LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Chair of the Board Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, that would support legislation to move ownership of SR-710 corridor properties away from Caltrans, secure long-term affordability for homes in El Sereno, and prioritize community outreach for the use of these parcels:
“Affordable housing is our most pressing priority,” said Chair Solis. “The current COVID-19 pandemic and our growing homelessness crisis have only increased our urgency to act. A few weeks ago, many of us saw the disturbing images of families being forcibly removed by California Highway Patrol from state-owned Caltrans properties in El Sereno – a community that has experienced rising housing costs and displacement pressures. This was unconscionable and goes against what many Angelinos have fought for; which is to ensure people are not displaced and fall into homelessness. With the passage of this motion, the County seeks to continue to find innovative solutions so that everyone has a place to call home.”
These properties were originally acquired by Caltrans for the construction of the SR-710 North Project, which would have connected the northern stub of the SR-710 with the 210 Freeway. The SR-710 North Project ended in 2017 when the Metro Board of Directors selected the Transportation System Management/Transportation System Demand Management option as the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative. Without any future freeway build-out in sight, these properties in El Sereno are now considered excess and disposition of the properties is underway.
The motion directs Los Angeles County’s Sacramento advocates to support proposals that would enable Los Angeles County to acquire these Caltrans-owned properties and to preserve them as long-term affordable housing.
The motion also directs Los Angeles County’s Acting Chief Executive Officer to report back in writing to the Board in 30 days to identify various County funding sources, including but not limited to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the $7.2 million transferred to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund on August 4, 2020 from unclaimed funds collected by the Treasurer Tax Collector, to acquire properties owned by Caltrans.
To view the motion, click here.
CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov