Being a part of this neighborhood council board has completely broadened my thoughts and feelings about our community and shattered my preconceptions. Prior to getting involved, my vision of this part of the “Great 8” was narrow. I seemed to only see the things that needed to be improved. And I was going to roll up my sleeves and get things done.

Being a part of this neighborhood council board has completely broadened my thoughts and feelings about our community and shattered my preconceptions.  Prior to getting involved, my vision of this part of the “Great 8” was narrow.  I seemed to only see the things that needed to be improved.  And I was going to roll up my sleeves and get things done.  Well, I’ve found out, in actuality, that there are many people and organizations already making things happen.  They rolled up their sleeves a long time ago, have been making things happen for a long time and are probably wondering what took me so long.

A few of those hard working people will be visiting us at our May 20th meeting.  One of those organizations within our community making things happen is SCOPE (scopela.org).  SCOPE stands for Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education…whew!  This organization continually forges the way on determining how to improve circumstances in South L.A.  We are fortunate to have Simone Andrews, a representative of SCOPE, be one of our speakers this month.  She will provide information on the Mayor’s new budget and what South L.A. needs to do to get its fair share.

Our second speaker will be Amardeep Gill of the Don’t Waste LA organization (dontwastela.org).  Amardeep will be discussing the recent passage of the Waste Shed Policy by the city council and what it means for South L.A.

Our last speaker will be our own vice-chair Dr. Buashie Amatowku.  Buashie has spent the last 6 months on the Mayor’s Budget Committee speaking with heads of departments, going over numbers and helping to provide input to the mayor.  She will provide us with the most pertinent information regarding the budget and how it could affect our community.

On this Saturday, May 18th, Councilman Bernard Parks’ office is hosting a Spring Cleaning in the 8th District and VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  The clean-up locations, within our boundaries, are Manchester Ave. between Denker and Western Ave. and Vermont Ave. and Manchester Ave at 85th street.  Cleaning will begin at 8:00AM.  Refreshments will be provided. Event flier. Hope to see you there!

Our May meeting is on Monday the 20th at 6:00PM.  One of the best ways to help support improvement of our community is by staying informed.  Printable agenda. So, I will see you on Monday!

Joy
ECSWANDC – Chair 

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