September 21, 2014 Los Angeles – The 2014 Alley Cleanup by Five Points Youth Foundation and Power of Green L.A. sparks Community Resiliency Campaign from the alley just south of Florence Avenue, between and Western to Van Ness.
The clean-up project started in June when 8th District Los Angeles City Councilperson Bernard Parks referred us to Art Sanchez from the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation Community for dumpster to clear abandoned yucca from the Five Points Youth Foundation Community Garden site at the rear of its 1820 W. Florence Avenue Mailbox, Business Center & U-Haul location.
Tyrone Adams, representing Power of Green L.A., a Five Points Community Partner, spearheaded the tremendous summer long effort to remove old trash and overgrowth that has covered walls and the path of the alley for many years, while abating fire hazards and pest conditions reinventing it as “Five Points Lane”.
As the weekly effort spread west along the valley, local volunteers (who enjoyed healthy meals made from garden vegetables) expanded the project to become a model for improving the quality of life and community resiliency for all involved.
Five Points Youth Foundation and the whole community gives special thanks Wayne D. Watson, Refuse Collection Supervisor, Solid Resources South Collection Division, for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation for pitching in to make the first phase of this project a success.
We look forward to input and support from local artists in creating colorful wall murals and other volunteers to reuse the area for green education classes for renewable education, aquaponics and urban gardening.