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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThis week gets off to a slow start, but Thursday night is one of the biggest parties of the year, the First LACBC Firefly Ball. Be safe this weekend!

  • Wednesday - Celebrating the award-winning opera one year after it encompassed Union Station and transfixed Los Angeles, this free acoustic concert performance of the opera reunites the original cast of Invisible Cities. Composer and librettist Christopher Cerrone was nominated for a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his adaptation of Italo Calvino’s beloved novel. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday - Named for its timing with the seasonal launch of Operation Firefly, an education and bike light distribution program of LACBC, the Firefly Ball is a light-filled evening of art, music, food and drink. Celebrate with us as we honor community members doing good bike work while raising much needed funds for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Get more details, here.
  • Friday – It’s the celebration of the first Livable Streets Holiday…Halloween. Have fun out there. On top of everything, there’s Critical Mass. Critical Mass meets at Wilshire/Western at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday - Celebrate life (and death) with Metro on a special Day of the Dead themed art tour on Sunday, Nov. 2. The free, one-night-only tour will explore artworks in the Metro system through the lens of artist Consuelo Flores.The tour will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the Metro Gold Line East LA Civic Center Station and end at 6 p.m. at Self Help Graphics’ 41st Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. Get more details, here.

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sblog_calendarAnother full week of activities. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, do so now. Literally stop what you are doing, and register to vote. The link is right here…

  • Today – Today is the last day to register to vote, or change the address at which you are registered to vote, and be counted for the November 4 election. You can register online, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at City Hall at 2 p.m. The full agenda can be found here, but the most interesting thing seems to be a report on the cost of the city re-instituting its speed humps program, and a motion on how L.A. City might improve Metro Orange Line BRT operations.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors meets for its near-monthly Board Meeting. This month the Board weighs in on Active Transportation, a potential BRT from North Hollywood to Pasadena, revising the Metro Call for Projects and more. Read the agenda for their 9 a.m. meeting, here.
  • Saturday – Get involved in local freeway removal efforts! Join this two-Saturday free visioning workshop, though rsvp requested. Renowned architect and urbanist Stefanos Polyzoides will lead two sequential visioning workshops Saturday, October 25 and Saturday, November 8, 9-noon at Maranatha High School.   Transportation, economic and land use experts will provide information and answer questions.  They will lay the foundation upon which citizens’ ideas can be integrated to turn this fallow land into an economically and aesthetically viable district of Pasadena. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday - On Saturday, October 25, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with Mujeres Unidas and other community partners, will lead a costumed bicycle ride, “Pedal to the Port: A Two-Wheeled Wilmington Halloween!” Get more details, here.
  • Sunday – Come join the “Boyle Heights Prometor@s” and Multicultural Communities for Mobility as we discuss potential bicycle lanes on Soto Street and Boyle Avenue. Along with any questions and concerns and see how other communities, nationally and transnationally are putting Bicycle Infrastructure in their own hands! Get more details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarBike Counts. Metro meetings. Walking Tours. It’s the Week in Livable Streets Events.

  • Tuesday, Saturday - The LACBC holds a series of bike counts throughout L.A. County. They need volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts on Tuesday and morning shifts on Saturday. Get all the details, here.
  • Tuesday - Technology is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and use space. Cities have always facilitated the sharing of space, infrastructure, and culture, but our newfound connectivity is elevating the “sharing economy” to a level with impacts for land use and transportation planning, economic and community development, and sustainability. As these new models challenge current practices, outdated rules, and vested interests, how can planners and policymakers best capture their positive and negative effects? The American Planning Association – Los Angeles hosts a panel discussion to try and figure it out. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors holds its near-monthly committee meetings to determine the agenda for the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. The agendas hadn’t been set when we wrote this roundup, but they can be found, here.
  • Friday  - Join Santa Monica Next and Consensus Inc. for an informal meetup over drinks for people who live and work in Santa Monica and who want to see their community thrive with sustainable progress and more livable neighborhoods. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility Board Member (and occasional Streetsblog writer) Erick Huerta leads a walking tour of Boyle Heights. The tour will feature landmarks along First street such as the Breed Street Shul, Pico-Aliso Housing Projects, various murals, Evergreen Cemetery, and other landmarks that highlight the multiculturalism found in the neighborhood. Get more details. here.
  • Sunday – The non-profit L.A. Commons will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there. More details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarBike counts, bike meetings. Walk to school day, mural walks. And a bridge. It’s a diverse week in Livable Streets Events.

  • Tonight! -  Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar will join the Bureau of Engineering and architect and bridge designer Michael Matzlan at a meeting tonight in Boyle Heights to show the latest model and update the community on the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. We’ve given a lot of coverage to the plan for the new bridge as it could be a major bike-ped connector between the Downtown and Eastside. We’ll have a full report tomorrow. Or, you can go to the meeting tonight. Details, here.
  • Tuesday, Saturday – Over the next two weeks, LACBC is conducting volunteer bike counts at locations throughout the city. Visit our calendar section to find out how you can volunteer,
  • Tuesday – We don’t always promote Reason Foundation events, but when we do they are around congestion pricing and mileage-based user fees. There’s a symposium tomorrow. Smart people will be there. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday – While there are Walk to School Day events planned throughout Walktober, this is the official date. If you’re school doesn’t have something planned, don’t despair, you can program one literally at any time. My son’s Walk to School Day is the 24th. For more on Walk to School Day, visit the official website.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee hearing meets at 2 p.m. There is an update scheduled on Great Streets and an overall comment on how LADOT is doing from LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – At 6 p.m., the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosts a panel to explore community building in and around USC and South Los Angeles, with a focus on movements and organizations that are responding to the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. Get the details, here.
  • Sunday – Following the success of the Pacoima Mural Ride is the Pacoima Mural Walk. Come take a stroll down Mural Mile in Pacoima on Sunday, October 12th to celebrate LA Mural Day with Los Angeles Walks and the Public Art Initiative. The walk will feature 10 murals and a special guest speaker. Get more details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarA lot of big events going on in DTLA right now. This very second. Then things slow down. Then CicLAvia. Good week.

  • Monday – The Mayor’s Office, Office of Jose Huizar and a host of other Downtown interests host “Pop-Up Broadway” an extension of the already-in-place Broadway Dressed Rehearsal. This event builds upon and activates the recently transformed public space along Broadway with the principles underlying Great Streets. The interventions will take a variety of forms including local merchants, street art, live music, a bicycle zone, artist installations and nighttime projections. Get more details, here.
  • Monday, TuesdayThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, bring you CityLab, one of our most innovative programs of the year. The program brings together 300+ of the world’s top mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers. It started yesterday and is going on right now. More details at the CityLab website.
  • Wednesday - Marks the start of Walk to School Month. There are lots of folks organizing walks, or organize your own – with support from LADOT and others. More details here.
  • Wednesday – Former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan speaks at UCLA. Free, but RSVP required. Details here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors is going to meet. For real! The usual “end of September” meeting was pushed to this week. The agenda hasn’t been posted online yet, but when it is you can find it here.
  • SundayCicLAvia! Much more to come this week.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

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sblog_calendarJason Islas, our Santa Monica Next editor, has put a lot of time into making tonight’s Santa Monica candidate forum a winner. This is the second time this year we’ve hosted a debate that will feature a future mayor after our Long Beach forum last February. Join us either at the forum or online. And that’s not even the highlight of the week (unless you actually live in Santa Monica). Tomorrow night, we are sponsoring a meet and greet with Seleta Reynolds with L.A. Walks, LACBC, and the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership.

