Baldwin Hills residents, family, friends and volunteers come together for Community Pride Clean-up Day.
Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners AssociationCommunity Pride Clean-Up Day Volunteers remove one and a half tons of garbage and green waste and collect 360 gallons of recyclable materials in the community's first beautification effort As a recipient of a 2009 Los Angeles Beautification Grant, the Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners Association (BHEHOA) launched a massive clean-up effort to clear debris from sidewalks and curbsides and remove weeds and trash throughout the major corridors of the Baldwin Hills Estates community. The five-hour event kicked-off on Saturday, July 11th at 7:30 a.m. at the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, which lies in the heart of the community. Nearly 100 volunteers participated in the effort, including residents, their extended families and friends. They were joined by Los Angeles Conservation Corps' Clean & Green Team, Office of Community Beautification grant coordinator Salyna Cun and California State Senator Curren Price who is a resident of Baldwin Hills Estates.Brita (courtesy of Matter, Edelman Sports & Entertainment Marketing), Denny's (Crenshaw), Fresh & Easy (Los Angeles) and Capri Capital Partners (owners of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza) partnered with the BHEHOA on this first-ever Community Clean-Up Day. BHEHOA also received supplies and support from the office of 8th District Councilman Bernard Parks, who was also on-hand. The Board of Public Works, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Special Events Recycling and the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation provided supplies and services to the effort. "I was extremely proud and happy that so many people put aside their Saturday chores and activities to participate in this event," said Robert Cole, Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners Association President and a Los Angeles County Commissioner with the Economy and Efficiency Commission. "In a community with over 4000 residents, which includes 1000 homes, townhouses and condominiums, there is always a need for us to come together -- and work together - to celebrate community pride. I realize that everybody can't do everything, but everybody can do something, and it was great to see kids as young as five years old and our seniors, some of whom are over 80, come out to support this effort."Workers were greeted by residents who came from their homes to offer support and appreciation. Some passersby in cars, ecstatic about the neighborhood clean-up, pulled over, grabbed gloves and shovels to give a half-hour to an hour of their time. "It was such a great project, and it really brought the community together," Cole said. "I must commend the committee members and the executive board for their efforts, and thank the city, and all its agencies, for sponsoring. We're definitely doing this again!"Volunteers were divided into four teams to clean up key entries and corridors within and surrounding the community, including some hillsides and lots. Over one and a half tons of garbage and green waste were collected, along with 360 gallons of recyclable materials from the clean-up sites at: Norman O. Houston Park, including the back hillside facing Stocker; the cul de sac on Don Alberto Drive off La Brea; Hillcrest Avenue, Don Ricardo Drive, Don Ricardo Place (adjacent to Jim Gilliam Park and Recreational Center); Don Felipe Drive and Don Luis Drive. Historic Baldwin Hills Estates is located in the southwestern district of Los Angeles overlooking the Los Angeles Basin and is characterized by winding streets beginning with the Spanish address "Don" (meaning "Sir"). One of the wealthiest majority-African American areas in the United States, Baldwin Hills Estates has been home to such celebrities as Ray Charles Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson, Oscar-nominated film director John Singleton, and the late Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Baldwin Hills is named for Elias "Lucky" Baldwin a San Francisco hotelier and one of Los Angeles' most wealthy and prominent land owners and financiers. Development of the Baldwin Hills Estates began in the early 1950s. In 1954, the Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners Association was established to allow residents an opportunity to become proactive in their community and to represent the interests of the neighborhood in city and state affairs. The executive board of the homeowners association and its commissions are committed to preserving the reputation and high standards of the community. Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners Association is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. For more information, visit www.baldwinhillsestates.net.