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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Downtown L.A. now has protected bike lanes! Woooot! Wooooot! Not just a block-long tunnel, but full-on grown-up Euro-style protected bike lanes. The newly opened half-mile-long Los Angeles Street protected bike lanes feature bicycle signals, floating bus stop islands, neon-green merge zones and two-phase left turn markings, not to mention freshly resurfaced pavement. All just in time […]
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Metro Announces LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds Jumping to Metro in August

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Yesterday afternoon, Metro announced in an internal email (full copy below) that L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds will be leaving the agency sometime in August to join Metro as the Chief Innovation Officer and head of the Department of Strategic Innovation. Reynolds has been a part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration […]