UPCOMING EVENTS


Current & Upcoming Event List

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    via Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    AI on LA's Streets: Autonomous Vehicles Are Arriving (NONMEMBERS- use this page to register)

    AI on LA's Streets: Autonomous Vehicles Are Arriving

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021
    12:00 PM
    via Zoom

    Freeway congestion, toxic pollutants, and long hours spent commuting are the stereotypes associated with mobility and life in Los Angeles. Though we've fortunately seen tremendous progress over the decades, transportation in Los Angeles is evolving rapidly and tomorrow may look much different than today. Emerging technologies, in particular, will leave a profound imprint on that future, and perhaps no technology will be more impactful than autonomous vehicles. 

    Autonomous vehicles are already roaming the streets of some US cities, acquiring miles of experience. It’s likely to see such vehicles carrying passengers before year’s end in California as a result of recent permit eligibility from the California Public Utilities Commission. Narrowing our focus to Los Angeles, we can expect to see autonomous vehicle testing before the start of 2022, namely in Santa Monica. 

    Addressing autonomous vehicles raises countless questions, both familiar and new. There is at once a great amount of optimism, including the liberation from the steering wheel for people who can’t or don’t want to drive, as well as great pessimism, such as what will happen to our streets and neighborhoods if it becomes even easier to take a trip by car. With fewer owned and more shared vehicles, does that lead to less vehicles on the road resulting in less congestion and less emissions? Or will it have the “Uber effect” of placing even more vehicles on the road, worsening outcomes?

    The elephant in the room is safety - for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers, other drivers, and so on. Could artificial intelligence improve upon the current rate of human error? Other important questions include who has access, with consideration of economic, geographic, and personal physical barriers such as mobility impairments. 

    We’ll be considering these and other important questions as we prepare for automated vehicles - soon coming to a neighborhood near you. 

     

    Panelists:

    Ellie Casson, Head of City Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo

    John Yi, Executive Director, Los Angeles Walks

    Nina Harvey Schatmeier, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

     

    Moderator:

    Justine Johnson, Head of Mobility Engagement, Ford

     

    Registration:

    Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, December 7th, at 9:00 PM. 

    WUF Members                               Free
    Nonmembers                                $35.00
    Student Nonmembers                 $10.00

     

    REGISTER NOW to be a WUF Member for 2021 and attend all monthly panel events for FREE through December 2021.

     

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of our annual Sponsors, WUF has a small number of free tickets available to members of the community.  If you are not able to join as a member or purchase a ticket for this month's panel presentation, but would like to join us, please write us at [email protected] to inquire if we have any remaining sponsor provided tickets. 

     

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS…

    As a non-profit organization we are dependent upon donations in order to continue our monthly programming.  Please keep this in mind when registering for this event; we appreciate contributions of any amount.

     

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    via Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    AI on LA's Streets: Autonomous Vehicles Are Arriving (MEMBERS-use this page to register)

    AI on LA's Streets: Autonomous Vehicles Are Arriving

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021
    12:00 PM
    via Zoom

    Freeway congestion, toxic pollutants, and long hours spent commuting are the stereotypes associated with mobility and life in Los Angeles. Though we've fortunately seen tremendous progress over the decades, transportation in Los Angeles is evolving rapidly and tomorrow may look much different than today. Emerging technologies, in particular, will leave a profound imprint on that future, and perhaps no technology will be more impactful than autonomous vehicles. 

    Autonomous vehicles are already roaming the streets of some US cities, acquiring miles of experience. It’s likely to see such vehicles carrying passengers before year’s end in California as a result of recent permit eligibility from the California Public Utilities Commission. Narrowing our focus to Los Angeles, we can expect to see autonomous vehicle testing before the start of 2022, namely in Santa Monica. 

    Addressing autonomous vehicles raises countless questions, both familiar and new. There is at once a great amount of optimism, including the liberation from the steering wheel for people who can’t or don’t want to drive, as well as great pessimism, such as what will happen to our streets and neighborhoods if it becomes even easier to take a trip by car. With fewer owned and more shared vehicles, does that lead to less vehicles on the road resulting in less congestion and less emissions? Or will it have the “Uber effect” of placing even more vehicles on the road, worsening outcomes?

    The elephant in the room is safety - for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers, other drivers, and so on. Could artificial intelligence improve upon the current rate of human error? Other important questions include who has access, with consideration of economic, geographic, and personal physical barriers such as mobility impairments. 

    We’ll be considering these and other important questions as we prepare for automated vehicles - soon coming to a neighborhood near you. 

     

    Panelists:

    Ellie Casson, Head of City Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo

    John Yi, Executive Director, Los Angeles Walks

    Nina Harvey Schatmeier, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

     

    Moderator:

    Justine Johnson, Head of Mobility Engagement, Ford

     

    Registration:

    Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, December 7th, at 9:00 PM. 

     

    WUF Members                              Free
    Nonmembers                               $35.00
    Student Nonmembers                $10.00

     

    REGISTER NOW to be a WUF Member for 2021 and attend all monthly panel events for FREE through December 2021.

     

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of our annual Sponsors, WUF has a small number of free tickets available to members of the community.  If you are not able to join as a member or purchase a ticket for this month's panel presentation, but would like to join us, please write us at [email protected] to inquire if we have any remaining sponsor provided tickets. 

     

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS…

    As a non-profit organization we are dependent upon donations in order to continue our monthly programming.  Please keep this in mind when registering for this event; we appreciate contributions of any amount.

     

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM · 3 rsvps
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park in Los Angeles, CA

    Members Only Event: Tour of Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park

    Members Only Event:
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park Tour

    Thursday, December 16, 2021
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

    RSVP Required

    This free event is exclusive to WUF Members.

    Westside Urban Forum invites members to join landscape architect Gary Lai of MIG for a tour of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park in Willowbrook on Thursday, December 16th, at 11:00 AM.

    Magic Johnson Park in unincorporated Willowbrook sits on 125 acres of land that was the site of an old Exxon oil processing and storage facility. After years of remediation, the property became a park, primarily utilizing a spartan combination of turf and trees. After years of heavy use by families and other residents in the area, including over 250,000 children in a five-mile radius, lake water on the property grew murky with algae, and the park property was in serious need of a refresh. Meanwhile, Los Angeles, always in a drought, needed to re-think water management for a drier future.

    Now thoughtfully re-imagined, with lakes and landscaping as the primary focus, Magic Johnson Park demonstrates that existing land can be used in innovative ways to serve infrastructure purposes like clean water storage and groundwater recharging - while also providing much-needed green space for walking, picnicking and relaxation, and community space for events. 

    Join us for a tour of this revitalized park’s drought-tolerant landscaping, wetlands and water filtration system.   

     

     


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