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On My Street: Finch, Lizard, Flowers . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 18 March 2020; published on 11 April 2020
Location: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Photos by Alice

Dear Ones,

Here are nature scenes from a neighborhood walk I took during Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s 19 March 2020 “Safer at Home” order occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles … https://www.lamayor.org/sites/g/files/wph446/f/page/file/SAFER%20AT%20HOME%20ORDER%202020.03.19%20%28REV%202020.04.01%29.pdf

As there are no words, the Summary contains only photos …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Photos by Alice

Image: “Finch, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Finch, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Red Leaf, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Red Leaf, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Fence Lizard, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Fence Lizard, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pink Rose, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pink Rose, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Red Leaves, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Red Leaves, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Magenta Flower, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Magenta Flower, San Fernando Valley, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 March 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Look Out for Stray Dogs in COVID Cities? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 24 March 2020; updated on 15 June 2020

Dear Ones,

I was out briefly in the San Fernando Valley this morning, and I intuitively picked up on a ‘sign’ or portent: I saw two dogs walking without an owner down the sidewalk, near Topanga Canyon Blvd. As this is a rare sight in Los Angeles, I got to thinking we ought to look out for stray dogs in the cities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, that would be cities in New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington State …

Link: “Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count,” by Mitch Smith, Karen Yourish, Sarah Almukhtar, Keith Collins, Danielle Ivory, Allison McCann, Jin Wu and Amy Harmon, updated 24 march 2020 1:54 P.M. E.T., in The New York Times … https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html … COMMENT: May require a ‘sign up’ to log onto this article.

I was out briefly in the San Fernando Valley this morning, and I intuitively picked up on a possible danger that might be coming up: I saw two dogs walking without an owner down the sidewalk near Topanga Canyon Blvd on Erwin Street. As this is a rare sight in Los Angeles, I got to thinking I ought to look out for stray dogs when I am in the Los Angeles communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It seems to me possible there might later on be people at home and too sick to care for their pets because of the coronavirus. It is possible we will see roving, hungry pets on the sidewalks and streets, looking for food to scavenge.

I have two thoughts on this: First, I thought I would carry a sealed-up bag of dog kibble with me when out and about, as an offering of a little kibble might buy some time for a strategic retreat to one’s car or to within a building. Cat kibble might do, in a pinch.

Then I thought I would find out the phone number of the local animal rescue agency, write down a description of the dogs and the intersection, and call their personnel to ask for a rescue.

As rescue staff may be short in the coming weeks, I think the main thing may be to be aware of this novel, possible danger … the possibility of stray animals hungry and looking for food, possibly not acting normally, and to get to a safe place if they are sighted.

It is possible the coronavirus is transferable to pets, whether dogs or cats: I do not think that is known right now. If pets could get the virus, then I guess they might transmit it to a person. For that reason I advise against doing a good deed and taking a stray pet home, for now.

Years ago I remember seeing dogs that were once domestice and had since gone wild, running together in packs, and hunting in the canyons of San Diego. It is possible that very hungry dogs, especially if running in a pack, might attack a person, especially a child, and or maybe an adult, if at night; I thought I would stay clear of stray dogs during the next few weeks for that reason.

I know that currently, here in Los Angeles, the chance of danger from released or escaped pets is minimal. This is just a thought for the future.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Community Health Call to Action: HIV Testing and Segregation in Health Care and Education? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 4 December 2019 and published on 5 December 2019

  • CALL FOR HIV TESTING AND SEGREGATION OF HIV-POSITIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN SENSITIVE HEALTH CARE SECTORS
  • CALL FOR HIV TESTING AND SEGREGATION OF HIV-POSITIVE CHILD CARE, DAY CARE AND GRADE SCHOOL CARE GIVERS, EDUCATORS, AND CHILDREN

Dear Ones,

There is, I feel, an urgent need here in the San Fernando Valley, California,for testing and segregation of HIV-positive people in sensitive health care and education sectors  as follows …

CALL FOR HIV TESTING AND SEGREGATION OF HIV-POSITIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN SENSITIVE HEALTH CARE SECTORS

In addition, at the present moment it is of great importance to monitor the HIV status of United States physicians, especially surgeons  and others who perform invasive procedures, and the HIV status of phlebotomists (medical technicians who draw blood).

We must decide, community by community, whether those in sensitive health care positions who test positive for HIV ought to be moved to less sensitive health care sectors; or whether they might be reserved for the use of HIV positive patients.

CALL FOR HIV TESTING AND SEGREGATION OF HIV-POSITIVE CHILD CARE, DAY CARE AND GRADE SCHOOL CARE GIVERS, EDUCATORS, AND CHILDREN

I have read that HIV can be transmitted through mucus or blood or semen contact … as through kissing or diaper changing, or through dressing open wounds, or through sexual intercourse . Thus I feel that it is of equal importance, at the present moment, to monitor the HIV status of child care and day care providers and of grade school educators and also of children starting with newborns, and on up through puberty.

