SGV Connect

SGV Connect

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SGV Connect is Streetsblog Los Angeles’ podcast that explores the people, places, projects and events that make up the changing face of transportation in the San Gabriel Valley. SGV Connect is hosted by Damien Newton and includes interviews by Brian Velez. This feed also hosts SGV Connect’s predecessor podcast, #DamienTalks.
SGV Connect #10 - Bike SGV “Local Advocate of the Year” Doug Strange
Nov 14 • 15 min
Doug Strange started an Internet chat group to talk about bicycling issues in the city of La Verne. Out of that group, the La Verne Bicycle Coalition reformed, to push for better laws and projects in a city, that in Strange’s view has “zero bicycle…
SGV Connect #9 - Roland Cordero on Foothill Transit’s Downtime
Oct 24 • 13 min
Still mourning the unexpected loss of Brian Velez, this week SGV Connect picks up one of Velez’s story ideas and runs with it: what happens to Foothill Transit buses between shifts; and what happens to items left behind on the bus (or on the bike…
SGV Connect 8 - Farewell to a Friend
Oct 11 • 18 min
As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago our friend and my co-host Brian Velez passed away peacefully in his sleep. Brian was a great partner in this venture and I miss him both personally and professionally. About a week after his passing, I…
SGV Connect #6 - What Are the Early Returns on the Changes at El Monte Bus Station?
Aug 31 • 14 min
This week, Damien talks with Frank Ching, the Senior Director, Parking Management for Metro about the early feedback and impacts of the new parking program at the El Monte Bus Station. Earlier this week, Metro began charging $2 for parking at the…
SGV Connect 5 - Horse Riding as Transportation
Aug 17 • 27 min
This week, Brian Velez talks to a pair of horse riders in the San Gabriel Valley about their experiences, challenges and all of the reasons to choose riding a horse as their preferred form of transportation. The first interview is with Alejandra…
#DamienTalks: Nisei Week and Go Little Tokyo
Aug 9 • 14 min
#Nisei2017 runs August 19-27. #GoLittleTokyo provides transportation options.
SGV Connect 4 - Bike Share Gets Its Tires Wet in Pasadena
Aug 4 • 20 min
After watching bike share systems come to neighboring cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and others; in July it was Pasadena’s turn to launch its own bike share system. Today, SGV Connect’s Damien Newton talks with Streetsblog…
SGV Connect 3 - Foothill Gold Line Unveils New Station Designs, Will Include Bike Rooms
Jul 13 • 15 min
Every now and then, one of our interviews turns up some breaking news. The 6 stations that will be part of the next Foothill Gold Line Extension will have twice the bicycle parking as the six stations opened last year. Much of that increased parking…
SGV Connect 2 - President Trump and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Jun 27 • 41 min
Welcome to the latest episode of SGV Connect, Streetsblog Los Angeles’ podcast covering the San Gabriel Valley, featuring hosts Damien Newton and Brian Velez. SGV Connect’s new episode includes a series of interviews conducted by Brian Velez on…
SGV Connect #1 - Habib Balian and the Next Gold Line Extension
Jun 2 • 15 min
Welcome to the first episode of SGV Connect, the podcast formerly known as #DamienTalksSGV, covering the issues, places, people and events that impact mobility in the San Gabriel Valley. In this week’s episode, Damien Newton…
#DamienTalks SGV #33 - New Bike Lanes on Duarte Road
May 23 • 18 min
Duarte Mayor John Fasana has been earning a lot of positive press based on his efforts to finally end the 710 Big Dig Tunnel Project. In the meantime, the City of Duarte has been making strides to embrace a more progressive vision for…
#DamienTalksSGV 32 - Jose Jimenez and Traffic School for People on Bikes
May 17 • 16 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Jose Jimenez, the education director for Bike SGV. Late last month, Bike SGV and its partners, the City of El Monte, Day One, and the Honorable Daniel Lopez of the Los Angeles Superior Court in El Monte, launched Los Angeles…
#DamienTalks : Goodbye Harriet
Apr 21 • 18 min
As anyone who reads Streetsblog or The Source or who follows the pace of rail expansion in Los Angeles knows, today is the “retirement party” for Harriet, the tunnel boring machine that has been drilling about a mile of tunnel for the Crenshaw Line….
