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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.

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

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”

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


 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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Third Annual West Coast Communities Conference – September 29 – October 1, 2017 in Escondido CA

Conference Theme:  Thriving, Not Just Surviving – Fiscal Health in Community

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together

Taking off from last year’s theme of economic justice, we are organizing this year’s topics around the subject of equitable and sustainable income and affordability.  We have workshops

Workshop topics and speakers include:
– Financially feasible ways to start Community and ongoing affordability
– Organizing for affordability in less able neighborhoods
– Intentional Business (IB): Kinds of businesses that may be suitable with Intentional Community
– A look at Worker Cooperatives (Collectives)
– Fairness of equitable effort: Everyone pulling their own weight while respecting those less able
– Balancing Intra (local) Economy and Extra (global) Economy
– Alternative Trade Systems: LETS, TimeBank, HourWorld, etc.
– Sources of Funding

The event will be held near Escondido, CA, off Highway 15 between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Click here for Reservations

Community founders and other experts in cohousing and other kinds of intentional communities in California will share what works well, especially in community financial and economic health.

Diana Leafe Christian’s keynote address will be on “Recipe for a Thriving Community: Establishing an Internal Economy with Social Enterprises, Community Labor Systems, and More.”


Workshop presenters include Lois Arkin, founder of Los Angeles Eco-Village and longtime ecovillage activist; FIC Executive Director and longtime Twin Oaks Community member Sky Blue; cohousing activists Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris; and Jonah Mesritz, superstar expert on finding and financing community property and cofounder of Emerald Village Ecovillage.

Panel discussions of experts on healthy communities, and  on community financing, and Diana Leafe Christian’s breakout workshop on Sociocracy for cohousing and other kinds of intentional communities.

Call for Volunteers:  Help make this year’s event even better.  There are several roles we can use help with.  People are needed for registration, volunteer coordination, website administration, among others.  Those who would like to get involved or for more information, please contact:

Contact Us: Conference Email; Conference FaceBook Page; South-West Intentional Community Alliance (SWICA) website; SWICA Email

Organized by SWICASouth West IC Alliance,
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Cohousing California
Terra Madre Gardens
Sustainable Living Institute

Event organizers:
Werner Kontara  (949) 551-2800
Steve Fuji, SWICA Committee Head – (505) 715-1418

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Mutual Aid Network Cooperative with Stephanie Rearick Sat., Dec 10 from 2 to 4pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Communities around the world are piloting Mutual Aid Networks (MAN) designed to meet life’s economic needs – food justice, work redesign, sustainable energy, community justice, housing and transportation access, travel and culture exchange, etc. Local MANs are connecting in a global cooperative, the Main MAN, in order to support each other’s success and build a network of networks that can engage the 100% in a neighborly global economy. 

We’re hosting a gathering of people and organizations in Los Angeles to learn what the Mutual Aid Network framework can do and explore how it might help us meet our goals – as individuals, as organizations, and in partnership with one another. Those of us who choose to proceed will determine goals and next steps.


About Stephanie Rearick
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie  is founder of the Dane Countysr-akron-hi-14l0247 TimeBank, a 2800-member time exchange, and Creative Director of Mutual Aid Networks. In addition to her work in cooperative economics, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse and works as a musician.
Date & Time:      Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 2 to 4pm
Place:                     L.A. Eco-Village
                                 117 Bimini Pl

                                 Los Angeles 90004*

No Reservations required: or 213/738-1254
Free event but donations welcome to benefit MAN and Arroyo Sustainable Economies Community Organization (Arroyo S.E.C.O.)


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Worker-Owned: exploration & play – Sun. Jan. 24, 2016 from 2 – 5pm – Pasadena

invite you to an afternoon of exploration and play about
This is a FREE event!
Please RSVP to reserve your space: are gratefully accepted at the door to help us continue our educational programming.)
Sunday, January 24
2-5 pm
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103click here for DIRECTIONS
OWN THE CHANGE is a short film that explains what worker cooperatives are through conversations with worker-owners from Union Cab, Ginger Moon, Arizmendi Bakery, AORTA, New Era Windows and more.
CO-OPOLY: The Game of Cooperatives
Participate in playing the world’s first jumbo version of this excellent board game. In Co-opoly, players start a cooperative, and then, in order to survive as individuals and strive for the success of their co-op, make tough choices regarding big and small challenges that put their teamwork to the test!
Bring something to share and receive a time credit for your contribution
Potluck contributions from non-members are also appreciated!

TimeBank Crafts Fair – November 7, 2015 from Noon to 4pm at L.A. Eco-Village

This will be the 4th annual Arroyo Seco/West Adams TimeBank crafts fair.  All locally handmade items such as tea towels, bar soaps, jewelry, jams, arts and crafts, and more.  This is one of the best ways to support local and independent artists, designers and crafters making great stuff out of local and recycled materials.

Items will be for sale for time dollars and combinations of time dollars and U.S. dollars.


Date and Time:          Saturday, November 7, 2015 from Noon to 4pm
Location:                     Los Angeles Eco-Village Lobby, 117 Bimini Pl,
Los Angeles 90004
Food:                            Bring a snack to share or a brown bag if you’d like to
stay awhile and hang out in the gardens.
No charge to attend.

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Urban Food Security with Hop Hopkins in the White House Place Learning Garden at L.A. Eco-Village Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3pm

Join Hop Hopkins to hear first-hand how to improve local food security.

This is a free and open event.

About Hop Hopkins
As a certified arborist, Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer, and CERT instructor, Hop’s guiding vision is to help establish a network of residential food forests that can support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies. Grassroots environmental justice community organizing in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, along with several years staffing environmental programs with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust put Hop in the unique position of knowing a lot about a lot of things.

About the White House Place Learning Garden
After years of planning, fundraising, and building infrastructure for the Garden, there is a rich array of edible plants and fruit trees.  And the planting continues.

We invite teachers, staff, friends and neighbors to tour the garden during the open garden hours listed below and to attend the talks.

When:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Where:  White House Place Learning Garden at the northeast corner of White House Place and Bimini Place in Los Angeles Eco-Village

Regular Garden Hours*:
*Saturdays: noon to 4pm
*Sunday:   8am to noon

*If you plan to come on days when no talk is scheduled, call or text Lara:
213/383-8684 or call Lois 213/738-1254 or Julio 323/377-0973

Also upcoming in the White House Learning Garden on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11am:  Meredith McKenzie “Shares the Ways of Watersheds”

 The White House Place Learning Garden is a project of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust in association with the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Thanks to the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council for their financial support for the garden.

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“Just Doing Stuff” fair with Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins: Sun. Oct. 13, 2013 in Westchester, and Mon. Oct.14, 2013 in Pasadena

What:         The Power of Just Doing Stuff: Transition Town Fairs

Where:       Westchester Sunday October 13, 2013 AND Pasadena Monday October 14, 2013

More Info

Westchester event:  Sunday 10/13/13 from 2:30pm to 7pm.  Go here for details and to register:


Pasadena event: Monday 10/14/13 from 10:30am to 2pm.  Go here for details and to register:

featuring award winning “Repair Cafe” and other activities, veggie potluck lunch (bring your own eating ware), speed dating mini talks, and more.
Transition groups (Los Angeles and Pasadena) host Rob Hopkins, founder of the international Transitiion Town movement.  Rob gives a talk and hosts his renowned “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” fairs.




City Repair’s Mark Lakeman from Portland at L.A. Eco-Village Fri. Nov, 1 at 7:30pm

Learn more about City Repair here:


Friday Evening November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm for his inspiring Slideshow and talk

at L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004, directions

Join visionary architect Mark Lakeman as he inspires and guides the grid structure of a typical American city into a vital social commons with Portland’s City Repair Project <>.

Now a national movement (just google it to get a sense of it), City Repair is about cities, towns, grids and the intersections where our lives can converge.

Multidisciplinary, City Repair combines architecture, urban planning, anthropology, community development, public art, permaculture and ecological design in projects that transform public space.

Intersection Repair is the citizen-led conversion of an urban street intersection into a public square.  It is a form of grassroots city planning that can nurture art, public gathering and volunteerism in your neighborhood.

“Mark is among  the most inspiring speakers I have seen in my more than 30 years of local activism,” says Lois Arkin.

Friday Nov 1 at 7:30pm:   $5 to $15 (self selected sliding scale)
Reservations required: or 213/738-1254

*Note:  Saturday morning November 2nd public forum with Mark was canceled.  Check our website for future forums on progressive city planning issues.


For an excellent introduction to current City Planning in Los Angeles, visit:

To review recent community  input on the updating of the City’s Mobility Element, go here:

To review the draft Housing Element for the City of Los Angeles for 2013 –  2021, go here:

To follow the Updates on the City’s codes, go here:

To keep updated on some of the most progressive city planning policies, proposals and actions from throughout the world, check out these websites:


Date: Sat Nov. 2   Time: Doors open @ 5 pm

Place: The Shed 1355 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103
Place Making Workshop w/ Mark Lakeman & James Rojas
Special Performance by Moses Sumney @ 7 pm
Tickets $12 advance/ $20 at the door
Date: Sun Nov 3  Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Place: Venice Learning Garden – 13000 Venice Blvd. 90066. Enter on Walgrove.
Cob Bench Workshop at the Venice Learning Garden
Donation: $15 – $20
Contact:, 310 869-5607
Date:  Sat Nov 3   Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Place: WRHAP 12401 Slauson Ave, Unit G Whittier, CA 90606
2nd Annual Pizza Party for City Repair feat. Mark Lakeman
Admission is $15 ($10 pre-sale tickets available); children 12 and under $5.
Contact: Megan (562) 457-0450
Date: Mon Nov 4   Time: 6 – 9 pm
Place: Casa Coracao 1742 Deerhill Trail Topanga 90290
Community Building Topanga with Mark Lakeman
$10 donation, no one turned away at the door.
Light beverages and snacks will be provided
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 1 – 5 pm
Place: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd, Venice
Community Building on Venice Blvd.
FREE Event
RSVP and Contact Info: Lauren Tucker
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Place:  Private Residence 805 Brooks Ave, Venice 90291
City Repair Slideshow and Potluck
Donation: $10
Contact: Lauren Tucker

Thanks to Camille Cimino for coordinating this tour schedule:
Camille Cimino
“The Nature of Things”
(213) 924-5238


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Paul Glover: Author, Activist, Founder gives a Public talk at L.A. Eco-Village Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:30pm

What:       Paul Glover, Founder Ithaca Hours, Citizen Planners Los Angeles, Health Democracy; Author; Community Organizer and Activist gives a talk.

Where:     L.A. Eco-Village (directions)

When:      Friday, October 4, 2013; veggie potluck at 6:30pm; talk at 7:30 pm;

Join us for an exciting event with local currency pioneer, Paul Glover founder of Ithaca HOURS, a successful local paper currency in Ithaca NY. Launched in 1991, Ithaca Hours promotes local economic strength and community self-reliance by keeping the wealth circulating within the region.

Paul is also founder of the grass roots association known as Citizen Planners, publisher of  Sensual Cities, in the 1970s which inspired a variety of other early sustainability oriented organizations in Los Angeles.  He authored the little book  Los Angles: A History of the Future which is available on-line   (free).  Originally published in 1982,  this little book envisions a permaculture city that is ecologically stable and locally managed on a human scale.

Bio: Paul Glover is founder of 18 organizations and campaigns, including Ithaca HOURS local currency, Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, Health Democracy, the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), and the League of Uninsured Voters (LUV). He is author of six books on grassroots economies, and a former professor of urban studies at Temple University. He also consults as Greenplanners.

Bring a veggie dish and join us for a potluck, starting at 6:30pm.  Please bring your own non-throwaway eating ware.

Fee:  $5 to $15 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Reservations please: or 213/738-1254

Paul will also be giving a talk at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on Sunday October 6, 2013 sponsored by the Arroyo S.E.C.O. Network of Time Banks:  Potluck from 6-7PM     Talk from 7-8:00PM  Go here for details:




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