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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarOne last big Council meeting of the year, and then things start to settle down.

  • Tuesday – The Los Angeles City Council meets to vote on (amongst other things) whether or not to approve a project list to submit to Metro for the Call for Projects (Item 22). The list is mostly good, but it includes a “stinker” of a project that would add diagonal parking to North Figueroa Street, effectively killing any plans to make the street a safe place to bicycle, walk, or drive a car. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. Expect a lot of public comment. Flying Pigeon is encouraging folks to Storm the BastilleThe Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is speaking out. So should you.
  • Ongoing – Every December, Streetsblog asks for your help to continue our work going into next year. This year is no different. Pledge an ongoing commitment or make a one-time donation today. Even a $10 donation helps us be stronger in the future. Donate now and you will be entered into a drawing to win a free public bicycle.
  • Wednesday – But if you really like our sister site LongBeachIze, that publication is having a pledge drive too. And happy hours! Our winter pledge drive ends at the Blind Donkey (149 Linden Ave.) for our second happy hour in as many months. Join our editor Brian Addison, one of the co-founders of the original LongBeachIze, Baktaash Sorkhabi, and other Long Beach dignitaries to celebrate 2014 and the rebirth of Long Beach’s own independent news source for planning, open space, urban design and transportation news. The party starts at 5:30 and goes until 8:00. Drink specials, again, courtesy of New Belgium Brewing. RSVP on Facebook.
  • Saturday - Celebrate the holiday season with a free, all-ages screening of the beloved film “The Wizard of Oz!” The screening will take place inside Union Station’s majestic former ticketing hall. The screening will be preceded by a costume contest for those who want to embellish their experience and dress up as their favorite Wizard characters. Get more information, here.
  • Next week – Streetsblog Los Angeles will publish a partial day next Wednesday, the 24th, and then go dark until the next Monday. On the 29th through 31st, we’ll be publishing our Streetsie nominees and a place for the readers to vote. We’ll resume normal publication on Monday, January 5. We’ll update the calendar and be ready to go with the first “Week in Livable Streets Events” on 12/5.

Help us fill out the calendar. Mail your events to admin@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

It’s a short week. They always are in December, but the opening of the appropriately named ARTIC station is a fun highlight.

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  • Tuesday - A group of residents tired of the dangerous conditions at the intersection of Hollywood/Hillhurst/Sunset/Virgil have formed a committee to look at some of the options to best improve the intersection. This week’s meeting includes presentations from super-planner Ryan Snyder and UCLA Luskin Center’s Madeline Brozen. Get more details, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. to hear from Seleta Reynolds about LADOT progress and talk about parking convenience issues. Read the agenda, here.
  • Saturday – Ok, we don’t often do Metrolink events, but how often does a major new train station have its opening party in the region? The Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration is family friendly event with food, music, activities, tours and giveaways. Get more information, here.

