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Ready for the election June 5?

Are you ready to vote #YesOn68 June 5th? Please take a moment to make sure you are registered to vote, and update your voter registration if needed.

Interested in voting by mail? You can request a mail-in ballot now from the LA County Registrar.

Show your support for Prop 68! Join us on Twitter for 2 statewide “Twitter Parties” from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 9th & May 30th (note date change). Non-profits and people from all over the state will post and reply to one another’s questions and share about why they support Prop 68. Follow us on Twitter, @OurParksLA, to join in on the fun, and share and retweet to your friends and family.

#EarthDay

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. It’s a day for us to celebrate our beautiful planet, and fight to preserve it for future generations. There will be events across the county for you to attend, but please don’t forget to do your part for California’s parks and open spaces — vote Yes on 68 on the June 5th ballot.

This statewide ballot measure will produce a $4 billion investment in the coming years to protect California’s own unique natural resources and ensure every Californian has access to safe parks and clean drinking water. The Los Angeles area would receive over 140 million dollars directly, and be eligible for 2 billion dollars for our parks and natural resources through competitive grant programs.

How can you show your support? Join us on Twitter for 2 statewide “Twitter Parties” from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 2nd & May 9th. Non-profits and people from all over the state will post and reply to one another’s questions and share about why they support Prop 68. Follow us on Twitter, @OurParksLA, to join in on the fun, and share and retweet to your friends and family.

LA County Needs Prop 68

PROPOSITION 68 is a general obligation bond that invests $4 billion in the coming years to address some of California’s most pressing park, water and natural resource needs. The state legislature passed the California Clean Water & Safe Parks Act (SB5) with bipartisan support and it will appear on the June 5th, 2018 statewide ballot.

Across the Los Angeles area, many lack parks and safe places for kids to play and grow, with one-half of LA residents not residing within 10 minutes of a park. Prop 68 ensures that every Californian has access to safe & accessible parks by creating parks in communities with the greatest need. Prop 68 also invests in clean drinking water by protecting the rivers, lakes, and streams that are the sources of our water. Under Prop 68, the Los Angeles area would receive over 140 million dollars–a major investment in our parks and natural resources:

  • 37.5 million total for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; including 15 million to protect and improve the Los Angeles River watershed
  • 67.5 million for the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles River and Mountains Conservancy
  • 20 million for a parkway along the Los Angeles River
  • 16 million for the Santa Ana River Conservancy
  • 6 million for the Baldwin Hills Conservancy

In addition to direct funding, the Los Angeles Area is eligible for 2 billion dollars through competitive grant programs in areas ranging from park construction and state park restoration, to drought preparedness and climate resiliency:

  • 655 million for the creation and expansion of safe neighborhood parks, regional parks, and trails in communities with the greatest need
  • 215 million to create and improve local parks, especially in communities that lack access to the outdoors; including 15 million to create and improve local parks in small towns in urban counties
  • 16.5 million for urban forestry projects
  • 30 million for regional parks and open space, including trails, athletic fields, visitor centers, and parks serving youth and communities of color
  • 40 million in matching funds to improve local and regional park infrastructure
  • 5 million for local agencies directed for state park facility restoration, preservation, & protection

We need your help in spreading the word about Prop 68 ahead of Election Day. The statewide campaign is putting together social media graphics every week for supporters to share online, to reach their friends, families, and voters across California.

Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest account or other? Are you willing to share out content to help build support? Please sign up for weekly Prop 68 social media updates by contacting Jaymee Go (jaymee@caleec.com).

P.S. Don’t forget to follow OurParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share our content every week on social media too. Save the dates for Prop 68 volunteer phone banking on May 31st, and two Twitter parties in May also.

Vote #YesOn68 on June 5

On the June ballot, we will have a chance to address some of California’s most important park, water and natural resource needs. A vote Yes on Prop. 68 is a vote to support the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, a $4 billion investment in the coming years to protect California’s own unique natural resources and ensure every Californian has access to safe parks and clean drinking water. That’s why OurParks is endorsing Prop. 68.

We’re a part of the Yes on 68 coalition, a broad, statewide bipartisan group of conservation groups, local park advocates, water experts, and business organizations supporting Prop 68. On June 5, please vote YES on Proposition 68.

Not only is Prop 68 is an economic and environmental necessity, it’s also an equity imperative. After years of communities across California lacking access to safe parks and clean drinking water, Prop. 68 finally ensures that all California residents regardless of zip code have access to safe places for kids to play and the safe, clean water that they deserve.

Here in Los Angeles, we cherish our parks. But it has been 15 years since California has passed a statewide bond to provide funds for water, parks, and natural areas. This proposition will help us build on the success of Measure A. Under Prop 68, the Los Angeles area would receive over 140 million dollars directly, and be eligible for 2 billion dollars for our parks and natural resources through competitive grant programs.

