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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThere’s no post-CicLAvia, pre-Easter hangover for the Week in Livable Streets Events. Great Streets is ready to roll in Northridge, the City Council is ready to fix car parking signs, the Metro Board of Directors is ready to, um, hold a long and contentious meeting, and the Hammer hosts Seleta Reynolds and Janette Sadik-Khan in one night. And all that happens before a packed weekend.

  • Tonight – Northridge residents and Angelenos visiting Reseda Blvd. will notice some upgrades coming to the street as part of the first phase of the Great Streets project. The goal? Improve safety on a high-collision street, enhance a sense of place and community, support the local economy and deliver an innovative street design to the San Fernando Valley. Here more at tonight’s community meeting hosted by Councilmember Mitch Englander and Great Streets L.A.
  • Tuesday – The Department of City Planning invites you to an open house on March 24, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.). Stop by the Deaton Civic Auditorium
    (100 W. First Street) anytime during the event to get information, ask questions, and give comments on the Mobility Plan and its Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report. More details, here.
  • Tuesday – Join Bike SGV at their monthly meeting to discuss various projects and programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley. If you want to learn more and perhaps volunteer, this is a great time to get plugged in! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Get more details on this evening meeting, here.
  • Wednesday – At 2 p.m. the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to, among other things, direct LADOT to implement much easier to read “grid” parking signs. Read the agenda here. Remember what the grid parking signs look like? This.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors will meet for their monthly meeting. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – The Hammer hosts Seleta Reynolds and Janette Sadik-Khan for a discussion on “busting urban transportation myths.” Sounds great. Get the details, here.
  • Friday – Rail Users’ Network (RUN), a group “representing rail passengers’ interests in North America”, will hold its 2015 national conference on Friday, March 27th, in Los Angeles. Billed as a “Making the Transition from Roads to Rail Conference” The meeting will be held from 8:00am to 5:00p.m. To read Dana Gabbard’s preview of the conference, click here. For a more traditional calendar post, click here.
  • Saturday – Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), invites you to The Hot SPOTS Tour, a community bicycle ride highlighting formerly blighted, empty lots that have been developed into beautiful green spaces for the entire community to enjoy. Get more details, here.
  • Sunday -During this two-hour “Urban Safari,” attendees will learn about the history of pedestrian walkways or “pedways” in Downtown Los Angeles with Dan Koeppel, organizer of the Big Parade L.A. and acclaimed author. The pedways are a network of pedestrian bridges and pathways that made up a never-fulfilled utopian plan for Los Angeles, the 1970s vision of City Planning Director Calvin Hamilton. Free for APA members, $10 for everyone else. Get your walking shoes on, and head over here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe week picks up halfway through and ends with Eat, Shop, Play, Crenshaw and CicLAvia. Can’t top that!

  • Monday – If you ride a bicycle and you care about who wins the race in Los Angeles City Council District 4 — the race to replace Tom LaBonge — you should plan on attending this meeting. Get the details, here or on Facebook.
  • Tuesday – LADOT is re-opening the upgraded Spring Street Parklets. It seems like just yesterday they opened for the first time. Good times. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – It’s that time again…time for the Metro Board of Directors Committee Hearings. This is where decisions are made about Metro policy before the public spectacle of the Board meeting next week. You can read all the committee agendas, here.
  • Thursday – “This is what democracy looks like.” CALO YouthBuild’s 2015 Issues Forum is an opportunity for youth to share their knowledge and insight with policy makers and the community at large. Young researchers and organizers will be presenting on issues related to gentrification, police brutality and environmental justice. In addition to framing the issues, these youth will be offering policy suggestions to our elected representatives and other guests.  Get more information, here.
  • Thursday - Join health, transportation, and social justice advocates at SLAMM South L.A.,  to network, plan, develop leadership, and identify shared funding opportunities for South Los Angeles. More info or on Facebook.
  • Saturday – Support local businesses at the upcoming community fest in Leimert Park for a chance to win cash prizes from Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw campaign! During the event you’ll enjoy food from local eateries, live music and fun-filled activities.Yum. More information, here.
  • Sunday – CicLAvia!: The Valley! Visit their website! Look for SBLA’s preview article in the next couple days.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarWith the L.A. City Council out of session, Metro meetings not until next week, Operation Firefly shuttered until the fall; it’s kind of a light week. Don’t miss Tour de Watts this weekend and a big Bike the Vote meeting on Monday.

