Category: Our Watershed

Eco-Film: TRASHED, Sat. Mar 9, 7 pm @ reDiscover Center

“This film is a wake-up call about global waste.”
—Cannes Film Festival

This month’s eco-movie is the groundbreaking docu-feature Trashed starring Jeremy Irons who goes on a journey of discovery, disbelief, and hope as he witnesses the extent and effects of the global waste problem around the world and seeks out solutions. We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. What happens to all the trash we produce? Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste, and e-waste. But there are people and movements making a difference.

This meticulous, brave investigative film takes the viewer on a ride with Irons from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Official film website & trailer: www.trashedfilm.com Music by Vangelis.

We’re co-hosting this event with our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice at   The reDiscover Center.What better place to screen a movie about trash than our local community art center/re-use warehouse/event space? An excerpt of their mission statement:

reDiscover promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. Our Vision is for all Angelenos to have an outlet for acquiring and donating reusable material. As reDiscover meets this need, we move closer to a community where all waste materials can be rediscovered for their educational and creative value.

reDiscover is a nexus for environmental sustainability and crea using recycled materials. We achieve our mission and vision through strategic initiatives at our center with the reuse warehouse, gallery and event space, at schools and in the community. More about reDISCOVER >>

EVENT DATE: Saturday, March 9, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm for networking and snacks.  Join in a brainstorming session after the screening!

VENUE: reDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles 90066   MAP >> 

FREE admission, donations welcome.

RSVP: Facebook users RSVP via reDiscover Center’s event page or email TCC.

Jeremy Irons in TRASHED

 

Culver City Council [finally] Addresses Plastic Bag Ban, Mon, Dec.10, 2012 7pm – BE THERE!!

 

Plastic Bag Public Hearing

 

Come one, come all—Let your voice be heard with our local governance!
The Culver City Council will be hearing public comments and deciding a policy direction for Culver City’s plastic bag policy. After LA County and LA City, Culver City is the last jurisdiction on Ballona Creek without a plastic bag ban.  We need to turn out all interested Culver City residents for maximum impact:

CULVER CITY PLASTIC BAG PUBLIC HEARING
When:

Monday, December 10th, 2012 7pm

Where:
Culver City Council Chambers
9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 90232

Contact:
Culver City residents only, please email your support to the
Culver City Mayor and Councilmembers in advance:

https://www.culvercity.org/Information/emailus.aspx?dept_id=38

Help us protect Santa Monica Bay and the oceans beyond by stopping pollution before it starts. Come deliver your 3 minutes in person to the council, or write an email to the council to be read aloud next Monday night in the chambers.

When you come to City Hall chambers, fill out a speaker’s card—ask for assistance if its your first time.

Here are some helpful talking points:

From Heal the Bay >>
http://www.healthebay.org/get-involved/take-action/california-plastic-bag-ban

From Surfrider >>
http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics

A blog link to pass along >>
http://lagreenmachine.org/2012/12/03/culver-city-council-to-finally-address-plastic-bag-ban-be-there-banthebag/

Culver City Hall decorated with Plastic Bags TCC’s Plastic Bag Think Tank Video >>
http://vimeo.com/15822782

Council member Meghan Sahli-Wells’ Plastic Bag Report on 350.org >>
http://www.350.org/en/node/26349

A recent article in the Culver City News by Gary Walker >>
http://www.culvercitynews.org/latest-news/council-to-hear-discussion-on-plastic-bags-dec-10/

For inspiration: THE MAJESTIC PLASTIC BAG (a mockumentary) >>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw

Where do many of those bags end up? Swirling around in one of the FIVE GYRES! >>
http://http://5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem/

Get Ready for MISINFORMATION TACTICS from the Plastic Bag Industry >>
http://5gyres.org/posts/2012/01/03/a_convenient_misconception_industry_tactics_for_misinformation 

In Defense of Plastic Bag Bans (on GreenBiz blog) >>
http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/12/28/defense-plastic-bag-bans 

“PLASTIC BAG WARS” article in Rolling Stone >>
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-plastic-bag-wars-20110725

And your official TCC FACEBOOK invite >>
https://www.facebook.com/events/503903089643478/

 

 

Let’s Go to the Do The Math Tour in L.A.! Sunday, Nov 11

Bill McKibben & 350.org are taking their show on the road — driving a biodiesel bus all over the country for the Do The Math Tour! They’ll be in Los Angeles this coming Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Tickets are still available, and TCC is planning on attending! Will you join us?

