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“The Longest Straw” an award winning film by L.A. Eco-Villager Samantha Bode, Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7pm at L.A. Eco-Village (north end)

The Longest Straw draws a connection between the water that supports a city and that water’s source. Samantha Bode, director, moved to Los Angeles and immediately fell in love with the abundant sunshine, the warm air, and the exotic plants of Southern California. But, she noticed within the city of Los Angeles the plants were very much like her native North East Pennsylvania. Green grass and tall trees grew everywhere, but there was no obvious source of water and it rarely ever rained. Where did all the water come from?

Samantha embarks on a journey up the Los Angeles Aqueducts and the Mono Extension, the original source of Los Angeles’ imported water. During one of the worst droughts in California history, Samantha laces up her

boots and sets off at the Los Angeles Aqueducts Cascades in Sylmar, CA. The audience follows her north and east for 65 days as she struggles through the rugged terrain of the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and loses herself in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. She speaks with historians, community leaders and local residents, as well as employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the operators of the city’s aqueduct. Through Samantha’s inquisitive nature, the audience gains a deeper understanding of the economic, ecological, and societal impacts of water importation and deportation on communities, as well as the future of Los Angeles’ water.

The Longest Straw emphasizes the need for more local water sources in Los Angeles through reuse and conservation, storm water capture, native landscaping, and grey water and black water education and treatment. The aqueduct can be viewed as a microcosm for ecological and resource struggle around the world. Too often in the world of instant gratification humans mistake temporary abundance for never-ending supply. The Longest Straw heightens awareness that the resources that civilization uses to thrive and survive are often shared by various communities; human, animal, and plant. By working together, humanity can ensure the future of reliable freshwater for all.

EVENT DETAILS
Date & Times:      Friday, June 8, 2018
7pm:        Veggie potluck (zero waste event: bring your own non-throw-away eating ware)
7:45pm:   Intros and announcements
8:00pm   Screening: “The Longest Straw”
9:30:        Q&A, discussion

Location:
3554 West First Street
Los Angeles Eco-Village – north end
Los Angeles 90004

***Please note: We have changed our location to one building north of 117 Bimini in the north end of Los Angeles Eco-Village ***

   ****Enter thru gate on Bimini Pl. just south of First St.*****

Fee:        Fee:  $5 to $15 donation* (self selected sliding scale or 2.5 Time dollars to CRSP.   Pay your cash donation at the door or make checks out to “CRSP”
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS

GETTING HERE:
Please walk, bike or use our multi-billion dollar transit system.

Driving? Parking may be difficult.

Biking?  Please park your bike inside the yard at the event space

Directions:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/3554+W+1st+St,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90004/@34.0728044,-118.292883,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c2c7668aba9a0b:0xae768a55056c278b!8m2!3d34.0728044!4d-118.2906889?hl=en

 Samantha “Sam” Bode

About Samantha Bode:
Sam  is a film and television maker and lives in the Los Angeles Eco-Village where she actively demonstrates low impact living patterns and a high quality of life. Throughout the 10 years of her career, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be creative in a range of programming, from shows about Africa and it’s descendants, to short news pieces produced by at risk youth in the Los Angeles area, to documentaries about creating your own reality through open source projects and urban farming. The Longest Straw is her first film directing endeavor and is winner of the 2017 New Urbanism Film Festival Best Healthy Cities Film. When not making films or attending Eco-Village meetings, Sam can be found exploring the vast landscapes of  the American west and south west.

 

Los Angeles Eco-Village is celebrating its 25th anniversary all year long.
Plan to attend more events featuring the work of our  creative and activist members.

 

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Earth Day Tea in the Street at L.A. Eco-Village: Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2 to 5pm

Traffic calming tea in the intersection of Bimini and White House Place. circa 1993

As many of you know, LAEV has a long history of traffic calming activities. Tea in the intersection of Bimini and White House Place was a fairly frequent traffic calming activity back in the early to mid 1990s.  In those olden days, we did it just to meet neighbors who were always in their cars.  They would slow down and roll down their windows and ask, “What are you crazy people doing in the middle of the street?”

And we would enthusiastically reply, “Well we never get to meet you and other neighbors because you’re always in your cars, so why don’t you park and come have some tea with us.”  And often they did.

 

Now we have an equally important reason for neighbors and friends to come have tea with us in the intersection:  we want you to sign our petition to get big polluting delivery trucks to relocate their delivery service on Vermont instead of Bimini.  Often these trucks are lined up 3 and 4 at a time on Bimini with engines running, waiting to get into the Bimini-facing delivery dock for Seafood City.

So please walk, bike or bus on over on Sunday, April 22, 2018, between 2pm and 5pm to:

  • Just hang out with us, and
  • Sign the petition, and
  • Meet more neighbors, and
  • Share what your favorite planet saving activities have been this year, and
  • And what you plan for the coming year.

Please bring your own cup.  We’ll provide the tea, sun shade, and cookies.

