EAPD's President, Hans Johnson, addresses concerned residents and L.A. officials about the health hazards coming from the School Dump and calls for Glendale to stop its waste policies at a gathering in August 2014 - the start of 5 years of EAPD advocacy for closing the dump.

Sponsored: EAPD advocacy stops Scholl Canyon expansion

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Community organizing WORKS vs. 60 years of dumping: The end of March this year brings the 60th anniversary of the opening of the polluting #GlendaleDump at #SchollCanyon, at the north end of Figueroa Street.

March 23, 1961, is when dump trucks started climbing the road through the streets of L.A. to dump loads of trash into a pit in the once-pristine ravine near the iconic #EagleRock.

Scholl Canyon Landfill | Photo Roger Wilson/LA Times

It was a foul-smelling, raw deal then for nearby residents. It is even more rotten today. From the start, the profits flowed to Glendale. But the perilous health threats hit neighbors on ALL sides: in Glendale’s Glenoaks Canyon, in west Pasadena, & in Los Angeles communities of Eagle Rock, Highland Park, & Glassell Park.

Because the dump was located on fractured rock, its toxic runoff flows into the water table, as readings from test wells confirm. The federal Environmental Protection Agency no longer permits a dump like this to open.

In 2011, Glendale passed a #ZeroWaste ordinance to end dumping & resulting pollution by 2030.

But in 2014, a few officials inside Glendale government announced a plan to increase the height of the garbage pile by another 180 feet, or about 16 more stories.

This awful jolt jump-started EAPD to engage nearby residents to STOP treatment of our lungs & lives & neighborhoods as expendable, all the more so now when coughing and lung damage from air-quality contaminants put people at added risk to #COVID

After 5 years of advocacy, we WON withdrawal of the dump expansion scheme by Glendale officials in September 2019. 

We have more work to do. And because community organizing works, we know the blueprint to win.

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  1. Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance proudly announces its Scholarship Program for Spring 2021. UGLA will award scholarship grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to qualifying graduating seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university. Eligible students must be attending Eagle Rock High School, Franklin High School, Renaissance Arts Academy, or Sotomayor Arts and Sciences Magnet.

    UGLA will be awarding $1,000 or $2,000 scholarships to graduating senior high school students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who have advanced the broad cause of social justice including the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Successful applicants will demonstrate an active commitment to issues of social justice in general, and in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+) community in particular.

    This new program was inspired by and is in honor of Dr. Virginia Uribe, founder of Project 10.​ While UGLA has long supported the scholarship program of Friends of Project 10, the UGLA Scholarship Program marks a significant commitment and step forward in UGLA’s support of our NELA youth and their aspirations for the future.

    Applicant information and application form can be obtained by going to the UGLA website:

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