The Week in Livable Streets Events

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This is an interesting week, as there’s a lot of important, but very different, meetings and events on the calendar.

Tuesday: The Transit Coalition features Expo Construction Authority CEO Richard Thorpe at its monthly meeting.  With certification of the FEIR for Phase II on next week’s Authority Board Agenda, this discussion promises to be "spirited."  All are invited, and the meeting begins at 6:50 P.M. at Phillipe the Original.

Wednesday: Vroom!  The City Council Transportation Committee will debate a new series of speed limit increaes.  Burn Rubber to City Hall to be there at 2:00 P.M.

Thursday: One of the highlights of the month for transportation activists and wonks is the organized chaos monthly meeting of the  Metro Board of Directors at the Board Room in their towering offices downtown.  The meeting begins whenever enough Board Members can be bothered to show up at 9:30 A.M.  At the time of posting the agenda hasn’t been posted yet, but Streetsblog will summarize the agenda when it is.

Friday: Ironically, the day after the "organized chaos" of the Metro Board is the "organized Chaos" of Critical Mass.  The riders should meet at 6:30 P.M. at the Wilshire/Western Subway stop.

Saturday: Culver City is holding a public meeting to receive comments on their new draft bike plan.  The plan, prepared by Alta Planning, has received high marks from the bike groups that have contacted me about.  The meeting begins at 10:00 A.M. at the Garden Room, in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave.

  • “… highlights of the month for transportation activists and wonks” I used to attend Metro Board meetings. Watching the kindergarteners (my nickname for the collection of electeds and a few appointees foisted upon us by the legislature to govern Metro) over the years wore me down and I finally begged off doing so. The last time I attended was to denounce the Transit TV contract so at least later no one could claim it had no opposition. Yeah, they ignored me but I think most riders agree with me they should never have been installed. Kymberleigh Richards attends and has mastered the art of making 60 second comments that have substance. I get the staff reports etc. to read later to keep up on what is happening and via Kymberleigh etc. to learn whatever substance (if any) occurred during the Board comments, etc.

    My sympathy to any who attend. Be prepared for an often appalling specacle to play out before you. I served my time and am glad to be free of enduring this depressing circus which has little to do with transportation and everything to do with the entrenched status quo power elite claining its perogatives. Beyond stomach turning…

  • Evan

    Wednesday night there is a meeting at Santa Monica City Hall on the proposed mixed-use Bergamot Transit Village, across from the Expo Line stop at Bergamot Station. There is already a lot of opposition building against the development. The meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7pm in the City Council chambers.

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