I still remember the thrill I felt the first time that I saw the Pacific Ocean. I replay the scene in my mind each time I get to the top of the hill on Grand and turn down to the beach. When I turn back and stare directly at the dilapidated fuel storage tank that is owned by the city of LA, on its unkept lot, I think what a disservice it does to visitors to our city. Driving in from the ocean should introduce El Segundo as a thriving well run city.
Driving on Imperial Highway to Main St should showcase the leafy entrance to town, not poorly maintained pavement. Driving across Sepulveda to the eastern half of the city should not require an extended wait at poorly controlled traffic signals. The storm water pumps at the corner of Grand and Center St. are 20 years overdue for landscaping to beautify that entrance to Smoky Hollow. All of these are controlled by the city of LA and LA county.
We count on our Council to not just look inward at our city, but outward to represent us. How our city looks to visitors matters. Blight is the perception of disrepair as much as it is a physical or financial reality. The blighted approaches to our city impose real costs as we seek to develop. Legacy LA County and City properties that we ignore because “it’s always been that way” are missed opportunities. We need fresh energy and fresh ideas to engage the opportunities and represent El Segundo as the charming gateway and business hub of the South Bay.