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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarVision Zero, South L.A. Power Fest, Ride-On bike tune-ups, Active Transportation, Santa Monica bicycling, SCAG plans, and much more all this week.

  • Monday 8/24 – Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launches the city’s Vision Zero initiative at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights. Details at L.A. Walks.
  • Monday 8/25 – This afternoon, Metro hosts another Active Transportation Strategic Plan meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. at 16401 Paramount Blvd in Paramount. Details at Metro.
  • Tuesday 8/25 – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is gathering community input at an environmental justice workshop as part of its Regional Transportation Plan Sustainable Communities Strategy process. The workshop takes place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at SCAG’s Main Office at 818 West 7th Street, in downtown L.A. and is simulcast at multiple locations. Details at SCAG. sorry incorrect date
  • Wednesday 8/26 –  Metro hosts the last of its planned Active Transportation Strategic Plan meetings from 4 to 6 p.m. at 150 N. 3rd Street in Burbank. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 8/26 – Santa Monica Spoke hosts a Handlebar Happy Hour at El Cholo from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Details at Santa Monica Next.
  • Friday 8/28 – The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is celebrating light rail construction nearing completion. The Authority is hosting dedication ceremonies at each of the new stations due to open in early 2016. This Saturday, celebrate the new Irwindale Station at 5 p.m. at 16027 Avenida Padilla in Irwindale. Details here.
  • Saturday 8/29 – Black Kids on Bikes/Ride-On! Bike Co-Op host a free bike tune-up session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leimert Park Plaza. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/29 – Bikesanas del Valle hosts a ride in support of street vendors. Departs at 11 a.m. from El Hormiguero at 12545 Terra Bella St in Pacoima. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/29 – Community Coalition’s South L.A. Power Fest takes place from 1 – 8 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 3916 Western Avenue in South L.A. The event is a free political music festival that attracts thousands of families from South Los Angeles in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education. Free but RSVP here and additional details at Facebook event.
  • It’s not too early to sign up to volunteer for the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s annual September bike and walk count.

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_calendarPasadena is considers its mobility plan, Phil Washington speaks, and much more this week.

  • Monday 8/17 – This afternoon, Metro hosts another Active Transportation Strategic Plan from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lawndale Community Center at 14700 Burin Avenue in Lawndale. Details at Metro.
  • Monday 8/17 – Tonight, the city of Pasadena will consider approving its General Plan Land Use and Transportation components, including setting things up to expand use of its development fees. Hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. at Pasadena City Hall. Pasadena residents are encouraged to attend, and/or contact their representatives. Read Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition alert for more details.
  • Wednesday 8/19 – The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies & Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies host a webinar on Streetscape Design to Improve Walking and Cycling. It takes place online Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. It’s free if for viewers who watch it at either at UCLA in Westwood or SCAG in downtown L.A. Details here, rsvp at Eventbrite.
  • Wednesday 8/19 – Metro’s new CEO Phil Washington speaks on the future of Los Angeles transportation at a Zocalo talk at 7 p.m. at the Plaza on Olvera Street. The free event is already full, but if you show up early, you can probably get a seat. Details at Zocalo.
  • Thursday 8/20 – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) host an Exide Community Advisory Committee meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave. For information contact Derrick Alatorre, Public Advisor, at 909-396-3122.
  • Thursday 8/20 – Help support Great Streets by attending a fundraiser party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at City Labs, 1645 E. 6th Street, in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/22 – Community Health Councils host a free Walkability & Pedestrian Safety Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3731 Stocker Street, Suite 201 in South Los Angeles. Details and rsvp here.
  • Saturday 8/22 – Community Services Unlimited hosts Earth Day South L.A. Every Day to celebrate and fundraise for the movement for healthier food access for South L.A. Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center at 6569 S Vermont Ave in South L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/22 – The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is celebrating light rail construction nearing completion. The Authority is hosting dedication ceremonies at each of the new stations due to open in early 2016. This Saturday, celebrate the new Arcadia Gold Line Station at 10 a.m. at 201 N. First Avenue in Arcadia. Details here.
  • Saturday 8/22 – SBLA sister site Santa Monica Next hosts a Summer Cocktail Party fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ocean Park. Tickets and details here.
  • It’s not to early to sign up to volunteer for LA County Bicycle Coalition’s annual September bike and walk count.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarAnother packed calendar: the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots, the Mobility Plan goes to council, and much more below.

