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MCWCC Miracle Mile Cleanup Event a Big Success

(l to r)MCWCC Board Member Arnali Ray (who also works for the Saban Community Clinic),  Miracle Mile Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Kari Garcia, Miracle Mile resident Paula Yerman, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones, and Miracle Mile resident Forrest Hong were among the community members at the Miracle Mile cleanup on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)

This past Sunday, more than 25 neighbors showed up to help with a Miracle Mile cleanup event, along Wilshire Blvd. between Curson and La Brea, organized by the Mid City West Community Council’s new Streetscape and Commercial Committee.  According to MCWCC board member Thao Tran, the group started at the Wilshire Green Park (on 8th St., behind the Wilshire Courtyard development), and each volunteer was given a reusable shopping bag provided by the Original Farmers Market and Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce.  Each back containing supplies provided by MCWCC, including a cleanup map, and compostable trash bags and gloves…along with hats and water bottles from the Academy Museum, and hand sanitizer from Caruso/The Grove.

Volunteers picking up their supply bags at Wilshire Green Park (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)

Along the cleanup route, the workers were also greeted at “Appreciation Stations,” hosted by local businesses, where they could use restrooms and fill their water bottles.  Stations hosted by Eleven City Diner and Milk Jar Cookies also provided “sweet care package nibbles.”

Enjoying the Appreciation Station at Eleven City Diner (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)

In addition to the volunteers, the group was accompanied by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones and Sgt. Kenneth Price, CERT team representatives, and advocates from the Saban Community Clinic, who handed out hygiene care packages to homeless neighbors.  Also, former CD4 City Council Member Tom La Bonge acknowledged the volunteers when he saw the group at work on his way to lunch in the area.

Former City Council Member Tom La Bonge greets Miracle Mile resident Kimberly Klein (black jacket). (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)

According to Tran, this was the first area trash cleanup organzied by the current board of the MCWCC, and “we hope to create more opportunities like this that will help strengthen the relationships between our various stakeholders.”

“We were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic nearby residents come out and risk the rain in order to give back, all while socializing with other community members and exchange ideas,” Tran told the Buzz.  Also, she said, “we were extremely lucky the rain waited until we were completed by noon.”

More volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)
MCWCC Board Member Thao Tran. (Photo courtesy of Thao Tran)


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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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