Bruce’s Beach Returned To It’s Rightful Owners

If you haven’t heard yet, than you feel it doesn’t apply to you, or you been living under a rock but Bruces Beach has been returned to its rightful owners, the decedents of the family. This is a huge step in the right for directions for other families displaced and robbed of generational wealth by the **cough**racism**cough, damn that COVID.

An African American couple named Charles and Willa Bruce, owned this land a century ago. The couple built a beachfront resort called Bruce’s Beach Lodge in 1912 and welcomed Black beachgoers with a restaurant, a dance hall, and changing tents with bathing suits for rent.

But the Bruces were run out of Manhattan Beach and forced to shut down their successful resort. Their property was seized by the city, and they lost their fortune. For years, the land was owned by the county of Los Angeles — until last month, when California passed a law that allowed the property to be transferred back to the couple’s descendants.

By 1924, Manhattan Beach city officials invoked eminent domain, claiming the city would build a public park over 30 lots, including the Bruces’ land and four other lots owned by African American families.

A group called the Land Loss and Reparations Research Project, which is trying to put an economic value on agricultural land unjustly taken from Black farmers over the last hundred years.

“Our research team has come up with a preliminary estimate of $300 billion,” Mitchell says, noting that it only accounts for the farm land itself. “We’re also going further and saying that as a result of losing this land, we lost the ability to benefit from the land ownership in terms of families getting loans to send their children to college, which then has a negative impact on economic mobility — and that’s just Black farmers.”

The historic Bruce’s Beach case is inspiring social justice leaders and reparations activists to fight for other Black families whose ancestors were also victims of land theft in the United States.Article continues after sponsor message.

Bruces Beach – The Guardian

Bruce Beach – NPR

Leimert Park Is Getting a Parklet…..?

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So If you’ve noticed, the eastern edge of 43rd Place  between Degnan and Leimert Blvd it’s has blocked for the upcoming Leimert Parklet.  From what I have seen from the plans a parklet seems to be a street turned pedestrian plaza, bordered by large potted plants and includes seating spread-out throughout the plaza, however People St describes a parklet as an expansion of the sidewalk into one or more street parking spaces to create people-oriented places.  This project is headed up by a program called People St which is made up of the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation in collaboration with LA City Department of Public Works an City Planning, The Mayors Office, and Metro.  Leimert’s Parklet is supposedly finishing up the design aspect of the project and finalizing construction documentation for their sites, and conducting further community engagement. Tentative installation for these parklets is projected after Summer, 2015

Leimert Park Village Parklet

2014 Ladera Walk Around The Park

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The annual Ladera Walk Around The Park is back upon us.   Promoting healthy and safety within our young community participants are encourage to come out and walk around the Ladera Park starting at 2pm  August 16th.  Supporters :Wells Fargo, Nestle, Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Whole Foods, Magic Johnson Foundation, Broadway Federal Bank, Deuce Brand, United Oil, Mike’s Deli, Earle’s Grille, Pann”s Restaurant.

Ladera Walk Around The Park

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza

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Looking for something to do after the 4th of July Jazz on the Hill, well eeezzzz (from The Wiz) on down Slauson  to  for a Firework Extravaganza.  Eighth District Councilmen Bernard Parks and the City of Los Angeles are hosting the 12th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at the Van Ness Recreation Center.  Guest are invited arrive as early as 12pm, fireworks are set to go of at dusk.

Firework Extravaganza at Van Ness Park

 

4th of July Jazz On The Hill

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Looking for something to do on the 4th, check out Jazz on the Hill.  Sponsored by Councilmen Bernard Parks, come out and enjoy live family fun entertainment Friday July 4th from 12pm to 5pm.  Located at Norman O. Houston Park free parking and shuttle rides  will be offered to and from the park to Park Hills Community Church where patrons are be asking to park.  Shuttle rides will run in intervals of 15 min to 20 min starting at 11am.  Call 213-485-7616 for any questions or concerns you may have, see you on the Hill!

