The 20th Palms Bike Rodeo is this Saturday May 18, 2013 from 10am-2pm. Download the flyer in English and Spanish to post around the community!
This annual event is free to the community with live entertainment, free food, bicycle safety course, safety inspection, radar speed tests, a bike giveaway, and much more. Meet your neighbors, local businesses, bicycle advocates, and local non-profits!
This year it will be a zero-waste event – the PNC is an environmental leader in the City of LA and making this event zero waste sets an example for the whole City. To help promote this idea, every child will receive an extra ticket for the bike giveaway (2 tickets at most) when they bring in a reusable beverage container to use at the event. ALSO adults will receive a ticket for a used bike giveaway when they bring in a reusable beverage container or donate a used bike part at the event.
Last year’s event brought out 600 attendees! Are you a local group / organization / business who service the Palms community and would like to have a booth at our event? Email email@example.com and we will provide you a tent, table and chairs. All we ask is you keep any waste minimal to coincide with our zero waste event. We also need volunteers to make this happen – please email Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
To see pictures of last year’s event go to our Facebook album.
According to reports, a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a dozen explosive devices in an apartment in the 3800 Overland Avenue block. We have been in contact with the Los Angeles Police Department, who has the situation under control.
Four buildings in the area have been evacuated and an evacuation center has been opened at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. The LA Fire Department encourages displaced residents to call (310) 253-6890 for shelter and incident information.
If you are commuting through the area, Overland Avenue from Venice Blvd to Culver Blvd., and Washington Boulevard from Overland Ave. to Culver Blvd. are closed to traffic. The Culver Shopping Center has also been closed for business.
If you live, work, or shop in this area, please do not go to this area until the LAPD has cleared it. Please follow our Facebook page and Twitter account for updated information.
Please be safe and enjoy your day.
On Sunday May 5th, hundreds of volunteers descended on the campus of Palms MiddleSchool to paint, clean, sweep, plant, and more for Big Sunday, the largest volunteer weekend in the City, and one of the largest in the country. Community members and members of the PNC pitched in, too, helping to make Palms Middle School – our community’s public middle school – to look a lot brighter and cleaner.
The Palms Neighborhood Council recently funded Friends of Palms Middle School to do a beautification along their Lawler Street entrance. This proposal will put security slats and vines along the fencing to protect the campus from intruders and provide a beautiful divider between the school and the community, rather than a fence. You can read about this project here. Palms Middle is considered a “shared resource” of the Palms NC and Mar Vista NC.
PNC President Eli Lipmen (center) with the ‘Friends of Palms’ – Palms Middle School Booster Club & Big Sunday organizers – Martha Cohen, Melanie Bartlett, Sara Roos, and Maura Howe.
Some exciting and historic news: Metro has officially announced that our Expo PhaseTwo station to be located at the corner of Palms/National/Expo/Manning will officially be named “Palms”. Located just feet from the historic location of Palms Depot, the train station that gave rise to Palms, the oldest Los Angeles neighborhood not part of the original city, this station will be an important identifying namesake for our community and an appropriate acknowledgment of the historic importance of rail here.
This was not the original plan, and it didn’t just happen. What started as a discussion several years ago in our Palms Neighborhood Council Transportation Committee became an effort to build a coalition of private stakeholders, local business groups, neighborhood councils, Expo Authority, Expo’s Urban Design Committee, and strong political support from LA Councilmembers Koretz, Rosendahl, and Wesson (and the tireless staff of each of these gentlemen) as well as the Expo Board itself. We want to thank everyone involved, including Metro, for mobilizing the will of the community. A station name may seem like a little thing, but it will shape the perceptions of our community for generations to come.
Metro’s announcement may be read here.
The Palms Neighborhood Council took full advantage of the fact that CicLAvia – a community event where streets are closed to automobile traffic for a few hours – would come through Palms along Venice Boulevard. The day before CicLAvia, a dozen volunteers from Hamilton High School and Culver Palms Church of Christ canvassed the neighborhood to get out the word about CicLAvia to Palms residents as part of the PNC’s regularly schedule neighborhood clean ups.
Then during CicLAvia, the PNC set up two tables along Venice Boulevard at Veteran and Bagley Avenues to speak with stakeholders as they walked, bicycled, skated, or jogged through Palms. We handed out brochures, free PNC bags, and spoke with stakeholders about some of the upcoming events in Palms (like Big Sunday at Palms Middle School on Sunday May 5th and the 20th Palms Bike Rodeo on Saturday May 18th) as well as some of the challenges facing the community. We want to thank all the great volunteers who helped table (Natasha Ericta, Neal Anderberg, Tanya Leal, Charles Miller, Niall MacMenamin, Eli Lipmen, and Andrew Pennington) and all the people who stopped to say hello!
PNC President Eli Lipmen was even interviewed for NPR’s national news broadcast about CicLAvia. You can replay the one minute interview by clicking this link.
To see more pictures of the PNC at CicLAvia visit our CicLAvia album on Facebook.
