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Movie Screening: LOVE Thy Nature

Movie Screening February 22nd,
CONNECTING TO NATURE IS KEY!

The Film
An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises.


The Event
Aero Theater
7pm
* Please arrive by 6:40 to guarantee you get a seat

Panel Discussion
A Panel discussion will follow the screening moderated by Sheila Laffey, Ph.D., adjunct Professor SMC and award winning producer and director.

Panelists will include:
Sylvie Rokab, Emmy nominated film maker and the writer and director of Love Thy Nature.

FREE Admission for:
Santa Monica Residents, High School and College Students w/valid ID and Sustainable Works Members
Not a Santa Monica resident, High School/College student or Sustainable Works Member? Purchase tickets at Fandango.
Free Bike Valet
Bike Valet courtesy of Santa Monica Dept. of Planning & Community Development.
Zero Waste Event

Enjoy the concessions, but when finished, please discard in a sustainable manner to minimize waste…ideally ZERO!

You can do this by discarding items at the Zero Waste stations we’ll have at the theatre. Sustainable Works staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you sort and place materials into the correct Compostable, Recyclable and Landfill bins at these stations.
Bring a reusable water bottle! Water will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.

REGISTER & Bike The Vote, March 7th

#BikeTheVote on March 7th!

We have another important election coming up in about a month, on Tuesday, March 7th, which will elect more than half of the Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor. There are also important local measures on the ballot that will impact Angelenos. On the Westside, we have two council districts up for an election, CD5 and CD11. Register to vote by February 20th, and make sure to #BikeTheVote on March 7th. There are a number of candidate forum hosted by neighborhood stakeholders. If you can, please attend a forum near you and learn more about which candidate will best improve bicycling conditions in their district.

1. Read the LACBC Election Guide

2. Attend a Los Angeles Council District 5 Forum near you! – West Los Angeles and Encino

  • Feb. 11th 1:00 p.m. (Sat) Mid City West Candidate Forum at El Rey Theatre – 5515 Wilshire Blvd.
  • Feb. 12th 2:00 p.m. (Sun) CD5 Meet the Candidate Forum at Leo Baeck Temple – 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Feb. 14th 7:00 p.m. (Tue) Beverly Wilshire HOA Candidate Forum – 543 N. Fairfax
  • Feb. 16th 6:30 p.m. (Thurs) Westside Village HOA – CD5 Candidate Forum at St. John’s Presbyterian Church – National Blvd. and Military Ave.
  • Feb. 19th 4 p.m. (Sun) Beverlywood HOA Town Hall Meeting with CD5 candidates, Location is TBD
  • Feb. 21st 7 p.m. (Tue) Westwood Neighborhood Council, Chamber of Commerce and HOAs Candidate Forum at St. Paul the Apostle – 10750 Ohio Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

     *Los Angeles Council District 11 has no forum scheduled. 

LACBC / Santa Monica Spoke 501(c)(3)

Tomorrow: Ask an Officer Event at LACBC HQ

MONDAY, January 30th downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned for info on local Ask an Officer event in the planning.

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

HBHH Tonight and SO MANY More Events Coming Up Soon!

TODAY! Handlebar Happy Hour at
Finn McCools,
always family friendly, always fun!

Check the EVENT CALENDAR for info on these events
and more!

Student Poster Contest: Sustainable Santa Monica!

Sustainable Works, along with the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment is very excited to announce the 9th Annual Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest!

The Poster Contest is open to all K-12 students who attend school and/or live in Santa Monica. Each year, students use art to investigate a theme of sustainability relevant to Santa Monica. This year’s theme is Saving Energy Today for a Brighter Tomorrow. Sustainable Works will be scheduling 20 minute presentations to share the principles of sustainability in Santa Monica as it relates to this year’s theme.

Bellow is a flyer with the contest rules, selection process and information on submitting posters. To help us continue to grow this wonderful event, we welcome your help in spreading the word to your contacts and encouraging participation! When the community promotes the contest, students participate. Last year over 450 students participated in the contestand this year we’re looking forward to even more.

Prizes for winning posters include $10 – $100 gift cards. The winning posters will be displayed in the of City of Santa Monica, helping to further showcase our budding young artists while raising awareness of the benefits of energy conservation.

Next steps:

  •          March 31st: Deadline for Poster Submissions
  •          Early April: Winning Posters selected
  •          May: Contest awards ceremony and celebration to honor student winners and all participants. Gift bags and raffles for all!

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Garcia at gina.garcia@sustainableworks.org.

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Ask an Officer

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

Homeless Count 2016

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Santa Monica Spoke contingent participating with the 2017 Homeless Count – Join us?

Volunteer for the City of Santa Monica’s 2017 Homeless Count!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 10:30PM – 2:30AM
Due to overwhelming response, volunteer registration will close
Friday, January 13 at 5:00PM (today)
REGISTER HERE
St. Monica Catholic Community – Grand Pavilion
725 California Avenue, Santa Monica

To participate in the Homeless Count in other countywide neighborhoods on
January 24, 25 (Westside Communities) and January 26
please visit > LASHA Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

MANGo: Community Forum

MANGo

Build next Phase – Eastern sections of 
Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo

Please join us on January 9 and give input on what you think about proposed walking and biking enhancements for eastern section and connections of MANGo near Edison Language Academy. Whether you live in the area or use MANGo as a connection to your destinations your input is welcome.

Discussions will include:

  • Curb extensions at Stewart St./Kansas Ave., Virginia Ave./27th St., and Kansas Ave. mid-block
  • Median extension at Pico Blvd./30th St./Dorchester St., eliminating left turns off Pico Blvd. and through traffic across Pico Blvd.
  • Traffic circle at Delaware Ave./22nd St.

Please join the City of Santa Monica for a COMMUNITY FORUM on Monday January 9th – Drop by anytime between 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Community Corporation of Santa Monica Community Room (2345 Virginia Avenue)
Información en español – Páse en cualquier momento entre 6:30PM – 8:00PM

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a HAPPY, HEALTHY, SAFE and PROSPEROUS 2017

We invite you to join us in our mission.
Santa Monica Spoke is dedicated to improving biking in the City of Santa Monica. We are your community based nonprofit working to make Santa Monica more sustainable, and a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.

Join the team Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

Become a Member or click below to help support our work with a donation.

https://lacbc.nationbuilder.com/santamonica_donate

Video: Unwrapping Santa Monica’s New Bike Counter

December 21, 2016 Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, City Manager Rick Cole, Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Pam O’Connor, along with Mobility and Transportation Manger Francie Stefan, Santa Monica Spoke, Climate Action Santa Monica, Breeze Bike Share, the City of Santa Monica Mobility Division and the community welcomed a new real-time bike counter to Main Street. It is not only a symbol of Santa Monica’s commitment to multimodal and it’s support of people who bike — it will provide important data by tallying each cyclist riding in the Main Street bike lanes daily and annually in real-time. This real time data will be added to the City’s bi-annual bike counts that help inform as we build out a more bikeable Santa Monica.
The reverse side includes wayfinding information to make navigating the city more convenient.

Today is #CarFreeFriday — if you bike — go get counted!