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LANI-Maintenance Matching Fund Workshop I

LANI, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, a local non-profit, is offering matching grants to anyone in the community who has a neighborhood improvement/beautification/maintenance project they would like to do in their community.  If you have an idea for making Mid-City a better place to live and work, please consider attending their September 19th workshop and apply for your own matching grant.  (LANI is the entity that found funds to design and build our the pocket park on Normandie and Cordova, between Washington and the 10 Freeway.)

Examples of eligible projects include:
– Cleaning/painting of defaced public city property (street lights, bus shelters, etc.)
– Monument installation, cleanup, and repair (our wonderful granite monuments)
– Graffiti cleanup/paint out
– Landscape installation/cleanup/trimming
– Sidewalk steam cleaning
– Street tree and tree grate maintenance
– Tree watering

Talk with friends and neighbors and find a project you think would make an impact on Mid-City.  Let’s do something!  See the note from LANI below.


Hello All:

 Just a quick reminder that we’ll be holding an informational LANI-MMF grant workshop this Thursday, August 23rd, from 5 – 6 p.m. at the LANI office. A second, identical workshop will be held in September.
The purpose of the workshop is to review the grant application and process with the goal of answering key questions of those considering applying for this opportunity.
The workshop is not required and questions can be asked at any point prior to the submittal deadline.

 Important dates for this grant cycle include:

 LANI-MMF Workshop I –            August 23, 2012
LANI-MMF Workshop II –           September 19, 2012
Applications Due –                  October 29, 2012
Award Notification –               November 30, 2012
Project Completion –               September 30, 2013

 Many thanks,

Rebecca Draper
Director of Neighborhood Improvement Projects
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
800 Figueroa St., Suite 970
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 627-1822 ext. 16
(213) 627-1821 fax
“Rebuilding Neighborhoods One Block At A Time” 


Keep LA Beautiful Grant

The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) serves as a resource for the enhancement of the City of Los Angeles.  OCB programs are designed to support neighborhoods and community groups.  By utilizing OCB services, participants improve their environment while building partnerships within the City of Los Angeles.

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Keep Los Angeles Beautiful is Giving Grants

Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (KLAB) invites your organization to apply for their 1st Annual Keep Los Angeles Beautiful Grant program.  KLAB will award a total of $30,000 in grants to fund beautification projects throughout City of Los Angeles.  

Project proposals are now being accepted and will be due September 21st, 2012.  Organizations can request a maximum of $5,000 for the proposed project.  Proposals will be reviewed by KLAB Board members and they will determine which applicants will be invited to submit a full application for possible funding. 

To apply, please click here for the 2012-13 Keep Los Angeles Beautiful Grant Proposal & Guideline Packet.  

Good luck!

Grand Opening of Radford Art Walk 

Studio City Beautification Association (SCBA) held the Grand Opening of Radford Art Walk on June 14th, 2012.  The Radford Art Walk project, bordering CBS Studios, showcases a walking path, landscaping and a sculpture garden.  This project is the latest completed project funded by the 2009-10 Community Beautification Grant.

Among the attendees were SCBA members, Councilmember Paul Krekorian and his staff, Francesca Corra of Dirt Diva Designs, Karl Johnson and numerous contributors and stakeholders.  

Bring your family and friends along for a stroll down Radford Avenue and enjoy the landscaping designed by Dirt Diva Designs and metal sculptures donated by artist, Karl Johnson.  Also, incorporated into the block wall are old studio lights donated by CBS Studios.   

Congratulations on a wonderful project SCBA.


Help Build a Park for FREE!

As you may have heard, the Rings of Saturn is spearheading the development of a Community Park at Saturn Elementary that will benefit the entire community. VONS is offering a great program to help in this monumental task.

If you haven’t already, REGISTER YOUR VONS CARD with the Rings of Saturn by following the instructions in the attached flyer.

