Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film
about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary
about TMV/V



Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

Just when you think you know everyone who attends Transition Mar Vista/Venice’s Transition Tuesday Potluck, someone new shows up.

Matt & Annette
Last January Matt and newcomer Annette hosted the monthly dinner and attracted a crowd of farmers market acquaintances, and Edson, who was new in town and looking for community, and Sharmagne, who finally had a free night to join us but had no idea walking in that Annette would become her business partner. In April, Paul traveled from the South Bay to join the potluck and found kindred DIY spirits in the group. And folks like David, Ingrid, and Mel, who were already immersed in progressive west-side groups and sustainability projects, came to their first potlucks long after getting to know Transition members through other channels.

In May, new members Cameron and Juliet provided the potluck venue. Nice surprises included Mercedes, who hasn’t had time to come in recent months, and Wendy’s young guest from Kansas City, Sasha. More unexpected was the appearance of a Los Angeles candidate for City Controller, Councilman Dennis Zine of the 3rd District. What an “ah-ha” moment when Cameron told us we’d be visited by a politician. Of course! It’s election season. They should be visiting us and finding out how we’re improving the health of our communities.

Julie Mann, Councilman Dennis Zine, Sharmagne Leland-St.John,
Juliet Archer, Wendy Temple.

A native Angeleno and former police officer, Councilman Zine has served the communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills since 2001. Now he’s in a runoff race with Ron Galperin to audit and supervise accounts for a city of some four million people. The registered independent supports Garcetti for mayor and claims endorsements from Bill Rosendahl, Tom LaBonge, numerous trade unions, and Congresswoman Karen Bass. The first item on his agenda as City Controller—as one supposes it must be—is curbing waste of taxpayers’ money.

Serendipitously enough, Councilman Zine’s special assistant, Glyn Milburn, spotted the Transition Tuesday event listed on a local Patch calendar (who knew?). He suggested the Councilman join us because he would already be in our part of town for another event. We set no agenda prior to their arrival and, like any new guests at a Transition potluck, Councilman Zine and Mr. Milburn walked in and were welcomed with food and wine.

Councilman Zine came to Transition Tuesday prepared to express his environmental concerns; but it was up to us to acquaint him with the Transition Movement per se and the resiliency of communities like ours that are working toward sustainable solutions. We wondered if a prospective controller might be skeptical of non-cash and sharing economies, and the Councilman concedes that “localizing our economy is inspiring.” He inclines toward the frugal, agrees that waste of resources is rampant. Most notably, he’s not a climate-change denier and seems to be just as concerned as we are that the consequences of global warming are tied directly to every little action we engage in.
Dan Wang, Glyn Milburn, Sharmagne Leland-St. John,
Councilman Dennis Zine.
Councilman Zine admires Transition’s “passion and commitment to reconnecting our communities,” and I’m personally convinced he’s serious about supporting efforts to curb waste. But how does this play out in terms of the dollars and cents a city controller will oversee? Sharmagne voiced her frustration at having to pay for city sanitation removal when she barely throws anything away each week. Why can’t we pay only for what we dispose of, she wondered, the rest of us (including the Councilman) nodding vigorously? Whether or not solving that conundrum is the purview of the City Controller, we sincerely hope that anyone elected to public office on Tuesday will see the cost-saving wisdom of eliminating redundant, wasteful expenditures and advocate to get city services out of their silos and well integrated.

A year ago I walked into Anneke’s house for a Transition Tuesday potluck after participating in two or three Transition projects, and I was delighted by the overlap among people connected to the Learning Garden, Our Time Bank, and other sympathetic groups like the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club and various bike coalitions. I’ve watched and joined in as all of us come together to flesh out a larger movement toward local resilience. If the Department of Water and Power and Bureau of Street Services (for example) were required to communicate, maybe our city would have a better shot at collaborative solutions to the same problems people face in Echo Park as they do in Pico Union or Palms.

—Carolyn Gray Anderson

Don’t forget to vote on May 21! A good resource for reviewing all the Los Angeles candidates and measures is the League of Women Voters’

Next Transition Tuesday Potluck, June 11. E-mail for address information.

Fun Fact: Glyn Milburn is a former NFL player, having played for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos!