We’re currently transitioning the new communications for our committee members. The gmail emails will remain the same with the addition of emails now being able to be managed via @wcknc.la instead of just @gmail.com.
We’re upgrading our email system so each committee can receive the proper communication request instead of a general email. This will help increase response time and reduce workload on our members who are responsible for the WCKNC Gmail account.
We’re hosting a town hall to ask & answer questions as well as take further feedback. Please share the link with your neighbors to ensure we get more feedback from all of our community. We want to respect everyone’s time so we will also have a page dedicated to answer questions that many neighbors have similarly asked. Estamos organizando un ayuntamiento para hacer y responder preguntas, así como para recibir más comentarios. Comparta el enlace con sus vecinos para asegurarse de que recibamos más comentarios de todo nuestro complejo. Queremos respetar el tiempo de todos, por lo que también tendremos una página dedicada a responder preguntas que muchos vecinos han hecho de manera similar.
우리는 시청 회의를 개최하고 질문에 답할 뿐만 아니라 추가 피드백을 받을 수 있습니다.모든 커뮤니티에서 더 많은 피드백을 받을 수 있도록 이웃과 링크를 공유해 주십시오.우리는 모든 사람의 시간을 존중하고 싶습니다. 그래서 많은 이웃들이 비슷한 질문을 던지는 질문에 답하기 위해 전용 페이지를 갖게 될 것입니다.
Koreatown is the densest neighborhood in Los Angeles, yet has the least amount of open space than any other community. We are proposing that vehicle traffic is rerouted between Normandie Ave. and Vermont Ave. so the street can be repurposed as a public plaza. This will provide open space for residents while boosting business on this corridor.
– Koreatown is the most park-poor neighborhood in Los Angeles.
– Traffic violence is out of control. Most of our streets are on the high injury network.
– Small businesses are struggling to stay afloat in the wake of the pandemic.
– Community resources are inequitably distributed in Koreatown compared to Los Angeles as a whole.
– Koreatown has 12.7 acres of park space, 86.4 acres of sidewalks, and 451.9 acres of roadway. – The majority of Wilshire Center Koreatown is not within a 10-minute walk of a park.¹ – Koreatown only has .5 acres of park space for every 1,000 people, compared to 9.2 acres of park space for every 1,000 throughout the city of LA. – Each acre of park space in Koreatown serves 12,554 residents. On average, the City of LA has enough park space to serve 82 residents per every acre of parks.²
– Many of Koreatown’s streets are part of the high injury network, including 6th St. (see the map to the right).³ – People walking and biking are at higher risk of injury than those in a car. This is concerning since Koreatown is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in LA. – Black, Brown, elderly, disabled, and unhoused people are more likely to be victims of traffic violence.⁶
Open Streets & Commerce
– Closing streets to cars results in a nearly a 10% increase in retail spending on those corridors.⁴ – Road reconfigurations that move away from prioritizing cars are proven to turn that corridor into a vibrant destination.⁵ – Cities like New York, Milan, San Francisco, Mexico City, Paris, and Bogota have seen increased commerce in areas where cars are banned.⁷
Proposed Vision for 6th Street from Normandie to Vermont
Potential Community Amenities
– Street furniture like tables, chairs, benches, and shade umbrellas – Pocket parks – Trash cans – Public restrooms and wash stations – Charging stations – Areas for pets – Additional trees and other green space – Dining areas – Space for buskers and performers – Art installations – WIFI – Community fridges or food distribution centers
Getting Support from Residents, Businesses, and Community Organizations
Contact Adriane Hoff, President of WCKNC and Chair of the Transportation & Public Safety Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
¿Preguntas o comentarios?
