Miguel Luna – 2017 Las Mujeres Award Honoree

Miguel Luna – 2017 Las Mujeres Award Honoree

Miguel has over 15 years of working to engage the most vulnerable voices in the sustainable developments all over the State of California.

Particularly, Miguel is an expert on environmental justice water issues including funding mechanisms and building community knowledge around water issues.  His breadth of experience has been lauded both locally and State-wide.

Join us for our 5th Annual Celebration as we honor his work.

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Maria Elena Durazo – 2017 Las Mujeres Award Honoree


Maria Elena Durazo – 2017 Las Mujeres Award Honoree


The daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers, Maria Elena Durazo learned the importance of hard work and determination at a very young age.  As a child, she traveled from Oregon to California with her parents and nine siblings to work in the fields.
Maria Elena is Vice President for UNITE HERE International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada. She started working at the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11 as an organizer in 1983, and soon after launched a campaign to transform the local into a democratic organization that was truly accountable toward its membership. She was elected as President in 1989, and helped to build Local 11 into one of the most active unions in Los Angeles County. Maria Elena was the first Latina to be elected to the Executive Board of HERE International Union in 1996.

In 2003, Maria Elena became National Director of the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, a national campaign to address the nation’s immigration laws.

From 2006 to 2015, Maria Elena Durazo was the first woman elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. At the Federation, she represented the interests of more than 300 local unions. In 2010, Maria Elena was elected a Vice President of the national AFL-CIO Executive Council, where she served as the first leader of a local labor movement on the highest body of the AFL-CIO. She currently serves as co-chair of the National AFL-CIO’s Immigration Committee.

Maria Elena has served on several Los Angeles City Commissions under mayors Tom Bradley, Richard Riordan, and Antonio Villaraigosa. She sits on various boards, including LAANE; the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board; the Los Angeles Coalition; and United Way. She was recently re-elected as Vice-Chair for the Democratic National Committee.

A resident of Los Angeles, Maria Elena is the mother of two sons, Mario and Michael, grandmother to Seneka and Sydney, and the widow of Miguel Contreras. Maria Elena is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and earned a law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985.

Join us for our 5th Annual Celebration as we honor her work.

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a LOT to fight for – FLTS 5th Annual Benefit


From Lot to Spot invites you to celebrate nine years of work in creating access to healthy, vibrant communities, one vacant lot at a time.

We are excited to continue our work and celebrate with you!

Please join us as we honor the work of:

Maria Elena Durazo, General Vice President, Unite Here

Miguel Luna, Principal, DakeLuna Consultants

Turner Construction

There will be libations, food, live banda, and an amazing silent auction!


Complimentary valet however we also highly encourage carpooling, cycling, taxi/Uber/Lyft, and public transportation!


For any sponsorship inquiries please contact:

Viviana Franco, viviana@fromlottospot.org, 310.780.5461

We’re Hiring! Lots of folks actually…

FLTS is looking to expand our organizing team! We are looking to hire 3 part-time community organizers to help us listen to community members needs all over LA.
Please take a look at the Job Description for Part-Time Community Organizer and pass it on!

CLICK HERE FOR JOB DESCRIPTION:  Community Organizer_2017_PT

Cudahy En Marcha

#CudahyEnMarcha  is a pop-up event that will temporarily transform the city’s streets as places that are safer and more enjoyable to walk, bike, skate and roll. Enjoy family fun festivities and lively public spaces full of our neighbors!

On Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., join your neighbors, friends, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis at #CudahyEnMarcha.

Join in on the fun as we celebrate the kick-off of the LA River Upper Segment Revitalization Plan with a community bicycle ride and festival. Grab prizes throughout the event corridor at activity hubs in Clara Street Park and on Atlantic Avenue between Elizabeth and Santa Ana Streets!

Be sure to join us for this community event that will celebrate what we love about Cudahy and demonstrate the possibilities for making Cudahy a more vibrant place for businesses and residents of all ages!


Heart of Watts Community Garden Grand Opening


From Lot to Spot (FLTS) has been working with local Watts community members and students from David Starr Jordan High School since 2014 to convert a vacant lot across from their school into a community garden! Through comprehensive community outreach, FTLS listened to the voices of Watts residents and in partnership with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps transformed this blighted lot into a much needed greenspace for the community. This project was made possible by the support and leadership of City of Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office, thank you!

