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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLots to see and do this week! We are really excited about ULI’s Transit Oriented Los Angeles conference this Thursday morning – follow @StreetsblogLA for live tweeting from it!

  • Monday 12/7 – Metro is holding a round public workshops on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan. There’s a meeting tonight 4 to 6 p.m. at the Norwalk Community Meeting Center at 13200 Clarkdale Avenue in Norwalk. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.
  • Tuesday 12/8 – Metro is holding a round public workshops on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan, with a meeting Tuesday 4 to 6 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.
  • Tuesday 12/8 – The Culver City Bicycle Coalition hosts its final monthly meeting of the year – from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pieology Pizzeria at 3850 Main St, in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 12/8 – Metro is holding a round of public workshops on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan, with a meeting Wednesday 4 to 6 p.m. at the at Julia McNeill Senior Center, 4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard in Baldwin Park. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.
  • Wednesday 12/9 – This week’s Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee takes place at 1 p.m. at Room 1010 of Los Angeles City Hall. There’s nothing earth-shattering on the agenda, but the committee will discuss the Metro 7th Station tunnel to The Bloc, and some specific oversize vehicle restrictions and preferential parking districts. For more details see agenda [PDF].
  • Wednesday 12/9 –  Latino Urban Forum presents a panel discussion Latina Urbanism Shaping, Enhancing and Preserving the Community with panelists Carmen Argote, Adonia Lugo and Isela Gracian. The free event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at El Pueblo America Tropical Interpretive Center at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.
  • ULI's Transit-Oriented L.A. conference takes place this Thursday

    ULI’s Transit-Oriented L.A. conference takes place this Thursday

    Thursday 12/10 – The Urban Land Institute hosts its Transit Oriented Los Angeles conference from 7 a.m. until 12 noon at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Speakers include Phil Washington and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Registration is $90, with discounts for nonprofits and students. For more details and to register, go to ULI.

  • Thursday 12/10 – Join the East Side Riders and other bike clubs as they host a mini bike show at the Watts Winter Wonderland Festival to illustrate the diversity of bikes, clubs, and riders in the area. The event runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on 103rd St., between Compton Avenue and Success Street. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 12/10 – Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson will hold a listening session to discuss ideas with community members about what to do with potential community assets like vacant lots. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. 239 W. 86th Place in South L.A. Details, here.
  • Thursday 12/10 – The Transit Coalition hosts a dinner to learn about High-Speed Rail, featuring Michelle Boehm, the Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The dinner takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the conference room at Metro Headquarters behind Union Station. Tickets are $25, includes dinner, and attendees must purchase in advance via Eventbrite.
  • Friday 12/11 – Westside Urban Forum hosts a breakfast panel on L.A.’s Mobility Plan 2035, featurning FAST, Investing in Place, and Fix the City. The sparks will fly at 7 a.m. at The Olympic Collection at 11301 Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Tickets are $55, with discounts for students and members – early registration deadline is Wednesday 12/9. More details at Westside Urban Forum.
  • Friday 12/11 – Celebrate the Triforium’s 40th birthday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Temple and Main in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 12/11 – Support Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) at their  Turnt Up fundraiser starting at 6:30 p.m. at Self-Help Graphics, at 1300 E. First Street in Boyle Heights. There are easy bike parking and a convenient Gold Line stop. It is only a $25 suggested donation but you’ll want to give even more! Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 12/12 – Want to do a 20-mile walking tour of pedestrian overcrossings? Partial versions available, too. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at East L.A. Civic Center. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 12/12 – Take a walking tour of Boyle Heights with James Rojas! The “Lady Of Guadalupe and Jane Jacobs’ tour of the Flats” meets at 10 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 12/12 – Southern California Transit Advocates host their free monthly meeting at 1 p.m. at Angelus Plaza (4th floor) at 255 S. Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles. The guest speaker will be Jerard Wright, co-chair of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Transportation Committee, outgoing Chair of Metro’s Citizens’ Advisory Council, and a Policy Analyst with Move L.A.
  • Saturday 12/12 – Various feeder rides converge for Midnight Ridazz All City Toy Ride! Start times and locations at Midnight Ridazz.
  • Sunday 12/13 – take a deep breath, walk, rest, relax, garden, walk again.
  • Next week: Metro keeps on hosting Active Transportation Strategic Plan workshops: Monday 12/14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park in South L.A. and Tuesday 12/15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.

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This Week In – Addendum – More Great Livable Streets Events!

sblog_calendarJust after SBLA posted Monday’s weekly calendar of livable streets events, we got word of more great stuff happening this week!

  • Thursday 12/3 – Metro is holding a whole ‘nother round of public workshops on its Active Transportation Strategic Plan. The first meeting is tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Hollywood Senior Citizen Center at 11430 Chandler Boulevard. For additional details see workshop flier [PDF], project summary [PDF]. Pre-registration is recommended via Metro website.
    Additional Metro ATSP meetings coming up over the next two weeks:
    Monday 12/7 – 4 to 6 p.m. at the Norwalk Community Meeting Center at 13200 Clarkdale Avenue in Norwalk
    Tuesday 12/8 – 4 to 6 p.m. at Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance
    Wednesday 12/9 – 4 to 6 p.m. at Julia McNeill Senior Center, 4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard in Baldwin Park
    Monday 12/14 – 9 to 11 a.m. at Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park in South L.A.
    Tuesday 12/15 – 5 to 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita
  • Thursday 12/3 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts a holiday open house from 6 to 10 p.m at LACBC headquarters at 634 South Spring Street in downtown L.A. It is free for all LACBC members; $10 for the general public. More details at LACBC.
  • Thursday 12/3 – Pacoima Beautiful and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative invite you to a Pacoima Street Values Open House taking place along Van Nuys Boulevard from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall at 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Refreshments, child care, and translation will be provided. Additional details on flier [PDF] or call Max Podemski at (818) 899-2454.
  • Thursday 12/3 – Another Great Streets Initiative event takes place on the Westside. Check out the Mar Vista Artwalk from 6 to 8 p.m. at multiple venues along Venice Boulevard. See Facebook page for details.
  • Sunday 12/6 – Explore West Hollywood via the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s latest Funday ride. Gather at 9:30 a.m. for a ride departing at 10:00 a.m. from West Hollywood Park at 647 N San Vicente Boulevard. More details at LACBC.
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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarPlenty of great happenings as the calendar slips into December. Attend a conference for rail passengers, a Metro board meeting, holiday rides, and more. Plus watch Streetfilms in Santa Monica this Friday!

  • Tuesday 12/1 – The city of Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. at 6501 Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. To be discussed are planned future segments of the L.A. River and Expo bike paths, Mobility Plan 2035, and more. See agenda [PDF] for details.
  • Tuesday 12/1 – Tomorrow is the last day to vote to name Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line tunnel boring machine. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 12/2 – Santa Monica officials want your input on the latest veteran housing plans for the 387-acre West L.A. Veterans Administration campus overhaul. Attend a public input meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at the City Auditorium at 1855 Main St in Santa Monica. View the plan at the project website. More meeting details are at Santa Monica Next.
  • Thursday 12/3 – Metro’s Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. at the Metro Board Room behind L.A. Union Station. Agenda items include Regional Connection subway construction cost overruns, bike-share fares, and more. Full meeting details at Metro.
  • Thursday 12/3 – Pacoima Beautiful and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative invite you to a Pacoima Street Values Open House taking place along Van Nuys Boulevard from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall at 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Refreshments, child care, and translation will be provided. Additional details on flier [PDF] or call Max Podemski at (818) 899-2454.
  • Friday 12/4 – SBLA sister site Santa Monica Next hosts a night of Streetfilms starting at 7 p.m. at Vidiots at 302 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 12/4 – The documentary film Bikes vs. Cars opens at the Laemmle Theaters in North Hollywood.
  • Saturday 12/5 – The LACBC’s Culver City Bicycle Coalition hosts a free holiday ride. Gather at 9:30 a.m. at Veteran’s Park at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Leisurely six-mile ride rolls out at 10 a.m. If you can, bring an unwrapped toy to donate. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 12/5 – From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada along with National Association of Railroad Passengers Region 12 are presenting a joint annual meeting, the Steel Wheels Conference entitled “2016: A Year of Possibilities.” The conference takes place in the Metro Board Room behind L.A. Union Station. Speakers include:
    – Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke, former County Supervisor and Metro board member
    – Jay Fountain and Eric Smith, Amtrak route managers
    – Dave Golonski, chair of LOSSAN
    – Darrell Clarke, head of Friends4Expo
    Registration costs $35. Sign up in advance via Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 12/5 – Decorate your bike in advance of Sunday’s NELA Holiday Parade. A decorating party takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5608 Monte Vista Street in Highland Park. Bring decorating supplies and creativity! Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 12/6 – Figueroa for All encourages all to ride bikes in the NELA Holiday Parade. Gather at 10 a.m. at 5608 Monte Vista Street in Highland Park. Details at Facebook event. Decorate your bikes during Saturday’s bike decorating party; see above Saturday event.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