Comuníquese con José García, Representante de Negocios y Miembro del Transporte y Comité de seguridad pública email@example.com
References ¹The Trust for Public Land, https://parkserve.tpl.org/mapping/index.html?CityID=0644000#reportTop, Accessed 12 December 2020 ²Koreatown Youth & Community Center, “Koreatown Environmental Report,” https://www.kyccla.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/KYCC_Koreatown_Environmental_Report.pdf, Accessed 12 December 2020 ³City of Los Angeles, “High Injury Network,” https://geohub.lacity.org/datasets/488062f00db44ef0a29bf481aa337cb3, Accessed 12 December 2020 ⁴C. Reid, “Closing Central Madrid to Cars Resulted in 9.5% Boost in Retail Spending, Finds Bank Analysis,” Forbes, 8 March 2019, https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/03/08/closing-central-madrid-to-cars-resulted-in-9-5-boost-to-retail-spending-finds-bank-analysis/?sh=3770a4ae55a7, Accessed 12 December 2020 ⁵L. Immediato, “This Stretch of Venice in Mar Vista Has Become a Destination All Its Own.” Los Angeles Magazine, 20 January 2020, https://www.lamag.com/lalifeandstyle/mar-vista/, Accessed 12 December 2020 ⁶M. Brozen, etal. “The Need to Prioritize Black Lives in LA’s Traffic Safety Efforts.” UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, December 2020 ⁷TransAlt, “Op-Ed: Here are Some Cities Getting Open Streets Right.” StreetsBlog USA, 1 May 2020, https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/05/01/op-ed-heres-some-cities-getting-open-streets-right/, Accessed 20 December 2020
Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to voting stakeholders of WCKNC. Questions will be asked via social media, email, and on the event that candidates may answer.
REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE!
We’re having our Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood council elections this March. Before we get to March we also need people to register by Jan 5, 2021 to be able to be a candidate. We will be doing social media pushes to update everyone on dates and deadlines. We are also hosting various events to do outreach with the community & candidates. We hope we vote for a board that represents you.
Who’s on a Neighborhood Council?
While Neighborhood Council board members are volunteers, they are public officials elected by the members of their community. Most board members serve two-year terms; a few Neighborhood Councils have four-year terms.
Who can run or vote?
Unlike other city, state, or federal elections, voting and being a candidate in Neighborhood Council (NC) elections is open to more than just the residents of a community. Participation is open to those who live, work, or own property or a business within an NC’s boundaries, as well as to “community interest stakeholders,” such as church members, local students (or parents of students), or members of local service organizations.
Candidates need not be US citizens or legal residents to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated. The minimum age to vote is 16; the minimum age to run for most NC seats is 18, except for Youth Seat candidates, who may be between the ages of 14-17.
The Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council elections are ongoing. Along with the other 99 NC elections, this is time for the community to sign up as a candidate or register to vote in the community held elections. We are hosting events and will be conducting outreach to ensure our community is represented and you get to meet the candidates. The election will determine the next board for the two year term.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback feel free to come to our Outreach, Communications & Election committee. – View next meeting or agenda
Timeline – WCKNC (Region 6) ● Candidate filing period: Friday November 21, 2020 – Tuesday January 5, 2021 ● Voter enrollment period: Friday January 22, 2021 – Tuesday March 16, 2021 ● Vote By Mail Application: Jan 22, 2021 ● Release of Certified List of Candidates: Jan 22, 2021 ● Election Day: Tuesday March 23, 2021 ● Deadline to receive postmarked ballots: Mar 26, 2021 ● Official Results Due: April 8, 2021
LADOT is getting to work on a safer intersection! Part of the 4th Street Greenway Project corridor, the 4th & New Hampshire Mini-Roundabout is designed to calm traffic and improve connections and crossings for everyone, whether walking, biking, rolling or driving.
A test run was done early in the year. The results were great and met with good feedback from the community. Make sure you join the committee Transportation & Public Safety to get first insight into these projects.
As we all know Koreatown has the Purple & Red line going through our neighborhood. This has provided useful transportations for many years now. As some might know or will start to hear about, Metro is doing an extension that will reach Westwood from Downtown. This means our community can visit more areas in the Purple Line.
Metro is currently doing a community feedback for local neighbors of the area, stakeholders, & community members who would benefit from this extension. They are holding two events to ensure they get community feedback. Community Walk Audit & Community Roundtable. It’s important to participate as feedback can change the way the stations are finalized. Additionally, participating will get you a $50 gift card for attending both events.
Thursday, January 14th: 6 – 7 pm: Community Walk Audit Training Session (Option #1) Saturday, January 16th: 10 – 11 am: Community Walk Audit Training Session (Option #2) March: Community Roundtable
Join Community Conversations to provide input on plans and receive $50!
We’ll be having a townhall with KYCC presented in Spanish. We will have other townhalls available in English & other languages in the near future. We’re also preparing various social media, posts, guides & resources on the website so you can be aware of what is coming soon.