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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week is your last chance for Metro’s community meetings on its draft sales tax expenditure plan: Metro meetings take place this week in Paramount, South L.A., and online. Re:code L.A. also wraps up its series of forums with a virtual meeting. There are even more Metro meetings, with the agency’s monthly Board of Directors meeting and a bicycle roundtable. There is also a Caltrans webinar for the upcoming round of state Active Transportation Program funding.

It is sold out, but SBLA is excited about UCLA’s one-day conference on the future of public transit. The same day, SBLA will attend ULI’s forum on ballot measures impacting development in Southern California. Enjoy car-free storytelling Tuesday night. This weekend, get out on your bike and explore community gardens and northeast Los Angeles! Plenty more below.

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  • Tuesday 4/26 – Metro is hosting a Bicycle Roundtable meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Station Conference room on the 3rd floor at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. Past roundtable information at Metro website.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – Re:code L.A. concludes its series of public forums on the future of L.A. City’s zoning code – with key details on the future of downtown L.A. and single-family housing. Read about re:code’s earlier Boyle Heights forum here. Tomorrow’s forum is takes place online from 7 to 8 p.m. Register at re:code L.A.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – This week Metro wraps up its series of community meetings to receive input on its proposed sales tax expenditure plan. The eighth of Metro’s community meetings takes place tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, 2nd Floor Conference Room at 16401 Paramount Boulevard in Paramount. Ask the Gateway COG folks why their regional project list has no funding for walk and bike projectsMeeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – Catch BUSted: True Stories About Getting Around L.A., Told By People Who Don’t Drive! at 8 p.m. at the Comedy Central Stage at Hudson Theatre at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. The show is free, but reservations are required; to reserve call the Comedy Central Stage box office line 323-960-5519. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – Registration ended last week, but there is an off chance you can still get into The Future of Public Transit, UCLA’s 9th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment. The one-day conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Endowment at 1000 North Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles, one block north of Union Station. Details at last week’s preview article.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – The Urban Land Institute hosts a forum on upcoming ballot measures, including the so-called Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the UCLA Anderson School of Management Korn Auditorium, Entrepreneurs Hall, 3rd Floor, at 110 Westwood Plaza in Westwood. $25 registration includes breakfast. Event details and registration at ULI.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – If you or your city want to understand Caltrans’ Active Transportation Program better, attend a webinar designed to assist applicants in navigating and completing the ATP Cycle 3 application. The online session takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. To participate use this Verizon e-meeting link. To listen by phone, call 800-857-9797, and enter participant code 7442024. The PowerPoint will be posted on Tuesday, April 26th, on the Caltrans ATP Cycle 3 webpage; the webinar will be recorded and also posted on the cycle 3 page for applicants to view as needed. For questions, email Caltrans’ Mary Hartegan at mary.hartegan[at]dot.ca.gov.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – There is no L.A. City Transportation Committee meeting this week, as 2016-2017 city budget deliberations are getting underway. Budget hearings begin Wednesday and continue through mid-April; budget agendas are here.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – The Crenshaw Subway Coalition hosts a community meeting on the Crenshaw-LAX Line, Measure R2 & Gentrification. The meeting takes place at 6:30 pm at Christ Temple Church at 3125 W. 54th Street in South Los Angeles. Meeting details at coalition website.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – Bike the Vote will be riding to the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters debate between candidates for L.A. County Supervisor District 5. The debate starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church at 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, a short bike ride or walk from the Memorial Park Gold Line station. RSVP for the debate here. Bike the Vote event details on Facebook event.
  • Thursday 4/28 – Metro’s Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. Easy access via Gold, Red, and Purple Lines. Meeting details at Metro meeting page.
  • Thursday 4/28 – Metro’s ninth expenditure plan community meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rita Walters Learning Complex Auditorium at 915 W. Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Saturday 4/30 – Metro’s final expenditure plan community meeting takes place online from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Register on Metro’s website.
  • Saturday 4/30 – C.I.C.L.E. hosts a family-friendly bicycle ride Community Garden Tour. Meet at 10 a.m. at Micheltorena Elementary School Garden on Micheltorena Street at Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/1 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its regular Sunday Funday bike ride, this time exploring Northeast Los Angeles. Meet at Metro Gold Line Heritage Square Station at 9:30 a.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/1 – Santa Monica Spoke (with a gazillion partners) hosts Gear Up!, an all-ages bike swap event designed to get you ready for summer cycling. There is free bike repair, raffle, learn-to-ride clinic, bike art, and more. The extravaganza takes place from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School at 2401 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.