Is there something we missed? Is there something we need to know for next week? Email, tips@la.streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarA couple of big firsts this week: CicLAvia arrives in South L.A. and Long Beach begins studying the process of dismantling a freeway.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and next Monday - evenings – Councilmember Gil Cedillo is hosting a slew of early December workshops to look at transportation issues in Council District 1 neighborhoods. Pedestrians and cyclists are understandably disappointed with Cedillo after his flip-flop on the planned North Figueroa road diet project. Show up to these meetings to hold Cedillo to his promise to truly make CD1 streets safer.
    > Tuesday – 6 p.m. at L.A. River Center – details at Flying Pigeon.
    > Wednesday – 6 p.m. at Monte Vista Elementary School – details at Flying Pigeon.
    > Thursday – 6 p.m. at Salvation Army Community Center - details at Flying Pigeon.
    > Thursday – 6:30 p.m. at Good Eggs – details at EVNW.
    > Monday – December 8 at 7 p.m. at Carling G. Smith Rec. Center at – details at Flying Pigeon.
  • Thursday – 8 a.m. – AIA’s L.A. Chapter hosts a breakfast with LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds. Details here.
  • Thursday – 2 p.m. – L.A.’s League of Conservation Voters hosts its “Just Desserts” mixer. Details here.
  • Thursday – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Bid farewell to outgoing executive director Jen Klausner at the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s end-of-year Open House. Details here.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. – The City of Long Beach’s consultant team Meléndrez and Parsons Brinckerhoff host their first kick off public meeting for an ambitious study that aims to tear down the Terminal Island Freeway and create more livable, walkable neighborhoods in West Long Beach. Read more at LongBeachIze.
  • Saturday – Boyle Heights hosts the Unity and Solidarity Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The First Street Community Businesses (FSCB) have partnered with a collective of artists, Colectivo Cenizas, to bring the first such festival to the area. Musical performances will take center stage at Mariachi Plaza and visitors will be introduced to the businesses and organizations along the corridor as an effort to move the area towards a more self-sustainable economic future for the community. More details here.
  • Sunday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CicLAvia South Los Angeles!! The new route includes Central Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Leimert Park, and all hubs are easily accessible via Metro’s Blue and Expo Lines. The weather forecast says 68 degrees and partially cloudy. More details here.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Email damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAdvisory committees, happy hours, meetings about oil fields. It’s a full week as we head into the holidays.

  • Tonight – LongBeachize hosts its first ever happy hour at the Blind Donkey (149 Linden Ave, Long Beach) with specials sponsored by New Belgian Brewing. Love those guys. The happy hour kicks off the LongBeachize fall pledge drive. Make a donation to keep us kicking in The Beach in 2015. Event information is here. You can donate or make a pledge, here.
  • Tuesday - The South Robertson Neighborhood Council Transportation Committee is meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton High School Cafeteria (2955 S. Robertson Blvd, 90034) to discuss the fatal collision at Venice and Robertson that took the life of a Hamilton student walking to school 2 weeks ago. The committee will be considering asking the city for safety improvements to this intersection. A candlelight vigil will be held before the meeting at 6:15 in front of the school. For more information, click here.
  • Tuesday – PXP, the Inglewood Oil Field drilling company, is required to meet with the community once a year. Community activists are concerned that a recent report concluded that consultants cannot find a causal relationship between ground movement and oil field operations even though the only industrial underground operation altering pressures is the oil field. Get more details on the meeting, here.
  • Thursday – The City of Los Angeles’ Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Safe Routes to Schools Advisory Committee are joining forces for a special meeting this Thursday at 2 p.m. You can read the combined agenda, here.
  • Thursday –  Join Pershing Square Renew in the heart of Downtown for a fun-filled night of music, art, food, ice skating, interactive games, and prize-giveaways. Although this night will be about having fun and celebrating with the community, it will also be an opportunity for you to weigh in on your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a renewed Pershing Square. Read the head’s up, here.
  • Friday - The Caltrans Bicycle Advisory Committee also meets this week. The draft agenda is not quite as inspiring as the one for the pedestrian committees. That’s a first. Of course, things can always be added as the week goes on. Get the details, here.
  • Friday – Speaking of Happy Hours, Santa Monica Next will be holding one at Copa d’Oro in Downtown Santa Monica at 5:30 p.m. Look for more details later today at Santa Monica Next.
  • Sunday - Please join students from Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning for an interactive workshop focused on the neighborhood history of Boyle Heights. See the flyer, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThis week gets off to a slow start, but what do you expect when there’s a holiday on Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, things really start to pick up.

