Los Angeles City Council blocks $706,000 in funding for Sixth Street Bridge maintenance


LOS ANGELES (CNS) — More than $700,000 in funding from the City of Los Angeles to remove graffiti and provide other maintenance work on the Sixth Street Bridge will have to wait after the City Council referred the matter to the Budget Committee and finance on Friday.

The bridge, connecting Boyle Heights to the downtown arts district, has been closed multiple times since it opened on July 10 due to what police called “illegal activity” that included people converging on the span, performing spinouts, burnouts or blocking traffic.

The city council’s public works committee recommended last week that council approve $706,000 for bridge maintenance. But on Friday, the board referred the item to the budget and finance committee rather than vote on authorizing the funding.

Councilman Paul Krekorian, chairman of the budget and finance committee, said the committee would address the item quickly. He added that the committee would consider additional sources of funding due to “conflicting priorities”.

“I hope that in the meantime, we will certainly continue to address priority issues on the Sixth Street Bridge right now as quickly as possible, to continue to prevent this issue from spreading,” Krekorian said.

At last week’s public works committee meeting, Councilman John Lee pushed back on de León’s request for funding, fearing the city was spending too much on public works for a single bridge, while other districts would not receive a proportional amount of funding. The recommendation carried 3-1, with Lee dissenting.

Lee removed the interim funding item from the agenda at the start of the meeting for a separate vote and also intended to speak to it, but did not comment after learning that the item would not be not voted.

De León said he agreed with Krekorian, “since this is a tax issue that is before the budget committee, so we can resolve it and come back to the fuller committee as a whole.”

Pete Brown, director of communications for de León, told City News Service that the funding was referred to the budget and finance committee to be “careful and careful” in pursuing the long-term plan for the upkeep of the bridge.

“We want to make sure the funding is adequate…and that it’s part of the overall bridge operations and included in our budget,” Brown said.

Brown added that there were no concerns about funding. In the meantime, maintenance services are continuing and there has been a drop in attempts to graffiti the bridge, he said.

De León said at the meeting, addressing his colleagues: “We have the Hansen Dam in the eastern valley of the San Fernando Valley, we have Venice Beach in Venice, we have the Griffith Observatory for Griffith Park, now we have the Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge. Ultimately at the end of the day, we’re a city and we’re an LA”

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