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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe Week in Livable Streets Events’ two-week summer hiatus is over. Lots to do this week with High Speed Rail, another Seleta Reynolds public event, back to school day, feminists on wheels, AHSC funding, and a full weekend.

    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – The California High Speed Rail Authority holds three more meetings in Southern California to explain some of its most recent plans for completing the rail line from the Bay Area to San Diego. Melanie provided a preview of the meetings here, and Joe went to one in Burbank last week. Find out where this week’s meetings are by clicking here.
    • Tuesday – It’s back to school day. If you’re planning to walk or bicycle with your kid to a new place, make sure to check out the route ahead of time. We’ll have a more complete back to school guide later today.
    • Tuesday – CA Strategic Growth Council hosts a webcast on their Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) funding program. Join the webcast from 1-2pm, details here.
    • Tuesday – Support the launch of F.L.O.W. – bicycling feminists! Book drive and fundraiser 7:30pm in Echo Park.
    • Wednesday – On her third day on the job, the new General Manager of LADOT will be expected to give a “verbal report relative to the status of the Department’s on-going projects and programs, transit services offered by the Department, and the state of mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles within the City of Los Angeles” to the City Council Transportation Committee at 2 pm in City Hall. Study up, Seleta! Read the rest of the agenda, here.
    • Friday – California Strategic Growth Council workshop, details here. The only L.A. workshop is  already full. sign-up for wait list, and/or listen in to the on-line version on Tuesday.
    • SaturdaySouthern California Transit Advocates will return to Metro’s TAP Lab. This will be an opportunity to learn about the status of the program and implementation of the changes that will facilitate the fare change that will take place September 15th. For more information, click here.
    • Saturday – Anyone not wanting to drive or take the bus to Saturday’s Dodger game will be lucky to have a choice of advocacy groups to join for a trip to the ballpark. L.A. Walks is planning a group walk from the Gold Line Chinatown Station. The Eastside Bike Club is planning their own ride from the El Sereno Parklet (which will also feature a night-time ride through DTLA after the game.)
    • Sunday – Amoeba Music is throwing a bike culture party to benefit the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The event will feature food, music and plenty to drink. Get all the 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

A mix of a hugely important Metro Board meeting, some great bike events, a Streetsie party and some news from some other Westside cities.

sblog_calendarMonday – Does a Pacoima Pedestrian Plaza qualify as “P3″? Attend and give your input for the planned People Street Bradley Avenue Plaza. Meeting tonight! Get the details, here.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – The Big Blue Bus continues to plan for the arrival of the Expo Line. This week, they’re holding three meetings to get feedback on how they should alter the existing routes when the line opens in less than a year and a half. Get the details, here.

Wednesday – The City Council is in summer recess so there will be no City Council Transportation Committee. However, this seems as good a place as any to congratulate Committee Chair Mike Bonin and his husband Sean Arian on their marriage this weekend. Wooot! Wooooooot!

Thursday – Active transportation, congestion pricing, short range transportation plans, poor management of the Sheriffs, it’s a full agenda for the Metro Board of Directors in their last meeting until September. Read the full agenda, here.

Friday - Critical Mass. Wilshire Western. 7:00 p.m.

Saturday - Join Walk ‘n Rollers in Culver City for a fun day learning how to bike and walk safely in your community. All ages welcome and we’ll even have bikes and helmets for those without (helmets are required on the course and group rides). More info.

Sunday – We’re having a small private party to celebrate the Streetsie Win of Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor as our 2013 Elected Leader of the Year at 2 p.m. If you’re interested in joining us, drop me a line at damien@streetsblog.org

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_calendarUsually our events calendar ends with parties. This week it starts with one. A major Metro meeting looms in the middle of the week.

Monday - Celebrate Damian Kevitt’s birthday with a fun party and concert that benefits Finish the Ride, tonight at 7 p.m.. See the Facebook event for more details.

Wednesday - Angelenos Against Gridlock presents radio and television star, author, and green living guru Ed Begley, Jr. for a brown bag lucnh talk on Transit, Biking, and Green Living. Get the details, here.

Wednesday - On December 7th, CicLAvia will open certain streets in South L.A. to pedestrians, strollers, bikes and more from 9am–3pm for a car-free day. Join CicLAvia for a community meeting on Wednesday, July 16th to learn about family activities, business opportunities, street closures, volunteer positions and more at the KAOS Network at 6:30 p.m. Get the details, here.

Wednesday-Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors holds its monthly meetings to prepare for next week’s larger and more public meeting. You can read the full agendas, here. All meetings are in the Metro Board Room in their DTLA headquarters.

But wait, this week’s Planning and Programming Committee meeting (3 p.m., Wednesday) features a discussion and vote on the Short Term Transportation Plan, which programs a mere $88 billion in dollars in L.A. County. Reformers including the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership and LACBC are rallying people to ask Metro to set aside more than 0.67% of the funds for walking and bicycling. That’s right, just over half of one percent.

Get more details at the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership website or join the fun on Twitter.

Thursday – The City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets to discuss the city’s many needs to make the city a safer and more pleasant place to walk. This is an official city committee, appointed by City Council and Mayoral offices. If you’re interested, you should go to the meeting and talk to your City Council office. Meeting is at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the Caltrans Building. Get the details, here.

Thursday – Santa Monica Next’s “Vote Local” campaign rolls on with a tour of Tongva Park and a mixer at the nearby Wyndham Hotel. Get more details, here.

Saturday – Do you walk, jog, or run on the Evergreen Cemetery path? Join Boyle Heights Rising for a Summer Clean-Up event. Get more details, here.

Saturday - Join Multicultural Communities for Mobility to celebrate their new home in Echo Park! Take a break and come chill with the MCM team at Central City Action Committee. Learn about their summer youth program, experience bike and pedestrian safety workshops, and find out how you can help. Get more details, here.

Saturday - C.I.C.L.E. and the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, will lead a cinematic evening excursion, “Action! Close Up on: Downtown LA’s Film History.” Pedal to famous downtown film locations and landmarks where famous films including The Dark Night, Blade Runner, and Grease. The ride will end with a screening of American Cycle on the big screen at Angel City Brewery as part of the festival’s closing night! Get more details, here.

If there’s anything we missed, or if we need something for next week, let us know at damien@streetsblog.org.

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This Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarIt’s the Independence Day holiday week, so SBLA be publishing lightly (more photos, fewer typos) on Thursday, and off Friday July 4th. There is at least one huge event: the changing of the guard at the city of Los Angeles’ Transportation Department (LADOT.) Mayor Eric Garcetti’s nominee, Seleta Reynolds,  is scheduled for council confirmation tomorrow morning – see below.

Be patriotic! Offer your transit seat up to a standing rider this week. Walk. Bike. Enjoy watching World Cup soccer in public spaces!

  • Tuesday: Mayor Garcetti’s Nominee for his LADOT General Manager, Seleta Reynolds is up for her confirmation hearing before the full Los Angeles City Council. The meeting starts at 10am at City Hall, Reynolds is item number 5 on the agenda [PDF]. For more background on Reynolds, see SBLA coverage of her testimony before the council’s Transportation Committee last week, and SBLA’s first interview with her.
  • Tuesday: The Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee considers the River Improvement Overlay zoning ordinance. It’s sort of a green-building-certification-lite that, if approved, would apply to development and redevelopment along the L.A. River, and potentially other waterways. PLUM meets at city hall at 2:30pm, RIO is item 6 on the agenda [PDF]. If RIO passes in PLUM, it goes to full council the next day: Wednesday July 2nd 2014.
  • Friday: Opponents of the community-catastrophe called 710 Freeway extension want you! To march in South Pasadena’s “Festival of Balloons” parade. Meet up by 10am at Hope and Meridian in South Pasadena. Details on Facebook.
  • Saturday: Bicycle the mean streets of San Marino! The Riff-Raff Ride gathers at 8am from El Sereno’s parklet at 4910 Huntington Drive. Details on Facebook.
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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThings tend to slow down this time of year. But while the Week In… is sparse, it doesn’t mean that the two meetings on Wednesday and Thursday aren’t some of the most important of the year.

  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee takes the first step in the confirmation of LADOT GM nominee Seleta Reynolds and discusses the first round of People St projects. Full agenda. Read it, here. Correction: agenda link updated; the meeting had been announced for 2pm, now scheduled for 1pm.
  • Thursday – It’s the Metro Board of Directors! Live at 9:30 a.m. from the Metro Board Room. Big decisions on LAX, CicLAvia expansion, and more. Read the agenda, here.
  • Friday - Critical Mass. Wilshire Western. Fun and Advocacy. 7:30. Details.
  • Saturday – Bright and early at 9:00 a.m. it’s Santa Monica Kidical Mass…the family friendly version of Critical Mass. The ride starts at Douglas Park. Get the details, here or on Facebook.
  • Saturday - Experience artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter’s olfactory artwork, “Sillage,” and other exhibitions on view. Then, join Santa Monica Next and Santa Monica Museum of Art in Bergamot Station’s nearby People Park for the first of many Vote Local meetings we have planned over the next few months. The fun starts at 4:30. Get the details, and RSVP, on Facebook.
  • Sunday – The Valley Bikery hosts “the sweetest bike ride in the Valley:” the Chocolate Bike Ride. This will be a family friendly ride and opened to the whole community. Bring family, friends, and neighbors along for a sweet time. There are more details on what shops are part of the ride on the events Facebook Page.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAnother relatively light week. That either means I’m missing something or everyone was planning on being wiped out for the Lakers victory parade this week and didn’t schedule anything. What? The parade isn’t for the Lakers?

  • Today – It’s the Kings’ victory parade. LAist has the details.
  • Today – Remember today is the last day to get your questions in for James Pocrass, partner at Pocrass and De Los Reyes LLC, personal injury attorneys. You can use social media @streetsblogla or our Facebook page, or leave a comment here. We got some good ones already.
  • Today - The City of Los Angeles – Wilshire BRT Construction Team will host a construction update briefing on the evening of June 16, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wilshire BRT construction on Wilshire Blvd between St Andrews and San Vicente will be discussed. Parking will not be validated.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The highlight of this month’s Metro Board of Directors meetings isn’t the transit stuff, it’s the CicLAvia everywhere stuff. Exciting. Get all the committee agendas, here.
  • Thursday – Thursday is “Dump the Pump” Day. Usually, we see a lot of press releases and such around this, but all I’ve seen so far is this notice of free rides on Culver City Transit tweeted by Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. If we see more, we’ll announce on our social media.
  • Saturday - C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA, will lead a theatrical community bicycle event, “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride.” As we pedal along, riders will be immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, reimagined in modern Los Angeles County. Audiences will ride through Angeleno history transformed into Greek legends of craftiness and pride; replete with all the monsters, epic poetry, and sacrificial vegetables you could ask for. Get more details, here.
  • Sunday – Pre-CicLAvia, this was the largest permitted bike ride in Los Angeles. Now everything is permitted. We’ve come so far. But I digress…the LACBC’s biggest fundraiser is the River Ride this weekend. Come out, ride for awhile, and raise money for our bike advocates. Get more details, here.

Well, did I miss something? Is there something I need to add for next week? Drop me a line. damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarI can’t believe they’re really holding more meetings on the North Figueroa road diet project. Just do it already.

  • Monday - The City of Los Angles hosts a public environmental scoping meetings for the Coastal Transportation Corridor Specific Plan (CTCSP) and the West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Specific Plan (WLA TIMP).  An EIR Notice of Preparation (NOP) is available for review here. Get more details on the meeting, here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss a new way on ride share and receive an oral report on bike plan implementation. The meeting starts at 2 in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s campaign to stop the previously approved North Figueroa Road Diet and bike lane project continues with another redundant public meeting. Will the Councilmember’s phone banking efforts payoff? Will he finally get a crowd of enough grumpy baby boomers to out number the armies of safe street advocates who show up to these meetings? Time will tell. Get the meeting details courtesy LACBC, here.
  • Saturday, Sunday – Those that are signed up for the L.A. River Ride can pick up their ride packets at bike shops located between Downtown Los Angeles and the Westside. Get more information on the packet pickup, here.
  • SAVE THE DATES: Later this week we’ll have more details on two July Events celebrating our 2013 Streetsie Award Winners. We’ll be taking a walk in Echo Park with Alissa and Jessica on the 12th, and partying in Santa Monica with Mayor Pam on the 27th. Details coming soon.

Did we miss anything? Is there something on the schedule for next week? Let us know: damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAll of the advocacy in the world isn’t going to make much of a difference if the wrong people are in office. Primary election day is Tuesday. Two of the seats on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will be voted on, as will a new head of the Sheriff’s Department. A new mayor will be selected in that quaint little suburb of 500,000 people just south of here. There’s a lot to be decided. Make sure to vote.

  • This Morning – As Joe noted yesterday, a court hearing that could stop the planned demolition of the Figueroa-Riverside Landbridge (which will be replaced as a transportation bridge) so it can be converted to open space is expected. Supporters will hold a rally before the hearing at 8 a.m. Get the details at yesterday’s post. Streetsblog will be at the hear and will report afterwards.
  • Tuesday – It’s election day (or primary day, pending your city). If you’re not sure where to vote, click here.
  • Tuesday – Advocates from around the city meet-up to discuss what can be done to stem the city’s hit-and-run epidemic. Gather your voices and be part of something that will help change the streets of Los Angels in a positive light for young and old alike. Come and network with a diverse community of people that believes in advocacy, education, and community building over dinner. Get more information, here.
  • Tuesday – At nearly the same time, the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet for their monthly meeting. This month’s agenda includes a presentation by Public Works Commissioner Kevin James. Check out the full agenda for the meeting held in Fairfax’s Pan-Pacific Park, here.
  • Thursday - Metro invites you to attend the latest update meeting in preparation of the Draft Master Plan, including presentation of project cost estimates, commercial development opportunities and a conceptual design of the forecourt. Meetings are open to the public and we urge you to invite your friends and neighbors. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday - The 11th Annual Inner City Mini-Marathon & Health Festival, spanning throughout South Los Angeles, Watts and Inglewood area, will be held at Darby Park in Inglewood this Saturday. Following the Mini Marathon, participants are invited to enjoy the free outdoor festival and health fair. City Lites Network Inc. encourages families, youth, seniors, and those with physical challenges to attend this very unique and essential community event. It includes a Health Pavilion, Community Resources, Interactive Kid’s Zone, Adult and Kid’s Entertainment Stages, Diverse Food,  and a Bike Show Competition. Register at Event Brite.
  • Sunday - Ride the COLT (Chatsworth Orange Line Tour) during this family friendly bike ride and walk, brought to you by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council! Explore the neighborhood and local businesses, ejoy treats, and participate in a raffle. More info at ridethecolt.com.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events: Andy’s Law, HOT Lanes, Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

