Schweitzer (Journalist) and Santiago (Elected Official) Win 2017 Streetsies


Even as we continue to roll out polls for Streetsie categories, we’re happy to announce our first two Streetsie winners.

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago has won the “Elected Official of the Year” award. This is in large part for his work authoring and championing legislation that finally fixed a state law prohibiting pedestrians from entering an intersection if a countdown signal had begun flashing.  A.B. 390, which allows pedestrians to legally enter crosswalks during the countdown phase, went into effect on January 1.

Joining Santiago as finalists were the Mar Vista Community Council, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, and the Mid-City West Community Council. Both Mid-City West and Friedman received significant support from Streetsblog staff and board, but ultimately Santiago got the most votes.

The 2017 Streetsie award for journalist goes to Lisa Schweitzer for her excellent self-named blog. As noted in her nomination, the USC planning professor “has been a great general hell-raiser and smart contradictory voice. Her The Smartest Boy Urbanist in the Room is required reading. She is also great on NIMBYs, YIMBYs, Measure S, transitsexual predators, housing, data, and much more.”

Also nominated were Peter Flax, the bicyling journalist who has done deep dives into the Anti-Road Diet and #RecallBonin stories on the Westside, and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s excellent transportation writer Steve Scauzillo.

Don’t forget, there is still time to vote in the Civil Servant of the Year poll, and we’ll have two more polls come online before the week is over.



Cast Your Vote for the Streetsie Awards

We’re closing in on the end of the year, and that means it’s Streetsie time! The annual Livable Streets awards program honors the best (and worst, but for now just the best) stories from Streetsblog throughout the year. We’ll have our own pick for Streetsie Award winners and via polls, we also will have “People’s […]

2015 Streetsies: Vote for Civil Servant of the Year

  It is time to vote your mind for the 2015 Streetsie award: Civil Servant of the Year. Longtime readers will know what to do. There are six Streetsie categories this year: Elected Official, Civil Servant, Business, Writer/Journalist, Advocacy – Individual, and Advocacy – Group. If you can read this, voting has already started. All polls will close […]

2014 Streetsies: Elected Official of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s Streetsie voting time! This year, we’re going to spread out the Streetsie voting over a couple of weeks, with some of the voting going live today and tomorrow and some of it going live next week. Voting will close on Friday, January 2, 2015 at noon. […]

2015 Streetsies: Vote for Elected Official of the Year

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s 2015 Streetsie awards voting time! Longtime readers probably remember the drill. This year there are six categories: Elected Official, Civil Servant, Business, Media/Journalism, Advocacy – Individual, and Advocacy – Group. Voting starts this week and will close on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at noon. Reader voting […]