Celebrate the transportation legacy of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Courtesy of Move LA

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Celebrate the transportation legacy of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with us in the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station. Music! Food! Speeches!

Top 3 reasons to come to our party (and buy tix here)

#1:  MUSIC BY BUYEPONGO — which means literally “to cause a ruckus” — a band that mines a rich musical vein from cumbia, merengue, salsa and Garifuna punta to percussion-driven house beats. The band was formed in Norwalk at the end of the Green Line and found their audience at a tiny club they opened in South Central with a grinding dance floor and parties that didn’t stop until dawn.

#2: MUSIC BY THE DOOZY, which sounds like something you might have once heard in a shady downtown bar or wafting from  Philco wireless some hot summer evening a few decades back — music that begs for a few rounds of cocktails and a steamy love affair. Doozy dishes out their lush and loopy brand of Prohibition pop and Depression-era cheer Wednesday nights at the historic Culver Hotel.

#3: FOOD BY HOMEGIRL AND THE NICKEL DINER: At Homegirl the motto is “Nothing stops a bullet like a job!” One of Father Gregory Boyle’s six Homeboy Industries projects, Homegirl is staffed by former gang members, drug addicts and the incarcerated, and the food is dangerously good. The Nickel  Diner made it into Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best LA Restaurants in this year! Gold had previously described the Nickel as “a new kind of downtown diner . . . a Ships for a generation for whom full-sleeve tatoos are the new black.”

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We’ve been counting down Mayor Villaraigosa’s Top 10 remarkable transportation achievements, and we’ve gotten as far as #5: LA’s ports cut toxic emissions by half. #6: LA Metro has cleanest bus fleet and lowest fares. #7: Tens of thousands of good jobs for low-income communities building transit. #8: LA’s becoming better for walking and biking. #9: Synchronized signals for traffic relief. #10: Transit Corridors Cabinet: reorienting LA around transit. Find out why we think so.

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