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Help Improve Culver City Parks

Give your input at the workshop:

Green Space Public Workshop, Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:30pm, Garden Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. (at Culver Blvd.).

Open to all who use Culver City parks, paths, and open spaces.

Participants will learn and share ideas about the types of passive recreation, or wellness activities, they would like to see and do in the City’s parks and open spaces. This is an important chance for the public to exchange ideas: Subsequent workshops will focus on preliminary designs for possible eco- and people-friendly improvements.

This project is a collaboration of North East Trees, the City of Culver City, the Culver City Unified School District, Ballona Creek Renaissance, and the Green Space Advisory Committee. Learn more about the plan here.



How to make a Rain Barrel Overflow Rain Garden

Please join us and learn while you pitch in!

How to make a Rain Barrel Overflow Rain Garden

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012
9 am – 3 pm
11375 Matteson Ave. LA 90066


Come join local Transition groups and friends for this barn-raising-style garden work party!

Rain gardens provide no-cost irrigation to the homeowner while helping­ r­eplenish our local aquifer. You can learn on-the-job how to install a simple ­passive, hidden “reservoir” for rain water collection to transform a patch of residential dirt yard into a ­garden of edible CA native currants & gooseberries.

Landscape architect John Tikotsky will be on hand to lead the troops as well as give short teach-ins on how to calculate your roof’s water catching capacity and other basic water catchment strategies for people thinking about including rain harvesting in their garden plan.

Depending on number of ­volunteers, we will have fun while we:

1. Dig the pits & sculpt berms to create our reservoir,

2. Install subsurface pipes from the rainwater tanks,

3. Fill the reservoir with mulch,

4. Plant trellised Ribes: best edible CA native for this shady understory
region under parkway trees

Bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes. Some tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. The day includes lunch and other ­refreshments, some music and lots of good cheer. Volunteers of every level of expertise are welcome!

Please RSVP:

Co-hosted by Transition Culver City and Transition Mar Vista/Venice.

Westside Produce Exchange Saturday Dec. 10

Photos from the exchange courtesy of Gillian Ferguson.

The Westside Produce Exchange is a group of people who share the abundance from their gardens and kitchens with each other monthly. The core purpose of the produce exchange is to reduce food waste and ensure that the bounty of our yards can provide sustenance for others.

Here’s what you do if you’d like to participate.  First – and above all else – SEND AN EMAIL to with:
what produce you’ll have to contribute this Saturday
whether you’d like to volunteer to bag or deliver
whether you will be picking up your bag or need delivery
include your address and phone number so I can figure out delivery schedules

To include you in this Saturday’s exchange, Naomi will need to hear back from you by this THURSDAY (December 8th) at NOON.
Once she knows who’s in, she’ll send out a final details email to all responding participants by Friday, including confirmations for those of you wishing to bag or deliver.

Participants will drop off their bags of produce at The Venice Learning Garden the morning of December 10th between 9 am – NOON.

The Learning Garden is located at Walgrove Ave & Venice Blvd. Enter from Walgrove through the chain link gate, between Venice and Zanja.

Bagging volunteers will be needed to count everything and redistribute it at NOON, and delivery volunteers will be needed to deliver at 2:00. Each driver will only have 2 deliveries to make, all nearby, and I will try to pair drivers with drop-off close to their homes.

1. Fresh organic produce: fruits, vegetables, or edible herbs. We will NOT be taking non-edible herbs such as burning sage, many people do not know what to do with non-edibles, and they can be confusing and problematic. This is about free TASTY produce!
2. Fresh beautiful vase-ready flowers (no weeds, fillers, or quick-wilters, please!)
3. Fresh baked goods, preserves, or other individual prepared food items. Not everyone has fresh produce all year round, and we are happy to receive the bounty of your kitchen as well. However, if you go this route, you MUST pre-package each item individually for easy and clean distribution. No sheet trays of brownies or sacks of cookies.

Each bag of produce dropped off should be labeled with the participant’s name, phone number, and address.

Contact to participate and/or to get on the mailing list for this fabulous monthly exchange! Also read an article about the exchange in the Whole Life Times blog here.

