Job Opportunity at L.A. Eco-Village

Long time dedicated Eco-Villager and Buildings Manager Lara Morrison has decided to step down from this way-more-than-full-time position.  So we’re looking for a new Buildings Manager or possibly two (or 3) member team.  Go here to check out our Job Announcement:

Also, feel free to pass this Announcement along to others you think would be qualified and interested and make great neighbors to boot.




5 thoughts on “Job Opportunity at L.A. Eco-Village

  1. I’m confused. On your Land Trust page, it says “BVCLT will ensure the selling price is affordable, regardless of current market prices.”

    I thought market price determined the value of real estate (and just about every other material good)? If you artificially lower the price, then by definition demand goes up, which means you will get hundreds if not thousands of potential buyers.

    So, now, you have to pick a buyer from a large pool, which becomes an exercise in social engineering. How can this be a model for the greater community and country and world? It would required every sale of every tangible good to be reviewed by a “culture committee” which picks the best person to get the goods.

    What’s wrong with free-market economics setting the price for goods? Why is a committee better than market forces for setting price? Isn’t this pure Marxism, where the “State” owns the capital and sets the prices, regardless of market conditions?

  2. I’m not associated with the ecovillage, but, in response to CLEGG, I find the notion that market price determines the value of real estate simplistic. It is possible to manipulate market price in the context of a purely capitalistic market, so a selection committee seems to be only one of multiple possible manipulations to adjust “market price” (which, of course, is a subjective artifice that is determined by the “intuitions” of buyers and sellers [or renters and lessees] as to what a “reasonable” or “affordable” price is). What is truly wrong with free market economics setting prices for goods is that is based on factors such as subjectivity, competition, and raw material advantage. The ecovillage values populism more, and recognizes a broader swath of valuable contributions to mutual well-being (in fact, actually values mutual well-being over individual gain), so that it both sets prices below “market rate” and establishes a communitarian process to distribute the resources.

    Of course, the ecovillage is small and offers mostly a demonstration of how those principles might work, because the dominant mode is market price = value. There is nothing that suggests that is the only functional mode, but most libertarians and conservatives consider the notion of free market as the only viable mode. So it is not surprising that CLEGG starts his/her comment with “I’m confused”. Yes, you are, and you’re not thinking clearly or logically; only ideologically.

  3. The decommodication of housing to ensure its affordability to very low to moderate income households is a necessity for a just society. We obviously have a long way to go. Free market unregulated capitalism has no place in a healthy society. The Los Angeles Eco-Village is about demonstrating a different way of living in the city: socially, economically and ecologically. So, yes, social engineering, a more sharing economy, and a striving to restore balance to eco-systems are all in the public interest in in the LAEV demonstration. The marriage of a land trust to a limited equity housing co-op are an important foundation for a sustainable economics system…

  4. I always heard they were called money trees because they are extensibly planted all down the sidewalk on King St outside the Bank of Hawaii downtown. Maybe that’s just the Oahu version!

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