City Council approved Monday reallocating federal economic development funds to build a lighted crosswalk across Valley Boulevard at 7th Street. Council amended the 2014-2015 Action Plan, which addresses housing and community development needs, to reallocate $200,000 to the crosswalk and $500,000 to a street reconstruction project.
The intersection at Valley and 7th has been a site of recent vehicle-pedestrian collisions. In September, drivers in two separate incidents struck pedestrians walking in the marked crosswalk. The Alhambra Police Department conducted on Sept. 23 a pedestrian decoy operation at the intersection and cited 75 drivers for not yielding to pedestrians, the agency posted on Facebook.
Lighted crosswalks typically display flashing lights to oncoming traffic, warning drivers that pedestrians are crossing the street. Drivers yield more often as a result of the crosswalks, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), a group funded by U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration with a mission to increase and spread research about pedestrian safety and provide technical assistance. However, it is unclear whether yielding may significantly improve in the long-term, according to PBIC.
The funds for the crosswalk come from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase affordable housing and job creation programs. Local agencies must use the money to benefit low- to moderate-income residents, prevent or eliminate blight, or address urgent community development needs, according to HUD.
City Council also honored Monday World War II veteran and Alhambra native Larry Stevens. Stevens returned to Alhambra after the war to become a fireman for 31 years, 18 of which he served as fire captain. He is the author of “It Only Takes One: Memoirs of a Tail Gunner,” a book recounting his experience as a tail gunner on a B-17 aircraft.
“Mr. Stevens is to be commended not only for his distinguished public service – but also as an American Hero who honorably served his country during World War II," the city commendation reads.
Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be on Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. in the Alhambra Civic Center Library to discuss the Strategic Plan.