Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Latino Urban Forum

Meetings, activities and events that promote our mission as of

May 21, 2007

1. Save Elephant Hill

2. Sustainable Transportation Forum

3. Cork Meeting

4. Health Assessment Meeting

5. Reinventing Downtown

6. Beyond Gridlock:

7. Westlake Walkabout

8. Glassell Park Walkabout

9. LA River Bike Ride

10. Strategic Planning with Ron Milam

Taylor Yard State Park!

I spent late afternoon and early evening Sunday hanging around Taylor Yard (Rio De Los Angeles) a new State Park along the LA River. It was beautiful to watch 100s of children, young adults and adults, playing soccer in the soccer fields, jogging around the park, playing near the newly created wetlands or just strolling around the newly planted meadows. This park was an old brown field that the community had to fight hard to create and it is well utilized.

Most of people at the park were low-income people of color, many of whom live in near by apartments without yards. They were having a great time enjoying nature and public space.

Over the hill from Taylor Yards the city has an opportunity to create a new park near the Silverlake reservoir but the neighbors do not want the city to create a park because it may attract the wrong people. People of color over whelming vote for water, air and open space bonds yet we do not get our fair share of these projects.

The future of creating environmental stewardship in LA is to appealing to LA growing low-income community by creating more parks like Taylor Yards!

James Rojas .

Visit www.latinourbanforu or LatinoUrbanForum

http://latinourbanf orum.blogspot. com/

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 @ 2:00 p.m.

Attend Hearing – Agencies to Report on Environmental Review for Elephant Hill

Communities of Color need the planning! Our communities are always over looked by the city departments.

The City needs to do a supplemental EIR because the other one is 17 years old, a lot can happen in that time.

PLUM Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: LA City Hall, Room 350

The report by City agencies investigating the need for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the expanded development on Elephant Hill - Tract 35022 - will soon be presented to the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee.

On January 23, 2007, PLUM directed the Planning Dept. (lead agency), the Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Building and Safety with assistance from the City Attorney to develop this report.

Documentation obtained since the January PLUM hearing provides further details about the Tract expansion. A geology and soils report approval letter dated March 6, 2006 from Building & Safety states: "The referenced reports concerning recommendations for development of 52 lots for proposed single-family residents have been reviewed by the Grading Division…Reports for development of Lots 1-24 of tract 35022 were previously approved in the above referenced Department letters. The current reports include those lots and several other lots as one development. " (Italics added.)

Because additional environmental review is allowed under state law when there is proof that a project has expanded beyond its original plans, concerned residents and organizations have formally requested that the report answer key questions including: What decision, law or authority allowed tract 35022 to be expanded? And, under what law or authority was the 1992 EIR applied to the expanded tract lots?

El Sereno residents deserve equitable and fair services from City agencies responsible for planning and overseeing the construction of residential developments. Developers who work in El Sereno should be required to follow the rules like everyone else.

What You Can Do:

The File Number for this item is #04-1413.

Write or call PLUM committee members to ensure that the report answers the questions asked by residents and others about the expansion of Tract 35022; mention File #04-1413. Thank PLUM members for directing City agencies to develop this report.

Email: Barbara.Greaves@ or write to: Planning & Land Use Committee, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles , CA 90012 . Individual Committee members can be contacted as follows:

Ed Reyes, Chair: councilmember. reyes@council. or 213-473-7001 Jose Huizar: councilmember. huizar@lacity. org or 213-473-7014 Jack Weiss: councilmember. weiss@lacity. org or 213-473-7005

For ongoing information about Elephant Hill check out these new blogs:

http://www.saveelep hanthills. blogspot. com/ and http://latinourbanf orum.blogspot. com/

For more information contact: Casey Reagan at 213-804-2471 or cjreagan@roadrunner .com

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Sustainable Transportation Forum, Contested Streets Movie is a T.A. produced, Cicala Filmworks made documentary that explores the rich diversity of New York City street life before the introduction of automobiles and shows how New York can follow the example of other modern cities that have reclaimed their streets as vibrant public spaces. The run time of the film is approximately 1 hour and we will try and begin promptly at 12:00pm. So bring your lunch and come early to enjoy, imagine and be inspired!

Location: Metro Head Quarters Board Overflow Room on the 3rd floor. (Located adjacent to Cafeteria)

Address: One Gateway Plaza , Los Angeles 90012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from noon - 1 pm

Cork Meeting: Tom Banner from Cork USA will review the production and use of one of the world's great sustainable materials, cork. Cork is a sustainably grown and harvested product and has found myriad uses in building construction today. Tom will review the process from harvest to installation, and will describe the many products that have been developed from cork and their sustainable characteristics.

Location: Brown Bag lunch
LACCD Board Room
770 Wilshire Blvd , at Flower
Please use public transit, DASH, Red Line, METRO all nearby.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Health Risk Assessment Meeting.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) cordially invites interested parties to any of four community meetings that will be held in Southern California from May 23-25, 2007. As part of its efforts to promote a comprehensive emissions reduction program, the staff of the ARB, in cooperation with representatives from Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF), will conduct four public meetings to present a progress report on the overall emission reduction efforts and explain the results of the ARB draft railyard health risk assessments for seven railyards located in Southern California. If you have questions about the public meeting notice or upcoming public meetings, please contact Mr. Harold Holmes, Manager, Engineering Evaluation Section at (916) 324-8029 or via email at: hholmes@arb.

Location: Commerce City Hall Council Chambers, 2535 Commerce Way - Commerce , CA 90040

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Wednesday, May 23 2007, 7PM

RE-INVENTING DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES: Creating context sensitive new street standards and urban design guidelines

Location: AIA Los Angeles , Wiltern Building

3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800

Los Angeles , CA 90010

(take Metro Red Line to Wilshire and Western or park in parking structure just south of Wilshire, enter one block east of Western)

Space is limited RSVP required to Stephanie_Reich@ longbeach. gov by

Tuesday, May22

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 @ 8:00 a.m.

BEYOND GRIDLOCK: A HOUSING BLUEPRINT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNA Southern California Association of Governments 7th Annual Regional Housing Summit | $50 res reqd

Location: Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd , Los Angeles

, (213) 236-1861 | MAP| MORE »

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Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Westlake/Macarthur Park Walk Audit. The Latino Urban Forum was able to connect California Walks to the Center City Neighborhood Partners to do a walk audit in the largely Latino community of Pico/Union. Walks audits are a great way to help people examine, and improve streets. The team is looking for Spanish speaking planners to help facilitate the walk audit. Please consider volunteering to facilitate groups of 5-10 people. Each group will survey a targeted area of Westlake for 2 to 2 ½ hours. We're also looking for people to assist the facilitators by recording information and getting help from participants to record further information and take photographs. Facilitators and assistants will need to undergo a training on either May 21, 9-11 am or May 31 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Contact Jennifer Allen at Livable Places 213 622.5980 x23

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Saturday, June 9, 2007 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Great Glassell Park and Cypress Park Walkabout. This walkabout is being organized by The Glassell Park Improvement Association, the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Council Offices #1 (Reyes), #13 (Garcetti) and #14 (Huizar) and the Department of City Planning. We are conducting a Walk Audit of the major streets in the both communities to review the current build out of the street VS the street designation of each street as well as the land uses and urban form. Looking for volunteers to help facilitate groups of community volunteers for the walk audits. Please respond to Deborah Murphy at deborah.murphy@ roadrunner. com

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Saturday, June 16, 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.

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Saturday June 10, 2007

LA River Bike Ride

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


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. READ MORE AT http://laecovillage .org/strategicpl anningmilam. html

Fee: $75 (sliding scale available)

Pre-registration required: 213/738-1254 or

Location: L.A. Eco-Village,

117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004

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May 18th - June 23rd, 2007

LA Botanical ; A project by Joyce Campbell

LA Botanical is an ongoing project, massive and perhaps unachievable in its full potential scope, to document each plant that grows in Los Angeles for which there is a documented use - be it food, medicine, weapon, abortive, analgesic, fuel, stimulant, building material, deadly toxin or mind altering entheogen. The plants are documented as wet-plate Ambrotypes, an anachronistic photographic form ubiquitous the 1850's-1890s, the period during in which Los Angeles grew from a dusty town of 1400 inhabitants to a major metropolitan center.

The project is an attempt to reconcile Campbell 's own rural background with her life here in Los Angeles , one of the most sprawling and unsustainable metropolises on earth.

LA Botanical operates simultaneously as map, inventory, and survival guide to the city of Los Angeles . It has the potential to reveal who lives here, from where they originate, what they value, how they eat, worship, heal, harm, travel, clothe themselves, seek insight or achieve oblivion. It also serves as a tool or guide - enabling its audience to see Los Angeles , not as a desiccated industrial wasteland into which resources must flow, but as a field of abundant life that might be harvested to satisfy our needs.

Joyce Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, sculpture, film and video installation. She is a visiting lecturer at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont , California .

Joyce¹s recent work utilizes anachronistic photographic techniques to examine the collision of natural and cultural systems.

In October of 2006, Joyce traveled to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for two weeks sponsored by Creative New Zealand and Antarctica New Zealand.

While in Antarctica she shot large format negatives and Daguerreotypes, an archaic and exquisite form of photography that predates Antarctic exploration.

Location: Gallery 727

727 S. Spring Street #12

LA, CA. 90014

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May 19, 2007 from noon to 5:00 pm

Los Angeles Women Remembered and Honored. The Studio for Southern California History will host a Story Symposium for its current exhibit Los Angeles Women: A Record of Experience. This event is intended to be a broader conversation between scholars, experts, students, and the general public regarding the role of women in Southern California history. In honor of Mother's Day (the previous Sunday), those who bring their mom or daughter to the Story Symposium will receive a flower while supplies last. This event is free but reservations are recommended Contact Person: Sharon Sekhon. Telephone Number: 213 – 229 – 8890 Email Address: sharons@socalstudio .org

Location: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 N. Central Avenue

Little Tokyo ..

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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 9 AM TO 1 PM

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 Latinourbanforum@ Please submit post in a word document.

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