Category: Event Reports

Moving Planet in Culver City: total success!

Transition Culver City organized a fantastic event as part of 350.org‘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.

We:

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 350.org 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.

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

News from the Westside Produce Exchange

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.

From Naomi – Westside Produce Exchange organizer

On Saturday, we had a beautiful, bountiful exchange, followed by a delicious potluck lunch in the Learning Garden. We had Oranges, Lemons, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Cucumbers, Bush Beans, Celery, Fennel, Chard, Kale, Romaine, Sorrel, Eggs, Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Sage, Mint, Stevia, Dried Herb Packets, Herbed Focaccia, Mini Bundt Cakes, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Wow! If I forgot something, I apologize, there was just SO much gorgeous produce and homemade treats this month.

The potluck was so much fun, I am already thinking about having a harvest potluck this fall. We shared lovely homemade local dishes, Farmer’s market tales, and gardening tips. Can’t wait for the next one!

Contact Naomi Curland westsideproduce@gmail.com to sign up – read an article about the Westside Produce Exchange in the Venice Beachhead to learn more.

Photos from the exchange courtesy of Gillian Ferguson.

10/10/10 Community Think Tank

Community Think Tank: The Plastic Bag Challenge

part of the international 10/10/10 “Global Work Party” organized by 350.org

The California State Senate voted against banning single-use plastic bags in California (SB1998) this summer. Yet the problem of plastic bag pollution remains.

Transition Culver City facilitated a community conversation to gather information and work toward a solution to the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for our pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags.

Photo by Jonathan Levy

Participants were urged to bring used single-use grocery bags for the art piece, in exchange for hand-made re-usable bags.

Community-generated solutions included:
– proposing a Culver City municipal plastic bag ban
– initiating a “buy-cott” or “carrot mob” to motivate businesses to discontinue offering single-use plastic bags
– following Ireland’s “Plas-Tax” model
– replacing plastics with biodegradable materials
– reducing consumption altogether
– starting campaign to eliminate plastic bags from our local Farmer’s Market
– putting pressure on mega-companies such as Target and Wal-Mart to stop using plastic bags

There has been good news since our event:

On November 16th, the L.A. County Supervisors voted to ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10¢ for paper bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They also approved an Environmental Impact Report encompassing the entire county, which will make it easier for incorporated cities like Culver City to pass bans of their own. Culver City activists present at the hearing agreed to keep the pressure on the city to act swiftly on the matter.

See our video of the event here: 10/10/10 Community Think Tank