sblog_calendarShort week, but still lots to do in the world of active transportation.

  • Tonight – Family and Friends of Andy Garcia join other supporters of Hit and Run reform for a bike ride to draw attention to “Andy’s Law.” Andy’s Law isn’t actually a formally proposed piece of legislation, just a call for harsher sentences for any driver who hits and runs. Tonight’s ride is a fun way to get involved. You can also sign the petition at Andyslaw.com. Get more details on tonight’s ride, here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Board of Public Works meets at 9:30am in City Hall and will hear about the Landbridge Proposal to preserve the historic Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Read the agenda here, and Landbridge information here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. in City Hall for the first time in a month. Highlighting the agenda is a list of projects the city will propose to be paid for by Metro’s Express Lanes proceeds. Most of the list is active transportation projects. Its pretty cool. Read the agenda here, and the proposal here.
  • Thursday – The City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets to discuss what issues are plaguing walkers on L.A.’s streets and receive an update on the city’s efforts to earn more funds for sidewalk repair and other improvement projects. The meeting starts at 2. Get the details, here.
  • Friday - Sunday – If you like exploring Los Angeles, good company, walking and stairs; then this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for. It’s the Big Parade! Hooray! Dan Koeppel has all you need to know on Facebook for Paraders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Saturday - Join the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition on our third workshop of the series – WINNING CAMPAIGNS TRAINING! Some bike infrastructure projects require a change in the way roads are used, causing heartburn for some and a misunderstanding of their benefits. LACBC staff and leaders will walk you through the tools you need to create campaigns that WIN! Register here.
  •  Saturday - The California Bicycle Coalition warmly invites you to our Los Angeles Better Bikeways fundraising party. Generously hosted by RAC DESIGN BUILD, that can be easily accessed from the LA River bike path to event – which is located between the Fletcher and Riverside entrances of the river path – closer to the Fletcher entrance. Get more details at CalBike.
  • Sunday – Join LACBC Join us for a Long Beach tour through the neighborhoods of Poly High, Cambodia Town, Zaferia, Coronado Design District, and Rose Park – past V.I.P. Records, the Long Beach Firefighters Museum, Homeland Cultural Center, Orizaba Park, and more, and hear a little bit about each hood from some locals. The 7-mile ride is slow-paced and will reach Siem Reap, a restaurant in the bike friendly business district in Cambodia Town, by noon. Get more details, here.

Is there something we missed? Something we need to know for next time? Let us know, damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThere’s some big stuff on this pre-holiday week. The two biggest things are clearly the “Ride of Silence” and the Metro Board meeting.

  • Tonight – The city of San Marino holds a public meeting on its Bike Plan. Bike SGV seems to think it’s pretty good. But there are NIMBY’s. And they have flyers. Get the meeting details, here.
  • WednesdayOn May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The local ride is sponsored by East Side Riders, and will start at the Ghost Bike location for Benjamin Torres in Gardena. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday – Metro answers the question everyone’s been wondering: have they fired so many people they can’t hold public meetings. No, that’s not it. Oh, yes. The new fare proposal. The Metro Board of Directors votes on a fare proposal that increases the cost of a ticket and eliminates transfer fees. Read the full agenda, here.
  • Saturday – Join Walk and Rollers for the El Monte Bike Festival, a Kids Bike Safety Festival, this Saturday morning. Lots of fun activities, including Bike Skills Course, Bike Repair, Group Rides, Fitness Obstacle Course and more! Big thanks to Bike SGV, Day One and City of El Monte Health & Wellness. Get more details, here.
  • Next Monday – Is Memorial Day. Streetsblog Los Angeles will not publish unless there is major breaking news.

Did we miss something? Are there events we need to know about after this week? Email damien@streetsblog.org