Make a Donation to Expand Los Angeles Streetsblog
By comparison, the Streetsblogs in New York and San Francisco have multiple full- and part- time writers, their own Streetfilms' budgets, and even some extra funds for events and other materials. Our plans for expansion include:
- a budget to pay freelance writers to cover specific events that I cannot attend or when I'm away from the city.
- a Streetfilms budget so that we can make our own films.
- a specific fund to cover specific stories in Spanish
- a part time legal writer to cover legislative issues and fact-check my coverage of legislative issues
If we're going to expand LA Streetsblog to those levels, I'm going to need your help. To just accomplish these goals, we'll need to raise nearly $50,000 before July 1 of this year.
In the past twenty four hours we've put together a
couple of different ways you can help. First, you might note a "Donate Now" paypal option immediately below the "Word on the Street" Widget on the right sidebar. All funds raised through the "Donate Now" link will be spent here in Los Angeles, as the overhead for maintaining and redesigns are paid for by grants to The Open Planning Project in New York.
Second, we're planning a small series of fundraisers throughout Los Angeles this Spring. The first will be at the L.A. Eco Village on April 9, the second will be at the Flying Pigeon L.A. shop in N.E.L.A. in May, and the third will be in West L.A. on June 16. There will be food, drinks and a Streetsie Awards Ceremony. A lot more information on those events to come.
While I'm proud of the work we've done thus far, I'll leave it to some other notables to discuss the impact Streetsblog has had in Los Angeles.
City Council Transportation Committee Chair Bill Rosendahl writes:
In the great debate over the future of the streets of Los Angeles, LA Streetsblog has been at the forefront in changing the way we think about transportation. With thoughtful, policy-based analysis and focused mobilizing efforts, LA Streetsblog has been a transformative advocate on behalf of cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders throughout the City.
Joe Linton writes:
Los Angeles green transportation stuggles have been divisive, with various groups often at odds over priorities. Pro-rail groups clash with pro-bus groups. More radical cyclists clash with groups they see as more mainstream. But they all read and appreciate Streetsblog. Damien Newton's excellent even-handed coverage of these issues has great. His work is accurate, measured, factual while being supportive, and has resulted in building support for and awareness of the need for critical reforms. Streetsblog has played a very important role in quite a few local advocacy campaigns, especially including the newly-striped Reseda Boulevard bike lanes.
L.A. Streetsblog has been a game-changer locally, greatly raising the profile of critical transportation and livability issues. It's a vital forum for disseminating information, and for discussions among Angelenos interested in these issues.
Josef Bray-Ali writes: