first_imgCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan has committed to ensuring the long-awaited rehabilitation of the Christianburg Primary School is executed in a timely manner.This follows an assessment visit by the Minister to the currently unoccupied facility on Saturday.For a number of years, members of the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) of the school have decried its deplorable condition, which they say pose a threat to the safety of both the students and teachers. According to the PTA, numerous letters and complaints were made to the previous Administration concerning repairs to the school, but those efforts proved futile.“We have learnt from residents of the inconvenience it (the school) poses, because their children must travel a few miles to St Aidan’s Primary School. So, it has been recognised as a priority for the Regional Administration – this rehabilitation of the Primary School and I’ve committed to looking into that issue and addressing it,” the Minister told the Department of Public Information (DPI).Minister Bulkan also visited the Wismar Municipal Market which has undergone repairs to the roof, including the installation of translucent sheets.He explained that efforts to further improve the facility are on the cards. “There’s a request for some additional support on the roof,” the Minister explained, adding that “in the period of heavy rainfall, there are some leaks, so the engineer will look into that issue to see what assistance and how immediate it can be offered, to address that particular problem.”According to Minister Bulkan, there is also a request that a second floor be installed in the facility “to allow for other vending activities, like fast food booths. That will also be looked into by the Ministry.”last_img read more

first_img“We should expand our bus system not try to retreat,” he said. About 40 bus lines across Los Angeles could see changes to service if the MTA’s recommendations are adopted. Five public hearings are taking place around Los Angeles through next week. Bus riders could see changes by June 24. Calling the service reductions a violation of civil rights, the Bus Riders Union rallied Wednesday at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue against the moves. The Los Angeles-based civil-rights organization urged their rejection by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, chairwoman of the MTA board of directors. (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Linda Guajardo often works late at Universal Studios and she counts on the MTA’s 155 bus line to get home. But if the line loses its late night and Saturday service – as proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – she’ll have to take a bus all the way downtown to get to her home in Burbank. “That’s the only bus I have to rely on now,” said the 61-year-old commuter. Guajardo was one of about 60 residents on Wednesday night at a public hearing inside the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Sector to discuss proposed changes to eight MTA bus lines across the San Fernando Valley. Decisions will be made this spring by the San Fernando Valley Service Sector, a community-based governance arm of the MTA. Hours on three routes could be reduced and another one canceled altogether because MTA officials said there aren’t enough daily passengers to justify their operating costs. Four other bus lines may be shortened and two new ones added. Twice a year, the MTA reviews its bus lines and makes recommendations for changes. Richard Hunt, general manager of the Valley Service Sector, said the agency could invest money from the low-performing lines into other MTA services. In addition, the MTA will study an express line that would run between the Pasadena Gold Line and North Hollywood’s Orange and Red Line hub, making few stops along the way. Sheldon Walter, 79, and his wife, Beverly, 70, take the 239 to church on Sundays. The bus line could lose midday and weekend service because the MTA says there are not enough passengers on board. last_img read more