  • Monday 8/10 – This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots. A number of events have been scheduled for this week and later this month to look back at what was and how Watts has changed. The riots fundamentally altered the public space, and folks will gather tonight at 6 p.m. at the Grant AME Church (10435 S. Central Ave.) to share their remembrances in “Watts’ Story by Watts’ People.” The Watts Village Theater Company will also perform a preview of its new play, “Riot/Rebellion,” and pay tribute to Lynn Manning, founder of the theater company, who succumbed to cancer last week. Contact: Danna Walker at 240-498-6193.
  • Tuesday 8/11 - The full L.A. City Council will vote on the proposed Mobility Plan 2035 – see earlier plan coverage here and here. Will Councilmembers Koretz and Cedillo seek to gut bikeways? Will the whole thing get approved quietly on consent? Meeting starts at 10 a.m. at council chambers at City Hall. View the full agenda here.
  • Tuesday 8/11 - At 10 a.m. will see the opening of “Watts: Then and Now’’ — an exhibition featuring contemporary and archival photography of a changing Watts. The exhibition runs until Oct. 8. at the Library Cultural Art Center of Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Contact: Amy Bentley-Smith, 310-243-2455.
  • Tuesday 8/11 – At 2 p.m. Chuco’s Justice Center will host a conversation entitled, “Has Anything Changed? Community Solutions for Policing in L.A.’’ The dialogue will look at the impact of poor police-community relations on the origins of the rebellion and current constraints on the mobility of community members, particularly youth. Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Los Angeles. Contact: Abraham, 323-802-5821.
  • Tuesday 8/11 – The City of L.A. has decided to hold yet more community hearings regarding the legalization of street vending in Los Angeles. The first of two workshops this week will be held Tuesday on the Westside, at 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. (Felicia Mahood Center) at 6 p.m. Find out more about the issue here: L.A. Street Vendor Campaign.
  • Tuesday 8/11 – Metro is hosting Active Transportation Strategic Plan Open House Workshops. This one will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 8/12 – Nothing massive at the L.A. City Council Transportation Committee meeting at 3 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda includes some Metro and Expo coordination, background checks for transportation operators, and more. View the full agenda here.
  • Wednesday 8/12 – Another opportunity to give input for Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan at an Open House Worshop at L.A. Union Station from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 8/12 – Great Streets will host an open house on their plans for Cesar Chavez Avenue. Improvements may be similar to those discussed here, at St. Louis and Cesar Chavez. The format is informal, and residents are invited to drop in to the Boyle Heights City Hall Community Room at 2130 E First Street between 6 and 8 p.m
  • Thursday 8/13 – Metro is hosting Active Transportation Strategic Plan Open House Workshops. Thursday’s will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Details at Metro.
  • Thursday 8/13 – The second workshop of the week on the legalization of street vending will be held in Hollywood, at 855 N. Vermont Ave. (Student Union Building) at 6 p.m. See the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign facebook page for more details.
  • Thursday 8/13 – Abode Communities and East LA Community Corporation will be hosting an interactive community workshop on two proposed affordable housing developments on Metro-owned sites located at 1st/Soto and Cesar Chavez/Soto. There will be housing, commercial, and design stations where you can hear about the findings collected from recent community-based focus groups and provide your input. Snacks, childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at PUENTE Learning Center (501 S. Boyle Avenue).
  • Saturday 8/15 – See the (sorry) state of L.A.’s pedestrian infrastructure on SoCal Stair Climbers “POC Walk.” POC stands for Pedestrian Over Crossing or Piece of Cake. The walk is free, 19.8 miles, traversing 14 POCs, 3 PUCs, 35 Stairways, and there are shorter options using the metro Gold Line. Starts at 7:30 a.m. at Belvedere Park in East L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/15 – Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission will present the symposium, “Watts Revolt: 50 Years Later.’’ The event begins at 9 a.m. and will be moderated by retired Judge Jan Perry, Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez, Cheryl Harris, Francisco Ortega, attorney Pamela Samuels and Dr. Edward Savage Jr. at Charles R. Drew University’s Keck Auditorium, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles. Contact: 213-403-0148.
  • Saturday 8/15 – Great Streets will host a pop-up open house on location at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights to discuss potential changes coming to the rest of the avenue. Drop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday 8/16 – Watts Re:Imagined will host a block party at the Grant AME Church to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots and celebrate new steps forward and changes coming to the community’s landscape. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. at 10435 S. Central Ave.

