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VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Make Important Announcements Regarding Compton Creek

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson, environmentalists, and a broad coalition of public and private stakeholders to announce the strategic acquisition of a four acre “soft bottom” parcel of land in Compton as part of their commitment to revitalize Compton Creek.

Alongside Ms. Jackson, the Supervisor explained how public ownership of the key parcel of land will allow prompt restoration, improved pedestrian and bike access, and the creation of a much-needed recreational amenity within the community.

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America's Great Outdoors Youth Listening Session

Americas Outdoors

July 8, 2010 (12:00 – 2:30pm)
Rio de Los Angeles State Park

1900 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, California

“It’s a recognition, passed down from one generation to the next, that few pursuits are more satisfying to the spirit than discovering the greatness of America’s outdoors.”
-President Barack Obama, April 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

On April 16, 2010, President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. The President understands that efforts for protecting and restoring the lands and waters that we love and reconnecting people to the outdoors must be community driven. For this reason, he has called upon senior government officials to host a series of public listening sessions in a range of locations across the country.

Young people play a critical role in shaping our country’s environmental future. In his memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, President Obama asked that, “special attention…be given to bringing young Americans into the conversation.” We want to engage you in this conversation from the beginning, and ensure that your voices are heard in the end.

Next week, the leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative are coming to Los Angeles to hear from you. Please join us for a public listening session at Rio de Los Angeles State Park on Thursday, July 8th.

This event is hosted by the Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

To ensure that we have sufficient space for everyone, we encourage you to let us know by Tuesday, July 6 if you are able to attend one or both of these listening sessions. You can do so by sending an email with your name, email address, and telephone number to Megan_Dunn@ios.doi.gov. We will contact you if we reach capacity. Also, please fill out the attached photo release form and bring it with you on the 23rd.

For more information on this initiative, please visit www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors.

Southern California Residential Retrofit Summit On May 17th

retrofit summit

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Energy Resource Center
Southern California Gas Company
9240 Firestone Boulevard
Downey, CA 90241-5321

SESSION TOPICS:

-Upcoming Federal, Utility, and Local Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
-Professional Training for Contractors
-Contractor and Small Business Resources
-Workforce Panel
-Home Performance Contractor Panel
-Regional Leadership Team Brainstorm

To register for this seminar visit here or call 1-800-427-6584 and select option #1.

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Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve Open House Tomorrow

Ballona Wetlands

BALLONA WETLANDS ECOLOGICAL RESERVE OPEN HOUSE:

Saturday, May 8, 2010 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Fiji Gateway (13720 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey)
Culver Gateway (303 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles)

Walk the proposed trails at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, learn about the unique resources of the Ballona Wetlands and the plans to open these trails to the public.

Guided tours will depart from each trailhead at 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

Refreshments and activities for children will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen if you plan to walk the trails.

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Vote Now To Bring President Obama to the Second District's Environmental Charter High School Graduation

The White House and the Department of Education recently named Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) as a finalist in a nationwide competition – for exemplifying the president’s 2020 goal that every high school student will graduate college ready.

ECHS is one of just 6 finalists from 1,000 applicants selected to compete in a run-off contest to have the President deliver its 2010 commencement address.

Help ECHS Reach The Final Three!

The public now has just 4 days to vote for and rate each finalist school – each of which is featured on the White House website.

The President will pick a national winner from the top three finalists, and has encouraged Americans to help choose the winner.

Public Voting for the Top 3 Finalists Starts Monday, April 26th at 5:00 am PDT, and runs until 8:59 pm PDT Thursday, April 29th.

To Vote for ECHS Online Go To:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement

Watch the 3-minute student-created videos online (ECHS is the 3rd video!). Rate each school on a scale from 1 to 5. A “5” goes to the school that best meets the President’s Race To the Top Commencement Challenge goals – providing an education where every student graduates college and career ready.