Thursday, November 24, 2016

Films on Accessory Dwelling Units

Do you care about affordable housing or families' struggles to care for each other across generations?  Has the tiny house movement inspired you to see housing and housing regulations in a new light?  If so, please check out this video introduction to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  The film is from the website Accessorydwellings.org, whose purpose is to advocate for these units and the public policies that make it possible to build them.

Interesting right?  Here are some more videos on the subject, all found on YouTube:

Una nota en la elección presidencial

"Nos veremos en corte." Imagen: Sitio de internet de la ACLU.

Pues, la elección presidencial pasó y Donald Trump ganó la presidencia.  Como noté anteriormente, esto fue el resultado peor para mí.  Con los Republicanos habiendo mantenido su control del Congreso (aunque su mayoría en el Senado no es tan grande que puede superar una táctica filibuster de obstruccionismo), el Partido Republicano es en una posición de hacer cambios dramáticos en 2017.  Sin embargo, al pensar más duramente en el tópico, probablemente no será tan malo para mí personalmente.  Tengo la buena fortuna de tener un empleo que paga bien, de ser dueño de mi hogar, haber nacido en este país (y por tanto ser ciudadano), ser hombre, y poder aparecer blanco (aunque es más complicado que eso).

Esto es un resultado malo para los pobres, que sufrirán debajo de un probable cancelación de Obamacare, incluyendo la expanción de Medicaid que fue una parte.  Los pobres probablemente verán recortes de impuestos principalmente para los ricos, mientras los servicios públicos son recortados y los déficits crecen en una manera explosiva.

Esto es un resultado malo para los que son de edad militar.  Donald Trump no tiene la sabiduría ni las mañas de manejar su enojo para evitar guerras no necesarias.  Ojalá que yo no tenga razón en eso.  Ojalá que no regrese el servicio miliar obligatorio.  Estoy en mis tempranos años 30 ahora, pues las guerras probablemente se lucharan por gente más joven que yo.

Esto es un resultado malo para los inmigrantes indocumentados y gente de color.  Trump usó los inmigrantes como chivo expiatorio frequentemente en su campaña.  Las acciones ejecutivas de Obama a favor de los jovenes llevado aquí por sus padres cuando eran niños probablemente terminarán.  La lista de DACA abajo de Obama será una lista de deportación debajo de Trump.  Trump tiene desprecio para el movimiento de Vidas Negras Valen y ha señalado que apoyará a la policía, aun cuando usan fuerza excesiva o sospechan a gente por su color solamente.  Trump es una racista abierta.  Llamó violadores y criminales a los Mexicanos.  Llamó por una prohibición general en los musulmanes entrando el país.  Ganó la aprobación del KKK.

Esto es un resultado malo para la comunidad LGBT.  Trump ha prometido poner jueces muy conservadores en la Corte Suprema, la misma corte que acaba de dar la decisión Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) que legalizó el matrimonio gay en todo el país.  Dudo que lucharía por reformas muy necesarias para terminar con la discriminación contra la comunidad LGBT en el empleo y negicios abiertos al público.  En muchos estados todavía puedes terminar el empleo de alguien solo porque es LGBT.  Mira la lista de preocupaciones de La Campaña de Derechos Humanos en el tópico.

