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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAnother week chock full of major meetings and political decisions. At least at the end of the week there are THREE CRITICAL MASSES. Woah.

  • Tuesday – The Urban Land Institute presents FUTURE BUILD 2014, a one-day conference that looks at how technological and planning advancements are changing the way we think about the future. I wrote a preview of the conference on Streetsblog last week. There’s a 7:30 am start, so if you’re interested make plans now. Registration info can be found in the above link.
  • Tuesday - The Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUM) of the City Council of the City of Los Angeles will hold a Public Hearing on the appeal of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) by the Shammas Automotive Group and the Motion filed by Councilmember Price regarding the Project on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM at City Hall Room 350 (Public Works Hearing Room), 200 North Spring Street, 90012.
  • Tuesday – At 6pm, the Santa Monica City Council debates whether or not to approve plans for a transit village at the old Paper Mate site in what will one day be the Bergamot Station area for the Expo Line. Santa Monica Next has a good review of the project’s history and an op/ed by Gary Kavanagh on why he supports the project, warts and all.
  • Wednesday – The Expo Construction Authority hosts the second of two construction updates. Last week’s was in Santa Monica. This week’s is in Los Angeles. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Friday – Not one. Not Two. But Three Critical Masses. At 7:30 “L.A. Critical Mass” rides from  Wilshire/Western at 7:30 pm. An effort to reboot the popular San Fernando Valley Critical Mass kicks off at 8:30 at the Woodley Orange Line Station. NELA Critical Mass is also getting a reboot. Angered about the lack of response to #Fig4All, this mass is meeting at 7 pm at Gil Cedillo’s City Council Office, on the corner of Avenue 56 and North Figueroa Street.
  • Friday - Karen Litfin shares her adventures exploring 14 of the most prominent ecovillages throughout the world (including LAEV) on her year long personal journey seeking answers to how she might align her living patterns with her ecological values, as well as how societies throughout the world might benefit from the lessons of ecovillages in their midst. Veggie Potluck starts at 7:30 pm. Get all the event details, here.
  • Saturday - This event will feature FREE raffle, FREE Family activities, FREE snacks and beverages, and a bike safety skills training and a walk throughout the community. Active Streets LA is a partnership of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TRUST South LA, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with funding through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The fun starts at Vermont Square Library and Park at 10 am. Get the details, here.

Did I 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_calendarIt’s a short week, but there’s some big stuff on the agenda.

  • Tonight – The Expo Construction Authority gives an update on the construction of the new line in Santa Monica. An L.A. update is coming next week. There will be no update on construction of the bike path as they still aren’t actually constructing the bike path. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Wednesday – Honestly? This isn’t the most exciting Transportation Committee agenda. There’s some stuff about flashing signals, some street redesignations, and other stuff. But this is where a lot of city policy in regards to transportation occurs, and this might be the last meeting before the committee gets swamped by a discussion of the MyFigueroa! program. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday - A final meeting of Beverly Hills’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Santa Monica Blvd.’s new design. Will it have bike lanes or just a gigantic 16 foot lane with Sharrows? Meeting details, here.
  • Thursday – What I thought was a light-weight agenda last week is turning into a blockbuster with motions concerning gating all Orange Line stops, a totally new fare proposal and another on creating a countywide bike share system. From “reports” to motions. Exciting. Get all the details, here.
  • Thursday – What better way to celebrate a long Metro Board meeting than a Transit Coalition Dinner Meeting? This month, TTC will discuss the long-awaited rail connection to LAX with one of the men responsible for making it happen, Roderick Diaz. Remember, you need to make a reservation on Event Brite to get in, so do so now. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2/6.
  • Saturday – Young Professionals in Transportation is leading a tour of Metro’s bus operations center at 11 am in Union Station. Arrive at the east portal a little early so they can leave right on time. Get the rest of the event details, here.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarIt’s kind of a short week, with some fun bicycle events, MLK day and a major speech by Gabe Klein at the end of the week.

  • Tuesday – While there’s definitely been a lot of progress in NELA over the last several years, there’s a long way to go. Finally getting bicycle lanes on North Figueroa (and improved Continental Crosswalks) would help. The LACBC’s Ride Figueroa team is meeting tomorrow night to help make that happen. You can get more details, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – Watch sausage being made at the Metro Board of Directors committee meetings. Nothing stuck out on the agendas, but we’ll look closer at them later today in case we missed something. If you want to see them yourselves, you can by clicking here.
  • Friday – The Caltrans District 7 Bicycle Advisory Committee is meeting at the Caltrans building at 9:30 am. I don’t have an agenda yet, but will post it here as soon as I do.
  • Friday – Gabe Klein, the leader of Chicago and D.C. DOT during their progressive rebounds, will be speaking at 1 pm at an Urban Land Institute/City of Los Angeles event. We’ll have more on Klein this afternoon, but needless to say this is a must attend event if your work schedule allows.
  • Saturday – Through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), will lead a community bicycle ride, “Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches” around the historic Arroyo Seco, traversing the watershed, bike path and local streets. This insanely popular ride is one of the highlights of CICLE’s year. Get all the details, here.
  • Monday – Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Streetsblog will not be publishing. If people want to have a fun ride to the parade, Treats N’ Beats is leading a ride from Griffith Park.

