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  • Care For Trees on Martin Luther Kind Day – A National Day of Service! /  illuminateLA
    planted two years ago Since I m involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council I will be there to help mulch trim and water the trees The forecast is predicting rain for Monday but I m actually looking forward to working in the rain Southern California is in it s third year of drought and I m thankful for any rainfall that we get I hope you will join us for the few hours out in the rain Trees are not only beautifying a neighborhood but they also clean the air and the soil I strongly believe that if we had more beautiful trees on our streets more people would get out and walk to the neighborhood stores They would be visually stimulated and they would be protected from the heat in the summer Edgemont St Tree Care Event East Hollywood Neighborhood Council TreePeople and Hope IBF Church Monday January 18 2010 Martin Luther King Jr Day 9 a m to 12 p m EDGEMONT ST FOUNTAIN AVE TO VOLUNTEER Contact volunteer treepeople org or call 818 623 4879 Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Google Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers

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  • LA’s 2nd Annual No Pants Metro Ride /  illuminateLA
    September 30th board this train If your birthday is between April 1st and June 30th board the train that leaves the Civic Center at 2 24pm If the month of your birthday is between October 1st and December 31st board the train at Pershing Square at 2 25pm or if it s between January 1st and March 31st board at the Metro Center at 2 27pm We will disembark at Hollywood and Highland and take it from there This should be a blast and even if for just an hour So buy yourself a 5 day pass head over to the Metro in your pants or skirt meet up and the station that matches your birthday month take off your pants and flaunt your beautiful legs Here in LA with our gyms and sports conscious people and all the cyclists we must have the best collection of legs of all of the nation For more information visit Improve Everywhere Ning Group or the Facebook event page Photo courtesy by DougVansant com Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Google Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on

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  • The Case Against Bike Paths – in LA /  illuminateLA
    effective cycling the City of Los Angeles fought all the way to the California State Appellate Court to have Bike Paths declared trails and arguing that cyclists who ride on Bike Paths ride at their own risk just as in other recreational pursuits The case involved a cyclist who was riding the Los Angeles Rive Path and was injured by what he claims was a poorly designed gate The City avoided debating the design and maintenance of the Bike Path and instead simply argued the ride at your own risk defense Sadly the City prevailed This means that the city is not liable for any injuries that occur on Bike Paths Maintaining the Bike Path the lights the landscaping the fences the walls all become low priority see Caution for the Arroyo Bike Path Bike paths are considered recreational paths not transportation paths Now this explains why they lead to nowhere California Government Code Section 831 4 Maintenance Bike paths need special funding to be maintained Maintenance on Bike Paths includes illumination removal of debris tree branches trash broken glass etc fixing of fallen bent or cut fencing that stick out repaving of broken pavement removing of obstruction like shopping carts dumped items or car parts that have been left there insert photo of LA River when car drove into path tree and bush trimmings etc If there is no funding you are left literally in the dark Of course since the funding for Bike Path maintenance is in short supply it makes sense why the LADOT doesn t want to be liable to maintain it I m starting to make a connection here Destination In LA the Bike Paths are usually built where there is right of way not where they belong This means that cyclists won t find Bike Paths that take them to employment centers schools entertainment opportunities museums shopping centers city centers or any of the other places that people in cars on buses on trains and on foot go to on a daily basis Don t cyclists have places to go to If so why don t Bike Paths go there Design In LA the Bike Paths are not integrated with traffic meaning that there are no triggers for traffic lights One must become a pedestrian to push the crossing button Oftentimes one has to dismount when leaving the path to become a pedestrian to then mount the bike again to get back into regular vehicular traffic What would drivers say if they would have to get out of their cars when exiting the freeway push the car all the way to the end of the off ramp only to then get back into the car start it up and slowly turn into the urban traffic flow The curb cuts are diagonal at intersections so that when one rolls off the path into the crossing the front tire is actually facing into right turning traffic and of course pedestrians people pushing strollers and wheelchair users

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  • Rebel Without A Car – Starting the New Year With Fresh Dirt /  illuminateLA
    I expanded my compost experiment by getting two large clay planters and I filled them with dead dirt and food scraps Having 3 containers made it easier to rotate the food and to compost a lot more Throughout the years I noticed that during the warm months everything degraded quicker than in the cold winter months I started experimenting by throwing tissues paper egg shells and clothes scraps into the compost and even utensils that claimed to be biodegradable One simple rule I learned about composting is to give it air water and brown materials like leafs and yard scrap The soil should look like a sponge cake Not too wet and not too dry If it s too wet make sure the compost container be it a planter trash can plastic bin stacked tires a wooden box or a compost bin from the store has some drainage and holes to breath If you see maggots your soil is probably too moist so you should mix some extra dirt and leaves and dry materials in your compost Fruits vegetables and plants Anything goes Some decompose faster than others It helps if the scraps are in small pieces For example I chop up the melon rinds Worms and the little bugs love nuts and shells to bury in so go ahead and throw them in there as well Coffee and tea Coffee grounds okay to add the paper filter and tea leaves okay if packaged as long as it s not in plastic have great nutritional value to the soil so go ahead and throw them in there as well Paper products From office paper newspaper Kleenex and magazines you can add it all to the compost If you use the soil for herbs and vegetables you might want to leave out Kleenex and paper with ink Corn Based Products The corn based utensil that I put into the compost probably 2 years ago is still there Turns out that there is no such thing as biodegradable corn based product if not disposed properly And as of today there is no proper way to dispose of them Recycling bins don t take them and not many facilities take these biodegradable products because they are not equipped to get rid of them There are many more issues with corn products and you can read up on it in this excellent article written by Elizabeth Royt author of Garbage Land On the Secret Trail of Trash which I bought on Amazon a couple years ago Also an excellent book There are no studies that can prove how long it takes to get rid of these products It can take hundreds or thousands of years A lot of companies claim that they are green and they are offering all these fancy products only to make money But we need to remember that anything that is chemically enhanced has consequences So it s always best to stay with natural products Glass ceramic metal and cotton

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  • Year End Review and a Shout Out to My Friends! /  illuminateLA
    to spend downtime but I also learned so much about the process that I learned to respect the art of making films on a whole new level I loved every minute of the 3 months that I worked on the film even when I got cold feet which happened many times but thankfully my wonderful friends Brian Smith and Cindy Marie Jenkins were there to back me up to support and to advise me along the way as was LAs best editors and colorists Raz I also auditioned for the Actors Studio West and passed for the Finals which has been postponed to the end of January It s been 4 years now that Stephen and I ve been car free and so of course my film was shot 100 sustainably Big thanks to Christine Jerian Hovig Kharmandalian who kept me honest and challenged the Hollywood status quo and also a big thanks to Dustin Slaughter who documented the process of making our film sustainable At What Price has been submitted to several Film Festivals and the documentary Reel Sustainable is being edited and will be ready for film festival submissions early next year This is my second year writing about sustainability for the LA Castings Networker I was also a guest writer for LA Streetsblog in November and I m the co founder of Bitter Lemons a site created for the LA Theater community I couldn t have done any of these things without my husband Stephen Box who supported me in every way possible Not only did we do many of these things together but we also continued our work in bike advocacy and overall advocacy for safer street and safer communities The advocacy and working with Neighborhood Councils has been Stephen s baby for many years and I have been involved with him and because of him in the many aspects of it I have supported him by speaking for the rights of cyclists at City Hall meetings Transportation Commission meetings the Mayors Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings and at Neighborhood Council board meetings We founded a sustainable transportation solution for the Movie Industry with the LA Greensters and we ve given out several bikes this year to friends We ve held planning and organizational workshops together in the community and we rallied people to ride their bikes to protest ordinances fight old law and police abuse bring new laws into effect and to run for political seats We have gone up to Sacramento to lobby for the Safe Streets Bill and we have been also teaching people about social media to empower them to be more effective in their outreach and marketing We also organized this past years Park ing Day LA with the help of the Park Czar Alfredo Hernandez and led a tour with trees and a movable Park from the west side to East Hollywood with Jeremy Grant and Ron Durgin who both are also leaders in the LA Greenster movement Stephen was recognized

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  • Trees On a Bike For Schools /  illuminateLA
    around LA by bicycle Beginning Friday the 4th we will transport some of the trees This will promote two ways of reversing climate change planting CO2 converting trees and using alternatives to CO2 emitting cars We hope the schools we visit with our trees will agree to replant and take care of them We also hope they will feature us in their newspapers and blogs as Venice High School has already agreed to do Venice High School is 14 and a half miles from Santee Education Complex We invite anyone who wants a little exercise to join us on the ride to the school along Venice Blvd on Friday December 4th leaving Santee at 11am For each mention in a news source or blog we will get points in the Global Debates competition The grand prize is a trip to the UN s Youth Leadership Summit in the Netherlands If you are a blogger school or media outlet and wish to cover our story or if you want to ride with us please call Santee Debate Coaches Amber Young at 310 256 6267 or Nick Richert at 310 428 4222Tr We are meeting at 10 30 at Santee High School DTLA Washington Maple and leave at 11am to help transport some trees to Venice High School If you are able to ride along with a trailer cargo bike or just to come along for the fun it would be great The Debate team gets points for blog mentions too if you have one The grand prize is a trip to the UN s Youth Leadership Summit in the Netherlands Photo from www bicyclefixation com Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Google Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to

