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Give to Streetsblog By Thursday and You Could Win Goodies From Planet Bike

Thanks to everyone who’s given to Streetsblog and Streetfilms so far in our spring pledge drive — we’re nearly a quarter of the way to our fundraising goal of $40,000. I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it is for readers to chip in and help us reach our targets. Your contributions keep us going so we can deliver news and commentary about the transition to safer city streets that work for people, not cars. So keep those donations coming!

For the next two days, we have an extra set of goodies to give away to three lucky donors: a commuter pack courtesy of Planet Bike. This bicycle accessory horn-of-plenty includes all of the following:

Give by Thursday at midnight to be eligible for this drawing. And don’t forget that anyone who gives $50 or more at any point during the pledge drive will be entered to a win a new Dahon folding bike.

Thank you for supporting Streetsblog and Streetfilms. If we could give all our donors a free bike, we totally would.


Save the Date: Streetsie Awards and Streetsblog’s 5th Anniversary on Saturday, April 27

Five Years? It seems as though it were just yesterday.

Join us on April 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Silver Lake home of Deborah Murphy for our 5th birthday party and a celebration of our 2012 Streetsie Award winners.

As our guests, you will enjoy a gourmet “StreetsCuisine” meal prepared by Cuisine in the City at a historic hilltop house designed by J.R. Davidson and R.M. Schindler with views of the Silver Lake, Northeast Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. Coming on the heels of CicLAvia, the cuisine will be South American themed to salute its influence in the North American Livable Streets Movement.

We’ll also be honoring our 2012 “People of the Year” Streetsie Award Winners:

  • Government Employee of the Year: Jaime De La Vega, General Manager of LADOT
  • Politician of the Year: Ara Najarian, City Councilman from the City of Glendale
  • Advocate of the Year: Valerie Watson, formerly of the Downtown Neighborhood Council
  • “People’s Choice” Journalist of the Year: Chris Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic (Invited)

The suggested donation is $25 for students, $50 for subscribers and $100 general admission. As always, nobody will be turned away, but this is a fundraiser so please donate what you can.

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Save the Date: Join Us at Joel and Karen’s for Our Westside House Party

You never know who will be at a Streetsblog Party. The above image is from our first fundraiser help in May 2010 at the Los Angeles Eco-Village

On February 23rd, Streetsblog L.A. Board Member Joel Epstein and his wife Karen Sarachik will host our first fundraiser of 2013, at their house in Brentwood. Joel and Karen are joined in welcoming you by a host committee that includes Jerard Wright, Dan Rodman and Bill Rosendahl and the Board of Streetsblog Los Angeles. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and there will be delicious Indian food.

Suggested donation is $100, and includes your choice of Streetsblog t-shirt, Eastside Streetsblog t-shirt, or Streetsblog shoulder bag. Of course, nobody will be turned away, regardless of their donation amount.

And this isn’t just a regular fundraiser…it’s also a birthday party! Our fifth birthday party to be exact! Streetsblog Los Angeles launched on February 27, 2008. Hard to believe it’s been almost five years.

If you’ve been reading Streetsblog for more than a couple of months, you’ve probably noticed a couple of changes. Unlike 2008 and 2009, when over 90% of the stories that appear were written by me, now that number is below 50% as new donors, advertisers and foundations invest in the work we’re doing. While our budget and writing team have grown, so has readership. Over the last 30 days, the number of Streetsblog Los Angeles readers is 83% higher than the same period one year ago.

Every donation helps, so we hope you can join us on February 23rd at Joel and Karen’s.

RSVP by emailing me,  Feel free to spread the word, and we’ll see you there.

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Call for Volunteers: We Need Your Help for ARTCRANK at Orange 20

Support Streetsblog by joining us for the ARTCRANK poster and art show at Orange 20 on December 4.

As many of you know, ARTCRANK, a party, poster show and sale and art exhibit at Orange 20 Bicycles will benefit Los Angeles Streetsblog. A full list of the event details can be found after the jump.

