Category Archives: action alert

Protest/Rally Against Santa Monica Airport’s Extreme Negative Impacts

RALLY FOR SATURDAY IS STILL ON



North Side of Douglas Loop North
(between 28th St. and 31st St. – near the Business Park off of Ocean Park Blvd)

You are invited, along with friends, family and neighbors to come out and show support and unity to stop the continuation of the extreme harmful impacts from Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS will include: Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, Congressman Ted Lieu,  Los Angeles Council Member Mike Bonin and other political representatives, as well as community activists from Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Venice, West Los Angeles and Mar Vista.

While the settlement agreement of the law suit with the FAA has been announced, allowing The City of Santa Monica to close SMO December 31st 2028 (still 12 years away)  – The urgency for this protest is because due to start February 2017, JetSuite – funded by JetBlue is scheduled to begin offering commercial jet service of 30 seat jets out of Santa Monica Airport. SMO has short 5000′ runway that is not designed for jets and has no safety runway area to protect immediately adjacent neighborhoods and homes.

UPDATE: JetSuiteX Delays Service to Santa Monica Airport
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017 JetSuiteX announced today that they have entered into a Standstill Agreement with the city of Santa Monica concerning JetSuiteX’s planned operations at Santa Monica Airport. The agreement is designed to give the parties time to come to a final agreement. 
Flights to Santa Monica Airport were originally scheduled to launch on February 6th, with destinations including Carlsbad, San Jose and Las Vegas. In the interim, JetSuiteX has agreed not to operate at Santa Monica prior to February 15th, 2017. To avoid uncertainty and confusion, JetSuiteX has cancelled all flights to/from or connecting through Santa Monica from February 6th through February 24(th) and will issue full refunds for all affected customers.
CEO Alex Wilcox said, “Given the uncertainty surrounding the status of the airport we have entered into this standstill agreement to provide time for an orderly process to negotiate with the city. We apologize to our clients…”

This new service was scheduled prior to the recent settlement and at a time when the Santa Monica City Council has moved to evict Atlantic Aviation the jet service provider. The Council has voted unanimously to protect our community and neighbors and reduce the harmful impacts of the airport by closing it as soon as legally possible. Santa Monica has committed to a vision to replace SMO with a healthy and sustainable park that would be open to all and accessible to everyone.

According to SMO records, in recent months jet flights out of the airport have increased dramatically to where the city is now pumping over 3 million gallons of aviation fuel and generating up to 60 million lbs. of C02 annually. Currently at this shocking 15% annual rate of increase – jet flights, noise and pollution would increase by a massive 100% by 2023 presuming existing airport configuration. In the City’s announcement of the settlement with the FAA it was stated the City of Santa Monica is within its legal rights to immediately plan and reduce of the current length of the runway to 3500′. This length of runway is too short and would prevent flights of many (current) jet aircraft under FAA rules. Find our more at the rally this Saturday.

The it of Santa Monica has been making progressive strides toward protecting the environment and continuing its leadership by making Santa Monica a more sustainable place to live, work and play.  This is exemplified with the launch of Breeze, LA first public bike share, opening of Metro’s new Expo Line and updated Big Blue Bus service connections. The aviation industry (without regards to the safety and against the wishes of the community or the City) want to transform the existing, small general aviation airport into a major – unsafe commercial airport.

We join groups that are supporting this Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution event. These include: No Jets – Santa Monica, Airport2Park Foundation, Friends of Sunset Park, Venice Residents Against SMO, North Westdale Neighborhood Association, Mar Vista Community Association, CASMAT and SMO Future.

For more information – contact: Martin Rubin, (310) 479-2529 – martinrubin@earthlink.net

Any updates will be posted HERE

Local Voter Guide: YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

VOTE California

Check BikeTheVote Endorsements here

MEASURES WE SUPPORT OR OPPOSE

LOCAL

Measure GSH is a half-cent sales tax measure – funded largely by tourists – that will provide new revenues to the City of Santa Monica. Measure GS says those new funds should be used for our local public schools and affordable housing programs – two pillars of our community that are woefully under-funded. New funds will be locally controlled and cannot be taken away by the State. Endorsements and more HERE

  • YES on V

For 87 years Santa Monica College has been the premier Community College in California. SMC is number one in transfers to the University of California and provides over 100 affordable fields of study and job-training programs.
50% of Santa Monica High School students attend SMC. SMC serves 1,000 veterans each year.
As technology changes the workplace and the cost of higher education soars, access to a high quality Community College education with safe, modern, and efficient facilities adaptable to changes in technology is more important than ever.
Measure V allows SMC to better meet the needs of our community by completing the 2010 Master Plan:
More HERE

REGIONAL

  •  YES on Measure M

    The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.
    #MakeLACounty more walk and bikeable, livable and connected! More HERE

  • YES on A

    Raises much needed money for parks and public open spaces. Not only will it help improve the quality of life for park-poor parts of our region like South L.A., Koreatown, and East L.A., but will also supplement our resources to increase access to open space in the park-poor parts of Santa Monica. Endorsements and more HERE

  • YES on HHH

Prop HHH is a common-sense, cost-effective approach to solving the problems of growing homelessness, increasing encampments, and at-risk populations of homeless women and children, seniors and veterans. Endorsements and more HERE

State

  • YES on 67 (NO on 65)

Proposition 67 is a statewide measure to uphold the ban on single-use plastic bags. This measure is an important step towards sustainability, less waste and protecting the environment. Endorsements and more HERE

NON-PROFIT BIKE-VOTE-INFOGRAPHIC

Last Day: Register to VOTE!

