"CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes posing in trouble waters of Lincoln Heights".
As CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes starts his two weeks taxpayer-financed vacation, this former immigrant (legal) family owned business is shuttered due to Councilman Reyes vision of increasing corporate beer and wine sales via 7-Eleven, in this sensitive Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
Under the leadership of Councilman Ed Reyes, this Lincoln Heights Crosswalk at Broadway and Sichel just joined the ranks of multiple fatality crosswalks with the death of an elderly pedestrian on July 8, 2011. Many more have been injured in the past but despite vigorous community protests, what has Councilman Reyes done to protect the "crossing public"? More after the blogging leap.
We found this picture via a Google search of "Broadway and Sichel Crosswalk" but then note the date of the Streetblog LA post that was source of photo "June 17, 2008"
. But as Erika Gallo noted recently, the crusade to save pedestrian lives at the intersection goes back to last century as Councilman Reyes should know.
Have you witnessed a pedestrian get hit by a vehicle? Does the crosswalk leave you in fear? Are you a driver afraid to drive past this unsafe crosswalk? We have had far too many innocent pedestrians turn into victims. The last victim took his final walk in life at that very crosswalk becoming the victim of a fatality on the morning of Friday, July 8, 2011. The community has been demanding a signalized crosswalk since 1993. Enough is enough.
I am working with the mother of a crosswalk victim to get a signal installed at this location. But, as you know, there is strength in numbers and she and I cannot do this without community support. We made this same attempt last summer by collecting signatures and attending a Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council meeting with the current board and Councilmember representatives. Unfortunately, we (as in you and your community) received no support. Please do your part and sign this petition and continue circulating it. If you are interested in assisting, we will be at Sacred Heart Church tomorrow collecting signatures. We need help. Stop by, even if just for 30 minutes.
Twelve years as Lincoln Heights councilperson and before that as a staffer to former Councilman Mike Hernandez, Councilman Reyes has let this "crosswalk killing zone" take another life.........
And who benefited
from Councilman Reyes prioritizing increased beer and wine sales over protecting immigrant families businesses and pedestrian safety? That is one "legacy" that this blogger can do without.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: Councilman Ed Reyes, Legacy LA