Now 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!
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