City Council backs the PNA on the MANGo

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On Tuesday 2/11/14, the City Council listened carefully to public comments regarding the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway and voted unanimously to support the PNA’s position which was “Yes on the MANGo – No on traffic diverters.”  Thus the MANGo project passed Council WITHOUT the inclusion of traffic diverters and barricades.
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PNA Co-Chair, Oscar de la Torre, Responds to Santa Monica Daily Press Front Page Story, RE: Mango – Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenwy

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Dear Editor,

From reading the City staff report on the proposed changes to Michigan Avenue one might think that the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) is all about bicycles and bicyclists and not about upgrading and greening the Pico Neighborhood. The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) has been working closely with residents and City staff to ensure that a reasonable plan goes before the City Council this upcoming Tuesday night for approval and if not for the efforts to circumvent resident input, we would have full resident support for the project. Continue reading “PNA Co-Chair, Oscar de la Torre, Responds to Santa Monica Daily Press Front Page Story, RE: Mango – Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenwy”

PNA Board “MANGo” Letter to City Council

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Date:    January 17, 2014

To:       The Santa Monica Mayor and City Councilmembers:

From:   Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA), Oscar de la Torre, PNA Co-Chair

Re:       Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo

The purpose of this letter is to express our concerns related to the MANGo “Draft Improvements Map” presented in a community meeting at Virginia Avenue Park by City staff on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and to demand that the voice of Pico Neighborhood residents be heard and respected.
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City Staff Fail to Include Resident Input

Pico Neighborhood Residents Surveyed R.E. MANGo project
Pico Neighborhood Residents Surveyed R.E. MANGo project

After the POP-UP MANGo in September 2013, the PNA determined that community input gathered on post-its and little scraps of paper at these events and workshops was inadequate and did not legitimately survey or address the concerns of local residents.  Thus, the PNA board voted to conduct a survey in order to gather legitimate community input from residents in the Pico Neighborhood, particularly in the areas most directly impacted by the proposed MANGo.

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