Sunday, April 5, 2015

Earth Day in Glassell Park


GREEN Greetings,

A clean-up is just a clean-up until its an EARTH DAY clean up. The Green Stage Alliance/Divine Feline, along with the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and the office of Gilbert Cedillo, Council District 1 team up to bring you the "Earth Day Spring Clean Event"
Starting from eight o' clock in the morning volunteers will meet at the block of Ave. 34 between Verdugo Rd and Eagle Rock Boulevard, for tools, continental breakfast and map of the community "hot spots" for clean-up.
Music, POP-Up Recycled Art Showcase and interactive activities for kids will consummate following the morning in Avenue 34 were an artists corridor been taking shape during recent years.

Any individuals or teams interested in submitting artwork feel free to contact us to reserve space to showcase. A call to action and request for participants is set forth and volunteers are greatly appreciated.


Starting April 18 2015, 08:00 AM
Ending April 18 2015, 02:00 PM

Earth Day / Spring Clean

Event Location
The New Seed and block party                                    
                                                           2710 W. Avenue 34
                                                           Los Angeles, CA 90065
                                        DIVINE FELINE is a program of Stage of the Arts, Inc.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Revolution will be Solarized

The Revolution will be Solarized

jorge-mardridThere’s a clean energy revolution happening in California – and it has the potential to topple the old polluting forces while fighting climate change with the power of the sun.
California is not only producing the most solar power in the country – 8.5 gigawatts, enough to power two million homes – it’s producing more solar power than the rest of the country combined. In 2014 alone, the state more than doubled its solar power, becoming the first state to generate five percent of its total electricity from utility-scale solar. This record does not even count rooftop solar and distributed generation (where California also leads the country), bringing the state closer to an estimated seven percent of its total power generation from free sunshine.
The solar industry employs more than 54,000 Californians – nearly one-third of all solar workers in the nation – and solar jobs in the state grew by 16 percent in 2014 alone (compared to 2.2 percent overall state job growth in 2014). California solar jobs are expected to grow by another 17 percent in 2015.
California cities are the vanguard of this revolution, with Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento leading the charge. New research finds that California’s cities and urban centers could generate enough solar to meet the state's power needs three to five times over, without developing a single additional acre of the state's natural areas.
This solar revolution could not come sooner for my hometown of Los Angeles. The city is in a fight to rid itself of coal power by 2025, while also battling the impacts of climate change that are stressing our energy grid and worsened by fossil fuels.
Los Angeles’ historic heatwaves are expected to increase in number and frequency in the coming decades; some regions will experience triple or quadruple the number of heat days. The city broke its all-time record for energy demand last year on a particularly hot day, with nearly double the peak energy demand experienced on a typical day in the city. Pollution-free solar power can help us convert a potentially dangerous heat source into a source of cooling.
Statewide, record heatwaves will continue to drive up energy demand while the worst drought in at least 1,200 years and record-low snowpack has slashed in half the state’s available hydro-electric power. To help make our energy future less vulnerable to these and other impacts of climate change, we need a clean energy revolution now more than ever.
But, here’s the thing about a good revolution: it can’t rely on a few remarkable events, it needs a solid foundation to sustain itself and it needs to empower people, the true lifeblood of any revolution.
Forward-thinking state policy has been a solid foundation and driving force, including the Governor’s recent commitment to achieve 50 percent of California’s total energy from renewable sources by 2030. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has the opportunity to develop clear plans to integrate renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced storage, and other enabling technologies that can displace dirty “peaker” power plants to balance the grid during periods of variability or when electricity demand exceeds supply.
Speaking of balancing the grid, we need to move our energy demand to align with our peak solar production (when the sun is shining brightest, roughly 11 AM to 4 PM). Right now, most electricity demand occurs later in the evening when people get home from work and flip on their appliances and electronics, causing a mismatch between demand and clean energy supply. Fortunately, policies like ‘Time of Use’ pricing and ‘Demand Response’ – energy management tools that incentivize customers to reduce their energy use during times of high demand – can put the power in the hands of the people to advance the clean energy revolution and displace dirty and costly fossil fuels.
Finally, and most importantly, any worthwhile revolution needs to uplift and empower all people. Our clean energy revolution needs to be equitable, affordable, and accessible to all Californians, especially low income people, communities of color, and communities overburdened by fossil fuel pollution. While there are still manyequity questions to answer, we are making great strides forward.
Step outside into the sunshine, California’s clean energy revolution is happening live!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Neighborhood, Health, and Nutrition

Urban Food Oasis (click here)
This segment is scheduled to air Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
What's Your Take?
KCET is working with community partners in El Monte and South El Monte to learn about the health and nutrition options available to residents in both cities and throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. Help us understand more by taking this survey. (Spanish version here.)
Can an urban farm make a difference in a community labeled a food desert? "SoCal Connected" goes to South El Monte where Earthworks, an urban farm, is changing the diets of families and children. Reporter Cara Santa Maria profiles the Morales family who has found that being a member of Earthworks is a way to return to their roots.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

San Francisco bans sale of plastic water bottles on city property

San Francisco has made another step towards greening the city this week, with a recent ordinance to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property.
The city’s Board of Supervisors approved the measure unanimously on Tuesday; it will head to the mayor’s desk after one more board approval. The ordinance exempts sporting events and gives food trucks and large nonprofits until 2018 to comply with the new ordinance.
“We all know with climate change, and the importance of combatting climate change, San Francisco has been leading the way to fight for our environment,” ordinance author and Supervisor David Chiu said, according to SFGate. “That’s why I ask you to support this ordinance to reduce and discourage single-use, single-serving plastic water bottles in San Francisco.”
Americans use 50 billion plastic water bottles a year, according to an anti-plastic bottle campaign Ban the Bottle, and just 23% of those are recycled.
Ban violators found selling plastic water bottles 21 oz or below on city grounds after October 2014 would be subject to a fine up to $1000, according to the San Fransisco Examiner.
San Francisco isn’t the first—and likely the last—to enact bans aimed at reducing plastic consumtpion. Many national parks ban the sale of plastic bottles, as does Concord, Massachusetts.
The beverage industry has predictably protested. 
The consumer should have a choice on how they drink their water,” American Beverage Association spokeswoman Kate Krebs told the San Francisco Examiner. The bottles “are not being thrown away…They are being recycled.” 
Bottles of water sit in a cooler at a hot dog stand on March 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Senate Attempt To Override Obama's Keystone Veto Fails

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate tried, but failed, to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday.
The measure drew 62 "yes" votes, with nine Democrats joining Senate Republicans in voting to override the veto. A two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, is needed to override a presidential veto. The Senate's original vote on the legislation in January yielded 62 "yes" votes as well.
Obama vetoed the bill last week, arguing that the bill "conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment."