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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.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Drop us a line, tips@la.streetsblog.org.

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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.

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

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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.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarNow that the holidays are in our helmet mirror, the sausage making of transportation policy resumes with Metro Board Committee meetings. We’re also putting out save-the-dates for two Streetsblog events coming up in February.

  • This Morning - Development Agreements are one of the most powerful entitlement processes, providing more flexibility and more certainty to the applicant, the City, and the public about a proposed development project. They offer a wider array of potential on- and off-site amenities, infrastructure improvements, and community benefits than traditional use permits or other entitlements, and provide cohesive and enforceable details about timing and responsible parties for all aspects of the development once enacted. Learn how to bring Development Agreements to your community to help achieve your community’s goals. Get more details, here.
  • Tuesday - Stakeholders in the West Adams district and other areas of South L.A. will gather at 7:00 p.m. at the Holman United Methodist Church for an evening with leaders from the movement against fossil fuels, in preparation for the March for Real Climate Leadership. Many of those speaking have been active in seeking transparency with regard to drilling, both by pushing for the City Council to adopt stringent regulations around drilling and by ensuring Freeport-McMoran (who operates wells in residential areas) follows existing laws. Topics will range from regional community struggles against oil companies in L.A. County to organizing efforts for local renewable and energy efficiency solutions. Details can be found here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee hearing is postponed because of a conflict with the Metro Board of Directors committee meetings. This happens once or twice a year when the first day of the month falls on a Thursday.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors Committees meet to decide the agenda for next week’s meeting. This also marks the Metro debuts of Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis as well as Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. (Correction note: Mayor Butts is expected to join the board very soon, but still needs to be confirmed.) Welcome to the insanity! Read the agendas, here.
  • Thursday – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has scheduled a second working group meeting to present and discuss a draft of Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1148.1., created to determine if existing SCAQMD regulations (adopted in 2004) adequately protect public health and minimize odor nuisances during oil well and gas production activities. The SCAQMD’s goal is to amend the rule in the first half of 2015. The current draft of PAR 1148.1 is based on feedback received at Working Group Meeting #1, held on November 13, 2014. This week’s meeting will be held at the Denker Recreation Center, located at 1550 West 35th Place (90018), at 6 p.m. Background on the rule is here; the draft of the PAR is here.
  • Monday – Next Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Streetsblog Los Angeles will not be publishing.
  • Monday – Join Leimert Park Village stakeholders for a day of service as they put together garden boxes for the urban farm lab they are looking to install on their People St. Plaza at 43rd Pl. and Leimert Park Blvd. Bring your gloves, tools, something for volunteer workers to eat or drink, or make a pledge that will go to the purchase of the street furniture for the plaza. More details can be found here.
  • February 5 – Streetsblog Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Los Angeles Walks sponsor a candidate forum for Council District Four in the race to replace the term-limited Tom LaBonge. We’ll have more information on this later today.
  • February 21 – Streetsblog L.A. hosts its first fundraiser of the year at our newest Board Member, Jon Weiss’ house in Cheviot Hills. Save the date and we’ll have more details soon!

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about coming up? Email admin@la.streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe New Year is started and that means “The Week in Livable Streets Events” is back. While we do our best to make this comprehensive, there’s always something we’re missing. Don’t be offended, just let us know! There’s some fun events on the calendar for this weekend and a potentially big meeting in Boyle Heights.

  • Today - Charles Hobbs will have a signing for his new book Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles at Vroman’s in Pasadena. This book is the result of years of research, and while in-progress was referred to in this 2010 blog post. Hobbs is a long-time activist on transit issues with a historical bent. For more information, check out this preview by Dana Gabbard.
  • Tuesday – Safe street advocates have been pushing for a better design for Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills for years, but with a final vote scheduled for the City Council tomorrow afternoon, things don’t look good. Better Bike offers a solution, a slightly wider Boulevard that could serve as Beverly Hills’ Greenway. You can read about the plan and the meeting, here.
  • Thursday – Developer Primestor will be presenting their plans for redeveloping Mariachi Plaza at the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting. Details on any changes to the plans haven’t been announced yet, but when they do we’ll have them. Get the meeting details off the BHNC webpage.
  • Satruday – Move L.A. and others host a forum on the future of South L.A. transportation. Panelists include SBLA Community Editor Sahra Sulaiman. Event is free, but advance registration requested. More details.
  • Saturday – Do you want a guided, 24-mile bike tour of some of Greater L.A.’s best art museums? Of course you do! Details.
  • Sunday – Do you want a guided, 12-mile foot tour of some of L.A.’s most iconic bridges? Of course you do! Details.
  • Next Monday - Development Agreements are one of the most powerful entitlement processes, providing more flexibility and more certainty to the applicant, the City, and the public about a proposed development project. They offer a wider array of potential on- and off-site amenities, infrastructure improvements, and community benefits than traditional use permits or other entitlements, and provide cohesive and enforceable details about timing and responsible parties for all aspects of the development once enacted. Learn how to bring Development Agreements to your community to help achieve your community’s goals. Get more details, here.

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

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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.