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_calendarThe city of L.A.’s Mobility Plan faces its first city council vote, Metro’s Active Transportation Plan, Lincoln Boulevard, and a Westside CicLAvia all mean it is a packed week. And if you read and appreciate Streetblog, come support us on Saturday!

  • Monday 8/3 - Today is Mobility Monday in anticipation of tomorrow’s L.A. City Council committee hearing on the city’s new Mobility Plan. Share, tweet, email, call, telegraph, messenger, etc. to show your councilmember that you support L.A.’s planned multi-modal future. Details here.
  • Tuesday 8/4 – The city’s proposed new Mobility Plan is up for a vote at the city’s Transportation and Planning committees. The hearing will be at 2:30 p.m. at the 3rd floor council chambers at L.A. City Hall. Meeting agenda [PDF] here. For information on the plan, see earlier SBLA coverage here.
  • Tuesday 8/4 – Santa Monica’s Commuter Challege kicks off with a breakfast at the Colorado Center Palm Courtyard (2425 Colorado Ave) from 9 to 10:30 am. More details at Santa Monica Next.
  • Tuesday 8/4 – Metro is looking for input on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan. The agency is hosting the first of its workshops tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at Grace Black Auditorium at 3130 Tyler Avenue in El Monte. More details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 8/5 – Test drive Metro bike-share at a demo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lunch Á La Park in Grand Park in downtown L.A. Details here.
  • Thursday 8/6 – Help redesign Santa Monica’s Lincoln Boulevard. Attend a community meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. at John Muir/Smash Auditorium, 2525 5th Street in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/8 – You’re reading Streetsblog L.A. right now, and if you like what you see, please support us at our fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at L.A. Eco-Village in Koreatown. Tickets are only $25. If you can’t afford that and you’d like to help out, we’re looking for a couple good volunteers, too – email joe@streetsblog.org.
  • Sunday 8/9 – CicLAvia opens Culver City and Venice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Details here.

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_calendarSummer events are in full swing this week: more sidewalk hearings, Clitoral Mass, Bradley Plaza opens, REvisit REseda Blvd, South L.A. Kids Bike Festival, and much more!

  • Tuesday 7/28 - The L.A. City Council will continue to hear from the public on who will pay to repair and maintain sidewalks. Streetsblog previewed the latest sidewalk repair plan here. Tuesday’s hearing [agenda] will take place at 6 p.m. at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Street in Mar Vista – with later meetings this week in Eagle Rock and Van Nuys. For additional details read this article at Investing in Place.
  • Tuesday 7/28 – Contractors Walsh Shea will update the community on Metro Crenshaw Line construction. The community meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church at 4126 Arlington Ave in South L.A. More details at Facebook Event.
  • Wednesday 7/29 – L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the city’s Bureau of Engineering celebrate the completion of the North Main Street Bridge renovation project. Celebration takes place at 2 p.m. at the corner of N. Main and Albion Street in Lincoln Heights. Details at event flier.
  • Wednesday 7/29 – Wednesday’s sidewalk repair council hearing [agenda] will take place at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, at 2225 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. See Tuesday listing for additional background.
  • This Thursday is the grand opening for Bradley Plaza!

