Proposed motions include: Westside Mobility Plan and Streetscape (motions i-v), SoVePaM Regional Transportation Meeting (motions vi-viii), LAFD Hiring Initiative (motion ix), LAWA/Metro Connection (motion x-xi), Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative (motion xii)
i. MOTION: Whereas the Motor/National section of Palms has a budding nightlife and would benefit greatly from easy pedestrian access for riders on the coming Palms Station on the Expo Line Phase Two; And Whereas more Palms residents would take advantage of the Expo Line if a well-lit, welcoming pedestrian corridor connected the Motor/National area to the station; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council reaffirms its February 2013 request that the Transit Neighborhood Plan being developed by the City of Los Angeles investigate and pursue incentives to develop a vibrant pedestrian corridor connecting Palms Station with the Motor Avenue and National Blvd. intersection in Palms.
ii. MOTION: Whereas, the Palms Neighborhood Council, through considerable outreach, has determined that Overland Avenue would benefit greatly from a comprehensive streetscape plan; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that the Los Angeles Department of Planning, working with local stakeholders, pursue a comprehensive streetscape plan for Overland Avenue in Palms.
iii. MOTION: Whereas the bike lanes installed on Motor Avenue in 2013 remain underutilized and controversial; And Whereas the value of bike lanes increases proportionally with their use; And Whereas, the forthcoming Expo Line Palms Station and the corresponding Expo Line Bike Path will increase opportunities for cyclists coming to and from Palms; Therefore the Palms Neighborhood Council request that the Los Angeles Department of Planning work with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to pursue protected bike lanes on Motor Avenue between Venice Boulevard and Manning Avenue.
iv. MOTION: Whereas expanded parkway tree wells create a more walkable an scenic pedestrian space with opportunities for Palms-preferred California native landscaping, Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that as part of the Westside Mobility Streetscape Plan, the Los Angeles Department of Planning pursue expanded parkway tree wells to be landscaped with California native plants for Motor Avenue in Palms.
v. MOTION: Whereas the Palms Neighborhood Council has previously gone on record to support crosswalks at the intersections of Motor and Woodbine as well as Jasmine and Palms; And Whereas, funds from the LADP Streetscape Plan and the Transit Neighborhood Plan could efficiently be used to implement this stakeholder need; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that the City of Los Angeles install continental-style crosswalks at the intersections of Motor and Woodbine and Jasmine and Palms in the community of Palms.
vi. MOTION: Whereas, Venice Boulevard was recently repaved by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) from Lincoln Boulevard to the I-405 Freeway; AND Whereas, Venice Boulevard through the Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, and SoRo communities is in a terrible state of disrepair, exacerbated by the Expo Line construction; AND Whereas, the plants on the median have died due to a broken irrigation system; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that as part of completion of Expo Phase Two, the Los Angeles City Council and California Department of Transportation take action to see that East-Bound and West-Bound Venice Boulevard be repaved from Lincoln Boulevard to Pacific Avenue and from the I-405 Freeway to Fairfax Avenue, and that the median be planted with California native plants and supported by an initial watering schedule or an installed low-flow irrigation system.
vii. MOTION: Whereas, the Palms Neighborhood Council recognizes a need to provide parking at light rail and subway stations to maximize ridership; AND Whereas parking capacity at the Culver City Station is already exceeded on most weekdays; AND Whereas the impending opening of phase two of the Expo Line offers a unique opportunity to increase the use of public transportation; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that the City of Los Angeles and Metro work together to provide solutions leading to public parking at or adjacent to light rail stations.
viii. MOTION: Whereas, the Palms Neighborhood Council recognizes that Park-and-Ride options with convenient public transportation connection to light rail will only increase ridership and its benefits to the urban environment; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council requests that the City of L.A. and Metro work together to provide off-site Park-and-Ride lots in the communities of Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, and SoRo, designed to geographically expand ridership reach for light rail and subway lines.
ix. MOTION: Whereas emergency services are severely stretched in Los Angeles, due to cutbacks in recent years; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council urges the City of Los Angeles to continue to adequately fund the recruitment, hiring, and training of new firefighters to bring the Los Angeles Fire Department back to 2007 levels by fiscal year 2019.
x. MOTION: Whereas the stakeholders of Palms are all stakeholders of services provided by LAX and LA Metro Transit; Therefore, The Palms Neighborhood Council supports a remote access plan to best connect LAX to the greater county and Southern California region which: 1) Relocates an upgraded LAX City Bus Center to either the future Intermodal Transit Facility at 96th & Airport or the future Metro Rail Station at 96th & Aviation to best accommodate commuters, 2) Explores, prioritizes, and funds a South Bay Green Line Extension, and 3) Funds two Major Investment Studies for connecting light rail extensions to both the Westside, via the Sepulveda Corridor through Palms, and the Norwalk Metrolink Station.
xi. MOTION: Whereas the stakeholders of Palms want to see an efficient, world-class LAX; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council supports any comprehensive, pedestrian-friendly LAX plan that includes a People Mover station location and design, as well as moving walkways to best encourage convenient and rapid access from the future People Mover rail line for all pedestrians, including those with special needs.
xii. MOTION: Whereas parking tickets should be issued in the name of making the City of Los Angeles a safer and more livable place; And Whereas parking tickets disproportionately penalize working-class commuters who constitute a substantial percentage of Palms residents; Therefore, the Palms Neighborhood Council opposes any policies, official or implied, that encourage the establishment of any Parking Ticket Quotas within the ranks of the LAPD and LA Parking Enforcement.