for drivers but if we look at what its done, Has it slowed down divers on the road? Yes definitely it has and logically that was one of its purposes making it safer especially because we have Ivanhoe Elementary school there and its important to keep a low speed limit around schools. We also want to keep it safe for bicyclist on the road by creating more bike lanes. So yes the road diet has helped but its also created other various conflicting problems such as the fact that drivers now drive through residential streets in order to avoid traffic, which is quite concerning because there are family's with children on those streets, and some of these streets don't even have side walks which makes it even more so dangerous. Now if we think about the idea of a road diet it sounds great slow down traffic, make it safe. But there are pros on cons as I have stated so what should we do? keep it, remove it? I say we listen to what it is the Silver Lake people want yes we all want safer roads but are road diets the way to go? Do we want 2 lanes or 4? Should we or can we lower the speed limit in this residential area? Should we create more crosswalks or add speed bumps on the residential streets to avoid drivers from going to fast and running through stop signs? There are many methods to creating safer roads and I believe there important but we need Silver Lakes input because it is our community what do we want what to we Invision. As for me safety first but as I stated Rowena road diet is creating more problems than resolutions. But is getting rid of it the right thing to do? I don't think so, I believe we could make it work by tackling the other problems its created. - Hernandez Juan, runing for: At-large

Amy Haenel
Please make a statement on future development including the mass increase in traffic and the loss of significant amounts of tree canopy.

Thank you

CANDIDATE - answer from CORINA DANCKWERTS

ROWENA ROAD DIET

I do not believe that a full reversal of the Rowena Road Diet will change the traffic situation in nearby side streets, mainly Waverly and Angus. The drivers that use those roads as a ‘short cut’ now do so because they know its there, simply to avoid traffic lights and the rush hour slow down. If diet would be reversed the 'diet drivers' will as far as I believe most likely continue using the side streets that they are now familiar with. Lets face it: the time that is safed using the side streets is minimal.

This happens all over Silver Lake in other regions as well: drivers cutting through, racing, getting stuck in small side roads, yelling at each other etc. I am facing a similar situation at my home – where traffic cuts through my road EASTERLY TERRACE coming down from Silver Lake Blvd/Dog Park (– my husband and I are currently working with Mary Rodriguez to implement no left turn and speed limit signs on Silver Lake and I am currently collecting signatures from neighbors etc.) Traffic coming down BERKELY from Effie (my way to Micheltorena Elementary to drop of my kid) as well as WESTERLY TERRACE Sunset to Silver lake Blvd is similar every day.

I believe that SL needs an overall traffic divertion overhaul, more sidewalks, higher speedbumps and tougher regulations for speeding limits on side streets. I am therefore in favor of a improvement of the road diet and envision the following implementations before anything else to begin with:

‘No-Turn / 'local traffic only' signs (between 7-9am and 4-7pm) on the key side streets that lead from Rowena to Waverly to limit short cutters incl rigorous enforcement
‘No-Turn / 'local traffic only' signs (between 7-9am and 4-7pm) on Rowena at Silver Lake Drive
Continue application for and implementation of EFFECTIVE 5 mile speed bumps (the rubber ones that are used in parking structures) on Waverly and Angus incl rigorous enforcement etc
Evaluate a connector possibility from Riverside to Hyperion that could eventually divert traffic off Rowena onto Riverside when coming from Fletcher (off 5 Freeway) between between 7-9am and 4-7pm
Evaluate if there is space for round-abouts to slow down traffic on Waverly (and Rokeby) and Angus
Evaluate implementation of side walks.
Adding even more stop signs if possible
Having said this, I also personally believe that unfortunately, with increasing traffic situations EVERYWHERE the idyllic trafficless peace that once was in our sidestreets is gone forever. Silver Lake and its side streets will not return to the same kind of peace that we once experienced 7 or so years ago, and I find it essential to focus on implementing progressive thinking changes now to make sure that every one is safe tomorrow /in the feature. I remember when 15 or so years ago a woman was killed/run over on Silver Lake Drive, and it was the beginning of the overall road diet around the lake – adding bike lanes, slowing down traffic, adding more stop signs etc. and it worked. Not the best comparison I know but an example of positive improvement that worked over time.

I am also not a resident in region 6 and at this time, only a candidate at large, and I would have to familiarize myself thoroughly with previous petitions and concerns of the neighborhood to make a fully educated statement.

Thank you for bringing this up. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Corina

Dana Wakefield from Silver Lake Reservoir 10h ago
Is the candidate in favor of preserving or removing the Rowena road diet? What safety measures/ traffic measures does the candidate envision?

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