This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTonight DTSC is scoping its Exide residential clean-ups. Meetings on South L.A. law enforcement, South L.A.’s progress, and Orange Line transit neighborhoods. Tour urban agriculture, tacos, Edendale, East Hollywood, L.A. waterfronts, and more. Plus one more chance to catch the Ovarian Psycos documentary film.

  • Monday 7/11 – Now in effect: Metro begins a three-month closure of Patsaouras Plaza, for reconstruction and reworking. Details at Metro.
  • Monday 7/11 – Tonight! The Department of Toxic Substances Control scoping meeting tonight is an initial step in shaping the environmental document that will guide the residential cleanups of lead contaminated yards around the Exide battery plant. To learn more about the project and share your concerns, attend this meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Resurrection Church at 3324 Opal Street in Boyle Heights. For more information please contact Susan Castro-Valenzuela at susan.castro-valenzuela[at]dtsc.ca.gov or 1-844-225-3887.
  • Monday 7/11Tonight!  The L.A. City Planning Department will kick off a series of community workshops for the Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans project. There will be four workshops focused on areas around five stations along the Metro Orange Line: North Hollywood Station, Van Nuys Station, Sepulveda Station, Reseda Station, and Sherman Way Station. Each workshop will include a Planning Dept. presentation followed by breakout sessions for Land Use, Urban Design, and Mobility & Parking. Tonight’s meeting focuses on the Van Nuys and Sepulveda stations. Tonight’s meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Building at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Meetings continue 7/13 (Sherman Way), 7/20 (NoHo), and 7/23 (Reseda). Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Tuesday 7/12 – In light of recent events and the ongoing challenges folks of color face while moving through the public space in Los Angeles, Community Coalition will host a discussion on the community’s relationship with law enforcement. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at Community Coalition’s offices at 8101 S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. For more information and to RSVP, go to Community Coalition.
  • Wednesday 7/13Youth from two urban agriculture programs in the Los Angeles area – Community Services Unlimited (South L.A.) and Social Justice Learning Institute (Inglewood) – will share their work and their stories on a three-site youth-led Agricultural Tour of Los Angeles. Participants will engage in dialog about how service providers, policymakers, and funders can better serve the needs of urban agriculture. The tour goes from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Tour bus leaves from 4505 S. Raymond Avenue in South Los Angeles. The event is facilitated by the UC Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education Program, CSU, and UC Cooperative Extension. For more details register at Eventbrite.
  • Wednesday 7/13 – L.A. City Planning hosts its second of four community workshop to plan transit neighborhoods along the Metro Orange Line (see 7/11 above.) Wednesday’s focus is the Sherman Way Station. The meeting takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canoga Park Branch Library at 20939 Sherman Way in Canoga Park. Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Wednesday 7/13 – Those who live and work in South Central describe a more complicated and hopeful reality than usually seen in the media: safer neighborhoods, a surge in home ownership, new businesses, greater transit and arts options, better schools. Join CD Tech’s CEO Benjamin Torres, former president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Valerie Shaw, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity director Manuel Pastor, and El Nuevo Sur founder Jorge Nuño to hear more about what has changed in the area, how South L.A. is working to address its deep-seated challenges, and what new growth in the area means for residents. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Mercado La Paloma at 3655 S Grand Avenue in South L.A. Details and RSVP at Zocalo.
  • Saturday 7/16 – The So. Cal. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and L.A. Walks host a two-mile walking tour of Santa Monica Boulevard in Silver Lake and East Hollywood, concluding with lunch and networking at the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market. A $10 donation is suggested. The walk takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting at 3700 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake. Additional details at Facebook event or Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 7/16 – The Ovarian Psycos documentary will screen again at Outfest. The film explores how a group of Xicana womyn redefine identity, struggle against patriarchy, build community, and rail against gentrification by taking to the streets on their bikes. This week’s screening will be held at 1 p.m. at REDCAT at 631 W 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event or Outfest, purchase tickets at Outfest.
  • Saturday 7/16 – Stan’s Bike Shop and the Eastside Bike Club will host their 2nd annual Taco Night Bike Ride, a 25 mile ride with six taco stops. Meet up at 5 p.m., roll out at 6 p.m. from Stan’s at 880 South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 7/17 – The East Side Riders Bike Club hosts its 2nd annual Wilmington Waterfront to San Pedro Waterfront bike ride. Meet up at 10 a.m. at Banning Park at 1331 Eubank Avenue in Wilmington. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 7/17 – L.A. Walks hosts a walk exploring Red Hill and Edendale, a five-mile walking tour focused on the history of Edendale, Echo Park, and Elysian Heights. Tour starts at 10 a.m. at 2496 Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $20 on the day of. Details at Facebook event or L.A. Walks; purchase tickets at L.A. Walks.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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