As above, we must decide, community by community, whether to restrict HIV-positive early childhood care givers and grade school educators to care or education of children who are HIV positive, and whether to separate children into HIV-positive and HIV-negative groups in child care, day care, and grade schools.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “CDC Reports: More HIV Testing, Treatment Needed: Agency Discusses Initiative to End HIV Epidemic,” by AFFP (American Academy of Family Physicians), 27 March 2019 … https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327mmwr-hiv.html ..

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For Children: New Hints on the Parking Lot Ghost . photos by Alice B. Clagett

Imaged and published on 14 October 2019

Dear Ones,

It looks like the parking lot ghost that left its portrait on the pavement of the shopping center at the southwest corner of Roscoe Blvd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley has been a little hard to find … I guess because the parking lot is so big. So here are is a hint …

It is pretty near the MacDonalds. Here are some more hints … Good luck! …

Image Markup: “Parking Lot Ghost 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..

Image Markup: “Parking Lot Ghost 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..  

Image Markup: “Parking Lot Ghost 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..

Image Markup: “Parking Lot Ghost 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..  

Image: Markup “Parking Lot Ghost 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..

Image Markup: “Parking Lot Ghost 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..  

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This was the first post about the parking lot ghost … Link: “For Children: Parking Lot Ghost,” a photo by Alice B. Clagett, imaged on 23 July 2019; published on 11 August 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-dWB ..

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For Children: Parking Lot Ghost . a photo by Alice B. Clagett

Imaged on 23 July 2019; published on 11 August 2019

Dear Ones,

A parking lot ghost left its portrait on the pavement of the shopping center at the southwest corner of Roscoe Blvd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley! …

Image: “Parking Lot Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Parking Lot Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 23 July 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “For Children: New Hints on the Parking Lot Ghost,” photos by Alice B. Clagett, imaged and published on 14 October 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-esT ..

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Incoming Light, 6 April 2019 . photos by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 6 April 2019; published on 16 June 2019

  • PHOTOS BY ALICE

Dear Ones,

Incoming Light in the San Fernando Valley, California, in Spring 2019 …

PHOTOS BY ALICE

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Incoming LIght: Sky 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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On Meeting Living Expenses in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 12 January 2019

Dear Ones,

It seems to me … it could be … that the economy is slowing down … don’t you feel that? I feel the crux of the issue is, people in the San Fernando Valley cannot afford to live here because of the cost of water.

And that people are looking around for a ‘second income stream’ with which to pay the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s extortionate ‘water rent’ … the cost of which has tripled in the last 10 years. Heaven knows, no one wants to be homeless. Clearly this fate has befallen many, here in the Valley.

The presence of homeless people on our streets, in food stores, and in restaurants is a cogent warning: It puts residents under greater pressure to get together enough cash for living expenses.

A person who offers home repair might be also looking for houses to burglarize on the side now, to help keep their families afloat during these hard times … whereas, in the past, they might never have considered this. In the same way, local businesses that provide ‘drive home’ services for their customers might have drivers who tip their extended circle of friends or family off about possible places to burglarize.

People who own a business in the Valley might consider offering their customers’ credit card information to their extended families to use for personal purchases, whereas before they might never have done so.

On the positive side, last year it seemed family groups were shoplifting and purse snatching at the local stores; fortunately it looks like law enforcement has put an end to this, and that is a good start.

A lasting solution to these unlawful ‘second income stream’ activities, I feel, will only come about by providing affordable housing, and affordable water and other utilities, here in the Valley. Everyone has their own ideas about how to do this.

My thought is, to allow greater Los Angeles communities the choice to lift housing code restrictions for a 10-year interval, so that during that time family, friends, or even homeless could be affordably housed in tiny houses or spare rooms in people’s houses.

Then they can get work locally, even at minimum wage, and still get by. It may help homeowners in communities so choosing, as their new tenants would be helping to pay living expenses.

A further help would be to petition that the Department of Water and Power (DWP) peg the cost of water to the availability of water locally.

I notice that this winter we have plenty of rainfall; what, then, prevents the price of water from being lowered back down to a reasonable rate? Then in future years, if water is scarce, we might consider upping the price of water once more.

Well, those are my ideas. No doubt you will have your own solutions to offer, as well.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Woolsey 3. Woolsey Fire Aftermath, 22 November 2018 . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 22 November 2018; published on 11 December 2018; updated on 12 December 2018

Dear Ones,

Here are photos of a car trip I took on 22 November 2018, just after the Woolsey Canyon Fire of 8-21 November 2018. It was an unsettling and unhappy experience for me, as you may imagine. The first two photos were taken near my home, and the rest on a trip through the Santa Monica Mountains …

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 1: San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 1: San Fernando Valley, by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 2: San Fernando Valley, Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 2: San Fernando Valley, by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 3: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 3: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 4: Acorn Woodpecker, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0A 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 4: Acorn Woodpecker, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 5: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 5: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 6: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 6: Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 7: Utility Wires, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 7: Utility Wires, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 8: Alice’s Shadow with Utility Wires, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 8: Alice’s Shadow with Utility Wires, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 9: Point Dume Beach Parking Lot,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 9: Point Dume Beach Parking Lot,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 10: Point Dume Beach Parking Lot,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 10: Point Dume Beach Parking Lot,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 11: Point Dume Cliff,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 11: Point Dume Cliff,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 12: Abronia umbellata, Pink sand verbena, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 12: Abronia umbellata, Pink sand verbena, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 13, Point Dume Parking Lot: Alice’s Shadow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 13 Point Dume Parking Lot: Alice’s Shadow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 14: Sand, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 14: Sand, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 15: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 15: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 16: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 16: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 17: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 17: Kelp, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 18: Eschscholzia caespitos, Collarless California Poppy, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 18: Eschscholzia caespitos, Collarless California Poppy, Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 19: Oak Trees, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 19: Oak Trees, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 20: Lobo Canyon Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 20: Lobo Canyon Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 21:  Lobo Canyon Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 21: Lobo Canyon Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 22: Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 22: Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 23: Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 23: Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 24: Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 24: Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 25: Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 25: Point Dume Beach,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 26: Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 26: Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 27: Oak Trees, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 27: Oak Trees, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 28: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 28: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 29: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 29: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 30: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 30: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 31,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0 Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 31: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath 31: Tunnel 2, Kanan Road, Santa Monica Mountains,” by Alice B. Clagett, 22 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

In addition to the above photos, I did a video on my local youtube channel …

Video: “Woolsey Fire Aftermath, 22 November 2018,” by Alice B. Clagett, 11 December 2018 … https://youtu.be/NpkQQlrxuJY ..

I wish the best for all of us in this time of healing for the City of the Angels.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Photo Series: Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset . photos by Alice B. Clagett

Imaged on 3 November 2018; published on 10 November 2018

Link: “Photo Series: Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset,” photos by Alice B. Clagett, imaged on 3 November 2018; published on 10 November 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-aMk ..

  • PHOTO SERIES: LOS ANGELES PARKING LOT AT SUNSET

Dear Ones,

Here is a photo series taken at a parking lot just before the Woolsey Canyon Fire in Los Angeles …

PHOTO SERIES: LOS ANGELES PARKING LOT AT SUNSET

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 6,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 6,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Los Angeles Parking Lot at Sunset 8,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Call to Action: Fabricas to Employ California Homeless . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 25 August 2018; published on 27 September 2018

  • ARE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY THRIFT STORE THROW-AWAYS BEING SENT TO MEXICO?
  • CALL TO ACTION: RETAIN CAST-OFF THRIFT STORE ITEMS IN LOS ANGELES, AND SET UP FABRICAS TO EMPLOY HOMELESS HERE, REPAIRING OR REPURPOSING THESE GOODS
  • REQUEST THAT CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE SEND DELEGATIONS TO AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA TO FIND OUT HOW THROW-AWAY ITEMS CAN CREATE AN INCOME STREAM FOR OUR HOMELESS
  • OFFER TAX INDUCEMENT FOR CALIFORNIA ENTREPRENEURS WITH FABRICAS IN MEXICO, TO EMPLOY NON-US-CITIZEN CALIFORNIA HOMELESS IN THEIR MEXICAN FABRICAS?

Hello, Dear Ones,

This is a call to action regarding fabricas to employ the San Fernando Valley homeless.

ARE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY THRIFT STORE THROW-AWAYS BEING SENT TO MEXICO?

I was just over at one of the big thrift store chains in the San Fernando Valley, and I noticed, in the donation area, this gigantic dumpster full of items that did not pass muster. And I had heard, years ago, that those items go to Mexico to be used in the fabricas (factories) over there.

I was just thinking that the situation has changed very dramatically, here in the San Fernando Valley, and that there are many homeless people here, who could be fruitfully employed in fabricas here, using those same cast-off materials, if there were a general manager here who had experience supervising people, and an understanding of how to resell those goods that were either repaired or transformed into other types of goods.

For instance, there are the clothes that are not quite good enough, that could be refashioned as many different kinds of items. And there are lots of appliances large and small, as well as furniture, that could be repaired if a person had the skill, and were working for a low enough wage (the minimum wage).

I know that, in Africa, colored paper … like glossy, colored paper from magazines … is sometimes refashioned as jewelry, and sold here in the United States as disposable jewelry. And I think that would be something else that the homeless here in Los Angeles could easily pick up.

