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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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Sep 30, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Steve Jones, the Mayor Pro Tem of Garden Grove.

#DamienTalksWhile Garden Grove is not one of the most famous cities in California, it is home to 180,000 residents and is something of a bell weather for the efforts to create a healthier Orange County. Garden Grove is working on a Bike Master Plan, with a greater buffet of clean transportation options for residents, workers and visitors.

I'm going to be honest. The entire interview is great of course; but there are two really fantastic and unique answers towards the end of the interview. At about the ten and a half minute mark, I ask a question about Open Streets. The follow-up is a question about what kind of city his kids will live in when they grow up.

The answers to these questions are unique and interesting. If you sort of half-listen to these podcasts, make sure to tune completely in at the end. Jones is running unopposed for Mayor of Garden Grove this fall. It seems as though the city will be in god hands.

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.

 

Sep 26, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with Wesley Reutimann about the new plans for the postponed 626. Spoiler, prepare yourself for an open streets party in the SGV next March.

It's no surprise to anyone that listens to this podcast, or reads this website, that we were super excited for The 626. The mammoth Open Streets party that spanned the entire Gold Line Foothill Extension that opened this spring would have been a unique event, spanning many municipalities and nearly-doubling the route of the "Heart of L.A." CicLAvia.

Yeah, the 626 was going to be AMAZING. And then it was postponed because of the fires that were going happening the week of June 26.

But the 626 is back on the calendar! March 5, 2017! It's going to be awesome. See you there!

Find out how the 626 is returning and what to expect in this gigantic and unique Open Streets party.

#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.”

 

Sep 19, 2016

Welcome back to #DamienTalks. Today, #DamienTalks with Chanell Fletcher, the associate director with Climate Plan. With the Californiawith the legislature passing and the governor signing new legislation this year, we discuss what's next for the movement to impact man-made global warming.

We try to cover both bases: what should be done from a policy perspective and what impact will existing laws have on people's day to day lives. Last we discuss what you and me can do to improve the environment and fight climate change in our own lives.

Good news! Smart transportation choices are a big part of the solution, both in terms of policy and in terms of what we, as individuals, can do.

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.

 

Sep 8, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Marisa Creter, the Assistant Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. Our discussion mostly covers the excitement Creter, the Cog and other government officials and advocates have for the over 200-mile greenway plan.

Both BikeSGV and Creter refer to the plan as a "bike super highway" that criss-crosses the entire SGV with separated bike trails connecting residents to schools, businesses and the growing transit system.

BikeSGV has a google map of the proposal on their Greenway webpage. Creter notes that a large section of the Greenway Network, the Emerald Necklace, is already constructed and there are several smaller projects underway. There is also funding for the network in Measure R, should voters pass the initiative at the polls this November.

Creter is also one of the award winners at this year's Noche de las Luminarias, an awards program presented by BikeSGV. For more information, visit the event webpage.

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.

Thanks for listening. You can download the episode at the #DamienTalks homepage on Libsyn.

#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.”

Sep 6, 2016

It's been awhile since we recorded a #DamienTalks specifically for the California website, but now we're back with a good one. In this week's edition, Damien Talks with Michael Manville, a professor and researcher at UCLA.

Manville has hit a bit of Livable Streets fame with an article he wrote for the Journal of Transportation and Land Use outlining how laws requiring developers to invest in road widening to "mitigate" traffic created by their development. Almost nobody who understands transportation planning believes that these requirements do anything to improve traffic flow, yet these laws persist?

Manville doesn't only debunk the theory behind the laws, but also offers a solution...should policy makers heed his call.

You can read "Automatic street widening: Evidence from a highway dedication law" at the Journal of Transportation and Land Use here, and a summary of the article from Streetsblog USA here.

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.

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