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Westside Urban Forum Breakfast Talk: Al Fresco Dining in the Public Right-of-Way: Whose Space is it?
May 18 @ 7:45 am - 9:30 am
How are Different Cities Responding to the Shifting Landscape of Outdoor Dining?
Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
8:30 am – 9:30 am PST
Doors open at 7:45 for registration, breakfast and networking.
On March 4, 2020 Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Many jurisdictions followed with local emergency orders which called on residents to limit all activities outside of their homes. These restrictions included prohibiting restaurants and retail food facilities from providing indoor dining in coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The financial impact of the public health emergency was particularly difficult for small restaurants.
Soon after came the temporary outdoor dining programs that have helped to alleviate the financial stress of the indoor dining prohibition. These new programs often suspended certain regulations in order to provide restaurants and other food establishments with an alternative to full indoor dining – temporarily.
Now that we moved from the pandemic to an endemic and full service indoor dining is allowed, how do cities transition and take the best of what outdoor dining offered during the height of the pandemic into the future? Can cities reclaim the public right-of-way from the very businesses that provided the public a safe respite and gathering place? Will businesses be able to adjust as regulations are enforced and the cost of outdoor dining increases for operators?
How has the urban landscape shifted, literally and figuratively, and who do our streets and sidewalks belong to after all? Join us to discuss these questions and more.
Andrew Thomas, CEO, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
John Keho, Director of Planning and Development Services, City of West Hollywood
Raimonda Gintaliene, owner of Uppers Cafe and Bakeshop, Santa Monica
Madeline Brozen, Deputy Director, UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
Annette M. Kim, Ph.D, Associate Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
$10 Student Members & Retired Members
$15 Student Non-Members & Retired Non-Members
Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, May 17th, at 4:00 PM. After Wednesday, May 17th, onsite registration will be available at the cost of an additional $10. No refunds or credits will be provided after this day.
7:45 am – 9:30 am
7:45 am – Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30 am – Panel Discussion
The Helms Design Center is located at the Helms Bakery campus at 8745 Washington Boulevard in Culver City.
Avoid the stress of rush hour and skip traffic! The Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Blvd in Culver City is conveniently located a short, pleasant walk from a number of transit lines, including:
- Metro Rail “E” (Expo) Line Culver City Station (1 block west at Washington and National Blvds), and
- Culver City Bus “1” and “1C1” lines (at the adjacent Washington Blvd/Helms Avenue street corner).
Protected bike lanes along Washington Blvd. connecting to Culver City’s larger bike lane network also provide a convenient, safe way to get to the Design Center.
For those who choose to drive, parking is available in the adjacent interior parking garage at 8711 Washington Blvd (look for the red banners), or there is parking available throughout the Helms Bakery complex.
Sponsor Provided Tickets
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if we have any remaining sponsor provided tickets.
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