The program, initially backed by the council in March, seeks to shift responsibility from the city to property owners for the care of L.A.’s sidewalks.
While state law dictates that adjacent property owners are responsible for sidewalk repairs, Los Angeles’ policy is to fix sidewalks damaged by street trees. The city has not followed through, however, angering residents who must navigate the city’s maze of broken walkways.
To encourage people to fix their sidewalks and speed up the repair process, L.A. is offering property owners a rebate if they repair the sidewalks before the city does, reimbursing them for at least half of the average cost per square foot of repairs if they make fixes during the first three years of the new program.
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Those wishing to apply for a rebate can visit http://eng.lacity.org/sidewalks starting Thursday.