By Damien Newton, September 16, 2013
The week starts a little slow, but it heats up fast starting on Wednesday. It ends with a Streetsblog/SaMo Next fundraiser. That’s fun.
- Wednesday, Thursday- The Metro Board of Directors Committee meetings splash down this week. There’s nothing earth shattering on the agenda, the coolest meeting is a special meeting on Union Station we’ll discuss in a moment, but you can check out all the committee agendas on Metro’s Website.
- Wednesday – The Metro Board of Directors is holding a special workshop on the Union Station Master Plan. A good time is promised to all for this mid-afternoon meeting. Metro has posted the power point that will be presented at the meeting at The Source. Get the details, here.
- Wednesday - Nobody seems completely sure who gets to make the final decision on what is going to happen concerning access to the Expo Bikeway in Cheviot Hills, but the agreement between the city and homeowners requires a public meeting on the topic. This isn’t it, but the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee plans to have a voice in the decision. You can learn more about their plans at a meeting of their advocacy and education committee meeting. Get the details, here.
- Thursday – It used to be that meetings of the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee was a great chance to watch the Committee’s Chair, Deborah Murphy, harangue staff about the city’s priorities. Over the years, that has changed as the city has moved towards creating a better environment for pedestrians and people. Of course, now that Murphy is friends with Eric Garcetti, that’s likely to change even more. I don’t have a copy of the meeting agenda (yet), but the meeting is open to the public and they’re bound to be discussing something good. Get the meeting details, here.
- Friday – It’s Park(ing) Day! True, the celebration of open space (and protest of the amount of space dedicated towards parking) isn’t quite what it used to be in Los Angeles, but there are still plenty of places in Downtown Los Angeles to get your park on. I’ll probably swing by the one in Culver City, and there are some other ones sprinkled around the map. See it on Google.
- Friday, Saturday – Do you like cars? How about really fancy cars that run on alternative fuel, or rainbows, or something else that isn’t fossil fuels? If you do, you’ll love the 8th Annual Alt Car Expo in Santa Monica. Covering this event in 2007 was actually one of the first stories I wrote for Street Heat. See their advertising image, here.
- Saturday – On Saturday, September 21, through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the LA River Corp, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Made in LA” along the LA River. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through and around Cypress Park and expose riders to businesses that make products right here in Los Angeles. Participants will visit Grain Surfboards, Kruegermann Pickle Factory and swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers). Get the details, here.
- Saturday – I know, I know, another Santa Monica event! What is this, Santa Monica Next? No, but this one is really cool. On Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm, Michigan Avenue will play host to a unique and exciting family‐friendly festival between 9th and Euclid Streets. As the second community planning workshop for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) project, Pop‐Up MANGo takes the concept to the next level with temporary design installations in the street, an art workshop, music, and food! The event is FREE and open to the public. As best as I can tell, this is the first event of its kind in the region. Get the details at our calendar section, or the city’s website.
- Sunday – It’s the Streetsblog Los Angeles/Santa Monica Next fundraiser party. Celebrate the launch of Santa Monica Next and the award winning Streetsblog Los Angeles. It’s bound to be a fun four hours at Juan and Sirinya’s. There’s going to be food, and drink and a raffle…the event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and the raffle by the Santa Monica Museum of Art. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to get directions to this rooftop party in Santa Monica. Calendar Listing. Facebook.