    This Thursday is the grand opening for Bradley Plaza!

    Thursday 7/30 – L.A. City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, the L.A. City Department of Transportation (LADOT), and Pacoima Beautiful are hosting a grand opening celebration for the opening of People St’s Bradley Plaza. The festivities take place at 10 a.m. at Bradley Plaza, at the corner of Van Nuys Blvd and Bradley Avenue in Pacoima. More details at Facebook event.

  • Thursday 7/30 – Thursday’s sidewalk repair council hearing [agenda] will take place at 6 p.m. at Van Nuys City Hall, at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, three blocks north of the Metro Orange Line busway and bikeway. See Tuesday listing for additional background.
  • Thursday 7/30 – Explore L.A. City’s first parking-protected bike lanes on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge at “REvisit REseda Blvd” an art walk and scavenger hunt taking place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday. Event details here. L.A. County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) hosts a feeder bike ride departing 5 p.m. from Sepulveda Orange Line Station. Ride details here.
  • Thursday 7/30 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice hosts a community forum against destructive South 710 Freeway widening. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Gate Municipal Auditorium at 4900 Southern Avenue in South Gate. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 7/31 – Free bike-in movie night screening Big Hero 6 in Vermont Square Park at 1201 W. 48th Street in South L.A. Ride with the East Side Riders to get the outdoor screening taking place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/1 – The Ovarian Psyco Cycles 4th Annual Clitoral Mass bike tour takes to the streets. The free ride, for womxn-identified, two-spirited, and gender non-conforming folx, departs from the Plaza at El Pueblo/Olvera Street (across from Union Station) at 11 a.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/1 – Eastside Sol is a free solar food truck and solar festival featuring live mural and screen-printing demonstrations by local artists and youth, solar-powered music stage, free fruit and aguas frescas, local vendors, free fruit trees, free face painting, and information booths from local environmental justice and clean energy organizations. Lots of free stuff; check it out from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m at Mariachi Plaza. Details at Facebook event. The mural painting there even has its own Facebook event.
  • Sunday 8/2 – The LACBC hosts its monthly Sunday Funday ride in Lakewood. Gather 9:30 a.m. at Lakewood Del Valle Park at 4658 Woodruff. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 8/2 – The East Side Riders are hosting a bike-safety themed kids’ fun day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee at 10950 S. Central Avenue. The South L.A. Kids Bike Festival will feature free kids safety skills tips and a bike safety festival featuring an obstacle course/skills station, group ride, helmet give-away, gift bags, bike tune-ups, and skateboarding safety demos. Details at Facebook event.
  • It’s not too early to get your tickets next week’s Saturday 8/8 Streetsblog Party and Fundraiser at L.A. Eco-Village!

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_calendarLots going on this week – from an equity webinar, to Metro’s board meeting, to Union Station creative writing, to bicycling the Southeast County stretches of the L.A. River and much more!

