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Placemaking: Creating Humancentric Spaces
An evening with Mark Lakeman, founder of the City Repair Project
Monday, March 28 – 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
1355 Lincoln Ave,
Pasadena, California 91103
Mark Lakeman is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. Lakeman created Portland-based City Repair and the Village Building Convergence to reclaim city spaces for the people. In the last decade with the help of thousands of volunteer activists, he has directed, facilitated, and inspired designs for more than three hundred new community generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone, and many more worldwide.
City Repair has inspired people to paint intersections, install benches, plant gardens, build Little Free Libraries, and other creative techniques which bring people together as a neighborhood and a community.
Come meet Mark, hear some of his experiences and thoughts, maybe get inspired, and connect with people/projects who are launching similar projects to transform their local places.
Event admission suggested donation, sliding scale: $10 - $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Dinner and organic agua frescas will also be available for purchase from ChaVegan Kitchen, a catering company with a focus on plant-based cruelty-free Mexican cuisine. Using only the freshest ingredients that are organic and locally sourced, each dish they serve fuels not only a healthy body but also a healthy planet.
"If we acknowledge that change is happening, we can choose the change. If anything can divert or overturn the dynamics of gentrification, it’s people being linked together." - Mark Lakeman
Transition Pasadena is a co-sponsor of this event with Zanja Madre/La Loma Development
OUR ATMOSPHERE: From around the Globe to Los Angeles
League of Women Voters Pasadena Area hosts
5th Annual Climate Change Forum
Saturday, March 19 — 9:00 am
Neighborhood Church, Ross Chapel
301 N Orange Grove Av, Pasadena
“The Paris Climate Talks and What They Mean”
Speaker: John Odell, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada
“The Fate of the Terrestrial Biosphere”
Speaker: Dr. Josh Fisher, Climate Scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech);
Science Lead, ECOSTRESS Mission
“Now Trending: Air Quality Measurements, Challenges, and Climate Change”
Speaker: Jason Low, Manager, Atmospheric Measurements,
South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Transition Pasadena is a co-sponsor of this event.
League of Women Voters Pasadena Area
Mulch For The People
State of the Mulch 2 attracted an eager crowd to The Shed on December 8, 2015.
Panelists Leigh Adams of the Arboretum and Melanie Winters of Water LA and The River Project brought expert information about how homeowners in our watershed can use mulch in contoured yards to reverse the current huge waste of stormwater. Greg Jones of Long Beach Public Works described how his city created a job-training program as a way of staffing home delivery of mulch over the past six years and also mentioned the Arcadia home delivery program. For Pasadena Public Works, Kenny Graham described how Pasadena provides mulch pick-up sites and Gabe Silva mentioned that a new state law requires the City to inform private companies such as arborists that they now must recycle organic waste.
After a lively Q/A conducted by moderator Sarah Leone, panelists and audience together discussed how to get more mulch to more people. Ideas on funding, staffing and locating a Pasadena mulch delivery program predominated.
On March 2, 2016, Sylvia Holmes and Lin Griffith for Mulch for the People met with Charles Peretz and Kenny Graham of Pasadena Public Works to see which ideas from State of the Mulch 2 might be workable. The meeting started with the happy announcement that, as a pilot project, the City will provide compost from Athens Services as well as mulch at the Victory Park mulch pick-up site on dates available atwww.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks/MulchRecycling/
Then we explored the possibility of initiating a City mulch home delivery program. The main challenges are (1) a place to store mulch and (2) funding for additional staff.
For several years, Pasadena Public Works staff have been trying to identify City-owned vacant land that could be used as a “lay-down” area for storing and improving the quality of mulch. Crowd-sourcing could help here. If you can think of a bit of underutilized land not right next to any house and accessible by dump truck, please post a comment for us.
For staff and funding, we considered searching for grants available to cities for workforce development, water conservation or diversion of organic materials from landfill as required by new legislation. The existing Pasadena MASH program could possibly provide workers. Of partner organizations suggested, YouthBuild seemed to offer the best fit for providing workers. We welcome further ideas on these challenges.
Contact us by posting on our Facebook Page or email us at email@example.com
— Lin Griffith
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Holmes.
The Right to Repair
Repair Cafe was visited by three interviewers last month: Pasadena Now, an independent journalist and a USC grad student of Urban Sustainability. The movement to repair things is all around us and grabbing attention.
This week we heard more conversation about growing support for the concept called “The Right to Repair.” Manufacturers who change screw heads for electronics to make them impenetrable without the proper secret tool–which they will not provide–or who refuse to share owners' troubleshooting manuals, are being questioned on their motives. Could it beplanned obsolescence? We have a relationship with a San Luis organization online called iFixit. They are offering such elusive tools and manuals for all to share. This freely sharing attitude is the basis of our work too.
The Repair Cafe Foundation in the Netherlands, our mother organization, sent a survey to us this week investigating these questions, looking for solutions that may involve changes in public policy, consumer protection, and protection of repair people. The responses we and other Repair Cafes have submitted will be analyzed and shared by The Center for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts in the UK.
We salute you, the folks who generously share your repair skills, who are changing culture, slowly but surely for the better...Better for people, better for the planet.
Next Repair Cafe Pasadena is:
3/26 at the Pasadena Senior Center, 10-1. 85 E Holly St, Pasadena.
Repairs will be accepted 10-noon. The Really, Really Free Market will have a sale: 100% off everything! Bring something, take something.
— Therese Brummel
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