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 Kris Fortin. This feed also hosts SGV Connect’s predecessor podcast, #DamienTalks.


SGV Connect: LA County Parks Re-Openings and Long-Term Planning Across the Region
May 19 • 55 min
This week, SGV Connect talks to government executives that are overseeing some of L.A. County’s largest departments as they respond to COVID-19 and do long-term planning for the future. First, Kris talks to Norma Garcia, the Acting Director of the…
#SGVConnect 65: The County Water Plan and Deactivating the Pedestrian Beg
May 8 • 45 min
This week, SGV Connect goes macro and micro with a look at the just started public process on the county’s water plan and studies why Pasadena is resisting the call to eliminate pedestrian crossing buttons before allowing people to legally cross the…
SGV Connect 64 - More BRT in the SGV and Announcements on an Expanded SGV Connect
Apr 28 • 40 min
A new BRT line connecting San Bernadino County to a series of cities in the San Gabriel Valley is expected to be approved at the May 6 meeting of San Bernadino County’s regional transit agency’s Board of Directors. Phase 1 of the BRT line, known as…
SGV Connect 63: SCAG Closes in on Final Passage of Connect SoCal and COVID19 Ravages Local Transit
Apr 17 • 30 min
This week’s SGV Connect focuses on how the Coronavirus is impacting planning and transit throughout not just San Gabriel Valley, but all of Southern California. First up, Kris speaks with of the Safe Routes Partnership about the upcoming approval of…
SGV Connect 62: Coyotes!
Apr 6 • 32 min
For anyone who lives in the SGV, and frankly throughout Los Angeles County, coyotes are a regular reality. Whether hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains or walking down Valley Boulevard, hearing a coyote’s yelp or spotting its thin frame…
SGV Connect 62.1 - It’s Census Day! Fill Out Your Census Today!
Mar 31 • 16 min
Damien talks with Active SGV’s Adriana Pinedo
SGV Connect 61: Non-Profit Leaders from ACT-LA, Investing in Place and LACBC Discuss the Response to COVID19
Mar 24 • 52 min
This week, SGV Connect continues our coverage of the Coronavirus and our regional response. First, Kris speaks with Laura Raymond of ACT-LA and Jessica Meaney of Investing in Place about transit agencies’ (especially Metro) response to the…
SGV Connect 60.2: Metro’s Response to the Coronavirus
Mar 13 • 19 min
Following Damien’s interview with Foothill Transit earlier today, Kris speaks with Rick Jager at L.A. Metro about the region’s flagship transit agency’s response to the Coronavirus. As we heard with Foothill Transit, Metro is working to transit clean…
SGV Connect 60.1 - Foothill Transit and COVID19
Mar 13 • 11 min
Earlier today, I spoke with Felicia Friesema, a spokesperson with Foothill Transit about the agencies response to the Corona Virus. As you will hear, the agency has been proactive and plans to continue service to those who need it while maintaining as…
SGV Connect 58: The Gold Line Extension and Puente Creek Greenway Keep Moving Forward
Feb 28 • 35 min
Damien talks with Albert Ho. Kris talks with David Diaz
SGV Connect 57: Metro’s Plans for Buses and the Gold Line Eastside Extension
Feb 7 • 41 min
Metro is conducting outreach on two programs that could dramatically change the way people move about the San Gabriel Valley and all of L.A. County: the Metro Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 and the Next Gen Bus Plan. The last of the outreach…
SGV Connect 56 - New Plans for Arrow Highway, Connect SoCal and Transportation Planning in Pasadena
Jan 21 • 47 min
After a holiday break and a look-ahead episode, SGV Connect returns to its regularly scheduled programming: looking at the issues and programs that impact the present and future of the San Gabriel Valley. First, Kris Fortin talks to Kome Ajise, the…
SGV Connect 55 - Francisco Ojeda and Melanie Curry on What’s Coming Next
Jan 14 • 40 min
Welcome to the first episode of SGV Connect in 2020! This week’s episode features Francisco Ojeda of Active SGV and Melanie Curry of Streetsblog California discussing the big stories of 2019 and what we can look forward to in 2020. First, Kris Fortin…
SGV Connect 54
Dec 13, 2019 • 47 min
Welcome to SGV Connect 54, which begins our transition from 2019 to 2020. This week we have two different types of interviews, one which looks forward to 2020 and the other that looks back on…2003? Kris talks with Brian Wallace, executive director…
SGV Connect 53: Supervisor Hilda Solis and Active SGV’s Noche de las Luminarias
Nov 13, 2019 • 15 min
With Kris still away on his travels, this week Damien interviews Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis about her leadership with the county and on the L.A. Metro Board of Directors. Our conversation touches on transit planning, vision zero, and…
SGV Connect 52 - Meeting Tonight on Bike Parking in SoPas. Meetings on housing throughout the SGV Tomorrow and Tuesday
