Did you know that Los Angeles is the home of U.S.VETS, the country's largest provider of services to homeless and at-risk military veterans? We didn't either, but an article in the Los Angeles Business Journal led us to do some research.
"When you don't have to get into a car, it's golden," says L.A. real estate developer Rick Caruso in a June 30, 2014 article titled "The End of Driving (As We Know It)" in Fortune magazine.
As of tomorrow, L.A. will become more environmentally healthy. Remember that L.A. banned single use plastic bags at supermarkets in January; on July 1 the ban is extending to mom and pop stores. Kudos to Councilman Paul Koretz who was a leading advocate of the ban.
Mayor Garcetti has announced the establishment of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles which he hopes will create "transformative change in the city." The Fund will, the Mayor predicts "harness new ideas and new resources to make L.A. the most livable city in the world."
Thanks to the increasing interest in living and working in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, Los Angeles ranked number 16 out of 30 cities for its "walkability" in a report issued by SmartGrowth America. Not as high as we might like but better than one might expect. (Actually, LA tied with Columbus, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri. Washington, D.C., New York and Boston topped the list.)
Do Good LA loves The Honest Company for several reasons:
Within hours of the announcement of the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a $1 billion grant to restore the Los Angeles River, another big win for Southern California!
Five members of the Do Good LA team joined the thousands who participated in yesterday's CicLAvia. What a wonderful way to see the six miles of Wilshire stretching from downtown to Fairfax!
Here are our favorite parts of the experience:
The community participation. Lots of different people from all walks of life spending a Sunday together. Rarely does that happen. -Emily-Rose
Finding our that Wilshire actually has hills, as the cyclists, skateboarders and walkers soon learned! -Rob