Yes, the Sharrows were painted on Foster/Hedwig on Monday (3/5/2019) by Orange County Public Works, and the no parking signs along the Bike Route were removed at the same time. The Bike Route signs remain and we believe they will continue to be in place along Foster/Hedwig, though that is a county decision.
The county found based on their research/engineering studies, etc. that this solution would improve overall cyclist safety and the RHA Board did support that finding. Other cities have found by emphasizing sharing the road with Sharrows to have increased awareness as well as safety along crowed roads where vehicles are frequently parked.
According to CA State law, cyclists are (and have always been) considered a vehicle and have rights to be in traffic lanes. This includes making left turns from the left turn lane (even at lights), etc. You can find some references here:
and here: CA-DMV – Traffic Lanes at the bottom of the page
Locally, the city of Long Beach has been using Sharrows for years, especially in the crowded Belmont Shore area.