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Three Community Alternatives




As neighborhood councils face their time of troubles, alternative voices are becoming more prominent in communities around Los Angeles.

About a month ago, Terre Ashmore began an alternative blog in Sunland Tujunga called Brock Ba'jer ("brock" is Celtic for badger). A bit of a badger herself, Ashmore also hosted the first community garden to which I ever belonged back in 1994. I knew her through my ties to Natural History Museum, where she came to give symposia curated by a friend of mine.

Terre was responsible back then for assembling many of the natural habitats at the LA Zoo, matching fauna to flora. She brought to Natural History a globally-culled expertise in natural flora habitats that brought together many of the museum's best botany figures. A kind of proto-xtreme community gardening activist back then, Terre also introduced me to the Theodore Payne Foundation in the mid 1990s.

In Silver Lake, the blogger I mentioned last Saturday, Brian Pacheco Corleto, who takes the kind of academic approach to community relations often found among Latino staffers in Council offices and on the MTA, writes Imaginação et réflexions d'un mec salvadoreño. It certainly has enough diacritical marks to pass ethnic class struggle muster, even if it is written in English. Educated at Berkeley, Corleto thinks Sunset Junction promoters snubbed Silver Lake's Latino community over the years, especially the years in which the festival was privatized.

Jennifer Solis in Westlake is working toward a PhD in Developmental Psychology. She doesn't blog--hopefully soon?--but offered a piece to CityWatch on the one percent solution for Neighborhood Councils that rebutted Greg Nelson's rebuttal of the idea, which I first promoted here at street-hassle. Even if she doesn't start a blog, I would certainly expect more of her at CityWatch.