  • Tuesday 7/21 – LA County Bike Coalition Executive Director Tamika Butler is among the expert national panelists for Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s free webinar titled Active Transportation and Equity: Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field. It takes place online at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Event details hereRegister here.
  • Tuesday 7/21 – Santa Monica Next and James Rojas invite you to help plan Santa Monica 2030. Takes place at 1640 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – additional details at SBLA sister site Santa Monica Next.
  • Thursday 7/23 –  Metro’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will take place this Thursday. There are details at a new Metro website (worse than before, unless you are really into downloading PDFs) with agendas and some of the meeting materials. There’s always a lot on the agenda [PDF], but some topics of note this month are how Metro may extend the Gold Line east of East L.A., and updated Metro policies on affordable housing joint development and parking (SBLA story coming today or tomorrow.)
  • Thursday 7/23 – Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza hosts the Special Olympics Torch Run and Ceremony – run at 11 a.m., ceremony at 12:25 p.m. – details here.
  • Thursday 7/23 – The Exide Technologies Advisory Group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, Parish Hall, at 3324 E. Opal Street, L.A. 90023. It’s an opportunity for community members looking to work with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to hold Exide accountable for cleanup of its site. Read recent SBLA Exide coverage here. The meeting is open to the public; translation services will be provided. For further information contact DTSC Public Participation Specialist Marina Pérez at 1-844-225-3887 or SCAQMD Senior Public Information Specialist Leeor Alpern at 909-396-3663.
  • Friday 7/24 – Explore, enjoy, and write your L.A. Union Station story – at Metro’s PUBLISH! Your Journey from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. More details at The Source and this Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/25 – State Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy host a free Southeast L.A. River Bike Ride and Run, where you can learn about AB 530. Starts at Maywood Riverfront Park and ends at Cudahy River Park. Registration starts at 7 a.m., ride and run starts 8 a.m. Event details and rsvp at Asm Rendon’s website.
  • Sunday 7/26 – Black Kids on Bikes (BKOB) and the Ride-On Bike Co-Op host another free bike fix-it session at Leimert Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. See earlier SBLA coverage here. Event details here.
  • Next Mon-Tue-Wed 7/27-7/29 – The L.A. City Council will continue to hear from the public on who will pay to repair and maintain sidewalks. Streetsblog previewed the latest sidewalk repair plan here. Next week’s hearings take place in West L.A., Eagle Rock and Van Nuys. Agendas are posted at L.A. City’s web calendar three days in advance; for location, time, and additional details now, see Investing in Place.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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Technologists and Transportation Professionals Meet at TransportationCamp Los Angeles

TranspoCamp UCLA

Register now for TransportationCamp, October 3rd at UCLA

2015 is an exciting time for transportation innovation in Los Angeles.  We have a rapidly-expanding frequent transit and bicycle network.  Technological innovation has already brought us reliable point-to-point mobility for passengers, real-time transit arrival and traffic incident information, and even “feeding the meter” from a phone.

We see more promise on the horizon as local governments in the Los Angeles area continue to innovate mobility.  The City of Los Angeles and Google currently share traffic information, and Google’s Waze recently announced a pilot program to allow app users to ride with each other.  Cities and Metro will soon launch bikeshare on the westside and in downtown, which promises to augment the transit network and and encourage more people to try our expanding bicycle network.  The City of Los Angeles’s Taxicab Commission is restructuring regulations to enable innovation in a long-stagnant industry.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThe Los Angeles City Council may be on their summer recess, but there’s still plenty to do – though the highlights are near the ocean where it’s a little cooler – support SBLA sister site LongBeachize and take a walking tour of the Port of Los Angeles.

  • Tuesday 7/7 – Later this week, attorneys from Chatten-Brown & Carstens will be filing a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles to halt the proposed redesign of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge and force the city to adopt a bridge plan that serves all Angelenos. At 11 a.m. at the Red Car Park in Atwater Village, safe streets advocates will hold a press conference to discuss the lawsuit.
  • Tuesday 7/7 - For the past five weeks, SCAG has been touring the six-county region with a series of open houses to engage residents on the development of the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS). The open houses provides an overview of some of the key topics that will be discussed in the plan, including – transportation, air quality, land use development, open space and the region’s vital goods movement industry. This Tuesday, the open house tour comes to Boyle Heights. Find out more in SCAG’s newsletter or on one of their multi-lingual event flyers.
  • Wednesday 7/8 – Join “Draft L.A.” for a discussion on “Designing for Public Space” with speaker Nat Gale, Director of the Great Streets Initiative. You’ll discuss the notion of public space, civic design, and how Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Challenge Grant is an opportunity to “disrupt” this process. Get more details at EventBrite.
  • Wednesday 7/8 – Celebrate Online Journalist of the Year 2014, LongBeachIze’s very own Brian Addison. Happy Hour starts at 6pm at Hamburger Mary’s at 330 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Details here.
  • Saturday 7/11 –  Los Angeles Walks hosts a waterfront walking tour of the Port of Los Angeles. Departs at 10am from the Catalina Express terminal at Berth 95. Free, but RSVPs requested – details here.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarIt’s a holiday-shortened week (SBLA won’t be publishing this Friday), but there are some rides and a special L.A. City Council hearing on sidewalk repair.

  • Tuesday 6/30 – At special South L.A. joint meeting of the Public Works and Budget committees [agenda PDF], the Los Angeles City Council will hear from the public on who will pay to repair and maintain sidewalks. Streetsblog previewed the latest sidewalk repair plan here. Tonight’s sidewalks meeting takes place tonihjt at 6 p.m. at the Estelle Van Meter Senior Center at 7600 Avalon Boulevard, L.A. 90003. Additional sidewalk meetings coming in late July, see Investing in Place.
  • Thursday 7/2 – Relampago Wheelery rides east for Morriseyoke. Ride departs L.A. Eco-Village at 9 p.m. Details here.
  • Sunday 7/5 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts a Sunday Funday ride, focused on L.A. history. Departs 9 a.m. from Sunset Triangle Plaza. Details here.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarSummer’s here – so lots of rides and festivals: the River Ride, Mask Festival, Kidical Mass, and more. On the governmental side of things, there’s Metro’s Board meeting and a special L.A. City Council hearing on sidewalk repair.

  • Tuesday 6/23 – Communities for a Better Environment and Climate Resolve Extreme present, “Heat and Vulnerability in Los Angeles: A Discussion,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Free, but register here.
  • Tuesday 6/23 – At special joint meeting of the Public Works and Budget committees [agenda PDF], the Los Angeles City Council begins public deliberations on who will pay to repair and maintain sidewalks. Streetsblog previewed the latest sidewalk repair plan here. The first of what was announced as a series of hearings around the city will take place Tuesday at the Harbor City Branch Library at 24000 S. Western Avenue.
  • Tuesday 6/23 – Zócalo presents a free panel discussion asking, “Can Transit Make Housing More Affordable?” (or is that just Anglo triumphalism, too?) The speakers include Joan Ling, Mike Bonin, and more. It takes place at MOCA this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. More details and make a reservation at Zócalo.
  • Wednesday 6/24 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Commitee meets at 2 p.m. at City Hall. On the agenda [PDF] are pedestrian stings, leading pedestrian intervals, and more.
  • Thursday 6/25 – Metro’s monthly Board of Directors meeting is expected to consider eliminating transfers on fares paid by cash, extending the Sheriff’s policing contract, approving the agency’s first ever bike-share contract, and more. Board meets at 9 a.m. at Metro headquarters, right behind Union Station. Full Metro meeting agendas and reports should be posted here shortly.
  • Thursday 6/25 – Bike with C.I.C.L.E. to go see the outdoor screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Sunset Triangle Park. Details here.
  • Thursday 6/25 – The last in a series of meetings around L.A. on street vending will be held at the WLCAC, 10950 S. Central Avenue, at 6 p.m. The meetings are an effort by the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign — a coalition of organizations, business owners, and individuals advocating on behalf of the city’s 50,000+ vendors — to gather feedback from the community that can be used to help L.A. take the necessary steps to establish the first citywide vending ordinance. For more information, visit the campaign’s website.
  • Friday 6/26 – Dinner fundraiser by L.A. Rooted to raise money to take youth on the Gratitude Bike Tour. Details here.
  • Saturday 6/27 – Leimert Park Village hosts its 20|20 Vision Initiative Charette from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Details here and more information in a SBLA article coming this week.
  • Saturday 6/27 – Santa Monica hosts a 4th of July themed Kidical Mass ride – from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Reed Park. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – LACBC hosts its 15th Annual River Ride – various starting points, times, and distances to suit every kind of bicyclist! Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – The Ride On! Bike Co-Op and Black Kids on Bikes present Free Bike Tune-up Sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Leimert Park. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – Leimert Park Village hosts its 5th Annual Mask Festival honoring the ancestors from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – C.I.C.L.E. and the Bike Oven host a 5 p.m. NELA fireworks ride. Details here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.