#DamienTalksSGV 32: Let’s Talk to Foothill Transit Riders About the Proposed Changes
Apr 14 • 10 min
Rounding out our coverage of the Foothill Transit fare and route changes #DamienTalks #BrianTalks with three Foothill Passenger riders about how the changes would impact their lives. Spoiler : people don’t like having their transit fares…
#DamienTalks SGV 31 - Foothill Transit Fare and Service Changes
Apr 11 • 21 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Felicia Friesema with Foothill Transit about the changes staff has proposed for the fare structure and bus service offered by Foothill Transit. Our talk covers an overview of the changes, the response from Foothill…
DTALKS SGV #30 - On April 1, Bike SGV Needs Your Help for Bike Counts
Mar 21 • 19 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Monica Curiel of Bike SGV about the upcoming bicyclists and pedestrian counts happening throughout the San Gabriel Valley on April 1. Bike SGV is looking for volunteers to help with the counts, and if you want to…
#DamienTalksSGV 29 - Reviewing the 626 with Joe Linton and Brian Velez
Mar 7 • 30 min
You know we’ve got a great episode of #DamienTalks when a woman who is eight months pregnant and running a half-marathon is the fourth interview in the podcast. Today, #DamienTalks looks back at last Sunday’s mammoth open streets event, the 626 in…
#DamienTalks28 - We’re Growing! Meet Our Correspondent, Brian Velez and Let’s Talk about the 626
Feb 23 • 16 min
Listeners are going to see some major changes in the podcast in the coming weeks and months. We’re happy to announce the first of those changes today. Today, #DamienTalks with Brian Velez. You may know Brian as a staff member at BikeSGV. Brian is…
#DamienTalks 27 - The Gold Line Extension to Montclair Will Be Under Construction This Year
Feb 2 • 17 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Habib Balian, the executive director of the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority. Last week, the Construction Authority’s Board of Directors approved a construction schedule that was characterized as both…
#DamienTalksSGV 26 - Wes Reutimann and Parking at the Gold Line
Jan 20 • 14 min
We made it! It’s inauguration day and the world hasn’t ended. But even as the we face an uncertain future at the national level, there’s still a lot of work to do locally. And in the San Gabriel Valley, 2017 promises to be another exciting year with…
#DamienTalksSGV 25 - The end of 2016, the beginning of 2017
Dec 21, 2016 • 35 min
This is it! The last #DamienTalks of 2016. As is traditional for unoriginal talk hosts, we’re hosting an “end of the year” podcast where four local experts weigh in on what was the biggest story of 2016 and what will be the biggest story of 2017. Our…
#DamienTalksSGV 24 - Joe Linton on This Year and the Next
Dec 14, 2016 • 18 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Joe Linton, the editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles. Joe has overseen our efforts to expand our coverage outside of the boundries of the City of Los Angeles into the San Gabriel Valley in 2016. As a result, he has a lot to…
#DamienTalksSGV 23 - David Diaz on the Mulhall Bike Park
Dec 8, 2016 • 13 min
This week, #DamienTalks with David Diaz with DayOne and the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Coalition about the Mulhall Bike Park that is under construction in El Monte. The Bike Park is literally designed to do exactly what it says: be a space for people…
#DamienTalks 43 - Jeanie Ward-Waller, CalBike and the Election
Nov 16, 2016 • 14 min
Where do we go from here? That question has been on the minds of a lot of people since the election results came rolling in last Tuesday night. Now that a little time has passed, #DamienTalks checks in with CalBike, the largest transportation reform…
#DamienTalks SGV 22 - Foothill Transit Is Totally Haunted
Oct 31, 2016 • 46 min
Today, #DamienTalks with a bunch of people who claim that they have witnessed paranormal activity in the Foothill Transit executive offices. That’s right, we’re reporting that the major sponsor of this podcast is haunted. Happy Halloween! And thanks…
#DamienTalksSGV 20 - The Last Word on Measure M with SoPas Mayor Diana Mahmud
Oct 28, 2016 • 17 min
I know it seems as though this election has been going on forever, but the end is in site. A week from Tuesday, America will vote on a new president, California will vote on a new Senator and Los Angeles County will decide the fate of Measure M. But…
