Monday, April 30, 2007

April 30th Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Latino Urban Forum
Meetings, Activities and Events that promote our mission as of
April 30, 2007

1. Great Streets

2. Keep LA Beautiful

3. Built Environment and Public Health Workshop

4. Homelessness: What Planners Can Do

5. Bike to Work Week

6. LANI's Fifth Annual Community Forum

7. LA River Clean Up

8. LA River Bike Ride

Latino Urban Forum and Cal Poly Pomona urban planning students hosted a booth at the annual Fiesta Broadway. Fiesta provides families a fun and free experience with music, food, and entertainment on the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, in honor of May 5, the important date in 1862 when Mexican Troops defeated the French army in a pivotal battle at Puebla, Mexico.

The annual Cinco de Mayo event adopted the theme “Fiesta Goes Green” in support of making Los Angeles a greener, cleaner, healthier, and safer place to live, work and play. LUF, Northeast Trees, Heal the Bay, Tree People, LA’s Million Trees program and other environmental organizations provided participants with trees, information, and fun.

LUF gave out information about urban planning. And the model building was a great success, with hundreds of kids and adults stopping by and adding their urban dreams! Check out the pictures on Flickr:

James Rojas

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Monday, April 30, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Great Streets Panel Discussion #3

The Park Bench, the Bicycle and the Black Walnut:
Designing the Architecture of Our Most Accessible Public Space. Goals & Objectives: 1.) To discuss the importance of greening the public realm with bio-swales, landscaping, street trees, bike paths, and the need to make our communities inherently more walkable so we can sustain the health & vitality of our lifestyles. 2.) To identify the most effective methods for funding these projects 3.) To better understand the bureaucratic obstacles to creating more environmentally sustainable streets & sidewalks 4.) To describe the challenges created by the confluence of a diverse mix of needs & uses (bikes, cars, pedestrians, flora & fauna, watershed management, open space, street vendors, retail, recreation & relaxation, transit) and to establish priorities on a case-by-case scenario (in other words, not all streets are created equal).

Moderator: Michael Lehrer, FAIA - Lehrer Architects

Panel Speakers: Calvin Abe, FASLA - President, ah'be landscape architects & environmental planners Christine S. E. Magar, RA, AIA, LEED AP - Greenform Katherine Spitz, AIA, ASLA - Katherine Spitz & Associates Charles Stewart, Field Representative for U.S. Representative Diane E. Watson Mark Rios, FAIA - Rios Clementi Hale Studios


The Ivy Substation

9070 Venice Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232


Wednesday, May 2, 2007 @ 8am-3pm

Built Environment and Public Health Workshop

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce a Built Environment and Public Health Workshop. This inter-disciplinary workshop will emphasize new ways to plan for healthy environments, highlight how Public Health can support cities in their planning efforts, and preview a new County funding source for built environment work. City officials and planners, transportation engineers, public works professionals, public health staff, and community based organizations working on land use issues are encouraged to attend.
Note: This is a FREE event (meals on your own) Space is limited and pre-registration is required Registration Deadline: April 20


Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Downtown Los Angeles


Tuesday, May 8, 2007 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m

Homelessness: What Planners Can Do

Dr. Wolch will speak on this issue.


City Hall

200 North Spring Street

City Hall Planning Dept. Training Room


May 14-18, 2007

Bike to Work Week!

Thursday, May 17, 2007, local cyclists will converge on Hollywood and Western in a demonstration of cycling solidarity and at 9 am they will ride down to City Hall.
The Hollywood and Western Pit Stop is hosted by illuminateLA and will offer refreshments, swag and encouragement to cyclists from 7 am to 10 am.
There will also be entertainment and Hollywood Pro Bike Shop will be offering bicycle tune-ups, all of which will serve to prep the crowd for a ride downtown to "Bang the Drum" at City Hall.

Bike to Work Day is intended to encourage the cycling community to keep on riding, to educate motorists about cyclists rights to the road and to urge our leaders to support the cycling community with appropriate enforcement.
Call Stephen at 323.962.6540 or email him.


Thursday, May 17, 2007 From 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

LANI's Fifth Annual Community Forum

Workshop topics include: Accounting for Nonprofits, Billboards, Farmer's Markets
Business Development, Community Murals, Disaster Preparedness at a Neighborhood Level Transportation Linkages Water Quality and Your Community

Register at, or by calling (213) 627-1822 x20. The event is free and includes parking.


USC Davidson Conference Center

3415 S. Figueroa Street


18th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp, La Gran Limpieza,

Takes Place on FOUR Days

This year over 4,000 volunteers are expected to participate in the largest urban river cleanup in the country -- FoLAR's La Gran Limpieza, the Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. For the first time the CleanUp will take place on four different days:

Friday, April 27 River School Day & Press Conference

Over 800 students are expected

Sunday, April 29 Big Sunday CleanUp at Taylor Yard

Saturday, May 5, CleanUp in Atwater Village Hosted by PAVA

Saturday, May 12 CleanUp at 13 sites throughout the region.


Saturday, June 9, 2007 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Keep LA Beautiful and help clean the surrounding area around Fuller Lofts on Gloves, tools and lunch will be provided. Grab your old jeans, t-shirts & sneakers and give the neighborhood a makeover.


Saturday June 10, 2007

LA River Bike Ride


Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 10 am - 3 pm


At L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004

What's your community's mission? What's your vision? Values? What will you do to make your vision reality? Knowing the answers to these questions plays a key role in your nonprofit group's success, whether it be a shared house, cohousing group, ecovillage, or other type of co-op living or working situation.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

Welcome & Introductions


Preparing to Plan

Decision making options

Vision, Mission, Activities and Values

SWOT Analysis

Identifying and Prioritizing Strategic Issues Defining Strategic Goals and Objectives & Establishing a Monitoring Schedule Plan Presentation Summary & Evaluations

Fee: $75 (sliding scale available)

Pre-registration required: 213/738-1254 or

Note: Bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy lunch on your own at a local inexpensive restaurant

About Ron

Ron Milam has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and consults with community development and environmental organizations in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, green development, campaign planning and leadership development. As a workshop instructor, Ron believes that everyone has valuable experience they can share...




Audubon Summer Day Camp & Internship Opportunities


This summer, the Audubon Center at Debs Park is offering “Audubon Summer Day Camp: An Arroyo Adventure” for kids ages 6-10 and a *paid* summer internship program for local college students. We hope you can help us spread the word about these programs!

In two separate sessions, July 23-27 and August 6-10, a total of 60 summer campers will develop a sense of understanding and appreciation for the natural world. We are conducting a special outreach effort in the communities surrounding Debs Park (90030, 90031, 90032, 90041, 90042, 90065) and offering financial aid to families in need. Our goal is to ensure that to we reach children who might otherwise go without outdoor enrichment activities this summer.

Our *paid* summer interns will work closely with our day camp program. We have space for four interns. Again, we are recruiting from the communities surrounding Debs Park. We are looking for energetic young people who are interested in nature and working with children. Interns will gain a deeper understanding of environmental education principles while working for a leading, national conservation organization.

Please help us with our outreach efforts by disseminating the summer day camp registration forms, in English and Spanish, and the internship announcement to organizations and individuals with constituents who would be interested in these programs.

All of these documents will be posted on our website shortly.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!

Elva Yañez


Audubon Center at Debs Park

4700 North Griffin Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90031

323-221-2255 ext 11

323-397-1554 cell

Urban Eats:

Farmer Markets in the Hood!

Tianguis: South Central Farmers Market.

Support Community Sustainable Agriculture (C.S.A.)

Music, high quality produce,

Date: First Sunday of every month (May 6th)

Time: 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: 41st and Alameda

"East Los Angeles Farmer's Market" every Saturday from 9AM TO 1PM

Features fruits and vegetables grown locally by local farmers. In addition, you'll find one of a kind creations offered by local artisans and meet representatives from local community organizations.

Location: First Street (between Rowan and Ditman).

Homegirl Café!

1818 East First Street

LA, CA. 90014

Mama’s Hot Tamale Cafe

7th Street across from Macarthur Park

To post events, activities or meetings that promote planning, cultural or dialogue contact James Rojas at 213 892-0918 or email
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