Broadway Road Diet Transformation Funding Approved By Council
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-0 today in favor of creating a groundbreaking, large-scale project in Downtown Los Angeles with the approval of funding for Phase 1 of Councilmember José Huizar’s Streetscape Plan/Road Diet project on Broadway.
The nine-block project will reduce lanes of traffic in favor of greater pedestrian areas on Historic Broadway, providing added security along one of the city’s busiest pedestrian streets, making Broadway a more enjoyable place to walk, shop and spend time.
The Broadway Streetscape Master Plan is one of L.A.’s first large-scale examples of a “Complete Streets” project, with Councilmember Huizar emerging as one of the City’s biggest Complete Streets proponents. The Streetscape Plan/Road Diet will be achieved in two phases. The Phase I Dress Rehearsal will be implemented this year, with a full-scale build out (Phase II) coming at a later date.
“In a season of victories for our Bringing Back Broadway initiative, today’s Council vote is truly significant,” said Councilmember José Huizar, who heads up the Bringing Back Broadway effort. “This Phase I Dress Rehearsal will set the stage for the full implementation of a Streetscape Plan that prioritizes people over vehicles, and will make Broadway a safer, more pedestrian-oriented street. This plan, along with the Downtown Streetcar and significant private economic investment on the historic street, makes Broadway’s future as bright as its past.”
Special thanks to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the LADOT Pedestrian Unit and Metro for their leadership and assistance in moving this project forward. Also, thanks to the Historic Downtown, Fashion and Downtown Center Business Improvement Districts who will help oversee maintenance of the project.
For details about the plan, please see Bringing Back Broadway link here.
Read CurbedLA post here.
Enroll Your Child in the Music LA Summer Program
When: July 1 - August 11
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is proud to present the 9th annual Music LA Summer Session of music education for youth at sites throughout the City of Los Angeles. Music LA sites offer Early Childhood classes for young children ages 2 through 6 and their parents, and/or classes for youth aged 7 – 18 in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced music instruction. Music LA works with a network of local music education providers to give children and teens a summer full of music training in a challenging and creative environment where learning, focus, and discipline are cultivated. It provides professional, affordable music education programming in areas of the City where few or no music education programs exist.
Through a variety of course offerings, each Music LA site incorporates a curriculum of basic music theory, hands-on instrumental and/or vocal musicianship, and ensemble performance training. After six to seven weeks of instruction, all students will take part in culminating performances for family and friends.
Contact a Music LA site near you to pre-register and for more information, including mandatory parent and student Orientation dates, cost of registration, and class schedules. For further information visit the DCA website
Civic Center Criterium Bicycle Ride
Come to the 7th Annual Dog Day
When: July 10, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: 555 W. Temple St.
Come to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels Plaza for the annual Downtown Dog Days. Meet your neighbors and their dogs for an evening of mingling, music, and pet-related vendor displays! Celebrate our four-legged furry friends who help create community in Downtown Los Angeles. Downtowners without dogs are welcome too!
Dodger Dogs, snacks, full bar & beverages by Levy Restaurants available for purchase. $5 flat rate parking at the Cathedral. Dogs must be on a lease and social.
Register for the event at this website.
Celebrate Summer at Pershing Square
Pershing Square is an outdoor concert, event center, and public park located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Pershing Square will be hosting many events throughout the summer including film screenings, an art gallery and food trucks. Don't miss out! Find out about all the events by going to this website
and clicking on the events tab.
You can keep in touch with the latest plans and developments for Pershing Square by signing up for the mailing list. Click here
and scroll to the bottom of the page to eneter your email address.
Supreme Court Action Regarding Homeless in LA
On Monday, June 24, the Supreme Court refused to consider lifting an order that bans the city from discarding unattended property left by homeless people without notice.
Our office wants to remind Downtown Los Angeles stakeholders that the City is already in compliance with the court, and this decision has no effect on our ongoing program to clean the streets of Skid Row (Operation Healthy Streets).
Councilmember Huizar secured $1.2 million for Operation Healthy Streets in the 2013-2014 City budget, which was adopted by the City Council last month. This funding helps the City provide safer and cleaner streets for residents and businesses alike, while respecting the property rights of the homeless.
For more information regarding the Supreme Court's decision, read LA Times story here
Experience Sunday Session At Grand Park
Gather together with family and friends for an afternoon of the best in electronic music performance. Carefully curated by Eduardo Castillo
from The Eclectech
, Castillo brings the beautiful soaring sounds beats of local and international DJs and producers to the heart of Downtown LA.
