The heavy rains have taken a toll on hillsides across Southern California. Even the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor hasn't been immune.

The Ballona Creek Trash InterceptorL.A. County

The County Department of Public Works announced this week that the storm has damaged the Trash Interceptor's northern barrier beyond repair, requiring a replacement. The southern barrier remains functional, and continues to divert trash into the Interceptor. To date, L.A. County says the Interceptor has prevented 110 tons of trash from reaching the ocean.

Here's what we're reading this week:

Gold Line Construction to Pomona on Track to be Complete by Early January 2025 "Work is being finished on the stations, power and control systems, crossings, and parking areas" (Streetsblog LA)

Map of the Foothill Gold Line ExtensionMetro

Eyes on the Street: Bike Lane Construction on Imperial Highway near LAX "L.A. City is installing new protected bike lanes on Imperial Highway, closing a 1,000-foot gap. The $1.9 million project is expected to be completed by October 2024." (Streetsblog LA)

FIRST LOOK: What North Long Beach’s much-needed 51st Street Greenbelt will look like "What is now largely a fenced-in dirt plot will soon become accessible open green space for multigenerational use in a community that is one of the most park-poor in the city—all along an acre stretch of land that will include carbon sequestering trees, native plants, bioswales for stormwater, and a 1350-linear foot walking trail that will be lit at night for students students at Perry Lindsey Middle School or Dooley Elementary walking home or to experience the park after school." (Longbeachize)

California’s new ‘daylighting’ law aims to increase pedestrian safety at crosswalks "a 'simple concept that improves safety by removing parked cars next to crosswalks. By keeping the area next to crosswalks clear of parked vehicle obstructions, people walking and driving or riding on the street can see each other better.'" (KTLA)

The Pacific Surfliner in San ClementeWikimedia Commons

Editorial: To save its coastal rail line, California will need to move it away from the ocean "The success of the rail line has been hampered by the lack of clear leadership, which is shared by five public transportation agencies and two private freight railroads, all of which have different priorities. Plus, the many cities and private property owners adjacent to the rail line have their own opinions on what should be done and who should pay for it. There isn’t a single overarching authority elevating what’s good for California’s future over parochial interests." (LA Times)

Housing Advocates Sue City Of LA Again For Denying Affordable Housing Near Single-Family Homes "YIMBY Law executive director Sonja Trauss said the developer’s application to the city followed all the laws in place at the time. She argues the city retroactively changed the rules to allow suburban neighborhoods like Reseda to continue refusing new housing." (LAist)

No More ‘No-Vending’ Zones, New County Health Permits And More For LA Street Vendors "The Los Angeles area is home to an estimated 50,000 street vendors, 10,000 of whom sell food. Over the decades, L.A.'s street vendor carts have become an integral part of the city's culinary scene, selling everything from sliced mango to the ubiquitous bacon-wrapped hot dog that has become an emblem of L.A. street food." (LAist)

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