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GM Celebrating Service

Celebrating Service

This week, LADOT recognized members of our staff who have dedicated over 25 years of service to the department. These included members of our Executive Staff, Mobility Management Division, Project Delivery, Field Services, Planning & Innovation, and Administrative Services. The opportunity to work alongside dedicated individuals who have spent over a quarter century in service of the City of Los Angeles is one of the most rewarding aspects of this job. Few people can claim to have had as much impact in improving the lives of Los Angeles residents as these individuals and I thank them for all they have given and continue to give to our City.



LADOT Installs New Traffic Signals to Improve Safety

LADOT Installs New Traffic Signals to Improve Safety

Council District 11: Brentwood

Last week, LADOT installed a new traffic signal in CD11 at the intersection of Bundy Drive and Kenter Avenue. Previously, southbound traffic on Bundy Drive at this intersection was controlled by a stop sign, but the volume of traffic exceeded the capacity of all-way stop sign control.

The new traffic signal will improve traffic flow and safety in the neighborhood. It will manage the volume of vehicles, control traffic, and reduce congestion. Additionally, it will enhance pedestrian safety with clear crossing signals.

This installation is part of the Westside Mobility Phase 2 Project, which aims to upgrade traffic signals at 24 intersections within Council Districts 3, 5, 11, and 12 to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

Council District 5: West Los Angeles 

CD 5 West LA

As part of the Westside Mobility Phase 2 Project, LADOT also installed a new traffic signal with a left-turn phasing feature at the intersection of Century Park East & Galaxy Way. This update helps control vehicle speeds and ensures smooth traffic flow. It addresses safety by reducing congestion and collisions, particularly for vehicles making left turns at this intersection.

This improvement was made in response to the community-requested need to enhance safety and traffic flow in the area.

Council District 12 & Council District 3: Reseda

Council District 12 Reseda

Another new left turn phasing signal was set up at Roscoe Blvd and Reseda Blvd on the border between Council District 3 & 12, as part of the Reseda Blvd Complete Streets Project. This project is dedicated to making Reseda Blvd a safer and more accessible street for everyone.

The new signal improves safety by providing a separate light for drivers turning left, which helps protect pedestrians and reduces the chances of collisions. It also makes traffic flow better and more smoothly through the intersection.

More information on the project can be found at ladotlivablestreets.org/projects/reseda



LADOT Welcomes Yesenia Arias as New Chief of Staff

Yesenia Arias We are thrilled to announce and welcome Yesenia Arias to LADOT as the department’s Chief of Staff. In this role, Yesenia will manage the Bureau of Equity and Employee Performance and spearhead key initiatives aimed at advancing employee development. She will also provide critical support for the LADOT Executive Team in various capacities.

With two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors of transportation, Yesenia brings a wealth of expertise in strategic planning and collaborative engagement. She will lead the development of the Department's five-year Strategic Plan, drive the implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs, and champion initiatives focused on employee training, retention, and recruitment.

Prior to joining LADOT, Yesenia served as the Director of Community Relations for the Metro Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority where she played a pivotal role in fostering partnerships and facilitating project milestones. Her dedication to inclusive engagement and strategic foresight has been instrumental in the success of major transportation projects.

Yesenia's passion for employee development is evident in her leadership as the chair of the WTS Mentorship committee, where she has significantly enhanced mentorship programs for early and mid-career professionals. With a bachelor's degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Yesenia's blend of experience and commitment to excellence makes her an invaluable addition to our team.



CicLAvia Takes Over Venice Blvd

CicLAvia Takes Over Venice Blvd

This past weekend, CicLAvia took over Venice Boulevard from Culver City to the Venice Boardwalk, opening the street for people to walk, bike, and roll along 5.75 miles of car-free streets. Thousands of people from all over Los Angeles came out to explore neighborhoods of Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice. Participants explored booths showcasing local art and culture, connected with community resources offering  health and city services wellness hubs, and learned about the efforts of local community organizations and how they can participate in the project of improving Los Angeles.

Having just celebrated its 51st event, CicLAvia has now become an LA institution that welcomes residents and visitors alike to experience Los Angeles neighborhoods in a way that would not be possible behind the wheel of a car. With every event, Los Angeles sees improved air quality and local businesses get new customers. LADOT is proud to sponsor and facilitate this celebration of community which demonstrates the importance of creating inclusive spaces for all to enjoy.  



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