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SGV Connect is Streetsblog Los Angeles' podcast that explores the people, places, projects and events that make up the changing face of transportation in the San Gabriel Valley. SGV Connect is hosted by Damien Newton and includes interviews by Brian Velez. This feed also hosts SGV Connect's predecessor podcast, #DamienTalks.
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Feb 24, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Jeannie Ward-Waller, the Streetsie-Award-Winning activist with CalBike about a proposal to provide rebates for people purchasing bicycles for their commute. The Air Resources Board already provides rebates to those purchasing hybrid, low-emission and zero emission vehicles. So why not provide the same benefit to those purchasing bicycles, the ultimate zero emission vehicle?

CalBike presented it's proposal to ARB earlier this year, and Ward-Waller reports that discussions with staff have been positive. However, ultimately the decision will be made by the Governor-appointed Board and there's many chances to get involved.

First, if the ARB is coming to your town for a public hearing, go to the meeting and let them know how you feel. Also, you can write to them via this action alert at the Fix California Roads website.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Feb 22, 2016

Welcome to episode 4 of #DamienTalks, an episode that focuses primarily on two projects in El Monte. We didn't plan it that way, but sometimes these things happen.

First, #DamienTalks with David Diaz Avelar about Historia de los Monteros, a collaborative effort between a handful of groups to explore the lost history of El Monte's mural culture. Day One, East of East, and the El Monte Arts Posse have programmed six events featuring discussions, bike rides, and lectures around this topic. The next event is March 5. Get more event detail at the Historia's webpage or the event poster.

If David's name (or voice) sound familiar, that's because he is the same person we interviewed in the last #DamienTalks for one of his other projects, advocacy for the Las Tunas complete streets project in Temple City for Bike SGV.

Speaking of whom, our second guest is Jose Jimenez, who runs Bike SGV's bicycle education center in El Monte. Jose discusses the brief history of the center, upcoming programs and invites everyone to come visit to learn how to ride, fix or improve their bicycle. The Education Center's schedule can be found at the Bike SGV website.

 

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Feb 8, 2016

Welcome to episode 3 of #DamienTalksSGV, a public affairs podcast interviewing people that create and advocate for sustainable transportation in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

Which way will Temple City go?

Which way will Temple City go?

 

Today, #DamienTalks with livable streets advocates in Pasadena and Temple City about chances to get involved with efforts to bring parklets to the Pasadena Playhouse District and a complete streets plan for Las Tunas Drive in Temple City.

First, #DamienTalks with Greg Gunther, a resident and activist from Pasadena. Gunther has been working for years to bring parklets to Colorado Boulevard in the Pasadena Playhouse District. After years of work, Pasadena seems close to approving the plan for two parklets on each end of the Boulevard in the Playhouse District. If you want to get involved, join the Facebook Group here or the mailing list, here.

Second, #DamienTalks with David Diaz Avelar, a program manager with Bike SGV. On Thursday, the Temple City Council is scheduled to vote on one of three plans for Las Tunas Boulevard. Despite its history with progressive transportation, community pushback is causing some to worry that the Council won’t go for the more progressive plans.

Bike SGV has a good rundown on both the meeting and the politics here. More details are also available in the actual podast.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

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