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  • Rebel Without A Car – Why Recycling Is Not the Final Solution /  illuminateLA
    to treasure things as our grandparents did They took care of everything Their shoes clothes furniture china carpet etc They didn t need to throw things away constantly but in today s world even though I recycle I constantly find myself throwing something away in the recycling bin or otherwise I d love to challenge myself and all of us to really look at everything in December that we purchase What is the packaging made out of How much packaging is used vs how much is needed What does the label say Is the product we buy made of raw material wood metal glass Is it made of recycled material Where will I put the by product which is the packaging How do I transport things How effective are my trips Where is the product made America or overseas Let s buy with as little packaging as possible Let s be proud of America and buy American Made Let s leave the packaging behind for the manufacturers to clean up at the store Let s buy food at the bulk store and bring our own containers Let s make family dinners from fresh Farmer s Market produce instead of packaged produce Let us carpool together or take the bus together to the parties I believe we all can pitch in to reduce our waste not just by recycling This is a challenge even for me I do the minimum by bringing my own bag and my own cup and utensils I don t drive and I compost I reduced my impact quite a lot but I m not even close to what I could do to really reduce my footprint to actually make a difference But with your help I can do it and you can do it with me This is the best present we can give during the holidays That we are sustainable and purposeful in our spending and our wastefulness I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season a fantastic New Year and I thank you for reading my newsletters and doing your best to be sustainable Enci Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Google Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend Posted 01 Dec 2009 by Enci in Sustainability BAD Bike ADventure to the Theater Trees On a Bike For Schools 6 Comments Add Yours dudeonabike 12 02 2009 13 20 1 Recycling ha And I would add that on the occasions one does make a purchase with packaging that packaging should be left at or brought back to the store for them and or the manufacturer distributors to recycle reuse and incur that cost Those that generate manufacturers and those that perpertuate distributors retailers this crazy cycle of wastefulness should be held accountable for their disposable products and packaging from cradle to grave instead of passing that what

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  • Rebel Without A Car – Why Landfills Are NOT the Solution /  illuminateLA
    germs can t be sold and so they end up all in a big dump The newer dumps have a liner to protect all the leaking stuff from getting into our water and soil Think of it like a big plastic pool that gets filled with junk instead of water and then it gets covered up with dirt and soil and another liner gets thrown over the top This liner is only 1 10 of an inch thick and when it disintegrates everything that it has held will seep into our soil and then into our water From paint to other chemicals rust gases that formed and everything that collected in that covered dump including maggots and all kinds of bugs that grew there These liners in these landfills are a short term solution to a simple problem hiding our trash There is no attempt to manage or process the trash simply to bury it and forget about it for a generation at which time the liner will most likely fail Once full and covered with topsoil the capped landfills can then be turned into valuable real estate such as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Park but they require constant management to ensure that there are no leaks that will harm humans and the environment Success stories are balanced by horror stories of parks and housing developments that have filled with poisonous and flammable gases from the living waste that lives under the ground Imagine putting your trash from just one week into a plastic bag then tying it closed for 30 days When you open that bag it would be no surprise to find a rotten smelly poisonous mess You d pass out from that stink and from what grew in that bag Yuck Now imagine that thousand fold just from your own trash Really gross That s what happens when we dump everything and pay someone to haul it off where we can t see and smell that stink But it is still around Just not in front of our nose When one of these huge landfills gets filled up it gets covered up and then new land is sought to bury our trash in This new land has to be completely cleared just for our trash Communities and nature suffer from these landfills from water poisoning bad air quality from the trucks that stir up dirt and that haul trash noise injuries gases etc The government is doing everything they can to keep these landfills according to guidelines but there are a lot of illegal burials and maintenance not on our radar until some bad news leaks out about water or wildlife being contaminated We can really help reduce what goes into the landfill and help future generations and help our planet Animals don t use anything that is not recyclable or reusable We should take an example from them We should only use buy or make stuff that is made by nature or that has the least

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