The Toys for Tots Program is special to our family because my father served two active tours of duty as a Marine. In fact, the Martin Family has served in active military duty for the past three generations, including the Navy and Air Force as well.
The holidays are a special time to be with your family and this year we hope you’ll spread that holiday cheer to families and children that are less fortunate.
According to The Lookout and Livability.com, Santa Monica has evolved into one of the nation's best cities in which to live. The City's employment opportunities, housing, amenities, education, and easy access to entertainment have attracted people, particularly young renters, who desire to be a part of and build communities.
“This is a group that is very innovative and entrepreneurial,” Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael told The Lookout. “It’s people who will plant roots in the community and grow with the community.”
The Martin Family is excited to introduce bicycle-share, servicing and storage facilities to help promote a more balanced, multimodal and transit-oriented community around the Expo Line's Bundy Station.
We are excited to see the recent success of a similar facility in our neighboring community, Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Bike Center is one of the largest bike parking facilities in the United States with 5,300 square feet allocated to 360 dedicated bike storage spaces and hundreds of members. The Bike Center offers extensive racks, walk-up valet service, bike rentals, a bike loaner program, lockers, showers and a repair shop. It has become a game changer for Santa Monica, which anticipates a lot more foot and bike traffic following the Expo Line phase II completion in 2016. Watch this brief video featuring the Bike Center in Santa Monica:
This past weekend, we attended the West Los Angeles Police Department’s Annual Beach Party at Will Rogers State Beach with officers, staff, friends and families of the West Los Angeles Area police station.
Martin Cadillac sponsored the event which provided the opportunity for the men and women of the WLAPD to picnic and spend quality time on the beach with each other, their families and friends. The party also included a raffle, with generated funds going to benefit WLAPD community events and charities. Thank you WLAPD for serving and protecting our neighborhoods!
One of our goals is to promote and enhance public safety in and around the Expo / Bundy station area and surrounding neighborhoods. Transit Oriented Developments with live, work and play mixed-uses result in active places that are busy throughout the day and evening. Having such activity and lots of people around provides 'eyes on the street' and helps increase safety for pedestrians, transit users and many others.
Help us build a safer community by supporting Martin Expo Town Center here.
A recent UCLA study concluded that the Orange and Gold Lines produce less smog and greenhouse gases than the average vehicle driven in L.A. County. These findings are further supported by a Federal Transit Administration report, which states that public mass transportation, including light rail, produces significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than private vehicles. In fact, light rail systems produce 62% less in emissions per passenger mile than average single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs).
The Expo Line is expected to drastically increase its ridership in the near future, providing additional environmental benefits. Public transportation reduces emissions by facilitating higher density development, which conserves land and decreases the distances people need to travel to reach destinations. In addition, public transportation supports increased foot traffic, street-level retail, and mixed land uses that enable a shift from driving to walking and biking. Public transportation can also facilitate trip chaining, such as combining dry-cleaning pick-up, shopping, and other errands on the way home from a station. Finally, households living close to public transportation tend to own fewer cars on average, as they may not need a car for commuting and other trips.
A reduced number of cars per household tends to lead to reduced car use, and driving may cease to be the habitual choice for every trip. This claim is supported by a Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) report which surveyed 17 transit-oriented development (TOD) housing projects and found that these projects averaged 44% fewer vehicle trips for a typical weekday period than that estimated by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for a typical housing development. The weighted average differentials were even larger during peak traffic periods – 49% lower rates during the A.M. peak and 48% lower rates during the P.M. peak.
According to the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50% to 85% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to four degrees Fahrenheit, thereby avoiding many of the worst impacts of climate change. Switching to riding public transportation is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Car transportation alone accounts for 47% of the carbon footprint of a typical American family with two cars - by far the largest source of household emissions and, as such, the largest target for potential reductions. If just one driver per household switched to taking public transportation for a daily commute of 10 miles each way, this would save 4,627 pounds of carbon dioxide per household per year - equivalent to an 8.1% reduction in the annual carbon footprint of a typical American household!
METC will reduce the need to drive an automobile and increase walking, biking and use of the Expo Line. Help reduce greenhouse emissions by supporting METC HERE.
This week Mayor Garcetti appointed Los Angeles' first Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen, who will be responsible for making LA greener.
“Cities are on the front lines of solutions to climate change and creating a clean energy economy,” Petersen said. He mentioned key priorities, including more environmentally responsible transportation like mass transit, more solar energy, more energy efficiency, and more local water and fresh food supplies.
Matt supports the use of technology and smart apps to implement these priorities. As an example, the Biketrain app connects bicyclists to each other and allows them to create and join safer bike trains.
New forms of creative and communal transportation are gaining traction in Los Angeles!
Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti supported an action that would allow customers to get a ride using merely your smartphone. These rapidly growing, app-based ride services provide customers with cheaper, sometimes more convenient and casual alternatives than getting around the City in a taxi. The “transportation network companies” behind these services, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, exemplify innovation and technological disruption within the mature transportation industry. The rapid adoption of their services have fueled the technology industry with job growth and capital inflows. Uber, for example, was founded in 2009. The company now employs over 300 people (excluding drivers) and is reported to be raising a new venture capital round at a valuation of $3.5bn, up from $330mm only a year and a half ago.
METC promotes many of these themes by embracing and embodying the future of transit, creative residential, creative office space and the growth of Silicon Beach on the Westside.
What do you think of this new wave of RideSharing Apps? Let us know HERE!
Many of today’s best startup ideas come from entrepreneurial and tech savvy students at our universities. With global success stories like Google, Facebook and Instagram, venture capital firms are eager to fund new ideas and innovation coming out of these schools. This recent tech blog discusses the top universities with the most number of graduates successfully funded by venture capital firms. Both UCLA and USC are on the list, but towards the bottom half. Based on their larger and more diverse talent pools, this may be surprising. USC and UCLA currently enroll about 17,000 and 27,000 undergraduate students, while their advanced graduate schools host 4,400 engineering / 1,200 business and 1,800 engineering / 1,600 business students, respectively.
(data from CrunchBase)
To catch up with venture capital and tech industry leaders like Silicon Valley, Los Angeles needs to improve connectivity among local investors, experienced executives and young entrepreneurs. One way to do this is by closing the geographic gap between students and Silicon Beach and nourishing centralized creative industry hubs. With its close proximity to UCLA and connection to USC via the Expo line, METC will foster the continued growth of Silicon Beach and tech startups coming from our prestigious local universities.
According to a recent article in Adweek, "Silicon Beach has become so popular, in fact, that prices have skyrocketed, much more so than in L.A.’s larger real estate market. And with a limited amount of space—buildings don’t reach over 35 feet, and there are no high-rises—anyone not already planted there may have a tough time finding an affordable roof and four walls."
Adding to this supply / demand imbalance is the fact that Silicon Beach startups, at least initially, employ only a handful of people and occupy several thousand square feet of work space. But as they grow and mature, they face the challenge of finding larger, local work space to satisfy their needs. Riot Games of Santa Monica, for example, was founded in 2006 by a couple of entrepreneurial gamers. Today, the company has grown to more than 1,000 employees from 75 just three years ago. After repeatedly outgrowing its offices, the company is reportedly seeking 300,000 square feet of work space.
With 200,000 square feet of office space, 516 apartment units, and 67,000 square feet of community serving retail / amenities designed specifically for creative industry firms and workers, METC will accommodate the growth and expansion of Silicon Beach. What more, just a few short Expo Line stops or bike path ride away from Silicon Beach, METC will allow firms to remain within close proximity to the startup ecosystem.
Help grow West LA's creative industry and jobs by supporting METC HERE.