The threat of climate breakdown is existential, and local government has jurisdiction over some significant drivers of climate change. California’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the transportation sector, with private auto use as the largest contributor, and transitioning to electric cars is not enough to meet the state’s goals.
At the same time, our transportation system does not meet our needs. Traffic was terrible before the pandemic and the trend for some to work from home more has not made it better. Focusing on a safer, more equitable, and more useful transportation system will help us meet our climate goals, improve the quality of our local environment, and improve our lives.
As with many of our challenges and opportunities, both the environment and our transportation system are regional issues. I propose regional solutions and know how to make them happen.
During Alex’s first term, Culver City:
Actions and Tools for Our Future:
- Enforce the City’s ordinance and end neighborhood oil drilling forever in Culver City while ensuring a just transition for fossil fuel workers
- Complete the City’s green building code and adopt worldwide best practices to move toward inexpensive and energy-efficient passivhaus building standards
- Leverage existing local leadership and regional relationships to maximize the federal, state, and regional investment in Culver City’s transportation infrastructure
- Enhance the Neighborhood Transportation Management Program to protect all neighborhoods from fast, aggressive, cut-through traffic
- Ensure that our streets are safe, convenient, and comfortable for all users, including pedestrians, the mobility-impaired, bicycle riders, motorists, and transit riders of all ages
- Complete the implementation of traffic demand management strategies to ease rush hour traffic
- Continue free transit for students and expand Safe Routes to Schools to increase the number of CCUSD students who get themselves to and from school
- Create opportunities for residents to propose and implement their own “tactical urbanism” projects to inexpensively and flexibly solve safety and traffic problems
- Collaborate with Metro and the Southern California Council of Governments to connect Culver City to LA2028–the transformative regional mobility network that will dramatically expand our entire region’s transportation options and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in time for the Olympics
- Prepare the City for the impacts of climate change by planting more trees, creating resilient microgrids with locally-generated electricity powering cooling centers and essential city services, investing in stormwater capture and reuse, and helping residents prepare for extreme heat and wildfire smoke