Here’s your Thanksgiving Week Calendar of events. Not a lot of them, but let’s all hope we’re thankful for a more progressive City Council come Wednesday afternoon.

sblog_calendarWednesday – The Los Angeles City Council meets to un-pass, un-ammend, and re-pass the recently passed Mobility Plan. Because the city “forgot” to have the Planning Commission approve a handful of technical amendments, the plan is more vulnerable to legal challenges, so now the Council is planning to fix that by taking the amendments out. Those that value fast-moving traffic over safety are planning to show up and make some noise, but the safety-minded Council members who passed the plan are assuring believers in traffic safety that the plan won’t face serious opposition from the Council. The fun starts at 10 a.m. in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.

Thursday, Friday – Streetsblog L.A. is on a mini-break. See you on Monday.

Friday – Each year, Southern California Transit Advocates does a day-after- Thanksgiving study tour, which this year is November 27th. Member Mark Strickert has come up with an itinerary to explore new or recently implemented services and transit centers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. A full listing for the tour, including the stops, transit agencies, and the rest of the schedule can be found after the jump.

Saturday –  Join the Mar Vista Chamber for their annual Small Business Saturday community event on November 28th – complete with a pop-up protected bike lane, temporary parklet, interactive mural painting, live performances, an art exhibit, and, of course, lots of Holiday Shopping at Local Businesses. The goal? To build community spirit and connectivity while getting people out of their cars and into the streets. FREE event! If you tell them Streetsblog sent you, the event is double-free! We’ll have more on this event later today. For now, you can get more details on Facebook.

December 24 – Join the Streetsblog L.A. team as we carol in front of Mike Bonin’s house to thank him for scheduling the Mobility Plan re-hearing for what was supposed to be a Streetsblog L.A. vacation day. We’ll be starting at 10 p.m. and continuing until midnight, when we’ll bike down to Herb Wesson’s house for an encore.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let us know, joe@streetsblog.org, tips@la.streetsblog.org

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMany meetings this week: sidewalks, Metro, High Speed Rail, plus Gabe Klein, a long long long walk, a car-free chat, and more!

  • Monday 11/16 – Today at 2 p.m. the Los Angeles City Council Budget and Public Works committees deliberate on a proposed “fix and release” sidewalk repair plan. See SBLA’s explainer article here and meeting agenda here.
  • Monday 11/16 – The California High Speed Rail Authority continues a series of three meetings on the future HSR route between Burbank and downtown L.A. Tonight’s meeting takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Glendale Adult Recreation Center at 201 E Colorado Street in Glendale. An identical meeting follows in Cypress Park on Thursday. Additional details on flier [PDF].
  • Tuesday 11/17 – Los Angeles Eco-Village hosts a “Carfree Chat” with CicLAvia founder Adonia Lugo and SBLA Editor Joe Linton. The free event includes an overview of livable transportation issues and activism, and plenty of questions and answers. It takes place from 7:30-9 p.m. at L.A. Eco-Village at 117 Bimini Place in Koreatown. More details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday-Thursday 11/18-19 – The Metro Board of Directors committees will work out business in advance of their December 3 full board meeting. The agendas include bike-share pricing and more. See Metro website for agendas.
  • Thursday 11/19 – The California High Speed Rail Authority hosts the last of three L.A. County meetings on the future HSR route between Burbank and downtown L.A. Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the L.A. River Center and Gardens at 570 W. Avenue 26 in Cypress Park. Additional details on flier [PDF].
  • Thursday 11/19 – Kick-ass livable transportation leader, innovator, and author Gabe Klein speaks at UCLA’s Luskin Center at 6 p.m. Talk is free, but RSVP and details here.
  • Friday 11/20 – The documentary Bikes Vs. Cars opens at Laemmle Monica NoHo7 movie theaters in North Hollywood.
  • Saturday 11/21 – The Great Los Angeles Walk will proceed down Olympic Boulevard from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. Departs from Clifton’s Cafeteria at 9 a.m. More details at Great L.A. Walk and Facebook event.
  • Sunday 11/22 – Climate Action Santa Monica hosts a free public forum “What a Way to Go – Bike, Bus Expo” featuring keynote by SM City Manager Rick Cole. The event takes place from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Church in Ocean Park at 235 Hill Street in Santa Monica. More details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTomorrow the L.A. City Council expects to rescind and re-approve Mobility Plan 2035. Thursday is the opening celebration for Breeze bike-share! There are also meetings, walks, hearings, and a bike festival.

