This Week in Livable Streets

Get the latest on DTSC’s Exide clean-up plan, Eastside Gold Line expansion, a new park under the 6th Street Bridge, L.A.’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Kidical Mass, Transportation Committee, and much more.

  • Monday 2/6 – Tonight Metro hosts the first of five identical community meetings for the Gold Line Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2. Metro will present preliminary findings for Washington Boulevard north-south routing concepts to Whittier and refinements to the 60 Freeway alternative to South El Monte. Monday’s meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whittier Uptown Senior Center at 13225 Walnut Street in Whittier. Meetings continue February 7 (Montebello), 8 (South El Monte), 15 (Commerce) and 16 (East L.A.). For details go to the Metro website, call (213) 922-3012, or email eastsidephase2 [at]
  • Tuesday 2/7 – Metro’s new 7th Street subway station tunnel connection to The Bloc opens at 9 a.m. Meet at The Bloc at 750 W. 7th Street in downtown L.A.
  • Tuesday 2/7 – Metro Eastside Gold Line meetings continue – see Monday, above. Tuesday’s meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Quiet Cannon Spyglass Room, at 901 Via San Clemente, in Montebello.
  • Tuesday 2/7 – Councilmember José Huizar and L.A. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore invite you to help create the vision and design for the 12-acre Sixth Street Park, Arts, and Connectivity Improvements (PARC). The Sixth Street Viaduct PARC will be located under and adjacent to the under-construction Sixth Street Viaduct. The space will connect Boyle Heights, the Arts District, and the Los Angeles River. The first of two meetings kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at PUENTE Learning Center, 501 South Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 2/7 – L.A. City’s appointed Bicycle Advisory Committee meets to discuss the Vision Zero Action Plan and more. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall at 6501 Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. Details on meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 2/8 – L.A. City Council’s Transportation Committee meets at 1 p.m. to discuss and decide Metro Call for Projects, Vision Zero Action Plan and more. Meeting is at L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street (entrance on Main Street) in downtown L.A. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 2/8 – Metro Eastside Gold Line meetings continue – see Monday, above. Wednesday’s meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at South El Monte Senior Center, at 1556 Central Avenue, in South El Monte.
  • Wednesday 2/8 – Councilmember José Huizar and L.A. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore invite you to help create the vision and design for the 12-acre Sixth Street Park, Arts, and Connectivity Improvements (PARC). Wednesday’s meeting, the second of two meetings, is at 6:30 p.m. at SCI-Arc, Keck Auditorium at 960 E. 3rd Street in the DTLA Arts District. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 2/9 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice hosts the second of two events to overview the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) plan for clean up of Exide lead contamination. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the EYCEJ Community Room at 5117 Kinsie Street in the city of Commerce. Details at Facebook event or call (323)263-2113.
  • Thursday 2/9Join Community Services Unlimited for their annual Valentine’s Day(-ish) event. This year, they are partnering with the John Aaroe Group and holding the event in a beautiful space in Old Town Pasadena. The event will feature live music from blues man S.S. Jones of the New Ash Grove Players, drinks from Gypsyeats’ Al-ke-me and Chef Leila, hors d’oeuvres from Zaneta Santana, and healthy bites from the Village Market Place and Katie’s Vegan Bakery, plus a silent auction. Festivities run from 6 – 8 p.m. at 42 S. Pasadena Ave., in Pasadena. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 2/11 – The city of Santa Monica hosts Kidical Mass from 9 a.m. to noon at Virginia Avenue Park, at 2200 Virginia Avenue in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 2/12Come out and ride the annual Ride 4 Love through Watts hosted by East Side Riders Bike Club along with Los Ryderz BC. This community ride is all about the love. This year ESRBC will officially announce their new logo; the classic logo will still be printed on shirts for support. Meet at Ted Watkins park at 103rd and Central Avenue in Watts. Details at Facebook event.
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