January 19, 2017
After a year of great wins for the organization, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust announces that our pioneering Executive Director, Alina Bokde, who in many ways built this organization into the force it has become, has been recruited to a role outside the organization. While Alina’s new role will be announced in coming weeks, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate her and celebrate her successes with the Land Trust.
Though Alina will be greatly missed, she leaves behind a strong organization that is emerging as a major force in developing new parks and gardens in areas of LA needing green space the most, and driving policies that support park equity in the context of social and environmental justice movements, all while inspiring other urban land trusts.
The Land Trust’s dedicated staff led by its team of directors – Aysha Siddique, Dira Creek, Keshia Sexton and Mark Glassock – has kept the organization’s work moving forward without interruption. Furthermore, the Board is pleased to announce that we have engaged David Andrés Kietzman as our Interim Executive Director to support the whole team during the search period. David, a seasoned nonprofit professional and interim leader, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the board has kicked off the national search for an Executive Director by engaging Koya Leadership Partners. The search team will be led by Michelle Bonoan in Koya’s Southern California office.
We are excited about all of the success the Land Trust has achieved in recent years! Our Board is even more excited to see the impact this organization can achieve in coming years under the leadership of our next Executive Director.
An Important Park Measure on the November Ballot!
July 6, 2016
On July 5, 2016, the LA County Board of Supervisors heard from advocates about why parks are important for our county. The Board of Supervisors voted in support of a motion co-authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to place the “Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Local Beaches, Rivers, and Water Conservation Protection Measure” onto the November 8, 2016 election ballot. If passed by LA County voters, the proposed measure will replace Proposition A, which has been providing critical funding for our parks for over two decades and is set to expire soon.
What does this mean for the LA Neighborhood Land Trust? We’re especially excited about this measure because some of the funding will be directed towards projects in high and very high need areas that were identified in the County Park Needs Assessment. This adds great momentum to the park equity movement in Los Angeles!
The Land Trust is grateful to Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Our Parks Coalition, and our staff and community leaders.
Stay posted on how you can play a role in helping pass this important park measure in November 8.
February 26, 2016
Vacant Lots and Park Equity in Los Angeles: The Problem is the Opportunity is the final report of the Land Trust’s multi-year project known as Transforming Inner-City Lost Lots (TILL).
The report outlines how low-income communities of color in the City of Los Angeles experience both a lack of high quality parks and an oversupply of vacant lots. However, as the report demonstrates, these dual problems are each other’s solution.
The report shares findings from the four main phases of the TILL project: (1) creating an inventory of all City of LA-owned vacant lots; (2) producing a map of all City-owned vacant lots, (3) engaging communities in four key park-poor areas (East San Fernando Valley, South LA, Boyle Heights-El Sereno, and Wilmington-Harbor Gateway) and conducting vacant lot assessments on the ground, and (4) designing a multi-criteria needs model based on demographic and socioeconomic data in order to prioritize vacant lot development.
Phase 4 was conducted in partnership with the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute, which created an interactive online map for select vacant lots, available here.
The TILL report concludes with two policy recommendations: (1) the City of Los Angeles should develop one comprehensive, accessible place to get up-to-date information on all City-owned vacant lots, and (2) the City should create a single standardized strategy for marketing these City-owned vacant lots.
Funding for TILL was provided by the California Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program, administered by the California Natural Resources Agency and created under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).