Los Angeles' cracked and buckled sidewalks are infamous but that may change — at least somewhat— this spring as the city spends millions to repair some walkways.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to spend $10 million previously allocated for repairs. The money will be spent on sidewalks abutting many city-owned facilities, including libraries and parks.
The money was approved for the fiscal year that started last July, but the funds hadn't been spent because the city is being sued by a group of disabled residents over accessibility issues relating to broken sidewalks. City officials had been hoping to avoid any commitment to sidewalk repairs until a settlement was reached.
"The point of [today's vote] is to move this money as quickly as possible into the areas where it will have the most impact in improving accessibility for the public, which is around the public's facilities," said Councilman Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.
City officials expect to spend the money by the end of June. Mayor Eric Garcetti's budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, includes $20 million for repairs. A $4.5 billion sales tax proposal under consideration for road repairs would also include $640 million for sidewalk improvements.