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As you’ve doubtless noticed, the Streetsblogs have begun our end of the year fundraising drive. During the month of December, our goal is to raise a total of $60,000. To do that, we’re going to need your help.
Reader donations help Streetsblog and Streetfilms produce reporting, commentary, and videos in support of streets that work for people, not cars. From covering the workings in City Hall, the upcoming municipal elections, the construction of the Wilshire Bus Only Lanes and Phase II of the Expo Line and the city’s efforts to duplicate its success creating a real bike network; 2013 is going to be a critical year. With your help, we can bring you the news and coverage you need to help move the city forward.
2012 saw an expansion of the L.A. Streetsblog brand. New reporters joined our long-time editor adding a local flavor to coverage from Boyle Heights, Long Beach, Santa Monica and South Los Angeles. For Streetsblog to continue its “local bureaus” we’re going to need your help. 
But the next three months provide a unique opportunity to continue to advance the debate on Livable Streets issues. The Mayor’s Race and City Council race give us the chance to educate tomorrow’s political executive today. And the power of new media give us a chance to get their views and promises on record so we can remind them of what they said before they were elected. In addition to our regular work on Streetsblog and our commitment to expanding our community based reporting, the next three months will be spent covering the candidates and campaigns to insure that bicycling, pedestrian safety, transit, open space, public health and urban design are on the agenda.
Locally, we’ve already raised almost $700 dollars from dedicated readers and fans, and we need your help to raise $10,000 for L.A. Streetsblog’s high-impact reporting. The easiest way is to donate directly through the website by clicking here.  If you direct your donation to “Los Angeles” it will automatically come directly to us. If you prefer PayPal, you can donate directly to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you prefer to mail a check, email email@example.com and I’ll send you our mailing address. All donations are tax deductible.
Join us on December 8 at Orange 20 for ARTCRANK, a bike themed art and poster sale that benefits L.A. Streetsblog. You can read all about the event, here . We’re also looking for some volunteers to help at ARTCRANK. Email firstname.lastname@example.org  if you want to help.
Or, you can join us at the L.A. Eco-Village for our “good bye and congratulations” party for Joe Linton. Yes, the advocacy legend and L.A. Streetsblog editorial board chair is in love and moving to New Jersey. He says he’ll be back, but just in case don’t you want the chance to say goodbye? You can get more details, here .
Every little bit helps, and in this time of giving we’re asking you to make a donation  one more time and help us end 2012 with all the funding we need to get us through 2013.