Wednesday – UCLA’s Green Building Symposium hosts Matt Peterson, the city’s sustainability officer, to discuss how one can make their building more green and more resilient. Read more, here.

Wednesday – Santa Monica Next sponsors a light reception with drinks and snacks and a team in town from Gehl Architects. New urbanism and a happy-hour style event. Get the details, here.

Saturday – During a panel at USC two weeks ago, Los Ryderz’ founder J.P. Partida spoke of the importance of giving youth in South L.A. a safe outlet for recreation in their own community. The Tour de Watts — Los Ryderz’ biggest event of the year — makes good on that mission by taking participants on a tour through some of the sites that have served as Watts’ greatest challenges and its most uplifting sources of hope. Get more details, here. If riding a bike is not your thing, join the Safe Passages Peace March later that morning and wave at the cyclists when they roll by. Details, here.

Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History Month by participating in this women-only basic bicycling skills workshop! Women-identified folks are invited to participate in a 2-hour workshop which will offer basic information about how to safely navigate the streets of L.A. County. Taught by League Cycling Instructor and LACBC member Molly Arevalo, the workshop includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home. Details, here.

Next Monday – If you ride a bicycle and you care about who wins the race in Council District 4 — the race to replace Tom LaBonge — you should plan on attending this meeting. Get the details, here or on Facebook.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarTomorrow is election day in L.A. Half of Los Angeles has a City Council election to vote in. All of us have school board elections. Vote! With low turnout expected, a small group of dedicated voters can make a difference.

  • Tuesday – It’s election day! Vote! Find your voting booth here! As Joe said, vote as if your street depends on it.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday – There are Operation Firefly events in Long Beach and Santa Monica this week. Long Beach’s is tomorrowSanta Monica’s is on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday – For those of you who don’t know who Alex Baum is, you’re missing out. Alex was one of the first bicycle advocates in Los Angeles and did a lot of work over decades to make bicycling safer and a bicycle-oriented lifestyle more acceptable. Alex passed away over the weekend and his memorial will be held Wednesday. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday - The East L.A. Community Corporation will be hosting the first discussion in a series exploring the history of systems and policies that have led to the current crisis in affordable housing facing communities like Boyle Heights. Discussions will also cover the work taking place to protect tenants, preserve and improve existing housing, and increase the amount of housing to meet the need and demand. Stop by the Casa del Mexicano at 6 p.m. for more information. Details are here.
  • Saturday – All the Stairs in Echo Park, a mini-version of Stair Trek, is concentrated on L.A.’s most stairway-rich neighborhood: over 50 stairways on a 10-12 mile route. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – The cities of Cudahy, Bell Gardens, Commerce, and Vernon are looking for input on how to make these cities better places to bike, walk, and access transit. Join LACBC and the LA River Revitalization Corp for their first Southeast L.A. cities ride along the L.A. River through Cudahy. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – The Dry River walk, led by walk ambassador Jack Moreau, will exhibit the Arroyo Seco Bikeway and Eugene Debs Park as community assets for Los Angeles and discuss the issues behind connecting the areas with bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Get more details, here.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need for next week? Let us know at damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarPeople in Westwood are suddenly optimistic that Councilmember Paul Koretz is close to turning around on bicycle lanes on major streets. Momentum is building for bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard just north of National Boulevard. We’ll see.

  • Today – A host of community and national advocacy groups are hosting a conference on shared-use mobility even as you read this calendar. Unless you’re reading it on tomorrow. Then it’s over. Read my preview from last week, right here.
  • Today – Come out to express to the WVIA the need for bicycle infrastructure on Westwood Blvd. — a key direct route to and from campus for many cyclists — to enhance safe travel options, community health, and support thriving businesses. Ryan Snyder, President, Ryan Snyder Associates, LLC, will give a special presentation on the proposed Westwood Boulevard Bikeways “Remove Nothing Plan” to local merchants, neighbors, and stakeholders. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee will not be meeting this week. See the notice, here.
  • Wednesday – Bike lanes are bad! Tunnels for freeways are good! This is some of the insanity that has been thrown around in the CD 14 race between Councilmember Jose Huizar, Supervisor Gloria Molina, and Nadine Diaz. The last forum in the race is this Wednesday in Eagle Rock. Get the details on Facebook.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors holds its monthly meeting. You can read the agenda, here. You can read the highlights from last week’s committee meetings, here.
  • Thursday - South L.A. community leaders will share their diverse and dynamic visions for food justice, urban agriculture, community arts, and recreation from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at a USC Visions and Voices panel. Panelists include South L.A. notables Ben Caldwell (Kaos Network); Karen Mack (LA Commons); Javier “JP” Partida (Los Ryderz); and Neelam Sharma (Community Services Unlimited). Details, here.
  • Friday – Critical Mass. Wilshire/Western. 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – C.I.C.L.E. will lead a community bicycle ride, “Tweed, Moxie, and Mustaches,” through Cypress Park and Glassell Park to pedal back in time. This expedition, open to all bicyclists, will make several stops, including the Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum, as well as the former Van de Kamp Holland Dutch Bakery, built in the early 1900s. Participants will get a taste of history at each stop. Get the details, here.
  • March 11 - Santa Monica Next will host a happy hour with the team from Gehl Architects visiting for the West Coast Urban District Forum. RSVP on Facebook.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarBig week with committee meetings and conferences dotting the schedule. And, don’t forget we have our 7th birthday party for Streetsblog L.A. at the end of the week.

  • Tuesday – The last day to register to vote in the March primaries in Los Angeles.  There are lots of important City Council and school board elections in L.A., and a handful of the surrounding cities have City Council races as well. If you’re an L.A. resident, register to vote here. If not, and you need to change your registration, visit the state Board of Elections, here.
  • Tuesday – Celebrate Mardi Gras at Union Station with The Mudbug Brass Band. Louisiana-rooted but Los Angeles based, the 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band is dedicated to the Second Line tradition, drawing from New Orleans traditional jazz, R&B, funk and Mardi Gras. In a Los Angeles twist on the New Orleans roving block party-like tradition, the group will lead a Second Line procession through Union Station. Break out those sashes and parasols. Get more details, here.
  • Wednesday – The city of West Hollywood Transportation Commission meeting is looking to add bike lanes to Fairfax Avenue. The WeHo Bicycle Coalition is encouraging the bicycling public to attend and support the new bike lanes. The meeting will start at 7pm at Plummer Park.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – It’s that time of month again…the committees of the Metro Board of Directors meet to decide what policies and resolutions will move on to the full Board and likely passage. You can scroll through the agendas, here.
  • Friday – The Westside Urban Forum is talking bikes and how the growth of bicycling and bike infrastructure is changing the Westside. Interested in hearing WUF’s panel of bike advocates, transportation planners, and community experts  discuss how the Westside can change gears? Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – Programmed by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility, The Women Bike, Women Lead series workshops are designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking. Get details on this month’s meeting, here.
  • Saturday – There are still tickets available for the Streetsblog L.A. 7th  Birthday Party at Amy and Jon Weiss’ house in Cheviot Hills. There will be tacos. And cake. The event starts at 4 p.m., reserve your tickets and read more about it, here at Event Brite.

Is there something we missed? Something we need to know for next week? Give us a shout, damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarA city-wide hit and run alert system? Awesome. While Sacramento dithers under Brown’s leadership on hit and runs, Los Angeles leads. Good work.

