GET INVOLVED: HCNC Board Meeting on Tue 6/11

hcnc_02-300x73In the Arts District, residents are represented by community stakeholders for whom they have the opportunity to elect to the Board of Directors for the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC). HCNC’s next meeting is on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 PM in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) located at 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Board meetings are monthly, conducted in changing venues, and are open to the public.

Neighborhood Councils are city-certified local groups made up of people who live, work, own property, or have some other connection to a neighborhood (minimum population of 20,000), and whose board members are elected or selected to their positions by residents in the neighborhoods that they represent. In Los Angeles, each neighborhood council receives public funds from the city (according to a city representative, it changes annually and was an estimated $37,500 for FY13) and is managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment also known as Empower LA.

Currently, Arts District residents can vote each year for up to four elected stakeholders (in office now are Tim Keating, Angie An, Charlie Woo, and Alan Kumamoto) to represent our neighborhood on the HCNC Board, along with up to six “at-large” representatives. In addition to the Arts District, the HCNC covers five other DTLA neighborhoods: Chinatown, Little Tokyo, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Solano Canyon, and Victor Heights. Get involved. Mark your calendar and attend the next HCNC meeting on Tuesday, June 11!

HCNC Agenda 6-11-13

HCNC Bylaws 7-8-10

HCNC Board Roster

Next RADD Bike & Walk Social is Wed 6/5!

This past Wednesday, May 29, marked the second collaborative neighborhood gathering of cyclists and walkers in the Arts District. Resident Scot Ezzell and the now-decade-old Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk group plus Carrie Cheung of DTLA Rendezvous joined R.A.D.D. Bike Club members led by Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse, increasing the number last night to over 20 participants combined. Highlights of the walk included a impromptu talk by one of the designers of SCI-Arc’s Earthwave now on view in the triangle lot of Bloom Square; a sunset ride over the 6th Street Bridge; tasting mulberries from The Produce Project at Handsome Coffee; a curator talk by Ken Marchionno of TRACTIONARTS at his new video window gallery located at Traction Ave. and Avery St.; and an excellent social afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano (923 E. 3rd St). Walkers meet weekly on Wednesdays near the former Bloom’s General Store in front of The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.), departing at 6:30 p.m. and returning around 8:00 p.m. Now through September, cyclists meet on Wednesdays at Eat.Drink.Americano and depart at 7:00 p.m., returning around 8:30 p.m. The post-event social starts around 8:30 p.m. and is open to all Arts District and Downtown residents. It currently takes place at Eat.Drink.Americano, but is subject to change – confirm weekly.

RSVP our next ride/walk!
R.A.D.D. Bike Ride on Wed 6/5
Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk on Wed 6/5
R.A.D.D. Social Meetup on Wed 6/5

To get notified in advance, sign up on our mailing lists below:
Downtown Muse
R.A.D.D. Social Meetup Group

Arts District Bike Patrol? That’s R.A.D.D.!!

If you live or work in the Arts District and/or have been following the news in the media, you’ve heard a few stories making the rounds: (1) our BID has been dissolved; (2) we’re one of the new “hottest” neighborhoods in Los Angeles; and, (3) unbeknownst to most of us, there evidently has been a curator behind the scenes who has been masterminding our community.

Okay, we can’t change all of the above, but we can change how we react to it – let’s get to know our neighbors! If you know me, you know I’m a fan of the POSITIVE. Join me for R.A.D.D. (Residents of the Arts District and Downtown), an informal gathering of residents designed to communicate and share what’s really happening here and what’s most of interest to those of us who actually LIVE in the Arts District. Let’s hang out and get to know each other in “real time.” Keep an eye out for our bike rides, weekly walks, and after-work socials, too.

Interested in meeting local residents? Walk or bicycle around the Arts District this Wednesday, May 22. I’m hosting an evening bike ride of the neighborhood at 7:00 PM (starting and ending at Eat.Drink.Americano – wear a helmet and mount lights on your bike) – I’d like to do this weekly. Don’t have a bike? Please join Scot Ezzell on this week’s Arts District Neighborhood Watch Walk, which starts and ends at Traction & Hewitt. He and his regular group of walkers are invited to join us afterwards at Eat.Drink.Americano around 8:00 PM.

RSVP HERE – PED POWER (pedalists and pedestrians = PED):

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Hope to see you there!

I Like Bikes!

The most ambitious route of what is, in my opinion, the BEST community event in Los Angeles happens on Sunday, April 21, 2013 and I couldn’t be happier. CicLAvia takes place today from 10 AM to 3 PM, and I’m riding from Downtown Los Angeles to Venice — two of my favorite places to be. [Check out this great guide by Militant Angeleno.]

I like bikes … I ride my foldable Tern bicycle whenever and wherever I can and I am known for sporting my favorite Nutcase helmet, which I just accessorized yesterday with stickers from artists GERMS and Miguel Felipe (looking for more!). I also have a ruby red 1969 Schwinn Breeze to which I added an era-appropriate basket yesterday and a lovely pink-and-white 1950 Schwinn Starlet with lime green detailing.

ANNOUNCING: This summer, I’m launching a series of fun, meandering bike rides that feature or start and end in my beloved Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Details to follow. In the meantime, if you are interested, sign up for my mailing list HERE.


ENTER TO WIN: Two VIP Tickets to LA Weekly’s PLATE!

LA Weekly's PLATEEnter to win two VIP tickets ($190 value) to this Sunday’s PLATE, LA Weekly’s 5th annual food and wine event! Featuring a selection of the city’s best and most eclectic restaurants hand-picked by LA Weekly’s Squid Ink food critics, PLATE is being held this year at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (VIP ticketholders can enter starting at 12 noon!). Event proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. For complete event information, visit LA Weekly’s website.

ENTER TO WIN NOW by simply commenting below on WHY you should be the winner AND subscribe to the Downtown Muse mailing list (click HERE) if you haven’t already. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email no later than Saturday, March 2 @ 12 noon.

UPDATED: Congrats to Mary Robinson for winning the two VIP tickets. Thanks to everyone who entered to win. Watch for upcoming specials, deals, and opportunities to win in the weeks ahead!