As one of the final parking "zones" to undergo meter rate changes, Little Tokyo will soon see changes to parking duration, rates, and hours of operation.
LADOT initially planned to both increase the meter rates as well as limit parking duration to one hour increments.
Al Mahdavi, from the Bureau of Parking Operations and Facilities at LADOT, announced that the department had received a few--but not enough--petitions from residents to increase the parking meter increments from one hour to two hours. LTCC voted to draft a letter to LADOT to request parking meter duration be two hours, which LADOT will accept instead of the petition process. The letter will also request that LADOT look into "high tech" parking meters along 3rd street--but don't expect them any time soon, because Mahdavi reported that these meters were currently not part of the limited LADOT budget.
CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT
The California High Speed Rail project is a proposed new line that will use high speed trains to connect several regions of California.
As the high-speed rail project continues to investigate impact on Little Tokyo, Project Manager Dave Thompson gave a presentation on the LA to Anaheim section of the project.
This segment of the high-speed rail project connects Anaheim with LA Union Station. The proposed approach into Union Station had the potential to impact 1st street businesses and organizations, including the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The new approach pushes the alignment east, mostly parallel to the river.
You can read more about the high-speed rail project at their website:
The environmental document, which will discuss impacts to the community, is set to be released to the public in Spring 2010, with public hearings in the Spring and Summer of 2010. Construction is projected to begin in 2012.
METRO REGIONAL CONNECTOR
LTCC has voted to support a "3rd Build Alternative":
The LTCC Board of Directors supports the further exploration of the concept of the 3rd Build Alternative as presented by the Metro Planners.
MTA presented this alternative at today's LTCC meeting. This option, while still "conceptual," includes a fully underground route that starts at the 7th and Flower St station, continues up Flower, east under 2nd Street, with an underground station potentially at the Office Depot. MTA anticipates that this fully underground option would eliminate concerns over impact on Nishi as well as the Nikkei development.
You can read more about the Regional Connector here.