LaBonge Rides Again: His Plan to Run Vans Up Beachwood Drive to the Hollyridge Trail

August 27, 2013 § 2 Comments

The August 14 meeting with Councilman Tom LaBonge, in which Beachwood Canyon residents asked the City to temporarily close the trailhead at the end of Beachwood Drive, has yielded the opposite response:

Motion (LaBonge – O’Farrell) instructing the LADOT to report relative to the feasibility of implementing a transportation pilot program that ferries tourists and hikers in a vehicle (no larger than a 10 passenger van) to the Hollyridge trailhead at the end of Beachwood Drive or the Hollywood Sign in a safe and organized manner.

Oddly, LaBonge never mentioned this plan during the meeting, though surely it was on his mind. If implemented, Hollyridge Trail will not only remain open but receive even greater traffic than it does now. The vans are apparently slated to run every ten minutes, completing the transformation of Hollywoodland from a residential neighborhood to a tourist zone. For those who think it’s no big deal, the dead-end of Beachwood is a bottleneck with no place to turn around. Those who live there report constant problems from a steady stream of visitors, who vandalize property and smoke in a fire-prone area. A recent medical emergency involving two hikers on the trail had a delayed response because emergency vehicles couldn’t get through the crowds.

For those who wish to attend tomorrow’s meeting, here are the details:

Wednesday August 28, 2013
at 2 p.m.
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING
City Hall Room 1010

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§ 2 Responses to LaBonge Rides Again: His Plan to Run Vans Up Beachwood Drive to the Hollyridge Trail

  • Gabrial says:

    This is a motion for DOT to do a study, not an implementation. Any thinking is better than pure bitching so I welcome DOT gathering a little data and testing one of many ideas that need to be reviewed and either taken further, ruled out or redirected to additional solutions. BTW if a turnaround is needed one could certainly be created, that’s the easy part. And where do you get “every 10 minutes” certainly all these aspects would be up for discussion if it was even feasible. Closing the trial [sic] head is not a majority ( of the hiking neighbors [sic] viewpoint I believe, but time will tell.

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