By Damien Newton, January 20, 2015
There’s been a lot of excitement over Seleta Reynolds since she assumed the head spot at LADOT. If you haven’t had a chance to hear her in person, there’s a chance this Thursday night when Reynolds speaks in Tarzana. Listen and be prepared to applaud profusely. There’s also an exciting joint MCM-LACBC program on Saturday to engage more women in bicycle advocacy.
- Right Now - State agencies are seeking input on one more program that will receive funds from California’s cap-and-trade system. Guidelines for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program [PDF] were released in December. Two public workshops will be held, one in Los Angeles is being held right now and the other is in Sacramento tomorrow. Read more at Melanie Curry’s story from last week.
- Thursday – Because Metro Board scheduling is designed to make things as confusing as possible, the Board meeting will be held next week, even though committee meetings were last week. The agenda should be posted soon, and will be found here.
- Thursday - Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) invite you to meet General Manager Seleta Reynolds at a transportation town hall in the West Valley. LADOT would like to share the Great Streets for Los Angeles Strategic Plan and hear from residents directly on key transportation issues affecting the West Valley. Get more details, here.
- Thursday – Metro will offer presentations on the plans for affordable housing projects at Cesar Chavez/Soto and 1st/Soto in Boyle Heights and gather community feedback on those and the plans for the Mariachi Plaza site. The meeting will be held at Puente Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Avenue, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. For details on where things stand with the projects now, see Sahra’s write-up here.
- Saturday - The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) are partnering on a women-led series of bike rides and workshops starting this Sat., Jan 24th, and continuing on through April. These workshops are designed to encourage women to build their networks and grow their capacity for transforming their communities through active transportation, namely biking. Get more details, here.
- Saturday - Metro sponsors Bikesan@s del Valle’s and C.I.C.L.E.’s (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) Love Your Neighborhood ride. The ride will start from Lake View Terrace Library near Hansen Dam and will visit community murals and Pacoima City Hall. Details at Facebook event page.
- Saturday – Years of work by the Neighborhood Land Trust will come to fruition this Saturday morning with the opening of the pocket park at the intersection of Avalon and Gage (6301 Avalon Bl.) in South L.A. Food and festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run through noon. See photos and plans of the park as it was under construction here.