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Tonight! Eagle Rock! Streetsies! Huizar! Lucero!

Tonight! We’re riding and celebrating in Eagle Rock with two of our 2014 Streetsie winners: Elected Official of the Year Jose Huizar and Journalist of the Year Nathan Lucero.

Photo: Alex Thompson

Councilmember Jose Huizar. Photo: Alex Thompson

Councilmember Jose Huizar set a Streetsie record by garnering over 5,000 votes in his race against Joe Buscaino for the 2014 Streetsie award. Heck, Huizar got more votes for his Streetsie than Molina did in the City Council election. The award is well-deserved, as Huizar’s Council District 14 is home to many of L.A.’s “firsts”: first green buffered bike lane, first parklets, first bike corral, etc…

Lucero on the left with 2011 Streetsie winner Colin Bogart in DTLA. Photo: ##https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=366446013549292&set=t.526006101&type=3&theater##Erik Al##

Lucero on the left with 2011 Streetsie winner Colin Bogart in DTLA. Photo: Erik Al

Nathan Lucero is the Northeast Los Angeles videographer who hosts the On My Bike in L.A. YouTube channel. He has been actively documenting bicycling issues, sometimes posting raw footage of important meetings, sometimes producing more polished Streetfilms-esque short documentaries.

We’ll be meeting at 5:30 at Organix, 1731 Colorado Blvd. for a quick photo shoot before the short ride to Eagle Rock City Hall where the Farmer’s Market will be hosting a brief award presentation at 2035 Colorado Boulevard. We’ll have a short presentation and people can feel free to hang out for as long as they want at the Farmer’s Market.

Unlike pretty much every nonprofit in the world, Streetsblog doesn’t use its awards as a pitch for a major fundraising event. However, if you want to make a donation to support our work or to celebrate the great work done by Huizar and Lucero you can do so here. Remember to designate your donation to Los Angeles.

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Celebrate Two Streetsie Wins This Friday in Eagle Rock

Lucero and Huizar. Photo via Nathan's Facebook page.

Lucero and Huizar. Photo via Nathan’s Facebook page.

Streetsblog is excited to confirm that we will have a small celebration of the 2014 Streetsie wins of Jose Huizar and Nate Lucero this Friday in Eagle Rock! Following a brief bike ride from Organix on Colorado Boulevard we will have a brief presentation of our Elected Leader of the Year and our Journalist of the Year awards to Huizar and Lucero respectively at Eagle Rock City Hall. Our mini-schedule is available at the end of the post.

Councilmember Jose Huizar has put more projects on the ground to make streets safer and better than any Councilmember in Los Angeles including the city’s first green bike lanes, buffered bike lanes and parklets. His council re-election race against Gloria Molina was at least somewhat a referendum on these improvements as his opponent attacked him on removing parking and installing bike infrastructure. If it was a referendum, it was an overwhelming success for Livable Streets Advocates. Heck, Huizar got more votes for his Streetsie than Molina did in the City Council election.

Nathan Lucero is the Northeast Los Angeles videographer who hosts the On My Bike In L.A. YouTube channel. He has been actively documenting bicycling issues, sometimes posting raw footage of important meetings, sometimes producing more polished Streetfilms-esque short documentaries.
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Streetsies 2014: The Winners Are…

streetsie_2014For the first time since we combined the staff/board vote and reader vote into one award, there are no changes from the final poll results on Streetsblog and the winners. Read on to see the 2014 Streetsie Winners and look forward to celebratory events soon. Click individual links for poll results and descriptions of honorees’ accomplishments.  Read more…

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Vote for Your 2014 Streetsies and Then Donate to Streetsblog!

Ok, ok…we hear you. You don’t like that we put the Streetsie polls in five different posts. Loud. And. Clear.

After the jump, you can find each of our five Streetsies polls. For more people’s choice action, head over to the Streetsblog USA Streetsies. Knock yourself out.

But first, a pitch.

2014 was an exciting year for Los Angeles. The arrival of Seleta Reynolds heralded a new day for LADOT and the promise of Great Streets should be realized in 2015. But the hope and promise for the coming year was tempered by the roadblocks to safe streets put up on North Figueroa, the Hyperion-Glendale Bridge, Westwood Boulevard in West L.A., Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and too many other streets throughout the county.

2014 was also an exciting year for the Southern California Streets Initiative, the non-profit that co-publishes Streetsblog Los Angeles with OpenPlans. Melanie Curry and Joe Linton joined Sahra Sulaiman on the writing team as Damien Newton focused more on the management of the non-profit, fundraising and public events. LongBeachize and Santa Monica Next both took off as independent news sources in their own right as Brian Addison (LBI) and Jason Islas (Next) proved that Streetsblog-style Impact Journalism can work in cities of all sizes.

And, we have another big announcement coming. But you’re going to have to wait another couple of weeks…

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Streetsblog before the end of the year and you’ll also be eligible to win this beautiful PUBLIC R16 bike:

Okay, now enjoy the voting. Polls close Friday at noon. We’ll run the results early next week after the Board and staff votes are taken into account.

