CicLAvia is back on Sunday, April 21 from 9 am to 4 pm with a 5.75-mile route on Venice Boulevard in the Westside. The car-free streets event connects to Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice Beach, starting at Culver City Station in the east.

April 21 Venice Boulevard route for CicLAviaCicLAvia

Once again, here's the rules: only people-powered vehicles allowed. That means no electric scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, unicycles, motorcycles and other non-people-powered vehicles are permitted. However, Class 1 e-bike pedal-assist is allowed, Class 2 e-bikes are allowed when throttle is powered off, and Class 3 e-bikes are allowed when pedal-assist is powered down. 

Here's what we're reading this week:

Facing ‘Immediate Layoffs,’ L.A. TACO Launches Membership Drive to Save Our Publication "After Sunday, we do not have enough money to make another payroll. We need 5,000 members to become sustainable. Our deadline is April 26th to hit this goal." (LA TACO)

Measure HLA Is Now Officially Law for L.A. City "Check the city maps to find what bus, bike, and walk improvements are coming to streets in your neighborhood" (Streetsblog LA)

Rendering of a high-speed trainCalifornia High-Speed Rail Authority

California High-Speed Rail one step closer to acquiring nation’s first 220 mph trains "Six electric trainsets capable of operating at speeds of 220 mph will need to be built, including two prototype trainsets for testing and trial running. ...The prototypes will need to be delivered by 2028, with the other four arriving by the time the Merced-to-Bakersfield segment nears operation. All trainsets will need to be tested to reach speeds of up to 242 mph, the Authority said." (KTLA)

Someone’s Trying to Make a ​​San Francisco-to-LA Overnight Train Happen Again There’s another attempt underway for an SF-to-LA overnighter that would compete with airline travel, this time a train service, which has made progress on getting access to the existing train tracks the trip would require. (SFist)

Dreamstar Lines

Santa Monica Unveils First/Last Mile Plan for Bergamot Station/Arts District "Plan is fully funded. Construction begins this year and will be completed in 2026." (Streetsblog LA)

The Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is now available for the Southeast Gateway Line — here’s how to leave a comment (The Source)

Southeast Gateway Line mapMetro

Reimagining the Los Angeles River | Earth Focus | Season 5, Episode 1 PBS SoCal takes a look at the L.A. River (YouTube)

Judge Picks Auditor To Assess Homeless Services in LA "During the Thursday hearing, Carter called on the firm to seek out the perspective of people living on the streets." (LAist)

Terminal Island - aerial viewWikimedia Commons

The L.A. island that was home to seven decades of ‘lost communities’ "Terminal Island may be best known for the Japanese American village tragically uprooted by government order. A new book mines its history as that — but also as resort, artists colony and more." (LA Times)

Column: The O.J. trial defined an era when apocalyptic L.A. was the center of the universe "It is difficult to describe the mind-set of a city that has experienced one of the country’s worst civil disturbances and one of its worst natural disasters in the span of less than two years. Shell-shocked, certainly. Unmoored, definitely. Terrible things happen everywhere all the time, but in the early 1990s, they all seemed to be happening in Los Angeles, and all at once. There was soul-searching, recrimination and fear, but there was also an adrenaline-fueled giddiness that so often occurs in the aftermath, the dark-humored, nihilistic and occasionally ecstatic acknowledgment of survival....What could possibly happen next? we joked. A plague of locusts? An alien invasion? Enter O.J. Simpson." (LA Times)

Downtown L.A. is hurting. Frank Gehry thinks arts can lead a revival "The Broad recently announced a $100-million project that will increase gallery space at one of the city’s most popular museums by 70%, and the Colburn School for performing arts just broke ground on a $335-million expansion that will include a mid-size concert hall — designed by Gehry — that is expected to be in near-constant use for events put on by students, professional artists and academics." (LA Times)

Exterior rendering of the future Broad expansion from Hope Street. The Broad / Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) / Plomp

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