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Disabled Sherman Oaks Man Suing City for Broken Sidewalks

Quadripeligic Brent Pilgreen is among a group of people bringing a civil action lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.

Several civil-rights lawsuits against Los Angeles may force the city to repair its busted and broken sidewalks, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sherman Oaks resident Brent Pilgreen is one of the plaintiffs who have filed suit, according to the Times.

Sherman Oaks Patch reported on the state of local sidewalks last summer in its video report .

What do you think about the state of sidewalks in Sherman Oaks? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Sean McCarthy February 01, 2012 at 04:13 AM
United Chambers of Commerce took a position weeks ago, which reads in part: We believe that saddling property owners with what has been a City function by law for more than 30 years is unfair. We are also troubled with the mechanism by which the transfer of responsibility is envisioned, by encumbering a property owner’s title and requiring that money to repair the sidewalks be made part of the escrow process upon sale. While many sidewalks may need repair not all need replacement or repair. The city’s proposed change in the ordinance would stifle real estate sales by adding additional unnecessary fees at a time when the real estate market cannot bear the burden of another potential barrier to deal making. We believe the city of Los Angeles needs to meet with members of the real estate industry, commercial property owners and residents to discuss the problem of sidewalk maintenance. We believe the process as it presently stands lacks the input of those who would be most directly impacted by the imposition of this new fee. We would hope the city would share the findings with the participants and the public before making any final decision on new sidewalk repair fees. United Chambers of Commerce appreciates the Los Angeles City Council and city staff considering our concerns and recommendations.
Jules Feir February 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
The City should bring back the 50/50 sidewalk repair program where both the city and the residents share in the cost. It was well received and then disocontinued. Jules Feir
notmyfault February 01, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Some cities don't even ask, my father saw the city come to his home and he thought "finally the city is fixing the sidewalk" The city fixed it and a week later he got a bill for $850.00 from the City.
Ellen Vukovich February 01, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Let's not forget the City Council's intent - they want the city to be relieved from the legal liabilities incurred by failing sidewalks (usually caused by city owned street trees). To pass this onerous cost is patently unfair; how many property owners can personally pay to cover a slip and fall case from broken sidewalks let alone repair sidewalks during escrow or whenever the council will decide? What will happen to insurance rates the minute a claim is filed (a big increase!)? What is the city's responsibility for contributing to the failure by not doing its job to maintain such infrastructure? The fact that the city council has not taken this important issue to all community groups, neighborhood councils, and conducted public hearings, is an outrage and should tell you that they don't care what property owners think and want. The success of the 50/50 sidewalk program was due because people voluntarily put up one-half of the cost. And, that's when the city had set aside funds for that program. Those days are over. The city is broke. Watch who supports the proposal on the council - odd numbered Council Districts are up for election in 2013.
Pat February 02, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The city is broke because the City Council members are too busy turning themselves into billionaires with taxpayer money to care about the taxpayers themselves. The City Councillors are the most useless people around.

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