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More Coldwater gridlock coming your way

More Coldwater gridlock coming your way
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“Having a white-gloved traffic officer in the middle of each intersection during the morning rush should dramatically improve the flow of traffic, increase pedestrian safety and make your drive safer and more enjoyable.”

Imagine adding a 97,000 sq ft. Shopping Mall with an Equinox gym (prime hours during  morning and evening rush hour ) and a major Construction project at Harvard Westlake bringing up to 160 truck trips a day on Coldwater.
We can’t thank you enough Mr. Krekorian for your never ending support for your constituents and protecting Studio City’s quality of life at every turn.  These white gloved traffic officers have made for smooth sailing today and will no doubt help navigate the several hundred additional cars/trucks that will be coming to our intersection soon.  Your traffic solution to our F rated intersection is genius.  Kudos to our transparent and hard working Councilman, and of course the Studio City Neighborhood Council who so dutifully follows his lead. Coincidently Councilman Krekorian was deathly silent on the traffic issues until after the Sportsmen’s Landing project with its highly protested parking deficit sailed smoothly through to approved status…without an Environmental Impact Report. Sportsmen’s Landing and the Harvard Westlake expansion are not the only issues on the Councilman’s plate. Some of his other decisions have come back to bite him and residents have recently filed a recall petition.

And this from the Los Angeles Times –  Los Angles can claim the worst traffic in America. Again

Looks like the white gloved traffic officers have made for smooth sailing today…*cough*

Coldwater Canyon Gridlock

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Coldwater Canyon Gridlock

Left turn lane Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon around 8AM



You think Coldwater is slow in the morning now?

On March 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the SCNC will have a Special Board Meeting related to the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Harvard-Westlake Parking Improvement Plan [ENV-2013-0150-EIR].

Harvard Westlake Construction Zone


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Dear Friend:

I want to bring you up to speed about two motions I recently introduced to improve the quality of life of my constituents. The first will utilize LA traffic officers to cut down on congestion at two Studio City intersections, and the second will create a sensible temporary parking permit program to relax ticketing on residential streets where parking restrictions currently exist.
White Glove Service

Anyone who has driven through the Studio City intersections of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive or Coldwater Canyon and Ventura Boulevard during morning rush hour knows there is often a massive volume of traffic backed up in all directions. Drivers get understandably frustrated and commuter and pedestrian safety is compromised as turn lanes stay clogged and cars get caught in the middle of the street.

These busy intersections are jammed up for a number of reasons. Studio City is a popular place to live, Ventura is a bustling commercial corridor and these streets provide an alternative transit route to the basin for drivers who don’t want to idle on the southbound 101 parking lot. But the main reason traffic is so bad is that there are far more vehicles traveling through these intersections during the morning rush today than they were originally intended to accommodate.

For some time, I have searched for smart, cost-effective ways to help alleviate traffic at these intersections. Recently, at my direction, the LA Department of Transportation conducted a congestion survey to investigate traffic problems at Laurel Canyon and Mulholland and Coldwater and Ventura. The results didn’t surprise me at all: they found the congestion to be very high. I’ll go further than that – I find it unacceptable. Both intersections qualify for deployment under a city program that permits the placement of LA traffic officers at key intersections.

As a way to alleviate traffic and improve your morning commute, I introduced a motion to create a six-month pilot program that will bring LADOT traffic officers out to direct traffic at these intersections during morning hours. The pilot program will begin this month and last through June. During the pilot program, I will seek ways to reduce congestion more permanently. Having a white-gloved traffic officer in the middle of each intersection during the morning rush should dramatically improve the flow of traffic, increase pedestrian safety and make your drive safer and more enjoyable.

Common-Sense Parking Permits

I also introduced a motion to create a common-sense, temporary parking permit program for residential streets with time restrictions or preferential parking restrictions. This is important because people who live on such streets find it challenging to have friends over for get-togethers or even to receive deliveries. Right now, the city allows for temporary permits, but the system is makeshift and cumbersome. Under my plan, instead of living in fear of tickets, the city would create a standardized temporary parking permit program that would be easy to use and treat all requests equally and fairly. Ideally, people would be able to apply online, pay a small fee and get a temporary permit that grants a piece of mind and short-term parking relief.

Please let me know what you think by emailing me at or calling me at 213-473-7002. I’m confident that we’ll see positive results from these motions very soon.

Very truly yours,

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Councilmember Paul Krekorian, District 2
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The parking lot known as Coldwater Canyon in the AM is here to inform and empower residents. Let’s make local government more responsive to local needs. comes from a group of residents fed up with a group of Studio City “elite” making backroom decisions benefiting THEM and not US. is dedicated to sharing vital local information. We will speak the truth no matter how unpleasant it is. will strive to inform. A repository of information. Want to know more about the Harvard Westlake Project? Sportsmen’s Landing Project? Weddington Golf and Tennis? Mansionization? New developments coming to our neighborhood? A place to ask questions, get answers and share what you know. Get informed prior to attending a Neighborhood Council or Residents Association meeting. Come prepared with probing questions for our SCNC and SCRA representatives.

