“You took a noble cause and you allowed it to be corrupted by special interests,” Golonski said. “Shame on you.”
In another back-and-forth at the meeting inside the Buena Vista Library, Krekorian was asked by a Los Angeles voter about his bid for L.A.’s 2nd district. A Krekorian spokesman has maintained that the Assembly district’s door has been open to Burbank and Glendale.
Krekorian, stressing continued support for constituents despite looking ahead to next week’s Los Angeles City Council election, stuck to his message Tuesday, touting his Safe Streets Bill, which would help local municipalities maintain greater control over establishing speed limits, he said.
Assembly Bill 766 stalled in the Assembly Transportation Committee in May after facing fierce opposition from AAA, the California Highway Patrol and the Teamsters. Still, Krekorian contended that the legislation is essential to slow the upward trend in posted speed limits.
The increase has helped create a culture of speed, he said, leading to the deaths of Elizabeth Sandoval, who was killed in Glendale two years ago when she was hit by a Mercedes-Benz while crossing Glendale Avenue, as well as an 11-year-old girl who was struck and killed last year when a distracted driver hit her while in a crosswalk in front of Glendale’s Toll Middle School.
Last year, Glendale logged 82 pedestrian-related traffic accidents, four of them resulting in fatalities, Glendale police Lt. Carl Povilaitis said.
“We see again and again tragic situations arising, and we know the names,” Krekorian said.
The assemblyman said he expects a special hearing on the matter, indicating he would prefer to have it been in Southern California.