Statement from L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines on L.A. City Council Item

Oct. 28, 2014

I greatly appreciate the mayor and the L.A. City Council for considering L.A. Unified schools as potential beneficiaries of future redevelopment funds throughout the city of Los Angeles. Safe streets and pedestrian-friendly routes to schools are not only a benefit to our youth, but to the community as a whole.

I am hopeful that the city council will recognize this fact and provide a guarantee that some redevelopment funds will be used for creating safer routes to school campuses. The schools that L.A. Unified has recommended for safety improvements have been identified by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation as among those with the most urgent needs for safety improvements in the city, based on a formalized data-driven ranking methodology.

This is a great opportunity for the city council to ensure that students who live in congested and unsafe traffic areas are able to get to school safely, while also preserving the intent of improving redevelopment project areas.

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