SUMMARY REPORT OF THE LOS ANGELES GOALS COUNCIL

A CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PROGRAM IS DESCRIBED INVOLVING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO CONSIDER THEIR PREFERENCES INVOLVING THE KEY VARIABLES OF: (1) HOUSING, (2) EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES, (3) TRANSPORTATION, AND (4) OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION. THESE WERE ANALYZED IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS TO DETERMINE WHICH WERE MOST LOGICAL AND WHICH TENDED TO REINFORCE EACH OTHER. THE FOUR CONCEPTS OFFERED AS EXAMPLES WERE: CENTERS, CORRIDORS, DISPERSION, AND LOW DENSITY. A TOTAL OF 2,000 PERSONS WERE INTERVIEWED, CONSISTING OF A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF SIXTEEN HUNDRED PERSONS FROM ALL GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF LOS ANGELES, AND AN ADDITIONAL FOUR HUNDRED INTERVIEWS AMONG NEGROES AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS RESIDING IN THE CENTRAL, EAST LOS ANGELES, AND NORTH VALLEY AREAS. RESULTS SHOWED THAT NEARLY 85 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE LOS ANGELES AREA AS A PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. WHEN ASKED WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT LOS ANGELES, THE ANSWERS WERE: (1) WEATHER AND CLIMATE (30 PERCENT), (2) NATURAL BEAUTY (7 PERCENT), (3) CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS (3 PERCENT), AND (4) JOB OPPORTUNITIES (8 PERCENT). THE MAJORITY FAVOR CONTINUED POPULATION GROWTH FOR THE CITY. HOWEVER, MOST RESIDENTS DO NOT FULLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPACT OF THIS GROWTH, SINCE ALMOST EVERYONE (91 PERCENT) WOULD PREFER TO LIVE IN A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME, RATHER THAN APARTMENT HOUSE, HIGH-RISE COMPLEX, OR TOWN HOUSE. RESPONDENTS COMPLAINED OF SMOG (38 PERCENT), CRIME CONTROL (37 PERCENT), AND CONTROL OF DOPE AND DRUGS AMONG TEENAGERS (26 PERCENT). THE MINORITY GROUP POLL SHOWS THAT NEGROES CONSIDER PROVIDING EQUAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY GROUPS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM (42 PERCENT),WHILE THE SPANISH SURNAME POPULATION IS MOST CONCERNED ABOUT DRUGS AMONG TEENAGERS (31 PERCENT). BOTH NEGROES AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS ARE MOST CONCERNED WITH PROGRAMS OF SOCIAL ACTION AND SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT, AND BOTH GROUPS DEMAND A BETTER EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. MOST RESIDENTS FAVOR AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOME FORM OF A RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 96 Pp, 15 FIG, 9 PHOT, 2 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Los Angeles Goals Council

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  • Publication Date: 1969-11

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  • Accession Number: 00240629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 1970 12:00AM