Por fin, y quizás esto es lo más doloroso, esto es un resultado malo para las mujeres.  Mientras no estoy de acuerdo con Hillary Clinton en unas de sus políticas, no hay duda en mi mente que fue mucho más capaz de ser presidente y un ser humano mucho mejor que Trump.  Trump ganó en el Colegio Electoral (pero perdió el voto popular) después de un récord largo de palabras y acciones que muestran desprecio a las mujeres, quizás ejemplificado mejor con la cinta en que alardea sobre agarrar sus vaginas sin su consentimiento.  Más allá de la falta de respeto que Trump tiene para las mujeres, sus políticas también son anti-mujer.  Está en contra del derecho al aborto, aunque ese derecho es fundamental al bienestar de una mujer.  Requerir que una mujer tiene un bebé aun cuando es un peligro a su vida, o no está preparada en sentido financiero para ser madre, o ha sida violada, o el niño tiene un defecto catastrófico no muestra respeto a las mujeres.  El aborto es un tópico difícil, pero lo más que pienso en el tópico, lo más que me doy cuenta de que tenemos que preservar ese derecho.  Si quieres que menos abortos pasan, como yo, debemos dar más poder a las mujeres para darlas contracepción y hacer una sociedad en que no es tan espantoso llevar niños al mundo.  Esto significa que tenemos que apoyar a padres nuevos y niños con cuidado médico universal a pesar de la capacidad de pagar, educación, cuidado infantil, tiempo pagado en que no hay que trabajar, etc.  No puedes tomar una postura beata de "pro-vida" mientras destruyes las cosas que son pro-familia y pro-niño.  Si el aborto es ilegal, no va a parar, sino cesará siendo seguro y legal.  Las mujeres hacen difíciles deciciones de vida y muerte cada día en este tópico.  Tenemos que tener tanto respto para su jucicio para aceptar sus deciciones en cuanto a lo mejor para ellas y sus familias.  Mi esposa piensa que el sexismo desmpeñó un papel no pequeño en la victoria de Trump, y estoy de acuerdo.  Entiendo que estoy en la izquierda, pero para mí entre los candidatos do los partidos grandes, no hubo una decición real.  Habríamos podido elegir la primera Presidenta de EE.UU. dando isnpiración a mujeres y niñas por años que venir.  En vez de eso elegimos el primer presidente duende-americano.  Manteniendo a las mujeres "en su lugar" fue parte de eso.  ¿Recuerdas "Trump esa cabrona"?  No hemos vencido el sexismo en este país.

Pues las cosas son malas, y honestamente, probablemente seré deprimido por por lo menos unos días.  ¿Pero sabes qué?  No todas las cosas son malas.  En California aprobamos muchas iniciativas muy buenas.  Legalizamos la marijuana y luchamos contra la guerra contra drogas.  Pasamos la Proposición 57 y luchamos contra el encarcelamiento masivo.  Pasamos impuestos para pagar servicios públicos y luchamos contra la creencia conservador que "eres solo."  En el Condado de Los Ángeles, pasamos la Medida M, que hará nuestro sistema de transporte público la envidia de la nación.  Estoy orgulloso de lo que hacemos aquí en California, por mayor parte.  Es un recordatorio importante que todavía hay esperanza.

En cuanto a Trump, digo debemos sentir la tristeza ahora, pero cuando llega Enero, necesitamos luchar políticamente en contra de sus políticas.  Aquí hay unas cosas concretas que puedes hacer para unirte a la lucha:

  • Compra una subscripción a un periódico y leelo un poquito cada día para informarte sobre la política.  Los periodistas tienen que ser pagados por su trabajo.  Esto significa que todos necesitamos pagar por las noticias.  Trump odia los medios de comunicación (que él no controla).  Dalos un poco de su dinero, ya que el periodismo inteligente y fuerte es crítico para la democracia.
  • Cuando tienes una opinión sobre una propuesta de ley o una acción ejecutiva, escribe al Presidente y los miembros del Congreso, o llámalos, a pesar de su partido.  No guardes silencio.
  • Sal a las calles para protestar en una manera pacífica.
  • ¡Vota en cada elección, no solo las elecciones presidenciales!  Las elecciónes "menores" eligen miembros del Congreso y los gobiernos locales, que son importantes también.
  • Enucuentra una causa política importante para tí y dalo dinero, cada mes si puedes y/o contribuir su tiempo como voluntario.  Hago esto a través de La Unión de Derechos Civiles Estadounidenses, El Congreso para el Nuevourbanismo y La Unión de la Defensa de Los Recursos Naturales.
  • Hazte miembro de una comisión o candidato para una oficina elegida, a pesar de tan pequeño que puede parecer.
  • No pierdas fé en el otro lado.  Trump conectó a enojo y temor real que necesitamos hacer un trabajo mejor en entender.  Todos somos seres humanos y todos hacemos errores.  Todos veremos el mundo en maneras diferentes.  No te pongas solamente en una burbuja con gente que están de acuerdo contigo.  Es difícil, lo sé y estoy culpable también, pero tenemos que intentar pensar más allá de nuestras ideologías, si el otro lado está preparado hacer lo mismo.
  • No dejes de luchar.  Sé que la victoria de Trump es muy muy decepcionante, pero hemos tenido presidentes decepcionantes ya.  Necesitamos asegurar que las malas ideas de Trump encuentran una sierra de oposición en todos momentos y con el tiempo que los Republicanos pierden asientos en el Congreso.  La democracia no puede funcionar sin oposición y debate, ¡y oposición vamos a suministrar!

