I think there’s a lot more awareness of this upcoming march on Monday than there was for the last one. Which is a good, since this one is set for Monday … you know, a workday. As many as a half a million are expected at BOTH demonstrations.
So, even if you’re not going to go participate or document it, you should probably at least be aware of what’s going to happen on Monday.
Start here at the LA Times.
There are two demonstrations planned:
11:00 AM – Downtown Los Angeles – Starting at Olympic/Browday and ending at City Hall
3:00 PM – Mid Wilshire – Starting at MacArthur Park down Wilshire Boulevard to La Brea Avenue. More info here
Some downtown and Mid-Wilshire businesses are urging their workers to use public transportation or carpool to get to work on Monday to reduce traffic congestion. Signs are already posted in the Mid-Wilshire area letting people know as well.
UPDATE: More info after the jump.
I just got more info in my weekly newsletter from Councilman Tom LaBonge:
First and foremost, as a public service, we wanted to relay this VERY IMPORTANT notice from the City’s Department of Transportation in regard to the street closures that will occur in the downtown and central city
areas next Monday, May 1 in regard to the planned demonstrations.
10 a.m. * All or part of Spring Street will be closed
11 a.m.-Noon * Start of march at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway
Noon-1 p.m. * Rally at Los Angeles City Hall
3-5 p.m. * Rally disbands
MIDCITY/KOREATOWN/WINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK PARK/WILSHIRE CORRIDOR
The “We Are American Coalition 2006″ March” will take place on Wilshire Boulevard between Alvarado Street and La Brea Avenue next Monday, May 1.
Thousands of people will be taking part in this event to celebrate the Day of the Worker in Los Angeles. The staging area for the event will be at MacArthur Park and the route will extend west along Wilshire to La Brea Avenue. Participants will begin gathering at 2 p.m. and will begin marching along Wilshire to La Brea at 4 p.m. Road closures will begin as early as 2 p.m. and will remain until approximately 8 p.m.
Wilshire at LaBrea and at Cloverdale will be closed at 9:30 a.m. for preparation of the end-of-march rally area.
Traffic will be detoured to 3d St. to the north and Olympic to the south. Vehicle traffic will not be allowed to cross Wilshire during this time. It is advised that persons with unessential travel avoid driving in areas affected by the event.
The Department of Transportation will be aggressively enforcing all temporary-parking restrictions for this event to secure participant safety and to facilitate the movement of traffic around the road closures. Please observe all parking signs on the block where you decided to park and remember most of those parking restrictions begin earlier than the event itself on Monday morning. Typical vehicle recovery costs are in excess of $140 which does not include the $60 citation fee.