Episode 46: WRDSMTH, Skid Robot



Street art’s ubiquitous influence on the texture of neighborhoods in Los Angeles is built on a long local history. This week explore the worlds of two Los Angeles artists whose expressive art has garnered incredible attention.

See their instagrams below:






Episode 45: Reimagine the Heart of Los Angeles

This week we dedicate our episode to the very special Pershing Square REnew event:

Reimagine the Heart of Los Angeles:

Visions for the Future of Pershing Square

This was the only live presentation of the finalists in the Pershing Square REnew’s design competition. They will each presented their vision for Re-making Los Angeles’ most historic public space into everyone’s favorite downtown destination

Check out the presentations and make your voice heard!


Episode 42: LAUSD Grand Arts Festival, Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City

Check out more on LAUSD’s Grand Arts Festival here



And watch Mayor Garcetti’s State of the city speech online here


Episode 41: Dr. Luann Pannell LAPD Director of Training, Councilmember Jose Huizar’s DTLA Forward


(from her bio)

Dr. Luann Pannell, began her career with LAPD as a Police Psychologist in 2000 and in 2006 was promoted to Director of Police Training and Education by Chief Bratton. In this role she is responsible for the review and evaluation of all LAPD training curricula to ensure relevancy, continuity, and compliance with State and Federal criteria and Department policy. She researches best practices in police training and adult learning to continually improve and advance LAPD training. In keeping with this role, Dr. Pannell led the team responsible for the complete redesign of the LAPD Academy in 2008.

During her tenure as a police psychologist she consulted with a variety of specialized units including Juvenile Division, Scientific Investigation Division, Jail Division, Records and Identification Division, Recruitment and Employment Division, and Scientific Investigation Division. She also responded to SWAT call-outs as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). As a CIRT member, she assisted LAPD employees in managing their reactions to critical incidents. She participated in ride-a-longs, provided management consultation, and presented training on a variety of issues including stress management and the psychological consequences of constant exposure to violence.


Jose Huizar’s DTLA Forward started las year with council motions to study the implementation of greener alley ways and street scape changes. With the burgeoning population in downtown, walkable, pedestrian friendly streets have become a hot topic. Huizar envisions protected bike lanes in the historic core. The pedestrian head start program which offers a walk sign to pedestrians four seconds ahead of car traffic was be welcomed by many in the neighborhood. The proposed street car for downtown has also been incorporated under the umbrella of DTLA Forward with hopes that Metro’s inclusion of the project as a line item in their R2 ballot measure, combined with other efforts can bring the project to fruition in short order.

Episode 40: Carmen Zella Do Art Foundation, Jill Stewart Neighborhood Integrity Initiative


The Do Art Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the creation, commissioning, and curating of artistic pieces and productions in the public realm. Their belief that access to art is not an exclusive privilege drives the effort to create cultural collaboration between communities. Carmen Zella the founder and executive director is a interdisciplinary artist in her own right, having shown work throughout North America and Mexico. In only four years under her direction, the Do Art Foundation has grown to be on of the most active public art organizations in Los Angeles. Their work can be seen throughout Los Angeles, but its particularly present in the murals around Downtown LA.


The Neighborhood integrity initiative is a controversial ballot measure proposed for the March 2017 Ballot in the city of Los Angeles. The campaign’s director, Jill Stewart, left her post as Managing Editor at LA weekly to lead the effort to end what they call corruption at city hall, especially in their relationships with developers seeking to change the face of neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  Originally the measure was aimed at the November 2016 election but organizers of the initiative opted to move to March feeling that the presidential campaign would overshadow the conversation. They hope to turn the March election into a referendum on development as eight council seats, and the mayor will be seeking to win voters favor. You can find out more on their website http://2preservela.org/

Episode 39: Artist Annika Connor, Luke Klipp of Greater LA


Annika Connor is a Brooklyn based artist, publisher and advocate for the art community. Her recent work Point Suite, a curated collection of contemporary art in that classic coffee table format. Annika will be holding a free creative talk at General Assembly in Downtown LA.


You can register for the FREE talk here or if you can’t attend you can get your copy of Point Suite online


Luke Klipp is the founder of Greater LA a organizing arm opposed to the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative  put forth by the Coalition to Preserve LA.

Episode 38: Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Neighborhood Council Elections


Miguel Santiago was elected as the representative for California’s 53rd assembly district in November 2014. As a staffer for his predecessor, former Speaker John Pérez, Santiago gained direct experience with the citizens who form his constituency. Santiago also served on the Los Angeles Community College Board helping to pass Measure J; the 3.5 billion dollar bond measure to designed to renovating and building the nine community colleges in the district. This session the assemblymember introduced AB1674 a bill designed to adjust the waiting period currently applied to handguns and apply the law to long guns as well. Santiago also sits on the select committee on homelessness and was present for state senator Kevin De Leon’s announcement to redirect $2 billion towards housing for the homeless.


Los Angeles 96 neighborhood councils were formed to help ensure local engagement in the governance of the city. Established by the city charter in 1999 they councils, neighborhood councils are equipped and empowered to make recommendations to the city council to help voice the concerns of the areas the represent. The councils are coordinated through the Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (http://empowerla.org/). In Downtown, all 27 seats on DLANC are up for election May 5th, 2016. Los Angeles’ Mayor Garcetti has posted a youtube video for more on Neighborhood Council Elections

Episode 37: 826LA, break bread with Think Tank Gallery



826LA is the non-profit writing and tutoring program nestled among many storefronts on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park. While the unassuming front known as “The Time Travel Mart” is full of fun and silly gifts, some even made by the students, the brains of the operation definitely are grinding away in the back. In the case of 826LA, thousands of children from ages 6-18 visit each year in after-school tutoring, workshops, and field trips. The volunteer driven program makes an undeniable difference in children’s lives.


826LA in Echo Park(map)
and the Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3388



Think Tank Gallery is not pure event space, or pure art gallery. It is an immersive experience that gives you a bit of both worlds. Their current show BreakBread from artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son is slated for 30 different events during the days of its run. Including a special performance from Cirque Du Soleil coming soon.


Episode 35: LA Historic Theater Foundation, Trust Talks 3


With all the attention paid to the historic theaters during Night On Broadway we sat down with Escott Norton, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation. Founded in 1987 the non-profit volunteer driven foundation focuses on the protection, preservation, and restoration of historic theaters around Los Angeles. Their current effort, New Broadway Los Angeles, is designed to identify and draw the crowds who can support a resurgence of these architectural treasures to their former glory.

The Downtown Clergy Council organizes a roundtable discussion known as Trust Talks. Here, community stakeholders from many different walks of life participate in a facilitated dialogue about the challenges we face as a neighborhood and in someways as a nation. Members of the LAPD, elected officials staff, business owners and residents exchange stories and feelings in a safe and open way. Delonte Gholston is a pastor and one of the lead organizers on the project. The next Trust Talks event takes place Feb. 27th, from 10a-1p at Centenary United Methodist Church 300 S Central Ave Los Angeles.


Episode 34 – Night on Broadway

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — With an impressive crowd of over 65,000 Downtown LA celebrated a little bit of its past and future during “Night on Broadway” on Saturday night. The event was orchestrated by Councilman Jose Huizar’s office as a way of celebrating the Councilman’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative, a 10-year plan for revitalizing the historic Broadway in Downtown.  


With music, dancing, art, and featuring the historic theaters that line Broadway, the celebration lasted well into the night.


One of the main events of the night featured a new sport called chess boxing put on for charity. According to fighter Toby TigerHeart, “This is a round of chess in the ring, and then a round of boxing in the ring, a round of chess in the ring. The idea behind this sport is that you have to be smart and tough.” TigerHeart represented Fortune Gym in the ring on Saturday night against teammate Vito. TigerHeart relished the opportunity to fight in front of the Broadway crowd saying, “The cool thing about an event like this going on for so many years is that you’ve got thousands of people. They can stop and see something that they would never ever see.” The exhibition was curated by the LA chessboxing club.

Also participating that night was Two Bit Circus. According to Nicky Besuden, “Pretty much what we do is bring a bunch of our games out for adults and kids to play. It’s super important for adults to continue playing.” Besuden said there was an amazing response with over 100 people walking by and asking to jump on the horses or participate in some of the more unique games offered by Two Bit Circus.  The Lincoln Heights-based company was happy to join the celebration in celebrating their downtown neighbors and the revitalization of Broadway.


One of the artists featured that night was Los Angeles-based Morley. The street artist  specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape.

Morley said of the night, “It’s really cool to activate the community and give them a reason to come out. Something to see. Something to get invigorated by.  This city is a wonderful place. I think downtown specifically has so much energy and so much culture and so much to appreciate.”


As a testament to the energy of the night, LAPD Captain Oreb said, “We did really well tonight. I look at the difference between this year and last year — we have more events more people, more food. Everybody’s having a great time. It’s a very peaceful event. I love seeing all the families downtown.”


Councilman Jose Huizar celebrated the success of his district’s night. He said, “It shows that there’s a thirst for people to re-explore downtown LA. People want the history. They want the culture. They want to come together as a city. This is what it’s about. It’s about everyone coming together as a city — enjoying the arts, enjoying the multiculturalism. And we have to do more of this.”