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Note on the Presidential Election

Image: ACLU Website

Well, the election happened, and Donald Trump won the presidency.  As I noted earlier, this was the worst possible outcome for me.  With the Republicans having retained control of Congress (though not a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate), the GOP is poised to ram through its agenda in 2017, bigly.  If I really think about it though, it's probably not going to be that bad for me personally.  I'm fortunate enough to have a job that pays well, to own my own home, to have been born in this country (and hence be a citizen), to be a man, and to be able to pass for white (although it's more complicated than that).

This is a bad outcome for the poor, who will suffer under a probable repeal of Obamacare, including the expansion of Medicaid that went with it.  The poor will probably see tax cuts mainly for the rich, while public services are cut and deficits explode.

This is a bad outcome for people who are young enough to be of military age.  Donald Trump does not have the wisdom or anger management skills to keep us out of unnecessary wars.  Believe me, I hope I'm wrong about that.  I also hope the draft isn't brought back.  I'm in my early thirties now, so the fighting will probably be done by people younger than myself.

This is a bad outcome for undocumented immigrants and people of color.  Trump's scapegoating of immigrants was a centerpiece of his campaign.  Obama's executive actions in benefit of people brought here as children without papers will probably end.  The DACA list under Obama will become a deportation list under Trump.  Trump has contempt for the Black Lives Matter movement, and has signaled that he will support the police, even when they use excessive force or profile people of color.  Trump is an open racist.  He called Mexicans rapists and criminals.  He called for a complete ban on muslims entering the country.  He was endorsed by the KKK.

This is a bad outcome for the LGBT community.  Trump has promised to put arch-conservative justices on the Supreme Court, the same court that just handed down the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  I doubt he would fight for very necessary reforms to end discrimination against the LGBT community in the workplace and public accommodations.  In many states, you can still be fired just for being gay.  Check out the Human Rights Campaign's list of concerns.

Finally, and perhaps most painfully, this is a bad outcome for women.  While I disagree with Hillary Clinton on policy in some areas, there is no doubt in my mind that she was immensely more qualified to be president than Trump and is a much better human being than Trump.  Trump narrowly won in the electoral college (but lost the popular vote) after a long record of demeaning words and actions against women, perhaps exemplified by the tape of him bragging about kissing women and grabbing their vaginas without their consent.  Beyond Trump's disrespect for women, his policies are anti-woman as well.  He is against abortion rights, even though the right to abortion is essential to a woman's well being.  Forcing women to carry out pregnancies even when their lives are in danger or they are not financially prepared to be a parent or they have been raped, or the child has a catastrophic birth defect, does not show respect for women.  Abortion is a tough issue, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that we have to preserve that right.  If you want fewer abortions to happen, as I do, let's empower women by giving them access to birth control and creating a society where it isn't so terrifying to bring children into the world.  That means we need to support new parents and children through universal health care regardless of ability to pay, education, child care, paid leave, etc.  You don't get to take the "moral high ground" and brag about being "pro-life" when you eviscerate the things that are pro-family and pro-child.  If abortion is banned, it won't stop.  It will just stop being safe and legal.  Women make tough life and death decisions every day on these issues.  We need to have enough respect for them to honor their choices about what is best for them and their families.  My wife thinks sexism played no small part in Trump's victory and I have to agree.  I get it, I'm on the left, but to me, among the two major-party candidates, there was no real choice.  We could have elected the nation's first female president, inspiring women and girls for years to come.  Instead we elected the first troll-American president.  Keeping women "in their place" was part of that.  Remember "Trump that bitch"?  We're not over sexism in this county.