  • Tonight – Live from the Santa Monica Central Library, it’s the Santa Monica Next/League of Women Voter’s Candidates Forum. We worked with LoWV and Santa Monica Spoke to devise a great list of questions for the candidates. Can’t make it at 6:30 tonight? Join us on Live Stream, here. Get the rest of the debate information, here.
  • Tuesday – Get all the information about Tuesday’s meet-and-greet with LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds by clicking here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. to discuss parking and traffic control officers. I know, not the most exciting meeting. Anyway, to read the full agenda, click here.
  • Wednesday -In historically transportation challenged Los Angeles, a new breed of mobile apps and social media-enabled programs – that reward urban explorers for…well, being more mobile, and challenge commuters to choose more efficient modes of transportation – is changing how we get around town. Join Consensus for Social Media Week Los Angeles  panel discussion about the “gamification of transportation.” For more information, click here.
  • Thursday – Live from the Taj Mahal in Downtown Los Angeles, it’s the Metro Board of Directors. The full agenda hasn’t been posted as of the time of this writing, but when it is it will be posted, here. Oops – Metro board usually meets the last week of the month, but this time they’re meeting next week: Thursday October 2nd!
  • Saturday - This Saturday, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., and Walk Bike Glendale, will lead “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour.” Riders will pedal to the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way. For the full listing, click here.

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sblog_calendarA couple of events fighting displacement. Fun bike events. Metro Board Committee meetings. Ya know. The usual.

  • Tuesday - North East L.A. Alliance will be hosting “Testimonios” – a flash mob procession and public performance commemorating the histories of displacement of peoples that has taken place on the land in and around L.A. Union Station. See Facebook event for more information.
  • Wednesday - Mariachi Plaza will be converted into a creative lab where local artists will be paired with “MacArturos” across a spectrum of disciplines to create instant workshops with local community member participation. Among the projects expected to unfold organically will be a large community altar with tributes to families that have been displaced due to rising rents or businesses that no longer exist. Get the details for this 6 p.m. event, here.
  • Wednesday – Climate Plan hosts its yearly big fundraiser with an awards dinner and cocktail hour. Get the event details from our calendar section. Get tickets at EventBrite.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors Committee Meetings are this week. After taking August off, the agenda is sure to be double-the-length, and DOUBLE THE FUN! The meeting agendas can be found, here.
  • Thursday – Westsiders, the Culver City Bicycle Coalition is hosting a meet and greet at Kay n’ Daves. Sounds like a good time. Get the details, on Facebook.
  • FridayIt’s Park(ing) Day! Look around for spaces…
  • Sunday – It’s “Car-Free Day” in cities across the world. While we don’t know of any celebrations city-wide, The Valley celebrates every year with some car-free events. This year’s Car Free SFV includes tours of the Orange Line on bike or (presumably) bus. Can’t make the SFV? You can celebrate by not driving a car. Novel! Details.

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sblog_calendarThis might be the first week in a long time that the calendar doesn’t have a bike ride (note: ride added!). Are we missing something? Let us know…

  • Wednesday – The California Highway Patrol, AAA and LACBC hold a press conference announcing the first day of the “three foot passing law.” The “Three-Feet-for-Safety Act” legally mandates that California motorists give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them on the road and also provides a way for law enforcement to enforce safe passing. Bill author, state Assemblymember Steven Bradford will also be present. Get all the details, here.
  • Wednesday – It’s not the most exciting meeting in the world, but apparently the City Council Transportation Committee holds hearings even when there’s not something exciting on the agenda. The highlight is a hearing on DASH operations. Read the agenda for the 2 p.m. hearing in City Hall, click here.
  • Wednesday – Find out about and give your input on the very first all South Los Angeles CicLAvia. Meeting starts at 6:30pm at L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price’s Central Avenue Offices. More details here.
  • Wednesday - The Sustainable City Plan Town Hall on the Westside has been postponed until further notice.
  • Thursday - The Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach are working on a plan to recommend locations for bicycle mini-corrals. Join them for a public input meeting on Thursday September 11th to provide your suggestions. You may also visit www.southbaybikecorrals.org  to provide input, or get the meeting details, here.
  • Saturday – Los Ryderz and East Side Riders host a Brotherhood Unity bike ride from Watts to Gardena and back. The ride is a a memorial for Benjamin Torres, killed in a hit and run crime in 2012. More details here.
  • Saturday - Project 51: Play the L.A. River – a year-long celebration of the Los Angeles River kicks off this Saturday at Marsh Park, as part of the annual Frogtown Art Walk. See the nicest part of the river, and ask questions of SBLA’s in-house river nerd Joe Linton. Get the details, here.
  • Saturday - Come explore the history and architecture of the Golden Age of Hollywood with Walking Ambassador JJ Hoffman. Whitley Heights was designed by the Grandfather of Hollywood Hobart Whitley specifically for Hollywood’s most glamorous residents. Stars like Rudolph Valentino, Barbara LaMarr, Maurice Chevalier, and Betty Davis lived there. Proceeds from the walk benefit L.A. Walks. Get the details, here. Purchase tickets, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

