Also attending was LB Mayoral candidate Norm Ryan. Mr. Ryan donned work gloves and put some elbow grease into the effort on the Willow Street median just east of Palo Verde Ave. His T-shirt says, "Respect, Reform, Renew."
5th district Councilwoman Jackie Kell also attended, as she did at last month's tree planting. And like last month, she grabbed a shovel and went to work.
Also attending (but not shown) were aides Tom Poe and Tim Patton.
After planting this tree on Monogram Ave., Councilwoman Kell watched young constituent Skye put a tree-nourishing nutrient tablet into the surrounding soil.
CA Assemblymember (and former LB Councilman) Alan Lowenthal also turned out and was serious about today's work. This was not Mr. Lowenthal's first tree planting; we recall seeing him in the mid-90's handling similar tree planting chores in the 2d district. Also attending (but not shown) was LBUSD Boardmember (and daughter in law) Suja Lowenthal.
Trees were provided by a grant from California ReLeaf. Robert Lamond, long time worker for LB's Partners of Parks, lent a hand and later emailed LBReport.com, indicating that a state grant will fund the project, although the grant money isn't forthcoming until the project is completed and approved. Partners agreed to be the nonprofit sponsor and will provide the money to do the project and Partners will be repaid when the grant money comes through, Mr. Lamond said. He added that while he believes this is the third tree planting in the 5th district, Partners of Parks would not necessarily restrict its help to that district. Noting that the planning and grant applications were done by neighborhood activists, Mr. Lamond said, "I just wanted you to know that we don't want to take too much credit for a neighborhood/city project."
City Prosecutor Tom Reeves also attended, helping green up the area in front of homes on Monogram Ave.