Happening every last Sunday of the month all summer long, Sunday Sessions will also feature food trucks and cocktails by Pattern Bar.
Prepared food picnics encouraged. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park.
JUN 30 / Audiofly / Droog / Eduardo Castillo / … and more
FOOD TRUCKS: COOLHAUS / Kosher Truck / Crepe 'n' Around / Green Truck/ Boarder Grill Truck OTHER TRUCKS / Selvedge Dry Goods
JULY 28 / Scissor + Thread Showcase with Francis Harris / Bob Moses / Gry and Eduardo Castillo … and more
AUG 25 / The Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli / NU / Eduardo Castillo … and more
When: Thursdays, July 1 - September 12
5:30pm - 8pm
Where: Grand Park in DTLA
Come out and have fun at Grand Park all summer long! The park will be hosting weekly events every Thursday, starting on July 4th. There will be live music, lawn games, and a beer garden. Below is a list of all the events scheduled.
July 4: 4th of July Block Party
July 11: LA Jazz Collective
July 18: Justo Almario - Fiesta Colombiana
July 25: Colburn Summer Pops - Big Bad Songbook Classics
Aug 1: The Rebel Light / Holly Conlan / The Yong Romans - indie
Aug 8: Subsuelo - global bass collective, live percussion & flamenco dance
Aug 15: Hobart W. Fink / Blackfeet Braves / Jeffertitti's Nile - indie
Aug 22: Colburn Summer Pops - Big band Hollywood hits
Aug 29: SpiritVine / Halfbluud / Infantree - indie
Sept 5: Bullet & Snowfox / Silver Hands / Monster Paws - indie
Sep 12: Conganas - Latin Jazz
Important Information for all Metro and Metrolink Rail Users!
Red and Purple Line turnstiles at Union Station are now latched. You will need proof of a paid fare to go through the turnstiles.
If you are a Metro patron, buy a TAP card then load your fair before you ride. Tap your card on the turnstile to deduct your fair and get on board. If you are a Metrolink patron and want to ride a Metro train, buy a tap-compatible Metrolink Ticket at Metrolink stations.
You can buy a Metro TAP Card at Metro TAP Vending Machines located in stations, or Metro Customer Service Centers. 500 other locations sell TAP Cards as well. To find the nearest location to you follow this link.
Visit the Now Open Spring St. Park!
On Monday, June 17, community members joined Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmember Perry, Rec and Parks, and BOE officials for the Grand Opening of the Spring Street Park.
Located between the Rowan and El Dorado Lofts, Spring Street Park was designed by Lehrer Architects and is situated on .7 acres of land. It includes walking paths, an open lawn, seating, children's play elements, native landscaping and a smart irrigation system.
The park's planning, design and implementation involved a collaboration among the Mayor's Office, Council District 14 and 9, Recreation and Parks, Engineering, and local stakeholders, including "Friends of Spring Street Park," a non-profit organization established to assist the park.
Special thanks to local residents, business leaders and stakeholders for their guidance, input and advocacy. They include Patti Berman, President of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Chairman of the Friends of Spring Street Park; Bill Stevenson; Blair Besten, Historic Downtown LA BID; Tom Gilmore; and the Rowan and El Dorado Lofts Home Owners Associations, to name a few.
Thanks to Ground Floor Cafe for providing fresh coffee, pastries, croquettes and mini-crepes at the grand opening.
Councilmember Huizar also joined Mayor Villaraigosa in announcing another City park will be coming to 1st and Broadway to better serve a growing Downtown Los Angeles community.
Planning Announces A New Zoning Code For A 21st Century LA
Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Villaraigosa to announced that the City's Planning Department is embarking on a comprehensive revision of LA's outdated zoning code. First adopted in 1946, the current Code has grown from a simple, 84-page pamphlet to an unwieldy 600+ page book that does not serve the needs of a modern Los Angeles.
The new Zoning Code will more effectively implement the goals and objectives of the General Plan and the City's 35 Community Plans. Furthermore, it will offer a wider variety of zoning options that protect and enhance our communities in order to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and allow each neighborhood to maintain a distinct sense of place.
For more information or to receive email notifications visit this website. You can also follow the progress through facebook or twitter.
Read This Urgent Message From LADWP
LADWP urges customers to beware of fraud involving energy efficiency programs. In the last few months there have been a few instances of individuals approaching small business customers with LADWP’s CLEO application, asking for cash up front to perform lighting retrofit work, and then never returning to perform the installations that were promised. Please be advised that LADWP does not charge for energy efficiency rebates or direct installation of efficiency upgrades.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Strategic Plan
The El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (El Pueblo) has developed a strategic plan to achieve six specific objectives over the next three years. The plan was developed with input from the El Pueblo Commission, the Merchants of Olvera Street, and all non-profit organizations located within the Monument as a three-year rolling plan designed to guide El Pueblo’s future development while keeping in mind the needs of our tenants, local community, and other stakeholders.
