October 2008


Our public transport system is a disgrace.  We need more trains, rail and subways.  One only has to visit Europe to see what a difference trains, rail and subways can make. It removes traffic including buses from our congested streets and is more fuel efficient.


Freeways could be lowered, so that the cars are in effect sunk into a cement canyon.  Metal arched arbors would make an arching tunnel over the freeway/canyon and festooned with vines, this would muffle sound and consume some C02.


Why I do it…

Trying to keep a public mural graffiti free is a constant, thankless task.  I would have given up in frustration long ago if it had not been for the marvelous Gerry Valido, Management Analyst of Citywide Graffiti Abatement.

But why do I do it?

Is it because I believe the mural to be an amazing work of art that must last forever, or what passes for forever in this ephemeral worl, some Sistine Chapel of South-Central?  No…it’s my way of thumbing my nose at the vandals among us, denying the right to the city to those who would destroy it.  Refuting the fact that our artwork will be defaced, our streets filled with garbage and that we will walk in fear.  Many would think that comparing graffiti to murder or rape is extreme, but I believe it;s all parts of the whole.

We need art and gardens, not rubbish and tagging.  Living in dirt and ugliness, bereft of nature and beauty is soul destroying.  I repudiate those who would make it so, who try to destroy what we create.

We will repaint the mural and plant gardens, “find tonges in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything” -William Shakespeare.

This is an amazing video that very clearly explains the work that our collaborative — St. John’s, SAJE, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation — is doing to improve the environmental health of the children of South Los Angeles.

This is a fantastic window into the work of our vital Promotoras.

Today is Blog Action Day and the folks at lifehacker have taken the opportunity to highlight their favorite non-profits.  Esperanza’s very own board member, Adam Pash, is a senior editor at lifehacker and used his platform to tell his readers more about Esperanza.

Big thanks to Adam, and welcome lifehacker readers!  We look forward to your support and sharing our work with you!

Read the article here.

A few days to go, buy your tickets NOW!!  Esperanza’s signature event of the year is just around the corner.  Everyone will be delighted with great music, beautiful art, and delicious food from vendors of Mercado La Paloma.            














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Sometimes there are people you meet who inspire you with their great hearts and unselfish work. And sometimes one meets families, whole families of amazing people.  It’s evident in the way one faces difficulties, tragedy and heartbreak. These inspirational families don’t just survive or persevere; they do so joyfully, unselfishly and want to create a better world You can look at things and lament “why?”, or you can dream of things that never were and say “why not?” Together we can create the things that are only dreamt of. I do believe.

Each day I take a lesson from Genesis. She was born without legs & only one thumb, but she is mastering the potter’s wheel and helping other kids. Always she smiles and shows a heart full of love, a head full of compassion and a soul filled with understanding.We, who share the classroom, are lucky to be able to learn from her, to be gifted with this expansive soul.