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Supervisor Solis wants to put the brakes on Whittier Boulevard cruising

EAST LOS ANGELES — Cruising Whittier Boulevard, once a time honored ritual, had faded away in recent years. But apparently there’s been a cruising comeback, with events drawing 2,000 classic as well as rather ordinary cars to jam the boulevard. Now, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis wants to renew efforts to clamp down on the cruising events in response to citizen complaints.

Solis said in a statement that residents have complained about traffic congestion and raised safety concerns. They have observed violations of the vehicle code ranging from driving under the influence to parking in handicapped parking spaces and blocking business driveways.

“Recently, my district has experienced an increase in cruising events despite a County ordinance adopted in 1997 that prohibits these events,” said Solis, who represents East L.A. “Seniors cannot get around or cross the street, residents cannot go to the gas station without encountering thousands of cars, and local stores and pharmacies are shut down.”

Today, the Board of Supervisors adopted a measure to look into how to enforce unpermitted cruising events. The County Counsel, the Department of Public Works, the Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol were asked to report back in two weeks on plans to deal with the events, including amendments to the county Code to assist with enforcement efforts.

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10 comments

  1. “Today, the Board of Supervisors adopted a measure to look into how to enforce unpermitted cruising events.” I have an idea…ticket the drivers for breaking the law! If the cruisers are so jammed in that people are unable to go about their normal activities, it should be really easy to cite one driver at a time by moving them through a temporary chute–think rodeo!

    The City tickets people for parking in the alley when there are no places for blocks around on street-sweeping days, but the County has to “adopt a measure” to figure out how to enforce unpermitted cruising events? This is a PC problem…forget the “events” designation and concentrate on “unpermitted.”

    • Cleary for the city and county across the board, simple enforcement of existing traffic laws is not an option or solution. If more folks thought there was a real risk of receiving a traffic violation they would moderate their behavior. Why won’t the LAPD do this? What’s the reason?

  2. haters. if they just published notice of the events further in advance, businesses and seniors could prepare, and the public could go enjoy the classic cars.

  3. Ridiculous. Too many Mexicans in one place for the county.. If this was a bicycle cruise the city and county would have no issues with it. The county/city is trying to obliterate the culture that shaped LA.

  4. Wow. Next thing ya know they might start enforcing the law and ticketing the illegal fireworks enthusiasts…

    • If you belong to NextDoor search “Fireworks.” You’ll see that illegal fireworks are being addressed this year by LAPD.

  5. God, what a buzzkill. Cruising Whittier Blvd is a classic East LA pastime.

  6. This is just not true. I live right off Whittier and sometimes I don’t even notice that there’s a cruising event until I hear the helicopter at 11pm telling everyone to go home. The cruising starts at night, there are no senior citizens trying to go to any pharmacy at that time lmao that is just BS. “Residents cannot go to the gas station without encountering thousands of cars”, again BS, there are PLENTY of gas stations on Olympic to go to. Like someone else mentioned, this is just about the type of crowd that these events draw, too many baldies, but like I said, I live right off Whittier and haven’t experienced anything negative, no drunks, no loud noises (aside from the helicopters), as a resident I actually support these events, it brings some life to the Boulevard.

  7. Tell me this isn’t going to be enforced unfairly – this is a bogus ordinance, rife with opportunity for prejudice. Silver Lake finally lost their “No Cruising” signs. Why are they still on Whittier?

    “driving of a motor vehicle two or more times within a six-hour period, in a
    particular direction, past a traffic control point so established on a
    portion of any street identified as subject to cruising controls by signs
    posted at the beginning and end of the controlled roadway that briefly
    and clearly state the appropriate provisions of this section and Section
    211 OO(k) of the Vehicle Code, and after the operator of the vehicle,
    either as the operator or passenger therein, has been given the notice
    specified in this section. “

  8. Completely agree with @whyarewefighting & @LA is Lost. These ppl are just trying to brake this generation apart along with this citys tradition. The cruising usually happens on sunday nights when all seniors are already in bed. No ones trying to get to.the pharmacy. LoL!! Our grandparents and parents grew up with this tradition and now its us. We dont brake the law all we do is gather with other ppl from our culture and spend some fun times. Were not beaking the law. Cruising os part of this citys tradition. #vivalaraza #mexicanamericans #cruisingdownwhittier # tradicion

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