Transportation Work Group
Meeting Date: Tuesday 7/13/10  @  2pm
Meeting Location: Coalition for Clean Air
811 West 7th Street, LA, CA 90017  Ste. 1100
Located directly above the Metro Red/Blue Lines 7th Street Station

DRAFT July Agenda

1.     Introductions

2.     Updates

  • Living Streets Committee –
    o Tenets – revised  (Ryan?)
    o CD 14 Proposal (Ryan and Joe)
    o Boyle Heights Living Streets update (Ryan)
    o Parking Campaign Graphics Grant Proposal (Joe)
  • Bus-Only Lane Meeting – Report (Esperanza)
  • Taxi Workers Alliance (Sentayehu)
  • 2011 Measure R projects (Dorothy)

3.    New co-chair – election (Stephanie)

4.    SB 375 workshop – Preparation for a July 22nd meeting  (Jessica)

5.    Using Google Groups as a collaborative software to share documents (Stephanie)

6.    Member Forum/General Announcements

7.    Next Meeting – August 10th  or September 14th?

Handout – Green LA  Work Group Campaigns & Projects

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Green L.A. Transportation Work Group’s Living Streets Campaign is hiring! The following is a 2-year position funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It’s part of the county’s RENEW (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness) initiative – which includes reducing obesity – by doing things like building places where people will walk and bike every day.

The project coordinator will work with the Community Redevelopment Agency, city, Metro, community groups, and residents to create complete streets projects in Boyle Heights. Applications due Friday May 7th! Full job announcement text below – or nicely formated pdf here.

Mariachis in Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza - photo from East L.A. Community Corporation website

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Title: Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative

Job Description: Green LA Coalition (GLA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Project Coordinator for the Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative. This position is funded throughthe Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s RENEW grant program and is expected to
run through March 2012.

Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative: The Boyle Heights Living Streets Initiative will increase people’s ability to safely and pleasantly
cycle and walk in Boyle Heights by implementing 3 prototype Living Streets near the Mariachi Plaza and Soto Gold Line stations. Currently, City of Los Angeles’ standard street improvement projects do not give any special consideration to cyclists and pedestrians. This Initiative will take advantage
of the opportunity afforded by approximately $25 million allocated through various grants and funding programs to design and install street improvements near these Gold Line stations according to Living Streets principles. GLA is partnering with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to lay the groundwork for 3 prototype Living Streets designed with strong community participation. This Initiative will additionally develop a Blueprint document and pass necessary policies so that Living Streets can be replicated throughout the city. An inter-agency task force and community stakeholder task force will be created. For more information on Living Streets see http://livingstreetsla.wordpress.com/
The Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, Green LA Transportation Work Group and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Ideal candidates will have a background in urban planning or design, civil engineering, public policy, or architecture/landscape architecture, experience in implementing public improvements, especially in the city of Los Angeles, experience in conducting outreach and community meetings in an area of cultural and demographic diversity, and familiarity with Boyle Heights. The position will be part of a broader policy picture aiming to improve the health/wellness and mobility for the City of Los Angeles.

Office Location: 1916 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop and pass policies to support the adoption and practice of Living Streets tenets in Boyle Heights and in Los Angeles in general
• Coordinate several existing and funded street improvement programs in Boyle Heights, with the goal of maximizing Living Streets qualities
• Enhance the level of community input in the street improvement programs by working with existing community groups as appropriate and/or forming a new organization for community stakeholders.
• Improve the community’s understanding of the Living Streets paradigm and related health, planning, and transportation issues
• Assist in conducting community meetings leading to conceptual plans for the 3 prototype streets.
• Coordinate the input of appropriate Los Angeles city departments to implement Living Streets tenets in the Boyle heights street improvement programs through participation in existing city
committees and/or forming a city working group for that purpose.
• Create a Living Streets Blueprint/how to guide for each prototype to document the various challenges and institutional barriers associated with implementing Living Streets and to highlight strategies to overcome such challenges and the solutions that were developed.
• Manage and administer the Boyle Heights Living Streets program reporting and evaluation.