November 5th was the Grand Opening! Community members joined in on the celebration with the Jordan High Drum line, Councilman Buscaino, and LACC._15a1852_15a1920 _15a1948 _15a2011


a LOT to Remember Annual Fundraiser 2016

FLTS Invite_081616It’s time!

a LOT to remember… we are taking a minute to pause and remember the demoralizing, blighted lots of yore and celebrating the parks, gardens, bike paths, beautiful social spaces they are today! The wonderful green and recreational spaces we could not have built without your support.

We want to remember that change is possible and to pay mind to remembering what was – LA tends to be so ahistorical, we do not want to erase the past that these vacant lots created, but learn and grow from them.

From Lot to Spot invites you to celebrate 8 years of creating access to parks and gardens in low income communities in greater Los Angeles and celebrate the accomplishments of greenspace powerhouse Belinda Faustinos, renowned architect Michael Maltzan and environmental justice champion Supervisor Hilda L.Solis.

Enjoy great food, a live banda, specialty cocktails and an amazing silent auction!

Buy your tickets HERE!

2016 Benefit Sponsorship Opportunities


2015 FLTS Honorees

2015 FLTS “Las Mujeres” Honorees Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, Assemblyspeaker Anthony Rendon and ValleyCrest Design Group. November 2015.

On September 10th, 2016  From Lot to Spot (FLTS) will be hosting our annual benefit party to support our mission and overall work to create access to parks and gardens in low income communities in the Los Angeles area.  It will be a unique, one-of-a-kind event with an expected attendance of 300 community members, youth, and elected officials that will provide an authentic connection to our work.   This year we have the pleasure of honoring the works of Supervisor Hilda Solis, renowned architect Michael Maltzan and greenspace powerhouse Belinda Faustinos.

Thank you for choosing to be an event Sponsor where we will be celebrating eight years of our work in environmental justice.  FLTS build pocket parks, gardens, micro-spaces, walking paths, bicycle paths, and other sustainable, innovative spaces in communities that do not have access to these opportunities. Your tax deductible sponsorship to brings our mission to life.  Our work supports the core of our mission to create more livable, sustainable and healthy communities for all.   We utilize our funding specifically on projects for the community, by the community and it is with support from the philanthropic community that we can do this.

Please click HERE to view 2016 sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Viviana Franco at 310.780.5461 or viviana@fromlottospot.org directly for sponsorship opportunities.


LA County’s Park & Rec Needs Assessment: Why You Should Care

Hiya friends,

We’re gearing up to help the County in it’s massive effort: the Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment, or as we like to call it in the office the “LACNA”.  🙂

Why needs assessments are crucial to the type of planning we like to get involved in – community-led planning – are because the community get’s to say what they need, what they want, how they want it. It is a planning approach that if done authentically, gives the voice to the people rather than government telling you “here, this is what you need.” In addition, it is a great way for the community to hold governing agencies accountable for projects, plans and other efforts that are born of the needs assessment.  They are written out generally with timelines and actionable steps to meet those goals identified. So keep us accountable, ask the difficult questions like “where do we go from here?” “when do we see these projects?”  It is important to put this information out there and have a clear path to communicating this crucial information.

So if you know that your community is in dire need of greenspace, if you are bothered that there are not enough playgrounds in your neighborhood, if you know there is a lack of walking trails and want more,  you HAVE to participate.  Your voice is your ticket to directly expressing  your needs.   And let’s be frank, because I have heard it from a lot of our community members – if you feel like we’ve or your local governing agency has already asked you about greenspace in your community and has done nothing with that information,  come and tell us that! We want to hear it.  It’s important to know what is going on and what is not.  The more we hear from you, the better we get at our jobs to provide the necessary resources to create healthy, sustainable communities.

The link at the bottom provides the County’s page with some cool stats and info on why we need a needs assessment, what it is, how parks create healthy communities and what the last Proposition paid for. There are a lot of way cool greenspace projects out there that Prop A paid for, including our LEEP project in Lennox. Unfortunately that money is tapped out.

We need more and we need your voice. Spread the word about the meetings in your community. Participate – let your voice be heard!