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Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn in DTLA, Pasadena Next Week

Civil engineer and planning reformer Charles “Chuck” Marohn says small, incremental growth is more prosperous than large business parks, which he cautions can be a "Ponzi scheme." (Samuel Western/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

Strong Towns Chuck Marohn

One of my livability heroes, Chuck Marohn, is in Los Angeles next week giving a couple of talks. Marohn is the brains behind the organization Strong Towns. Marohn is a planner and engineer who is doing some of the most original, most valuable, most common sense thinking on urbanism and transportation.

I’ve learned a lot from Chuck Marohn’s articles and podcasts. He is insightful and often funny. Among his insights are looking at big roads from a fiscal perspective. I have long argued against conventional traffic engineering priorities from an environmental and safety perspective; Marohn taught me how this ill-considered infrastructure is also a huge fiscal drag on cities.

On Wednesday, February 17, the L.A. chapter of the American Planning Association hosts a Charles Marohn talk entitled “Transportation in the Next American City.” The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the SoCal Gas Tower Conference Area at 555 West 5th Street in downtown L.A. It is free for APA and Strong Towns members and students; tickets are $10 for non-members. Register here.

Here is the blurb from Strong Towns:

For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.

Join Strong Towns founder Charles “Chuck” Marohn and explore the relationship between a city or region’s long-range fiscal health and its transportation investment strategy.  Specifically, Chuck will make a budgetary case for prioritizing investments such as walkable streets in the central cores. He’ll address how these investments can protect local budgets, control the rise of property taxes, protect long-term affordability, and provide for enduring prosperity.

On Thursday, February 18, the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association hosts Chuck Marohn giving his renowned Curbside Chat. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Strong Towns describes the Curbside Chat as addressing these kinds of questions:

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Don’t miss Chuck Marohn next week! Register today. What are you waiting for?

 

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTransportation Committee, Sam Schwartz, bus service hearings, challenges to L.A.’s Mobility Plan, Ride4Love, Kidical Mass and more this week!

  • Wednesday 2/10 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to consider bike infrastructure, streetcar, and school safety zone speed limits. Details at agenda and special agenda.

Sam Schwartz reads from his new book on Wednesday night

Sam Schwartz reads from his new book on Wednesday night

  • Wednesday 2/10 – Former Traffic Commissioner of New York City “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz will present his new book on the evolution of urban transportation. Book celebration and signing goes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a meet and greet session until 7:30 p.m. at Vespaio at 225 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. RSVP to marketing [at] samschwartz.com.
  • Wednesday 2/10 – Metro is hosting its last two hearings on planned bus service changes. Wednesday’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at Metro Headquarters Building at 1 Gateway Plaza, Union Station Conference Room, located behind Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Details at The Source.
  • Thursday 2/11 – L.A.’s Mobility Plan 2035 faces off against some fairly hostile amendments at the 8:30 am meeting of the City Planning Commission in the Public Works Board Room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The agenda should be posted here shortly; staff report is here.
  • Thursday 2/11 –  Metro is hosting its final hearing on planned bus service changes. Thursday’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at Norwalk Arts and Sport Complex, Sproul Reception Center, at 12239 Sproul Street in Norwalk. Details at The Source.
  • Friday 2/12 – Art opening at Espacio 1839 showcasing the work of legendary Chicano photographer Oscar Castillo. Castillo has documented the Chicano community and movement in Los Angeles since the late 1960’s, from major political events to cultural practices to the work of muralists and painters. In capturing how social movements, cultural heritage, and everyday barrio life intersected with the urban environment, he painted a portrait of the soul of a community from a perspective of someone inside it. The event begins at 7 p.m. More details can be found here.
  • Saturday 2/13 – Wheel you be my Valentine? Santa Monica hosts 2nd annual Kidical Mass Valentine’s Day ride! The family ride takes place on from 9 a.m. to noon at Clover Park. RSVP to cory.keen [at] smgov.net by February 12th.
  • Saturday 2/13 – One of Watts’ signature events, the Ride4Love, hosted by the East Side Riders Bike Club, rides again this weekend. Now in its seventh year, the group bike ride will leave from the grand opening of the Hamwich Shack (1330 E Imperial Hwy, 90059), and take a slow, ten-mile tour through some of Watts’ best spots. Ride starts at 11 a.m. More details found here.
  • Saturday 2/13 – Community Services Unlimited hosts a South L.A. dance party and celebration of their efforts to bring an organic market to the Paul Robeson Center (ground is set to break this summer). The party will feature music from DJ Yucasoul, healthy valentine treats and meals (available for purchase), and a peek at CSU’s plans for their market site. Join them starting at 8 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center, 6569 S. Vermont (90044). More details found here.

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

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Great Streets Preview: February, March Challenge Grant Events

I heart Reseda Boulevard takes place tomorrow! Other Great Streets challenge grant activities happening later this month and next

I Heart Reseda Boulevard takes place tomorrow! Other Great Streets challenge grant activities happen later this month and next.

In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Challenge Grants received 30 applications from interested groups. Eight grant winners were announced in July. The grants go to community organizations to host temporary “pop-up” projects that help neighborhoods re-envision what their streets can be.

Since July, challenge grant awardees raised additional funds, which were matched by further city funding.

Now comes the season to enjoy the pop-up projects. A couple of challenge grant events have already happened, but most will get into full swing in February and March.

Below is a preview of Great Streets events coming up this month and next:

Saturday, February 6

[Re]Visit [Re]seda – on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge – hosted by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley with CD12, CSUN Urban Planning, Northridge Sparkle, Northridge South Neighborhood Council, LA-Más, and the Northridge Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow, enjoy poetry, coffee, fitness challenges, live music, and plenty of food choices as the I <3 Reseda festival takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on both sides of Reseda Boulevard, north and south of Rayen Street. More details at Reseda Blvd blog.

Saturday, February 20

Connect the Dots – on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys – hosted by the Arid Lands Institute with CD6, Pacoima Beautiful, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and Emerging Terrain Architects.

Enjoy a family-friendly bike ride (12:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (2 to 4 p.m.), community design workshops, and a block party (6 to 9 p.m.) taking place at the San Fernando Valley City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard between Sylvan Street and Erwin Street. More details at Arid Lands Institute.

Street Beats – on Crenshaw Boulevard in Hyde Park – hosted by TRUST South L.A. with CD8, Community Health Councils, Ride-On Bike Co-Op, SCOPE, and Studio MMD.

Join a one-day music-oriented festival at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue. Neighbors, DJs, dancers, and musicians will be creating music together. RSVP and share via Facebook event.

Saturday, February 27

Youth Envisioned StreetsYES! For a Healthier South L.A. – on Central Avenue in South L.A. – hosted by the National Health Foundation with L.A. Walks, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, and A Place Called Home.

YES will “engage young people in the planning process, collecting input from community members about the physical environment, and then building their dream world for a day.” The demonstration will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Central Avenue from 33rd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. RSVP and share via Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMobility Plan 2035 hostile amendments will be heard NEXT WEEK at the L.A. City Planning Commission, plus lots more to do this week!

  • Tuesday 2/2 – Culver City Bicycle Coalition hosts their regular monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Samosa House East at 10700 Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 2/2 – L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar and the Economic and Workforce Development Department are hosting a Community Workshop on the 1st & Boyle Community Redevelopment Agency Site. The city of Los Angeles will be issuing a Request for Proposal for development of the vacant site and is seeking input on feasible development concepts. Meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Room at 2130 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Additional details at BHNC website.
  • Wednesday 2/3 – The CA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Permitting Division invites you to review and comment on the Exide Technologies Battery Recycling Facility’s (Exide’s) draft Closure Plan. Provide comments on the Exide plan at a public hearing from 6 to 9 p.m. at Commerce City Council Chambers at 2535 Commerce Way in the City of Commerce. Additional details at DTSC website.
  • Wednesday 2/3 – The city of Monrovia is hosting a community open house workshop for input on the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. The free event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Monrovia Community Center at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. For more information, see the flier [PDF] or contact Sean Sullivan at ssullivan [at] ci.monrovia.ca.us or 626-932-5522. Take Monrovia’s bike plan survey online.
  • Wednesday 2/3 – The city of Long Beach hosts a community meeting on the March 19th Beach Streets ciclovía event. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Bixby Park Community Center at 130 Cherry Avenue in Long Beach. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/4 – L.A.’s Mobility Plan 2035 faces off against some fairly hostile amendments at the 8:30 am meeting of the City Planning Commission in the Public Works Board Room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The agenda should be posted here shortly; staff report is here. Sorry — this takes place next week – Thursday 2/11!
  • Thursday 2/4 – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian hosts a mass transit forum “Fighting for Our Fair Share of Transit Funding in the San Fernando Valley.” The event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Hall in the Campus Center, at 5800 Fulton Avenue in Valley Glen. Details at Nazarian website.
  • Saturday 2/6 – The  Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment (HOPE) will be holding a one-day Block Walk/Community Audit planning exercise, whereby residents and stakeholders will engage in a walking tour of various areas and land use elements in the Hyde Park Community. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP at (323) 284-4276. For questions or suggestions contact Dwayne Wyatt by phone (323) 478-1239 or email at dwayneawyatt [at] yahoo.com. Additional details at HOPE website.
  • Sunday 2/7 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its monthly Sunday Funday ride previewing the upcoming north valley CicLAvia. Ride departs at 8:30 a.m. from the North Hollywood Metro Red/Orange Line Station at 5350 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarCatch the 2016 VerdeXchange conference underway today! Learn about upcoming construction in South L.A. and Boyle Heights. Save Proyecto Jardin, bike Broadway, attend regular Metro board and L.A. City Transportation committee meetings, and more.

  • Monday 1/25Tuesday 1/26Today and tomorrow! The 2016 Verde Exchange conference is already underway! Today at 2:30 p.m. hear Metro CEO Phil Washington, LAX CEO Deborah Flint, and CA High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales on the future of transportation! Tomorrow: the L.A. River, future cars, and automated transit networks! Check out the full program here.
  • Monday 1/25 – Tonight – If you’re lucky there may still be space to catch Shoupian parking expert Richard Willson’s free speaking engagement from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355, at 337 Charles E. Young Drive East on the UCLA Campus. Register and event details here.
  • Wednesday 1/27 – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss ATSAC, Westside Mobility Plan contract, and Southern California Association of Governments’ 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. The meeting is at 1 p.m. at room 1010 at L.A. City Hall. Agenda online here.
  • Wednesday 1/27 – The city of Santa Monica wants you to be ready for Expo trains arrival. Attend an Expo safety Q&A with SMPD this week from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Branch Library MLK auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica. Details at flier posted on Facebook.
  • Thursday 1/28 – The Metro board holds its monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. at the Metro Board Room, located behind Union Station. Directors will be discussing Metro connections to the planned Inglewood pro football stadium, and lots more. Find the meeting agenda here.
  • Thursday 1/28 – Learn about all the latest in Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Line Construction at a Construction Update Community Meeting. The meeting takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Employment Development Department at 5401 Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles. More details at The Source.
  • Thursday 1/28 –  APA Los Angeles and the Latinos and Planning Division will host a discussion focusing on immigrant communities, gentrification, lack of affordable housing and the informal economy. Panelists include Maria Cabildo, Helen Campbell, Rudy Espinoza and Isela Gracian. The event is free but registration is required. It takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at City Labs Boyle Heights at 553 S Clarence Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook Event. Awww – sold out! Show up early and you might get in.
  • Thursday 1/28 – There will be a community briefing on the closure and demolition of the Sixth Street Bridge. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Puente Learning Center at 501 S Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 1/28 – CicLAvia hosts a community meeting to get the word out about the upcoming March 6 north San Fernando Valley CicLAvia. Meeting takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pacoima City Hall at 13520 Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 1/30 – Bike to Night on Broadway! Family ride from NELA with various meet-up times along the way. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 1/31 – Boyle Heights Projecto Jardin in under threat of eviction from their land; they will host an all-day community forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden at 1718 Bridge Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarControversy in Griffith Park! L.A. Walks hosts its annual awards dinner! Healthy food in South L.A.! A new shuttle to the Red Line! And plenty more this week, mostly on Saturday.

  • Tuesday 1/19 – The city of West Hollywood kicks off its new free CitylineX shuttle to connect WeHo with the Metro Red Line Hollywood Highland Station. Tonight there is a celebration with snacks and speakers starting at 5 p.m. at West Hollywood Library Auto Court at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. Details at West Hollywood website.
  • Wednesday 1/20 and Thursday 1/21 – Metro board committees meet to hash out business in advance of next week’s board meeting. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 1/20 – Speak out on the latest plans to degrade car-free portions of Griffith Park in order to accommodate Hollywood Sign car traffic. There will be a Griffith Park Traffic and Parking Plan presentation at 7 p.m. at the Friendship Auditorium at 3201 Riverside Drive in Los Feliz. Details at CiclaValley. Share via Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 1/20 – The Santa Monica Police Department and Metro are hosting two community Q & A meetings, the first of which is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building at 2200 Virginia Avenue in Santa Monica. Attend to learn how to stay safe when walking, biking or driving around Santa Monica with the new Expo Line. Details Details at Facebook.
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    CTC/WLA TIMP study focus areas – map from flier [PDF]

    Thursday 1/21 – The L.A. City departments of City Planning and Transportation host an Open House and Public Hearing for CTC/WLA TIMP (that is Coastal Transportation Corridor Specific Plan “CTCSP” and West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Specific Plan “WLA TIMP”) Specific Plans Update. Give your input on future transportation projects for western portions of L.A. city, including: transit, bicycle and pedestrian, roadway and intelligent transportation system, and trip reduction programs. Attend one of two identical community meetings, with presentations at 7 p.m.:
    – Thursday January 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Venice High School at 13000 Venice Boulevard
    – Tuesday February 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Henry Medina West LA Parking
    Enforcement Facility at 11214 Exposition Blvd in West L.A.
    Details at Westside Mobility Plan website or event flier [PDF]
  • Saturday 1/23 – L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield hosts his Third Annual Community Bike Ride, and the second Sherman Way Concept Plan Public workshop. Join Blumenfield and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative in exploring neighborhoods and designing future street improvements for Sherman Way from Lindley to Wilbur. Free refreshments and informational tables hosted by sponsoring organizations. Event to be rescheduled if it is raining. Gather at 9 a.m. at Magnolia Science Academy at 18238 Sherman Way in Reseda. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 1/23 – Community Services Unlimited hosts its ongoing free and fun “Earth Day Every Day in South L.A.” from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 6569 South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. The event features affordable, beyond organic produce plus lots of free activities: seedlings, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, free food provided by the Village Market Place, music, and a community bike ride! For more information email csu[at]csuinc.org or check the Facebook event.
  • Saturday 1/23 – Bob Inman hosts a free 8-mile Urban Walk through Elysian Park, Elysian Heights and Elysian Valley. The excursion starts at 10 a.m. at the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 1/23Southern California Transit Advocates host guest speaker Gary Hewitt, Section Manager for Transit and Non-Motorized Planning at the Orange County Transportation Authority. Hewitt will speak on OCTA’s proposed 2016 Bus Service Plan. There may also be discussion of Metro service changes for June 2016. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at Angelus Plaza at 255 S. Hill Street (4th floor) in downtown Los Angeles. Meeting is free and open to the public.
  • Saturday 1/23 – Santa Monica Spoke welcomes a cyclist riding across the U.S. on a NYC bike-share bike (Generally not recommended – there are cheaper/better/lighter bikes for touring). Starting at 2:30 p.m. there will be a pre-ride, a pier ceremony, and a happy hour hang out. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 1/23 – L.A. Walks hosts its annual Sidewalk Soirée awards dinner! It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at a historic Schindler home in Silver Lake. Details at L.A. Walks. Share via Facebook event. Get your ticket in advance!
  • Sunday 1/24 – Catch “BUSted! True Stories About Getting Around LA Told By People Who Don’t Drive” a fun show that invites fellow green commuters to share their own stories. It takes place at 5 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe at 1716 West Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Details at Facebook event.

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

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarCyclists will want to make sure to attend Wednesday night’s Expo Line bike path meeting. Attend plenty of other meetings, too: on Purple Line subway construction, county parks, Union Station, and even (yawn) preferential parking. Celebrate a new DTLA parklet Thursday morning. Then bike and eat pizza, and ride Breeze bike-share!

  • Monday 1/11 – Tonight at 6 p.m. Metro will host a community meeting on Purple Line Subway construction, with a focus on the decking planned at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. It takes place at the Korean Cultural Center at 5505 Wilshire Blvd in Mid-City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 1/13 – The agenda of this week’s Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meeting includes lots of preferential parking districts, oversized vehicle limits, and funding for Valley Village Traffic Calming. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at City Hall room 1010. Details on agenda.
  • Wednesday 1/13 – The city of L.A. wants your input on closing a 0.7-mile gap in the Expo Line bike path through Cheviot Hills. Attend the Expo-Northvale Bicycle Path Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library at 2920 Overland Avenue in West L.A. More details at last week’s SBLA article.
  • Wednesday 1/13 – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of public meetings to solicit input on its countywide parks assessment. Choose between two community meetings Wednesday night: at 6:30 p.m. at South Los Angeles Sports Activity Center at 7020 South Figueroa Street in South L.A., or at 6:30 p.m. at East Rancho Dominguez Park at 15116 Atlantic Avenue in Compton. All meetings listed here – schedule continues through February, with meetings throughout L.A. County. Take the parks survey online here.
  • Thursday 1/14 – The South Park Business Improvement District is celebrating DTLA’s newest People St parklet. Join BID reps, L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar, and LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds, from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. at 1111 S. Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at South Park BID.
  • Thursday 1/14 – The Transit Coalition hosts a talk by Metro’s Elizabeth Carvajal on the future of Union Station, taking place 6 to 8:45 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, Union Station Conference Room. The event includes dinner, so RSVPs required in advance. Get tickets at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 1/14 – L.A. County Parks needs assessment meetings continue Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park at 3501 Valley Boulevard in Boyle Heights. All meetings listed here. Take the parks survey online here.
  • Saturday 1/16 – L.A. County Parks needs assessment meetings continue Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lennox Park at 10828 Condon Avenue
    in unicorporated Lennox, near LAX. All meetings listed here. Take the parks survey online here.
  • Saturday 1/16 – L.A. Bike Trains hosts its “Biking ’til snack time: Pizza Party” group bike ride, which departs from Union Station at 1:30 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 1/17 – Want to try out Santa Monica’s awesome new Breeze bike-share but you’re not sure how? Learn about Breeze at Santa Monica Spoke’s 10 a.m. “Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.” Breeze registration is free, but you have to rsvp in advance.  Details at Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Coming Soon 1/25-26 – Streetsblog L.A. is a sponsor for VerdExchange’s VX2016 conference, featuring numerous L.A. livability luminaries, from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and from Metro CEO Phil Washington to LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Details at VerdExchange.

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

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarHappy new year! No big meetings or rides just yet – but weigh in on County Park priorities and say さようなら to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station for a couple months.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week features West Hollywood potential pursuing its own CicLAvia, cyclists and runners gathering to end hit-and-run crimes, and people walking to experience Boyle Heights.

  • Monday 12/21 – Will West Hollywood co-host a CicLAvia open streets festival? The West Hollywood City Council is consider a motion to direct staff to develop CicLAvia plans and seek Metro funding. The item is on the agenda [PDF – see item 5.E.] for tonight’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. at WeHo City Council Chambers at  625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Additional details in this staff report. The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition encourages bicyclists to speak in support during public comment.
  • Tuesday 12/22 – It’s the longest night of the year… if you’re up late reading Streetsblog, please make a donation to keep us fierce and smart in the year ahead. Donate here.
  • Thursday 12/24-12/25 – Streetsblog won’t be publishing the day before Christmas or Christmas day. Surprise your relatives by walking, biking, or taking transit to enjoy your holiday get-together!
  • Sunday 12/27 – Finish the Ride – now rechristened SAFE – hosts their Tour De Valley! Various bike rides, runs, walks, rolls, plus live music and family festival – all in the name of ending hit-and-run crimes and making safer streets for everyone. The event takes place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sepulveda Basin’s Woodley Park at 6350 Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. Register in advance at BikeReg. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 12/27 – Occasional Streetsblog contributor Erick Huerta leads a walking tour of Boyle Heights, including the Breed Street Shul, Pico-Aliso Housing Projects, murals, Evergreen Cemetery, and other landmarks that highlight Boyle Heights multiculturalism. Meet at Self Help Graphics at 1300 East First Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next week: Streetsblog’s annual Streetsies awards polling! Don’t miss it!

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThe City Planning Commission holds its first hearing on mostly administrative proposed amendments to Mobility Plan 2035. Plus some great holiday-themed fun!

  • Tuesday 12/15 – Metro is holding its final public workshop on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan, with a meeting Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.
  • Crenshaw Mixer this Wednesday

    Crenshaw Holiday Mixer this Wednesday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

    Wednesday 12/16 – Metro’s under-construction Crenshaw/LAX rail line hosts a Holiday Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 2nd Floor Macy’s Bridge at 3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Los Angeles. Details and rsvp at Crenshaw Chamber.

  • Thursday 12/17 – The City of Los Angeles Planning Commission will hear proposed amendments to Mobility Plan 2035. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Public Works Boardroom at Los Angeles City Hall. Plan opponents may show, so livability advocates should attend and testify to let the commission know that this forward-looking transportation plan has community support and should stay intact. Details on agenda [PDF].
  • Saturday 12/19 – The Tour de Lights bike ride gathers at 4:30 p.m. at the Amelia Earhart statue at North Hollywood Park at 11430 Chandler Blvd in NoHo. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 12/20 – Walk Bike Glendale hosts its leisurely Holiday Bike Ride. Gather 5:30 p.m. at Nibley Park at 1103 East Mountain Street in Glendale. Details at Facebook event.

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