Minimum Requirements:
• Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree in Planning, Urban Design, Public Policy, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture or other related fields or equivalent experience.
• At least 2 years experience in community outreach, policy advocacy and/or planning and implementing public improvements programs in a large urban jurisdiction, and a total of 5 years professional work experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Flexible collaborator with leadership skills who values transparency
• Ability to effectively work with diverse interest groups to find consensus and move innovative ideas forward
• Out of the box, creative thinker
• Strong understanding and comprehension of the Complete Streets/Living Streets concepts
• Experience planning and implementing public improvements projects such as street improvements, recreational facilities, or public infrastructure. Experience with the City of Los Angeles is a plus.
• Excellent organizational skills. Strong attention to detail.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
• Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
• Strong ability to present and convey policy recommendations to a government policy making body such as: a City Council, Planning Commission, Transportation and Parking Commission.
• Strong ability to present and convey policy recommendations to the public who reside in a low income community of color.
• Willing to work on other tasks as it relates to the goals and objectives of this project.

Special Requirements:
• Passionate, articulate and well versed about creating livable urban places
• Willing to work evenings and weekends as required.
• Conversational Spanish language skills highly desired.
• Familiarity with Boyle Heights or similar communities highly desired.

All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, condition of physical or mental handicap, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of federal and State laws.

Salary Range: $60,000 to $65,000 annually with benefits, depending on experience/background.

Interested candidates please send cover letter and resume to:
Green LA Coalition
1000 North Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN: Stephanie Taylor, Interim Managing Director
staylor [at] greenlacoalition.org

By: Friday, May 7, 2010

For More Information contact:
Stephanie Taylor, Interim Managing Director
staylor [at] greenlacoalition.org

Green LA Transportation Work Group Meeting Agenda 
Tuesday, April 13, 2- 4pm* at Coalition for Clean Air, Ste. 1100, 811 W. 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles. Located above the Metro Red and Blue Lines 7th Street station.

*Note: Special pre-meeting presentation on airport pollution from 1-2pm
 
AGENDA
1-2 pm – Presentation by Colleen Callahan on airport pollution.  Please RSVP to meena [at] coalitionforcleanair.org if you plan to attend the presentation.
 
GLATWG Monthly Meeting (2-4pm)
1. Introductions
 
2. Mayor’s 30/10 Plan Discussion/Presentation
          Update – letter to mayor with GLATWG questions (Stephanie)
Plan Presentation by Denny Zane from Move LA
 
3.  Living Streets Grant
RENEW grant / next steps
Role of the Work Group/Living Streets Committee
Tenets finalized
 
4.  Green LA strategic plan
Green LA Work Group Objectives and added value of this workgroup
 
5. Last meeting updates
   –  Letter to Mayor – follow up from their meeting (Betty/Stephanie)
   –  Wilshire Bus Only Lanes and MTA Fare increase (Sunyoung/Esperanza)
   –  Taxi study (Betty)
   –  Street Reclassification Meeting Update and reportback (Deborah/Ryan)
   –  Street Summit reportback
   –  Bike master plan
 
6. Member Forum/General Announcements

Please attend tomorrow’s Green L.A. Transportation Work Group meeting: Tuesday March 9th 2010 from 2-4pm at the offices of the Coalition for Clean Air.  Address is 811 West 7th Street, Ste. 1100, Downtown L.A. 90017. It’s located on the north side of 7th Street between Figueroa and Flower – directly above the 7th Street Metro Station where the Metro Blue Line and Red Line intersect.

 
AGENDA
 
1 – Introductions

2 – Meeting with  Deputy Mayors Jaime de la Vega & Romel Pascual follow-up and next steps

3 – Brief report back on asks and action items
     Taxi Report – funding strategies
    Metro Fare Increase
    Mayor’s request for a letter of support for the 30/10 plan
 
4 – Formalize and finalize Living Streets tenets
 
5 – Last meeting updates
Living Streets Grant
Wilshire Bus Only Lanes
 
6 – Discussion of Steering Committee and new direction for Green LA
 
7 – Follow-up of USDOT meeting February 19th
 
8 – Agenda items for next time
·         Complete Streets Campaign?
 
9 – Member Forum/General Announcements
·         Green LA Dinner; March 15
·         L.A. StreetSummit: March 18th and 20th
·         CEQA News
·         Green LA Institute events

UPDATED 1/11 – Meeting Location Changed

DRAFT AGENDA
Green L.A. Transportation Work Group monthly meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 2-4pm
Coalition for Clean Air offices – 811 West 7th Street, Suite 1100, LA 90017 – Very easy access from 7th/Figueroa/Flower Red Line / Blue Line Metro Station 

1. Introductions:  10 minutes

2. Green LA Retreat – Steering Committee Follow-up/Discussion (Joe/Stephanie): 25 minutes

Discussion topic:  “What do you think as a GLATWG Win?”

3. Last meeting updates : 20 minutes

   – Living Streets Grant (Ryan L/Dorothy)
   – Parking In-Lieu Paper (Ryan L.)
   – Wilshire Bus Only Lanes (Sunyoung/Esperanza)
   – Metro/Carolyn Chiu leaving (Deborah)

4.  LA Bike Plan Update (Dorothy): 10 minutes
       background: Bike Plan FAQ

5. TAXI for 2010 strategy update (Betty/Sentayehu): 10-15 minutes

6. LA Marathon Temporary “Bus Street” update (Jerard): 5-10 minutes

7. Transform America’s T4Agenda (Stephanie): 5 minutes

8. Member Forum/General Announcements: 10 minutes
  Green L.A. – Green Jobs ; February 3rd 2010
  L.A. StreetSummit ; March 18th & 20th 2010

For February Meeting: Try to have something on CicLAvia

Tomorrow will be the October Green L.A. Transportation Work Group meeting. It happens every month at 2pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Note the new location – the Califonia Endowment.

Tuesday, October 13th 2009 2pm-4pm
at the California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Street, LA 90012
Meeting room on 2nd Floor – at Community Partners

Green L.A. Coalition encourages attendees to use transit, bike or walk to the meeting. The site is one block north of Union Station, with convenient access via Metro Red and Gold Lines and numerous bus lines. If bicycling or driving, parking is available on-site.


Agenda Items

1. Campaign Updates
– Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes
– Complete/Living Streets
– In-Lieu Parking
– City Measure R Funding for Bike/Ped
– How do we want to follow-up on SB 375?

2. Working Group Business
– Revisit Workplan Priorities
– Select New Co-Chairs (discussion, likely to be decision in November)

3. Announcements

Green L.A. Coalition encourages attendees to use transit, bike or walk to the event. The site is one block north of Union Station, with convenient acess via Metro Red and Gold Lines and numerous bus lines. If bicycling or driving, parking is available onsite.

Living Streets Tenets

30 September 2009

by Jen Petersen

In July, a GLATWG Complete Streets subgroup met to discuss how to move towards Los Angeles-specific implementation of the State of California’s Complete Streets Act of 2007/8. We decided that the first and most crucial step in this direction would be to define what we wanted ‘Complete Streets’ to mean, and to look like, given the contemporary state of streets in LA. And so we fashioned a list of tenets for what we dubbed Living Streets –because we wanted to specify that we don’t aim to complete our streets, which would imply that an objective completeness is possible–but to bring them alive, and invite them to a dynamic role in the life of our city.

The key proposition behind our tenets for Living Streets, is that by focusing on the basic mobility needs of people, rather than cars, we can make more efficient use of our City, retraining our streets as a healthy circulatory system for us, and begin to remedy some of the uninviting characteristics of life in Los Angeles. In other words, if we reapportion our abundant street space for people-scaled urban needs for closeness, beauty, and safety, we will pave the way for better residential and business development patterns that support high quality residential and commercial life.

Our ’10 Tenets for Living Streets’ follow.

10 Tenets for Living Streets Los Angeles

Overarching, supra-tenet:

**Our streets prioritize people, not automobiles**

1.) Living streets integrate income equity into their design and function.

2.) Living Streets are designed for people of all ages and physical abilities whether they walk, bicycle, ride transit, or drive.

3.) Living Streets integrate connectivity and traffic calming with pedestrian-oriented site and building design to create safe and inviting places.

4.) Living Streets connect people through:
* everyday interaction
* shared responsibility to street design and planning.

5.) Living Streets strengthen and enhance neighborhoods.

6.) Living Streets encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

7.) Living Streets integrate green management and conservation of water, energy, and plant life.

8.) Living Streets are inviting places–with engaging architecture, street furniture, landscaping, and public art.

9.) Living Streets foster healthy commerce.

10.) Living streets vary in character by neighborhood, density and function.

(Created by Aurisha, Deborah, Dorothy, Jen, Ryan on August 5, 2009)

Green LA Transportation Work Group (GLATWG) meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2pm-4pm. The next meeting will be Tuesday September 8th at the offices of the Coalition for Clean Air at 811 W. 7th Street, Suite 1100, LA 90017. Located above the Metro Red/Blue Line 7th Street Station.

Draft Agenda:

1. Report-Back Jaime de la Vega Meeting
2. Wilshire Bus-Ony Lanes
3. Living Streets Next Steps
4. Metro Long Range Transportation Plan, including issues with Measure R Local Return funding for ped/bike/bus
5. Taxicab update (To be confirmed)
6. Parking report
7. Check-in on GLATWG workplan (To be confirmed)