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Register This Week For UCLA’s April 27 Public Transit Conference

Click to find out more about UCLA's April 27 conference at the California Endowment in downtown L.A.

Click to find out more about and/or to register for UCLA’s April 27 public transit conference at the California Endowment in downtown L.A.

Time is running out to register for next week’s The Future of Public Transit, UCLA’s 9th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment. The conference takes place next week on Wednesday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Endowment at 1000 North Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles, one block north of Union Station.

The full list of speakers and sessions is available at the conference website. The keynote address will be delivered by Therese McMillan, Metro’s new Chief Planning Officer, who until recently was Obama’s Acting Federal Transit Administration head. McMillan will speak on “Public transit’s societal contribution: now and in the future.”

Other topics to be discussed include: Houston’s much-heralded frequent bus service reorganization, demographic shifts away from driving, youth and immigrant transit ridership trends, public-private coordination with ride-hail companies including Lyft, lessons from New York City, and CEO Phil Washington on Metro’s strategies for expanding ridership.

The registration deadline is this Friday, April 22 at noon. Register easily via Eventbrite. Regular tickets are $79; student tickets are $35.

After the jump, find the conference organizers promotional blurb. See you downtown next week!  Read more…

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMetro wants your input at a series of community meetings regarding its draft sales tax expenditure plan. Re:code L.A. goes to Northridge. Great Streets makes Pacoima safer. And much more all this week!

  • Tuesday 4/19 – L.A. City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and L.A. Great Streets host a community meeting to discuss safety improvements on Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pacoima City Hall at 13520 Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima. Meeting details at L.A. Great Streets.
  • Tuesday 4/19 – Metro is hosting meetings to receive input on its proposed sales tax expenditure plan. The fifth of Metro’s community meetings takes place tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Wednesday 4/20 – Re:code L.A. continues its series of public forums on the future of L.A. City’s zoning code. Read about an earlier Boyle Heights forum here. Wednesday’s forum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Northridge Recreation Center at 18300 Lemarsh Street in Northridge.  Meeting details at re:code L.A.
  • Wednesday 4/20 – Housing Long Beach and City Fabrick host a discussion and screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. The film is about the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at 2025 East 4th Street in Long Beach. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 4/21 – Santa Monica’s Sustainable Quality Awards take place at 11 a.m. at Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica Hotel at 530 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. There will be free bike valet and SM’s Bike Center is hosting a feeder ride. The event appears to be sold out – more information at SQA website.
  • Thursday 4/21 – Metro’s sixth expenditure plan community meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Saturday 4/23 – Metro’s seventh expenditure plan community meeting comes to downtown L.A. It will takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Metro Board Room at One Gateway Plaza, right behind Union Station. Easy access via the Metro Gold, Red, and Purple Lines. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source. Share via Facebook event.
  • Sunday 4/24SATURDAY 4/23 The city of Lawndale hosts its first open streets event! The 2-hour open streets festival takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. Event details including route map on flier [PDF] at Lawndale City website.
  • Sunday 4/24 – Wear a costume for the The Tour de Phat People bike ride! Meet up at the Metro Gold Line Heritage Square Station at 2 p.m. , roll out at 2:15. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Tuesday 4/26 – Yet another Metro’s Measure R2 expenditure plan community meeting takes place. This one is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (ask them why they have not prioritized any bike projects!), 2nd Floor Conference Room at 16401 Paramount Boulevard in Paramount. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMetro wants your input at a series of community meetings regarding its draft sales tax expenditure plan. There are meetings on parking reforms, Boyle Heights joint development, zoning code, and Long Beach’s bike plan. Top it off with rides and ice cream on Sunday!