  • Monday 11/9 – Tonight, L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu hosts a forum on transportation and Mobility Plan 2035. It takes place at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Refreshments start at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Details at Facebook event page.
  • Tuesday 11/10 – A joint meeting of L.A. City Council’s Planning and Transportation Committees is looking to rescind and re-approve the city’s forward-looking Mobility Plan 2035. Backward-looking plan opponents are organizing pressure to weaken or kill the plan. Livability proponents are pressing for smooth re-approval. See background articles here and here. The hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. in council chambers at L.A. City Hall. Details on meeting agenda.
  • Tuesday 11/10 – The California High Speed Rail Authority hosts a series of three L.A. County meetings this week and next, focused on future HSR between Burbank and downtown L.A. The first meeting takes place Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fred Harvey Room at L.A. Union Station. Additional meetings take place in Glendale (Monday 11/16) and Cypress Park (Thursday 11/19.) Additional details on flier [PDF].
  • Thursday 11/12 – Santa Monica celebrates the grand opening of L.A. County’s first-ever large-scale municipal bike-share system. The bike-share system is called Breeze, sponsored by Hulu. Festivities begin at 8:15 a.m. at Santa Monica City Hall. Make a reservation online and ride Breeze for free the first day. Details at Santa Monica Next.
  • Thursday 11/12 – The Transit Coalition is hosting a dinner meeting featuring a talk by Martha Welborne, Metro Chief Planning Officer. It takes place at 6 p.m., at Metro Headquarters, in the Union Station Conference Room. Tickets are $25 in advance. No unregistered guests! To attend, register at Eventbrite. Additional details at The Transit Coalition.
  • Friday 11/13 – The California State Senate’s Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation hosts a hearing on The Role of Climate Policy in Addressing Drought, Competitiveness and Traffic. It gets underway at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1347 of UCLA School of Law, 385 Charles E. Young Dr., in Westwood. The committee will hear from business leaders and policy experts on how California’s climate policy can help the state deal with drought, improve business competitiveness, and grow sustainably. In addition, the committee will hear how smart-growth policies in Los Angeles can help to both reduce auto emissions and also help alleviate traffic congestion.
  • Saturday 11/14 – From 1 to 4 p.m. Southern California Transit Advocates will hold a meeting at Angelus Plaza at 255 S. Hill Street in downtown L.A., on the 4th floor. It’s free and open to the public. The speaker will be Paul Dyson of RailPAC who discusses Friends 4 HSR SoCal, which describes itself as “passionate supporters of the High Speed Rail concept in Southern California that show up to events where opponents congregate to be the project Champions.”
  • Sunday 11/15 – The re-scheduled Hollywood Sign Summit convenes at the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a 3-hour walk, plus discussion of how to accommodate sign access while protecting neighborhoods and park resources. Additional details, including feeder walks, at deLaB or Facebook event page.
  • Sunday 11/15 – Santa Monica Spoke hosts the Santa Monica Family Bike Festival – a day full of free bike activities for the whole family. Festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McKinley School at 2401 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica. Additional details at Santa Monica Spoke.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarCelebrate the one and only Brian Addison tonight! It’s also People St season, with informational meetings downtown, in the Valley, and on the Westside. More rides and meetings, too!

  • Monday 11/2 – Tonight! Celebrate SBLA’s sister site LongBeachIze’s very own Brian Addison winning the California Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycle Dreamer Award. Festivities today from 6:30 to  9:30 p.m. at MADE at 240 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. RSVPs requested for meal/no-meal choices. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 11/3 – Want a plaza, bike corral, or parklet in your L.A. neighborhood?!? Apply to get your very own from LADOT’s People St program. LADOT is offering a 90-minute People St information session Tuesday at 6pm at the City Controller’s Office, Main Conference Room, 200 N. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. RSVPs requested. More details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 11/4 – Interested in organizing to fix L.A.’s faltering sidewalks? RSVP to find out the location of Investing in Place’s 2:30 p.m. sidewalk working group strategy session. Details at Investing in Place.
  • Wednesday 11/4 – Urban Land Institute (ULI) will host a meet-and-greet with Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location and registration information is available here.
  • Thursday 11/5 – Another LADOT People St workshop! This one is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Service Center, Room 3B, and 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 11/6 – State Senator Holly J. Mitchell hosts Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity. The event goes from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Weingart YMCA at 9900 S. Vermont Ave in South Los Angeles. Free, but RSVP recommended. For details contact Joy Masha by email Joy.Masha [at] sen.ca.gov or call (213) 745-6656.
  • Friday 11/6 – Join TRUST South L.A.’s unity ride for safer streets and vibrant communities! Meet at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Cenral Avenue at 3 p.m. Ride in support of protected bike lanes on Central Avenue. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 11/8 – Like to bike up hills? Try the 10th annual Feel My Legs I’m A Racer a challenging bicycle ride on some of Los Angeles’ steepest streets. Meet up at 7:30 a.m. at Sunset Triangle Plaza, at the intersection of Griffith Park Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 11/8 – Because you just can’t seriously possibly bike to the grocery store on that Rowena Avenue! It’s a group bike ride to Trader Joe’s and then to the Silver Lake Reservoir meadow. Gather at 12 noon at Morning Nights at 1523 Griffith Park Blvd in Silver Lake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Monday 11/9 –  Another LADOT People St workshop! This one is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mar Vista Branch Library at 12006 Venice Boulevard in Venice. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarSupport affordable housing, parking reform, and L.A. bike non-profits this week!

  • Monday 10/26 – The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Kuehl fostering (and importantly: funding) more affordable housing. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the County Hall of Administration at 500 West Temple. Details on the meeting agenda and at Move L.A.
  • Wednesday 10/28 –  The Los Angeles City Council hears the long-awaited recommendations of Mayor Garcetti’s Parking Reform Working Group. There are also a few other items on the agenda: car-sharing, CSULA Metrolink station, and more. Note the early start time: the committee meeting starts at 1 p.m. at City Hall room 1010. Details at the meeting agenda.
  • Thursday 10/29 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its annual Firefly Ball awards banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. at Majestic Hall in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 10/30 – The Bicycle Kitchen hosts a fundraiser for Re:Ciclos a new project that engages youth to build cargo bikes. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. at the Bicycle Kitchen in East Hollywood. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThere’s a lot going on: Affordable transit-oriented development! Garcetti responds to South L.A.! Women in Planning! Safe routes to school summits! And that’s just today. Later in the week there are accessory dwelling units, Metro’s board, South L.A. Earth Day, some bittersweet farewells to the Sixth Street Viaduct, and more.