EVENT DETAILS
Date & Time:       Sunday, April 22, 2018, come anytime between 2 to 5pm
Location:              The intersection of Bimini and White House Place in Los Angeles Eco-Village, LA 90004
Bring:                    Your own non-throwaway cup
Admission:           Free, no reservations needed, come anytime between 3 and 5pm.

Los Angeles Eco-Village is celebrating our 25th Anniversary all year long:  1993 to 2018.  Come hang out with us and share your stories about your experiences here.

 

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Explorations in Nature – Closing Public Reception Sunday, April 29 from 3 to 5pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Free admission, NO reservations needed.
Refreshments.

Come celebrate the conclusion of this 8 week workshop and the beautiful work of the participating children.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm at
L.A. Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl
Courtyard
Los Angeles 90004

Explorations in Nature is a unique 9 week art program for children 3 through 8 and their parents or guardians that use the visual arts to develop deeper connections between children and their experience of the natural world.  This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and CRSP in association with the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Housing Co-op and the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust.

Led by Artist in Residence Sylvette Frazier, creator of Connecting Children to Art in Nature, classes feature emphasis on creating art in an eco-conscious format, culminating with a public exhibition and collaborative nature weave.

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Explorations in Nature: Collaborative Nature Weave – Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 from 10am to noon at L.A. Eco-Village

You are invited

to the public closing reception, children’s exhibition and collaborative nature weave.

DATE/TIME
Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 10am to noon

LOCATION
117 Bimini Pl, Courtyard
Los Angeles 90004
Los Angeles Eco-Village

FREE AND OPEN EVENT
No reservations required.

All welcome!  Children & Adults of all ages

This culminating public event and exhibition is made possibly in part from a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, in association with CRSP, the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Housing Co-op.

See the colorful flyer here:
Explorations in Nature 12 16 17 public reception English flyer

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CicLAvia – Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9am to 3pm on Wilshire Blvd.

Ciclavia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9am to 3pm
From Western & Wilshire to Downtown LA Spring St.

CicLAvia heads back to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on December 10 as Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email info@ciclavia.org!

Download the Route Map

Download the Notification Flyer

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for December 10th:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 3 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000.

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Public Meeting Sat., Nov 11, 2017 from 10am to noon at 117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004

This Public Meeting is Regarding Contaminants and Proposed Remediation

Concerning the property at:

 3554 and 3560 West First Street – Los Angeles 90004

Previously known as Song’s Auto Shop
and the Teriyaki House

This meeting is a component of a proposal being prepared by the nonprofit property owner, CRSP, in the Los Angeles Eco-Village, for a US-Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Brownfields Clean-Up grant.  A draft copy of the CRSP proposal will be available as noted below by November 10, 2017.  Your comments will be incorporated into the final grant proposal to the US-EPA and should be received by CRSP no later than November 14, 2017

A summary of the US-EPA’s “Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA)” and the alternatives for remediation of contaminants can be viewed on-line below.  The complete 43 page ABCA report can be viewed in hard copy at 117 Bimini Place, Lobby, Los Angeles 90004 or you can access it here.

Public comments can be mailed to:
CRSP
117 Bimini Pl, #221
Los Angeles CA 90004
Or sent via email to:     crsp@igc.org
Or submitted in person at the November 11th meeting.

A Plan for redeveloping the property includes car-free co-op oriented mixed uses, including an environmentally sensitive hostel, small green businesses  operated by neighbors within the Los Angeles Eco-Village on Bimini and White House Place or within easy walking distance. CRSP will also be continuing its co-op training and education programs on the site, including workshops on phytotechnologies for remediating brownfields.

See additional information or keep updated at http://laecovillage.org/home/news/
or contact: crsp@igc.org    213-738-1254

Executive Summary for Analysis of
Brownfield Remediation Alternatives  (ABCA) at
3554 and 3560 West First Street
Los Angeles 90004

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2017, Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON®), performed a Phase II Targeted Brownfields Assessment (Phase II TBA) at 3554 and 3560 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California (the Site). The TBA was requested by the property owner (applicant), CRSP, and performed under contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of the TBA was to characterize conditions at the Site, because it is being considered for redevelopment.

Contaminants, including toxic heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons, were detected in surface soils and or soil gas
analyzed as part of the TBA work. This Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) report identifies and compares different cleanup scenarios for the Site based on results obtained from the Phase II TBA (WESTON 2017). These scenarios are ranked on effectiveness, implementability, and cost.

The proposed redevelopment of this site will include an ecologically sensitive hostel with environmentally and co-op oriented mixed retail uses or services. Based on that proposed use, cleanup of the Site to standards suitable for a commercial-industrial use exposure scenario is recommended before planned re-use/redevelopment can begin.

The Site is composed of an approximately 0.25 acre parcel located in a mixed commercial-residential-institutional neighborhood approximately 3 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The western portion of the Site contains a single-story approximately 600 square foot commercial building formerly used as a restaurant. The eastern portion contains a  one-story commercial structure, with a small second floor loft, approximately 2,600 square feet, formerly used as an automotive repair shop.