Nov 6, 2019 • 24 min
This week’s SGV Connect focuses on a trio of upcoming meetings at the local and regional level that will have an impact on how the SGV grows. Tonight in South Pasadena, the City Council considers funding a $200,000 plan to bring more bike parking…
SGV Connect 51 - Kris Interviews Leaders at the CalBike Conference on Complete Streets, State Legislation
Oct 22, 2019 • 29 min
Last week, Kris Fortin attended the CalBike conference in Los Angeles. This once-every-two-years conference brings together leaders from the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy communities throughout California including Active SGV, CalBike, California…
SGV Connect 50 - Eilers and Morrissey
Oct 8, 2019 • 41 min
This week, SGV Connect will be a little different than normal, both because of the format of our interview and the topic discussed. Damien and Kris both sit down with Shawn Morrissey of Union Station (Union Station) Homeless Services and Teresa…
Streetsblog San Francisco Interview with Teresa O’Neill
Oct 3, 2019 • 15 min
SGV Connect 49 - Changes at Foothill Transit and Air Quality Near Alhambra High Schools
Sep 20, 2019 • 46 min
This week, #SGVConnect does our annual check-in with Foothill Transit on changes occurring at the San Gabriel Valley’s transit agency. Damien speaks with Felicia Friesema, the director of marketing and communications for Foothill Transit, about…
#SGV Connect 48 - Representative Judy Chu on San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act and Melanie Curry on the Last Week of the Legislative Session in Sacramento
Sep 6, 2019 • 40 min
This week we return to our traditional two-interview format for a special edition featuring an interview with a sitting United States Member of Congress. Kris Fortin interviews Representative Judy Chu about the . Chu’s legislation would add over fifty…
SGV Connect 47 - Catching up with Active SGV and David Diaz
Aug 27, 2019 • 28 min
We’re trying something new this week, both by hosting two podcasts in the same week and by conducting our first interview. This episode both Damien Newton and Kris Fortin interview David Diaz, the director of the Streetsie Award-Winning Supergroup,…
SGV Connect : The Next Gold Line Extension Hits a Milestone and Alhambra Approves a
Aug 23, 2019 • 25 min
This week’s SGV Connect features big updates on the Gold Line Foothill Extension for the Glendora to to Montclair extension. With new funding in-hand and a contract signed with a construction firm, the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority…
SGV Connect 45 - Unions for Rideshare Workers and an Update on Via
Aug 21, 2019 • 27 min
This week, SGV Connect looks at two issues impacting rideshare in the San Gabriel Valley. First, Kris Fortin interviews Mike Long, spokesperson for , the umbrella group started by SEIU 721 to organize rideshare workers. Stories of…
SGV Connect 45: Talking the North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT
Jul 31, 2019 • 44 min
One of the hottest transportation debates in the West San Gabriel Valley is the debate over the route for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system between North Hollywood and Pasadena. If you are not familiar with the project or controversy, our podcast…
SGV Connect 44 - South Coast AQMD Wants to Clean the Air While Planning Continues for the Puente Creek Bikeway and Greenway Project
Jul 18, 2019 • 38 min
Welcome to this week’s SGV Connect. It’s a long one, so grab a cup of iced tea, sit back and relax. First, Damien talks with Dr. Philip Fine with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). While we have discussed different efforts to…
SGV Connect 43: First Mile/Last Mile for the Gold Line and Bike Projects in La Verne
Jun 21, 2019 • 38 min
Welcome back to #SGV Connect. This week, I talk to Councilmember Muir Davis of La Verne about bicycle projects moving from the drawing board to contract. In a few short months, bike projects that have been on the books since are close to becoming…
SGV Connect 42.1 - James Rojas’ Interactive Modeling at This Sunday’s 626
May 17, 2019 • 6 min
SGV Connect #42 - Previewing the 626 (1 of 2)
May 16, 2019 • 19 min
Even if you’re one of our listeners from outside of the San Gabriel Valley, you doubtless know that this Sunday is the 626. The mammoth car-free party will feature 8 cities, two missions, one Sasquatch and over 20,000 participants. . And who better to…
SGV Connect 40: Protected Bike Lanes for Pasadena and Freeway Barriers for the 210
May 7, 2019 • 29 min
Before we get in to this week’s episode, let me remind you that this Thursday is Streetsblog L.A.’s annual awards dinner. We’ll be honoring Active SGV, Asm. Laura Friedman and some others. To get tickets or for more information, click . Leading off…
SGV Connect 39 - Catching Up with Active SGV Before Their Spring Fundraiser TONIGHT
Apr 11, 2019 • 12 min
Also, will someone let me know what the new logo looks like? Thanks.