Whether you plan to go to the polls or send in an absentee ballot, be sure to join OurParks in voting YES for Prop 68.

P.S. Please follow OurParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share our content every week on social media to spread the word with your friends and family. We’ll keep you informed with other ways you can support #YesOn68, so stay tuned! Save the dates for volunteer phone banking on May 31st, and two Twitter parties in May.

Park Bond and #OurParks updates.

Thanks to all who joined us!
Many park, recreation, and open space partners and advocates came together last Thursday for a productive conversation around multi-benefit park and open space funding implementation and opportunities.

Now we need your help to make sure the park bond (Prop 68) passes in June.

Here is a link to the Yes on 68 website: https://yes68ca.com/ where you will find outreach materials shared during last week’s meeting and the Yes on Prop 68 endorsement form.

Please take these quick next steps:

  • Endorse Prop 68 (if you haven’t yet)
  • Follow and like Prop 68 on Facebook and Twitter

Don’t forget to RSVP! #OurParks convening March 8.

RSVP now and join us next Thursday!
Join the #OurParks Coalition for important updates on:

  • the Los Angeles Stormwater Measure,
  • Measure A implementation, and
  • how you can help support the Park Bond, on the ballot as Proposition 68 in June 2018.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by March 7 to jannelle.gonzales@tpl.org

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Casa Italiana at St. Peter’s Italian Church
1051 N. Broadway, LA, CA 90012

Getting there: (by bus) bus stops located within a block from Casa Italiana are served by Metro bus lines 28, 45, and 83, DASH Downtown B, and DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown; (by Metro) the Chinatown Gold Line station is a short walk away; (by car) there is street parking as well as a parking structure one block south towards Chinatown.

The park bond passes!

THANK YOU!
The Park Bond passes.

Thanks to you, your support, and mountains of grassroots efforts, the park bond (SB 5) was pulled over the finish line in a nail-biter vote late Friday night/early Saturday morning.

The park bond will now be placed on the June 2018 ballot for the voters to decide upon. At $4 billion, with $725 million for park starved communities, this will be the largest natural resources and conservation package, and the largest targeted investment in underserved communities, in the state’s history.

Also passed was funding for the Urban Greening Program as part of Cap and Trade expenditures.

A huge thank you also goes out to Senate pro Tem Kevin de León and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, who were real champions in the success of SB 5. The bill would simply not have moved forward without all of their efforts, as well as the entire Los Angeles delegation of Democrats who in the end all supported the bill. Please take a minute to reach out through social media, phone or email to let your legislator know how much their leadership on parks is appreciated. Social media graphics to use across platforms are below (click to download).

As we move forward into next steps, a campaign will be ramping up to ensure the Park Bond’s success in June. We’ll continue to need your help, so stay tuned for more.

Urgent! Your help needed today for park funding.

Save the Park Bond! 
The Governor, Senate and Assembly have developed a final park bond package (SB 5). In order to get the park bond on the June 2018 ballot we need a 2/3 vote from the legislature. We expect the vote to happen on Thursday (tomorrow) or Friday.

We have a lot of work to do to get SB 5 through the Assembly, and leaders in the legislature have asked for our community to build up social media support. We need both broad and targeted pushes to local members. A target list of members is below, as well as sample tweets. We’ve also attached social media graphics to use on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (click on the images below to download).

Please make calls, send emails, and push these images and tweets out as soon as possible.

Assembly

  • Cervantes
    • @AsmCervantes
    • 916-319-2060
    • D 60; Corona, Eastvale, part of Riverside
  • Nazarian
    • @Asm_Nazarian
    • 916-319-2046
    • D 46; Van Nuys, part of Hollywood – Priority for outreach
  • Bocanegra
  • Rubio
  • Reyes
    • @AsmReyes47
    • 916-319-2047
    • D 47; San Bernardino, Fontana
  • Burke
  • Ridley-Thomas
    • @SebastianMRT
    • @sridleythomas
    • 916-319-2054
    • D 54; Century City, Culver City, Westwood, Mar Vista, Palms, Baldwin Hills – Priority for outreach

Senate

  • Nguyen
    • @SenJanetNguyen
    • 916-651-4034
    • R 34; Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Santa Ana
  • Wilk
    • @ScottWilkCA
    • 916-651-4021
    • R 21; Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster, Victorville

Sample tweets:

@XXX please support #SB5 because our communities need clean air, water and safe places to play! #CALeg #ParquesParaTodos

Thx to @kdeleon, @AsmEGarciaAD56, @Rendon63rd  for leadership on #ParquesParaTodos! Please support #SB5 @AssemblyDems @CASenateDems!

#SB5 = healthy communities + climate resilience! @XXX please support #SB5 for #Parks4all!
Thank you for your help with this time sensitive effort!

Sign-on letter! Your support needed today for Urban Greening funding.

