Dozens of volunteers joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at the Athens-Westmont Community Cleanup in the Vermont/Manchester area.
They spent a Saturday morning cleaning up illegal dumping and planting new landscaping with help from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, iHeart Media’s AM 570 LA (Dodger Radio), and the Office of Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
“This event is a prime example of what good can happen when a community comes together to partner with its civic institutions,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.
Officials estimate that 14,000 tons of illegally dumped items are abandoned each year in unincorporated areas of L.A. County. Volunteers removed broken appliances, old furniture, and other bulky items dumped at the 89th Street Alley, as well as in a residential area from Manchester to 92nd Street. They also planted a garden at the 96th Street Elementary School and Children’s Center, and improved the landscaping at Vermont Median Park’s Entryways at 88th and 92nd Streets. Public Works crews, meanwhile, removed graffiti.
Former Dodger Lee Lacy, who appeared in four World Series in the 1970s, participated in the cleanup. So did members of the 88th Street Temple Church of God in Chris, and representatives from the Empowerment Congress, Sheriffs’ Youth Activities League and Explorers Program.
Councilmember Harris-Dawson said, “Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and I share a passion for beautifying the Vermont Corridor. By working together and engaging residents as partners, we can truly impact our neighborhoods.”
88th Street Temple Church Senior Pastor Anthony Williams said he and his congregation were happy to partner with the Supervisor on the community cleanup. “We here at the 88th Street Temple Church are restoring souls from the inside out, and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is helping restore our community from the outside in,” he said. “With that type of synergy working in unison, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in our families and for our city!”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said he has “big dreams about economic and community development” in the area, and noted that plans are under way for improving land uses along Vermont Avenue, and increasing public safety and social services for residents.
“Clean-ups are just the beginning,” he said. “The revitalization of the Athens-Westmont Community and surrounding areas is one of my top priorities.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to bat for cleaner neighborhoods, urging everyone to put trash in its proper place.