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Keep (Your Neighborhood Here) Clean

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Last Saturday morning, the Board of Public Works invited all neighborhood councils to attend a meeting to kick start the go-happy 1950s Keep America Beautiful program. Los Angeles has been chosen as the kick off location for the national program, the Great American Clean Up, that takes place from March 1 through May 31. Along with a crowd of about 50 folks, bloggers/downtown neighborhood councilmen Eric Richardson from Blog Downtown and Brady Westwater of LA Cowboy were both in attendance. Here are some highlights and thoughts about the upcoming program:

The Only LA vs. NYC fight we need to pay attention to
When it comes to the volunteers who come out and clean and work that gets done, Keep America Beautiful will be keep tabs on both cities. So no more bitching about NoHo, WeHo, WoHi, HiFi, SoFax, SoRo or any other New York neighborhood neologisms; this is about the environment and the good of our neighborhoods. However, we do reserve the right to keep on using Eag'ro for Eagle Rock.

Why your block has graffiti and mine doesn't
If you live on a street with lots of graffiti, abandoned couches, grocery carts and other blight that may exasperate, there is something you can do about it -- and not just during the Great American Clean Up. It's not some great conspiracy that Sherman Oaks can feel spickity-spat clean and parts of Hollywood look like crap. Annoying as hell at times, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association and other groups make sure their neighborhood is the way they like it. Boy oh boy, do they bug 311 with graffiti requests. And we think you should too. The city is reactive to this stuff, not proactive. It's just too big of a town.

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One Million Trees isn't a whole lot
A spokesperson from the One Million Trees campaign brought up that if a million homes planted one tree each, the goal would be reached. Well there are definitely a million residential properties in Los Angeles. If you do plant a tree, make sure to report it on their website.

Keep Your Neighborhood Here Clean
There's Keep American Beautiful. The city is doing Keep LA Beautiful. So who's going to lead Keep East Hollywood Beautiful? Who is going to lead Keep Reseda Beautiful? Who's going to lead Keep Franklin Ave. between Highland & Vine Beautiful? Are you up to it? Are you ready? Let's go and kick NYC's ass!

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