So things are bad, and honestly, I'm probably going to be depressed for at least a few days.  But you know what?  Things aren't all bad.  In California we passed a lot of amazing initiatives.  We legalized recreational marijuana and struck a blow against the war on drugs.  We passed Prop 57 to give prisoners incentives to better themselves and struck a blow against mass incarceration.  We passed taxes to fund public services and stuck a blow against the conservative creed of "you're on your own."  In Los Angeles County we passed Measure M, which will make our transit system the envy of the nation.  I'm proud of what we did here in California, for the most part.  It's an important reminder that there is still hope.

With regard to Trump, I say let's grieve now, but come January, we need to fight back politically against his agenda.  Here are some concrete things you can do to fight back:
  • Subscribe to a newspaper and read it a bit every day to keep up with politics.  Journalists help keep politicians accountable and they need to be paid for their work.  That means we all need to pay for news.  Trump hates the media.  Give the media some money, because thoughtful, tough journalism is essential to a functioning democracy.
  • When you have an opinion on a proposed bill or executive action, write to the President and your members of Congress, or call them, regardless of their party.  Don't just stay silent.
  • Get in the streets and peacefully protest.
  • Vote in every election, not just the presidential elections!  The "minor" elections are about Congress and local government, which are also important.
  • Find a political cause you care about and donate to it, on a monthly basis if you can, and/or volunteer.  I do this through the American Civil Liberties Union, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
  • Get on a local commission or run for office, no matter how small or local that office may seem.
  • Don't give up on the other side.  Trump tapped into some real anger and economic anxiety that we need to do a better job of understanding.  We're all human beings and we all make mistakes.  We all see the world differently.  Don't just put yourself in a bubble with people who agree with you.  It's hard, I know, and I'm guilty of it too, but we have to try to think outside of our ideologies if the other side is willing to meet us half way.
  • Don't give up.  I know Trump's win is a huge disappointment, but we've had disappointing presidents before.  We need to make sure that Trump's bad ideas face a buzz saw of opposition at every turn and eventually that Republicans lose seats in Congress.  Democracy can't function without opposition and debate, and opposition we shall provide!

Las 17 medidas de la papeleta en California

Escribí la versión en inglés de mi ensayo sobre las 17 medidas de la papeleta en California antés de la elección.  Tuvo mis recomendaciónes en cuanto a como votar.  No voy a traducirlo ya que la elección ya pasó.  Los votantes estaron de acuerdo con la mayoría de mis decisiónes.  Los resultados están aquí.

Estoy triste que no teminamos la pena de muerte, que no es justo ni necesario.  Pero en el otro lado, terminamos con la criminalización de la marijana, y pasamos unos impuestos buenos para financiar los servicios públicos.  Legalizamos la educacción bilingüe también.  Fue un resultado bueno en mayor parte.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

California's 17 Statewide Ballot Measures

With the election just three days away, on Tuesday, November 8th, time is running out to make your choices on California's 17 statewide ballot measures.  The California Secretary of State's official voter guide is available here.  It's 224 pages, but a lot less daunting than that if you just read the summaries and arguments.  I already voted early.  Here are my quick takes on all of them:

Proposition 51 - School Bonds
I voted no.  It's a good cause, but this method of financing the capital costs of building schools is problematic.  Why not just tax ourselves to save up for new schools instead of borrowing money that we have to pay back with interest?  Plus, no guarantee that the neediest districts will actually get the money.

Proposition 52 - Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program
I voted yes.  It's a fee on hospitals that hospitals are actually supporting because it helps them get even more federal money than they pay out.  Funds pay for health care for the poor and children.

Proposition 53 - Requires Voter Approval for Certain Bonds
I voted no.  I believe in letting the legislature make some decisions.  This seems like a way to kill off projects like High-Speed Rail and the Delta Tunnels.

Proposition 54 - Procedural Requirements for Bills
I voted no.  It would require bills to be posted for 72 hours online before being voted on.  I don't think it's necessary.  Might make it harder to cut deals and make compromises to get things done.  Would make it easier for lobbyists to pounce on bills they don't like.

Proposition 55 - Extension of Education Tax
I voted yes.  Extends a tax on high-income earners to pay for schools.  I support funding schools in an equitable way.  I prefer taxes to borrowing money because taxes don't involve paying back money with interest.

Proposition 56 - Cigarette Tax
I voted yes.  We should tax the crap out of cigarettes since they cause cancer, etc.  Taxing cigarettes more will decrease smoking and raise funds to deal with the harms caused by smoking.  Tax the problem to fund the solution.

Proposition 57 - Criminal Justice Reforms
I voted yes.  This would allow non-violent inmates to be eligible to be considered for parole after they finish the time for their primary offense, let judges (not prosecutors) decide if a youth should be tried as an adult and expand the sentencing credits for participating in educational or rehabilitative programs in prison.  We have huge racial disparities in our criminal justice system.  Most people get out at some point, and we should give them an incentive to better themselves behind bars so they are less likely to re-offend.  A Supreme Court ruling said our prisons are unconstitutionally overcrowded.  This beats a judge randomly releasing inmates.

Proposition 58 - Allows Bilingual Education
I voted yes.  This removes the ban on bilingual education in K-12 schools while preserving the requirement to learn English.  The ban was a xenophobic act not supported by evidence on what makes for effective instruction.  Allowing bilingual ed just works better at teaching certain kids content and English.  We need to value linguistic diversity more too.

Proposition 59 - Citizens United Advisory Vote
I voted yes.  This means I said the state should try to pass an amendment to the Federal Constitution to overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections.

Proposition 60 - Porn Condom Requirements
I voted yes.  This would require porn actors to wear condoms and increase the ability to sue productions that defy the law.  A reasonable worker safety and public health measure.

Proposition 61 - Prescription Drug Purchasing Rules
I voted no.  This would prohibit the State from paying more than what the Federal Veteran's Administration pays for drugs.  Sounds good on the surface, but what if CA can't negotiate that price?  It can't buy drugs and administer its programs, that's what!  Also, could cause drug companies to charge the VA more, harming veterans.

Proposition 62 - Ends the Death Penalty
I voted yes.  Killing people who are in prison and don't pose a threat to society is immoral in all cases, even if that person is the worst of the worst.  If you kill someone, you can't take it back, even if you later find out they were innocent.  The criminal justice system has too many racial disparities for killing prisoners to ever be a good idea.  Not killing murderers affirms the principal that all life is precious, even the lives of people who have committed the most unspeakable acts.  Life in prison is the moral high ground.  It's just the right way to deal with these tragic situations.

Proposition 63 - Gun/Ammo Control
I voted yes.  America is way too gun crazy.  We should absolutely scrutinize people more who want to buy guns and ammo before they do so.  It will make it harder to harm people with guns.

Proposition 64 - Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
I voted yes.  We need to take a public health approach to drugs rather than a "war on drugs" approach.  This would tax marijuana and use the money on things like youth anti-drug programs and traffic enforcement to cut down on dangerous driving.  The war on drugs has been a war on people of color that has led to mass incarceration.  Watch the movie 13th for more more on that.  Let's tax this activity and use the money to deal with its problems.  Adults should be free to choose to smoke pot if they do so responsibly, even though it is not a choice I would encourage anyone to make.