Green House Focus

Transition Culver City presents at the Sierra Club’s Green House Focus event:

November 20, 2pm-5pmCulver City Veteran’s Memorial Complex – Garden Room, 4117 Overland, Culver City 90230

The Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter Foundation presents “The Green Home Focus” with information that will save you money and provides a healthier environment. Learn about Energy Upgrade California, Transition Culver City, and Living Green.

· Learn ways to provide “Health and Wealth” for your Home through “Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County” with up to $8000 in cash incentives.
· Meet some of the Contractors with the EUCLA program;
· Enter a chance to win a coupon worth $100’s of dollars off toward your Home Assessment Test!
· Meet local businesses, organizations and homeowners who are environmentally conscious
· Go on a “Tour” of environmental partners locations
· Networking and breakout sessions for more Q & A
· Prizes and more!
· Light Refreshments Served

Moving Planet in Culver City: total success!

Transition Culver City organized a fantastic event as part of‘s Moving Planet action this Saturday (09/24/11).


Our Alternative Transportation Parade gathered around 60 cyclists and walkers to explore and reflect on low or no-carbon solutions to getting around Culver City.


decorated bikes

met Chelsea, the Honey Love bee, who is an advocate for urban beekeeping

rode & walked to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station

made mini alt-cars out of recycled materials donated by reDiscover Center

… And then brainstormed about local, sustainable transportation together.

The discussion pointed to improvements needed for safe walking and biking to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station:  good lighting along Washington; fewer vacant lots; a welcoming and landscaped approach to the station that includes plenty of bicycle parking.

SHOUT OUT! Gratitude to all the participants. You made this event a success! Thanks to wonderful Transition Culver City leader Michelle,  co-organizers Ginny & Meghan, team member Disa, & amazing community partners Culver City Bicycle Coalition (Darren, Jim, Brian), Sustainable Streets (Ron), reDiscover Center (Mary Beth), Bikerowave (Donald & Richard), Girl Scout Troop 5635, Honey Love (Chelsea), and, of course for initiating this global event. Thanks also to School Board member Karlo Silbiger, former mayor Gary Silbiger, and school board candidate Nancy Goldberg for joining our discussion. Last but not least thanks to Karim & Ginny for documenting the event.

MOVING PLANET DAY September 24th! Culver City Alternative Transportation Parade has initiated another global day of action for the climate:

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

See more about Moving Planet here.


Transition Culver City is hosting an Alternative Transportation Parade to celebrate and explore fossil-free transportation in Culver City, in partnership with several organizations including Sustainable Streets, reDiscover Center, and Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Join Transition Culver City on Saturday September 24th, from 1-4pm!

1pm: We’ll meet at Town Plaza, by the Lion Fountain (9500 Culver Blvd), to get costumed, decorate bikes, shoes & hats, and make parade banners and signs.

2pm: Cyclists will explore the Downtown Connector, a newly installed bike route linking Downtown Culver City to the new Metro Light Rail station.

Walkers, runners, strollers & little red wagons will take Washington Blvd. toward Light Rail station.

3pm: At City Hall (9770 Culver Blvd.), we’ll gather to celebrate and create individualized plans and goals for lowering our carbon footprint! Children can create mini alternative vehicles from recyclables provided by reDiscover Center.

Helmets required! Wear fancy parade attire.  Materials for banner-making and bike, hat & shoe decorating will be provided.

Click on event flyer to download:

Check TCC’s video of last year’s action here!



Legislative action alert: CA styrofoam ban

NOTE: This post was written by Andy Shrader for L.A. Green Machine

Urgent – Need Your Help to Ban Styrofoam in the CA State Assembly, #plastic

Posted on July 20, 2011 by Andy – L.A. Green Machine

Ingredient in Styrofoam Food Containers “May Cause Cancer”

We pushed SB 568, the bill calling for a state-wide ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam) through the State Senate, but the plastics industry has pulled a fast one.  Despite the bill being tagged as non-fiscal, they yanked it into the Assembly Appropriations Committee hoping to kill it.

We need your calls and letter to ALL of the Assembly Appropriations Committee right now, today.  See the blog entries below for talking points and for why this is so important.