The Expo Line Authority will be doing construction along National Boulevard, Palms Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard between Clarington Avenue and Tabor Street on Saturday April 27 from 8:00am- 6:00pm and Monday April 29 or Tuesday April 30 from 9:00am-3:30pm. This will cause some major traffic impacts due to full or partial street closures. Please read the notice below or the full notice on the Expo Line website and follow all posted road signs.
- The intersection of National Boulevard and Palms Boulevard will be closed to all through traffic during the Saturday closure, and traffic will be detoured as follows:
- Eastbound traffic on National Boulevard will be detoured at Motor Avenue
- Northbound traffic on Palms Boulevard will be detoured at Motor Avenue
- Westbound traffic on National Boulevard will be detoured at Bagley Avenue
- Westbound National Boulevard will be closed between Palms Boulevard and Clarington Avenue and all turns onto westbound National Boulevard will be prohibited. Eastbound National Boulevard will remain open, but will be detoured at the intersection.
- Exposition Boulevard between Palms Boulevard and Tabor Street will be closed to all through traffic. Westbound traffic will be detoured at Tabor Street and eastbound traffic will be detoured at Palms Boulevard.
- Palms Boulevard will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between National Boulevard and Clarington Avenue. Turns throughout the work area will be prohibited.
- Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all times and signage with specific restrictions will be in place in all construction areas.
- Electronic message boards, directional signage and/or flaggers will be used to maintain traffic flow and safely direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.
Palms NC meetings this month (check out our calendar):
- Coffee with the Council – an informal, open forum to meet with the Council. Coffee provided free of charge to interested stakeholders! Tuesday, April 9, 11am-1pm, Cafe Brasil, 10831 Venice Blvd & Thursday April 25, 11am-1pm, Simpang Asia, 10433 National Blvd.
- Budget Ad Hoc Committee – discuss the PNC budget allocation and evaluate neighborhood grants for funding. Saturday April 27, 5pm, Fire Station, 3690 Motor Avenue. Agenda.
- Palms Clean Up – beautify the neighborhood and outreach to the community through volunteer service – Saturday April 20, 10am-12pm; meet at Fire Station, 3690 Motor Avenue. Download the flyer
- Planning & Land Use Committee – development, over-development, green space, and more – RESCHEDULED – Wednesday May 1, 6pm at IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Avenue.
Every year, the Palms Neighborhood Council provides grants to community organizations for neighborhood projects. The PNC is now accepting applications for grants! We will provide up to $3,000 to any public school or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for projects that serve a non-discriminatory, public purpose and benefit the public at-large in Palms. Projects may encompass a wide range and can include, but are not limited to:
- The Arts
- Community Support
- Community Improvements
Please download the application, fill it out, and submit it to email@example.com by 6pm on Friday April 26, 2013. You can also drop off the completed application to Jason Buchalter (Treasurer) at Charnock Road School, 11133 Charnock Road, Los Angeles, 90034. As part of your application, you must be able to provide evidence of your tax deductible status as well as a Los Angeles Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC). For more detailed information about the Neighborhood Purpose Grant process and the evaluation criteria the PNC will use, please review this applicant packet.
Applications will be reviewed by the PNC Budget Ad Hoc Committee on Saturday April 27 at 5pm at Fire Station #43 (3690 Motor Avenue) and a final decision to fund grants will be made by the full PNC General Assembly on Wednesday May 1, 2013, 7pm at the IMAN Center (3376 Motor Avenue).
The following local businesses and organization are offering discounts during CicLAvia on Sunday:
10939 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034- Open at 12 noon until 2 a.m.
Bigfoot West will be offering:
- $5 happy hour drinks from 12-9 pm (consists of 7 different drink options.)
- $5 non-alcoholic cocktail called “The Tired Peach,” which consists of muddled fresh peach, fresh lemon and house made simple syrup.
- $5 House made ginger beer (non-alcoholic).
They will also have a Taco Cart with a variety of tacos for $1 from 12:00p.m-4:00p.m.
Oldfield’s Liquor Room
10899 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034-Open at 12 noon
Oldfield’s Liquor Room will be offering:
- $7 signature cocktails available plus a daily special for the same.
- $5 wine, beer, and Irish whiskey.
- Also available a barrage of non-alcoholic cocktails and fresh juices.
There will also be a DJ spinning vinyl and tacos for $1 from 12:00p.m-4:00p.m.
Culver Palms Church of Christ
9733 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Stop by and visit the Culver Palms Church of Christ and enjoy tacos, free water and popcorn. A canopy with tables and chairs will also be available to sit, rest and watch CicLAvia as it passes through Palms. Everyone is welcome.
The Palms Neighborhood Council is recruiting new members! Are you interested in improving your community? Want to advise the City Council of Los Angeles? Then submit your application to join the Palms NC as a Board member.
The two open positions are Residential Representative Area A (Palms West) and Business Representative Area 1 (Pacific Electric). These positions represent the residential and business interests in their area, respectively, and therefore an eligible stakeholder must show a connection or commitment to represent interests in these areas.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information (including address), eligibility, availability, a brief statement of interest in joining the PNC, and a resume. Please submit this by April 25th. The President appoints new members, with approval of the PNC General Assembly.