SGV Connect 39 - Monrovia’s Oliver Chi and Duarte’s Kristen Peterson and the Future of Transportation
Apr 4, 2019 • 42 min
The San Gabriel Valley is becoming a hotbed for innovative transportation solutions. This week, Damien and Kris talk with two leaders who are bringing the transportation revolution to their cities. First, Damien talks with Oliver Chi, the City Manager…
SGV Connect 38 - Gotcha Comes to the SGV and More on Post 710 Planning Efforts
Mar 15, 2019 • 28 min
Last month, shared-use mobility company Gotcha announced a partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to bring a regional, 1,000-bike, bike share system to a dozen cities. The bikes will be rolled out this summer. This week, Damien…
SGV Connect 37 - A People’s Map of East San Gabriel Valley
Mar 7, 2019 • 35 min
Have you ever seen a general plan process include collecting community stories? That’s what is doing, and in this week’s SGV Connect we talked with the creative team behind this ongoing project. A People’s Map project a part of LA County’s…
SGV Connect 36 - Scott Chan on the New Community Plan in Alhambra and Ridesharing for the El monte Bike Depot
Jan 31, 2019 • 28 min
Scott Chan returns to the SGV Connect this week for a conversation with Kris Fortin about the Alhambra Community Plan. Scott talks with Kris Fortin about how the plan has initially looked like they had very little outreach that was done and how the…
SGV Connect : Getting Involved with Altadena Council Member Dorothy Wong and a Gold Line Extension Update with Joe Linton
Jan 23, 2019 • 38 min
In this week’s episode, Damien and Kris kick off the new(ish) year by talking about the best ways to get involved and an update on plans for the Gold Line Foothill Extension’s next phase. First, Damien talks with Dorothy Wong, a long-time bike…
SGV Connect 34 - Streetsblog Editors Unite for an End of the Year Recap and Look Forward
Dec 20, 2018 • 41 min
Welcome to the last episode of SGV Connect for 2018. Today, Kris Fortin and Damien Newton talk with Joe Linton and Melanie Curry. The two Streetsblog editors join us to discuss some of the big stories from 2018 and what we’re looking forward to in…
SGV Connect 33 - Active SGV and Metro’s Road Follies
Dec 18, 2018 • 31 min
Welcome to the penultimate episode of SGV Connect for 2019. Today, we look at the road projects funded by Metro replacing the shelved 710 tunnel project and welcome new Bike SGV Executive Director David Diaz. Diaz, who was already something of a…
SGV Connect 30
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
This week’s SGV Connect features an update on construction plans for Phase II of the Gold Line Foothill Extension and a discussion of two recent reports on Global Warming. First, Kris Fortin interviews Habib Balian, the executive director of the…
SGV Connect 29 - New Bike Facilities in Arcadia and New Councilmembers in Alhambra
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
Wow. November went by quickly. Welcome to another episode of SGV Connect. This week we’re looking at both new bike infrastructure on the way in Arcadia and recapping some local changes in Alhambra’s City Council that could lead to some progressive…
SGV Connect Election Edition: Measure W, Propositions 6 and 10
Nov 1, 2018 • 33 min
If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to check out this week’s edition of SGV Connect. Our usual co-hosts, Damien and Kris, are joined by Joe Linton and Estuardo Mazariegos to discuss Measure W and ballot Propositions 6 and 10. Proposition 6 would repeal…
SGV Connect 28: The Greenways Plan and #Walktober
Oct 10, 2018 • 32 min
This week’s SGV Connect features and interview by Kris Fortin of Bike SGV director Wes Reutimann. The two discuss the progress the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments have made implementing their plan for a series of connected Greenways, a sort…
SGV Connect 27 - BRT for the SGV and a Primer for Prop 10
Sep 28, 2018 • 26 min
