Transition Northern California is hosting the 2013 Permaculture & Transition Convergence and everyone’s invited!
2013 Northern California
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Permaculture & Transition Network Convergence
October 11-13, 2013
Solar Living Institute, Hopland CA
Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins is one of the Keynote Speakers… as is L.A.’s own Andy Lipkis, founder & president of TreePeople, plus other important voices in this growing movement to transform how we live upon this earth.
Check out the website for more info & to register >>
Early Bird registration available until September 30, 2013 >>
We’re co-hosting this month’s eco-movie with our neighbors to the West, Transition Mar Vista/Venice.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey 90292
Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome!
We invite you to stay afterwards for a lively discussion and to participate in building community.
Effective Groups is a skills-building training for individuals and teams. It started with Transition Town Groups in mind but this course is really for anyone involved in social change efforts. Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging training course which covers key skills for collaboration.
This two-day workshop is facilitated by one of Transition UK’s lead trainers, Nick Osborne. Over the last 19 years, Nick has worked in a variety of management, leadership, training, consultancy or activist roles with a range of organisations including Changemakers, Shell, Amnesty International, the Ecovillage Network and Transition Network. On his U.S. tour, Nick will also be offering Effective Groups Trainings in Amherst, MA and San Francisco Bay area. TCC is honored to be assisting Transition U.S. & Transition Network (UK) in bringing these important communication & collaboration skills to Southern California.
Keeping it Real — Nick’s blend of modern management theory married to his practical knowledge supported by his wealth of personal experience produced a thoroughly practical and yet profound course that provided a significant triple bottom line benefit for us. Whatever your need, Nick will weave magic for your organization.” — Phil Dunn, Sustainable Brampton (UK)
THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU:
· Create systems for teams to work effectively together
· Develop an enjoyable and fair atmosphere to work within
· Make order in the chaos to find freedom within a structure
· Utilize diverse perspectives as an advantage not a problem
· Balance achieving goals with keeping your team healthy
· Manage conflicting needs and paradoxes, within & outside of the team
· Develop the skills & mindset to cross any stormy seas of group process that arise!
The next 50 years is our chance to find out whether having a bigger brain actually is an evolutionary advantage or not. — Bill McKibben
WHERE & WHEN:
2-day EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING:
10/5 &10/6, 9:30am to 5:30pm
The Learning Garden @ Venice High School
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
1-day TRAINING the TRAINERS:
Monday 10/7, 9:00am-5:00pm
12958 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
COST & REGISTRATION:
2-day EFFECTIVE GROUPS:
$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)
TO REGISTER (application required) >>
1-day TRAIN the TRAINER:
$125 for the 1-day follow-up course (customized for up to 10 participants)
ENROLLMENT PREREQUISITE: The Monday course is intended for people who already have training and facilitation skills who want to deepen their understanding of the material and use it to train other Transition Initiatives and social change organizations. Participants in the Monday workshop must attend the weekend workshop and meet criteria which demonstrate they are already experienced group facilitators and trainers.
EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING APPLICATION >>
(or follow the link on the Transition US’s Effective Groups L.A. page)
We have made the cost as low as possible, and there are several partial scholarships available.
For scholarship info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (707) 824-1554.
For more localized information, contact:
Michelle email@example.com or call 310-780-1051
CLOTHES & FABRIC REPURPOSING WORKSHOP
Sat, August 24, 2013 — 1pm – 5pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey 20292
It’s time for our semi-regular fabric upcycling event! Learn a new skill with the encouragement of skilled sewers, be creative making something new out of something used, have fun in a community setting… Need we say more?
Beginners Welcome! No experience necessary since there’s always plenty of friendly folks on hand to help with designing, cutting, pinning, and machine-sewing. Bring a sack of clean, old clothes for the mix&match table.
Co-hosted with Transition Mar Vista/Venice. Read more on TMV/V’s blog >>
Download the flyer >>
This month features a BONUS DEMONSTRATION: Reclaimed fabric baskets! Recycle old clothing, sheets, or pillow cases into a fabulous fabric basket.
WHAT TO BRING: cotton or cotton blends, scissors, plenty of cotton blend clothesline and some binder clips.
If you want to prepare in advance, cut fabric into 1 x 18″ (or longer) strips, on the bias.
One of the outcomes of our recent Chicken-Keeping party: making new friends! TCC was happy to make a connection with Raw food enthusiast Jenny Funkmeyer who is offering this al fresco how-to workshop:
RAW FOOD UN-COOKING CLASS
Sunday, August 18 2013 — 3-5 pm
The Funkmeyer Garden, 2027-2033 South Spaulding Ave., LA 90016
FREE — donations welcome
Come and enjoy magical food in an easy summer sunday having fun and learning with your community with Jenny & Otis Funkmeyer, raw food enthusiasts and owners of the garden.
ON THE MENU: Learn how to make (and then eat!) a delicious raw kale coconut banana superfood smoothie, cauliflower paté , plus chia seed crackers to go with the paté.
The class takes place in an outdoor kitchen where greywater directly feeds the plants growing inches away. Julie and Mabel (the two chickens) live amongst 25 fruit trees in a garden following the “Back To Eden” organic method pioneered by Paul Gautschi. This permaculture garden is nestled in metropolitan Los Angeles, right next to the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (aka the 10 fwy), one exit from Culver City!
The entire class, including raw material and sweet treats, is FREE. If you wish to make a donation, it is accepted with pleasure!
There are billions of years of collected wisdom in the fabric of our being.
How do we unlock our inner cosmic energy in the landscape?
TCC & our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice are co-hosting an inspiring video from one of NYC’s leading permaculturists, Andrew Faust of the Center for Bioregional Living . Join us in exploring what it means to begin to live in ways that intentionally participates with evolution.
Saturday, August 10, 7-9pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave Marina del Rey 90292
FREE event—donations always welcome.
Discussion follows film
ABOUT ANDREW: One of North America’s premier Permaculture teachers and designers with nearly two decades of experience in the field, Andrew Faust’s passionate and visionary presentation and curriculum has been inspiring and motivating students since his days as an alternative school teacher at Upattinas in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. Andrew lived off the grid in West Virginia for 8 years where he designed and built a Permaculture inspired homestead including a 1600 sq ft strawbale house. He moved to Brooklyn in 2007 and has been applying his knowledge to the urban landscape, culminating in a Permaculture Design Certification course many consider to be life changing.
Andrew is founder of The Center for Bioregional Living in Ellenville, NY with his partner Adriana Magana. The Center is a pilot campus for his students and clients to learn how to create diverse regional Infrastructures that are well adapted to LOCAL ecological, social and geological realities. Being experienced in both rural & urban permaculture, Andrew’s curriculum teaches how to retrofit urban environments to be more ecologically sound and socially responsible as well as how to create positive relationships between cities and outlying rural communities.
A busy afternoon
Experience the joys of Backyard Chicken-keeping!
Come hang out @ the Little Blue House for a fun and interactive chicken-keeping teach-in! Meet the chickens, see the henhouse and chicken run. Learn how raising chickens and veggies can be complementary activities. Featuring guest speakers the Gardenerd & HoneyLove! We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a potluck feast.
& POTLUCK PARTY
Little Blue House—Culver City 90230
For specific address, RSVP
or text or call 310-780-1051
(please RSVP for a head count)
Workshop is free—
Donations are welcome (helps support future events).
Please bring a potluck dish for 8-10 people.
About Our Guest Presenters:
Christy Wilhelmi will talk to us about chickens as gardening companions and the “workhorses” of a healthy garden ecosystem plus other kernals of wisdom from her new book Gardening for Geeks which she’ll have on hand for purchase. ” REVIEW: “Gardening for Geeks is written in easy to understand language that will be useful for both the beginner and advanced gardener. There are loads of photographs, drawings and charts to help you see exactly what the author is covering in each chapter. If you pick up one gardening book this season, this needs to be it.” – Confessions of an Overworked Mom
HoneyLove’s Chelsea McFarland will pop by to speak for the bees! A local nonprofit conservation organization, HoneyLove’s mission is to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. Why urban beekeeping? HoneyLove believes that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in cities like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.
Will Culver City residents be allowed to put veggies on the parkways abutting their homes?
Can property owners place benches and community library boxes on the parkways without getting fined?
In these economically challenging times, would a permit fee of $151.50 for installing drought tolerant perennials and succulents in one’s parkway promote or prevent people from removing their thirsty lawn strips?
How can our city ordinances support best-use of abundant residential parkway public land?
Out with lawn grass strips, in with drought tolerant plantings and food gardens!
Many Southern California cities are re-writing their residential parkway ordinances to be more in alignment with the environmental need for drought tolerance while creating a framework for aesthetics and ease of use. Now Culver City governance has Parkways on the agenda this coming TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013 and you — yes you! — can be part of the conversation.
CULVER CITY PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS
ADOPTION of a RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING
RESIDENTIAL PARKWAY STANDARDS
TUESDAY, May 28th, 2013, 7pm
Culver City Council Chambers
9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 90232
From Culver City’s Official Public Notice of Meeting :
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the City Council is scheduled to consider the 1) Introduction of an ordinance related to the process for tree removals and the requirements for making modifications to parkways; and (2) Adoption of a resolution establishing Residential Parkway Standards. All members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.
If you live locally and are reading this website, it is most likely you’ve already converted your parkway to something more environmentally friendly with an array of luxurious drought-happy plants and bushes. And perhaps you’re growing a patch of veggies there, or put a park bench and a winding path in your parkway to help build community in your neighborhood like City Repair has encouraged throughout Portland, Oregon. Or maybe you’ve even installed a Little Free Library to promote literacy & solidarity in your neighborhood! Well, it looks like all of this and more will be out-of-compliance and incurring permit fees and possible fines if the new regulations go through unchallenged.
SEE CULVER CITY’s new proposed ordinance here >>
(scroll to Agenda Item A-1)
NOTE: There’s also information on tree removal in the ordinance,
but the focus of this blogpost is on parkway landscaping.
Come deliver your 3 minutes of opinion in person to the council,
or if you can’t attend but wish to express your views,
write an email to the council.
Please familiarize yourself with the actual 5/28 agenda item report
(just posted 5/22) so you’ll be up to date with the facts.
When you come to City Hall chambers, fill out a speaker’s card—ask for assistance if it’s your first time.
IN A NUTSHELL: The report drafted by staff is an amendment to a chapter of city municipal code pertinent to Parkway Planting Standards and Tree Removal Regulations & Ordinances. Exhibit C&D of the report includes a list of recommended plantings: 20 lawn alternatives (EXHIBIT C, no permit required) and 64 drought tolerant perennials & low bushes (EXHIBIT D, permit required)—nothing over 30 inches allowed. No edibles, no garden veggies, no fruit trees. And there’s hardscaping limitations too. TO VIEW THE LIST of recommended plants which includes helpful color reference pictures, go to the 5/28/13 Agenda report, scroll to Item A-1, click on the underlined description, then click on the PDF of “Attachments” on the right, then scroll to “Exhibit D”… whew!
Too much work? Here’s some excerpts from the proposed ordinance:
§ 9.08.210—PLANTINGS, LANDSCAPING, HARDSCAPES OR OTHER ITEMS IN PARKWAYS: PERMIT REQUIRED
A. No person shall plant any tree, plant, shrub, flower, vine, vegetable, grain, or other vegetation in or on any Parkway in the City without first obtaining a permit from the Public Works Director. Such permit shall state the variety, location and size of trees, plants and shrubs to be planted.
B. No person shall install, construct, deposit, or maintain any stepping stones, pavers, brick, rock, concrete structure or any other item or obstacle in or on any Parkway within the City without first obtaining a permit from the Public Works Director. Such permit shall state the type and location of materials to be installed, constructed, deposited or maintained…
If we’ve read the report correctly, it says that, pending passage of this proposed ordinance and Standards, a processing application & inspection fee for a basic parkway permit (other than walkable plantings selected from the recommended list) of $151.50 will be enacted. We’re hoping for some clarification on this point.
Here’s more from the proposed Ordinance about code violations:
§ 9.08.230 — VIOLATIONS UNLAWFUL; PENALTIES; ADMINISTRATIVE COST RECOVERY
C. A violation of any provision of this Subchapter is subject to a civil action brought by the City Attorney, punishable by a civil fine not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation for each day, or part thereof, such violation occurs.
