Park[ing] Day LA Recap - NC's Park!
|Park[ing] Day LA
took to the streets of Los Angeles as activists, artists, community
planners and neighborhood councils stepped up to the curb, put a
quarter in the meter, and proceeded to transform park[ing] spaces into
temporary parks, engaging the public in a variety of discussions on
public space and our community priorities for the use of our streets.
This was PDLA's third year participating in the worldwide Park[ing] Day
This year there were
political parks that challenged you to act and there were social parks
that asked you to chill. There were ambitious parks that presented a
vision and there were cultural parks that celebrated community roots. A
dog park, a goat park, a bakery park, a zen park and a proposed park
all demonstrated that in Los Angeles, we've got it all.
the way there was a wide variety of reactions from the municipal
authorities. Santa Monica said "No!" while Glendale said "Yes!" West
Hollywood said "Shut' em down!" while LA's Rampart Division yelled "Run
'em out of town!" Along the way, we made friends, we raised eyebrows,
we received hoots and hollers and shouts of encouragement from
passersby. But most of all we had great fun!
Crenshaw Crush - NC's Ride!
On Sunday, September 27th, we celebrate the history, the politics, the culture,
the personality and the community of Crenshaw with a bike ride of
discovery and celebration.
Join us and visit beautiful
neighborhoods, significant community spaces, historic sites, local
favorite hot spots, institutions of knowledge, and the homes of heroes
Dust off your bike, bring the family, get there at 8am for bike tune-ups, the ride starts at 9am.
There will be pit stops with hosts, who will share stories of their neighborhood.
For those who want a challenge, there will be a poker ride with some mile and some hills.
Both casual and competitive cyclists are invited to join in a celebration of the community.
Holiday Light Festival - NC's Walk!
LA's Department of Water & Power has dusted off the Holiday Light
Festival decorations and is busy investing the public's money in the
event that won the "Eco-Moron" award last year for it's ability to
drawing idling vehicles in such numbers that Griffith Park, the
adjacent communities and the 5 freeway all sit in gridlock for hours
each evening of the holiday season. As the Park Rangers and the
Department of Transportation grapple with the traffic, the DWP claims
the "Going Green" title and then proceeds to go after more of your
The Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival is an old
tradition, dating back to Councilman John Ferraro who visited San
Antonio during the holiday season and came back all enthralled with the
idea of a public light festival. In hindsight, it's only too bad that
he didn't visit a city with Great Streets, one with holiday lights and
people walking and talking and having conversations and singing and
enjoying a human-sized people based festival. Of course, it's not too
late to make some changes...
|The City of Los Angeles is in the middle of a budget crisis, something
the public hears about at every opportunity as the newest excuse for
mediocrity becomes part of the bureaucratic vernacular. It's times like
this when the best thing community members can do is to step up and to
lighten the load of the overworked and underpaid municipal workers who
must also grapple with long commutes to their own communities.
This is when Government 2.0 takes over, the time when folks simply
make it happen and that is the simple mandate of the Department of DIY.
NC Action Summit
|On Saturday, October 3, Neighborhood Council stakeholders from around
the city will gather at Los Angeles City College in East Hollywood and
they will grapple with the issues, they will tackle the issues and they
will take action, formulating game plans for addressing the issues on a
This innovative approach to the "less talk and
more walk" action plan features three sessions, each with two separate
topics. The issues will be presented with pro and con presenters and
the public is invited to engage, to discuss and to take action. At the
end of the day, the public will developed game plans for "next steps"
and everybody will have had the opportunity to participate and
contribute to the endeavor.
At mid-day, Enci & I will be
presenting "Get Connected - Social Media Strategies for Neighborhood
Councils" We'd love to see you there!
For more information on Get Connected, visit
For more information on the NC Action Summit, visit
Join NCActionSummit on Facebook and on Twitter and take action with us on Oct 3.
|On Saturday, October 10, Neighborhood Councils representatives from
around the city will gather at City Hall for the NC Congress.
and I will be presenting "Get Connected - Social Media Tools and
The first session will focus on the most popular
free social media applications and touch on strategy.
session will focus on specific strategies for putting the free social
media tools to work in effective outreach campaigns that communicate
clearly and engage the community.
Both sessions will be informative and inspiring and we'd love to see you there.
Sat, Oct. 3
8 am - 3 pm
LA CITY COLLEGE
855 N. Vermont Ave.
L.A. CA, 90029~~~~~~~~~~
Wed, Oct. 7
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Sat, Oct. 10
8 am - 3:30 pm Los Angeles City Hal
200 N Spring St
LA, CA 90012~~~~~~~~~~
Fri, Dec. 18
Riverside Dr. &
Los Feliz Blvd.