The six objectives include:
Marketing strategies to promote awareness of the City’s birthplace, its history, traditions, educational programs, and cultural offerings to reach a wide target audience.
Increasing revenue opportunities for the Department, non-profit organizations, and businesses located within the Historical Monument.
Promoting a safe and clean environment for visitors, businesses, and staff.
Undertaking and completing capital projects to preserve, restore, maintain, and improve El Pueblo’s historic assets, collections, and environment for current and future generations to enjoy.
Maintaining the El Pueblo as a world-class destination for visitors and encourage efficient operations and outstanding customer service.
Developing partnerships with schools, City departments, and other organizations to encourage internships, events, and promotional events at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
For more information about El Pueblo de Los Angeles please visit their website.
Councilmember Huizar Assists Downtown Restaurants With Permitting
Recently Councilmember Huizar submitted a motion to create a pilot program to allow for an expedited temporary permit for sidewalk dining and/or sidewalk beautification within the Historic Core area. The motion also called for a full review of current fees and processes. Sidewalk dining and and sidewalk decor enhance the pedestrian experience, adding life and vitality to the street. However, the existing process to obtain a permit is costly and time consuming, discouraging many businesses, especially independent Historic Core Mom and Pop businesses and entrepreneurs. Therefore, Councilmember Huizar introduced this motion to encourage the legal activation of public space with sidewalk dining and enhanced street-front presence to continue the revitalization of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.
See CBS/KCAL story highlighting the issue and Councilmember Huizar's response by clicking here.
Submit Your Film to On Location 2013!
On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates and enlists LA's remarkable pool of filmmakers. By engaging these creative members of the Los Angeles community to act and serve as Ambassadors of LA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), the Los Angeles Torusim and Convention Board and LA Weekly are able to share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods.
The LA Video Project is calling all filmmakers to submit a short video that highlights the city of Los Angeles. Prizes include production packages, cash prizes, and a screening at the NFMLA red carpet event.
Here is more information on the program from 2012:
The 2013 site will be launched early next week!
Submit Your Artwork to Sacred Memories 2013!
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and El Pueblo Park Association will be presenting an art exhibit entitled SACRED MEMORIES: Contemporary and Cross Cultural Expressions of Day of the Dead from October 25 to November 24, 2013. Sacred Memories will explore the world’s rituals that venerate the departed including Dia de los Muertos, first observed by the indigenous people of Latin America, China’s Qingming, Korea’s Chuseok, and other rituals practiced in United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
Artists are asked to submit two and three-dimensional work (including ofrendas/altars) that examines rituals honoring the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors. Interactive and interpretive works will be particularly encouraged.
DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by Monday July 1, 2013 by 5pm PST
A maximum of six (6) submissions from each artist.
All submissions must be the artist’s original work.
The following information MUST accompany each work of art submitted:
1. Artist’s Name: first and last name
2. Contact Info: 2a. Email address; 2b. Telephone number; 2c. Mailing Address
3. Artwork Info: 3a. Title of work; 3b. year executed; 3c. media; 3d. dimensions
4. Artist Statement: A few words on the piece and how it is related to the Sacred Memories theme.
Submissions will be accepted in the following formats for Mail-In or Email Submissions:
Digital images, i.e. jpeg format (hi-res jpeg 2-3MB is the preferred format. Please be sure to have good quality images and the colors represent the true color of the artwork.)
Please do not mail or drop off original work.
Artists who wish their entries be returned to them must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
MAIL-IN SUBMISSION: CD or prints should be mail to:
Sacred Memories Submission
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
EMAIL SUBMISSION: Hi-Res jpeg (2-3MB) can be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All email submissions MUST HAVE the following SUBJECT LINE to be considered : “SACRED MEMORIES 2013: Artist Submission”
Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibit will be notified by the end of August. Upon notification, images of accepted artwork may be used in the exhibition’s publicity.
For more information, please call (213) 485-8437 or email: email@example.com.
Help Improve Public Safety Downtown
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and stay up to date on public safety issues.
Stay Up To Date On Traffic and Road Closures
Downtown is a uniquely dynamic, exciting and thriving area of the City, but along with all excitement comes traffic and road closers. Do not let traffic or road closures surprise you again. Get up to the minute information on traffic conditions and street closures by visiting http://trafficinfo.lacity.org.