Los Angeles City Council: Support Urban Gardening on Parkways
  • Petitioned Jose Huizar

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Planning and Land Use Management Committee, Los Angeles City Council
Jose Huizar
Planning and Land Use Management Committee, Los Angeles City Council
Paul Krekorian
President, Los Angeles City Council
Eric Garcetti
President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council
Jan Perry
Assistant President Pro Tempore
Dennis P. Zine
Chair of Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management
Ed P. Reyes

Los Angeles City Council: Support Urban Gardening on Parkways

    1. Petition by

      Ron Finley

      Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles residents are required to mow and water their parkways—the strips of city-owned land between the curbs and sidewalks. I turned my parkway into a garden, where I grow kale, tomatoes, watermelons, and other organic fruits and vegetables.

But what I’m doing is technically illegal: Residents are supposed to get permits to grow gardens on parkways. These permits cost at least $400 and can run as much as thousands of dollars. Even with the permit, plants can’t be more than three feet high.

The city threatened to shut down my garden, but thanks to support from my group L.A. Green Grounds, Change.org, Councilman Herb Wesson's office, and the South Los Angeles community, my hearing was canceled and I was able to keep it. But there’s a larger problem here: Expensive, time-consuming permits limit the gardening that could be going on in LA.

Many Los Angeles neighborhoods—like the Crenshaw area I live in—are food deserts. If residents were allowed to use their parkways to grow food, they could save money, be able to access fresh fruits and veggies, and produce food for themselves and their neighbors.

Urban gardeners like me aren’t looking for a handout—we’re just looking for access to grow food for ourselves and for our communities. The Government is supposed to be in service to the community, not the other way around. The most important resource is PEOPLE. Please listen to THE PEOPLE.

Please sign my petition to Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council. I’m asking these lawmakers to change the rules to make it easier for residents to grow gardens on parkways.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Ron Finley's Urban Garden

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Portland Monthly magazine covers Ron Finley's L.A. garden!

    3. Hundreds of Angelenos to L.A. City Council: 'Let Us Grow Gardens!'

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      American Feast cover Ron Finley's campaign to amend L.A. restrictive urban gardening rules.

    4. Hundreds to Los Angeles City Council: Let Us Grow Gardens!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In fewer than 48 hours, more than 300 people have joined a campaign on Change.org calling on Los Angeles City Council members to support gardening in the city.
      Ron Finley, a South Los Angeles resident who launched the online petition campaign at...

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Gardens Are Better than Grass

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      LA residents are required to mow and water their parkways, so why are they charged a fee to plant more useful fruits and veggies on these strips of city-owned land?

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Alicia Ogburn PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      I love urban organic garderns, they are great to have.. All fifty states should have beautiful organic gardens everywhere.. Our government and all elected officials should give money and support urban gardeners. I wish I could have a small urban organic garden. The gardens feed people and that is greatly needed.

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    • Mark Glassock SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Obesity is a weapon of mass destruction. Gardens will promote sustainable, nutritious eating and encourage walking in our neighborhoods.

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    • Maureen Jackson WARBURTON VICTORIA AUSTRALIA, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I think growing a Garden of Vegatables on PARKWAYS is a great idea & should be encouraged by the Councils & there should be ne charge, everyone should do it, what is ouncilswrong with you City councils

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    • Jeffrey Delshad LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Over-regulation we can all agree on.

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    • Glen Wilson NORTHRIDGE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Urban gardeners need all the support they can get.

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