#DamienTalksSGV 19: Foothill Transit Executive Director
Oct 12, 2016 • 22 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Doran Barnes, the executive director of Foothill Transit and the Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Our conversation touches on a wide-range of subjects including…
#DamienTalks the Regional Connector with Olga Arroyo and Jean Marie Hance
Oct 11, 2016 • 24 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Olga Arroyo and Jean Marie Hance with Community and Construction Relations for the Regional Connector Project in Downtown Los Angeles. With the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) going in the ground next week, it…
#DamienTalks 42 - Orange County Is Changing, and Cities Such as Garden Grove Are Leading
Sep 30, 2016 • 19 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Steve Jones, the Mayor Pro Tem of Garden Grove. While Garden Grove is not one of the most famous cities in California, it is home to 180,000 residents and is something of a bell weather for the efforts to create a healthier…
#DamienTalksSGV 18 - The 626 Is Back on the Calendar this March
Sep 26, 2016 • 12 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Wesley Reutimann about the new plans for the postponed 626. Spoiler, prepare yourself for an open streets party in the SGV next March. It’s no surprise to anyone that listens to this podcast, or reads this website,…
#DamienTalks 41 - Chanell Fletcher and the Next Steps for Fighting Climate Change
Sep 19, 2016 • 15 min
Welcome back to #DamienTalks. Today, #DamienTalks with Chanell Fletcher, the associate director with Climate Plan. With the Californiawith the legislature passing and the governor signing new legislation this year, we discuss what’s next for the…
#DamienTalks SGV17 -
Sep 8, 2016 • 15 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Marisa Creter, the Assistant Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. Our discussion mostly covers the excitement Creter, the Cog and other government officials and advocates have for the over…
#DamienTalks 40 - Michael Manville and Automatic Road Widenings
Sep 6, 2016 • 20 min
It’s been awhile since we recorded a #DamienTalks specifically for the California website, but now we’re back with a good one. In this week’s edition, Damien Talks with Michael Manville, a professor and researcher at UCLA. Manville has hit a bit of…
#DamienTalksSGV 16 : Mayor Sam Pedroza and Bike SGV’s Jose Jimenez
Aug 22, 2016 • 29 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Claremont Mayor and Foothill Transit Board Member Sam Pedroza and Bike SGV Education Director Jose Jimenez. The conversation with Mayor Pedroza is pretty wide ranging, but covers three major areas: teh expansion of Livable…
#DamienTalksSGV 15 - Wes Reutimann and an Update on Bike SGV and Open Streets
Aug 12, 2016 • 23 min
This week, Damien Talks with Wes Reutimann, the executive director of Bike SGV. The nearly-twenty minute interview covers a wide-range of topics from the Union Street protected bikeways plan, to an update on the 626 to, of course, Pokemon Go….
#DamienTalksSGV14 - #DougTalks with Metro Board Chair John Fasana
Aug 4, 2016 • 21 min
Today #DamienTalks with Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Councilmember John Fasana. Actually, it’s more like #DougTalks, as Doug Lewis completes his internship with us by conducting the majority of our interview with the Metro boss. Earlier this…
#DamienTalksSGV 13 - Amber Hawkes and Wayfinding Signage
Jul 28, 2016 • 15 min
Welcome back to #DamienTalksSGV. This week, we’re looking at a best practice from outside the SGV, a new pedestrian wayfinding signage campaign in Glendale. The campaign combines a traditional campaign with a call to action as Glendale develops a new…
#DamienTalksSGV #12 - Blair Miller and Parking Changes for TOD in Pasadena
Jul 14, 2016 • 16 min
Welcome back to #DamienTalks SGV. This week, #DamienTalks with Blair Miller, an organizer with the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition. Pasadena was scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would have reduced, and in some cases eliminated, parking…
#DamienTalks 42: Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and the Governor’s Housing Proposal
Jul 5, 2016 • 19 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates about Governor Jerry Brown’s legislative language to streamline the environmental process for certain types of housing development. Public Advocates was…
