Free Parkway Trees Planted For You This Winter: Sign Up Now!

Because this program was so popular this spring, Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has once again teamed up with Northeast Trees to bring you free trees to green your parkway (which will be planted for you, but which you are responsible for watering), so all of Glassell Park’s streets can be lovely, shady, tree-lined streets.

AND IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT AESTHETICS—TREES CAN:

  • improve our health: slow our heart rates/blood pressure & decrease muscle tension [1]; increase our attention spans [2]; increase the benefits of exercise [3]; promote feelings of contentedness & relaxation while also reducing stress hormones [4]; reduce interpersonal aggression (as well as crime rates) [5]; and, believe it or not, improve community bonds that help us thrive [6]
  • significantly lessen the urban heat island effect by shading surfaces that would normally be getting hot from sunlight; this in turn reduces how hard our air conditioning systems have to work, thereby reducing both the heat emitted by AC compressors and our CO2 emissions, which provides additional cooling
  • help clean our air: yes, they even reduce smog and the (even more harmful to our health) particulate pollution that results from bare soil (exacerbated by years of drought), leaf blowers (despite being illegal, they’re everywhere), and vehicles
  • retain rainwater (which eventually travels down the leaves, branches, and trunk, and into the ground, instead of washing straight out to the ocean, polluted by the toxic substances picked up in streets)
  • provide habitat to the neighborhood’s many birds
  • make the neighborhood quieter by reducing noise transmission

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE OR GO TO GLASSELLPARKNC.ORG/TREES TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR TREE(S) TODAY.

If you’ve wanted a tree in your parkway, but just weren’t sure how to make it happen, this is your chance.

If you need any help with your trees after they are planted, there are several community volunteers on hand to help who have been trained by TreePeople, so you will always have someone to ask for help if you need it (just email trees@glassellparknc.org).  🙂

NOTE: FORMS WILL BE COLLECTED OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL MONTHS, AND TURNED IN SOME TIME IN FALL 2017, FOR A PLANT DATE SOME TIME IN THE WINTER (ANYWHERE FROM NOVEMBER 2017 TO FEBRUARY 2018)

Call For Muralists to Paint the Post Office (deadline: June 15th!)

Submissions for Mural have been closed.
Public Arts committee will be in close touch with all Artists and updates.

:: all questions, direct to publicarts@glassellparknc.org ::

DEADLINE was JUNE 15.

(SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ALSO CHANGED, PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF)

WHAT DO I SUBMIT?
A submission should consist of the following:
  • a selection of 10-15 images of your past work which is representative of the style and skill set you will bring to bear on mural creation
  • a description of your vision for the mural, which can be visual, textual, or both (please refer to these templates for your convenience, if you choose to do a sketch as part of conveying your vision: parking lot wall | street side wall) — please keep in mind the protruding blocks on the street side wall, and consider them in your plan; the format for this “description of your vision” is completely up to you, so just use a format that best suits you and allows you to convey your ideas
  • a description of your intended process, whether it’s one person or a group (team, club, organization, or other group), and how you plan to accomplish the mural in a way that involves the local community
CULTURAL & HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
We have connected with the WEB (Where Everybody Blossoms) Club at Sotomayor High School, and they have provided a set of recommendations, which we would encourage all applicants to become familiar with and consider in their submission.
WHAT DO I NOT NEED TO SUBMIT?
Because it is important that this mural be of cultural and historic significance, the research and planning phase we expect to take much longer than the time allotted for your submissions and therefore we’re building in some new parameters:
  • we do not need you to put in an inordinate amount of your time doing historical research before you hand in your submission; we will select 5 finalists and each will receive an honorarium and access to local historians (at a workshop or meeting date TBD), then you will be given ample time to flesh out your vision
  • you do not need to turn in a full rendering of your idea; in fact, we expect you to present ideas & examples of your work, but we do not expect your idea to be complete yet, since we want you to use the extra time allotted, the honorarium, and access to historians to inform your process further and allow you to develop a much more culturally and historically significant concept of Glassell Park & NELA in general as you develop your final plan

Please send your submission to artsubmissions@glassellparknc.org.

See photos of post office below (click to enlarge!), and stay in touch if you need more info.

Parking Lot Side
14′ x 50′ (appx 679 ft2)
Eagle Rock Blvd Side
20′ x 53′ (appx 1060 ft2)

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Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Release White Paper to Garcetti

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates met with Mayor Garcetti on Wednesday, March 8th, to present and review the White Paper with him and to hear  his thoughts on the current and coming fiscal years’ budgets.

The Budget Advocates will engage in further discussion about the contents of the White Paper with the City Council Budget & Finance Committee, probably in early May, and then, shortly thereafter, before the full City Council and will at that time add further stakeholder suggestions.

Given the now projected budget shortfall in the region of a quarter of a billion dollars, we are particularly interested in getting ideas on potential savings (without increasing Angelenos’ taxes or cutting back services) and suggestions for additional revenue streams.

If you as a Los Angeles resident would like to weigh in on the white paper or add your suggestions, PLEASE DO!  You can review the white paper, then email the GPNC’s Budget Reps with your suggestions (budgetreps@glassellparknc.org) and your email will be passed along to the proper channels.

Free Parkway Tree(s) Planted For You: Sign Up Now!

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 2nd, BUT DON’T DELAY!

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has teamed up with Northeast Trees to bring you free trees to green your parkway (which will be planted for you, but which you are responsible for watering), so all of Glassell Park’s streets can be lovely, shady, tree-lined streets.

And it’s not just about aesthetics—Trees can:

  • improve our health: slow our heart rates/blood pressure & decrease muscle tension [1]; increase our attention spans [2]; increase the benefits of exercise [3]; promote feelings of contentedness & relaxation while also reducing stress hormones [4]; reduce interpersonal aggression (as well as crime rates) [5]; and, believe it or not, improve community bonds that help us thrive [6]
  • significantly lessen the urban heat island effect by shading surfaces that would normally be getting hot from sunlight; this in turn reduces how hard our air conditioning systems have to work, thereby reducing both the heat emitted by AC compressors and our CO2 emissions, which provides additional cooling
  • help clean our air: yes, they even reduce smog and the (even more harmful to our health) particulate pollution that results from bare soil (exacerbated by years of drought), leaf blowers (despite being illegal, they’re everywhere), and vehicles
  • retain rainwater (which eventually travels down the leaves, branches, and trunk, and into the ground, instead of washing straight out to the ocean, polluted by the toxic substances picked up in streets)
  • provide habitat to the neighborhood’s many birds
  • make the neighborhood quieter by reducing noise transmission

Click on the image above or go to glassellparknc.org/trees to sign up for your tree(s) today.

If you’ve wanted a tree in your parkway, but just weren’t sure how to make it happen, this is your chance.

DON’T WAIT!  The deadline to sign up is March 31st April 2nd!

If you need any help with your trees after they are planted, there are several community volunteers on hand to help who have been trained by TreePeople, so you will always have someone to ask for help if you need it (just email trees@glassellparknc.org).  🙂