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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThis might be the first week in a long time that the calendar doesn’t have a bike ride (note: ride added!). Are we missing something? Let us know…

  • Wednesday – The California Highway Patrol, AAA and LACBC hold a press conference announcing the first day of the “three foot passing law.” The “Three-Feet-for-Safety Act” legally mandates that California motorists give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them on the road and also provides a way for law enforcement to enforce safe passing. Bill author, state Assemblymember Steven Bradford will also be present. Get all the details, here.
  • Wednesday – It’s not the most exciting meeting in the world, but apparently the City Council Transportation Committee holds hearings even when there’s not something exciting on the agenda. The highlight is a hearing on DASH operations. Read the agenda for the 2 p.m. hearing in City Hall, click here.
  • Wednesday – Find out about and give your input on the very first all South Los Angeles CicLAvia. Meeting starts at 6:30pm at L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price’s Central Avenue Offices. More details here.
  • Wednesday - The Sustainable City Plan Town Hall on the Westside has been postponed until further notice.
  • Thursday - The Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach are working on a plan to recommend locations for bicycle mini-corrals. Join them for a public input meeting on Thursday September 11th to provide your suggestions. You may also visit www.southbaybikecorrals.org  to provide input, or get the meeting details, here.
  • Saturday – Los Ryderz and East Side Riders host a Brotherhood Unity bike ride from Watts to Gardena and back. The ride is a a memorial for Benjamin Torres, killed in a hit and run crime in 2012. More details here.
  • Saturday - Project 51: Play the L.A. River – a year-long celebration of the Los Angeles River kicks off this Saturday at Marsh Park, as part of the annual Frogtown Art Walk. See the nicest part of the river, and ask questions of SBLA’s in-house river nerd Joe Linton. Get the details, here.
  • Saturday - Come explore the history and architecture of the Golden Age of Hollywood with Walking Ambassador JJ Hoffman. Whitley Heights was designed by the Grandfather of Hollywood Hobart Whitley specifically for Hollywood’s most glamorous residents. Stars like Rudolph Valentino, Barbara LaMarr, Maurice Chevalier, and Betty Davis lived there. Proceeds from the walk benefit L.A. Walks. Get the details, here. Purchase tickets, here.

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

It’s a short week, but the things that are on the calendar are all major events, starting with the Milt Olin advocacy ride.

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  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Yield to Life, and Ghost Bike Foundation will host a ride and vigil for Milt Olin to call on District Attorney Jackie Lacey to revisit the investigation and press charges against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who killed him. Olin was riding in a bike lane on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas on the afternoon of December 8th, 2013, when he was hit from behind by a sheriff’s deputy who was typing on his mobile computer and drifted into the bike lane. On Wednesday, August 27th, the District Attorney’s office announced that they will not press charges against the deputy due to “lack of sufficient evidence” of the deputy’s negligence, despite department training that specifically warns employees that using a mobile computer while operating a vehicle is “inherently unsafe.” For more information on the ride, click here. For more of Streetsblog’s coverage of the crash and investigation, click here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors is going to meet to discuss how awful a job the Sheriff’s Department is doing fulfilling their security contract with the transit agency. Get the bare meeting details here. We are editing a preview of the meeting by Dana for a little later today.
  • Friday – Mobility 21 is holding its annual conference in Orange County. Eric Garcetti and a bunch of heavyweights are going to be there. Registration is closed, but you can get most of the conference information at the Mobility 21 website.
  • Saturday – Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California’s railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the nonprofit museum will feature 180-plus tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, art, books and model and toy trains. Get the details, here.
  • Sunday – The next LACBC Sunday Funday ride will be led by local chapter Carson Bicycle Coalition. The route will be a 13-mile tour through the Carson’s hidden gems of past, present, and future.  More details, here.
  • Sunday - Join CicLAvia Explores for a journey through the historic Broadway Theater District in downtown Los Angeles in anticipation of the October CicLAvia – Heart of LA route. The Explores highlight will be a special screening of David Lynch’s classic “Mulholland Drive” at the Million Dollar Theatre at 6 p.m. with all proceeds going to CicLAvia. Get 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_calendarThis is a weird week, with a state holiday on Friday and some school districts (Culver City and more) starting up the school year. Oh, well. The Week in Livable Streets Events rolls on.