  • Monday 4/11 tonight – Metro is hosting meetings to receive input on its proposed sales tax expenditure plan. The third of Metro’s community meetings takes place tonight in the middle of the San Fernando Valley from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Easy access from the Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Tuesday 4/12 – The Culver City Bicycle Coalition hosts its regular monthly public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pitfire Pizza at 12924 W Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 4/13 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee takes on parking reforms, mobility hubs, the L.A. River bikeway, ExpressLanes funding, and more. Meeting is at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall room 1010, at 200 N. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Thursday 4/14 – The city of Long Beach is hosting an open house meeting for input on its new Bicycle Master Plan. The open house takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at MacArthur Park’s Manazar Gamboa Community Theater at 1323 Gundry Avenue in Long Beach. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 4/14 – Metro’s fourth expenditure plan community meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carson Community Center, Room C, at 801 E. Carson Street in Carson. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Saturday 4/16 – Re:code L.A. continues its series of public forums on the future of L.A. City’s zoning code.  This Saturday’s forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Boyle Heights City Hall at 2130 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. Meeting details at re:code L.A.
  • Saturday 4/16 – Metro is hosting a workshop on guidelines for future development at their lot at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Fickett Street. The meeting (the first of a two-part series) will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Sheridan Street Elementary School at 416 Cornwell Street in Boyle Heights (the second meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sheridan Street Elementary School). For more information, contact Vivian Rescalvo at rescalvov [at] metro.net or (213) 922-2563.
  • Sunday 4/17 – Culver City Walk ‘n Rollers hosts its Walk and Roll festival celebrating walking, bicycling, and skating. The festivities take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Culver City Middle School at 4601 Elenda Street in Culver City. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 4/17 – Walk Bike Glendale hosts a Family Ride. Meet at 9 a.m. near the basketball courts at Fremont Park at 600 Hahn Avenue in Glendale. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 4/17 – Bicycle-powered Peddler’s Creamery celebrates its third anniversary with an ice cream scoopathon. Pig out from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the creamery’s flagship store at 458 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, with plenty of convenient bike corral parking. Additional details at Facebook event.
  • Next Tuesday 4/19 – Yet another Metro’s Measure R2 expenditure plan community meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMetro wants your input at a series of community meetings regarding its draft sales tax expenditure plan, plus stairs and rides, and a planning town hall in the West Valley.

  • Tuesday 4/5 – Metro is hosting ten community meetings to receive public input on its proposed Measure R2 expenditure plan. The series kicks off from 6 to 8 p.m. at Agoura Hills Recreation Center at 29900 Ladyface Circle in Agoura Hills. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Thursday 4/7 -Thursday’s Metro expenditure plan community meeting will be in the San Gabriel Valley. The second of ten meetings, it takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grace T. Black Auditorium at 3130 Tyler Avenue in El Monte. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Thursday 4/7 – Councilmember Bob Blumenfield hosts a planning town hall meeting featuring the new Los Angeles Department of City Planning General Manager Vince Bertoni and an update on Re:Code LA, community plans, development impacts, and state land use legislation effects on development. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westfield Community Room at the corner of Owensmouth Avenue and Vanowen Street in Canoga Park. More details and rsvp suggested via Blumenfield website.
  • Saturday 4/9 – SoCal Stair Climbers host a free 7-mile walking tour of L.A.’s painted public stairways. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Triangle Plaza at 1523 Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 4/9 – Si Se Mueve hosts NELA Rides – a free all-ages community bike ride. Gather at 9 a.m. at Raffi’s Bicycles at 5509 North Figueroa Street in Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Monday 4/11 – The third of Metro’s Measure R2 expenditure plan community meetings heads for the middle of the San Fernando Valley. Next Monday’s meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Easy access from the Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week learn about zoning code, street lighting, climate equity, and disrupting power relations!

