Boyle Heights Clean Streets Challenge Volunteer Event! 11.11.2017

Join us & Boyle Heights community as we work together to clean-up & beautify our neighborhood!

The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and From Lot to Spot invite you to join us as we work together to clean-up & plant in the Via Verde walkway. Over the last two years, we’ve worked with Homeboy Industries Charter and Girls Today, Women Tomorrow to implement the community’s wishes to have a safe, green walkway between 1st & 2nd Streets.

We will give this walkway some love by cleaning it, planting beautiful native plants, and learning new ways to keep our public spaces clean, safe and engaged!


Together we will keep the walkway safe, clean and beautiful for our community!

Clean Streets. 

Green Streets. 

Safe Streets. 


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
FREE food, refreshments, and  giveaways!

ALL ages are welcome!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://goo.gl/by4Q3f

Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:00 am

Via Verde
1946 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

¡Acompañenos y la comunidad de Boyle Heights mientras trabajamos juntos para limpiar y embellecer nuestra comunidad!

Acompaña el Neighborhood Council de Boyle Heights y From Lot to Spot mientras trabajamos juntos para limpiar y plantar en el sendero de Via Verde. Durante los ultimos dos años, hemos trabajado con Homeboy Industries Charter y Girls Today, Women Tomorrow para implementar los deseos de la comunidad de tener un sendero seguro y verde entre las calles de 1st y 2nd Street.

Mostraremos un pquito de amor a este sendero limpiándolo, plantando hermosas plantas nativas, y aprendiendo nuevas formas de mantener nuestros espacios públicos limpios y seguros.

!Juntos mantendremos el sendero limpio, seguro y hermoso para nuestra communidad!

Calles Limpias. 

Calles Verdes.

Calles Seguras.


Por favor traiga ropa y zapatos comodos.
Habra comida, refrescos y rifas GRATUITOS!

TODOS estan invitados!

Rerserve espacio AQUI: https://goo.gl/by4Q3f

Sabado, 11 de Noviembre, 2017
10:00 am

Via Verde
1946 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

‘a LOT to fight for’ FLTS Annual Benefit


It’s been one week and we are still reeling…! Our annual party was extra special because of you!

We want to thank you for making our ‘a LOT to fight for’ annual fundraiser the most incredible ever! In these politically challenging times you stood up and fought with us! Thank you.

We honored some amazing folks:
Maria Elena Durazo
Miguel Luna
Turner Construction

We had a blast celebrating them and our work to create community-centered, greenspace equity, and celebrating YOU for standing with us in this fight.

Thank you for your commitment, for your advocacy and for your support to build beautiful, strong, vibrant communities – FOR ALL. The fight to build equitable, healthy communities and creating spaces where all  people thrive, is on. Let’s continue it together.

CLICK HERE to see fun pictures from the night and feel free to tag yourself & friends: https://goo.gl/4TuCMp


Thank you again to our sponsors who placed their trust in us. We are so grateful for your support!



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.

a LOT to fight for




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.

a LOT to fight for



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!