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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.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarA lot of big events going on in DTLA right now. This very second. Then things slow down. Then CicLAvia. Good week.

  • Monday – The Mayor’s Office, Office of Jose Huizar and a host of other Downtown interests host “Pop-Up Broadway” an extension of the already-in-place Broadway Dressed Rehearsal. This event builds upon and activates the recently transformed public space along Broadway with the principles underlying Great Streets. The interventions will take a variety of forms including local merchants, street art, live music, a bicycle zone, artist installations and nighttime projections. Get more details, here.
  • Monday, TuesdayThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, bring you CityLab, one of our most innovative programs of the year. The program brings together 300+ of the world’s top mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers. It started yesterday and is going on right now. More details at the CityLab website.
  • Wednesday - Marks the start of Walk to School Month. There are lots of folks organizing walks, or organize your own – with support from LADOT and others. More details here.
  • Wednesday – Former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan speaks at UCLA. Free, but RSVP required. Details here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors is going to meet. For real! The usual “end of September” meeting was pushed to this week. The agenda hasn’t been posted online yet, but when it is you can find it here.
  • SundayCicLAvia! Much more to come this week.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

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sblog_calendarJason Islas, our Santa Monica Next editor, has put a lot of time into making tonight’s Santa Monica candidate forum a winner. This is the second time this year we’ve hosted a debate that will feature a future mayor after our Long Beach forum last February. Join us either at the forum or online. And that’s not even the highlight of the week (unless you actually live in Santa Monica). Tomorrow night, we are sponsoring a meet and greet with Seleta Reynolds with L.A. Walks, LACBC, and the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership.

  • Tonight – Live from the Santa Monica Central Library, it’s the Santa Monica Next/League of Women Voter’s Candidates Forum. We worked with LoWV and Santa Monica Spoke to devise a great list of questions for the candidates. Can’t make it at 6:30 tonight? Join us on Live Stream, here. Get the rest of the debate information, here.
  • Tuesday – Get all the information about Tuesday’s meet-and-greet with LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds by clicking here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. to discuss parking and traffic control officers. I know, not the most exciting meeting. Anyway, to read the full agenda, click here.
  • Wednesday -In historically transportation challenged Los Angeles, a new breed of mobile apps and social media-enabled programs – that reward urban explorers for…well, being more mobile, and challenge commuters to choose more efficient modes of transportation – is changing how we get around town. Join Consensus for Social Media Week Los Angeles  panel discussion about the “gamification of transportation.” For more information, click here.
  • Thursday – Live from the Taj Mahal in Downtown Los Angeles, it’s the Metro Board of Directors. The full agenda hasn’t been posted as of the time of this writing, but when it is it will be posted, here. Oops – Metro board usually meets the last week of the month, but this time they’re meeting next week: Thursday October 2nd!
  • Saturday - This Saturday, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., and Walk Bike Glendale, will lead “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour.” Riders will pedal to the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way. For the full listing, click here.

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sblog_calendarA couple of events fighting displacement. Fun bike events. Metro Board Committee meetings. Ya know. The usual.

  • Tuesday - North East L.A. Alliance will be hosting “Testimonios” – a flash mob procession and public performance commemorating the histories of displacement of peoples that has taken place on the land in and around L.A. Union Station. See Facebook event for more information.
  • Wednesday - Mariachi Plaza will be converted into a creative lab where local artists will be paired with “MacArturos” across a spectrum of disciplines to create instant workshops with local community member participation. Among the projects expected to unfold organically will be a large community altar with tributes to families that have been displaced due to rising rents or businesses that no longer exist. Get the details for this 6 p.m. event, here.
  • Wednesday – Climate Plan hosts its yearly big fundraiser with an awards dinner and cocktail hour. Get the event details from our calendar section. Get tickets at EventBrite.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors Committee Meetings are this week. After taking August off, the agenda is sure to be double-the-length, and DOUBLE THE FUN! The meeting agendas can be found, here.
  • Thursday – Westsiders, the Culver City Bicycle Coalition is hosting a meet and greet at Kay n’ Daves. Sounds like a good time. Get the details, on Facebook.
  • FridayIt’s Park(ing) Day! Look around for spaces…
  • Sunday – It’s “Car-Free Day” in cities across the world. While we don’t know of any celebrations city-wide, The Valley celebrates every year with some car-free events. This year’s Car Free SFV includes tours of the Orange Line on bike or (presumably) bus. Can’t make the SFV? You can celebrate by not driving a car. Novel! Details.

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