Don’t forget to give! Have a Happy New Year! We’ll be finishing a cleanse so you’ll have to tell us all about it. Read more…

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Streetsie 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Streetsies 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy

  • Finish the Ride (46%, 671 Votes)
  • Tafarai Bayne (42%, 612 Votes)
  • Cynthia Rose (10%, 142 Votes)
  • Danny Gamboa (2%, 31 Votes)
  • Leimert Park 20/20 Vision Initiative Group (0%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,461

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And we’ve saved the best for last…the hardest Streetsie to narrow down the nominees. The hardest Streetsie to vote.

Voting for all categories will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

For each category, we came up with around ten first nominees with the list being pared down to the last five “finalists” with input from the staff and board. You can vote in our “Elected Leader of the Year,” “Civil Servant of the Year,” “Livable Streets Friendly Business,” and “Writer/Journalist of the Year” polls, too.

Here are our some of the top advocates in Los Angeles. We’re sure we’ve missed someone or someones. Thanks to everyone who reads this for all that you do.: Read more…

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Streetsies 2014: Journalist/Writer of the Year

Streetsies 2014: Journalist/Writer of the Year

  • Nathan Lucero (41%, 129 Votes)
  • Let's Go L.A. (23%, 72 Votes)
  • Laura Nelson (15%, 46 Votes)
  • Chris Hawthorne (13%, 42 Votes)
  • Hank Scott (8%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 312

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Welcome to week 2 of our 2014 Streetsie voting! Voting for all categories will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

For each category, we came up with around ten first nominees, with the list being pared down to the last five “finalists” with input from the staff and board. You can vote in our “elected leader of the year,” “civil servant of the year,” and “Livable Streets Friendly Business” polls, too.

Here are our journalist of the year nominees, some of the people who we all turn to to keep informed about Los Angeles livability:  Read more…

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Streetsies 2014: Livable Streets Friendly Businesses

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Streetsies 2014: Business of the Year

  • Espacio 1839 (47%, 287 Votes)
  • Bike Center (27%, 166 Votes)
  • Designed by Colleen (14%, 85 Votes)
  • KAOS Network (10%, 62 Votes)
  • Pine and Crane (2%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 607

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This year, we’re going to spread out the Streetsie voting over a couple of weeks, with some voting going live ealier, today, and and some next week. Voting will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

For each category, we came up with around ten first nominees with the list being pared down to the last five “finalists” with input from the staff and board. You can vote in our “elected leader of the year” and “civil servant of the year” polls too.

This business category is pretty new, which is why there are some very different nominees. We decided “no bike shops” to keep the category from becoming an argument over who has the best neighborhood bike shop, although some of us felt we could name this award after the Flying Pigeon in Northeast L.A. Without further adieu… Read more…

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Streetsies 2014: Civil Servant of the Year

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Streetsies 2014: Public Servant of the Year

  • John Jones (48%, 3,000 Votes)
  • Tim Fremaux (39%, 2,413 Votes)
  • Francie Stefan (6%, 388 Votes)
  • High Desert Corridor Artist (5%, 330 Votes)
  • Alan Loomis (2%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,192

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This year, we’re going to spread out the Streetsie voting over a couple of weeks, with some of the voting going live today, tomorrow and next week. Voting will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

For each category, we came up with around ten first nominees with the list being pared down to the last five “finalists” with input from the staff and board. Yesterday we posted “elected official of the year.”

Without further delay, here are our nominees for civil servant of the year: Read more…

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2014 Streetsies: Elected Official of the Year

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2014 Elected Official of the Year

  • Councilmember Jose Huizar (53%, 5,047 Votes)
  • Councilmember Joe Buscaino (43%, 4,101 Votes)
  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (2%, 153 Votes)
  • Assemblymember Mike Gatto (1%, 113 Votes)
  • Councilmember Mike Bonin (1%, 107 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,515

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s Streetsie voting time!

This year, we’re going to spread out the Streetsie voting over a couple of weeks, with some of the voting going live today and tomorrow and some of it going live next week. Voting will close on Friday, January 2, 2015 at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

For each category, we came up with around ten first nominees with the list being pared down to the last five “finalists” with input from the staff and board.

Without further delay, here are our nominees for elected official of the year: Read more…

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Join Us for a Walk and Party to Celebrate Jessica and Alissa’s Streetsie Wins

Alissa Walker and Jessica Meaney. The Streetsblog L.A. journalist and advocate of the year, respectively. Photo: Jessica Meaney

Alissa Walker and Jessica Meaney. The Streetsblog L.A. journalist and advocate of the year, respectively. Photo: Jessica Meaney

Join Streetsblog Los Angeles and Los Angeles Walks for a walk and party celebrating two of Streetsblog’s 2013 Streetsie Winners:

Jessica Meaney
Advocate of the Year

Alissa Walker
Journalist of the Year

Saturday, July 12
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We’ll meet at the Boathouse Cafe on Echo Park Lake and walk (what else) through the park, to a secret destination for our Streetsie Party.

Get your ticket and make a donation to Streetsblog at Eventbrite and invite more walkers to join us at Facebook. Suggested donation is $10, but pay what you can.

Family-friendly! All generations welcome, including kids, but no need to RSVP for children.