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Downtown "community" meeting

by Jake Sexton (from LA IMC list) Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001 at 10:46 AM

The is a website for a group that wants to "revitalize downtown Los Angeles." They are calling for a community meeting of " "activists"

"" is a website for a group that wants to "revitalize

downtown Los Angeles." Near as I can figure, it's a group that wants to

gentrify the area. I've been monitoring their mailing list for a couple

months now, waiting to see if an agenda rears its ugly head. This is really

the first email I've seen that approaches that.

Note the "steering committe" of the group. Marie Condron, the founder of a

snotty online gifts store ( who dreams of getting involved

in "international development"

(, Ian Trivers,

another employee, Celia Esguerra, PR exec (

who does PR for, Laura Esguerra, webmaster for Sen. Barbara

Boxer (and possibly sister of Celia?), and JB Wiggins (can't find any

information on him). Pretty representative of downtown LA, wouldn't you


Note that they are holding a meeting for "Activists" September 5 (their

quotes, not mine). They want to examine serious problems like street

cleaning and treebox planting.

I don't know if this is a group that we should be worried about, or if they

are just playing at being influential by forming committees and things.

Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, I don't know.


----- Original Message -----

From: Marie Condron>


Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 1:17 PM

Subject: [newdowntown] Big News For New Downtown

> Greetings New Downtowners!


> As our discussion list has grown, we've been working to identify ways that

> our group can further help build the community and serve as a resource for

> people who care about downtown L.A.


> We're happy to announce some new activities that we hope will fill a need


> the neighborhood. Below, you'll find details on the New Downtown

> programs--please mark your calendars!


> We welcome your feedback--just email us with any questions or comments.

> Thanks for your continued participation on the list.


> --The New Downtown Steering Committee

> Marie Condron (

> Ian Trivers (

> Celia Esguerra (

> Laura Esguerra (

> J.B. Wiggins (


> P.S. If you'd like to join the Steering Committee, please email

> or attend the next Steering Committee meeting, Wed.

> Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at Cole's.


> *......NEW DOWNTOWN "ACTIVISTS".......................*

> New Downtown's focus is bringing together people who care about


> downtown. Now, we're going to put ideas into action with a monthly

> "Activist" gathering, where we'll identify problem spots in the community

> and plan how to solve them... from increasing city enforcement of local

> building code violations to street cleaning & tree-box planting. On the

> first Wednesday of each month, we'll spend the first hour at Cole's on


> special projects, and we'll have guest speakers from city government and

> neighborhood groups. Email us if you have ideas about speakers, issues,

> etc., and please plan on joining us for the "Activists" organizing meeting

> next Wednesday!


> New Downtown "Activists" Inaugural Meeting

> Wednesday, Sept. 5

> 7 - 8 p.m.

> Cole's Restaurant, 118 E. 6th St. (between Main & Los Angeles)


> *......NEW DOWNTOWN SALON...............................*

> Introducing a monthly social gathering of New Downtowners, to be held at

> downtown loft spaces, stores, restaurants, and other points of interest.

> Please email us if you'd like to host a salon!


> The First New Downtown Salon

> hosted by Marie Condron & Ian Trivers

> Friday, Sept. 14

> 7 p.m.

> 560 S. Main St., #7W


> *.......NEW DOWNTOWN WEDNESDAYS....................*

> Our Wednesday night gatherings at Cole's are adding a welcome sign of

> nightlife to the Historic Core. Take a break and stop by--you never know

> who'll be there. Stop in or call in before 7 p.m. to order a French dip

> sandwich...or pony up for Ali's drink specials and endless supply of

> Haagen-Dazs.


> New Downtown Wednesdays

> every Wednesday night

> 7 - 10 p.m.

> Cole's Restaurant, 118 E. 6th St. (between Main & Los Angeles)


> *......NEW DOWNTOWN WEB SITE.............................*

> When completed this fall, the New Downtown site will serve as an online

> "welcome guide" for people who live downtown and others who want to know

> more about what's happening here. The site will include info on


> services, the art community, gathering places, & more.


> We're currently looking for a Calendar Editor to moderate the New Downtown

> Calendar, in return for free passes to downtown events. Please contact

> if you'd like to volunteer.


> Marie Condron

> S U P P L Y C U R V E

> ~the ahead-of-the-curve online boutique~


> (213) 624-5089







> New Downtown ---- residents revitalizing downtown Los Angeles



> To post a message, email

> To unsubscribe, email

> To modify your membership settings, go to:



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