Action Alert: Please Write LAUSD to Preserve Our Corner

Many long-time friends of Los Angeles Eco-Village are aware that we’ve struggled with the Los Angeles Unified School District and its plans to demolish homes in our neighborhood to provide additional school space. Some of the past story is on-line here.

We worked with the school district recently to modify plans for Central Region Elementary School #20 (CRES#20) that would have taken out more than 40 homes in the eco-village neighborhood. Though we stopped that plan, the current designs still call for a large (137 spaces) parking lot directly across from our main apartment building. The lot would level an existing hill on a now vacant lot where eco-villagers began gardening in the early 1990’s, and would have driveways ushering more cars onto the streets we’ve been working to make more pedestrian friendly.

There are some mixed opinions here about the school district. Many of us are sympathetic with the need for additional schools for the kids in our neighborhood. Many of us see it as a massive unresponsive governmental bureaucracy that has difficulties in working with communities. We have a lot of ideas on how the corner site might be better used. At this point, what we mostly agree on and what we’re most interested in exerting some political pressure for, are two goals:

  1. Change the design of the CRES#20 parking lot changed so that it fosters a safe, healthy, walkable community.
  2. Preserve the vacant lot / hill at the northeast corner of Bimini Place and White House Place, for future use as a garden.

We’re asking our friends and neighbors to help us out by sending letters to our school board representative, the honorable Mónica García. A sample letter is below, though best to put it in your own words. Please keep letters brief, friendly and civil, as Ms. García has stated that she does support working with the neighborhood to make this project successful.

Mail, email or fax your letter to:

Honorable Mónica García
LAUSD School Board President
333 S. Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90017
Email: monica.garcia [at] lausd.net
Phone: 213-241-6180
Fax: 213-241-8459

Please also CC both of the following:

Honorable Council President Eric Garcetti
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 470, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Email: councilmember.garcetti [at] lacity.org
Phone: 213-473-7013
Fax: 213-613-0819

Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini Place, #221, Los Angeles CA 90004
crsp [at] igc.org

Here’s a sample letter:

[date]

Honorable Mónica García
LAUSD School Board President

Dear President García,

I write to urge you to support changes to the designs for Central Region Elementary School #20 (CRES#20) that will foster a healthier and safer neighborhood for students, families, staff and the neighborhood. At a recent school district meeting you stated your interest in working with the community on this project. Please make good on your pledge.

Please work with school district staff to redesign the project parking lot, planned at the corner of Bimini Place and White House Place. Please ensure that the parking lot design will preserve the safety and walkability of these streets.

Additionally, please preserve the existing vacant lot hill at the corner for use as a garden. In the past this site served as a school garden, and I urge you to preserve the existing hill so that it can return to that use. Preserving this site can reduce the school district’s expenses, improve security, provide healthy food, enhance student learning, facilitate inter-generational collaboration, and reduce pollution.

I urge you to act now for a healthier future for our kids, our families, and our communities. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your street address]
[your email address]

Thanks for writing your letters! Best to get your letters in as soon as possible – by no later than mid-July 2009. Keep your RSS tuned to the eco-village blog for future updates.

3 thoughts on “Action Alert: Please Write LAUSD to Preserve Our Corner

  1. I enjoyed the video and took a look at the “about” page. it sounds like a great concept. Good luck on your efforts to continue your dream.

  2. Pingback: New Design for LAUSD Parking – with Garden! « L.A. Eco-Village Blog

  3. Pingback: Great News! Learning Garden Agreement Signed! « L.A. Eco-Village Blog

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