Comments to More Coldwater gridlock coming your way

  • The number of trucks for the Harvard-Westlake project has INCREASED to 160 daily for a period of AT LEAST 9 months.

    Suellen Wagner March 4, 2016 9:49 am Reply
    • 9 MONTHS ??? GET REAL !!!! Try 2 years MINIMUM !!! Disaster.

      EDward Lozzi March 29, 2016 4:26 pm Reply
  • Noted and updated!

    OurStudioCity March 6, 2016 7:37 am Reply
  • This will impact our community directly on so many levels – traffic gridlock, destruction of green space, environmental toxins and pollution. I encourage everyone to call and email Council member Paul Krekorian’s office to protest these developments and keep our city green.

    Sandra Fox March 6, 2016 11:30 am Reply
    • Keep our city green? Our city is not green. You aint seen nothing yet and what Krekorian has planned. Sign the petition to recall Krekorian means you remove the core of the problem. Imagine electing someone who you actually want and know is in his seat to work for us. Krekorian has taken so much money from developers, supported so much illegal construction, he refuses to make the city’s finances transparent which is also a violation of federal code. This is the guy you want in charge of your city?

      LA City Committee April 30, 2016 8:31 am Reply
  • It’s good to know we have prostitutes at every level of government.

    Matt Steimel March 7, 2016 7:06 am Reply
  • I object to the Harvard Westlake expansion. Traffic and congestion for private benefit is reprehensible when it impacts the public, tax-paying, and voting citizens of Studio City.

    Joyce Weintraub March 7, 2016 10:02 pm Reply
  • Has anyone heard how the SCNC voted on 3/8/16 about the Harvard Westlake expansion?
    After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, a lot of dirt in the Valley was disturbed and caused Valley fever among some residents, with at least one death that I heard about.
    Imagine how much dirt will be disturbed by them digging out this hillside for their garage and football field etc? And all of this taking place opposite a Nursery School and High School, not to mention in the middle of a dense Residential Community!!! We have lived in this area for 30 years and have never had any complaints about the school students etc parking in our neighborhood. Why do they need a 585? car parking garage?????
    If you have any more Save Coldwater Canyon signs, I will be very happy to put a few up in our garden.

    Andrea Sher March 11, 2016 1:21 pm Reply
    • You can very easily save Coldwater by signing the petition to recall Krekorian.

      No one knows what you guys think is actually going to change. But the rest of cd2 residents have run out of time and our streets and neighborhoods have been completely destroyed.
      3 years is a long time for us to keep banging on Krekorian’s door hoping this time he will actually answer.
      Insanity=Repeating the same thing expecting different results.

      LA City Committee April 30, 2016 8:27 am Reply
  • Full Page Ad placed by Harvard Westlake in Studio City Lifestyle Magazine

    Save Coldwater vs. The Hypocrites at Harvard Westlake School

    WE almost fell off our chairs looking at this outrageous ad in Studio City Lifestyle Magazine. It is the epitome of hypocrisy. If you notice the wording in their ad, Harvard Westlake actually fabricates their schools goal —” emphasizing conservation, ecology, and (get this) the restoration of it’s natural habitat”. Nice try Harvard Westlake…but we know who you really are. You are planning to destroy the last remaining natural wildlife habitat in Coldwater Canyon with a 4 story lighted parking garage and a dangerous walking bridge over Coldwater Canyon. It’s nice that they are volunteering with the Village Gardners to help maintain the new walkway…but it’s only a PR move. Let’s hope Barry Wise, editor of the Studio City Lifestyles Magazine Harvard is supporting with their ads, does the right thing and gives both sides an editorial platform about the massive 4 year construction environmental nightmare for a school that can’t stop vanity spending and is about to make all of the Canyons a traffic and dust bowl nightmare for four years construction dust, noise traffic gridlock– and did we mention the devaluation of our real estate. Did you also notice that Harvard Westlake is spending 100s of thousands of dollars on street banners, billboards and PR firms to prop them up as some-how vital entity to Los Angeles and Studio City. Really? The majority of the students of Harvard Westlake have to be bused in or if they get their way–driving in to park in their new parking garage monstrosity carved into the side of the Canyon. Like SaveColdwater

    EDward Lozzi March 29, 2016 4:28 pm Reply
  • Paul Krekorian is NEVER going to give you what you want. He has already made the deals with the Harvard Westlake team. Krekorian will do anything he can to MAKE YOU BELIEVE he will actually favor the community. What is it you guys are all waiting for; do you really believe he is actually going to choose you over the money he has made from developers and contributors?
    IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. You guys can wait until the project is over several years form now and by then Studio City will be completely gone. OR you can actually do something to change it by electing a Councilmember who actually listens to his/her voters.
    The longer you sit and wait for things to change by themselves the more the rest of us also lose our neighborhoods. How has sitting and waiting been going so far.

    LA City Committee April 30, 2016 8:22 am Reply

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