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Assessing Measure HLA: Balancing Street Safety with Timely Emergency Services

by Henry Rogers, Los Angeles County Medical Association Government Affairs


Los Angeles residents are currently facing a crucial decision with Measure HLA, known as the City Mobility Plan Street Improvement Measures initiative, appearing on the ballot. This measure, driven by citizen sponsors, seeks to enact the comprehensive Mobility Plan adopted back in 2015. The Mobility Plan outlines substantial street enhancements, such as the addition of bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and improvements to transit options. While supporters argue that Measure HLA prioritizes safety and transparency, opponents, including the city's firefighter union and KeepLAMoving, raise valid concerns regarding its financial impact, potential traffic congestion, and lack of community involvement.


While supporters argue that Measure HLA prioritizes safety and transparency, opponents, including the city's firefighter union and KeepLAMoving, raise valid concerns regarding its financial impact, potential traffic congestion, and lack of community involvement.

 

While Measure HLA aims to address crucial street safety and transparency issues, its implementation poses significant challenges and potential drawbacks. The mandate for extensive street improvements lacks a clear funding mechanism, raising concerns about financial feasibility and potential strain on city budgets. Moreover, the measure's potential impact on traffic congestion and emergency response times is a valid concern, especially for physicians and healthcare professionals who depend on prompt emergency services to save lives.

 

The arguments put forth by opponents underscore the need for a balanced approach that prioritizes public safety without compromising essential services or exacerbating traffic congestion. While street enhancements are vital for improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, they must be implemented thoughtfully, taking into account broader implications for emergency services, traffic flow, and community engagement.

 

As physicians, it is crucial to critically evaluate Measure HLA's potential impact on emergency response times and overall public safety. While supporting efforts to enhance street safety, it is essential to advocate for solutions that prioritize efficient emergency services and mitigate adverse effects on traffic flow and mobility.

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