Free Street Trees and Shade Trees

Jerry Schneider

The Million Trees LA initiative under the Mayor’s office is partnering with North East Trees to make free street trees and shade trees available to our community. The street trees are planted between the sidewalk and curb by North East Trees after forms are filled out that provide permission to plant and signify agreement to care for the trees, a responsibility of either the property owner, the property manager, or the tenant on the adjacent property. Residents can also receive free shade trees, which they must agree to plant and care for on properties within the city.

Flying Pigeon and Figueroa Bike Lane

Anna Carpenter

Exciting news! Figueroa is slated to get a bikeway running from Eagle Rock to Cypress Park, and of course the very popular bike store Flying Pigeon (located next to La Abeja restaurant on Figueroa) is spearheading the efforts to organize the public input and suggestions.

So Many Disasters Lately… CERT May Help

Anna Carpenter

It has been a while since we pitched the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program; I don’t know about you but in hearing about the earthquakes on the “other side” of the US I thought of my need to re-check the emergency supplies and refresh my knowledge of preparedness.

Tree of Heaven Abatement

Jerry Schneider

It is an invasive pest plant, causing many problems for local properties and in our natural open space parks. We have copies of a brochure that helps to identify and discuss this pest plant. The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, starting last fall and continuing in this fiscal year, is providing funding to have Tree of Heaven plants chemically treated by a licensed professional herbicide applicator in public parks and rights of way within the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council boundaries.

Mount Washington Preschools Begins Acoustic Remediation Project at La Casita Verde

Pat Griffith

Mount Washington Preschools has begun an outreach campaign to rectify and remediate the volume of noise in the Preschool room at La Casita Verde. While quiet times are fully acceptable, the noise-level of 24 active 3 and 4 year-olds is noticeably loud because of the hard-surfaced, very high peaked ceiling.

Mount Washington Mural Would Honor Individual, Community

Kim Axelrod Ohanneson

I have high hopes for the youth of today.

I’ll admit that my perception might be skewed; I’m basing it on the young adults of Mount Washington, and I’m willing to acknowledge that they represent an extraordinary segment of their demographic.

A family's history remembered: Cypress Park & Mt. Washington

Some people say you don't appreciate something until its gone.   I have different story...

My mother grew up in  Cypress Park  in the 1930's.  She attended  Aragon Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School.  In those days it was primarily an Italian neighborhood where families spoke Italian so that all the children regardless of their ethnic backgroud "spoke a little Italian."  My mother's family was English dominant and the children could understand but not speak Spanish.  In those days children were punished if they spoke anything but English.  

Summer Fun Meeting

July 17, 2011, 3:00-5:00 PM
Mount Washington School
3981 San Rafael Avenue
Pupusa Party!

This year for the Summer Fun meeting we have invited some members of the local Salvadoran community to provide refreshments and entertainment. This means fabulous pupusas and music. Everyone in Los Angeles benefits from the many, many ethnic cultures of people that settle here, and on July 17 we will learn at bit about the Angelenos that have immigrated from El Salvador. If you have not tasted Pupusas, you are in for treat; there will be both vegetarian and meat options. Come taste the food and drinks and catch up with your fellow Mount Washington friends and neighbors.

Hoping for Happy Tomatoes with Mount Washington's Microfarmers

Kim Axelrod Ohanneson

The morning June gloom had long been burnt away by sunset when the Mount Washington Microfarmers and Gardening Group gathered for their most recent meeting.

Temperatures are still cool enough to encourage me to hike up "The Hill" to the meeting and to still entertain the possibility of starting a vegetable garden this year--albeit a potted one on my balcony.

Occidental Solar Power Project

J. Tranquanda, Occidental College

As part of an effort to stimulate interest in alternative energy production, Occidental College is proposing the installation of a 1-megawatt solar array on two undeveloped acres of the southwest-facing slope of Fiji Hill, and on solar shade structures on an adjacent parking lot. The project would generate approximately 11% of Occidental’s annual power usage. (Electricity accounts for more than two-thirds of the College’s utility costs, and 75% of its direct carbon consumption.) The array would remove 1,250 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year – the equivalent of removing about 250 cars from the road. Half of the project’s $7.7 million cost would be covered by a rebate from the DWP.

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