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Park to Playa trail final plan review

Come review the Final Plan and learn about next steps for the Park to Playa Trail.  During the first and second workshop we heard your ideas on where the trail should go within the parks, what connections to park facilities and community destinations should be made and what types of amenities make for a fun and enjoyable trail experience.

Please attend the final workshop to learn about the results from the Feasibility Study and Wayfinding Plan and the next steps for the Park to Playa Trail.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
7 pm – 9 pm

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Community Meeting Room
4100 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Directions: The community meeting room is located in the Community Center past the park entrance gates and Gwen Moor Lake on the south side of the road.

Ana Petrlic @ (323) 221-9944 x107 ana.petrlic@mrca.ca.gov
Hosted By:
The Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

The Park to Playa Vision
In 2000, the “Park to Playa” vision was first articulated: a seamless trail connecting urban residents with the natural coast. The trail will connect approximately 13 miles from the Baldwin Hills along Ballona Creek to the Ballona Wetlands and the beach bicycle path. The Ballona Creek portion of the trail is now implemented. The current study will define the location and design of the eastern portion of the trail, passing through several parks and jurisdictions in the Baldwin Hills area, starting at the Stocker Corridor to the east and connecting parts of the trail systems of Ruben Ingold Park, Norman O. Houston Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook to the west.

Come celebrate the final plan and learn about the next steps. During the first and second workshop we heard your ideas on where the trail should go within the parks, what connections to park facilities and community destinations should be made and what types of amenities make for a fun and enjoyable trail experience. Please join us at the final workshop to learn about the results from the Feasibility Study and Wayfinding Plan and the next steps for the Park to Playa Trail.

Click here to download the flyer.

Can’t Make the Meeting?

There are other ways to participate:

• Download the Study and maps online
Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority (BHRCA) website
Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) website

• Send us comments or questions by email: emilyduchon@altaplanning.com

Civic leaders commemorate 140th anniversary of the Chinatown massacre

Vowing to keep alive the memory of Los Angeles’ first deadly race riot, two dozen political, academic and civic leaders gathered Sunday morning at the El Pueblo de Los Angles historic monument downtown to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Chinatown massacre.  Businessman David Louie, the event’s organizer, called the October 24, 1871 massacre “the most callous act of racial violence in the city’s history.” Louie said he convened the group of elected officials, scholars and community activists mainly to revive the memory of the massacre and possibly start an effort to hold a larger annual public ceremony to memorialize the historic event. Louie is a member of the City of Los Angeles El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority Commission.

William Estrada, a historian with the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, presented an overview of the massacre, which took place in the city’s original Chinatown, the area now across from Union Station.

The rioting began after a man named Robert Thompson was inadvertently shot in the crossfire between two feuding Chinese secret societies. A mob of 500 formed on Calle de los Negros (now Los Angeles Street) and roamed through Chinatown, shooting Chinese men and constructing two makeshift gallows to hang others. The death toll reached 19, all Chinese. The rioters had included a reporter for the Los Angeles Star and a Los Angeles City Councilman.

Nine men were initially prosecuted for the crimes and eight were convicted of manslaughter in Los Angeles. The California Supreme Court, in overturning the convictions, cited an 1863 law prohibiting Chinese from testifying against whites in criminal trials.

Estrada said the Los Angeles massacre became a top national news story, eclipsing the great Chicago fire, which had occurred earlier that month.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas noted the group assembled Sunday was composed of “people of various ethnicities, who understand we must never forget our history, so that we may in the future stand on much higher ground.” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas also noted the name of Los Angeles Street at the time, Calle de los Negros, reflected the racial animosity in Los Angeles at that time, which has been pervasive in the city’s history.

Along with Ridley-Thomas, Assembly Member Mike Eng, South Pasadena Mayor Mike Ten and Alhambra Board of Education member Robert Gin joined the commemoration. Suellen Cheng, curator of the El Pueblo Historical Monument and members of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance also attended the ceremony. Assembly member Mike Eng, delivering a closing prayer, told the group that social inequities like the ones underlying the 1871 massacre persist today, and were reflected in the “Occupy Los Angeles” tent city demonstration a few blocks away. Eng then read the names of the 19 who died in the massacre, and as he read each name, the bell in El Pueblo commemorating the start of the Mexican Revolution was rung for each victim.

Workshops on how to apply for funding through the LA County Arts Commission’s organizational grant program (OGP)

Two free workshops designed to help L.A. County-based arts organizations craft successful applications to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program (OGP) have been scheduled in the Second Supervisorial District:

Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Cecil Fergerson Gallery, 10950 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059

Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Cabaret Room, 4718 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

At the workshops, arts organizations considering applying can learn valuable skills for producing grant proposals as well as the details of the Arts Commission’s new electronic application system and changed grant guidelines. In an effort to provide more flexibility for OGP applicants during these challenging financial times, the Arts Commission now allows small and mid-sized budget applicants (OGP I, OGP II and OGP 2.5) to request support for their current organizational needs rather than projects relating to specific areas of organizational growth as required in the past.

The second section of each workshop varies. The Watts workshop on October 26 features a session on building strong arts education grant applications using the state Visual and Performing Arts content standards and quality curriculum samples. The workshop at Nate Holden Center on November 9 includes grants staff “office hours.” Staff will be available to provide guidance and answer burning grant application questions and provide information about other Arts Commission opportunities.

Additional grant application workshops in other Los Angeles County locations include:

Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, October 20
North Hollywood, Lankershim Arts Center, October 22
Long Beach, Homeland Cultural Center, Manazar Gamboa Community Theater, November 1
Pomona, dA Center for the Arts, November 5

To view complete details and register for a workshop, please visit:

(for electronic publications) http://www.lacountyarts.org/ogp_workshopsched.html

(for non-electronic publications) www.lacountyarts.org, click on “Grants,” then “Workshop Schedule.”

New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to the Organizational Grant Program are required to attend a workshop, but the workshops are designed to benefit L.A. County-based non-profit arts organizations of all sizes.

To access the OGP guidelines and application
(for electronic publications)
visit http://lacountyarts.org/ogp_programInfo.html.

(for non-electronic publications)
visit lacountyarts.org and click on “Grants.”

Or email grants@arts.lacounty.gov.

OGP grant deadlines for the 2012-14 cycle are as follows:

For organizations with revenue of more than $1.5 million
Application due date: October 19, 2011

OGP 2.5
For organizations with revenue of $500,000 to $1,499,999
Application due date: November 2, 2011

For organizations with revenue of $100,000 to $499,999
Application due date: November 16, 2011

For organizations with revenue of less than $100,000
Application due date: December 7, 2011

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to its grants program, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the regional collaboration for arts education, Arts for All; oversees the County’s Civic Art Program for capital projects; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration and a year-round music program that funds more than 70 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2011-12 President of the Arts Commission is Ollie Blanning.

Environmental Service Center at Exposition Park opens on Saturday

Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for the opening of the Environmental Service Center at Exposition Park. See the new one-stop shop for environmental resources and programs in the Second Supervisorial District. Join the Community Scientist Program and learn about the environmental research opportunities available for community leaders, teachers, and students. Enjoy a crash course in hydroponic gardens, biodiversity and bioacoustics.

The Environmental Service Center is a “one-stop” location for constituents to get information and assistance with several County initiatives to save residents money, fight global warming and promote economic development and job growth.

Adjacent to the California Science Center, the Science Center Elementary School, the County Natural History Museum and the California African American Museum, the Environmental Service Center is optimally positioned for cooperative educational events.

Below are some of the important resources it provides:

Energy Upgrade California: Los Angeles County has partnered with Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company to save homeowners money. The energy upgrade program encourages homeowners to lower their utility bills by implementing energy-saving upgrades to their houses. Home improvements that qualify for up to $6,000 in rebates and incentives include the installation of sealing, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), VAC upgrades, energy efficient windows and tank-less water heaters. The program emphasizes a “whole house” approach, rather than installing individual improvements, as the most efficient and effective way to save money on energy bills. For more information, visit www.energyupgradeca.org.

Building Program: Developers can come to the center to learn how to efficiently comply with the County’s Green Building standards. Residents can find ways to save thousands of dollars through programs such as energy-saving home improvement subsidies from utility companies.

Public Transit:
In partnership with MTA, the center will serve as a location to purchase TAP cards, find vanpool information and get other transit-related assistance.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping and Low-Impact Development:
The center will provide educational programs and information on financial incentives for homeowners, businesses and developers on state-of-the-art water conservation techniques.

Administrative Offices East
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Download the flyer here.

To RSVP, please contact Omar at (213) 741-9292.

Link Bus provides transit to Willowbrook, Florence-Firestone, Lennox and Athens

This fall, the Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Second District, unveiled “The Link”. At 25 cents a ride, the link provides an affordable and efficient transit service to connect communities to key destinations in the Willowbrook, Florence-Firestone, Lennox and Athens communities. The shuttles link our light rail systems, specifically the green and blue lines, to key destinations including schools, parks, libraries, constituent service centers and other heavy traveled destinations, encouraging residents to get out of their cars, thereby creating an economic, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation alternative.

The Link shuttles buses were designed by Sussman-Prezja with a dynamic and bright pattern to attract attention around this new service.

For information about the Willowbrook route, click here.

For information about the Florence-Firestone route, click here.

For information about the Athens route, click here.

For information about the Lennox route, click here.