Today is the LAST DAY TO REGISTER
for the November 8th General Election.

It’s also a great time to take a moment, particularly if you’ve registered for the first time or moved, to double check that your registration is entered and current.

Register online here: http://bit.ly/btvregister
Check your registration here: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

#BikeTheVote voter guide

VOTE California

 

 

Why Yes Measure M?

WHAT IS MEASURE M?

Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!

 Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,”  is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!
See what Measure M will bring to Santa Monica!
Pledge to vote YES on Measure M November 8th!

measurem-one-pager_sms

Click image for more information on Measure M

Vote #YesOnM

National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/S7VPiw6aRKVgUwigwm1oUg 

Ask Sec. Foxx to consider bicyclists when evaluating our roads

Bike League Action

We need your help

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  Please ask Secretary Foxx to consider bicyclists when doing performance evaluations of our streets and roads.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, state highways, and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of our transportation system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

Read more about the rule and how it will effect  biking.

Please ask Secretary Foxx to consider bicyclists when judging performance of our streets and roads

ACTION ALERT: Tell our elected officials to stop taking oil money

As you might have seen a few weeks ago, the California Assembly Transportation Committee killed a bill that would have ensured that our neediest communities are represented in state transportation decision-making. Apparently, some on the Transportation Committee think the interests of the freight industry are more important than those of disadvantaged communities.

The fact is, oil industries dump millions of dollars into ensuring that they can continue polluting our communities and limiting people’s transportation options to the one mode—driving—that requires buying more gasoline. The oil industry spends more money on lobbying in California’s capital in one year than the California Bicycle Coalition spends on our entire operation in twenty years. Our state lawmakers take money from the oil industry, and then roll over and play dead when pressured by their lobbyists.

Sign your name immediately to tell lawmakers: You represent us, not Big Oil.

As some California lawmakers are more willing than ever to take bold action to work to help our communities be less dependent on automobiles, lawmakers backed by secretive PACs and oil companies regularly disappoint us. Most recently they killed our bill to ensure the most environmentally burdened communities are represented on the California Transportation Commission; they gutted the provision of SB 350 that would have cut petroleum use in half by 2030. The members that take oil money talk about “pavement health” more than public health.

That’s why the California Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with a dozen partnering organizations in getting our collective members to demand that California’s elected officials stop taking money from oil companies.

Take action now. Demand that California lawmakers stop taking oil money.

Thanks for your support,

Jeanie Ward Waller

Policy Director
California Bicycle Coalition

PS–share this message with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word!

Community & Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking & Biking

Investing in Place and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Release Joint Statement: 

“Community and Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking, Biking and Safe Routes to School”

In response to Metro’s draft expenditure plan released the morning of March 18th, Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition released the following statement. Stay tuned for complete policy analysis on the draft plan to be shared for discussion at our March 29th partner meeting.

EXCERPT BELOW:
“This morning, Metro released the draft expenditure plan for their potential ballot measure identifying the agency’s funding priorities for over $100 billion in new sales tax revenue over the next 40 years…

Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition appreciate that, for the first time, funding for walking and biking has been included in the ballot measure. However, the need for active transportation is so great in the region that we call on Metro to increase this proposed investment to better match their peer agencies. Walking and biking are the most basic forms of mobility, particularly for low-income communities of color, people with disabilities, youth, and older adults – all of whom are at the greatest risk of being killed on unsafe streets. We encourage Metro to match the needs of Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable residents.”

Full statement is available on the Investing in Place blog.

Please contact Jessica Meaney for any questions.


Created in January 2015 as a new non-profit effort, Investing in Place works to support a constituency for equitable planning and build strategic relationships with agencies and efforts that invest in the built environment in Los Angeles County.

 

Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2016

Santa Monica Spoke’s Cynthia Rose finalist for National Advocacy Award: 

Forget Hollywood. The Oscars may be over, but the best awards show is yet to come. Next week, on the first night of the National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum, the Alliance will open the envelopes for the 2016 Advocacy Awards, honoring excellence in the walking and biking movement.

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 4thNational Forum on Women & Bicycling 2016! To share our local successes and learn from other advocates what exciting successes are building the momentum around the country.
The Summit has shown it’s real impact, leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state and local levels. This year, with the theme of “Together We Lead,” the Summit will activate and elevate leaders from all areas of the movement. The Summit will propel this unified and diverse voice for change on Capitol Hill and and beyond.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. This dynamic event includes keynote addresses from top government officials, members of Congress, and leaders from advocacy and industry; workshops that highlight innovative advocacy ideas and trends from around the country; and an organized Lobby Day to bring our message about the benefits of bicycling to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.
We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2016.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.

summit_2016_small_header
National Bike Summit 2016: Together We Lead

Last year’s theme — Bikes+ –. Launched the conversation to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2016 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America

Update: LA Mobility Plan 2035

Planning Commission Keeps Westwood & Central in
LA Mobility Plan 2035


At today’s L.A. Planning Commission hearing, Planning Commissioners unanimously adopted staff recommendations for Mobility Plan 2035 (with minor clarifications) to keep Central Avenue and Westwood Blvd bike lanes in the plan! We are glad that Mobility Plan 2035 will foster conversation and commitment by the City to engage with communities before making decisions.Thank you to all who went to today’s hearing or emailed the Planning Commission to voice your support. The next step is expected concurrence by Mayor Garcetti, followed by consideration by the Los Angeles Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committees. We will continue to keep you updated.You can catch up on the hearing highlights by following @lacbc and the #LA2B hashtag on Twitter.