Proposition 65 - Use of Carryout Bag Fee Money
I voted no.  See proposition 67 below, which is the important one.  Prop 65 is sponsored by the plastic bag industry to confuse you.  If the plastic bag ban (Prop 67) passes, Prop 65 would take away the money that grocery stores would collect for selling paper bags, turning the stores against the plastic bag ban.

Proposition 66 - Expedites Death Penalty
I voted no.  I'm against the death penalty in all cases.  Therefore, I don't want to speed up the death penalty and reduce the due process rights of people who are accused of murder or appealing their death sentences.

Proposition 67 - Plastic Bag Ban Referendum
I voted yes.  The state passed a law banning single-use plastic bags from places like grocery stores and requiring a fee for single-use paper bags.  The yes vote affirms that decision, which was challenged by the plastic bag industry.  This will protect the environment by giving people an incentive to bring their own bags instead of creating unnecessary trash.

Mejoras para peatones necesarias cerca del término propuesto de la Línea Dorada en Whittier

El punto en la mapa muestra el término propuesto de la Línea Dorada en el cruce del Bulevar Washington (la calle este-oeste) y la Calle Lambert.  El Centro de Whittier es la área cerca de la Avenida Greenleaf y la Calle Philadelphia.  No hay cruces peatonales en el Bulevar Whittier entre Philadelphia y Washington.  Haz clic para una vista más clara de la mapa.  Imagen: Mapas Google.
La agencia Metro del Condado de Los Ángeles ha propuesta una extención de la Línea Dorada que alcanzará la Ciudad de Whittier o South El Monte.  Si el impuesto de transporte, Medida M, tiene éxito el 8 de Noviembre, ambas extenciones se construirán.  La línea a Whittier terminaría en el Bulevar Washington, cerca de la Calle Lambert, justo al oeste del Bulevar Whittier, cerca de la cruce Cinco Puntos donde el Bulevar Whittier, el Bulevar Washington y la Avenida Pickering cruzan.  Esto esta adentro de una distancia que se puede caminar al Centro de Whittier, el centro histórico de la ciudad, pero el camino es mucho peor que debe ser, como fue recordado el otro día meintras caminaba desde el Centro al Kaiser en el lado oeste del Bulevar Whittier.  El camino fue muy parecido a como caminarías al término de la Línea Dorada.

Es muy malo intentar cruzar el Bulevar Whittier, una calle de cuatro carriles, donde los coches manejan muy rápidamente, como peatón, entre la Calle Philadelphia y Cinco Puntos.  No hay cruces peatonales en este segmento de 1.3 kilómetros, a pesar del hecho de que dos cruces con señales de tráfico, en la Calle Mar Vista y Pacific Place, donde sería fácil añadirlos.  Esto resulta en situaciones absurdas en que la gente que vive en el lado este del Bulevar Whittier tendrían que manejar para alcanzar destinos justo al otro lado de la calle o caminar una ruta muy indirecta a los cruces peatonales.  Esos cruces peatonales en Philadelphia y Cinco Puntos no son muy buenos por la anchura y velocidad de las calles, pero por lo menos existen.

Mirando hacia el este al otro lado del Bulevar Whittier en Pacific Place.  Letreros amenazan a los peatones no cruzar y no hay cruces peatonales.  Los residentes justo al otro lado de la calle no tienen una manera legal de cruzar a pie a los edificios médicos en el lado oeste.  Tendrían que caminar lejos a Cinco Puntos, un cruce complejo y peligroso de tres calles grandes para caminar al futuro Línea Dorada, o más probable, manejar.
A pesar de la dificultad, cruzé al otro lado del Bulevar Whittier.  En el viaje de vuelta, caminé a Cinco Puntos.  En el camino, me di cuenta de que el Bulevar Whittier ni siquiera tiene veredas completas.

El lado oeste del Bulevar Whittier no tiene veredas completas justo al norte del Bulevar Washington.  Esta situación causa deterioro y causa una falta de acceso para los discapacitados.
Esto sería una ruta lógica al futuro término de la Línea Dorada, pero la infraestructura para peatones no existe.  Minetras una persona sin problemas físicas puede cruzar este tipo de obstáculo, un anciano o y una persona discapacitada, tendría mucha dificultad.  Muestra una falta de respeto para los peatones.

