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LA's super-high cost of housing is driving low-income families onto the streets -- a major reason that homelessness is on the rise. Tomorrow, LA Supervisors will decide whether low-cost housing should be subsidized to get some people off the streets and protect others from going there. 

Later in the program, LA City's Mobility Plan could mean bad news for LA's car culture, but good news for mass transit and commuters who need bicycles to get around town.

Photo: tobesfo

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower

LA County and Homes for the Homeless 12 MIN, 32 SEC

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl calls it an "unprecedented financial commitment" — if she and Mark Ridley Thomas can get one of their three other colleagues to go along.  They want to spend $100 million a year on affordable housing from a County budget of $27 billion, as a way to help people who are already homeless and others who are in danger of being.

Guests:
Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@SheilaKuehl)
Gary Blasi, Public Counsel (@UCLA_Law)

LA's Transportation Masterplan and a Tale of Two Neighborhoods 13 MIN, 10 SEC

Mobility 2035 is designed to get drivers out of their cars and into buses and public transit, not to mention making way for commuters on bicycles. It would mean very disruptive changes on hundreds of miles of streets now devoted to automobiles. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez found very different reactions in two different neighborhoods.


Estuadro Mazariegos and Malcom Harris of TRUST South LA, an advocacy group in support of Mobility 2035.
They say bicycles are an essential way that people get around South LA,
but because the community lacks bicycle lanes, cycling can be deadly.


Anne-Marie Johnson and Jerome Courshon, Silver Lake residents who are opposed to Mobility 2035 plan.
They argue a test version of the plan on Rowena Avenue in their neighborhood has been a disaster,
only increasing traffic while not making the avenue any safer for cyclists and pedestrians.


Senior city planner Claire Bowin is a co-author of the Mobility 2035 plan.



Westwood resident Laura Lake is a co-founder of Fix the City, a community group suing the city over the Mobility 2035 plan.


Looking south down Vermont Avenue, one of the LA's thoroughfares that would be affected by Mobility 2035.

Photos by Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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