Welcome back to SGV Connect. In this episode, we discuss some of the proposals for the , a sixteen mile proposed bus rapid transit connector. Metro is beginning outreach to solicit feedback before the design process kicks off for this important…
SBCAL Special Podcast: Meet Elise Roy, Opening Speaker for This Year’s Peds Count Summit
Sep 18, 2018 • 12 min
Welcome to a special podcast from Streetsblog California. Former SBLA and SBCAL editor Damien Newton interviews Elise Roy. Roy will be the opening speaker at this year’s PEDS COUNT 2018 summit by California Walks. Roy is the founder of a consulting…
SGV Connect 26: Pride of the Valley Is This Sunday!
Sep 12, 2018 • 12 min
This Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. presented by Metro Los Angeles will open up 5 miles of streets for the public to enjoy on foot, skate, bike, or other mode of active transportation inBaldwin Park and Irwindale. The open streets…
SGV Connect 25: More on Monterey Park and Reasons to Vote Against a Gas Tax Repeal
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
In Monterey Park, the city council narrowly passed a plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the city. In this week’s SGV Connect, Kris Fortin talks to Henry Low about the state of play for bicycle advocacy in the city and its next…
SGV Connect 24: Double Decker Buses and Open Space
Aug 9, 2018 • 47 min
Welcome back to SGV Connect. In today’s episode, our co-hosts conduct two interviews on the expansion of the Foothill Transit bus fleet and the arrival of open space funds in L.A. County. First, Kris Fortin follows up on the news (LAT, SGV…
SGV Connect 23: Bike Friendly Businesses
Jul 3, 2018 • 14 min
This week, SGV Connect looks at Bike SGV’s Bike Friendly Business Program with a two-part interview. First, we talk with Danielle Zamora, outreach coordinator for Bike SGV, who oversees the Bike Friendly Business program. Zamora outlines how…
SGV Connect 22: Supporting Bikes at the University of La Verne
May 27, 2018 • 15 min
With Kris Fortin still touring Japan, last week Damien spoke with Lisa Grater, the Transportation and Parking manager for the City of La Verne. The University of La Verne is a for its efforts to support student and staff bicyclists with traditional…
SGV Connect 21: Claudia Goytia and Tonight’s Big Meeting in West Covina
May 15, 2018 • 15 min
o you have strong feelings about the re-opening of the Walnut Creek Wash bike and pedestrian trail? Are you concerned about providing safe passage to school for West Covina’s children? Tonight, the West Covina City Council will meet to discuss the…
SGV Connect 20 : Next Week’s Meeting on a Protected Bike Way for Union Street in Pasadena
May 1, 2018 • 22 min
This week on SGV Connect, we go back to Pasadena to check-in with Greg Gunther. A lot has happened since we last talked, just a couple of weeks ago as anti-road diet forces rallying behind the banner of Keep Pasadena Moving stormed a community meeting…
SGV Connect 19: Andrew Yip and Fun Ways to Connect with Bike SGV
Apr 26, 2018 • 15 min
As we inch closer to “Bike Month,” Bike SGV has some fun ways you can connect with local advocates in a laid back and educational format. Throughout May, Bike SGV will be hosting a series of fun events such as the Bike-In Movie Night () and the Birds…
SGV Connect 18 - Welcome Kris Fortin
Apr 20, 2018 • 19 min
I am very excited to introduce the new co-host of SGV Connect, Kris Fortin! If Kris’ name seems familiar to you and you’re not sure why, it’s because he has a long history with Streetsblog as the former reporter for Boyle Heights on Streetsblog Los…
SGV Connect 17, Scott Chan and the State of Transportation in Alhambra
Mar 19, 2018 • 18 min
This week, SGV Connect talks with Scott Chan, the program director for the Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, and a longtime advocate for safe streets in Alhambra. Our conversation starts with discussing the state of bike planning in Alhambra, a…
SGV Connect 16: Road Diets, the Rose Bowl, and Parklets in Pasadena
Mar 7, 2018 • 24 min