The following concerns were identified during the Phase II TBA:

Cadmium was present at concentrations that exceed the specified human health screening levels for a commercial use exposure scenario in two surface soil samples collected from the southern portion of the Site.

Four semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) were present at concentrations that exceed the human health screening levels in a surface soil sample collected from the southwest portion of the Site.

Total petroleum hydrocarbons as diesel (TPH-d) were present at concentrations that exceed the residential human health screening levels, but are below the commercial/industrial screening levels in southwestern portion of the Site, in the same surface soil sample as the SVOCs.

The building materials and some appurtenances (i.e., fluorescent lights and possibly other electrical equipment) in both buildings contain non-friable asbestos-containing material (ACM), lead based paint (LBP), and/or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Ethylbenzene and chloroform are present in sub-slab soil gas above the human health screening levels for a residential exposure scenario in the former auto repair shop.

To continue reading the US-EPA ABCA, go here.

NOTE FROM CRSP REGARDING PHYTOREMEDIATION:  Although the US-EPA did not include any alternatives on  phytoremediation or phytotechnology for rendering soil contaminants harmless to human health in the ABCA, there is additional information on the successful use of various plants, trees, and microorganisms for brownfield soil remediation.  Please learn about them on line at the Center for Creative Land Recycling: http://mailchi.mp/cclr/webinars-07-31-17
or at this website for the International Journal on Phytoremediation“.   It is CRSP’s intent to apply the current US-EPA grant application for the remediation of hazardous materials within the buildings, and to develop a future remediation plan for the soils beneath the currently paved surfaces outside the buildings.

 

 

 

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CicLAvia: Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 9am to 4pm Heart of LA

CicLAvia returns to the Heart of LA with an exciting and fun 6-mile route featuring the neighborhoods of Echo Park, Chinatown, Historic Downtown, Civic Center, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights.

Lots of family-friendly activities are planned along the route.

We will be kicking off CicLAvia Sunday with a press conference at 8:30am at the Broadway HUB (Broadway and 7th St.). Come by to start your day.

CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support.  Let’s keep CicLAvia rolling by making a donation today.

See you this Sunday, Oct. 8th at CicLAvia: Heart of LA!

Romel Pascual, CicLAvia Executive Director
http://www.ciclavia.org/

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Place It: Community Visioning Workshop with James Rojas – Thursday July 27 2017 from 7 to 10pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Re-envision your neighborhood through storytelling, objects, art-making and play.  Investigate your attachment to place and shelter by thinking beyond words by building models to express your ideas about  cohousing, intentional community, micro-apartments and tiny homes.

EVENT DETAILS
Date & Time:
Thursday, July 27, 2017
from 7pm to 10pm

Place:
3554 West First Street at Bimini Place
enter on Bimini Place
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Los Angeles 90004

Reservations recommended*: 213-738-1254 or crsp@igc.org

Fee:
$5 to $20 sliding scale: pay at the door with cash or check (or 3 time dollars)
*or  go here to pay electronically

About James Rojas
James is an urban planner, community activist, and artist.  He developed this method to make planning visual, tactile and meaningful. Through this method, he has engaged thousands of people by facilitating over five hundred workshops and building over fifty interactive models around the world.   More about James and the Place It workshops can be found at :
http://www.placeit.org/bio_james_rojas.html
and
http://www.placeit.org/policy_design.html

Feel free to bring light veggie snacks.

This event sponsored by CRSP in association with the LATCH Collective and the You Are Here: Los Angeles Intentional Community Meet-Up

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CicLAvia: Glendale Meets Atwater Village Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 9am to 4pm

Sunday, June 11th:  come explore a new route at CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village presented by Metro. This 21st CicLAvia will feature new things to see, new places to eat, new local businesses to explore, and new friends to meet.

Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for June 11:

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Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust Member Meeting – Sat., May 13, 2017 at 10am – 11:30am at L.A. Eco-Village

BVCLT Members Meeting

LA Eco-Village Bimini Apartments Limited Equity Housing Cooperative: land owned by BVCLT

Saturday, May 13th
10 am to 11:30 am
at
Los Angeles Eco-Village

117 Bimini Place #201
Los Angeles 90004

 

The Beverly-Vermont Community Land trust is located three miles west of downtown Los Angeles, our name comes from the Beverly Boulevard and Vermont Avenue intersection and metro station.

 

The Mission of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust is to exercise land stewardship as the basis for creating pedestrian-centered neighborhoods emphasizing affordable housing, work and recreational spaces that are economically and socially sustainable, and that integrate urban living with nature.

Lets put a crack in real estate speculation. Organize for land trusts in your neighborhood!

 

The Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT) is among the leading organizations in Los Angeles specializing in permanently affordable sustainable housing for those who are dedicated to a lower impact life style and have limited access to market rate housing (including those with lower wage jobs, on fixed incomes, or with disabilities).

Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments:  yes

More info:  crsp@igc.org or laraeco@hotmail.com

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