#DamienTalks 40 - Brown’s Housing Legislation with Jason Islas
Jun 22, 2016 • 17 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next. This podcast featured Islas a couple of months ago to discuss a proposal by Assemblymember Richard Bloom to make it easier to build more housing. The spirit of Bloom’s…
#DamienTalksSGV 7 – Metro, Cacciotti and the 626
Jun 21, 2016 • 28 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Laura Cornejo, the sustainability officer for Metro who is one of the agency’s leaders for Open Streets events. Metro has been funding a series of Open Streets events throughout L.A. County, ending with this weekend’s 626,…
#DamienTalks SGV 10 - David Diaz and Viva SGV
Jun 8, 2016 • 16 min
This week, #DamienTalks with David Diaz (again), the Programs Director for Bike SGV about this weekend’s two-city open streets event, Viva SGV! The cities of El Monte and South El Monte have worked together to program a 5-mile open streets event that…
DTALKS SGV 9 - Nancy Bond of Move Monrovia
May 24, 2016 • 17 min
This week, #DamienTalksSGV with Nancy Bond of Move Monrovia. Move Monrovia was originally formed to help the city plan for the Gold Line Station that opened earlier this year. However, the citizen’s group has continued to grow and has become…
#DamienTalks 39 - The Biggest, Baddest, Bike to Work Day with Dave Campbell
May 23, 2016 • 15 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Dave Campbell of Bike East Bay. According to Melanie Curry, Bike East Bay runs the “biggest, baddest Bike to Work Day in the world.” Earlier this month, she wrote, “What’s indisputable is that Bike East Bay, then…
#DamienTalks 38 - TOD Planning in San Diego with Circulate’s Colin Parent
May 16, 2016 • 24 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Colin Parent, the Policy Council for Circulate San Diego. Last week, Circulate released the first of a series of reports that look at how the city’s policies support, or hinder, the city’s efforts to meets its environmental…
#DamienTalksSGV 9 - The State of Bike Infrastructure in the SGV
May 13, 2016 • 13 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Wes Reutimann, the executive director of Bike SGV. With Bike Month nearly half over, it seemed as good a time as any to get an update on the state of bicycle advocacy in the San Gabriel Valley. Of course we discuss the…
#DamienTalks 37 - Meet the Newest CalBike Board Member, the San Joaquin Valley’s Genoveva Islas
May 10, 2016 • 17 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Genoveva Islas, the Program Director for Cultiva La Salud and the newest member of the California Bike Coalition (CalBike) Board of Directors. Because her work with Cultiva La Salud deals with access to food in…
#DamienTalks SGV #8 - Roland Cordero and the Foothill Transit E-Bus Program
Apr 29, 2016 • 16 min
Welcome back to #DamienTalks! Today, #DamienTalks with Roland Cordero with Foothill Transit. Did you know Foothill Transit was the first transit agency in the country to have a completely electric bus route? I didn’t, it’s kind of cool. It may have…
#DamienTalks 36 - Kicking Off Bike Month with the Fresno Bicycle Coalition
Apr 29, 2016 • 26 min
It’s Bike Month! Welcome to Bike Month! Today, #DamienTalks with Tony Molina with the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition to kick off our Bike Month coverage. Fresno has a full complement of Bike Month events, some of which we talk about in our…
#DamienTalks 35 - Mike Gatto and Parking Reform
Apr 27, 2016 • 16 min
Parking placard abuse. Arguing for reforms in the placard system is one of the few times parking reformers don’t sound overly wonky to the larger car driving public. In California, one out of every eight drivers has a disabled parking placard, a…
#DamienTalksSGV 7 - Michael Cacciotti
Apr 7, 2016 • 16 min
As excitement builds towards the 626, the mamoth car-free festival spanning six cities on, you guessed it, June 26; #DamienTalks with Michael Cacciotti. Cacciotti is the Mayor Pro-Temp of South Pasadena and has been a critical figure in the effort to…
#DamienTalks SGV6: The Boardmember, the Advocate and the Sales Tax
Mar 22, 2016 • 20 min
Welcome to this week’s episode of #DamienTalksSGV, where we talk with Glendale Mayor and Metro Boardmember Ara Najarian and Bike SGV Executive Director Wes Reutimann about the proposed sales tax measure that Metro unveiled last week. The measure…
#DamienTalks 34: Jason Islas and Housing
Mar 21, 2016 • 19 min