Llegando más cerca a Cinco Puntos, vi que la calle falta rampas de borde en el sendero directo que conectará la Línea Dorada al Centro.

Sin rampas del borde, los peatones discapacitados no tienen acceso a Cinco Puntos desde el lado norte del Bulevar Washington, haciendo el acceso al Centro más difícil.  Esta foto mira hacia el oeste por el Bulevar Washington.  El término de la Línea Dorada será visible allá.
En breve, Whittier tiene mucho trabajo que hacer antes de que la gente podrá bajar de la Línea Dorada y tener acceso al parte más interesante de la ciudad.  Este trabajo debe empezar tan pronto posible.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pedestrian Upgrades Needed Near Proposed Gold Line Terminus in Whittier

The point on the map shows the proposed terminus of the Gold Line at the intersection of Washington Boulevard (the east-west street) and Lambert Road.  Uptown Whittier is the area around Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street.  There are no crosswalks on Whitter Boulevard between Philadelphia and Washington.  Click the image for a clearer view.  Image: Google Maps.
LA County Metro has proposed an extension of the Gold Line light rail to reach the City of Whittier or South El Monte.  If the Measure M transportation sales tax passes on November 8th, both extensions would be built.  The Whittier line would end on Washington Boulevard, around Lambert Road, just west of Whittier Boulevard, near the Five Points intersection where Whittier Boulevard, Washington Boulevard and Pickering Avenue intersect.  This is actually walking distance from Uptown Whittier, the City's historic downtown, but the walk leaves a lot to be desired, as I was reminded the other day when I tried to walk from Uptown to the Kaiser on the west side of Whittier Boulevard.  The walk was very similar to the way that you would walk to the future Gold Line station.

First of all, crossing Whittier Boulevard, a four-lane arterial road, where cars drive quickly, as a pedestrian, between Philadelphia Street and Five Points, is extremely dicey.  There are no crosswalks on this 0.8 mile (1.3 km) stretch, despite the fact that there are two signalized intersections, at Mar Vista Street and Pacific Place where there definitely should be opportunities for people on foot to cross.  This results in absurd situations where people who live on the east side of Whittier Boulevard would be forced to drive to reach destinations right across the street or walk way out of their way to the actual crosswalks.  The crosswalks that exist at Philadelphia and Five Points aren't great due to the width and speed of the streets, but at least they exist.

Looking east across Whittier Boulevard at Pacific Place.  Signs warn pedestrians not to cross and no crosswalks have been provided.  Residents right across the street have no legal way to cross the street as pedestrians to the medical facilities on the west side.  They would be forced to walk down to Five Points, a complex and dangerous intersection of three large streets, to walk to the future Gold Line, or more likely, to drive.
I beat the odds and walked to the other side of the street.  On my way back, I walked down to Five Points.  On the way, I noticed that Whittier Boulevard doesn't even have complete sidewalks.

The west side of Whittier Boulevard lacks complete sidewalks just north of Washington Boulevard.  This situation causes blight and makes the street inaccessible to the disabled.
This would be a logical walking route from the future Gold Line terminus, but the pedestrian infrastructure is nonexistent.  While an able-bodied person can walk across the dirt and trash, an elderly person, or a person with a disability, would be hard-pressed to navigate the obstacles created by the clear devaluing of pedestrians that has occurred here.

Getting closer to Five Points, I noticed that there are also missing curb ramps in the direct path that would lead people from the Gold Line to Uptown.

Without curb ramps, disabled pedestrians have no access to Five Points from the north side of Washington Boulevard, making their access to Uptown Whittier all the more difficult.  This photo looks west down Washington Boulevard.  The Gold Line Terminus would be visible in the photo once built.
In short, Whittier has a lot of work to do before people will be able to get off the Gold Line and actually access the most interesting part of the city.  That work needs to start as soon as possible.