Is there something we missed? Something we need to know about next week or beyond? Email damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarWe’re back! And just in time, as there is all sorts of big stuff happening this week.

  • Monday – There’s a rally down at Cal State Long Beach calling on Governor Brown and state regulators to out-and-out ban fracking. details on the event and how to sign a petition for the 99% of us that can’t make it this afternoon can be found here.
  • Tuesday – The City of Santa Monica has a cool plan to create a neighborhood greenway to calm traffic and promote transportation options on Michigan Avenue near a school. Everyone is trying to play cool, but there a couple community members who are very opposed. The last public meeting before a February City Council vote is Tuesday at 7. If you can make it, it would help. Get details here, copied from an announcement from Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Wednesday – A bunch of the top transportation reform and community groups are holding a gigantic meeting to strategize how to focus elected officials on the Metro Board of Directors to embrace a complete streets policy. The conference is over-booked, but if you didn’t know this was happening, you should. It’s going to be one of the big topics of the year. More details are available here, copied from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 pm to talk about the Streetcar, fixing Lincoln Boulevard, and a host of other fun stuff. You can read the agenda here and the special agenda (which is really just part II of the agenda) here.
  • Wednesday - Do you bike, walk, or drive through the Beverly Hills portion of Santa Monica Blvd.? If so, then you know how fast cars drive and how difficult it is to walk and bike along this portion. Help make Santa Monica Blvd. safer and more people-oriented by coming to Wednesday evening’s meeting or filling out an online comment form. It seems that Beverly Hills wants to do the right thing, let’s make it easier for them. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Saturday - Saturday January 11th we will undertake a trip that will have several purposes: explore bus and rail services for San Bernardino and environs, visit the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum at the historic Santa Fe Depot plus have lunch at Molly’s, a 50s style café. The two departure options from Union Station on the San Bernardino Metrolink route are 9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. Get the details, here.

If we missed something, or if there is something we need to know about next week or beyond, email damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarWeekends are so packed, and weekdays/nights are so light, that I’m starting to think we should do this on Friday’s. Two transit groups have holiday parties, a chance to give back or go caroling, Transportation Committee and more…

  • Monday - Santa Monica city staff will present an update on the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. The project will enhance Michigan Avenue and nearby streets to become a safe walk/bike route to the beach for you and your family. We’re hearing some NIMBY grumbling on this one, and while Paul Koretz has no political power in Santa Monica, one should never doubt the ability of a determined group of homeowners to block something in the public good. Get more details at Santa Monica Next.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss a full agenda. Wow Mike, back to back weeks. You’re keeping the midnight oil burning, huh. We’ll have more on the 2 pm meeting tomorrow, but if you want to peruse the agenda, you can do so here.
  • Thursday – The Transit Coalition goes straight to the top for its guest at this month’s dinner meeting: Metro CEO Art Leahy. Come here all about Measure R++, P3′s and everything else Metro has in store for 2014. Reserve a ticket at Event Brite.
  • Friday – The Young Professionals in Transportation host their holiday party at Casey’s Irish Pub on Grand Street in DTLA from 6 pm to 9 pm. If you’re young, a professional or into transportation this is the holiday party for you. Details in our calendar section.
  • Friday – It’s the biggest charity toy ride I’ve ever heard of, the annual Midnight Ridazz All-City Toy Ride. For this ride we ask that all participants bring one new un-wrapped toy/gift valued between $5-$25.Toys will be donated to charity. Routes are posted at Midnightridazz.com. You need to RSVP to get into the venue at the end, so go here to do that.
  • Saturday – The Southern California Transit Advocates host their end-of-the-year banquet with special guest Matthew Barrett from the Metro Library. Can someone please find out what is up with the Los Angeles Transportation Headlines page? I miss it. A lot. ost is $25. There will be a gift bag of transit trinkets for attendees plus drawings for door prizes. Get the details, here.
  • Sunday - Eastside Riders is helping 5-7 families together and is looking for donations. ESR will cook all these families plus people who has helped is over the year a nice hot meal on Sunday December 15th 2013. Kaiser will donate Boxes of Love to us to send home with all 7 families. This event will take place at the Bernice Watkins Seniors Center in Watts. Get more details on the event Facebook Page.
  • Sunday – Every year, the LACBC completed a holiday caroling ride in Greater Larchmont. Maybe when Sammy can pedal himself…sigh…Anyway, get the details here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need for next week? Let me know at damien@streetsblog.org and we’ll highlight somehow.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

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A couple of major meetings, a couple “end of the year” parties, and a major anniversary. It’s the Week in Livable Streets Events.

