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LA Metro Invites Community to Workshops on NextGen Bus Plan Service

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold 12 community workshop meetings in February to gather public input on the agency’s NextGen Bus Plan that will redesign the bus system to meet the needs of riders.

Additional meetings are planned for March and April.

The draft bus service plan emphasizes more frequent bus service on heavily traveled corridors. Under the plan, buses would arrive every five to 10 minutes for 83 percent of current riders compared to 48 percent today.

The number of bus lines running every five to 10 minutes on weekdays would jump from 16 to 29 and from two to 14 on weekends. Other less traveled corridors would include bus service running every 10, 15 or 30 minutes.

The number of Los Angeles County residents who could walk to a particular bus line running every five to 10 minutes would more than double from 900,000 currently to almost 2.2 million.

The draft plan aims to realign current bus service to meet the demands of most Metro riders by consolidating some routes on streets with the highest demand and combining Metro local and Rapid lines with the overall number of stops reduced to improve bus speeds. The end result is a faster door-to-door trip for all riders, whether they currently take Metro local or Rapid lines.

Metro’s bus network carries about 70 percent of the agency’s riders. Surveys, focus groups, online engagement and community events showed that current and non-riders agreed that Metro should focus on providing fast, frequent and reliable bus service.

The draft NextGen Bus Plan also includes capital improvements that the agency is proposing to make — such as traffic signal priority and changing the location of bus layovers — that would help speed up buses.

Meetings will be held in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Gateway Cities, South Bay and the Westside/Central areas of the region. The public is encouraged to attend any of the following upcoming community meetings during February to share their thoughts on bus service proposals to improve the Metro bus system.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Trade Technical College Aspen Hall TE-101, 2215 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Accessible via Metro Lines 14, 35, 37, 40, 45, 38, 55, 81, 460, 603; Metro Silver Line, Metro A (Blue) Line Grand Station and Metro E (Expo) Line LATTC/Ortho Station; DASH King-East; DASH ‘D’; DASH Pico Union/Echo Park; Torrance Transit 4X

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731. Accessible via Metro Lines 205, 246, 950; Commuter Express 142, San Pedro DASH;
Palos Verdes 225

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Accessible via Metro Lines 154, 164, 233, 237 744, and Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station; DASH Van Nuys/Studio City, DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys

Monday, February 10, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. El Monte Station, 3501 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731. Accessible via Metro Lines 70, 76, 176, 267, 268, 487, 577, and Silver Line; Foothill Transit 178, 190, 194, 269, 270, 282, 486, 488, 492, and Silver Streak; El Monte Green Route, Red Route.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Plummer Park 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Accessible via Metro Lines 4/704; Weho Cityline.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Clearwater Building 16401 Paramount Blvd. Paramount, CA 90723. Accessible via Metro Lines 128, 258, 265; Long Beach Transit 21A, 21B.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. East Los Angeles College Ingalls Auditorium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Accessible via Metro 68, 770, 106, 260, 762; Monterey Park Spirit Bus Routes 1,2, and 5; El Sol Shuttle City Terrace/ELAC

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E Holly Street Pasadena, CA 91103. Accessible viaMetro Lines 177, 260, 501, 762 and Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station; Foothill Transit 187; Pasadena Transit 20, 40, 51, 52

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Metro Headquarters Board Room One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012. Accessible via Metro Lines 40, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 487, 489; 704, 733, 745, 770; Metro Silver Line, and Metro Rail Red, Purple and Gold Lines; also served by LADOT DASH ‘D’, Foothill Transit, Torrance Transit 4x

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bell Community Center 6250 Pine Avenue Bell, CA 90201. Accessible via Metro Lines 110, 260, 760 La Campana

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Foundation Center, 11633 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047. Accessible via Metro Lines 120, 207, 757 (stops at corner of Western/Imperial or Western/120th); GTrans2, The Link Athens

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rose Goldwater Community Center, 21710 Vanowen Street, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Accessible via Metro Local Lines 165, 150, 245/244, 601, and Metro Orange Line Canoga Station

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities with special accommodations available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call 323.486.3876 or the California Relay Service at 711.