Last week, Streetsblog California announced three new pieces of legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom who represents West Los Angeles County cities in the Assembly. Bloom’s legislation focuses on increasing the housing stock in…
#DamienTalks 33: An Award Winning Campaign by the LACBC
Mar 15, 2016 • 19 min
Last week, activists from around California and the rest of the country gathered in Washington, D.C. for the national bike summit. During the summit, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) was honored for the “best winning campaign” of…
#DamienTalksSGV Ep. 5 - The Gold Line Extension is Coming and SGV’s Women on Wheels
Mar 3, 2016 • 23 min
Today, #DamienTalks to Habib Balian, the CEO of the Gold Line Foothills Construction Authority and Amy Wong with Women on Wheels. This weekend, the long-awaited extension of the Gold Line to the San Gabriel Valley Foothills will finally…
#DamienTalks 32: Livable Downtown San Diego and the Los Angeles Bicycle Festival
Mar 1, 2016 • 25 min
Two for the price of one! Today #DamienTalks with a pair of Southern California bicycle advocates, BikeSD’s Samantha Ollinger and the Bicycle Cultural Institute’s Nona Vornado. First, #DamienTalks with Ollinger about the exciting plans for…
#DamienTalks 31 - CalBike’s Jeannie Ward-Waller and a Program to Offer Bike Rebates
Feb 24, 2016 • 15 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Jeannie Ward-Waller, the Streetsie-Award-Winning activist with CalBike about a proposal to provide rebates for people purchasing bicycles for their commute. The Air Resources Board already provides rebates to those purchasing…
#DamienTalks SGV4: Murals and Bicycle Education in El Monte
Feb 22, 2016 • 20 min
Welcome to episode 4 of #DamienTalks, an episode that focuses primarily on two projects in El Monte. We didn’t plan it that way, but sometimes these things happen. First, #DamienTalks with David Diaz Avelar about Historia de los Monteros, a…
#DamienTalks SGV 3: Pasadena Parklets and Temple City Complete Streets
Feb 8, 2016 • 20 min
Welcome to episode 3 of #DamienTalksSGV, a public affairs podcast interviewing people that create and advocate for sustainable transportation in the San Gabriel Valley. Which way will Temple City go? Today, #DamienTalks with…
#Damien Talks SGV2: Albert Ho on the Gold Line and Wes Reutimann on the Puente Hills Landfill Park
Jan 24, 2016 • 30 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Albert Ho of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. Albert has been a booster of the project dating back to the mid aughts, helping to found the IWillRide campaign as an interested college student,…
#DamienTalks #30 - Hasan Ikharta and the Beginning of the End for the Gas Tax
Jan 24, 2016 • 15 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Hasan Ikharta, the executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments about the pilot program that could be the second step in replacing the state’s gas tax with a vehicle miles traveled tax. Last week,…
DAMIENTALKS 29: Jessica Meaney
Jan 19, 2016 • 20 min
This week #DamienTalks with Jessica Meaney, a longtime friend of Streetsblog and the founder of the Los Angeles based Investing In Place. Meaney has been a leading fighter for equity in transportation planning and funding by mode, by geographic need…
DamienTalks 28: Melanie Curry on the State Budget
Jan 12, 2016 • 18 min
Welcome back to #DamienTalks! Today we’re broadcasting our first episode for 2016 on Streetsblog California (we posted a local episode on Streetsblog Los Angeles yesterday). Today, Damien Talks to the most familiar of faces and voices, SBCAL editor…
DamienTalks SGV: Looking Forward to 2016
Jan 11, 2016 • 25 min
Welcome to the first #DamienTalks of 2016, a public affairs podcast focused on interviewing the people that create and advocate for sustainable transportation in the San Gabriel Valley. For those of you just joining us, #DamienTalks has been broadcast…
#DamienTalks #27 - End of Year Ruminations
Dec 22, 2015 • 7 min
It’s the end of the year, so we’re doing a special #DamienTalks. As announced on Streetsblog California, today I’m taking your questions…errr, your question… The questions we received were variations on where transportation is headed, and how are…
#DamienTalks 26: Getting to Know Roger Rudick
Dec 11, 2015 • 16 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Roger Rudick, a long-time contributor to various Streetsblogs and the incoming editor of Streetsblog San Francisco. In the interview we cover varied ground including how Rudick’s world travels inform his writing at…
