Valley VOTE Support for Valley on Track

Press Release 

Valley VOTE
Voters Organized Toward Empowerment
14622 Ventura Blvd. #424, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91403
August 26, 2014                            www.valleyvote.org
Contact: Joe Vitti at javittisr@cs.com

The Valley VOTE Board of Directors has unanimously approved support of the “Valley on Track” coalition.

“Valley on Track” is dedicated to improving upon the regions most pressing

 transportation issues and opportunities so that our ground mobility can be optimized to enhance the business climate, public health and quality of life for San Fernando Valley residents.

The Valley has been severally under served by rail transportation for years. There are only two rail transit stations in the Valley. They represent 2.5% of all of the stations in L.A County, while the Valley represents 20% of the L.A. County population. Future rail transit plans must include projects that focus on the critical needs of the Valley.

The “Valley on Track” coalition advocates for the construction of the following projects:

1. Upgrade the Metro Orange Line busway to light rail. 

A victim of its own huge success, growing rider ship has made the line overcrowded and slow. Conversion to light rail is the best choice now to improve what has become the Valley’s transit backbone.

The line is an existing 18-mile east-west busway running parallel to the 101 freeway from North Hollywood to Chatsworth along Chandler and Victory Boulevards and Canoga Avenue.

Completion Date: To be determined. \

2. Build the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor as a rail system

The route runs through some of the most transit dependent, majority minority communities in L.A. County. Current bus lines along the corridor are the most heavily used in the Valley after the Orange Line and among the top ten in the county. The Valley cannot accept another under built project that does not meet the demand.

Currently in the planning stage, the corridor will run north-south between Sylmar and Van Nuys, and will eventually connect with the Sepulveda Pass Corridor.

Completion Date: 2018, under current Measure R projection.

3. Build the Sepulveda Pass Corridor project as a rail system, including a tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains

Connecting the Valley to the Westside, the Sepulveda Pass is one of the world’s most congested traffic corridors. No mode besides rail can even begin to address the transit demand. Currently the last project in Measure R, the corridor will run from Sherman Oaks to the Westside. It should serve UCLA and West L.A. Metro lines, with the potential to eventually reach LAX.

Completion Date: 2039, under current Measure R projection

Please note that the projects presented above must be prioritized in future ballot measures, federal funding requests, and the identification of other funding resources by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in order to maintain Valley’s support.

ValleyVOTE Meeting Announcement – Monday, June 16, 2014

Plan to attend our monthly meeting on Mon., June 16 featuring City of Los Angeles Councilmember, Mitch Englander.

Place: Galpin Ford – 2nd floor meeting room
15555 Roscoe Blvd (at the 405)
Parking: Free parking in the Galpin Lot on the West side of Orion
Please do not park in the customer service areas.

June Monthly Meeting Agenda

6:30 pm Networking

6:50 pm Introductions
– Pledge

7:00 pm Valley VOTE Committees
Membership – Joe Vitti
Real Estate – Vic Viereck
Transportation – Bart Reed
LAWA – Denny Schneider

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7:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Councilmember Mitch Englander
Presentation and questions.

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8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Desiree Portillo-Rabinov, Transportation Planning Manager, Metro
Presentation and questions

Invited Speaker for the May 19, 2014 Valley VOTE Meeting

Marcie Edwards

Marcie Edwards

On Jan 30, 2014  Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards was nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the next General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In February the Los Angeles City Council approved Marcie Edwards as the new General Manager of the largest municipal utility in the US.

Edwards began working at LADWP in 1976 at age 19 as a clerk typist, rising to the position of assistant general manager for the marketing and the customer service business units. She has deep roots within the DWP as her father and grandfather both worked at the DWP.

She left LADWP in December 2000 to serve as general manager of Anaheim’s municipal water and electric utility. In her new position, Edwards faces the challenge of maintaining relations with the department’s strong labor coalition as well as balancing capital investments in infrastructure with state mandates on sustainability.

“I truly think you’re going to see more change in the next 10 to 15 years than we’ve seen in the last 50. That’s because the proliferation of disaggregated renewable technologies is ultimately going to change the way that electricity is built, bought, sold, and transmitted. ” Marcie Edwards