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Next Friday! Assemb. E. Garcia with #OurParks and Parks Now.

Make sure your voice is heard! RSVP today.
Join the #OurParks and Parks Now Coalitions on July 14 to talk with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia about state funding for parks (Assembly Bill 18). Voice your priorities and hear how you can be involved. Updates will also be presented on LA County Measure A implementation – find out what’s been accomplished so far and what’s coming up next.

Light breakfast will be provided.

Please RSVP by July 12 to edna.robidas@tpl.org.

Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Casa Italiana at St. Peter’s Italian Church
1039 N. Broadway, LA, CA 90012

Getting there: If you are taking Metro, the Chinatown Gold Line station is a short walk away. If you are driving, there is street parking as well as a parking structure one block south towards Chinatown.

SB 5 passes the Senate! What’s still left to do.

Thank you!
SB 5 (park and water bond) has made it out of the Senate! On Tuesday the California Senate voted 31-9 in support of the bill, with a handful of Republicans supporting, sending a very strong and bi-partisan message to the Governor.

Thank you to everyone for all your help reaching out to legislators and partners in support of this bill! SB 5 will now be taken up in the Assembly, and AB 18 (SB 5’s sister bill) will be taken up in the Senate.

Below are sample tweets thanking legislators for their support of SB 5, which will translate into essential investments in parks and community health across the state – please tweet out and share with your networks!

SB 5 Social Media Posts

TY @kdeleon & @CASenateDems for fighting to #PreserveCA w #SB5! @SenHannahBeth @HenrySternCA @BenAllenCA @NancySkinnerCA #OurWater #OurParks

Thank you @Steve_Glazer for voting yes on #SB5 to ensure #Parks #Water #Jobs & #Health for all!

Thank you @AnthonyCannella for working to protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth #OurJobs! #SB5

Thank you @ScottWilkCA for supporting #SB5 to help protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth & #OurJobs!

Thank you @SenJanetNguyen for supporting #SB5 to protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth #OurJobs!

Thank you @SenatorGalgiani for helping to protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth & #OurJobs by voting yes on #SB5!

@TomBerryhill – thank you for standing up for #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth & #OurJobs by supporting #SB5!

REMINDER

National Monuments
Deadline: July 10

As many of you may have heard, President Trump’s recent Executive Order directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of 27 national monuments. Six monuments in California are under review: Berryessa Snow Mountain (2015), Carrizo Plain (2001), Giant Sequoia (2000), Mojave Trails (2016), Sand to Snow (2016), and our very own San Gabriel Mountains (2014).

The public comment period for this executive order is open now and ends July 10.

This is a critical moment to protect our public lands – please share this information with your networks and comment as a private citizen or, if appropriate, as an organization. As of today, over 100,000 comments have been submitted.

Please submit a comment using the link below:

  • Follow this link to the Monuments for All website
  • Input your contact information and personalize the comment section (personalized comments are critical for the final comment tally)
  • Monuments for All is a non-partisan organization that plans to deliver public comments in bulk to provide outside accountability to the public comment process and count

Urgent support needed for parks!

Action alert!
There are three upcoming ways in which you can take action to support parks and open space in Los Angeles and around the country.

  • Attend next Tuesday’s LA County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting to support stormwater project (parks!) implementation and water resiliency
  • Urge your representative’s support for a State Park Bond (SB 5)
  • Support our National Monuments by providing public comment for the Department of the Interior’s White House directed review

LA County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting
Water Resilience and Stormwater Capture Planning and Implementation
Next Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.

The LA County Board of Supervisors will be considering a motion brought by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis to conduct engagement around water issues in the County and the Water Resilience Plan being developed by the Department of Public Works and to develop an expenditure plan for a potential tax to fund stormwater projects and programs in the County.

Come show your support for County-wide investments in stormwater infrastructure and urge that parks be prioritized as multiple benefit water capture amenities.

Link to agenda (item number 10)
Link to Kuehl/Solis motion

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Board Hearing room 381B
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

State Park Bond (SB 5)

Two California state park bond bills are currently being considered, one in the Senate (SB 5) and one in the Assembly (AB 18). We expect a Senate floor vote on SB 5 in the next few weeks and need your help to get the needed 2/3s votes to get the bill out of the Senate. Once that happens, AB 18 will be taken up in the Senate and SB 5 will be taken up in the Assembly. We still have some work to do to get the best possible final package for parks and water infrastructure, but this is a critical next step in the process.

Please reach out to your Senator or regional delegation to ask for their support for SB 5. You can do this through email, calls, or social media. A few draft social media posts are provided below, as well as the Twitter handles for those we especially need to urge support from.

@_______ [Senator handle] please support #SB5 to protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurJobs #OurHealth! Vote #YesOnSB5!

We need your help @_______[Senator handle] to ensure #Parks #Water & #Health 4 all! Vote yes on #SB5!

TY @kdeleon for working to protect #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth #OurJobs! #YesOnSB5 #PreserveCA

@CASenateDems we need your support for #OurParks #OurWater #OurHealth #OurJobs! Vote #YesOnSB5!