D. A violation of any provision of this Subchapter may, at the discretion of the City Attorney, be prosecuted as an infraction or misdemeanor and subject to the criminal penalties provided in Sections 1.01.040 and 1.01.045 of this Code…
F. It is the intent of the City Council to recover the costs incurred by the City from: (1) enforcing and obtaining compliance with the provisions of this Subchapter and (2) damage to City property resulting from violations of the Subchapter.
Continuing on to page 7, concerning EXISTING NON-CONFORMING PARKWAYS, the report says:
There are currently a significant number of unpermitted alterations to parkways that will be out-of-compliance with these proposed Residential Parkway Standards (and with the existing CCMC and Proposed Ordinance, if adopted, which require a permit). Code Enforcement has not been aggressively pursuing these violations due to the lack of clear Standards and a designated permit process. With the adoption of the proposed Residential Parkway Standards, the Code Enforcement Division has indicated that it intends to prioritize enforcement based on complaints received and the severity of the violations, consistent with the current Council-approved approach.
And here’s some illustrations from Exhibit B of the Report’s Attachments:
Can Culver City create customized regulations to suit the needs of our residents? Can we plan ahead as an entire community to become more resilient and food-growing-friendly in the face of challenging times or have a conversation about appropriate use of public space for the public good? Come let Culver City governance know your opinion!
If you’d like to learn more about this issue from the Los Angeles perspective, here’s some interesting stories:
“Taking Back the Streets through Urban Agriculture” from ROOTS OF CHANGE >>
An opinion about the L.A. Parkway Planting Rules from our friends the urban D.I.Y. homestead folks at ROOT SIMPLE >>
SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE of L.A. MUNICIPAL CODE § 56.08: Support Growing Edibles on the Parkway in L.A. >>
The inspirational story of LA’s Urban Garden Guerrilla Ron Finley on TED TALKS, Long Beach, Feb 2013:
(over a million views!)
If embedded video not visible above, click here to view:
Hope to see you at City Hall on Tuesday, May 28th!
Read about how the vote went >>>
(spoiler alert: happy beginning, much more story to unfold!)
Bike/Train Field Trip to Downtown Los Angeles
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9 am – 3 pm
WHERE: Meet-up at Culver City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City 90230
Come spend an exciting day touring downtown LA with the friendly alternative transportation commuters of TCC and CC Bike Coalition who will teach you the ins & outs of bike-train travel.
Learn how to take your bike on the train with the group or join us sans bike—since we won’t be riding very far, this trip is suitable for walkers and bicyclists.
Things to bring:
• Picnic lunch
• Bike helmet (if on bike)
• Bike lock (if on bike)
• Metro pass or money to purchase a pass ($5 for all day pass)
We’ll rendezvous at Culver City City Hall plaza to receive some basic bike safety instruction from Meghan Sahli-Wells, one of the founders of Culver City Bicycle Coalition and now Vice Mayor of Culver City. Some points covered will be where to ride, the importance of “being predictable” on your bike, how to make safe turns and how to let drivers know your intentions.
Then we’ll board the Expo Line train at the downtown Culver City station, go to the end of the line and change trains at the 7th Street Station to get to the L.A. Civic Center Station. Then we’ll pedal and/or walk to the new Grand Park for our al fresco picnic lunch. We’ll have a chance to try out the famous lime green bike lanes of Spring Street adjacent to the park and explore the public sculpture art of the park.
THE LAST BOOKSTORE‘s upstairs Labyrinth: a porthole into an alternate universe. (Photo courtesy of Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times / February 28, 2013 )
One more stop before we catch the train home: The Last Book Store, a former bank building that’s been converted into a fascinating bookstore/art gallery/performance space. In addition to being an amazing placed to buy used books for a great price, the Last Book Store also hosts special events and has become a communal canvas for local artists. There are many nooks and hidden passageways to discover (including an authentic bank vault). You might want to bring some cash for the labyrinthine $1-per-book room!
Then we’ll board the train for the return trip to Culver City.