It’s been a couple of years since we last checked in with Greg Gunther, a safe streets advocate in Pasadena. While progress on installing the Playhouse District parklets has stalled, Pasadena is moving forward on some other projects. Most notably is…
SGV Connect #15 - Monterey Park Leaps Forward for Protected Bike Lane
Feb 20, 2018 • 20 min
Monterey Park is a hillside suburban city in the San Gabriel Valley, 7 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. The city boasts a population of 60,269 people and will soon also be home to a protected bike lane for 1.6 miles on Monterey…
SGV Connect 14: Metro’s Parking Policies and the Future Gold Line
Jan 17, 2018 • 14 min
In just about two hours, the Metro Board of Directors Parking Committee will meet to discuss a major update to the agency’s parking policies. This policy, if passed in committee and the full Board of Directors next Thursday, would dictate how parking,…
Special Podcast 4: Streetsblog California Ask the Editors
Dec 21, 2017 • 35 min
In today’s Ask the Editor podcast, Streetsblog contributors Damien Newton, Melanie Curry, Jason Islas, and Kristopher Fortin talk about some of the main stories Streetsblog California covered in 2016. But we didn’t get very far, because there are so…
SGV Connect # 13: What’s the Best Story of the Year? Two Votes for the 626 and A Second for E-Bus Expansion
Dec 20, 2017 • 25 min
Believe it or not, here at Streetsblog we prefer to cover good news. That doesn’t mean we wear Rose Colored Glasses all the time. Rather, when something happens to improve our transportation networks or how people experience their community; we…
SGV Connect 12: Best Transit Stories of 2017
Dec 19, 2017 • 22 min
As the year begins to wind down, SGV Connect will broadcast twice this week to look back at some of the biggest stories in the San Gabriel Valley this year. Today, we talk to Felicia Friesema with Foothill Transit and Albert Ho with the Gold Line…
Ask the Editors 3 - Neuroscience
Dec 15, 2017 • 28 min
Welcome to the third podcast in our end-of-year-fundraising series in which we address questions from you, our readers, about almost anything you want to know. Today our editors Damien Newton, Jason Islas, Melanie Curry, and Kristopher Fortin answer a…
Podcast #2: Editors Tackle Your Questions… About Sidewalks
Dec 8, 2017 • 22 min
Today, the editors at Streetsblog California bring you the second podcast in our “Ask the Editor” series, in which we attempt to answer readers’ questions about whatever you want to ask. This podcast series is part of our year-end fundraising…
SPECIAL EPISODE : Ask the Streetsblog Editors
Dec 1, 2017 • 36 min
Streetsblog Editors Tackle Your Questions Welcome to the first podcast in our Ask the Editor series, in which the editors at Streetsblog California attempt to tackle your questions about almost anything you want to know. Today we discuss three of the…
SGV Connect #11 - Justine Garcia, City of Glendora and “Noche de las Luminarias”
Nov 28, 2017 • 14 min
Two weeks ago, SGV Connect spoke with Doug Strange about the role advocates can play bringing positive change to their communities. Today, we speak with Justine Garcia, the Transportation Program Analyst for the City of Glendora about how progressive…
SGV Connect #10 - Bike SGV “Local Advocate of the Year” Doug Strange
Nov 14, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 14 min
#Nisei2017 runs August 19-27. #GoLittleTokyo provides transportation options.
SGV Connect 4 - Bike Share Gets Its Tires Wet in Pasadena
Aug 4, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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 that was characterized as both a for the project and a from the…
#DamienTalksSGV 26 - Wes Reutimann and Parking at the Gold Line
Jan 20, 2017 • 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 . With the Californiawith the legislature passing and the governor signing new legislation this year, we discuss what’s next for the movement to…
#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…