Job Opportunity in L.A. Eco-Village: Resident Co-op Apt. Manager

Our dear apartment managers of the past several years, John and Sandy Maliga, are retiring and moving north to be closer to grandchildren. What a treat it has been to have this team with us for almost five years, and I’m happy for them to be closer to family.

Entrance to main building in L.A. Eco-Village

And so we are searching for a Resident Manager for our 45 unit Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative right here in the Los Angeles Eco-Village.

If you, or someone  or some bodies, you know might be interested and qualified in joining our Management Team in our intensely urban intentional community, please see our Job Description and required and desired qualifications here    And submit your letter and resume to:

Also, please help us spread the word.

Note that our public tour schedule of LAEV can be found here:

UPDATE: the position has been fulfilled. Thanks for your help!



Talking with the Hombres of Bici Libre

I dropped by the Bici Libre space yesterday afternoon and did a couple of interviews. Bici Libre is the latest name for what was called the Bike Wrangler after it was previously called the Bike Acquisition Czar. The space is somewhat similar to the Bicycle Kitchen (if you’re completely unfamliar with the L.A. bike co-ops watch this Streetfilm), which started at L.A. Eco-Village… though Bici Libre has a specific mission to recover abandoned/donated bikes and make them available to low-income folks at risk for obesity.

Bici Libre run by two of the silliest eco-villagers: Jonny Green and Bobby Gadda. They work for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, in a program of the 6+ bike organization County Cycling Collaborative, which is a part of the County Public Health RENEW initiative.

Above is a brief interview with Gil Maldonado, a Bici Libre volunteer who was fixing up a bike today (sorry for my poor Spanish, and even poorer sub-titling.) Below is an interview with Bobby and Jonny.

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Diana Leafe Christian Ecovillage Talk Feb. 22

If you haven’t heard Diana’s talk before, don’t miss this one.  OR if you have heard it, you won’t want to miss this one either, because it’s new and better than ever!

Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They’re Doing, Why They’re Important
Diana Leafe Christian (in person)

Diana Leafe Christian

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm
at L.A. Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004  directions

Fee: $10 to $5 (sliding scale)
Reservations required: or 213/738-1254

With over 400 photos, this slide show demonstrates how ecovillages worldwide integrate ecological, economic, and social/cultural/spiritual sustainability, through:

• Permaculture design
• International peace activism
• Natural building
• Service to populations in need
• Renewable energy/off-grid power
• Local currencies
• Alternative technology
• On-site cottage industries
• Sustainable agriculture
• Participatory decision-making
• Earth-restoraton projects
• Conflict resolution & communication skills

WHY people are devoted to developing ecological settlements.
HOW ecovillages are beneficially influencing the wider culture.
HOW ecovillages will probably affect patterns of human settlement in the near future.

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Ecovillager Opens New Coffee Shop, Local Caffeine Addicts Rejoice

The heights of local commerce

Ecovillager Angel Orozco and his partners in Cafecito Orgánico have opened a new storefront at Hoover and Bellevue, just under the 101 freeway from LAEV. It’s about a 20 minute walk from here, and a 5-8 minute bike ride.

With ample patio seating and a simple operation indoors, this new coffee shop really adds to the neighborhood. I visited twice last Friday, once to meet with other ecovillagers and talk policy, and once to meet with activist friends and work on a bike project. Each time I noticed plenty of traffic through the shop, with stroller-pushing families, dogwalkers, and scruffy Silverlake dwellers all feeding their need for organic, LA-roasted coffee.

Our own Dr. Feelgood

There are tasty pastries too.


534 N. Hoover St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Mon – Fri 6 am to 6 pm
Sat & Sun 7 am to 6 pm

Important employee info: They can’t charge you if you break it!

Just learned something very interesting. I was looking into whether employees can take back money from your paycheck if they accidentally overpay you. It turns out, they CAN’T! At least, not in California.

Not only that, but they also can’t charge you for the cost of items if you accidentally break them (gross negligence excepted), and also can’t charge you for any cash drawer shortfall unless they can prove it was due to a dishonest act, AKA stealing from the till.

Los Angeles Beaming Bioneers Oct 16-18, 2009 Downtown

Flyer for Oct 16-18 Bioneers Conference in Los Angeles

Flyer for Oct 16-18 Bioneers Conference in Los Angeles

October 16 – 18, 2009 at The Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St., LA 90012)

Go here for details:

OCTOBER 16, 17 and 18

Project Butterfly, Electric Lodge, Evolution Jewels and Downtown Independent bring you
1st Bioneers Conference Simulcast in LA!




Andrew Weil M.D.:
the nation’s foremost authority on holistic medicine, is author of numerous books including international bestsellers, Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.

Michael Pollan:
one of the most influential thinkers on food and agriculture, award-winning author of bestsellers including The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, and most recently In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

Joanna Macy:
a celebrated Buddhist teacher, author, co-philosopher and activist in the peace, justice, and ecology movements.

Jerome Ringo:
president of the Apollo Alliance, and the first African-American to head a major conservation organization, the National Wildlife Federation, Ringo will stress the imperative of creating fair jobs that are healthy for people and the planet.

+ Many Others    L.A. Eco-Village is a co-sponsor of this event
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Celebrating Angel and His Coffee

Roast Baby Roast! Angel - photo by Jessica Ritz from LA Weekly website

Roast Baby Roast! Angel Orozco - photo by Jessica Ritz from LA Weekly website

This week’s L.A. Weekly features eco-village’s own coffee roaster, the “thoughtful goateed 34-year old” Angel Orozco and his Cafecito Organico business.  Try out his “stimulus package” at the Silver Lake Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am to 1pm at the triangle mini-park where Griffith Park Boulevard meets Sunset Boulevard.

Click here or on the photo to read the full article!