The Port of Los Angeles has temporarily shelved $18.4 million in waterfront improvements, opting instead to further study the measures as part of an overall project review that won't be finished until mid- or late 2007.But hey, at least we get the bathrooms, right?
Port officials announced this week they will hold off doing the series of planned short-term improvements designed to keep momentum going on the community's ambitious $500 million waterfront makeover. That means the earliest construction on the rest of the project -- with the exception of a fountain and some restrooms -- won't begin now until late 2007 or early 2008.
At one point the article mentions that port staff members told commissioners they were removing the $18.4 million earmarked for the improvements from the port's 2006-07 budget.
The staff told the commissioners they were removing the money? I must not have studied local government very well - because I really that axe lay in the hands of the commissioners, not staff. I suppose pegging the staff with it relieves the commissioners - and thus our illustrious mayor - of taking too much responsibility? Maybe I just read the article incorrectly, but I swear it says "staff."
Even Noel Park thinks the next phase of development should've proceeded since it was mainly just the development of several small parks meant to tie the waterfront to downtown San Pedro. Noel Park wanted it done, get that? He's not really pro-development. So why did they nix this? A local neighborhood council president, on the other hand, says "we need to be careful about short-cutting the process."
Twenty gooddamn years of no change! TWENTY! If not more. How long a process do you need? To plant a couple of little lousy parks?
The Breeze does a nice job collecting both predictable and unexpected reaction to the decision (Janice, I'm disappointed at your utter lack of outrage), however I would love to know more about, you know, like, what the hell happened. We're told that POLA "has temporarily shelved" $18.4 million in projects and that Port staff informed Port commissioners of the earmark's removal.
Any detail on what actually happened - as opposed to San Pedrans reactions to it - would be most appreciated.