Monday, June 4, 2007

Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar Latino Urban Forum

Meetings, activities and events that promote our mission as of  June 4, 2007


1.      TOD Meeting

2.      Westlake Walkabout

3.      Glassell Park Walkabout

4.      LA River Bike Ride

5.      Green Schools Symposium

6.      LA Botanical Panel Discussion

7.      Pavement Paradise : American Parking Space

8.      Strategic  Planning with Ron Milam

9.      Keep LA Clean: Recycle Plastic bags


Visit www.latinourbanforu  or LatinoUrbanForum

http://latinourbanf orum.blogspot. com/

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Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please join me in attending the City of Los Angeles Planning Department's La Cienega Station Community Workshop. This workshop is in preparation for a La Cienega-Jefferson Exposition Line Station Transit-Oriented District Plan.


Location:        Baha'i Center on Rodeo and La Cienega Blvds.



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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.


 Dear community member,

I'd like to inform you about our Walkabout and invite you to join us. A Walkabout collects and documents information to inventory elements that contribute, or detract, from the health and viability of a community. It's an effective outreach tool that brings divergent sectors of a community together, on common ground, to share a sense of place and mutual ownership. It creates a strong tie to community and supports consensus building while working toward a pedestrian friendly, even pedestrian seductive, streetscape.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. The community will meet at 8:00am at the Glassell Park Community/Senior Center to be welcomed by Council President Garcetti, Councilmember Reyes, and Councilmember Huizar before breaking into 25 groups and being shuttled to locations along the 12.5 miles we'll be documenting. Our intent is to have a facilitator in each group who has a background, or experience, in city planning.

We'll have checklists to document our experience. We will also have aerial maps for each group along with street stripping maps. Our documentation will be quite thorough, as we will be measuring, photographing, and experiencing our neighborhoods step by step. Our Walk Audit will review the current build out of the street VS the street designation of each street as well as the land uses and urban form.

Given the incoming Community Design Overlay for Cypress Park and Glassell Park, this is an timely opportunity to outreach and educate community members to help them engage in an informed dialogue with the City and to connect with their neighbors to advocate for safe, healthy, livable neighborhoods. ††

We've hired Deborah Murphy; associate AIA in Urban Design & Planning, who organized the Hollywood Walkabout. †Deborah has been `hands-on' since the beginning. She'll be facilitating all the community meetings, the core group training, and will provide the summary analysis. †

Please join the scores of volunteers on this one special day to mark this seminal event. Come to one of the two community outreach meetings or become part of the core group and be involved in all aspects of the project. Feel free to contact me. Helene Schpak, hschpk@sbcglobal. net or 323-422-1330

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Saturday June 10, 2007

LA River Bike Ride

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Global Green USA would like to invite you to our annual Green Schools Symposium on at the California Science Center . This year, we will discuss innovative practices and creative policies for green schools with special attention given to charter schools.

Register today at
http://globalgreen. org/events/ signup.cfm.

Please go directly to their website for further info.


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Saturday, June 16, 2007 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m.

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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Thursday, June 21, 2007 @ 7:00 p.m.

LA Botanical Panel Discussion: This discussion well forcuses on the works of Joyce Campbell and there meaning to the city at large.


Location:      727 S. Spring Street

LA, CA.  90014


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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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Friday, June 1, 2007

Pavement Paradise : American Parking Space

An exhibit about the liminal, substanceless, and static space of automotive transience.  In the Los Angeles exhibit space beginning
http://clui. org/clui_ 4_1/ondisplay/ parking/


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It's Our LA, Keep It Clean, Join Our Plastic Bag Recycling Program!


The State of California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2449 which requires that certain retail establishments set up an at-store recycling program providing an opportunity for customers to return clean plastic carryout bags to the store.  This requirement, which begins July1, 2007, also mandates plastic carryout bag manufacturers to develop educational materials to encourage reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic bags and make those materials available to stores.


The City of Los Angeles has partnered with  and …………… to publicize AB2449 and to implement a pilot at-store plastic bag recycling program that works for both mandated and voluntary retailers. Our program will target retailers in the City's designated "High Trash Areas."  Our goals from the start were to integrate watershed principles with source reduction, recycling, litter management, and environmental education. In other words, recycling plastic bags from our streets will result in a healthier river and ocean.    




Everyone can do their part to participate in reducing, reusing and recycling plastic bags. The City encourages all grocers and retailers throughout the city to participate in the plastic bag recycling program, whether required by law (meeting AB2449 definition of a retail store) or voluntarily.


Ultimately, active participation from retailers and consumers will help make the plastic bag recycling program successful.




  • Plastic carryout bags provided by the store shall have printed or displayed on the bag, in a manner visible to a consumer, the words "PLEASE RETURN TO A PARTICIPATING STORE FOR RECYCLING."

  • Provide a collection bin, placed in a visible area, easily accessible to the consumer, and clearly marked that the collection bin is available for the purpose of collecting and recycling plastic carryout bags.

  • All plastic bags collected by the store shall be collected, transported, and recycled in a manner that does not conflict with the City's source reduction and recycling element.

  • The store shall maintain records describing the collection, transport, and recycling of plastic bags collected for a minimum of three years and shall make the records available to the City to demonstrate compliance and assess program success.

  • Offer reusable bags to customers for purchase.





  • Provide voluntary retailers a collection bin or help set up an independent collection system.

  • Provide both voluntary and required AB2449 retailers promotional materials for placement on collection bins, on store doors/windows/ entrances, and at point-of-sale stations.

  • Set up a website for downloadable materials and a list of stores participating in the City's program.

  • Connect residents to curbside information on plastic recycling, multi-family recycling, LAUSD/city joint recycling programs, and show you how to take action in your neighborhood.

·        In the first year, the City's pilot program will focus on geographic areas designated as "High Trash Areas."





Besides the expected benefits of cleaner streets and waterways, you will be contributing to increased awareness on recycling.  Additionally, you will help the City meet federal and state mandates for reducing waste in our waterways by 2013.  This program allows apartment dwellers, condo owners, and schools to recycle almost everywhere in the city. 




For the purpose of the City, the pilot program commitment will be for one year, at which point an assessment of the program will be carried out. If successful, it will be extended until December 2012. The state law sunsets in 2013.




We also added a section to the new website to encourage the community and schools to look at this effort as a simple but effective community project for their neighborhood. A City of Los Angeles High Trash Area map and zipcodes, as well as  photos, resources, and a draft letter to your local retailer are available on the website.  This project effectively demonstrates how the power of the consumer can play a role in maintaining clean neighborhoods and healthy rivers and beaches.  www.plastics. (online June 11, 2007)




Got new ideas?  Need more promotional materials?  Got the recycling bug and want to do more?  If you have any further questions regarding It's Our LA, Let's Keep It Clean Plastic Bag Recycling Program or the Los Angeles River ; please do not hesitate to contact us. Your questions and comments are greatly appreciated.


Draft – contact me for questions or edits.






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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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