Summer Of Change

July 31, 2009
CD2 Campaign Heats Up!
CD2 Map
LA's City Clerk was kept busy, certifying a total of 10 Candidates for the open Council District 2 seat that represents an area stretching from Sunland-Tujunga, Foothill Trails, Sun Valley and NoHo across Valley Village, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, and picking up a bit of Van Nuys. 

The final roster of candidates is as diverse as the council district itself and voters were busy this past weekend framing a "Vision Platform" that they intend to use to frame the upcoming debates and forums. 

Look for a campaign that is based on the issues, on a vision and on a shared commitment to improving the quality of life in CD2. Most importantly for the City of Los Angeles as a whole, look for CD2 to demonstrate the power of an issues based campaign, driven by the voters and used to position the prevailing candidate in a working relationship with the community.

To the right is a list of upcoming CD2 election events, also to the right is the final list of candidates.

Park[ing] Day LA says
"Streets are for People!"

Parking Day LA
The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council has unveiled their plans for their 3rd annual celebration of Park[ing] Day LA and Alfredo "the Park Czar" Hernandez promises that it will have something for everybody.

East Hollywood is the park-poorest neighborhood in Los Angeles but on September 18, it will be the park-richest as the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, LA Guerrilla Gardening, Recycled Movie, and the Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park join forces with the Neighborhood Council to turn Heliotrope and Melrose into a park[ing] oasis.

Park[ing] Day LA hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

As for East Hollywood, this year their park will become permanent as the LA Guerrilla Garden(ing) uses the Park[ing] Day LA materials to build a park in the neighborhood as a leave-behind and community improvement.

East Hollywood has garnered a reputation as the Neighborhood Council of firsts. They were the first NC to use a Music Video as their application for certification. They were the first NC to endorse the Cyclists' Bill of Rights. They were first to declare themselves a Pedestrian Oriented Community and they were the first to partner with a sustainable Film Production Company.

Now they're first to establish temporary parks that last forever!

For more information on Park[ing] Day LA, visit, join the facebook page and email if you'd like the Park Czar to give a presentation to your Neighborhood Council.

Park[ing] Day LA has a twitter page on

For an overview of the origins of Park[ing] Day visit

Trailer Park[ing] Day LA is on the move!
LA GreenstersLA Greensters, East Hollywood local #1, are the film industry's first completely pedal powered transpo team and have just completed work on "At What Price" shot completely sustainably by Rebel Without a Car Productions.

The Greensters transported all Grip & Electric gear, Camera and Sound equipment, food and supplies for the entire film shoot. The transpo team convoyed through the streets of Hollywood using Xtracycles, wagons, trailers and pedal power, all in a demonstration of commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.

The Greensters are plann[ing] to celebrate Park[ing] Day LA doing what they do best, haul[ing] all the elements of a park through the streets of LA, paus[ing] to build parks as opportunity presents itself.

The Greensters will be creat[ing] parks with music, vegan cupcakes, ice-cream, beverages, witty repartee, a zero waste commitment, and an LA Guerrilla Garden[ing] seed bomb element which will allow participants to pollinate their neighborhoods with their very own pocket parks.

For more information on the Greensters, follow on Twitter @

Neighborhood Councils develop
Final preparations are underway on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Neighborhood Councils and the Department of Transportation. 

MOU Representatives from Neighborhood Councils are invited to join the NCTranspo Team on Saturday, August 1st to take a look at the proposed Draft MOU as developed by the NC negotiating team. 

Saturday, August 1 @ 1 pm
Marvin Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91401

Visit for more information

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!
What's with all the Bikes?
Cyclists in the City
LABAC - Where's the Bike Plan? Cyclists gather on Tuesday evening at LAPD's Parker Center to join the LA Bicycle Advisory Committee as they take on the issues that are important to cyclists throughout the City. Meeting every two months, the LABAC will be addressing the City's missing Bike Plan, LAPD training on bike issues, and the Expo Line Bike Path.

7:00 PM, Tuesday, August  4
Parker Center Auditorium
150 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

BWC - Cyclists' Bill of Rights! The Bike Writers Collective developed the Cyclists' Bill of Rights a year and a half ago. Since then, the CBR has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the London Telegraph, Bicycling Magazine and LA Magazine. It has been featured on radio and television and has picked up endorsements from Neighborhood Councils around the City of Los Angeles. East Hollywood was the first, Mar Vista and Palms were the most recent and somewhere in the middle, the LA City Council also voted to endorse the CBR.

Has your Neighborhood Council taken a stand in favor of the Cyclists' Bill of Rights? Take a look and give us a shout. We'd love to present the CBR and to engage in a larger discussion of how to make our streets safer for everybody! 

"Bike-on-Rail" (or not!) Cyclists were shocked to discover that the Metro's solution to congestion is to limit cyclists to two per rail car, not just during peak hours, but at all hours. Prior limits prohibited cyclists from riding rail during peak hours but relied on common sense restrictions during other hours. In other words, don't get on a full rail car!

The Metro is currently proposing to lift the peak hour restriction but to replace it with a universal restriction of two cyclists per rail car.

Life is difficult and sometime complicated, but if we work together we can develop inspired solutions to the many opportunities we face. Join us in urging the Metro to involve the cycling community in capacity solutions that result in a robust Transportation System that serves all people and all modes.

North East Central Alliance
Develops Its Voice
Cyclists in the City
Enci & I were honored with an invitation to present "Get Connected" to NECA, the North East Central Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, and we shared an overview of social media and strategies for creating community through communication. 

NECA's mission is to provide the area neighborhood councils with a unified voice, and based on our experience on Wednesday, they are well on their way to making it happen. They were positive, they were aggressive and they were committed to rallying the community and speaking clearly, all while engaging the neighborhoods and developing their voice. 

We were inspired and encouraged and filled with hope. Especially when we watched as the 15 at the table addressed their budget concerns with a unique solution. "Let's keep it simple. If there's money involved, we pass the hat!" It was then that we realized that LA's City Council had just met their match!

NECA meets on the last Wednesday of every month and includes the Silver Lake, Greater Echo Park Elysian, East Hollywood, Atwater Village, Greater Griffith Park, MacArthur Park, Westlake, Rampart Village, Pico Unio, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Councils. 

AB766 - Safe Streets Bill
Challenges Speed Limit Increases
Stephen in SF w/Krekorian
It's been several months since Enci and I went to Sacramento in support of Assemblyman Paul Krekorian's AB766 Safe Streets bill, a proposal that would give local communities more authority over the methods used for setting the speed limits on local streets.

Current State Law requires local authorities to review speed limits periodically and to adjust the speed limits to reflect the actual speed of motorists, using the 85% rule which establishes the speed limit so that 85% of the traffic is traveling legally, all in order to use radar/laser speed limit enforcement.

The problem is that the speed limits on many of our streets are slowly creeping up while our Transportation authorities pass over other methods of traffic control ranging from road diets, signal sync, bike boulevards and education and encouragement programs, all of which support safer streets for everybody including pedestrians and cyclists. 

AB766 didn't make it to through to the Assembly but it did result in a public forum, to be held here in LA, to address the issues that have been raised in the Safe Streets journey.

Saturday, August 22, 2 pm to 4 pm
Marvin Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91401

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In This Issue
CD2 Campaign Heats Up
Park[ing] Day LA says "Streets are for People!"
Trailer Park[ing] Day LA is on the move!
Neighborhood Councils develop MOU with LADOT
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes! What's with all the Bikes?
North East Central Alliance Develops Its Voice
AB766 - Safe Streets Bill Challenges Speed Limit Increases
Upcoming CD2 Candidates Forums
and Debates

Equestrian Communities CD2 Candidates Forum
Sponsored by the
LA Horse Council

Tuesday, Aug 4, 6:30pm

All Nations Church
10000 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace
Info: 818 353-3467

Sunland-Tujunga CD2 Candidates Forum

Saturday Aug 8
Meet & Greet 1-2 pm Forum 2-4:30 pm

North Valley City Hall
7747 Foothill Blvd
Info: 818 438-7076

Neighborhood Council
Valley Village
Council District 2
Candidates Forum

Wednesday, Aug 26 @ 7pm

Colfax Elementary

The Sherman Oaks
Homeowners Association

Wednesday Aug 19
"Meet & Greet" start @ 6:15pm


Wednesday Sep 16
candidate debate start @ 7:15pm

Notre Dame High School at Woodman & Riverside

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

Monday, Sep 14 @ 6:30pm

Sherman Oaks
Elementary School
Info: (818) 990-4002 or

Park[ing] Day LA

Friday, September 18, 2009

CityWide in a park(ing) space near you!

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The Candidates
for CD2
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