This Week In Livable Streets
Lots going on this week: Vision Zero activations on Temple and Crenshaw, West Santa Ana Branch, South L.A. plans, Metro board meeting, and much more.
- Monday 6/19 – Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council hosts an LADOT presentation on how to address the illegal auto racing and car show issues affecting Crenshaw Blvd. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at DWP Crenshaw Community Room at 4030 Crenshaw Blvd. in South L.A. For details see meeting agenda.
- Tuesday-Saturday 6/20-25 – L.A. Walks, Gabba Gallery, Public Matters and Pilipino Workers Center host “Temple Street Slow Jams – A Creative Call to Action for Safer Streets” which will transform Temple Street from a high-speed roadway into a spectacular stretch of bold, beautiful art, and public performance. Various art activation events each day, culminating in an extended jam on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all along Temple Street from Virgil Avenue to Beaudry Avenue in Historic Philipinotown. For details see Temple Street Slow Jams, Facebook event, or email info[at]publicmattersgroup.org.
- Tuesday 6/20 – The Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council Quality of Life Workgroup hosts a public meeting on the Metro Rail-to-River Corridor Project and the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station. The meeting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Inglewood City Hall, Community Room A, at One Manchester Boulevard.
- Tuesday 6/20 – Metro continues its series of public scoping meetings on the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor, a new 20-mile light rail line planned to connect downtown Los Angeles to Southeast L.A. County, serving the cities and communities of the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Florence, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos, and Artesia. Tuesday’s meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the South Gate Girls Club House at 4940 Southern Avenue in South Gate. It will also be webcast live starting at 6:30 p.m. Additional meetings Wednesday 6/21 in downtown L.A., and Saturday 6/24 in Huntington Park. Comments are due by August 4, and can be submitted in writing to: Fanny Pan, Metro Project Manager, One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-22-4, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information email wsab [at]metro.net or go to Metro project website.
- Tuesday 6/20 – The Beverly Hills City Council again ponders bike lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Beverly Hills City Hall at 455 N. Rexford Drive. Details at Facebook event, Biking in L.A., or meeting agenda.
- Wednesday 6/21 – Metro will host two West Santa Ana Branch rail scoping meetings: 3-5 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. both at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple at 815 E. 1st Street in Little Tokyo. See Tuesday for details.
- Wednesday 6/21 – Vision Zero Los Angeles is hosting a public hearing on bike lane and improvements for Hoover Street, S. Broadway, Avalon Boulevard, and S. Main Street. The meeting takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Ascot Branch Library at 120 W. Florence Ave. (at Main) in South L.A. Details at flier at @VisionZeroLA Twitter.
- Thursday 6/22 – The City Planning Commission hosts a public hearing on proposed South and Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan Updates. The meeting takes place starting at 8:30 a.m. at Crenshaw Christian Center Youth Activity Center at 7901 South Vermont Avenue in South L.A. To find out more about the plan, visit a virtual open house. For meeting details, see agenda.
- Thursday 6/22 – The Metro Board of Directors convenes its regular monthly meeting. Several big decisions this month, including Measure M spending guidelines, electric buses, and more. The meeting gets underway at 9 a.m. at the 3rd floor boardroom at One Gateway Plaza, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. See agenda and staff reports at the Metro meeting page.
- Thursday 6/22 – Metro will host a hearing on the Metro Purple Line Extension project’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS.) The additional SEIS studies were ordered in response to Beverly Hills’ legal challenge to Metro’s earlier environmental studies. The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. at Roxbury Park Community Center, Multipurpose Room B, at 471 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. Details at the Source or Facebook event.
- Thursday 6/22 – LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and AARP host a conversation on Boyle Heights: Neighborhood Change, Jobs & Gentrification, featuring Dr. Eric Avila and Dr. Abel Valenzuela. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. at 501 N. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. For details see Facebook event.
- Friday 6/23 – Relampago Wheelery hosts a night of karaoke, prog rock, and BYOB fun. The festivities get underway at 7 p.m. at 140 Bimini Place in Koreatown.
- Saturday-Sunday 6/24-25 – Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) hosts Sankofa on the Shaw: Crenshaw Traffic Safety Activation Week – a series of events to engage the community as part of the city’s Vision Zero campaign, an effort to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025 through a combination of engineering, education, engagement, and enforcement. The events focus on safety for Crenshaw Boulevard from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 52nd Street. Remaining events include: Crenshaw Mall Farmers Market workshop on Saturday 6/24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Mask Festival booth on Sunday 6/25 from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, see Facebook event or email anisha[at]multicultimobility.org.
- Saturday 6/24 – Metro will host its final West Santa Ana Branch rail scoping meeting: 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Huntington Park Community Center at 6925 Salt Lake Avenue in Huntington Park. See Tuesday for details.
Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe [at] streetsblog.org.