Calls, letters and faxes work best, but if you’d like to email them, click their names.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee:

(Please especially call the Chairman, Felipe Fuentes, who orchestrated the bill being pulled into Appropriations):

Felipe Fuentes (D) – District 39 – Sylmar, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City, San Fernando, Sun Valley, North Hills, Mission Hills, Arleta, Lakeview Terrace, Van Nuys.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0039
Tel: (916) 319-2039
Fax: (916) 319-2139

Bob Blumenfield
(D) – District 40 – Canoga Park, North Hills, Northridge, Reseda, Van Nuys, West Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0040
Tel: (916) 319-2040
Fax: (916) 319-2140

Steven Bradford (D) – District 51 – Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Los Angeles, Westchester, West Compton.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0051
Tel: (916) 319-2051
Fax: (916) 319-2151

Charles M. Calderon (D) – District 58 – Montebello, Downey, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, Whittier, City of Industry.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0058
Tel: (916) 319-2058
Fax: (916) 319-2158

Nora Campos (D) – District 23 – San Jose, Alum Rock, East Foothills, Seven Trees.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0023
Tel: (916) 319-2023
Fax: (916) 319-2123

Mike Davis (D) – District 48 – Los Angeles (Korea Town, Leimart Park, USC, Vermont Harbor, South Central, Westmont, Harbor Gateway North).

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0048
Tel: (916) 319-2048
Fax: (916) 319-2148

Mike Gatto (D) District 43 – Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, North Hollywood.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
Tel: (916) 319-2043
Fax: (916) 319-2143

Isadore Hall, III (D) – District 52 – Los Angeles, Compton, Long Beach, Paramount.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0052
Tel: (916) 319-2052
Fax: (916) 319-2152

Diane L. Harkey (R) – District 73 – Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Oceanside.

State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 319-2073
Fax: (916) 319-2173

Ricardo Lara (D) – District 50 – Bell Gardens, Bell, Bellflower, Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Lynwood, South Gate, unincorporated communities of Florence-Graham and Walnut Park.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0050
Tel: (916) 319-2050
Fax: (916) 319-2150

Holly J. Mitchell (D) – District 47 – Baldwin Hills, The Crenshaw District, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, Little Ethiopia, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Korea Town, South Los Angeles.

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0047
Tel: (916) 319-2047
Fax: (916) 319-2147

Chris Norby – (R) – District 72 – Fullerton, Anaheim, Brea, La Habra, Orange, Placentia, Yorba Linda.

Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Tel: 916-319-2072
Fax: 916-319-217

Donald P. Wagner (R) – District 70 – Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Laguna beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin.

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4153
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 319-2070
Fax: (916) 319-2170

Eat Real Festival

Bike to the Eat Real Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 16th & 17th at Helm’s Bakery.
Eat Real is a free two-day festival at Helms Bakery that celebrates eating, making and growing good, affordable food. L.A.’s best food trucks will converge with numerous food skill demonstrations, which include learning how to make butter, grow balcony food gardens, craft kimchi, raise backyard chickens, and concoct fresh gazpacho using a bike blender! Also on the menu is a panel on food writing, live music, butchery contest, and craft marketplace. Read more about the festival here.


The Culver City Bicycle Coalition is teaming up Bikerowave to host a free bike valet service and lead DIY fix-it workshops and bike tuneups! We’ll also have a Bike Wheel of Fortune raffle. So ride your bike, spin for chance to win awesome prizes ranging from beer, swag, food, and great bike stuff, and beat the “Carmegeddon” heat.

The valet is along Venice Blvd. – between National and Helms. It will run from 10am-6pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Free Bike Valet!


For those coming from L.A. – biking to Eat Real couldn’t be any easier, especially with our guided bike tour! The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will take the lead on guiding two-wheel rides to the event. Meet at the courtyard at the Wilshire and Western station of the Metro Purple Line at 10:30 a.m., and the ride begins promptly at 11 a.m. You’ll arrival at the event no later than noon, with plenty of time to enjoy the food fun. Ride happens at both days, same times.

Ride With LACBC

Questions? ~ 310-845-5831

Want to volunteer? Sign up here!