I was honored and delighted to have a personal meeting with the Mayor this week. The Mayor goes way back with LAEV to before he became our Councilman, and we only owned one property instead of four. So it’s always a delight to see how far both he and LAEV have come in the past dozen years or so. I asked if we could take a photo, so I could have bragging rights when he’s our President some day.
Here a few of the topics we got to talk about, each of which the Mayor was supportive of. Still a ways to go on advocacy work. But with the help of the “less cars” folks, the permaculture folks, Teresa Baker and her LATCH Collective, Hans Johnson leading the Styrofoam ban, and LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, and, of course, the passionate folks who live in/at the Los Angeles Eco-Village, it’s all within reach!
Let me know if you want a copy of what I recommended about these items.
Recent mulch delivery at 4-plex
This is a great opportunity for a household ready to take the big leap to live its dream for participating in the creation of a more sustainable city by example. Take a look and see if your household qualifies:
Large two bedroom available in transit rich/bicycle friendly permaculture oriented neighborhood (about 3 miles west of downtown and 4 miles south of the Observatory as the crow flies).
The Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT), a non-profit organization committed to securing permanently affordable, environmentally sensitive housing for low to moderate income households, owns a 4-plex in the L.A Eco-Village that it intends to convert from rental units to affordable condominiums in the next 3 years. BVCLT is currently taking applications for a one-year lease with an option to purchase if the renter’s household meets purchaser qualifications and demonstrates timely rent payments. The building is located on the southeast corner of Bimini and White House Place. Opportunity to become a member of the LAEV Intentional Community. Approximately 1000 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, dining room, living room, kitchen, laundry room, shared front and back yards, extra closets. Rent: $1200 per month plus gas and electric. No parking. Car-free household or “on your way to car-free.” Minimum of 2 people, not more than 4 people; families with children encouraged to apply. Length of lease: one year. No pets. No smokers (residents or guests). Must be aligned with LA Eco-Village core values and BVCLT tenant guidelines
Move-in costs: $3,000. Includes 1st and last of $1200 plus $600 cleaning deposit.
If you are interested, please email Kris Benjamin (140Bimini@gmail.com) to set up a time to view the unit and go over the application. Applications are due as soon as possible, and candidate selection will occur sometime in April.
Combined annual income of all people in the household
-Not less than $29,000
-Not more than $39,780 for a family of 2
-Not more than $44,760 for a family of 3
-Not more than $49,680 for a family of 4
Credit check and rental application fee: $25. -4-year rental history check (provide addresses and contact information of previous residences)-Verification of employment and 2 months of pay stubs or comparable
A while back L.A. Eco-Village members Heather and Angel did this window-art:
Angel and Heater’s first story window at Eco-Village’s Bimini Terrace building
Lately it’s been followed by Continue reading
How LAEV came to be at Bimini and White House Place
- First fruit tree planting on northeast corner of Bimini & White House Place,
Earth Day April 1993. Tree was named “Percy Persimmons.”
It was a Wednesday afternoon. I was sitting in my living room with Lottie Cohen working on the book we were co-authoring: Cooperative Housing Compendium. (Email me if you are interested in getting the on-line link to this book).
I lived in the four-plex across the street from the Bimini Apartments where the White House Place Learning Garden is going. Mine was the lower east unit. My front door was always open, weather permitting, and I didn’t use curtains or shades on the windows, so
there was a clear view out to White House, the intersection and Bimini Place. Lottie and I were sitting at a round glass table in the living room/library/office facing the windows and open door.
I had just returned two days before from Adelaide, Australia where I had been invited as a keynote speaker at the Second International Ecocities Conference and was full of enthusiasm for finishing the book and starting to focus more heavily on ecovillage planning.
There were always pedestrians on Bimini, and there were pedestrians that day. But suddenly, Lottie abruptly interrupted our work: “Lois, there’s rioting out there. We need to leave now. Grab what you need, I’m taking you home with me!” Continue reading
Watch this video, by Jerold Kress of the Bresee Foundation, to see the recent protest at the Rayfield building, located at the northwest corner of Bimini and 2nd Street. According to Bresee Community News:
…protesters gathered in our park to mount a protest against gentrification they claim is happening at the [Rayfield]. The protesters are upset that Latinos are being targeted for eviction and replaced by more affluent renters. Continue reading
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Here’s a nice short documentary entitled There’s No Place Like Home: A Home-birth at the Los Angeles Eco-Village
. It was created by Sophie Gosper and features Josey, Jimmy and Joaquin – discussing how Josey gave birth last year at L.A. Eco-Village.