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Supervisors to consider transit oriented development

On November 8th, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to consider the first mixed use, transit oriented development along the Green Line Statation at Aviation Boulevard, in the unincorporated community of Del Aire. This project consists of 390 residential units and approximately 29,500 square feet of commercial/retail space that would benefit surrounding residents and transit users.

This type of transit oriented development helps build livable, walkable and sustainable communities. By siting housing near the light rail station, individuals and families can reduce their household expenses, specifically on transportation-related costs. Given the location, this development will also provide a quality housing option for the large workforce located in Hawthorne, El Segundo and around the Los Angeles International Airport. The Aviation Station development can serve as a model for achieving Los Angeles County’s and the State of California’s vehicle emission reduction targets in order to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Florence-Firestone community garden

On Saturday, October 29th, residents got their hands dirty at the grand opening of the first community garden in Florence-Firestone. The event included lots of messy pumpkin carving for the kids and a huge pot luck.

Over 75 families will have the opportunity to adopt a plot and begin growing fruits and vegetables.  This effort is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, who facilitated the garden development, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps members who built the garden, the Second District which provided funding for construction of the garden and the Florence-Firestone residents who will become our gardeners and assist with operations of the garden.

This effort is part of a campaign sponsored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to located gardens in every unincorporated area of the Second District.

Community gardens  provide important health benefits and create a great location for exercise. Gardening has been proven to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Gardeners are even known to eat more vegetables and save money by producing their own food supply. In addition, gardens create social networks and community identity.

Grand Opening of Arvella Grigsby Place Pocket Park in Watts

The Watts Neighborhood Council and the Office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn celebrated the grand opening of Arvella Grigsby Place Pocket Park.

This 5,000 square foot parcel of vacant city-owned land has been converted to a pocket park at the intersection of East 115th Street and Arvella Grigsby Place in Watts. The park features a beautiful ‘community porch,’ 25 trees, and a walking track. The park was built with$10,000 in Community Beautification grant funds awarded to the Watts Neighborhood Council, and $10,000 from the Watts NC’s own general funds. The Watts NC is also funding the continued care and maintenance of the park and a local resident is supplying water.

The park will be named Grigsby Park in honor of Mrs. Arvella Grigsby, who has been a community leader in South Los Angeles for over forty years. Her efforts are too numerous to mention but have included:

  • Working for the Westminster Neighborhood Association for 22 years.
  • Volunteering with youth groups.
  • Organizing the first parents’ club in the Jordan Downs housing development.

The land was a remnant of the Imperial Highway overpass/bridge project completed in the early 2000s. Since that time, the property has stood vacant. The park is technically owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, but an agreement places the responsibility for care and maintenance on the local community.  This park will provide a much-needed green open space for the Watts community to enjoy, while also honoring Mrs. Grigsby, who is a local icon and who sets an example for the entire neighborhood in everything she does. This park is also a first step at improving the poor pedestrian connection between Watts and the Rosa Parks/Imperial/Wilmington Blue and Green Line Station.

MLK Master Plan Meeting, October 26, 2011

The third community meeting for the MLK Medical Center Master Plan took place on October 25, 2011 at MLK. The County has invested nearly $3 Million to develop a long-term comprehensive master plan to more strategically use campus to provide high quality patient health care services, research, teaching and economic development opportunities. The master planning process provides an opportunity to think critically about the needs of patients, medical staff, community members and businesses and develop a plan for a new center that is reflective of those needs.

Over 100 community members participated in the meeting focused on the review of four distinct draft community models for the master plan. Each community model is structured differently to meet the critical needs that have been identified by the community in previous meetings. Each model provides opportunities for expansion of medical services, economic opportunities, recreational and community space, and education and research. After a presentation by master planning firm, Gensler, community members were invited to visit stations around the room and provide feedback about how they would feel using each space. The presentation and materials are available below:

Master Plan Presentation (PDF document)
Station Boards (PDF document)

Community comments will inform the final community master plan which will be presented at a final community meeting in early 2012. To provide your thoughts on the materials shared at the community meeting, please contact Clarice Nash at 626-300-2363 or email MLKJR.MP@gmail.com.

5th Annual Inglewood Open Studios

Dozens of Inglewood artists will open their studios to the public the weekend of November 12-13, 2011 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm during the fifth annual Inglewood Open Studios tour. The event, hosted by Inglewood artists and nonprofit Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA), will allow visitors to personally tour the studios of established and emerging artists working in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, installation, and performance. In addition to the tour, Inglewood Open Studios also features a group show, which includes work by all participating tour artists, at the gallery within the Beacon Arts Building from Saturday, November 12 through Saturday, November 26, 2011.

In addition to providing the gallery space for the Inglewood Open Studios group show, local gallery and artist community, Beacon Arts Building and its sister location, 1019 WEST Art Studios will also sponsor an opening reception for the exhibit on November 12, 7:00-10:00pm. Gallery hours for the group show are Thursday to Saturday 1:00pm to 6:00pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00pm. Beacon Arts Building (http://www.beaconartsbuilding.com / 310-419-4077) is located at 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302.

Convenient free shuttle bus service, that will run in a continuous loop, will be provided to the public on both Open Studios tour days. Printed maps with Open Studios location details are available online and will be at each artist’s studio and at Beacon Arts on both tour days. For additional information on Inglewood Open Studios, including the printable tour map, please
see www.inglewoodopenstudios.com and

Participating Artists –
Inglewood Open Studios participants include art educators, self-taught artists, and a significant number of graduates from nearby Otis College of Art and Design. Artists to be announced…

Inglewood, CA –
Inglewood is bordered by the LAX International Airport and surrounded by the nearby cities of El Segundo, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Westchester, Culver City, and Torrance — nestled in the center of Los Angeles County.

Inglewood Cultural Arts – www.inglewoodculturalarts.org
Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA) is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization serving residents of Inglewood and its surrounding communities. ICA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing diverse cultural arts programs.