  • Tuesday 3/29 Today – It is your last chance to catch Portland City Repair’s Mark Lakeman on this Southern California Tour. Lakeman delivers a free talk at 4 p.m. at Deaton Auditorium in front of LAPD Headquarters at 100 W First Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details on flier at Great Streets Twitter.
  • Thursday 4/1 – The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Liberty Hill Foundation, and the SB 535 Coalition host a forum entitled “Ensuring Climate Equity for Low-Income Californians.” The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355 at 337 Charles E Young Drive East on the UCLA Campus. More details and preregistration at Regonline.
  • Saturday 4/2 – Re:code L.A. hosts another in its series of public forums on re-configuring L.A.’s zoning codes. This open house takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys. Easy access via the Metro Orange Line. Details at re:code website.
  • Saturday 4/2 – Si Se Mueve hosts a bike tour highlighting the native landscape, history, and current context of the Hahamongna River, (the Arroyo Seco) and honoring Tongva ancestors. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 4/2 – The USC Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum (SCAPF) will host its policy forum Dismantling “Race-Neutral” Policies; Disrupting Power Relations. The free event takes place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the USC Radisson Hotel at 3540 South Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles. Free, but pre-registration requested via EventbriteMore details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 4/3 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its recurring Sunday Funday ride, this month celebrates Operation Firefly by touring historic street lighting. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Week: Tuesday 4/5 and Thursday 4/7 – Metro hosts community meetings for public input on its Measure R2 expenditure plan. Tuesday’s meeting is in Agoura; Thursday’s is in El Monte. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.

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_calendarSupport Streetsblog L.A. as we celebrate a couple of Santa Monica streetsie awards this Thursday! Re:code hosts its South L.A. forum. The architect/artist/urbanist Mark Lakeman is speaking at various venues. Scholar Garrett Broad speaks about food justice. South and East L.A. build community unity through kickball and mixers. Plus parking reform, Metro and more!

  • Tuesday 3/22 – Tonight – An evening with inspirational urbanist Mark Lakeman of Portland City Repair speaking from 7 to 10 p.m. at Holy Nativity Church, 6700 West 83rd Street in Westchester. Event details at Change-Making.com. More L.A. Lakeman events all week – see below.
  • Wednesday 3/23 – City Repair’s Mark Lakeman leads an Intersection Repair and Dedication Ceremony at Watts Labor Community Action Committee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event details at City Repair.
  • Wednesday 3/23 – Holy Don Shoup! The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee tackles some great parking reform motions, including a proposal to return a portion of parking meter revenue to the neighborhood where it is generated. Meeting starts at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall room 1010. More details on meeting agenda.
  • Thursday 3/24 – The Metro board holds its monthly meeting, probably with plenty of discussion on receiving and filing the agency’s latest expenditure plan draft for its new sales tax planned for a ballot measure this November. Lots more important smaller-budget agenda items, including a laudable plan to charge for Expo 2 car parking. The meeting gets underway at 9 a.m. at Metro Headquarters, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. Details at Metro meeting page.
  • Thursday 3/24 – Join Streetsblog L.A. and Santa Monica Next as we honor Hulu, CycleHop, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom with their 2015 Streetsie Awards. The festivities run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Breeze Bike-Share headquarters at 17th Street and Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica. Tickets are $20 and totally worth it! Details and rsvp at Eventbrite. Share via Facebook event.
  • City Repair comes to Los Angeles this week

    City Repair comes to Los Angeles this week

    Friday 3/25 – Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair speaks at Los Angeles Eco-Village. The talk takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at 117 Bimini Place in Koreatown. Reservations requested, email crsp [at] igc.org or call 213.738.1254. More details at L.A. Eco-Village.