However, to help the ARTCRANK team pull off the event, we need your help. We don’t often ask for volunteers, but if you want to help us meet our $10,000 fundraising goal and can’t afford a donation, this is a great way to help.

We could use 6 people 4:30-8 and 6 people 7:45-11:30. All volunteers get the promise of a good time, beer, and a t-shirt in addition to my eternal thanks. If you’re interested in volunteering, email damien at streetsblog dot org.

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Join us for ARTCRANK at Orange 20 and Help Us Raise $10,000 by 2013

ARTCRANK 2012 | Time Lapse from ARTCRANK on Vimeo.

On Saturday, December 8, ARTCRANK, a bicycle inspired poster and art show, is coming to Orange 20 bicycle shop in the East Hollywood “Bicycle District.” There’s a lot of highlights to the show, we’re personally looking forward to meeting more bicycle themed artists in Los Angeles including Nona Varnado who is making a paper bike sculpture. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. For more information, read on after the jump or visit the Art Crank Los Angeles website.

Between now and the end of the year, Los Angeles Streetsblog is embarking on a month and a half fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 to cover our basic operating expenses for the next year allowing us to focus on new and exciting ways to expand our project. ARTCRANK is one of two events that will benefit Streetsblog. We’re still working out some details on the other one, but we should be ready to announce it next week. Over the next eight days, we’ll be announcing other ways you can help us reach that fundraising goal.

In addition to continuing our regular coverage and our community based work in Boyle Heights, Long Beach, Santa Monica and South Los Angeles; we’re working on a multi-media plan to insure that livable streets issues are a part of the Mayoral and City Council campaigns, expanding our community work into Northeast Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles and more regular coverage into Long Beach and a new video series similar to what Streetfilms was in its initial years.

2008 and 2009 saw the launch of our website and the beginning of our daily news coverage.

2010 and 2011 saw the survival of the L.A. Streetsblog brand after the abrupt loss of our major funder.

2012 saw the expansion of our community reporting model and the launch of Streetsblog LITE.

What will 2013 hold? A lot of that depends on you.

For now, there’s two ways we’re ready to announce. Join us at ARTCRANK on December 8 or donate through the website/purchase some Streetsblog schwag.

As always, thanks for everything you do.

Read on for more about ARTCRANK. Of course we’ll have much more about the event between now and December 8. Read more…

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Thank You Library Alehouse…Our Next Fundraiser Is 5/11 at L.A. Eco-Village

Photo: Pop Sugar

A gigantic thanks to everyone that came out on Tuesday night. A great time was had by all and we managed to raise over 20% of the costs of our weekly Santa Monica coverage. I would be remiss if I didn’t give an extra note of thanks to Cynthia Rose and Bryan Beretta of Santa Monica Spoke who went all out in both publicizing the event and helping out the night of and beyond (getting raffle winners their prizes.) I’ve never been happier to give away a raffle prize than when Gary drew their names out of the green monkey basket announcing their win of a Flying Pigeon Road bike.

We’ll start announcing the details of our Eco-Village fundraiser on May 11 in the coming weeks. But here’s a spoiler: eco-friendly food, eco-friendly raffle, a Streetfilm debut, great beer and all the usual trappings. See you on the 11th.

But before we go, one last thanks to our sponsors from Tuesday night.

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See You Tomorrow at the Alehouse and Some Social Media Fun to Pass the Day

Sample: The Library Alehouse Streetsblog Fundraiser, Where Flying Pigeons Actually Fly...

By this point, you’re probably well aware that tomorrow at the Library Alehouse (129 Main Street in Santa Monica) is Streetsblog day, with 10% of all proceeds going to fund our weekly Santa Monica column. So instead of another reminder post with a list of all our impressive raffle items (a full list of which is available after the jump).

So instead, we’re going to ask you to help us get the word out. Anyone that tweets information about tomorrow’s event with an @lastreetsblog tag earns a free $5 raffle ticket to the raffle of their choice. A good “short link” to event information can be found here:

Second, the person that comes up with the best tagline for the event wins a Streetsblog t-shirt that they can pick up tomorrow at the Alehouse. You can leave your tagline at our Facebook page for the event, on twitter to @lastreetsblog, on our Google+ page, or even in the comments section below. If you have a picture or image to go with your tagline, all the better. You can see a sample at our picture above.