Wellington Square Residents Show Up In Force For MINC Meeting Tree Issue

I promised a now long-overdue summary on what transpired at last week’s MINC meeting regarding the issue of saving the trees along Washington Blvd. in Wellington Square. To put it mildly, Wellington Square rocked the meeting! We had 14 residents from our neighborhood in attendance (including Sylvia Lacy and myself – who technically had to be there for other reasons as well, but I’m counting us!) – which is more than the quorum of board members from MINC in attendance that night.

At the meeting, we had a lively and thorough discussion of the issue – both of the need for the repair of our sidewalks along Washington, as well as the need to protect the historic trees that line the boulevard and make/keep them safe so that branches and other pieces of the trees will not fall into the roadway and injure anyone. Ed Struzik of Victoria Ave. actually showed up with a protest sign (supposedly from a conversation he had with the trees!) made of a saw – that implored “please don’t cut us down” – which got a big laugh from the other stakeholders and the board members.

And as I already mentioned to those who attended, our show of force at the meeting really did shift the way things were going – we had a positive affect on how this whole thing will be approached. As Sylvia said at the meeting that night, CD-10 was already committed to work with the city to try to make sure that the trees didn’t come down, but all us being there last Monday night helped get MINC on the same page. Before the meeting, MINC was more concerned with the sidewalks, and the trees were secondary (or not a concern at all – hence, they could be cut down). After our discussion – and our strong show of support of the trees – that changed, and the trees will now be the focus of the sidewalk repair, at least along our stretch of Washington. In fact, MINC has decided to create a subcommittee to address the issue (something the other board members were surprised at since that rarely happens) – and it’s good for us, because it means that MINC will now be working to help save the trees as well – and that’s what we needed to have happen… we needed to get everyone, including MINC, on that same page.

So, it’s not over – and we’ll need to work with the city to figure out how to deal with this. But, I think working together… we’ll be able to accomplish this. I’ve already spoken to Bruce Durbin, who chairs the PLUM committee which will head this subcommittee, and the groundwork will be laid at the PLUM meeting tomorrow night, which I plan to attend. I asked Bruce whether anyone from our neighborhood beside myself should be there, and he said he didn’t think it was necessary, and most of it will be procedural, and I can easily convey all of the details to the residents afterward. So, I’ll be sure to follow up with all of you in a further post to let you know what happens. Also, Sylvia said she’d let us know when the meeting with the Urban Foresters was going to be, on September 1st – so that some of us could attend that as well. I’ll be sure to pass along any information I have, as I get it. And lastly, our new WSIA president has formed a committee with several concerned residents who know much more about the trees and the city plans than even I do – and they plan to work with CD-10 and MINC to make sure that our trees are protected, as well as our sidewalks repaired – and some other issues including the maintenance of the medians along Wellington Rd. and the further care of the trees along 23rd Ave. (thanks to the Bowers family for their continued watering – they’re looking great!).

Thanks again for all of you who showed up on a Monday night and gave of your time! It was so great to see everyone there! Way to go Region 3!!!

Cool Optical Illusion To Deal With Unsightly Utility Boxes

This is a pretty cool idea – and it’s a great way to deal with those unsightly utility boxes that litter our neighborhoods. Cities are now using wraps and other measures to mitigate the blight of Above Ground Facilities (AGF), as they are called.
See attached example from Culver City.
As you can see, what they did was to photograph what one would normally see if the AGF was not there and then “shrink wrap” that photo onto the AGF. It creates an optical illusion of sorts… because if you look at it a certain way, then for a moment, you don’t see the AGF.

This could be a very interesting way of taking care of this problem. I know there’s one at the end of Victoria that could use a little beautification! What do you think?


Do As The City Wants And Put In Drought Tolerant Plants, And Then Get Fined


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Giga Granada Hills blog
Drought resistant landscaping? Pay a fine.

File this under: Your city government, not helping. (But with a nice ending.)

Here’s the story, as reported by the Giga Granada Hills blog. Several years ago the Department of Water and Power enacted an incentive program to get residents and businesses to rip out their lawns and put in drought-resistant plants. One Granada Hills resident was instead rewarded with a notice that he was in violation of city code.

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