  • Saturday 3/26 – Re:code L.A. unveils the first components of the new Zoning Code at a forum at the MLK Recreation Center in South L.A. from 9 to noon. They will offer an overview presentation near the beginning of the forum and again midway through. There will be information stations where you can get the details, ask questions, and tell re:code what you think. If you took part in the previous round of forums, this is an opportunity to see how re:code incorporated your ideas. Details, here.
  • Saturday 3/26 – Join Community Services Unlimited at their 4th Saturday community event at the Paul Robeson Center. Scholar Garrett Broad will host a dialogue about his newly published book, “More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change.” In it, he charts the inequities created by the industrialized food system as well as the efforts emerging from within so called “food deserts” to generate new and innovative models. Spoiler alert: CSU’s work awesome food justice work is featured. Dialogue begins at 11:30 a.m. As always, CSU will host a produce stand from the Village Market Place, gardening activities, music, and more. Details, here.
  • Saturday 3/26 – Love riding your bike? Believe in justice in all of our communities!? Join the 1st South East LA/ East LA Riders BBQ Mixer! We will be discussing plans for the following events: #SELACiclavia #LARiverBikeToxicTour #ReClaimingTheLARiver
    Meet up at the East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice Community Room (5117 Kinsie St., Commerce, CA 90040) from 3 – 5 p.m. Need more information? Call 323.263.2113
  • Saturday 3/26 – Cheer on some of your favorite South L.A. and Eastside mobility superheroes as they vie for the coveted Watts Community Trophy at the 4th Annual South L.A. Kickball Classic at Ted Watkins Park. Hosted by the Los Ryderz and East Side Riders, the fun begins at 9 a.m. Details, here.
  • Saturday-Sunday 3/26-27 – City Repair placemaking training at L.A. Eco-Village. Event details at L.A. Eco-Village.
  • Sunday 3/27 – Bike SGV invites you to celebrate the newly-opened Metro Foothill Gold Line extension by biking the Gold Line. Meet at the Arcadia Station at 9 a.m. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarHelp EYCEJ go door to door to further Exide lead testing and clean-up. Plus Metro meetings, sidewalks, Janette Sadik-Khan, and much more this week.

  • Monday 3/14 – Today – L.A. City Council joint-committee hearing on sidewalk repair. Meeting is at 2 p.m. at Council Chambers (room 340) at City Hall in downtown L.A. Details at agenda.
  • Wednesday and Thursday 3/16-17 – Metro board committees meet to hash out business in advance of next week’s full board meeting. Some Wednesday meetings have been canceled, check the full schedule and agendas at Metro website.
  • Wednesday 3/16 – Janette Sadik-Khan will be in conversation with Christopher Hawthorne, and will sign her great new book Streetfight. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. It is free, with no advance tickets, so get there early for a good chance of getting in. Details at Hammer website.
  • Wednesday 3/16 – There will be a community meeting to finalize redevelopment guidelines for the CRA lot at First and Boyle. Meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Boyle Heights City Hall Community Room at 2130 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. Details on event flier [PDF].
  • Wednesday 3/16 – The Transit Coalition hosts Metro construction chief Richard Clarke speaking at 6 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, Union Station Conference Room, at 1 Gateway Plaza, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. Space is limited so sign-up ASAP at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 3/17 – Janette Sadik-Khan is speaking and signing at Gensler in downtown L.A. Unfortunately, the free event is already full – add your name to the wait list via Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 3/19 – The Big Parade hosts a really long stairways walk “Stair Trek IX.” The format has changed somewhat so see Facebook event for details.
  • Saturday 3/19 – Fig Jam celebrates North Figueroa’s Great Streets Initiative. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along much of North Figueroa Street through Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 3/19 – Celebrate Long Beach’s second open streets event: Beach Streets from downtown Long Beach to Belmont Heights from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Fun. Easy access via the Metro Blue Line. Check out Long Beach Bike Share launching the same day! Volunteers neededEvent details, including map, at the Beach Streets website. Share via Facebook event.
  • Saturday and Sunday 3/19-20 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice is looking for volunteers to go door to door to get tenant agreements signed that will allow for lead testing, due to contamination from Exide. Saturday (see Facebook event) from 2 to 6 p.m., meet at CALÓ YouthBuild at 3626 E Fifth Street in Boyle Heights. Sunday (see Facebook event) from 2 to 6 p.m. Meet at 5117 Kinsie Street in City of Commerce. For More Information contact EYCEJ at 323.263.21113 or info [at] eycej.org.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week, catch some great insightful panels on the future of transportation, tour Watts and Boyle Heights, and learn about the future plans for transportation in and around Griffith Park.