For more information on our raffles, read on after the jump. Thanks everyone, and see you tomorrow. I’ll be there from 11:30 until 11:30.


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If you Love L.A. Streetsblog, Subscribe Today!

We would never ask you to choose between Streetsblog and Yoga. Photo: Joni Yung

Recently, the Los Angeles Times began charging people to view their articles online if the reader wants to read more than one article every two days.  Through their subscription program, you also gain access to all of their online archives and can view as many articles on the blogsites, various sections of the paper and all of the comics that you want.  All of that for just under $16 a month.

In that spirit, we are announcing a new way to support Los Angeles Streetsblog.  By going to our “donate page,” selecting “Los Angeles” for where you want to direct your donation and making your donation a “monthly recurring” donation, you can become one of the first “Subscribes” to Los Angeles Streetsblog.  Of course, anything that we’ve published is available to anyone who wishes to access it free of charge, but we have other perks (some listed at the end of this article) for people that choose to subscribe.  Having a regular monthly revenue stream helps us do our long-range planning.  Our goal of this subscription drive is to match a pledged donation from Amanda Lipsey to create a new $170 monthly ($2,000 a year) revenue stream for Streetsblog.

You may know Lipsey as “Danceralamode” on twitter, blogger or various websites where she commented over the years before she moved to Montana to raise money for Adventure Cycling.  Lipsey explains why, even though she moved, she is investing in Streetsblog:

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One Week from Today, Join Los Angeles Streetsblog at the Alehouse and Check Out Our New Raffle Items

Things are getting very exciting for our March 27th all day fundraiser at the Library Alehouse.  Earlier today I picked up a donation from the Big Blue Bus and got word on a donation from Bikes and Hikes L.A.  Remember, if you want to support our expansion into Santa Monica, all you have to do is show up at 129 Main Street a week from today and buy something to eat or drink.  I’ll be there all day selling raffle tickets, t-shirts and bags, so say hello while you’re there.   Oh, and buy some raffle tickets, t-shirts or bags while you are there.  Or the heck with me, our Santa Monica writer will be there for a lot of the evening as well.

The fun really starts at 6:00 when the Alehouse staff will tap some kegs of  Deschutes Beer: Abyss 2011, Black Butte XXIII and The Stoic.  A huge thanks to the Alehouse and Deschutes Beer for their support.  And now, enjoy the wall of sponsors and read on after the jump for details on our three raffles.  We’ll announce the raffle winners at 9:00 P.M. next Tuesday at the Alehouse.  You don’t have to be present to win, but who wouldn’t want to be there to get their bike?


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March 27 The Library Alehouse Hosts Streetsblog…And You Can Win a Flying Pigeon Road Bike

The bike looks like this, without the basket. Thanks Flying Pigeon for all your help.

On March 27, the Library Alehouse will sponsor another all day fundraiser for Los Angeles Streetsblog.  10% of all proceeds from the restaurant and bar will go to Streetsblog.  If supporting Streetsblog and getting a good meal isn’t enough incentive, The Alehouse will also be tapping some specialty kegs of Deschutes Beer: Abyss 2011, Black Butte XXIII and The Stoic.

Streetsblog will also be holding a pair of raffles throughout the day on the 27th.  One raffle will be for a Flying Pigeon road bike (on the right) and the other will be for a series of rewards including LACBC bike jerseys, a box of KIND bars, a schwag bag from New Belgium Brewing, and shirts from CICLE.

So make your plans for lunch or dinner in Santa Monica on 3/27.  I’ll be the one in a silver Streetsblog shirt with a chalice of Abyss 2011.  We’ll be updating you as we get more raffle sponsors throughout March, but in the meantime feel free to join the Facebook page for more information as it breaks.

Thanks to our other auction sponsors: