October 2015 Newsletter
The Latest News From The Corps
Save the Date!

By now, you should have received a Save the Date email for our Annual Spring Luncheon. Next year's event will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center. 

Each year, our luncheon is very special as we recognize our Corpsmembers who are scholarship recipients. However, next year's event will be especially significant as we will also celebrate 30 years of transforming the lives of youth and enhancing communities in Los Angeles. 

We will honor Mickey Kantor, Founder, and John Van de Kamp, Founding Board Member, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an inspiring and exciting day. 

To RSVP for the event, please click here.
 Creating Water-Wise Landscapes in Reseda
Over the past few months, our Corpsmembers helped to build and install a new water-wise garden and irrigation system at the West Valley Municipal Center and West Valley Branch Library in Reseda. 

This 20,000 square foot project features drought-friendly landscapes in place of traditional lawns to save water and to educate West Valley residents about options available to them at their own homes.

Councilmember Bob Blumefield of Council District 3 held a grand opening celebration late last month to commemorate the outstanding work our Corpsmembers completed. 

To see more photos from the day and samples of our Corpsmembers' work on this significant project, please visit our Facebook page.

New Partnership with Councilmember David Ryu
On Saturday, October 17th in Hollywood, our Clean & Green team, along with the Los Angeles Beautification Team, Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA), and LA Sanitation, participated in Councilmember David Ryu's first Community Clean-Up Day. 

While kicking off the event, Councilmember Ryu also officially announced our new partnership with his office. As part of this alliance, we will provide Council District 4 with a dedicated Clean & Green team to support their neighborhood beautification efforts. 

A highlight for us is that Councilmember Ryu shared he is a former Clean & Green student! He enthusiastically told the audience that Clean & Green taught him the importance of public service, and that the values and skills he learned during his time with us have stayed with him over the years.

We sincerely thank the Councilmember for his partnership, for being an advocate for the LA Conservation Corps, and for openly offering glowing testimonials about how he benefited from our program!
Silver Lake Meadow Project
Thanks to funding secured by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, our crews were recently able to begin maintenance on the Silver Lake Meadow walking and jogging path in Council District 13.  

During this one-week project, the Corps' crews pruned trees for clearance, conducted weed abatement, repaired the decomposed granite path, and hauled away debris in the area. Our Corpsmembers will also conduct monthly maintenance in the area.
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Share Your Experiences with Our Corpsmembers!

We are recruiting guest speakers to talk at our upcoming College and Careers Sessions. Many of our students have expressed interest in pursuing career pathways outside of the conservation sector. So, we'd love to offer them with insights on these alternative explorations. 
The following dates are available:
  • Tuesday, November 3
  • Tuesday, November 10
  • Thursday, November 12 
  • Tuesday, November 17
All sessions will run from 9:20am-10:20am. If you are interested in sharing your path to success with our Corpsmembers, please contact Kea Duggan.
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