  • Wednesday – A crowded transportation committee includes a possible change in how LADOT measures bike plan implementation. The proposal would require LADOT to address the most dangerous areas first identified in the bike plan instead of placing the emphasis on bike infrastructure miles. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors does not meet in August.
  • Thursday - Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative and LADOT celebrate the completion of phase one of the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan – a “dress rehearsal” that sets the stage for future improvements. This phase of the plan reconfigures the roadway from four lanes to three, and reclaims space formerly used by vehicles to increase pedestrian areas, provide shorter safer crosswalks, allow for 24-hour parking and loading where none previously existed, while offering public outdoor seating along Broadway with tables, chairs and umbrellas “adopted” by Broadway businesses. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday – But wait, there’s more. YPT-LA and APBP-SoCal are joining forces to bring you a free walking tour of the new Broadway Streetscape Dress Rehearsal project with LADOT’s Pedestrian Coordinator, Margot Ocañas. Meet at Grand Central Market at 5:00 and start the walk at 5:30pm. RSVP by email to losangeles@yptransportation.org. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – It’s L.A.’s 233rd birthday! Celebrate by walking or biking. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday -The LA Explorers Club, C.I.C.L.E., and L.A. history experts, Esotouric, team for al bike ride through Hollywood’s Culture and Lore. Esotouric is an actual tour company that knows the dirty secrets of LA and we are so happy to be collaborating for their first bike tour. Get all the details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarWith the school year back in session, the public meeting schedule is also starting to heat up. The week ends with one of the best kid-friendly bicycle events, Tour Da Arts, in L.A. County in Santa Monica. And that’s the day after the popular Kidical Mass. Santa Monica sure knows how to celebrate back to school week.

  • Monday – At 6:30, the Pasadena Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on the “Future of Bicycling in Pasadena” on Monday.  The meeting will cover the results of a recent bikeway feasibility study. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Tuesday – The first draft of the SGV Bike Master Plan will be reviewed by the San Gabriel City Council for the first time at 5:30 p.m. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Tuesday – The California High Speed Rail Authority wraps up its series of public meetings outlining new route options for the San Gabriel Valley. Tuesday’s meeting is at Union Station from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Tuesday – CicLAvia is holding a community meeting on in East L.A. to prepare the community for the “Heart of Los Angeles” CicLAvia on October 5. If you want to learn more, or show support for CicLAvia, make plans now. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors does not meet in August. Thus, there are no committee meetings.
  • Thursday - As a nonprofit organization, LACBC raises money to do the work they do. Learn about ways to put on fundraisers with a purpose and build the support you need to grow. The strongest partnerships can be made by people like you that already have connections in your local community. Get the details, here.
  • Friday - 1st District Councilmember and faux-safety advocate Gil Cedillo opens a district office in Highland Park, and the frustrated safe streets advocates of Northeast Los Angeles will be there to greet him. Get the details, here.
  • Saturday – Join Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society‘s newest board member, Severin Martinez on a 6 mile walking tour around the neighborhood focused on Eagle Rock’s history of community and civic engagement. Get the details, here.
  • Sunday – The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s annual Tour da Arts returns with vol. 6! The Museum’s free, all day bicycle festival and tour welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy art, music and dazzling performances.  C.I.C.L.E. will lead a nine-mile community bicycle ride with unique sights and sounds. During the pre-ride festivities, Santa Monica Next will be tabling where you can register to vote, play planning games or get your hands on Santa Monica Next and Vote Local! bicycling stickers. Get the details, here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know about for next week or the future? Let us know at events@streetsblog.org.

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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