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    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Photos from Service Day Clean Up

    Just wanted to post some photos from the Service Day clean up. We had such a good turn out, and we appreciate everybody who came out!

    Some of our volunteers signing in:

    John before my first spanish television interview

    John after his first spanish language interview

    A few of our younger volunteers:

    Some project runway fans may recognize Sweet P from Project Runway in the photo below:

    A few of our dedicated volunteers:

    Friday, January 23, 2009

    Echo Park Clean Up on January 31!

    To carry on the momentum of our last great event, we are going to pick up right where we left off and do a clean up in Echo Park along Sunset Blvd on Saturday, January 31st. We hope that all of you can make it and we are looking forward to a great clean up day!

    The link to the USA Service site is here

    Please sign up through the site just so we know how many people are going to be able to make it and please bring your friends!

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Did you know The Buffalo News covers our events? Neither did we

    Just came across this story earlier today from the Buffalo News, here's to everybody's work!

    "In the hip Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles dozens of residents fanned out along Sunset Boulevard, picking its well-littered gutters and sidewalks clean of trash.

    'We've never done this before,' said Helen Nasillski, a ballet instructor who was out collecting trash with her husband and two children. 'There's a different feeling in the air these couple of days.'"

    Hey, it seems that Silver Lake is hip! Finally, we feel culturally relevant. Anyway, thank you Helen for coming out and there's a story about you in Buffalo!

    Trash Tip of the Day #1

    So I heard this trash tip from a girl in my spinning class, and I wanted to pass it along:

    Whenever she takes her dog out for a walk and a poop (this is a trash website, I can say "poop"), she takes a larger plastic bag and fills it with all of the trash that she sees along her walk. Not only is she not leaving her dog poop on the sidewalk, she is leaving it cleaner than she found it!

    Monday, January 19, 2009


    Today we had 250 people come out to our event for Barack Obama's National Day of Service! We cleaned from Sunset and Fountain, down to Echo Park. We aren't sure if Silver Lake has ever been so clean...

    We even had two news stations come out. Below is the article from ABC News....

    Thank you to everyone who came out to clean today. We really appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication. Photos coming soon!

    Monday, January 12, 2009

    Day of Service Clean Up!

    Join the LA Neighborhood Clean Up Project for a Day of Service clean up in Silver Lake on Monday, January 19th. Details to come soon, but check out our posting here and sign up or e-mail us for details...

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Flea Thinks We Are Cool, You Should Too!

    One of the many people that signed our petition for more trash cans in Silver Lake during our Sunday clean up was Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was cool enough to take a picture with a couple of our members after helping us out!

    January 11th Clean Up in Silver Lake

    Today the LANCUP team helped to clean up the area around Sunset and Santa Monica where we discovered some pretty atrocious trash disposed of on the side of the streets...for instance, three dead chickens...and got a celebrity photo (to follow in next post!) below...

    Here are two dead chickens thrown on the side of the street, do you think it's time to do something about the trash problem in parts of Silver Lake? (there were actually three or four along the sidewalk, but we have pictures of these two)

    A few of our volunteers cleaning up along Santa Monica near Sunset...I think our next t-shirts are going to read "No, we are not convicts":

    With no trash cans, this is where trash ends up, before:

    After we helped to clean it up:

    After a successful clean up!

    We even got free drinks from Intelligensia for our efforts!

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    Trash on Virgil

    An example of why the lack of trash cans is a problem on Virgil...taken at Virgil and Santa Monica. When there are no trash cans for 6 blocks, the only trash can fills up until people simply start dumping their trash on the street...this is the only trash can betwen Virigil/Santa Monica and Virgil/Melrose

    Monday, January 5, 2009

    The Stars are Just Like Us!!!

    Of course, they do it not out of choice, but still...

    [from JustJared]
    Michelle Rodriguez Has Trash Time
    Michelle Rodriguez Has Trash Time

    Fast and the Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez wipes her eyes and carries out some garbage as she fulfills her remaining hours of her court-ordered hard labor community service on Monday in Los Angeles.

    The 30-year-old former Lost actress had previously served time at the Lynwood Detention Facility after violating terms of her DUI probation.

    Rodrigriguez walked the side of the L.A. freeways and cleaned away debris and weeds in the standard orange vest and hardhat.

    Graffiti Cleanup!

    One of the other functions of our group (apart from the street cleaning aspect) is taking casual walks around neighborhoods to report graffiti on city property. Reporting graffiti is easy enough, simply call the city's information line at 311 and report the location...the city will then have somebody come and clean off the graffiti within 3-4 days. On our graffiti cleanup days we get a few people to go around and mark down areas with graffiti and later report it to the city. For graffiti on private buildings, we leave a flier with the business or building owner in both english and spanish telling owners how they can get the graffiti cleaned up. Below are some pictures from our clean up on Sunday.

    Graffiti on a Hoover street sign:

    The person who covers the neighborhood in graffiti, "BUDS"?

    "BUDS" again

    Writing down the location of graffiti to report:

    Graffiti on the Micheltorena stairs:

    The back of our nifty t-shirts: