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CORBA Board Meetings

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


CORBA’s monthly board of directors meetings are open to the public. We welcome and value our members’ input at these meetings.

For the months of May and June 2015, CORBA’s Board of Director’s monthly meeting has been moved from the fourth Monday of the month to the corresponding Wednesday.

In an effort to make it easier for people to attend, we are holding these monthly meetings at various bike shops and businesses in our territory. Chances are there will be a meeting somewhere near you sometime this year. If there’s an issue you’d like to bring up but are unable to attend, feel free to email us the week prior to the meeting so it can be placed on the agenda.

Our meeting and event schedule is available at We greatly appreciate our bike shop partners for hosting our monthly meetings and for their support.

May 2015 Board Meeting: 

Wednesday, May 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

H&S Bikes, 16908 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Granada Hills, CA

June 2015 Board Meeting: 

Wednesday, June 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

JRA Bike and Brew, 5019 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA

July 2015 Board Meeting: 

Monday, July 27, 6 – 8 p.m.

Newbury Park Bike Shop, 1560 Newbury Rd Suite 6, Newbury Park, CA

August 2015 Board Meeting: 

Monday, August 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

Topanga Creek Bicycles, 1273 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Alex Baum: A Tribute

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Alex Baum, bigger than City Hall

Alex Baum, bigger than City Hall

On March 1st 2015, Los Angeles and the world lost a giant in the world of bicycle advocacy when Alex Baum passed away at 92 years old. A modest man of great integrity, he may have accomplished more in his over 40+ years of bicycle advocacy than all the advocacy groups combined. He never met a bicycle project, program or cause that he didn’t get behind in some way…and his impact was felt worldwide.

Alex was a holocaust survivor. Born in France he grew up in the years right before WWII. He and his brother Marcel were involved with the French Resistance and assisted by guiding allied troops and others back to safety. Eventually captured by the Germans, Alex and his brother were imprisoned in several concentration camps including a Nazi labor camp where he was helping build the V2 rockets and secretly sabotaging them at the same time.

After the war, Alex played on the French National Soccer team before he, his brother and their families immigrated to the United States. Eventually settling in California, Alex built a successful catering business. Alex’s love of cycling was cultivated once again. Originally, Alex and his family played host when stages of the Tour de France came through their home town of Vic‐Sur‐Seille, near Lyon.

Alexis Lantz (LACBC), Steve Messer (CORBA), Mayor Villaragosa, Alex Baum, and Jennifer Klausner (LACBC/CORBA) at the signing of the LA Bike Plan

SIgning of the LA Bike Plan

Alex’s impact can be seen everywhere in Los Angeles County. Early on in his involvement he served on the board of the Encino Velodrome and the United States Cycling Federation (later USA Cycling), and was the first American appointed to the Union Cycliste International. Alex was appointed to the organizing committee for the 1984 Los Angeles Games. He was involved in 7‐11 becoming a sponsor of pro‐cycling in the United States and sponsoring the Olympic Velodrome in Los Agneles. Ahead of his time, Alex helped get women’s cycling introduced into the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Alex was also instrumental in putting together the Tour de California.

Alex chaired and served on the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee for over 30 years. He envisioned the LA River Bike Path and many more bike lanes and routes throughout the region. In 2012 on his 90th birthday they rededicated the bridge over Los Feliz as the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge. Alex was responsible for the LAPD building up a bicycle patrol program and was involved in the funding and acquisition of their first police bikes.

Alex and Jennifer Klausner at CORBA's 25th Anniversary

Alex and Jennifer Klausner at CORBA’s 25th Anniversary

He was a close confidant of Mayor Tom Bradley and many other political, business and important figures…from the police chief to the mayor to county supervisors and studio heads. Everyone loved and respected Alex. Walking through city hall with Alex was like being with a true celebrity. Alex had access (no appointment necessary) to every city council office in city hall.

Alex never rode a mountain bike…but that didn’t stop him from trying to get trails opened in the city of Los Angeles. What was unique about Alex was his willingness to help and to share his contacts for any bicycle project. He would gladly take you “under his wing” through city hall to help expedite or initiate the necessary contacts to get a project through. He adopted CORBA as one of his pet projects and did everything he could to help us with LA City mountain bike access. CORBA awarded Alex the Al Farrell award in 1999, but we could have given it to him many times over for all of his efforts.

There are many stories…Alex he loved to share his stories. Alex’s family hosted Jesse Owens after the 1936 Berlin Olympics when athletes did not get “sponsored” for their travel to and from the games…and athletes of color couldn’t easily get accommodations anywhere. Years later Alex bumped in to Jesse at LAX surrounded by a group of fans and well‐wishers. Alex made his way up and re‐introduced himself to Jesse…and Jesse gave Alex a big hug and broke down in tears remembering what his family had done for him. This was Alex…he was a legend to the legends.

Another great Alex story happened right after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Living in North Hollywood, he went to a local 7‐11 and found the store owner selling water for $20/ gallon as it was in short supply. Alex said something about the ethics of price gouging to the owner, but was told it was none of his business and that he (the owner) could charge whatever he wanted.

Councilman Garcetti (now Mayor), Mayor Villaragosa, Councilman Ed Reyes, LACBC's Jennifer Klausner and Alex Baum

Councilman Garcetti (now Mayor), Mayor Villaragosa, Councilman Ed Reyes, LACBC’s Jennifer Klausner and Alex Baum

Alex did not argue with the owner…he left and went home to call an executive at 7‐11 (remember, he had relationships at the highest level at 7‐11 from his involvement with their sponsorship of cycling). Within a short time, the store owner was back to selling water at the regular price…under threat from 7‐11 management of losing his franchise. Alex was very effective when he set his mind to something.

Above all Alex loved his family and the people he met through cycling…and we loved him. Alex will be missed by many, but his impact will live on and positively affect millions for many years to come.

Attend our Board of Directors Meetings

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

March 2015 Board Meeting at REI Santa Monica

Did you know that CORBA’s monthly Board of Directors meeting is open to our members and supporters? We’d love to hear from you, and give you the opportunity to learn first-hand what’s going on at CORBA.

This year we are doing things a little differently. Since our territory is so large, we have begun rotating locations to give more people an opportunity to join us.

Meetings are posted at, alongside our trailwork events, group rides, and other activities. You can RSVP there or by email to RSVP’s are recommended, as some of our meeting locations have limited seating. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to tell us something, you can always email us beforehand at

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. This month we’ll be meeting at REI in Santa Monica. We thank REI for their ongoing support of CORBA.

See you there!

What: CORBA Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

When: Monday, March 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Shop Rides Start at Topanga Creek Bicycles 1/11

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

During Topanga Creek Bicycle’s Black Friday sale, the shop charged $100 extra on any new bike sale, then turned around and gave CORBA $300. Nice!

For 2014 we are going to be partnering with local shops in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for morning fun rides.  Our first Fun Ride of 2014 will start at Topanga Creek Bicycles in Topanga. There will be a variety of rides for varying skill levels. This is a great opportunity to check out some new trails, hang out a a great local shop, and to talk to CORBA representatives about local trail issues. After the rides, we’ll gather back at the shop for an informal meet & greet and brief discussion on trails and other issues. Join us for this FREE meetup and ride. Feel free to bring some tasty goodies to share after the ride.

Saturday, January 11, 8 a.m.

Topanga Creek Bicycles

1273 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290


In Memory: Danusia Bennett-Taber

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

DanusiaOn June 2 former CORBA Board of Directors member and ardent trail advocate Danusia Bennett-Taber passed away after a long battle with cancer. Her efforts on behalf of all outdoor enthusiasts will leave a long and lasting impression.

A memorial service will take place this coming Sunday June 9, organized by Wendy Engelberg of Girlz Gone Riding. See below for Wendy’s message and details.

Our beloved, incredible, lovely Danusia has passed on. Riders and hikers please join me for her memorial service Sunday, June 9th at Malibu Creek State Park. We will be riding or hiking to the picnic table in the wooded area before the gated Salvation Army compound.

From MCSP: Ride or hike in and when you see the creek bed on your left, cross it. Go left on the fire road. At the fork go right. Picnic table will be about a .5th of a mile on your right.

Hikers: Meet at 9am: the 1st parking lot in MCSP on the left. Lisa Granata will meet you and guide you to the memorial area.

Bikers: Meet at 9:15am at the 1st parking lot on the left. Wendy will guide you to the memorial area.
When we all meet at the memorial spot, I will ask anyone wanting to come up and tell a story about Danusia to honor her, and or speak about how she made an impact in your life. I will also be announcing a project Danusia and I started to help raise funds for her rare cancer: The Danusia Bell program.

Then we ride and hike in her honor. This is what she wanted…….she wouldn’t have it any other way…

I hope to see everyone there to honor this incredible woman and keep her in our thoughts.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me. Don, Danusia’s husband, will be there with family as well. I will be posting this to a few different places so I don’t miss anyone. Lisa is taking care of the MBU people for me. Please pass the invite to the memorial on. 

I thank you so very much in advance for joining in honoring this special woman.

Wendy Engelberg

Monthly “Meet the Board” Rides

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Mark Langton

Now’s your chance to ride with a CORBA Board of Director  (maybe even more than one!) and talk one-on-one about the issues you care about most. Best of all, you get to go on a fun ride in Malibu Creek State Park (rides will be easy to moderate with minimal climbing and last no more than 1.5 hours). Tell us what you think!

Steve Messer

Rides take place the first Saturday of each month (next ride April 2) and meet at 1:30pm at Malibu Creek State Park’s first big parking lot. Click here for a map. Rain cancels.

Danusia Bennett-Taber