It’s a short week, but the things that are on the calendar are all major events, starting with the Milt Olin advocacy ride.

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  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Yield to Life, and Ghost Bike Foundation will host a ride and vigil for Milt Olin to call on District Attorney Jackie Lacey to revisit the investigation and press charges against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who killed him. Olin was riding in a bike lane on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas on the afternoon of December 8th, 2013, when he was hit from behind by a sheriff’s deputy who was typing on his mobile computer and drifted into the bike lane. On Wednesday, August 27th, the District Attorney’s office announced that they will not press charges against the deputy due to “lack of sufficient evidence” of the deputy’s negligence, despite department training that specifically warns employees that using a mobile computer while operating a vehicle is “inherently unsafe.” For more information on the ride, click here. For more of Streetsblog’s coverage of the crash and investigation, click here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors is going to meet to discuss how awful a job the Sheriff’s Department is doing fulfilling their security contract with the transit agency. Get the bare meeting details here. We are editing a preview of the meeting by Dana for a little later today.
  • Friday – Mobility 21 is holding its annual conference in Orange County. Eric Garcetti and a bunch of heavyweights are going to be there. Registration is closed, but you can get most of the conference information at the Mobility 21 website.
  • Saturday – Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California’s railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the nonprofit museum will feature 180-plus tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, art, books and model and toy trains. Get the details, here.
  • Sunday – The next LACBC Sunday Funday ride will be led by local chapter Carson Bicycle Coalition. The route will be a 13-mile tour through the Carson’s hidden gems of past, present, and future.  More details, here.
  • Sunday - Join CicLAvia Explores for a journey through the historic Broadway Theater District in downtown Los Angeles in anticipation of the October CicLAvia – Heart of LA route. The Explores highlight will be a special screening of David Lynch’s classic “Mulholland Drive” at the Million Dollar Theatre at 6 p.m. with all proceeds going to CicLAvia. Get more details, here.

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sblog_calendarThis is a weird week, with a state holiday on Friday and some school districts (Culver City and more) starting up the school year. Oh, well. The Week in Livable Streets Events rolls on.

  • Wednesday – A crowded transportation committee includes a possible change in how LADOT measures bike plan implementation. The proposal would require LADOT to address the most dangerous areas first identified in the bike plan instead of placing the emphasis on bike infrastructure miles. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors does not meet in August.
  • Thursday - Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative and LADOT celebrate the completion of phase one of the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan – a “dress rehearsal” that sets the stage for future improvements. This phase of the plan reconfigures the roadway from four lanes to three, and reclaims space formerly used by vehicles to increase pedestrian areas, provide shorter safer crosswalks, allow for 24-hour parking and loading where none previously existed, while offering public outdoor seating along Broadway with tables, chairs and umbrellas “adopted” by Broadway businesses. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday – But wait, there’s more. YPT-LA and APBP-SoCal are joining forces to bring you a free walking tour of the new Broadway Streetscape Dress Rehearsal project with LADOT’s Pedestrian Coordinator, Margot Ocañas. Meet at Grand Central Market at 5:00 and start the walk at 5:30pm. RSVP by email to losangeles@yptransportation.org. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – It’s L.A.’s 233rd birthday! Celebrate by walking or biking. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday -The LA Explorers Club, C.I.C.L.E., and L.A. history experts, Esotouric, team for al bike ride through Hollywood’s Culture and Lore. Esotouric is an actual tour company that knows the dirty secrets of LA and we are so happy to be collaborating for their first bike tour. Get all the details, here.

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