  • Monday 10/19 – Metro is hosting a series of six Safe Routes To School summits. Late notice as it is underway, but the fourth is already taking place today. It goes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Liberty Park’s Washington Room at 19211 Studebaker Road in Cerritos. Later summits will take place this week in Carson and Culver City. These summits are free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Monday 10/19 – The Alliance for Community Transit Los Angeles (ACTLA) is hosting an event to articulate a shared citywide vision for development around transit. ACTLA will invite electeds to enact citywide policies for production and preservation of affordable housing and community-serving economic development near transit. The rally takes place today, from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Park, across from Los Angeles City Hall.
  • Monday 10/19 – Tonight, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hosts a South L.A. Town Hall and resource fair. Garcetti and other city officials will respond to questions. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the mayor’s remarks and panel at 7 p.m. It takes place at Holman United Methodist Church at 3320 W. Adams Blvd. in South L.A. For information, email Gabrielle Horton, Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, gabrielle.horton@lacity.org.
  • Monday 10/19 – Tonight, Los Angeles’ chapter of the American Planning Association and Meléndrez host Women in Planning: a panel conversation with some of Los Angeles’ foremost female leaders in the planning field sharing their thoughts on their careers and experiences as a woman in planning. This discussion will be complemented by opportunities for networking among women planners. The event takes place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Meléndrez Landscape Architecture at 617 S Olive St 11th Floor, in downtown Los Angeles. Free for A.P.A. members, $10 non-members, $5 student non-members. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 10/20 – Metro hosts its fifth Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the meeting room at the Carson Library at 151 E. Carson Street, in Carson. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Wednesday 10/21 – Metro hosts its final Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Wednesday 10/21 –  The L.A. Architecture and Design Museum hosts a conversation on the potential of Accessory Dwellings Units (ADUs) to address housing affordability in Los Angeles. The event will explore ADUs from the perspective of policy and politics, grounded in development and design considerations. The expert panel discussion takes place at 7 p.m. at the A+D Museum, at 900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 10/22 – The Metro board hosts its monthly board of directors meeting. On the agenda are various issues, from bus load factors to more funds for freeway widening, including the 710 South. Read coverage of some highlighted items at SBLA’s committee highlights article last weekAgendas and supporting materials are posted at the Metro meetings webpage.
  • Thursday 10/22 – Help plan the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown neighborhood. Join Santa Monica Next, the Santa Monica Jaycees, Santa Monica Spoke, and Travis Page, senior planner for the city of Santa Monica, as they discuss Downtown’s future over food and drinks on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1640 5th Street in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 10/22 – As part of the ongoing exhibit, “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” USC hosts a free outdoor screening of the documentary “Wasteland.” The event will be at 6 p.m. at the USC Fisher Museum of Art courtyard, at 823 Exposition Blvd on the USC campus. It is an outdoor screening, so bring your own blanket. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – The Big Parade hosts its Ten Bridges Epic walk, departing at 9 a.m. from the Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – Community Services Unlimited hosts another Earth Day South L.A. Every Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center at 6569 S Vermont Avenue in South L.A. This event will feature seasonal local produce, small batch chocolates, gardening giveaways, vendors, info booths, activities, music, Chinese medicine consults, Chicana Apparel clothing, and health care information. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 10/24 – Councilmember Jose Huizar hosts a farewell party for the noble 1932 Sixth Street Bridge. The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. and include children’s games and activities, food trucks, community booths, live mural paintings by local artists, as well as Sixth Street Bridge Art exhibits from Art Share L.A. The evening will end with a fireworks show overlooking the Sixth Street Bridge. Details at Facebook event. The bridge is tentatively scheduled to close on Jan. 3, 2016, with demolition starting January 8.
  • Sunday 10/25 – The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design hosts “ForumFest 2015: Bridge. Tunnel. Channel” from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Sixth Street Bridge tunnel – on the DTLA side of the bridge. Festivities include DJs, live music, food, and art/architecture/video installations. Details at Facebook event.

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_calendarCicLAvia returns to its awesome central L.A. route. Metro is hosting Safe Routes to School summits starting tomorrow. There are also important committee meetings at Metro and the City of Los Angeles. Enjoy your livable October.

  • Tuesday 10/13 – Metro is hosting a series of six Safe Routes To School summits. The first takes place on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Robinson Park Rec Center at 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena. Later summits will take place this week in South L.A., San Fernando, and next week in Cerritos, Carson, and Culver City. These summits are free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Tuesday 10/13 – The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council hosts a Mobility Plan Roundtable with Senior City Planner Claire Bowin and Director of Public Health Paul Simon M.D. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Room at 4201 Sunset Blvd. Details at and share via Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 10/14 – Metro hosts its second Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Reef – The Living Room at 1933 S. Broadway in South L.A. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Wednesday 10/14 – At 3 p.m. at L.A. City Hall room 1010, the Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee holds its first hearing on the Bonin-Englander-Buscaino motion 15-1006 aimed to reduce speeding and curb unsafe speed limit increases. Also on the agenda are crosswalk enforcement and Westwood bike parking. For additional detail see the meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday and Thursday 10/14-15 – Metro board committees meet this week to discuss and decide items in advance of next week’s board meeting. Agendas and supporting materials are posted at the Metro meetings webpage.
  • Thursday 10/14 – Metro hosts its third Safe Routes To School summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the city of San Fernando’s Recreation Park multi-purpose room at 208 Park Avenue in San Fernando. It is free, but Metro is requesting pre-registration via eventbrite. For additional information, see flier [PDF], call Alice Tolar at 213.922.2218, or email SRTS@metro.net.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10/17-18 – L.A. Commons will host its 5th annual “Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods.” This year’s theme is mapping one’s own Los Angeles. The weekend of tours is inspired by the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, which brings 19 diverse local writers together with a cartographer to explore aspects of the city’s geography, history, and culture. Lots of free walking tours, find the full schedule at L.A. Commons’ Found L.A. webpage.
  • Sunday 10/18 – CicLAvia returns to its now 5-year-old “Heart of L.A.” route. Fun, free, family festival from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Details at CicLAvia. As always, there are various feeder rides, including up Central Avenue with East Side Riders and on the future MyFig from USC.

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