@Steve_Glazer
@SenatorGalgiani
@AnthonyCannella
@JanetNguyenCA
@ScottWilkCA
@SenAndyVidak
@CASenatorJim

National Monuments
Deadline: July 10

As many of you may have heard, President Trump’s recent Executive Order directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of 27 national monuments. Six monuments in California are under review: Berryessa Snow Mountain (2015), Carrizo Plain (2001), Giant Sequoia (2000), Mojave Trails (2016), Sand to Snow (2016), and our very own San Gabriel Mountains (2014).

The public comment period for this executive order is open now and ends June 10.

This is a critical moment to protect our public lands – please share this information with your networks and comment as a private citizen or, if appropriate, as an organization. As of today, over 100,000 comments have been submitted.

Please submit a comment using the link below:

  • Follow this link to the Monuments for All website
  • Input your contact information and personalize the comment section (personalized comments are critical for the final comment tally)
  • Monuments for All is a non-partisan organization that plans to deliver public comments in bulk to provide outside accountability to the public comment process and count

LA budget cuts to parks – update and thank you!

Thank you!
Due to your help and support, the Los Angeles City Council Budget Committee is considering restoring the maintenance positions that were proposed to be cut next year. While the department still faces funding challenges in the long term, this is a good sign of support for Los Angeles parks.

Help us keep this momentum going by tweeting at, emailing, or calling to thank the Budget Committee members for their continued support of the safe, clean parks so essential to all Angelenos, and to urge the Mayor to sign a budget that fully funds the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

This is part of a longer conversation on how we make sure parks have the funding they really need to thrive – we’ll continue to send updates on progress and opportunities to take action.

City Council Budget & Finance Committee:

Councilmember Paul Krekorian (Chair)

Councilmember Mitch Englander

Councilmember Nury Martinez

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Councilmember Mike Bonin

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti:

LA budget cuts to parks – your support still needed!

Call to Action!
Let the LA City Council and Mayor know that parks are a priority for Los Angeles. We need your help today! It only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard. Once you’ve taken action, spread the word and share with others.

Contact the City Council Budget & Finance Committee:

Councilmember Paul Krekorian (Chair)

Councilmember Mitch Englander

Councilmember Nury Martinez

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Councilmember Mike Bonin

Contact Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti:

Contact your LA City Council representative:

TALKING POINTS

The recently released Mayor’s 2017-2018 proposed budget contains significant reductions to the Department of Recreation and Parks’ budget.

These cuts would result in the elimination of critical maintenance positions across the city that keep our parks safe and clean.

As demonstrated by a stunning 75% yes vote for parks this past November, parks are a priority for our communities, and need full funding and support from the City.

The proposed budget:

  • Makes deep cuts to the Department’s ability to maintain our park system.
  • Eliminates 53 critical positions that make sure parks are clean and safe.
  • Does not do enough to make sure bathrooms are clean, parks are safe, and that the homeless that currently live in the City’s parks are treated with dignity and care.
  • Will increase the City’s long term exposure to liability and risk by not funding important preventative maintenance activities.

We ask that at a minimum the following changes are made to the proposed budget:

  • Restore the 53 critical maintenance positions and direct staff to investigate the true, necessary cost of adequate staffing to maintain and operate the park system
  • Fully fund LA Recreation and Parks’ efforts to help people experiencing homelessness, including funding of programs that refer people into other City programs that assist with identifying long-term housing
  • Increase LA Recreation and Parks’ General Fund Appropriation commensurate with its mandated General Fund Reimbursements and skyrocketing utility expenses
  • Invest in LA Recreation and Parks in order to provide safe, clean, and well-programmed parks to every Los Angeles resident regardless of race, income, or zip code

Additional links and information:
City of Los Angeles Public Meeting Calendar
Proposed Budget information

OurWater LA Coalition kickoff – May 3!

Come out to support water resiliency in LA County!
The #OurWater Coalition will kickoff on Wednesday, May 3 at 1:00 pm with special guest LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. #OurWater is a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations from across Los Angeles County united in support of policies, programs, and funding to increase public engagement in local water resilience and provide clean, safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable water for drinking, recreation, and commerce. #OurWater supports fair and equitable funding mechanisms and oversight to ensure fiscal accountability.

Event details here and below:
Wednesday, May 3
1:00 – 3:30 PM

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main Street, LA, CA 90012

RSVP to ourwaterla@gmail.com

Tomorrow! Call to Action for LA City park funding.

Call to Action!
Your presence is needed tomorrow at a Los Angeles City Council Budget Committee meeting.  The recently released Mayor’s 2017-2018 proposed budget contains significant reductions to the Department of Recreation and Parks’ budget.  These cuts would result in the elimination of critical maintenance positions across the city that keep our parks safe and clean.

Tomorrow’s meeting will deliberate the proposed budget and department funding – show up and demonstrate that parks are a priority for our communities and need full funding and support from the City.

There are two time window in which to take action. Wear green if you can!  Details below.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  Budget deliberations will be heard promptly at 1:00.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Public comment will likely begin later in the day – make your voice heard!
  • Link to Agenda

WHERE:
City Hall – John Ferraro Council Chamber – Room 340
200 N Spring St, LA, CA 90012

RSVP to edna.robidas@tpl.org

Whether or not you can make it, contact information for councilmembers on the Budget Committee is below if you would like to get in touch with them directly to voice any concerns you may have regarding the proposed budget.

  • Councilmember Paul Krekorian (Chair)  213-473-7002
  • Councilmember Mitch Englander  213-473-7012
  • Councilmember Nury Martinez  213-473-7006
  • Councilmember Bob Blumenfield  213-473-7003
  • Councilmember Mike Bonin  213-473-7011

Additional links and information:
City of Los Angeles Public Meeting Calendar
Proposed Budget information

Join us for a Parks Focus Group! Next Wednesday.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Deputy Director Sedrick Mitchell and the Statewide Outdoor Comprehensive Recreation Plan (SCORP) Team invite you:
Parks and Open Space Advocates Focus Group
The State is looking for feedback from park advocates working in communities around LA County to document community needs. Please come share your thoughts and priorities for parks, open space, and recreation programs, and how these spaces have made an impact on the health and wellness of communities and individuals. Your feedback will help shape and define the direction of parks in California.

The focus group will be held:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Casa Italiana
1039 N. Broadway, LA, CA 90012

Please RSVP by COB on Monday April 3 to edna.robidas@tpl.org

 

*This meeting will be video-recorded so your opinions can reach a statewide audience, health agencies, the Governor’s Office, and the National Park Service. A video of statewide focus group highlights will be produced and distributed by the SCORP Team by early 2018.

Advocacy Day in Sacramento – 3/22

Advocate for parks and open space in Sacramento!


While Measure A passed resoundingly last Fall, the County’s parks needs assessment identified $21 billion in need for new parks, open space, maintenance, and amenities for communities. Measure A alone will not help us close this gap, although it is a strong step in the right direction.

The California Legislature is currently considering two park bond bills, SB5 in the Senate, and AB18 in the Assembly. These two measures are complimentary to one another and would provide $3B of funding for parks, recreation, water infrastructure, and natural/historic resources statewide.

Join us in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 22nd to urge our representatives to prioritize the passage of these bills, and commit to ensuring the funding sources our communities and children need for a healthy future. Talking points, preparation, and meeting coordination will be provided.  Email edna.robidas@tpl.org for more information.

If you are unable to make it to Sacramento in person, use this link to find your state representatives and contact them to urge their support.

Thank you!
The #OurParks Coalition

Still time to sign-on!

#OurParks Support for a California Park Bond (SB5):

Water Resiliency sign on letter:

  • Link to Water Resiliency sign-on letter
  • Addressed to LA County Board of Supervisors
  • Support for adequate and clean water for our region, and urges transparency, stakeholder engagement, and multiple-benefit projects

 

Upcoming events
Parks Pollution & Obesity Conference – 4/17 – USC
http://ehc.usc.edu/april2017conf

Park Equity Summit – 4/13 – LA Neighborhood Land Trust
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/park-equity-summit-tickets-31465499155

Support green funding – Sign-on today!

California needs your support!


While Measure A passed resoundingly last Fall, the County’s parks needs assessment identified $21 billion in need for new parks, open space, maintenance, and amenities for communities.  Measure A alone will not help us close this gap, although it is a strong step in the right direction.

There are currently three potential funding sources in the works that will help meet local parks and open space need.  A 2018 California State Park Bond, an urban forestry funding and policy bill, and a water resiliency program and funding mechanism.  There are three associated support letters that can be found at the links below, along with forms if you would like to sign on as a signatory.

#OurParks Support for a California Park Bond (SB5):

  • Link to #OurParks Park Bond sign-on letter
  • Addressed to California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
  • Support for a California State Park Bond to fund parks and open space
  • TIME SENSITIVE!  Please sign-on and send in your logos by end of day Friday, March 3, 2017

Urban Forestry Funding sign-on letter:

  • Link to Urban Forestry Funding sign-on letter
  • Addressed to Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), who introduced Assembly Bill 1530
  • Supports a bill that provides important augmentations and enhancements to the Urban Forestry Act of 1978, including language to better support maintenance of our existing trees as well as more focus on stormwater management, workforce development, and social equity.

Water Resiliency sign on letter:

  • Link to Water Resiliency sign-on letter
  • Addressed to LA County Board of Supervisors
  • Support for adequate and clean water for our region, and urges transparency, stakeholder engagement, and multiple-benefit projects

Thank you!
The #OurParks Coalition

Save the date
We’re currently planning a Sacramento Lobby Day to urge legislators’ support of a 2018 Park Bond. This day will take place on March 22, 2017. If you’re interested in participating, email edna.robidas@tpl.org.  Additional information will be forthcoming.