  • Wednesday - Mayor Eric Garcetti will join ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), for Transit Oriented LA – ToLA – an interactive event unveiling dramatic changes in transportation. At last year’s ToLA, Mayor Garcetti unveiled his Great Streets initiative to revitalize transportation corridors. This year, he will reveal progress throughout Los Angeles. It’s not too late to sign-up, although time is getting short. Read the press release, here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. in City Hall to hear from Seleta Reynolds, discuss moving forward on car sharing and discuss changes the city needs to make to comply with changes in environmental law. Is L.A. going to ditch LOS for VMT too? Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) hosts its 5th Annual Awards Dinner, at Hecho En Mexico in El Sereno. Honorees include the Ovarian Psycos and others! Festivities start at 6pm. Details at Facebook event. Buy your advance ticket at MCM.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – Hey Man! Maybe if we like make a weird, psychedelic cover for our environmental study, nobody will notice we’re proposing to add 120 miles of highway to the middle of the desert. Groovy! Hearings for the High Desert Corridor continue this week. Read the press release, and my ridiculous poster, here.
  • Thursday – At 9 a.m., the Metro Board of Directors will meet to discuss, among other things, the proposal to develop Mariachi Plaza (including a 6-story parking structure.) Here’s a bold prediction, the crowd is going to get restless if the good-byes to Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky, two termed-out Supervisors, go on for too long. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – At 6:30 p.m. at KAOS Network in Leimert Park, Los Angeles Walks hosts an open meeting. Come discuss Vision Zero, sidewalk repair, Glendale-Hyperion Bridge and lots more. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – Explore one of Los Angeles’ most fascinating neighborhoods: Koreatown. Also known as Wilshire Center or Ktown, this neighborhood stands at the intersection of Los Angeles’ past and its possible future. Along this walk, lead by Walk Ambassador David Barboza, a former Ktown resident who works as a city planner for the City of Lakewood, we’ll learn about the historic buildings, subway service, stunning cultural diversity, and generate lots of food for thought about what makes a place good or bad to walk. Read more, here.
  • Sunday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Following up on their discussion on gentrification and bike lanes in Boyle Heights two weeks ago, the promotor@s from Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) will be leading a Bici Paseo in Boyle Heights. The group will ride Soto and Boyle — the two streets slated to get lanes — and assess the existing infrastructure, pitfalls, and areas of promise. More details here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarLet’s keep it short. Vote!

  • Monday – Tonight, Zocalo is hosting a panel entitled, Are Trains the Future of L.A. While we’re not presenting in the forum, both myself and local editorial board chair Juan Matute were asked to write essays on the subject. Get the event details, here. Read our essays, here.
  • Tuesday – It’s election day! Vote! You can find your voting location, here. SBLA thinks voting is very important, but our non-profit status restricts us from actually endorsing. Readers who bike may find Biking in L.A.’s voter advice worthwhile.
  • Updated: Wednesday, Thursday – Metro board committees come early before the last board meeting of the year. Detail at Metro.
  • Wednesday – Metro and Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles are collaborating to bring a dance presentation, Colors of the Rainbow, to Union Station. DCLA’s mission is to promote positive youth development, strengthen and engage schools, and bring diverse communities together through the practice of social dance. For more details, click here.
  • Thursday – The Sierra Club Transportation Committee meets to discuss local transportation and environmental issues. Highlighting this meeting is a presentation by a representative of LAWA on ground access to LAX. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday through Sunday – New Urbanism Film Festival returns to the heart of the city for four days of illuminating documentary films, interactive events, tours and workshops.  Set in the thriving La Brea district the festival debuts its second year November 6-9, 2014.For the basic details, click here or visit the official website. Joe is planning a larger write-up later this week.
  • Friday – Metro will break ground on its fifth simultaneous rail construction project, the $3 billion 4-mile Purple Line extension which will take the Wilshire Subway to La Cienega. The festivities will take place at LACMA at 9 a.m. Preview the event at Santa Monica Next.
  • Saturday - 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 – The Los Angeles Arts Sustainability Tour is coming to Mid-City! LAAST is designed to be a fun, informative, neighborhood-based event featuring art, information and sustainable education. Get more details, here.

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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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The Week in Livable Streets Events

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.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Email events@streetsblog.org