The DLANC Sustainability Committee meets on the First Tuesday of every month at the Central Public Library.
Our committee chairs host office hours and neighborhood stakeholders gather for project workshops
to help advance several community-driven initiatives - for Downtown Los Angeles.

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03/02/09 - March Regular Monthly Sustainability Meeting

  1. Welcome and Introductions: Lauren Takeda, Sandy Meola, Shira Blatt, Michael Ferguson, Stan Michaels, Gunnar Hand, Natalia Aguilar, Alex Brideau III, Scott Bytof, Dawna Nolan, Ashley Hand.
  2. Defer approval of February meeting minutes until April meeting.
  3. Announcements:
  4. Neighborhood Council elections registration for candidates begins later this month. You are encouraged to sign-up as a candidate and run for a seat on the Board of Directors.
  5. Brandi announced the upcoming opening of a new produce store at 210 W. 5th Street (in the Alexandria Hotel) in the Historic Core that will sell locally-grown, organic and other fresh foods.
  6. Mobility and the Cyclists' Bill of Rights (see Motion: The Sustainability Committee moves to support the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights and will encourage the ongoing consideration of mobility in future plans for Downtown.
  7. Other endorsements to date: East Hollywood NC; Silver Lake NC; Atwater Village NC; Palms NC; Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee; Mar Vista NC; Northridge East NC; Coastal San Pedro NC; MacArthur Park NC; Caltrans District 7; Caltrans Local Assistance Coordinator; LA City Controller; CD 11; CD 3; Paul Krekorian – CA State Assembly.
  8. We postponed the conversation on the Electric Community Car Share Program but will investigate the Pasadena collective and the program started by Amir Sadati.
  9. Mobility: Wireless Internet Accessibility project to help create free wireless hotspots throughout Downtown. Sites that the Sustainability Committee had brainstormed have been submitted to contact at Aerioconnect – awaiting feedback. Will look at similar programs by the City of Long Beach, the AT&T Foundation, and Google as possible models for Downtwon.
  10. Green Space: Green Pockets Project to build small urban pocket gardens throughout the neighborhood has launched with two community information meetings and we are moving forward with planning for Big Sunday (May 1-2). First survey day scheduled for March 20, 2010 at 10:00am starting at the DLANC Office (453 S. Spring Street). The pilot area defined is between Olive/Maple/1st/8th Streets. Stanley and Michael volunteered to help identify property owners for permission to plant.
  11. Green Space: Lauren Takeda presented the Urban Garden Guide - a pamphlet with information about building your own urban garden guide. Looking to translate this document into Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Will request proposals for printing by next meeting and develop format for online distribution. Sandy to help collect bids for this project.
  12. Green Space: Tree Planting Project is ongoing with the Wells Fargo Foundation application submitted for maintenance funding for the Skid Row Pilot. Awaiting feedback.
  13. Green Living Education opportunity has been presented by Green Beacon, to potentially create a partnership with the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. The goal is to develop green living education programming for Downtown Los Angeles. Will need volunteers to help coordinate.
  14. Sustainability Committee Chair office hours are designated opportunities to work on projects for the community. Come visit!
  15. Adjournment.