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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

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