  • Tuesday – The City of Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet to, among other things, hear a report from LAPD on the city’s ongoing hit and run crisis. It’s been roughly a year since the L.A. Weekly reporting blew the lid off the crisis. What’s been done? Get the meeting details on Facebook.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee will meet to meet the new interim LADOT General Manager, Jaime De La Vega’s term officially ended yesterday, and discuss a series of transportation issues at 2 pm in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday - At 6 pm at Angel City Brewery, you can learn how to get get involved with Los Angeles Walks at this social and get together. Plan and lead a walk, get more involved in policy and advocacy, and help LA Walks grow in 2014! Click here, for more information.
  • Thursday – It’s the Metro Board of Directors, with their last meeting of the year. This meeting is usually a short one, but there’s got to be something on the agenda that could trip them up. The living wage ordinance? “Improved Fare Collection” on the Orange Line?” Half the fun is finding out. Read the agenda for the 9:30 meeting, here.
  • Thursday - Learn about LACBC’s victories of past and future from our local chapters, Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors, campaigns, programs, and more! Mingle, enjoy refreshments courtesy of New Belgium and Pete’s Cafe, dance to the sweet sounds of DJ Skramble, have your photo taken in our photobooth! I haven’t really partied on a Thursday night since I was in college, but these kids have a lot of energy. Get the details, here.
  • Thursday - The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and Councilmember José Huizar, Council District 14 invite you to please join us on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 for a public briefing that will provide an update on the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. The briefing will present an overview of the project as well as Project & Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) Updates. Get more details, here or RSVP on Facebook.
  • Saturday – The Eco-Village celebrates its 20th anniversary with an evening party at, where else, the Eco-Village. The Eco-Village is honoring our former school board member and former city council member Jackie Goldberg and acknowledging the many people who have contributed to our community. Wine, food, music, fun, silent auction, raffle, schmoozing, networking, hanging out with old friends, making new friends. I’ll be there. You can reserve tickets by clicking here.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about the rest of the year? Let us know at damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarNo holiday this week, so things are starting to get back to normal even with the holidays looming.

  • Tuesday, Saturday, Monday - Councilmember José Huizar is hosting three public meetings with the Pershing Square Task Force to get input on how the park should be improved. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Perch restaurant, at 448 S. Hill St.; the second is slated for Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 506 S. Grand Ave.; the final meeting will take place Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Pacific Room on 526 W. Sixth St. Get more details on our calendar page.
  • Wednesday – Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT-LA) is excited to kick off a new series of events combining two favorite activities! Transit-Oriented Drinks will gather at a great bar within spitting distance of a Metro station. This week, you can try spitting from Hollywood and Vine Red Line Station. Get the details on Facebook.
  • Wednesday, Thursday –  Committee meetings for the Metro Board of Directors will take place this week for a Board meeting on December 5. Read all the agendas, here.
  • Thursday – L.A. Walks and the LACBC team up for a speaker’s series focused on the health benefits of walking and bicycling. I bet there’s a bunch of them. Get the event details here.
  • Thursday – So we don’t usually add charity bicycle rides or road races, but call me a sucker for current events.  The Philippines was hit by a massive typhoon on November 8th. “Just Ride L.A.” decided to throw a benefit race on November 21st to help raise as much money as possible for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Donation will be $10 to race. All proceeds will go directly to relief efforts. Get the details here, on their Facebook Page.
  • Friday-Sunday – The L.A. Grand Prix is going on at the VELO Sports Center this weekend. You can get more information from USA Cycling. There’s also a special Bike Train going to Saturday’s races that will feature our friends with Wolfpack Hustle.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

It’s something of a light week from a “there’s a really important meeting we have to go to change the world” point of view, but there are some fun things to do this weekend…after you write and submit your comments on the Hyperion Bridge redesign.

