Making up seventy percent of LA’s open space and as a major supplier of LA’s water, the San Gabriel Mountains is a valuable resource to Los Angeles. Nonetheless, it’s vast beautiful landscape and endangered wildlife is deteriorating due careless human activity and lack of funds for maintenance and security. However, President Obama has announced that he will designate more than 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. This designation will help preserve the San Gabriel wilderness and enable it to flourish through the years by providing it with more park rangers, new installations, and paved trails. Inevitably, there is opposition from nearby mountain communities and local fire agencies who believe the designation will infringe upon their rights and create unnecessary “fees and land restrictions” that will hinder local economy. The coalition behind the push for this designation assures the nearby residents that it will not hinder any existing rights and privileges but rather bring about new amenities for the community and visitors.
Read more about the new monument it the LA Times
Fusion energy may be the next sustainable power source of the future as Lockheed makes a breakthrough discovery to replace harmful and energy-draining power plants. They are now partnering with potential industries and governments that are looking for long term energy solutions. These fusion reactors are ten times smaller than current power plant reactors and can produce up to “10 million times more the energy with the same amount of fossil fuels (LA Times).” This new alternative could be the potential solution for the increasing global population, which is forecasted to use up to fifty percent more energy.
Learn more about fusion energy in the Scientific American
We’re proud to announce "The Great Streets Concierge Program" in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.
Small businesses that intend to locate or are currently located on one of the fifteen Great Streets corridors are now eligible—free of charge—to meet with LADBS to review and navigate the building permitting process. (Please follow this link for a PDF of the form).
LA Times Columnist Jim Newton: Mayor Garcetti’s “back to basics” approach is working
“There was a little snickering when Mayor Eric Garcetti framed his ambition as getting Los Angeles government “back to basics.” It seemed to some — including me — that this approach, while important, also allowed him to duck larger challenges of leadership in favor of smaller, easier-to-achieve management practices. Fifteen months later, you have to hand it to Garcetti: His way is working.”
Read the full article here.
California recently became the first state to enact a statewide ban of single-use plastic bags in stores after Governor Jerry Brown signed ‘Measure SB 270’ into law. Comes after the City of Los Angeles removed plastic bags from stores to reduce waste in the city.
Read about the new law in the LA Times
COOLEST. SCHOOL. EVER. #SustainLA
The Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale is an award winning, free, public high school in South Los Angeles. The school grows its own organic food in edible gardens and features hundreds of fruit trees, that serve as free vending machines. It has a living stream, chicken coop and 1,700 gallon underground cistern. Over 35% of students attending ECHS walk or ride bikes/skateboards to school, which is why they also have an on-campus, student run bike shop. ECHS is a great example of a sustainable community that is benefited in all aspects by going green. They recently gave Mayor Garcetti the “Superhero Award”.
GREAT EVENT: Northridge Mural UnveilingThis Sunday -
In anticipation of the next CicLAvia - Heart of LA on October 5th, we’re hosting a contest to get everyone excited about the past, present and future of Cesar Chavez Blvd.
We’ll be creating a Facebook gallery with all the photos you share from the Cesar Chavez Blvd Great Street portion of the CicLAvia route. The three photos that get the most “likes” will earn cool prizes from CicLAvia and the LA Mayor’s Office!
See contest rules below: