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Give a little love to Watts

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Yup, that's our Mayor in the above picture pressure-washing a sidewalk in Watts. He's there to challenge you to help your neighbors. “We are inviting people from all over the City of Los Angeles to come together to give a little love to Watts. No matter where you live, we are all responsible for the communities that make up the City of Los Angeles. I want to challenge Angelenos to get involved in my Day of Service campaigns and clean up the City of Los Angeles one community at a time.”

If you think this is some sort of publicity stunt, well, then... it's the 12th of its kind. Since elected, Mayor Villaraigosa has had twelve Day of Service where communities have come out to clean up schools and neighborhoods together. This Saturday's projects include clearing brush, planting trees and gardens, removing trash and bulky items, painting murals, installing benches, removing trash and debris, beautifying local schools and churches, and cleaning up alleys. In addition, volunteers will perform extreme home makeovers, rehabilitating two senior citizens’ homes that have fallen into disrepair.

Got plans for this Saturday morning already? Not to worry. We're sure your neighborhood could use a helping hand too. Get started with one small step: see some blightful graffiti and call 3-1-1 on your phone to report it (the service is available 24 hours a day). Go a step further and reach out to your elected City Council representative and see what else you can do.

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Individuals interested in volunteering this Saturday are encouraged to sign up in advance by visiting www.lacity.org or by calling (213) 978-0811. Volunteers can also arrive at 109th Street Park, located at 1464 East 109th Street in Watts, at 7:30am on Saturday to register.