WAHA E-News 8-2-2005

Tree Care, Community Action and Just Desserts.

By Laura Meyers
Saturday, August 6 9 a.m. - Noon 2125 Fourth Avenue (south of Washington)
We are starting a WAHA Tree Care Group to take care of the trees in the West Adams. This promises to be a fun group and to provide a desperately needed service. The first meeting will be this Saturday. WAHA\'s own Jennifer Scott-Lifland, an arborist with TreePeople, will be instructing us in this how-to seminar.

Here are the details:
Please come help care for a grouping of "adolescent" trees in Arlington Heights and learn tree care techniques from the experts!
There are 15 young Camphor trees that TreePeople and neighbors planted along Fourth Avenue. The trees are seven years old and still need continued support. Join TreePeople for a morning of fun, information, community-building, and action as we weed, mulch, and water these young, hard-working "street" trees.
The Fourth Avenue "Tree Care with TreePeople" event begins with coffee and donuts at 9 a.m., and then volunteers get down to work. (This is not a "drop-in" event.) Well, work that is family-friendly -- kids with their parents are definitely welcome! Please bring a sun-hat, water to drink, work gloves, and wear comfy shoes. Jennifer started the tree care department at TreePeople seven years ago. She leads tree care events to support young TreePeople trees all around L.A. County.

Please help on this Tree Care morning because... 1) This work is fun. 2) This work is important. A city tree that receives no follow-up care lives about seven years. 3) If you want to support other trees in the city, this morning will be an invaluable learning experience. 4) Learn more about how TreePeople works -- what the organization does (and doesn't) do! For more information, and to RSVP, please call Jennifer Scott-Lifland at 818-623-4841. You can also check out more about TreePeople at the website: www.TreePeople.org

The Historic Firehouse No. 18 (Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 349) located at 2616 Hobart Boulevard just south of Adams Boulevard, is currently the focus of several meetings and community initiatives. The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is exploring the possibility of selling the building outright, while several community-based organizations, including WAHA, have expressed interest in its remaining in public community use.
The neighborhood council for the area, "NANDC" (North Area Neighborhood Development Council N.C.), will discuss the issue at its Governing Board meeting this week:

Thursday, August 4 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, 3787 S. Vermont Ave. (just south of Exposition)
The agenda item reads: "Approval: Letter to Community Redevelopment Agency expressing the community's desire to maintain Fire House No. 18 as a public space, available for public gatherings and community use. Specifically in support of West Adams Heritage Association's proposal to manage the space with special accommodations for ECNANDC office and meetings."

If you are interested in participating in further community discussions, please contact WAHA president Jefferson Davis, jeffdavisv@yahoo.com.

The Echo Park Historical Society and Echo Park Delta Development LLC seek parties interested in relocating a 1911 bungalow currently located at 1609 Delta Street. Qualified individuals or organizations are invited to submit proposals to relocate and utilize the structure. Financial assistance may be available, with additional amounts for nonprofit or community uses. Interested parties must be able to accept delivery of the structure before February 1, 2006. Contact Kevin Kuzma of the EPHS at 213-840-2583 no later than August 15th to begin the qualification process.
Here's a link to some images of the building. http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kuzmakevin/album?.dir=/ba4e

Wednesday, August 17 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1620 Virginia Rd. (Lafayette Square)
New to WAHA? Or West Adams? You're invited to meet new friends and neighbors. WAHA is hosting a dessert party to welcome new WAHA members. As in the past this is a social event and all WAHA members (new and old) are invited to attend. Although it is not required, of course a dessert to share is always appreciated.

For more information, contact Membership Chair Candy Wynne, 323-735-3749 or candywynne@yahoo.com.

We welcome your contributions to the WAHA E-News and West Adams Heritage Association\'s monthly publication, "West Adams Matters." Please understand that we do have deadlines. Material for the print newsletter should be submitted no later than the 1st of the prior month (i.e.: April 1 for the May issue). If your event is scheduled for early in a month, we suggest you request coverage for the prior month (i.e.: May issue for a June 3 event), because it\'s entirely possible that not all of our members will have received their newsletter by then (we do try hard…). We reserve the right to edit submitted material. For the WAHA E-News, we prefer to only send it out once or twice a month, circa the 5th and the 20th. Please don\'t wait until two days before an event to let us know about it. It may not be sent out. EXCEPTION: If you suddenly hear of an important city hearing or other public meeting that is important to West Adams, we will endeavor to send out a special bulletin. Submit your material to Laura Meyers, editor, lauramink@aol.com