  • Tuesday – Councilmembers Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino will join the Los Angeles Police Department, the Department of Transportation to announce the implementation of a hit-and-run mass notification system within the City of Los Angeles. Join then at City Hall at 9:30 am, for the official announcement and an explanation of how it could work. Read the press announcement, here.
  • Wednesday – It’s not the most exciting Transportation Committee meeting ever, but the good news is that the city is working with Metro to provide safety and marketing materials while construction of the MyFigueroa! project is completed. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – There won’t be a Livable Streets Candidates Forum for CD14 (Downtown, El Sereno, Boyle Heights) as there was for CD 4, but I’ve been told that this Wednesday’s event held by the Downtown and Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council’s will be the next best thing. Bike Valet provided by LACBC. Get your event details, here.
  • Saturday – “The theme for Santa Monica’s winter Kidical Mass is Wheel you be my Valentine?” and is brought to you by the City of Santa Monica in conjunction with Santa Monica SPOKE. Get more details, here. Read the flyer, here.
  • Saturday – The East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz, with Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), invite you to “Ride 4 Love,” an annual bicycle ride highlighting community love. The ride will travel through southeast communities, including Watts, Florence-Firestone, South Gate and Lynwood, making stops at the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, Watts Towers, AM/PM and the world-famous Elizabeth’s Bakery. Get more details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThere’s a lot of fun stuff out there this week if you like transportation policy. Of course, the highlight for us is our Candidates Forum for CD4 on Thursday. See you there!

  • Today – At 2 p.m. the Budget and Finance Committee will discuss a report on the city’s obligation to maintain sidewalks surrounding city-owned buildings. As you may have heard, sidewalk repair is something of a hot issue in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.
  • Tuesday – Los Angeles Walks is creating a pedestrian wayfinding system called Walk This Way, LA that gives information on walking times between different destinations, to show connectivity between neighborhoods and change perceptions that many places are too far away to walk. If you’re interested in helping, click here.
  • Wednesday – Via LACBC: After years of outreach, stakeholder education, meetings, rides and rallies, we are delighted to report that Councilman Gil Cedillo is seriously considering project options that will create a safe and inclusive North Figueroa that include bike lanes. LACBC is holding a meeting of the Ride Figueroa campaign that evening at 6 p.m. Get the details, here.
  • Thursday – Wolfpack Hustle is hosting a group bike ride to the LACBC/L.A. Walks/Streetsblog sponsored Livable Streets Candidate forum. The ride starts at 5:30 at Mornings Night Coffee at Sunset Triangle Plaza, located at Sunset Blvd and Griffith Park Blvd. For more, click here.
  • Thursday – With or without the Wolfpack, you should come to the forum. RSVP at Event Brite. The forum starts at 6:30 with a reception, sponsored by Pocrass and De Los Reyes LLC, starting afterwards at 8:30.
  • Friday – The Westside Urban Forum takes a look at the growth of bicycling in the Westside. From the announcement, “The Westside, though, maintains a fraught relationship with this resurgent form of transportation. While many Westsiders treasure their road bikes and weekend rides, commuters still face some mean streets. The Westside may be poised for a bicycle revolution.” The Forum starts bright and early at 7 a.m. Read more details, here.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about going forward? Email admin@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThings always start to pick up in late January and there’s a full schedule of events coming up this week. We’re also happy to announce our 7th Birthday Party! for Streetsblog Los Angeles later next month!