  • Monday 3/7 Tonight – The American Planning Association Los Angeles chapter is hosting its Transportation Futures Panel – featuring Ashley Hand (LADOT), Jeremy Klop (Fehr & Peers), Peter Marx (Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti) and Joshua Schank (Metro). The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Ron Deaton Civic Auditorium at LAPD Headquarters at 100 W. 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. The panel is free for APA-LA members and students, but costs $10 for non-members, though APA is offering limited free tickets for SBLA readers who register via BrownPaperTickets using the discount code “STREETS.” Details at APA calendar, share via Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 3/8 – The public is invited to the regular steering committee meeting for the Culver City Bicycle Coalition, which takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 3/9 – Metro hosts the second of its two-part design workshop series for a future joint development at Mariachi Plaza. The process will create development guidelines reflecting community goals and include desired elements, function, and use of the space. Attend the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bishop Mora Salesian High School at 960 S. Soto Street in Boyle Heights. Snacks, childcare, and Spanish translation will be provided. For more information contact Vivian Rescalvo rescalvov [at] metro.net or 213.922.2563.
  • Wednesday 3/9 – L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks will present an update on the planned Griffith Park shuttle and parking plan. Meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Chevy Chase Park at 4165 Chevy Chase Drive in North Atwater Village. More details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 3/10 – The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the Luskin School of Public Affairs present “Women Making Moves: Gender & The Changing Landscape of Transportation” a panel discussion featuring Tamika Butler (L.A. County Bicycle Coalition), Lisa Schweitzer, (USC) and Chandini Singh (PLACE Program, L.A. County Dept. of Public Health). The discussion and reception take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the La Kretz Innovation Campus at 525 S Hewitt Street in downtown L.A. It is free, and pre-registration is recommended.

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  • Saturday 3/12 – Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), From Lot to Spot (FLTS), and CALÓ YouthBuild Charter School with the Los Angeles Great Streets Initiative and Go Human host “Nuestra Avenida” where you can experience a vibrant Cesar Chavez Avenue that showcases Boyle Heights’ rich and diverse history, music, and art. Nuestra Avenida will transform the street, improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers alike. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on César E. Chávez Avenue between St Louis Street and Evergreen Avenue. More details at Facebook event or contact Carlos Velasquez of MCM at (323) 945-8149 or carlos [at] multicultimobility.org
  • Saturday 3/12 – Los Ryderz Bike Club presents its signature Tour De Watts bike ride with support from East Side Riders. The free group ride gathers at 10 a.m. at Ted Watkins Memorial Park at 1335 E 103rd Street in Watts, and will roll approximately 11 miles past some of Watts’ key landmarks. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThere’s a new rail line opening and a CicLAvia – both this weekend! Plus lots more to do in and around Los Angeles. 

  • Monday 3/1 – Metro is hosting its Active Transportation Summit. Learn about and give input on Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan. The summit takes place from 8 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. at the Metro Board Room at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. It is free, but Metro requests pre-registration here.
  • Tuesday 3/1 – The New Urbanism Film Festival opens its call for submissions – enter your short or long urbanist film for consideration for upcoming festivals. Details at NUFF.
  • Wednesday 3/2 – The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is hosting an open house for the Breed and Sheridan Elementary Schools Neighborhood Safety Improvement Project. The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. (arrive any time before 8:30 p.m.) at Boyle Heights City Hall at 2130 E 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event and on flier [PDF].
  • Friday 3/4 – It’s “March Forth” and L.A. Walks is hosting a fundraiser party to party to celebrate and support walking. It takes place at 6 p.m. at City Labs at 553 S. Clarence Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Los Angeles Walks.
  • Saturday 3/5 – Attend a community meeting to Make Jefferson Beautiful – including being safer for walking and bicycling. Jefferson improvements under consideration are tree planting and bike lanes. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Denker Recreation Center at 1550 W. 35th Place in South Los Angeles. Details at Facebook Event.
  • Saturday 3/5 – The Chinese American Museum hosts its annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival to mark the lunar new year. Come see community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks. The festival takes place from noon to 7 p.m. at the Chinese American Museum at 425 N. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the Plaza across from Union Station. Additional details at CAM and Facebook event.

Get your commemorative Gold Line grand opening TAP card this Saturday. Image via Metro

Get your commemorative Gold Line grand opening TAP card this Saturday. Image via Metro

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