#DamienTalks Episode 25 - SFCTA Executive Director Tilly Chang on the Benefits and Challenges of Ride Share
Dec 1, 2015 • 21 min
Hello, welcome back to #DamienTalks! It’s been awhile. Today Damien talks with SFCTA executive director Tilly Chang (read Streetsblog coverage of Chang, here) about whether or not ride share companies are good for transit and good for urban…
#DamienTalks 24: Ryan Price and CalBike’s Report Card
Nov 5, 2015 • 16 min
Today #DamienTalks with Ryan Price, Campaigns Director for CalBike, about CalBike’s recently released legislative report card. Look up how your legislator did, here. Don’t know who represents you in Sacramento? Click here. In addition to…
#DamienTalks Episode 23: Sue Minter
Oct 30, 2015 • 15 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Sue Minter, a candidate for Governor of Vermont. This kicks off an irregular series where I’ll be talking with elected and government officials either just before or just after they make a trip to California.We’ll discuss best…
#DamienTalks 22.2: Melanie Curry on the Legislative Session
Oct 22, 2015 • 19 min
Today, we’re broadcasting part 2 of the #DamienTalks discussing the best, and worst, news out of Sacramento. Yesterday, I talked to a trio of advocates around the state. Today, I’m talking with Melanie Curry, the editor of Streetsblog…
#DamienTalks Episode 22 - Meea Kang, Gloria Ohland, Colin Parent on the Legislative Session
Oct 21, 2015 • 18 min
Welcome to the first two-part #DamienTalks. Today, I talk with Meea Kang with the Council of Infill Developers, Gloria Ohland of Move L.A. and Colin Parent of Circulate San Diego. The topic of the day is the recently concluded legislative session in…
#DamienTalks21: Groundswell Movies with Joe Biel and Elly Blue
Oct 16, 2015 • 19 min
Today #DamienTalks with Jim Beal and Elly Blue with Microcosm Publishing. The duo is producing the eight-part Groundswell Movies focused on community-based bicycle advocacy (as opposed to activist-based bike advocacy) and how it’s…
#DamienTalks Special Edition: Aaron Bialick
Oct 8, 2015 • 16 min
Every week, Streetsblog California broadcasts a podcast, #DamienTalks, where I (Damien) interview someone about something in California. Our guest list has included advocates, Assemblymembers, planners and Councilmembers. However, we thought…
#DamienTalks Episode 20: Damian Kevitt
Oct 6, 2015 • 19 min
This week, #DamienTalks with Damian Kevitt, the man who went from hit and run victim to survivor to hero. In the wake of his crash, Kevitt dedicated himself to using his story to create a new movement to fix California’s mess of hit and run laws….
#DamienTalks Episode 19: CicLAvia’s Romel Pascual and the Rise of Open Streets
Sep 22, 2015 • 16 min
Today, Damien talks with Romel Pascual, the new executive director of CicLAvia, the non-profit that programs arguably the most popular Open Streets program in America. Pascual comes to the new position with a strong background in Los Angeles’ Open…
#DamienTalks Episode 18 - Melanie Curry on the Legislature
Sep 15, 2015 • 18 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Melanie Curry, the editor of a boutique news website known as Streetsblog California. Melanie has been covering the legislature for two full sessions, with a focus on transportation, urban design, and public health. Not…
Damien Talks Episode 17: Modacity
Sep 9, 2015 • 19 min
This week, with the legislative session moving faster than my ability to cover them in a podcast, we’re taking a little break from the legislative sessions. #DamienTalks with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity. Modacity is a Vancouver based…
#DamienTalks Episode 16: Environmental Defense’s Tim O’Connor
Sep 2, 2015 • 15 min
Maybe you’ve seen the mailers, or the insanse websites or have heard a rant on talk radio. The petroleum industry is coming for S.B. 350, legislation that would set standards to help the State of California reduce its petroleum use by 50% in the…
#DamienTalks Episode 15: LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynold on Vision Zero
Aug 26, 2015 • 21 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Seleta Reynolds, the General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation about the City of Los Angeles’ recent announcement that L.A. will be a Vision Zero City. In short, that means that all planning,…
Damien Talks Episode 14; Richard Bloom