Grand Reopening of the Museum of African American Art

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The newly renovated Museum of African American Art will reopen on Sunday, June 1st, with an exciting new exhibit by Buena Johnson!  Enjoy live music, poetry, and light refreshments at our grand reopening!  Artist BUENA JOHNSON is widely recognized for her legendary jazz, blues, and gospel fine art as well as her many commissioned portraits.  The Museum of African American Art is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located on the 3rd floor in the Macy Building of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

 

GRAND REOPENING
SUNDAY, JUNE 1st
2:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Median Park In The New 9th

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Every neighborhood deserves a park, but in the Ninth District, open space is scarce and adding green space has been a chronic challenge. But this weekend, Councilmember Curren Price joined with  members of CANNDU Neighborhood Council, local residents, volunteers and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to break ground on a brand new park which will convert an under-utilized median into a lush parkway. When completed the project will include fitness zones, a toddler playground, picnic areas and a tree-lined seating area.

The Avalon and Gage Park was first identified by CANNDU neighborhood council and local residents in 2002. The goal was to create a neighborhood space for the densely populated but park-poor area. What started out as a plan to bring some planters and seating to the intersection of avalon and Gage quickly grew into a dream of creating a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. In 2009, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust got involved and worked with the neighborhood council to secure Prop K funding as well as facilitate  a community design process.

” The New Ninth is about bringing a transformation to our community, replacing blights and neglect with the kinds of amenities that so many other parts of our city enjoy,” said Councilman Curren Price. ” Nothing says change like taking an under used median and converting it into a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. I am excited and eager to see this project completed and thank the Neighborhood Land Trust and all of our partners for their investment and support.”

New Ninth Median Park

Round Up: Hills Park Heights 2014 Spring Garden Tour

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I would like to applaud the maginifecent floral design and retirate how awe struck I was while attending  the Windsor Hills, View Park, Ladera Heights 2014 Spring Garden Tour.  The eclectic landscape design  of the gardens was amazing.  The beauty of these gardens was very relaxing and tranquil.  The Vendor Fair, which takes places Monteith Park in View Park, was in full swing by the time I arrived and it was jam packed with extremely creative and talented people right here from our own communities.  I met several very creative vendors, Mira, Loni, Cynthia, and Rhoda.  Mira was in the middle of creating something awesome. Mira says she been painting all her life and says she “derives her inspiration on creating positive images of women.”  Loni, whos been painting for 15 years has a more abstract style.  He’s been known as Black Picasso.  Loni recreates forms and shapes and dubs his style a classy culture.  Cynthia, another vendor, who works with gourds, yea gourds, isn’t that awesome.  Cynthia who was inspired by her mother, uses every bit of the gourds.  She makes purse, bowls, magnets, vases, leather cuffs, and more.  Rhoda, who has a high love for gardening and succulents created and sold vertical gardens.  Rhoda also is the Founder of “The Factory, Inspirational Yard Art & Garden Artistry by Rhoda.”  I also had the privelage of meeting the the Ladera Heights Girls Scout Troop who educated me on earthquakes and how to prepare for them.  The Ladera Heights Girl Scouts are working toward the hightest badge ther is for Juniors, the bronze badge so Good Luck Girls!!! Check out the pictures I was able to snap of yet again another awesome Garden Tour, see you guys again in 2016!  For any information on the vendors or the Garden Tour email Team@inspiredgardenartistry.com.

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South LA Kids Bike Festival

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Join us for a Free Kids Skills and Safety Festival! Learn how to ride your bike safely, start and stop properly, avoid hazards, yielding, ride an obstacle course and more! We’ll even have a limited supply of bikes and helmets for those without.

Fun for all ages.
Skills stations.
On-street group rides.
Certificates and goody bags.
Bike wash.
Helmet giveaways.
Food!

Helmets required for all riders.

Bike Tune ups by El Maestro Bicycle Shop

Presented by Walk ‘n Rollers and LACBC.

Made possible by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign http://goodneighbors.usc.edu/, an employee-giving program that supports university-community partnerships.

http://www.la-bike.org/USCGoodNeighborsGrant

Earth Day South LA

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Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood.

3655 S Grand Ave Ste 240 Los Angeles California 90007
Saturday, April 12
at 11:00am – 6:00pm