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Mar Vista Green Committee: Occupy City Hall with Sustainable Landscaping

The Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee unanimously approved a motion urging the LA Dept of Recreation and Parks to replace the lawn at City Hall with sustainable landscaping using plants indigenous to Southern California. The motion will be presented to the MVCC Board in December for Board approval.

The LA Times recently reported that Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager for the City Dept. of Recreation and Parks, expects to spend up to $400,000 to re-sod the lawn, repair the irrigation system and plant new drought-tolerant landscaping in the aftermath of the Occupy LA demonstrations at City Hall.

Mar Vista joins a growing chorus of voices advocating for a more sustainable response to the protests:

Proposed Mar Vista Community Council motion:

The destruction of the lawn at Los Angeles City Hall presents the city with a unique opportunity to replace the lawn with landscaping that is more in keeping with the sustainability and conservation policies that are promoted by the Mayor and the City of Los Angeles. The MVCC Green Committee requests that the MVCC issue the following letter to the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

The proposed letter is included below.

To: Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

RE: Sustainable Landscaping at Los Angeles City Hall

The Mar Vista Community Council endorses and requests that the lawn that was destroyed at City Hall be replaced with sustainable landscaping using plants indigenous to Southern California and following the guidelines of the Low Impact Development Ordinance to address storm water diversion and water capture. While keeping with the guidelines of Project Restore, this civic open space should utilize permeable hardscape and indigenous plants that are naturally drought tolerant. Plants indigenous to Southern California will not require fertilizers, which will protect our watershed as well.

While the City is urging homeowners and businesses to replace turf lawn with sustainable alternatives, it is imperative that the City utilize this opportunity to set an example by re-landscaping to conserve water and create a habitat that fosters the pollinators needed to support our ecosystem. Such landscaping will serve to promote environmental awareness and responsible landscaping choices by others in a highly visible setting and will ultimately save the city money in both water usage and maintenance. 

Please make our wishes in this matter known to all who are involved or concerned.  Your assistance in this process is appreciated. If there are others we should contact directly, your help in identifying those parties would also be appreciated.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Cc: The Commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Barry A. Sanders, President
Lynn Alvarez, Vice President 
W. Jerome Stanley, Member
Jill T. Werner, Member
Johnathan Williams, Member

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl

Councilmember Paul Koretz

Councilmember Herb Wesson

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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