  • Tuesday - ULI Los Angeles, presents FutureBuild 2015, an interactive event with the top thinkers and innovators in business and government. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been invited to give the lunch keynote. In partnership with VerdeXchange, FutureBuild Power Shift  explores how changes in energy technology – and the scarcity of resources – are remaking places, from building systems, to codes and regulations, to parking.
  • Tuesday – The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit at noon. Maybe we should try that sometime. “Damien, is your grammar teacher embarrassed of you?” Anyway, get the details on the BBB’s AMA, here.
  • Tuesday – As part of the new Wilshire Grand project in Downtown Los Angeles, there will be street improvements made around the 7th Street Corridor. A public meeting will be held by City Planning from 5 to 7 p.m. in the SCAG building downtown. See the flyer for the meeting, here.
  • Tuesday – at 6:30 p.m., in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Community Room (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd), the Planning, Land Use, and Beautification Committee of the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council will be holding a special meeting to discuss the proposed plans for the Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw Plaza Master Plan Project.
  • Tuesday – Thursday – An estimated 6,000 people will take to the streets over three nights to participate in Los Angeles’ annual Homeless Count to help the City determine where the need for resources is the greatest. Volunteers are still needed. See the L.A. Times’ discussion here or sign up to help out, here.
  • Wednesday – At 6:30 p.m., the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (2130 E. 1st Street) will vote on whether to recommend the Metro Board approve interim Exclusive Negotiation Agreements for the affordable housing projects slated for 1st and Soto and Cesar Chavez and Soto. See agenda, here.
  • Thursday – It’s Metro Board of Directors time! Read the full agenda for their 9:00 a.m. meeting, here.
  • Saturday – Celebrate the 7th anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative. The free, all-ages Night on Broadway celebration will feature programming in six of Broadway’s historic (and often closed-to-the-public) theaters – Million Dollar, Los Angeles, Palace, Tower, Orpheum, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel (a.k.a United Artists Theater). Get more details, here.
  • Next Thursday – Streetsblog Los Angeles, LACBC, and L.A. Walks host a candidates forum for Council District Four in the race to replace Tom LaBonge. We’ll have a big update on the excitement building for the event tomorrow, but if you’re sold already, head over to Event Brite and reserve your ticket.
  • Saturday, 2/21 – Mark your calendars now for Streetsblog L.A.’s 7th Birthday Party! Amy and Jon Weiss are hosting us with cake, light snacks, and the best company you could possibly ask for. You can RSVP on Facebook, but to get a good head count we need you to get a ticket on EventBrite.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about going forward? Email admin@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThere’s been a lot of excitement over Seleta Reynolds since she assumed the head spot at LADOT. If you haven’t had a chance to hear her in person, there’s a chance this Thursday night when Reynolds speaks in Tarzana. Listen and be prepared to applaud profusely. There’s also an exciting joint MCM-LACBC program on Saturday to engage more women in bicycle advocacy.

  • Right Now – State agencies are seeking input on one more program that will receive funds from California’s cap-and-trade system. Guidelines for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program [PDF] were released in December. Two public workshops will be held, one in Los Angeles is being held right now and the other is in Sacramento tomorrow. Read more at Melanie Curry’s story from last week.
  • Thursday – Because Metro Board scheduling is designed to make things as confusing as possible, the Board meeting will be held next week, even though committee meetings were last week. The agenda should be posted soon, and will be found here.
  • Thursday – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) invite you to meet General Manager Seleta Reynolds at a transportation town hall in the West Valley. LADOT would like to share the Great Streets for Los Angeles Strategic Plan and hear from residents directly on key transportation issues affecting the West Valley. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday – Metro will offer presentations on the plans for affordable housing projects at Cesar Chavez/Soto and 1st/Soto in Boyle Heights and gather community feedback on those and the plans for the Mariachi Plaza site. The meeting will be held at Puente Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Avenue, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. For details on where things stand with the projects now, see Sahra’s write-up here.
  • Saturday – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) are partnering on a women-led series of bike rides and workshops starting this Sat., Jan 24th, and continuing on through April. These workshops are designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – Metro sponsors Bikesan@s del Valle’s and C.I.C.L.E.’s (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) Love Your Neighborhood ride. The ride will start from Lake View Terrace Library near Hansen Dam and will visit community murals and Pacoima City Hall. Details at Facebook event page.
  • Saturday – Years of work by the Neighborhood Land Trust will come to fruition this Saturday morning with the opening of the pocket park at the intersection of Avalon and Gage (6301 Avalon Bl.) in South L.A. Food and festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run through noon. See photos and plans of the park as it was under construction here.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about going forward? Email admin@streetsblog.org.