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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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