Attention non-profit and organizational partners! 
The Legislature is back in session and has just four weeks to finish their business for the year. Among their priorities is finalizing Cap and Trade expenditures, which includes the Urban Greening Program under the California Resources Agency. Currently the only source of state funding for parks, Urban Greening has been reported by local cities and partners as by far the most flexible and accessible Cap and Trade program, and in its first year received almost $400 million in applications for the $80 million available.

The below sign-on letter asks the Legislature for an increase in appropriations to the program, to better meet the demand for projects by communities. If you decide to support this ask, please send your logo and name of signatory to Rico Mastrodonato at The Trust for Public Land (rico.mastrodonato@tpl.org) by Wednesday, August 30.

Please reach out to Edna Robidas at The Trust for Public Land (edna.robidas@tpl.org) if you have any questions.

Thank you!
#OurParks

Text of Sign-On Letter (UPDATED):

August 29, 2017

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
Budget Committee Members
State Capitol Rooms 5019 and 6026
Sacramento CA 95814

Re: Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan – Fund Urban Greening at $140 million

Dear Pro Tem, Speaker and Committee Members,

We the undersigned would like to strongly express our support for funding the Urban Greening Program at $140 million in the Cap and Trade expenditure plan for 2017-18. The program’s flexible design and focus on disadvantaged communities are critical elements in making our most underserved communities ‘climate smart’ by inducing active transportation, reducing energy demand and decreasing GHG emissions – all while dramatically improving quality of life.

Ask: Urban Greening (Increase to $140 Million)
California is clearly leading the country and the word in addressing climate change and adapting to our new normal. Transforming our infrastructure will play an essential role in achieving our 2020 and 2030 targets, as well as helping our neighborhoods adapt to current climate threats and addressing inequalities across our state. Furthermore, AB 398 expressly called out Urban Greening and adaptation as a priority for Cap & Trade investments.

We also know there is significant demand for the Urban Greening program. With the Resources Agency about to award grants from this program in the next few months, to date they have already received over $375 million in applications, an over-subscription of 5-fold from last year’s allocation. Local governments and community-based organizations are reporting the Urban Greening Program is the most accessible and flexible of all of the Cap & Trade programs, and it is one of few Cap & Trade investments that go to work in communities in a visual way – allowing the State to point to the impact of Cap & Trade investments.

By all scientific accounts, including reports from Lawrence Berkeley Labs and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), longer and more intense heat waves are coming and are our biggest immediate human health threat. Greening our infrastructure mitigates against heat island effect and adapts our communities to rising temperatures. When considering communities hit first and worst by climate change, urban greening will not only lower energy costs for the state, but also for families escaping the heat of summer.

Climate smart parks and other multi-benefit urban greening projects can also capture precious water. Modern technology and nature-based design allows projects that can capture over 95% of the precipitation that hits the ground and can be used for landscaping and other purposes. When you think of the health, climate, water resource, and recreational benefits of local parks and other multi-benefit greening – these investments are unparalleled in terms of cost benefits.

These very same project types represent tremendous adaptation and co-benefits by protecting us from sea-level rise, flooding, and fire risks along urban edges, as well as creating job training and contracting opportunities for our most underserved communities. Public health, clean air, clean water, and essential recreational opportunities, are a just a few of the long list of co-benefits urban greening provides.

Investments in this critical new program should be increased to $140 million annually, and should be augmented from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. In addition, the program should continue its focus on disadvantaged communities.

We would like to express our thanks to the Administration as well as Senate and Assembly leadership for supporting investments to green our most underserved communities, and we also thank your staff for their accessibility and work on these proposals.

Sincerely,

Make sure your legislators know parks are a priority!

Thank you!
Thanks to all who attended last month’s joint OurParks and Parks Now convening with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and for contributing to an inspiring and invigorating conversation around parks and recreation funding and access throughout the state.

Now that our state legislators are back in Sacramento after summer recess, they will be negotiating the park, water, and housing bonds. We’re asking you to take a moment, reach out to your state representatives, and convey your support for parks and open space, and the need in your community for a park bond. Measure A took LA County in the right direction by ensuring critical funding levels remained, however further resources are needed to close the gaps identified in the comprehensive needs assessment.

You can find your legislators and their contact information here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

For more information on the bond process, this recent LA Times article details where things currently stand: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-housing-water-parks-loans-ballot-20170817-htmlstory.html.

Upcoming Events

August 22
Save our National Monuments
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Los Angeles State Historic Park – 1245 N. Spring Street, LA, CA 90012 (link to map)
More information and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-our-national-monuments-tickets-37104959934

August 25
101st Birthday of the National Parks Service
6:45 pm – 9:05 pm
Los Angeles State Historic Park – 1245 N. Spring Street, LA, CA 90012 (link to map)
More information and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/101st-birthday-of-the-national-parks-service-tickets-36843854962