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No Beatification Grants This Year

Well, it appears there won’t be any beautification grants for the upcoming fiscal year.  Oh well, it would have been nice to have done something with 23rd St. – I guess we’ll just have to work on another approach instead.  Looks like the city’s budget problems continue to plague well-meaning programs.

Suspension of CB Grant for 2010-11

Due to the City facing another tough budgetary year, the Community Beautification Grant was not allocated funding for 2010-11 fiscal year.  As such, we will not be distributing applications or hosting workshops.

On the upside, CB Grant staff will continue to work diligently to support the 200+ projects that are in progress.  We will also search for and apprise you of any grant opportunities that are available to organizations.  Hopefully, in a year, we can look forward to receive funding for beautification projects so that we can continue our combined efforts of making the City of Los Angeles beautiful.

Since inception of the CB Grant Program, we completed over 1,035 projects in partnership with organizations.  Without these partnerships, we would not have experienced the impact that these projects have on the people and the community.  

We will keep you posted on any updates to our grant program.  Please do not let this lack of funding stop your efforts of beautifying your community.  


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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Mid-City Signs Are Back!

We noticed that the “MID-CITY” metal signs were being (re)installed this past week. (At no cost to us! A little background – the original signs were defective, so MINC and CD-10 worked with the sign company to get new ones installed.) Specifically, they have started on the North side of Washington Blvd., near Wellington Rd. Hopefully, the complete install from Fairfax to Crenshaw will finish soon. Check them out when you go to Farmer’s Market this Sunday.

FREE Tire Recycling

Get rid of your used and old tires!

Rubber tires are NOT picked up as bulky items, nor to be put in your regular weekly trash for pickup. So this is a rare opportunity to get rid of them for F-R-E-E. And it’s a great chance to clean up your yard, driveways, and our neighborhood. The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation will take and recycle your tires FREE at the six collection events citywide. Attached is the flyer and information for this recycling event. (Be sure to read restrictions on attached document.)

Please spread the word!


23rd Street Cleanup

If you’ve walked along 23rd St. between Wellington Rd. and Victoria Ave. lately, you might have noticed a welcome change – the sidewalk along the freeway wall has been cleaned up, weeded, and the landscaping trimmed back.  Sylvia Lacy arranged for LACC to come in and take care of the work for our neighborhood.  Nick Kasparek and Michael Sonntag plan to go down there to spray the sidewalk with Roundup next weekend to keep the weeds at bay for the rest of the Summer.  In addition, the Bowers family (2137 Victoria) has graciously agreed to take care of watering the trees along 23rd St., so that we can hopefully keep them alive.  The trees were terribly in need of a drink.  (You may have noticed – there is no watering system down there for the trees or landscaping – not even a water spigot!)  Watering involves running a long hose, and hauling buckets of water – so we are truly grateful to the Bowers for their service.

We are collecting names of other volunteers to help out with the care of 23rd St., so if you’re interested, e-mail Michael Sonntag at michaeljsonntag@gmail.com.  We’re putting together a team to help the Bowers family with the water rotation, and to do further trash pickup and weeding (if necessary) later in the Summer.