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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!

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Heart of Watts Community Garden Grand Opening

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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

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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!

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LENNOX: LA County Needs Your Voice! El condado necesita su voz!

 

LA County Parks & Rec is conducting a needs assessment to gather input and data for future decision-making on parks an recreation.

We need to hear from you! Come out January 16th, 2016 10am -12pm
at Lennox Park!

Click here for flyer:  Lennox LAC Needs Assessment Meeting!

For more information contact Maria De Leon 323.786.3587.

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El Condado de Los Ángeles está realizando una evaluación en todo el condado de las necesidades de parques y recreación, tanto en las ciudades como en las áreas no incorporadas.

Necesitamos escuchar tu voz!

Venga a la juna el 16 de enero, 2016 a las 10am en el Lennox Park!

Para mas informacion contactese con Maria De Leon 323.786.3587

Haga clique aqui para el folleto: Lennox LAC Needs Assessment Meeting!

we have a LOT to GROW annual party!

FLTS Invite 2015 FINAL

It’s that time again!! Join us as we honor Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, City of LA Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero and some wonderful community partners!

We’ll have good food, cumbias to dance to and a silent auction with hotel stays, Laker tickets and more!!!

Buy tickets here:  https://alottogrow.eventbrite.com

 

a LOT to love Annual Party

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate with YOU the work we do to create greenspace equity in communities of need…because of YOU.

We cannot build parks in low income communities without YOU.

We cannot activate community gardens in vacant lots without YOU.

We cannot an LA where every child can walk to park (our dream LA) without YOU.

So, please join us on September 13th! In the meantime, check out our ONLINE AUCTION with some amazing gifts and experiences:  Kobe Bryant autographed basketball, 2 Southwest round trip tickets anywhere in the US, one night stay at the Standard, a luxurious retreat at the Hyatt Huntington Beach and much , much more!  Click HERE to see items and bid!

To buy your tickets to the event, click on the image below!

 

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we have a LOT to love.

 

Larch Ave Park Mosaic Event!

Check out the Mosaic Workshop Saturday, August 2nd, 2014!

See our very own Project Coordinator Maria De Leon provide all the details in the link below!

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