Aug 20, 2015 • 17 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Asssemblymember Richard Bloom who represents western Los Angeles County in the State Assembly. Bloom is on the Finance Special Session Committee in the State Assembly, meaning that for the next two and a half weeks, the…
Damien Talks Episode 13 - Jennifer D’Onofrio and Bryan Mickelson
Aug 13, 2015 • 14 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Jennifer D’Onofrio and Bryan Michaelson of the City of Davis about the new protected bike intersection in Davis, California. The newly-redesigned intersection is the first-of-its-kind in America, and receiving warm reviews…
#DamienTalks Episode 12: Yvonne Burke
Aug 4, 2015 • 17 min
Today #DamienTalks with Yvonne Burke, former LA County Supervisor and current commissioner for the California Transportation Commission, about transportation funding issues in California. With the legislature due to come back soon to discuss the…
#DamienTalks Episode 11: Brian Addison
Jul 30, 2015 • 17 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Brian Addison, the former editor of the Long Beach Post and LongBeachize. Addison was recently named the “Best Online Journalist” by the Southern California Press Club for, in Addison’s own words, “writing about the city I…
#DamienTalks Special Edition: Meet Graham Wheat
Jul 26, 2015 • 13 min
Today, Damien Talks with Graham Wheat our new Central Valley writer for Streetsblog California. Topics include:his life, transportation habits, journalism experiences and future-favorite-writing-projects. The Bakersfield native and resident has a lot…
Damien Talks Episode 10: Cal Bike’s Dave Snyder
Jul 22, 2015 • 13 min
This week, DamienTalks with Dave Snyder, the executive director of CalBike about the current legislative session and generally about how things are going in Sacramento. Spoiler: so far, pretty well. But the biggest fish is still in the sea. The…
Damien Talks Episode 9: Ethan Elkind
Jul 1, 2015 • 15 min
Today #DamienTalks with Ethan Elkind, about the efforts to reform how the state measures transportation impacts of a proposed project. Currently, the state measures how a project impacts car travel time, but a change to state law will turn that rule…
Damien Talks Episode 8: Santa Monica’s Richard McKinnon
Jun 26, 2015 • 18 min
Good Data, it’s the Holy Grail of transportation reform advocates. Today, #DamienTalks with Richard McKinnon, the head of Safe Streets Santa Monica and a member of the local planning commission, about his organization’s efforts to…
Damien Talks Episode 7: Jim Stone and VIsion Zero in San Diego
Jun 24, 2015 • 13 min
Today, #DamienTalks with Jim Stone, the executive director of Circulate San Diego, about the recent announcement that the city will pursue a Vision Zero strategy for its transportation planning. Stone discusses the research and politics that happened…
Damien Talks Episode Six: Meea Kang
Jun 10, 2015 • 17 min
Today, DamienTalks with Meea Kang, the founder of the Council of Infill Builders. Meea and I talk about A.B. 744, legislation that has cleared the Assembly that would remove minimum parking requirements for affordable housing near major transit…
Damien Talks, Episode 5:
Jun 2, 2015 • 25 min
outh Pasadena Councilwoman Marina Khubesrian
Damien Talks Episode 4: SABA’s Jim Brown
May 27, 2015 • 16 min
This week Damien Talks to Jim Brown, executive director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, known locally as SABA. SABA has an out-sized role as they not only have to advocate for safe and attractive bicycle conditions in Sacramento; but are…
Damien Talks Special Edition: Meet Fresno’s Colby Tibbet
May 21, 2015 • 14 min
Welcome to a special episode of Damien Talks. Today, Damien Talks with Colby Tibbet, the new Fresno writer for Streetsblog California. You may have seen a freelance piece Colby wrote for us earlier about Fresno’s blight ordinance. We look…
Damien Talks Episode 3: Chris Kidd
May 20, 2015 • 18 min
Welcome to the third episode of Damien Talks, our podcast about the people and politics behind the Livable Streets Movement throughout California. Our first month coincides with Bike Month, so we’ve been working up the coast, talking to bike…
Damien Talks Episode 2: Marven Norman
May 13, 2015 • 18 min
Welcome to the second episode of #DamienTalks. This week, Damien talks with Marven Norman with the Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance andInlandfiets. Marven has been fighting the good fight in a part of California where commutes are long…
Episode 1: Sam Ollinger
May 6, 2015 • 15 min
Damien talks with Bike SD executive director, Sam Ollinger.