Those unable to attend in person can access information on the NextGen Bus Plan by visiting metro.net/nextgen.

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WeHo ‘Homeless Services Connect Day’ Enables Program Access – March 4

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative will host a “Homeless Services Connect Day” March 4 to provide opportunities for people who are experiencing homelessness to access programs and services offered by an array of local and regional organizations.

While the event is free and drop-in, it is aimed at providing connections to service for people who are experiencing homeless; it is not intended for the community at large. The City is working with local homeless services agencies and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to provide information about the event that can be distributed to community members experiencing homelessness.

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative seeks to effectively address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. Homeless Services Connect Day will include programs and services offered by local and regional organizations including: shelter; health and mental health services; job readiness assistance; substance abuse treatment; connection to public benefits; non-profit agencies offering food, showers, clothing, and more.

In addition, there will be no-charge health and wellness services available, such as: flu vaccines; HIV testing; and haircuts.

During the past three years, the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative, in collaboration with grant-funded community partners, has achieved positive measurable results in addressing homelessness. These results include:

  • Placing more than 80 people into permanent housing;
  • Providing more than 16,700 emergency shelter bed nights to youth and adults;
  • Serving more than 300 formerly homeless individuals with substance abuse recovery programs; and
  • Preventing homelessness for hundreds of West Hollywood residents through a combination of rental assistance programs and intensive case management services for those at risk of homelessness, including formerly homeless individuals and older adults.

A brief video highlighting the efforts of the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative coordinated outreach teams is available on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/JTa4e9R8-SI

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative please visit weho.org/homeless.

If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. For life-threatening emergencies or criminal activity, call 911.

For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Division Manager Corri Planck at (323) 848-6430 or cplanck@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.


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L.A., WeHo Provide Support for Local Transgender Initiatives

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Jazzmun Nichcalo Crayton, Karina Samala, chair of the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, and APAIT Division Director Jury Candelario attended a ribbon cutting for the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the county last November. (photo cred: APAIT)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — On Feb. 18, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to allocate $180,000 for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team to run the Midnight Stroll and After Hours Café program, which offers services for the transgender community.

“This funding for the Midnight Stroll will help secure emergency shelter beds and provide critical resources to help improve the lives of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness in Hollywood and other parts of the city,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, where the program is operated.

Midnight Stroll enlists volunteers twice a month to walk Santa Monica Boulevard at night and provide food, water and clothing vouchers to transgender women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence or participating in survival sex work.

Volunteers also promote HIV testing and other services and on occasion […]

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LA LGBT Senior Services Affordable Housing Event -Feb 21

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PLUMMER PARK — The Los Angeles LGBT Center has a new development in senior housing, and are offering info and answering questions about 98 new affordable and accessible units -tomorrow at Plummer Park. The development, located at 1127 N Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90038, will be open in fall 2020, brought to us in part by Thomas Safran and Associates.

The Center’s case managers are experts at helping seniors navigate the complex world of Social Security, Medicare, affordable housing, and more. Please join them and learn about how to grab one of these apartments and what what services they offer for veteran and disabled community members.

Applications will be available Feb. 26-March 4.

More information about the housing at mccaddencampus.com

RSVP for Senior Services events through the Senior Services Portal (seniors.lalgbtcenter.org).

The Center’s website states “The LGBT Center is a safe and welcoming place where individuals of all ages can find help, as well as hope and support, when they need it the most…From housing homeless youth to providing affordable housing for seniors—and from helping transgender people find employment to providing legal support for asylum seekers—no organization serves more LGBT people than the Center.”

Check their calendar for upcoming activities and events that include:

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Enrichment classes (computer, writing, dancing, acting, photograph, etc.)
  • Monthly dinners and social networking opportunities
  • Cultural excursions (theater, opera, museums, etc.)
  • Educational seminars and workshop
  • Senior-Youth Photo Project
  • Senior-Youth Dinners

More info about the center at lalgbtcenter.org

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