  • Tuesday – CD13 (O’Farrell) host s a community meeting on the upcoming streetscape meeting for Fletcher Bouelvard between San Fernando Road and Ave. 36. If you want to see Fletcher Boulevard become a Great Street, this is your chance to be heard. Get the details, via O’Farrell’s flyer, here.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles is a new health and wellness chapter that will be included in the Framework Element of the General Plan. The Framework Element outlines guiding policy principles for the General Plan, which is known as the City’s planning constitution. As part of the City’s guiding planning document, the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles will elevate health as a priority in the City’s future growth and development. This week’s meetings are in the Harbor Area, Westside and North Valley, respectively. Get the full schedule, here.
  • Thursday – Submit your comments to Caltrans on the Hyperion-Glendale Series of Bridges redesign. All the details on how to submit comments are here. What to say can be found here.
  • Thursday – Sunday - A festival of films showcasing how people around the world are working to make their city a better place. The festival starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend and is produced by Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian. Get the full schedule, here.
  • Saturday – ARTCRANK! The bike poster sale/beer bash is one of our last fundraisers of the year. Thanks to Widemer Beer, ARTCRANK and Space 15 Twenty. We’ll be partying from 4 pm to 10 pm. Come check it out. Did we mention the $5 bottomless glasses of Widmer Beer? We did? Cool. $5 gets you a Widmer souvenier glass and two full drinks. 

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

Did we mention there’s a hearing on the future design on the Hyperion Glendale Bridge Redesign? Because if we hadn’t mentioned it before, we really should have.

  • Monday – I don’t know how much more we can write about the debate over the Hyperion Glendale Bridge Redesign. But I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. The big public hearing, forced by the public outcry, is tonight at 6:30 at the appropriately named Friendship Auditorium in Los Feliz. Get the basic details, here.
  • Tuesday – Mobility 21 holds the 12th Annual Transportation Conference, the biggest one-day transportation event in Los Angeles. It is big. Get the details, here.
  • Thursday- I like to think of Halloween as the first Livable Streets Holiday. Enjoy everyone, and drivers be cautions of all the little ones wearing black Batman outfits running around.
  • Saturday- Starting at 11 on Saturday, the festival will gather input from community members about the pedestrian and bike linkages in the Union Station area and in the surrounding communities of El Pueblo, Chinatown, Cornfields/Mission Junction, Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, and Boyle Heights.
    LACBC is providing the bike valet and helping with the bike ride that is part of the event. Read the rest of the details, here.
  • Sunday – I’m not saying an 8 am ride to see the sites that made the Fresh Prince of Bel Air such a great show isn’t super appealing. I’m just saying I’m sleeping in. Details.
  • Sunday- Our old friend James Rojas is leading one of his interactive modeling projects for Santa Monica/West Los Angeles’ Airport2Park coalition at a community picnic. Santa Monica Next has the details and will post an interview with Rojas next week.
  • Sunday – “This short walk features a Griffith Park segment, where we’ll be over the bridge; a half-dozen stairways and passages; and a finish at the [Hyperion-Glendale Bridge] bridge with a presentation on this structure’s future. It will be a great walk even if you care about none of this—but you do care, right?” Details. Facebook.

If we missed anything, or you want us to have an event on the calendar for a future week, email damien@streetsblog.org.

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SBLA Has a Full Calendar Coming Up: LiveStreaming Hyperion, Interview with Juan Matute on Ride Share, ARTCRANK

On Monday Streetsblog publishes The Week in Livable Streets events, but since we have such a full calendar coming up of our own events. We wanted to highlight them for you separately,

Click on the image to go to the Live Stream event page for a live broadcast tomorrow.

On Monday, the City of Los Angeles and Caltrans will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm in the Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles 90027, to provide information and receive public comments about the Environmental Document for the Glendale- Hyperion Complex of Bridges Improvement Project. Now we know that not everyone can attend the hearing, so we’ll be Live Streaming the hearing, high speed Internet access willing. You can watch the hearing at this address.

On Wednesday at 3 pm, I’ll be interviewing Juan Matute about the role of  Transportation Network companies in Los Angeles and some of the political battles that are ongoing. We will broadcast the conversation on our YouTube channel: SoCal StreetsTube, where it will be archived indefinitely.

One topic we’ll be sure to cover, why Matute insists that companies such as Lyft and Uber are Transportation Network companies and not ride share companies.

Last, but certainly not least, our next scheduled fundraiser is ARTCRANK, the one night poster show and beer party at Space 15 Twenty on Saturday, November 9th. To help, all you have to do is show up and buy some Widmer beer, two pints with a souvenir glass for just $5. It’s like the best fraternity party you ever went to in college, without all the fraternity stuff. Instead there’s bike people. And a chance to buy cool art. Also, we’re still looking for volunteers. There are 16 volunteer shifts we need to fill. We’ve filled three. Contact me at damien@streetsblog.org if you’d like to help. Read more about ARTCRANK LAX right here.