On April 15, the Public Works Department (Environmental Services Division) partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute and Consolidated Disposal Service-Republic Services to host its 7th annual Earth Day Jazz Fest on the South Lawn of City Hall. Earth Day is celebrated nationally and focuses on conserving our natural resources.
This year’s theme, “Renew the Cool,” highlighted the City’s Urban Greening Plan, beautification initiatives, and current development projects, and welcomed the two NFL teams that will be playing here in 2019—the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Musical guests featured the legendary Lenny Williams (back by popular demand from 2015), Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary powerhouse band DW3, Phillip Lauth, Elaine Gibbs and the NuSoul Band, Jesse Campbell of “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent’s” Ronee Martin, “American Idol’s” Jacob Lusk, “The Voice’s” Kim Yarbrough, and “BET Comic View’s” Annie McKnight.
Additionally featured were a variety of speakers, booths, presentations, and activities for the entire family. Vendors provided information and demonstrations on environmental sustainability, water conservation, and healthy living. The Earth Day Jazz Fest received rave reviews from community members, participants, and dignitaries. It turned out to be an amazing event that brought the community together for a fun filled day, and provided educational resources for all.
“With the support of the mayor, council members, and city administration, it’s always a pleasure to bring the Earth Day Festival to the community. Several partners and community support make this event so successful. Each year it keeps getting bigger and better. The community looks forward to the annual event and we work hard so as not to disappoint,” said Angela Williams, Environmental Services Manager.
Adriana Grimes, Staff Assistant, Environmental Services Division, added: “It was truly enjoyable collaborating with partners and colleagues with the common goal of bringing a fun, informative, and positive event to the City. Community engagement was a key aspect, and to have received such wonderful feedback from our residents, dignitaries, and employees about how this year’s Earth Day Festival was one for the books, means so much.”