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm

WHERE: Ackerman Ballroom @ UCLA Student Union
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095

COST: $10 + small ticketmaster fee
Prepurchase tickets 

The goal of this tour is to jump-start the next phase of the climate movement across the nation. But this is NOT your typical stand-and-deliver lecture! Each city’s event will be unique and interactive, including video footage from environmental luminaries (including Naomi Klein &  Josh Fox) as well as live music. LA’s musical guest is Nellie MacKay.

Join the TCC field trip to Do The Math:
If you’d like to join up with us to attend, you have two ways of getting there:

BY BIKE:
Bike meet-up at 5 pm in downtown Culver City. RSVP for exact location. Route planned by members of the Culver City Bike Coalition. Helmets, lights and lock required.

BY FOSSIL-FUEL MOBILE:
Carpool meet-up at 5:15pm in Culver City just west of Sawtelle. RSVP for exact location. If more folks than can fit in  one 5-seater, we will improvise on a caravan.

We will reconvene and find each other at Ackerman Ballroom so we can experience the presentation together. Please purchase your tickets independently but you’re welcome to travel there together with us!

More about Bill McKibben >>

 

Fracking From Above…

Baldwin Hills Oil Fields

MYSTERY PHOTO CAPTION: Cappuccino Latte Froth?

No, it’s an aerial view of the Baldwin Hills oil fields between La Cienega and WLAC’s College Blvd — the largest contiguous urban oil field in the U.S.

This area has become a focal point for Fracking discussions in Southern California as concerned citizens seek accurate and trustworthy information and momentum builds to put a moratorium or ban on this controversial drilling trend that’s been sweeping the nation in the name of energy autonomy.

So what’s going on below ground?
Are Southern Californian oil fields like Baldwin Hills the same as other fields across the nation? Is horizontal fracking happening here? Is the technology safe? Can gas & chemicals migrate? How do we protect our precious water resources? Does fracking trigger earthquakes? Who’s monitoring the drilling? What’s going on with Assembly Bill 972?

Get the scoop on all this and more at:

FRACKING AWARENESS NIGHT at the Aero Theatre!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — 7:30 pm
DETAILS IN PREVIOUS POST>>

This educational evening of film, panel discussion and Q&A focuses on the issues from a Southern California perspective. Action plans will also be discussed.

Panelists include:
• PAUL FERRAZZI, Executive Director of the County-wide Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community

• DR. CLYDE TOM WILLIAMS, retired oil/gas field specialist

• MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS, Culver City Council Member

The Panel will be moderated by DONALD STRAUSS, MFA, Founding Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Master of Arts at Antioch University. Donald has an interest in urban ecosystems and global environmental change narratives.

Fracking Awareness Night @ the Aero, August 21, 2012

WORDS MATTER: Culver City Council votes 5-0 in favor of statewide Fracking BAN!

Ban Fracking in CC

photo: J. Oyama

With this motion, Culver City becomes the first California municipality to approve a resolution to call for a statewide ban against fracking.

Prior to Monday night’s (July 2, 2012) vote, the council was considering calling on the state for a moratorium.  However, as Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells stated on the dais: “We have to be bold. The state needs pressure. We don’t have time to mess around. The message really does matter—‘Ban’ sends a strong message.” Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper echoed Sahli-Wells’ sentiments, stating,  “ ’Ban’ shows we’re serious. We should let the state know how we really feel.” Initially, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Micheal O’Leary favored a moratorium over a ban but… Read the entire Council report on Culver City PATCH >>

As a longtime steering committee member of Transition Culver City, Meghan has a firm understanding in local environmental issues—and now she serves our entire city in an official capacity! Meghan showed great courage and elegant statesmanship at the meeting as she remained true to her position until all five councilmembers achieved consensus. Here’s what Meghan had to say post-meeting on Culver City Patch:

Ban Fracking in Culver City Demonstration

Demonstration at City Hall, June 12. Photo by Kate Parkinson-Morgan

“Words matter. The original resolution called for a moratorium… but after hearing from scores of residents over the last several months and reading many studies, reports, and articles, I made the motion to change the word moratorium in the resolution to ban.” Read Meghan’s whole commentary on PATCH >>

A bold first step has been made by our City Council in protecting the health of our environment and our citizens. To be continued!

