Question: Are Los Angeles sidewalks in bad shape?
Answer: Yes. According to the city, about half need some repair. Their condition has deteriorated over the years, the city said, because it hasn't had the money to make sufficient repairs.
Q: How long does it take for the city to make a sidewalk repair?
A: City officials said it can be years or even decades from the time a problem is first reported.
Q: What is the 50/50 program?
A: Residents who are willing to pay half the cost of a sidewalk repair move to the front of the line. The cost depends on the condition of the sidewalk but could run to a few thousand dollars. The city sees the program as a way to get dangerous sidewalks repaired more quickly.
Q: Are there critics?
A: Yes. Some say the program allows people with money to get their sidewalks repaired right away, while people who can't afford to pay have to wait.
Q: How can I get more information?
A: Call the city's Bureau of Street Services at (818) 374-6857 or go to: www.lacity.org/council/cd11/50-502020flyer.pdf