Support Ron Finley's Garden / Planting of Edibles on Parkways
  • Petitioned City of Los Angeles (Dept of Public Works)

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City of Los Angeles (Dept of Public Works)

Support Ron Finley's Garden / Planting of Edibles on Parkways

    1. anne mcknight
    2. Petition by

      anne mcknight

      Glendale, CA

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August 2011

Victory

After media attention, grassroots activism, and a Change.org petition, Los Angeles officials cancelled Ron Finley's hearing and let him keep growing his South Los Angeles urban garden. Finley described the response to the petition as "heartwarming," and said that the campaign on Change.org was one of the major reasons that L.A. officials didn't proceed with the hearing. One councilman even said that he would introduce a motion to make it easier for urban gardeners like Finley to legally grow food on public parkways.

Re: Hearing at the LA Dept of Public Works on Wednesday, August 17. Ron Finley is called to appear after receiving notice to take down his edible garden.

South Los Angeles has been called a food desert by the US Department of Agriculture because of the lack of access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. The City has recognized this crisis of health and livability on a number of levels. The Mayor has created a food policy council to better address regional food issues; moreover, the City imposed a one-year moratorium on the building of fast-food restaurants over a 32-square-mile area. Still, however, major obstacles to health and access remain.

One solution advocated by local S LA residents--like their counterparts in areas such as Santa Monica and Silver Lake--is home farming, or urban farming (UF). UF is known to have effects not only on ameliorating health issues, but in providing many intangible "soft" structures of a neighborhood.

Ron Finley's garden on Chesapeake Avenue in south L.A. is one such successful endeavor. We, local neighbors and participants in the garden, appeal to the City to allow the garden to stand because of these many tangible and intangible benefits.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Monday morning news: parkway garden no longer on trial!

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your many efforts and thoughtful comments, Ron Finley received news today that he will no longer be required to appear in court to address potential city violations. Stay tuned for more info...

    2. Urban Garden Under Attack in South Los Angeles

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE 8/22/11: Change.org just got word that the hearing about Ron Finley's garden has been postponed until further notice. This is a great sign of progress, and we will update you with more information as it becomes available.
      Most of South Central...

    3. Green Grounds continues parkway advocacy

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      Both people featured in the LA Times piece--Ron Finley and Florence Nishida--are founding members of LA Green Grounds. GG works to further edible gardening of all kinds in the S LA area. Please check out our website and join us at our monthly Dig-in!

    4. Nice article by Steve Lopez on the garden & neighborhood in the LA Times!

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      A feature story was posted Saturday, and appears Sunday in the LA Times' print edition: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0821-lopez-garden-20110818,0,7830909.column. Councilman Herb Wesson of District 10 steps up in support! Stay tuned...

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. New hearing date--August 26

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      The hearing on Ron's parkway garden has been postponed until August 26. Green Grounds is also talking to city officials, freedom-loving foodies, gardeners and S LA residents, with an eye to changing the code that restricts growing on parkways.

    7. good news!--hearing postponed from Aug 17-->following week

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      the Dept of Public Works has granted a postponement for Ron's hearing. It will be next week, August 22-26. This is good news, since we can keep gathering support & having conversations about changing city code to allow growing on parkways!

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Hearing Scheduled for Tomorrow!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The hearing on this issue is scheduled for TOMORROW, August 17th. Please voice your support for Ron Finley's garden now, before it's too late!

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 17

      anne mcknight
      Petition Organizer

      so please sign and add your comments ASAP!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Marilynn Boosinger WILLITS, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Destroying the highly productive oasis that was South Central Farm and assaulting the Rawsome food co-op wasn't enough for the fascist globalists. They can't even leave a narrow strip of unused land alone. They intend to extinguish every independent food source until we have nothing but genetically engineered frankenfood to eat! The mounting persecution of small farmers and raw milk providers is a clarion call to take back our country before it is too late!

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    • Eirinn Parkes PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous!

      Have a look at Portland, OR (and, well, most of the Pacific Northwest, for that matter). There are GORGEOUS parkway... or, as they're also called, hellstrip... gardens all over our city!

      They are wonderful, attractive, prolific. And an amazingly GOOD idea. Get with the times, L.A. And be glad he's growing vegetables, and not pot and opium poppies.

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    • Roger Velasquez LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      COME ON POLITICIANS ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS? THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF OTHER ISSUES THAT YOU COULD BE PUTTING YOUR ENERGY INTO, INSTEAD OF BUGGING PEOPLE FOR GROWING FOOD

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    • Will Wright LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I believe in healthy food sources for our City.

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    • Teresa Roberts SANTA FE, NM
      • about 3 years ago

      Portland, Oregon supports this type of movement and one sees veggie gardens planted & decorated by schoolchildren along the sidewalks. What's wrong with Los Angeles! As a tourist, I'll opt for Portland instead! GO GREEN!!! GO VICTORY GARDENS!!! If any city needs gardens to combat pollution, It's L.A., which stinks of tar & piss!!!

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