 

Garden Showcase D.I.Y. Talk — Helpful & Inspiring!

A short report on TCC’s participation in Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase which occurred on Earth Day—April 21st, 2012:

The Bike Corral came in handy as the TCC Bike Tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase  arrived en masse at the first garden on their itinerary.

We made it! Michelle leads the TCC Bike Caravan to House #1 on the Green Garden Showcase Tour

 

After lemonade and snacks, the group settled in for TCC’s presentation, “D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget.”   Attendees picked up some helpful tips for finding inexpensive and creative ways to convert a conventional lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape.

This Showcase location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy:  it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, “urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways and a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all accomplished D.I.Y. and under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).

The TCC bike caravan then rode five blocks west to the next Showcase garden on their itinerary, Yuling’s fabulous Chinese herbal garden, before heading to points beyond. Perhaps a full report of the Bike Tour will appear here soon…

Below is some information from the hand-out from D.I.Y. presentation,  including resource links… Enjoy!

• • •
D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions On a Budget
(Recycled • Used • Repurposed • Unwanted & Abandoned: It’s All Good!)

Presented by Transition Culver City
Saturday, April 21, 2012 • 11:30 a.m.

Design:

•1st Step is Observation: How does nature function on your property thru the seasons? (sun, wind, water).
• Identify your Zones around your home & personal usage patterns
• Will the project be gradual, step-wise, or a grand transformation?

Gathering Materials:

SOIL, COMPOST, MULCH, & OTHER HARDSCAPING MATERIALS:
• Neighbors, Noticing Your Environment, Word of Mouth in the Community
Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.
Our Time Bank: Sharing Economy (from materials urbanite to tool borrowing)
Free Mulch & Compost from LA City
• Mulch: Ask local tree trimming companies working in your neighborhood
• Soil: look for local remodel activity
• Venice Learning Garden (donations appreciated) — mulch & compost

THE PLANTS:
• Sharing clippings & seeds with neighbors
Venice Learning Garden — just ask what needs cleaning up… and reap the benefits by leaving with clippings & rootballs
Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) — non-GMO, heirloom seed — come swap & learn about seed saving!
• Unlabeled plants at the gardening shops— deep discounts
• Once again, Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.

Repurposed & Make It Yourself Items:

“Stacking Functions” = many yields from a single element
Examples: Benches, bistro planters, pavers, bamboo trellises and gates, “hugelkultur,” greenhouse.

Getting The Work Done:

Work parties — Barn Raising Style
Our Time Bank — work trade
• Teen or college-student labor from the neighborhood or recommended by friends

 

 

Bag It! Free Screening at West LA College, Friday April 13, 7 pm

BAG IT is a humorous yet penetrating documentary that investigates the effects of plastics on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. 

 

Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell and the 47th Environment Cabinet invite you to a FREE local movie screening of the documentary BAG IT! , followed by a discussion.

BAG IT!
FREE Movie Screening
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Doors open @ 7 pm, Movie starts @ 7:30 pm
Discussion @ 8:30 pm
West LA College
ATA 128 (Theatre Room)
9000 Overland Ave, Culver City
(convenient parking in Lot #5)

For more info or to RSVP, phone 310-342-1070
or email: Sidney.Kamlager@asm.ca.gov
Co-sponsored by L.A. Green Machine

TRAILER: http://www.bagitmovie.com/

 

Grass-UP-Roots work party this weekend!

Join the Work Party — Saturday, June 25th 9am-2pm & Sunday, June 26th, 9am-3pm

on Madison Ave. in Culver City (please RSVP transitionculvercity@gmail.com for address)

Grass-UP-Roots campaign launch in April

Come help convert a local lawn into a sustainable garden, with food, music & lots of community spirit. The Transition Culver City Grass-UP-Roots Campaign is a pay-it-forward work party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes are being awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens.

