This Week in Livable Streets
Lots going on this week! Metro business from Union Station to BRT to rail to multi-use paths. Ethan Elkind visits UCLA. Much much more detailed below.
- Tuesday 1/24 – There are two big items before the L.A. City Council’s Arts, Parks, and River Committee this week. The committee is reviewing the plan that would keep Griffith Park’s fire roads car-free. That worthwhile plan is under criticism and needs emails and public testimony to hold firm – see CiclaValley for details, including a sample email. The committee is also discussing the city’s planned purchase of Taylor Yard parcel G2, one of the most important sites for L.A. River restoration. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at L.A. City Hall, room 1060, at 200 N. Spring Street (entrance on Main Street) in downtown Los Angeles. Meeting details on meeting agenda.
- Wednesday 1/25 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee meets at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall, room 1060, at 200 N. Spring Street (entrance on Main Street) in downtown Los Angeles. Nothing earth-shattering on the meeting agenda.
- Wednesday 1/25 – Metro hosts its first public meeting about North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Henry Huntington Conference Room (3rd Floor) at Metro headquarters at One Gateway Plaza (behind Union Station) in downtown L.A. For details, see Walk Eagle Rock or Metro.
- Wednesday 1/25 – Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors will host a Crenshaw/LAX construction update community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Inglewood City Hall, community room A, at 1 West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood. For accommodations, RSVPs, or questions call (213) 922-2736 or email crenshawcorridor[at]metro.net.
- Wednesday 1/25 – The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies & Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies host L.A. rail historian Ethan Elkind speaking on “The Past and Future of L.A’s Metro Rail.” The talk takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Public Affairs Building, Room 2355, at 337 Charles E. Young Drive East on the UCLA campus. Reserve a spot via UCLA ITS website.
- Thursday 1/26 – Metro hosts its monthly full board of directors meeting. On the agenda are multiple significant rail decisions, including the Crenshaw Line, Purple Line extension two, Regional Connector, and Arts District stations. The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at the Metro board room at One Gateway Plaza (behind Union Station) in downtown L.A. For details see Metro meeting page.
- Thursday 1/26 – Los Angeles City’s appointed Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets from 2 to 4 p.m. at conference room 01.040A of the Caltrans Building at 100 S. Main Street in downtown L.A. Details at meeting agenda.
- Thursday, 1/26 – Loyola Law School hosts its “Disability, Innovation & Transportation” symposium for an examination of the potential for technology to improve the lives of those with disabilities. The event takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. at Loyola Law School at 919 Albany Street in Central City West. Event details at Loyola Law School.
- Thursday 1/26 – The Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign hosts a Watts & South L.A. Clean Air Community Forum – described as a dialogue with regional and city officials on what they plan to do to protect Watts and the surrounding communities from air pollution. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1715 Santa Ana Boulevard in Watts. Details at Facebook event.
- Thursday 1/26 – Metro hosts a community meeting on Segment A of the Rail-to-River project. The “Rail-to-River” project is a dedicated pedestrian and cycling path that will connect residents from Metro’s public transit lines to the Los Angeles River. Segment A of the path connects the Metro Blue Line and the future Crenshaw/LAX Line via the Slauson corridor. Attend either of two sessions – 3 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. – at the Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center at 5850 S. Main Street in South Los Angeles. Join the meeting via a webcast beginning at 6:30pm. Meeting details at Facebook event or The Source.
- Thursday 1/26 – Metro hosts a scoping meeting for the Los Angeles Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements Project. The project includes changes to improve Union Station capacity and to make it easier to walk and bike there. The scoping meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Concourse at 800 N. Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. For details see The Source.
- Saturday 1/28 – The CA Department of Toxic Substances Control will hold the last of three public hearings regarding how cleanups will be conducted both at the site of the Exide battery recycling plant and in the surrounding residential areas. The public is asked to attend and comment on the Draft Cleanup Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report. The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. – noon at Resurrection Church at 3324 Opal Street in Boyle Heights.
- Sunday 1/29 – Bike with Santa Monica Mayor Winterer, SM Spoke, and CalBike on an easy, 60-80 minute ride around town highlighting new infrastructure and future projects. The ride meets at 8 a.m. at Santa Monica Planning at 1685 Main Street in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
- Sunday 1/29 – Black Kids on Bikes hosts a free Tune-up Session followed by the monthly BKOB Freedom ride. BKOB will be in Leimert Park, “servicing the ‘hood by wrenching for the people” from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Leimert Park People St Plaza at 43rd Place and Leimert Park Boulevard in South Los Angeles. For details see Facebook events for tune-up information and the monthly ride that follows the tune-up session.
- Sunday 1/29 – Si Se Mueve hosts “Ride NELA” a leisurely 8-10 mile ride through Northeast L.A. The ride starts at 10 a.m. at York Park at York Boulevard and N. Avenue 50 in Eagle Rock. Details at Facebook event.
- Sunday 1/29 – Walk Bike Glendale hosts its 2017 Women’s Ride #1. Meet at 1 p.m. at Verdugo Park at 1621 Cañada Boulevard in Glendale. Event details at Walk Bike Glendale.
Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe [at] streetsblog.org.