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Jeffrey M.

Jacobberger

May30,2014

LosAngelesPoliceDepartment
201NorthLosAngelesStreet,Space301
LosAngeles,California90012

Re:PublicRecordsActRequest:BikeLanesandEmergencyResponseTimes

ToWhomItMayConcern:

In2011,theLosAngelesCityCouncilunanimouslyadoptedaBicyclePlanthatcalledforinstallationofa
citywidenetworkofbicyclepaths,lanesandroutes.Overthepastthreeyears,theDepartmentsof
TransportationandofCityPlanninghavetakenstepstoimplementtheBicyclePlan,basedinparton
inputfromtheLosAngelesPoliceDepartment.ThisrequestseeksdocumentsrelatingtotheLosAngeles
PoliceDepartmentspositionsregardingbikelanes.

Background

TheCityofLosAngelesisdeterminingwhethertoinstallbikelanesonNorthFigueroabetweenSan
FernandoRoadandColoradoBoulevard.Becauseportionsofthesebikelaneswouldrequireremovalof
amotorvehiclelaneand/orcurbparking,theselaneswererequiredtoundergoformalenvironmental
review.Ayearago,onMay30,2013,theDepartmentofTransportationissuedaNoticeOfGeneral
ManagersDeterminationNorthFigueroaStreetBicycleLanesFromSanFernandoRoadToColorado
BoulevardAndColoradoBoulevardBicycleLanesFromCityOfGlendaleToCityOfPasadenaCity
Limits.InthatdocumenttheLADOTGeneralManagerApprove[d]toinstall5.1milesofa
combinationofstandardandbufferedbicyclelanesalongN.FigueroaStreet,fromSanFernandoRoad
toColoradoBoulevardinaccordancewiththe2010BicyclePlan.

TheLADOTGeneralManagersapprovalwasbasedontheCitysanalysis,pursuanttoCEQA,ofthe
trafficandsafetyimpactsoftheNorthFigueroabikelanes.TheCitysCEQAanalysisincludedanInitial
StudypreparedbytheDepartmentofCityPlanning.ThatInitialStudystates:

Theimplementationoftheproposedprojectswouldnotimpedeemergencyaccess.Bicyclists
wouldfollowthesameprotocolasvehiclesinsurrenderingtherightofwaytoemergency
vehicles.ThedesignofallbikewayfacilitieswillbegovernedbytheTechnicalDesignHandbook
andapplicablefederal,stateandlocalguidelines.Theproposedprojectswouldcomplywithall
CityofLosAngelesfiredepartmentrequirements.Lessthansignificantimpactstoemergency
accessareanticipated.(InitialStudy,page25(emphasisadded.)

Iaminformedandbeliefthatthisstatementwasbased,inpart,oninformationprovidedbytheLos
AngelesPoliceDepartment.BecausetheInitialStudyconcludedthatthebikelaneswouldnothavea
significantimpactonemergencyaccess,thisissuewasnotfurtheranalyzedordiscussedintheDraftEIR,
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ortheTrafficandSafetyAnalysisfortheseproposedbikelanes.ThePoliceDepartmentandFire
Departmentdidnotpresentanydataoranalysisofallegedimpactsonemergencyaccessthatcould
havebeenassessedandcommentedoninwritingoratthepublichearingonthesebikelanes.

OnMay8,2014,theOfficeofCouncilmemberCedilloheldameetingregardingtheproposedNorth
Figueroabikelanes.Atthatmeeting,LAPDNortheastDivisionCaptainJeffBertappearedinuniformand
statedhisoppositiontothebikelanes,assertingthattheywouldimpairLAPDresponsetimes.Captain
BertsstatementsdirectlycontradicttheInitialStudy.

PursuanttothePublicRecordsAct,Irequestthefollowingdocuments:
1. AlldocumentsreliedonbyCaptainBertinformulatinghisstatementthatNorthFigueroabike
laneswouldimpairLAPDresponsetimes.
2. WhenCaptainBertspokeattheMay8meeting,heheldcertaindocumentsandimpliedthat
theysupportedhisoppositiontobikelanes;thisrequestseeksthosedocuments;
3. AlldocumentsrelatingtoCaptainBertsstatementthatpoliceresponsetimesintheNortheast
DivisionarethehighestintheCity;
4. AlldocumentsthatrelatedtoanyanalysisofpoliceresponsetimesintheNortheastDivisions,
includingbutnotlimitedtoanyanalysisoftheextenttowhichexistingorproposedbikelanes
adverselyaffectresponsetimes;
5. Alldocumentsreferringorrelatingtoanyanalysisofwhetherexistingorproposedbike
infrastructureanywhereintheCityofLosAngelesmightimpactordoesimpactLAPDresponse
times;
6. AlldocumentsreferringorrelatingtoanyanalysisorevaluationbyLAPDofwhetherbikelanes
impairemergencyresponsetimes.
7. Alldocumentsconstitutingorreferringtocommunicationsbetweenanycivilianorsworn
employeeofLAPDandanyotherCityofficial,agencyordepartmentregardinginstallationof
bikelanesanywhereintheCityofLosAngeles.
8. AlldocumentsthatreferorrelatetoanycommunicationsbetweenCaptainBertand/orLAPD,
ontheonehand,andtheOfficeofCouncilmemberGilCedillo,regardingtheMarch8,2014
meetingand/orNorthFigueroabikelanes.

AdvocatesofincreasedbicyclingintheCityofLosAngelesbelievethatdecisionsaboutinstallingbicycle
infrastructureshouldbebasedonplansandpoliciesadoptedbytheCityCouncil,includingthe2010
BicyclePlan,andfactualanalysisofthebenefitsandcostsofbikeinfrastructure.Becausethisrequestis
madeforthesolepurposeofadvancingtheimportantpublicinterestinensuringthesafetyofbicyclists
intheCityofLosAngeles,Irespectfullyrequestthatfees,ifany,associatedwiththisrequestbewaived.

Iaskforadeterminationonthisrequestwithin10daysofyourreceiptofit,andanevenprompterreply
ifyoucanmakethatdeterminationwithouthavingtoreviewtherecord[s]inquestion.

Iwouldnotordinarilytroubleyouwiththiswrittenrequest,butIhavereceivednoresponsetomyMay
9,2014emailtoOfficerJeffKievit,thedesignatedLAPDliaisontothebicyclingcommunity.

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Ifyoudeterminethatanyorallortheinformationqualifiesforanexemptionfromdisclosure,Iaskyou
tonotewhether,asisnormallythecaseundertheAct,theexemptionisdiscretionary,andifsowhether
itisnecessaryinthiscasetoexerciseyourdiscretiontowithholdtheinformation.

Ifyoudeterminethatsomebutnotalloftheinformationisexemptfromdisclosureandthatyouintend
towithholdit,Iaskthatyouredactitforthetimebeingandmaketherestavailableasrequested.
Inanyevent,pleaseprovideasignednotificationcitingthelegalauthoritiesonwhichyourelyifyou
determinethatanyoralloftheinformationisexemptandwillnotbedisclosed.

IfIcanprovideanyclarificationthatwillhelpexpediteyourattentiontomyrequest,pleasecontactme
Iaskthatyounotifymeofanyduplicationcosts
exceeding$50.00beforeyouduplicatetherecordssothatImaydecidewhichrecordsIwantcopied.

Verytrulyyours,

JeffJacobberger