On Saturday, June 25th, we will gather materials for our first lawn conversion and prep the site for the next workday. On Sunday, we will sheet-mulch and plant.

Volunteers are a key element of the project. Participants will learn first hand how to transform a lawn to a water-conserving space for natives, vegetables and other plants suitable for a Mediterranean climate. Bring gloves, sunscreen & your garden tools or use tools provided. Part of the fun is a group meal provided by the host for all the volunteers.

The Grass-up-Roots campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising—conquering inertia for change through camaraderie and skillful goodwill. Fill out the volunteer form here.

RSVP for address and more info: transitionculvercity@gmail.com -or- (310)845-5831

—– Also don’t miss the Eco-movie night on Saturday 6:30 pm – see this post for details! —–

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

The 2011 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will be held on Saturday April 30th from 11:00 AM to 4 PM.

TCC core member Ginny LeRossignol Blades, whose house is on one of the gerrymandered corners of Culver City in the 90066 area code west of Sawtelle is participating. Her initial inspiration came from the FREE drought tolerant gardening classes offered at Vets Auditorium in 2007-2008 sponsored by West Basin under the encouragement of Ed Little — back when CC residents were first being notifed of impending lawn watering restrictions.

Ginny_s_House_-_Garden_SHowcase

11375 Matteson Avenue

This is how she describes the conversion from grass to “green” (reposted from the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase website):

Starting with zero knowledge in gardening, in 2008 this family stopped their battle with a monoculture lawn and began learning how to cooperate with nature on their learn-as-you-go journey of drought tolerant landscaping and urban gardening.

Their hope is to model creative self-reliance and to encourage growing food and community in a frontyard display that is friendly and inviting and not too “farm-y.” This entire DIY project has had strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled or free) as the homeowners slowly converted their post-lawn moonscape into a creative garden hodge podge complete with stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives and succulents, small “urbanite” terraces and swales, planter boxes crafted from unusual recycled materials, and a bistro-style hardscaped frontyard room with homemade concrete planters and pavers. The L-shaped corner lot features a spectrum of microclimate sectors from sunbaked to mossy deep shade which has provided a steep learning curve for these beginning permaculture enthusiasts. Some areas are handwatered, others left to the seasons. The front entry of river rock, DG & flagstone is wide & inviting as well as easy to maintain. In efforts to fuzz the boundary between public and private, the family placed a bench next to the sidewalk and enjoys growing a few edibles in the parkway with signs inviting passersby to pick & enjoy. Some areas are still unresolved (blank canvasses!). On the learning curve has been resculpting the berm with mini-swales and a keyhole feature to help prevent mulch and water runoff and learning about soil pH and the impact of excess lime from concrete leaching.

“Our reason for participating: We have had such fun with the project so far — we really want to encourage others to be brave and take up their lawns. Now that the biggest physical part of the work is done, we are discovering the many joys of puttering in the garden and growing some of our own food. Plus since we’re out front for all to see, a side benefit has been connecting with neighbors and building community!”

They will also share information and materials about the local chapter of the Transition movement.

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TCC will organize a bike tour to this year’s Garden Showcase >> join us! transitionculvercity@gmail.com

Bag It Tonight! Knitting Circle Update

Bag It! Screening tonight. Hope to see you there!

Bag It! Screening > Thursday Feb. 24, 7-9 pm
The Clean Seas Coalition and Transition Culver City present:
Bag It!” the award-winning documentary about why we’re banning plastic bags and looking at our relationship with single-use plastics
Doors open at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm – public forum discussion after the film
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church – 4464 Sepulveda Blvd – Culver City, CA 90230
Requested donation: $5 (to help pay for the screening) – Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing for a DVD copy of the film, signed by the filmmakers


Knitting Circle Update – from Nicky

A small group of women met on a cold wintry night for our first Knitting Circle in a warm living room. Some of us were established knitters. One had never knit before but learnt that night. At half time, we had tea and an assortment of healthy desserts.

We want to increase our numbers and welcome all who knit, crotchet, needlepoint or quilt.

Our next meeting is on March 24th, 7-9pm. Email Nicky to RSVP and get directions: verbreg@aol.com.