CALL TO ACTION: RETAIN CAST-OFF THRIFT STORE ITEMS IN LOS ANGELES, AND SET UP FABRICAS TO EMPLOY HOMELESS HERE, REPAIRING OR REPURPOSING THESE GOODS

So here is my suggestion and my Call to Action: I think that, if there are items that, if there are items that are being shipped to Mexico for a nominal fee, for use in fabricas there, that we in Los Angeles ought to consider retaining them here in Los Angeles, to use in fabricas to employ the homeless.

I ask that this be looked at with all the major chains of thrift stores, here in the Los Angeles area. I think that many, many people could be employed in that way.

REQUEST THAT CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE SEND DELEGATIONS TO AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA TO FIND OUT HOW THROW-AWAY ITEMS CAN CREATE AN INCOME STREAM FOR OUR HOMELESS

I would like to request that the California Legislature send a small group of people to Africa and to South America to find out how items that we throw away … junk that we throw away … is used in those countries to create an income stream, and see whether any of those ideas might be of help in employing the homeless in Los Angeles, and in other parts of California.

OFFER TAX INDUCEMENT FOR CALIFORNIA ENTREPRENEURS WITH FABRICAS IN MEXICO, TO EMPLOY NON-US-CITIZEN CALIFORNIA HOMELESS IN THEIR MEXICAN FABRICAS?

Another thought would be: Since we are having so much trouble finding a good place to locate homeless people for a place to live, and a place to work, to arrange to take those goods to Mexico, and start a fabrica there, for the people who are homeless here in the United States, and whose nationality is Mexican. That would be a way of finding them work in their own country, and relieving ourselves of the burden of non-US-citizen homeless here.

A stop-gap measure that we might offer immediately is for American employers who have relocated their businesses to Mexico: We could offer them a tax inducement for employing California homeless people who are Mexican nationals in their own country.

I can see the potential for abuse in this, in that people might actually come to the United States, in order to get into those programs; so we would have to figure out how to skirt round that threat of abuse. (For instance, this might be a time-delimited tax inducement for Californian entrepreneurs with fabricas in Mexico. ) The good point is that this would be something that could be done immediately, so as to help mitigate the burden of homelessness here in California.

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Call to Action: Child Trafficking in the San Fernando Valley? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 8 July 2018

Dear Ones,

This is a Call to Action for the San Fernando Valley. I know I have taken a long time to talk with you all about this; every time I have thought of talking about it, the Dark has been doing that Mind Slide thing, and forget about it. When that happens, and I notice it, it is a ‘heads up’ for me that something that needs saying is in the works.

Finally I remembered it today. It is a Sunday; it is a blessed day, and there is a lot of good energy on Sundays, in the San Fernando Valley. So here it is …

A few weeks ago … I think it was Monday, 18 June 2018 at about 4 pm … I was in a parking lot near a children’s store … one of those chain stores like “Toys Are Us,” but it was a baby chain store that was about to close its doors. It was sandwiched between an Office Depot and a See’s Candy store in one of the smaller shopping centers on Topanga Canyon Blvd in the San Fernando Valley.

And I saw a child about 5 years old, a boy, who had a special light about him; one of the saintly children that are sent to Earth to help humankind. And this very beautiful young boy was with his mother.

Immediately I saw him, and thought how wonderful it was that we had another Lightworker in the San Fernando Valley, the Dark came swooping in, and said that it would be there, any minute, for ‘pick-up’.

Typically, I used to … in the old days … say: Well, this will never happen. But I was at a concert a year or two ago … not in Los Angeles, but elsewhere … where a similar thing happened: There was a 4-year-old girl wandering around in the outdoor concert area. And she had a beautiful, Lightworker light about her. And I had a feeling, then, that the Dark would attack her at night, when her parents were watching the concert and she was wandering around.

And I did not do anything about that. And always, after that, I regretted it; I had a feeling that some terrible thing may have befallen her.

So this time, it happened again, and I said to myself: I won’t let this happen. I’ll just go stand guard, and see whether I can prevent some catastrophe from happening. And then again, maybe I am completely wrong … so then, no harm done! Right? A few minutes lost.

So I noticed that the child and his mother were going into this chain baby store. There was an entryway area … kind of a hallway, entryway, horizontal area from one left door to one right door, in that building. And beyond that, was the parking lot. On the other side of the entryway hallway, was the area where the toys were on sale, inside the building.

So I went and stood in the entryway hallway, so that I could watch both exits and entrances, to see what might happen, right? I was just wondering: Could this presentiment be right, or not?

I was standing in the entrance way, and normal people were walking in and out … parents with children … the parents a little weighed down by the care of taking care of their children, you know? Wanting to be good parents, and to have enough money to sustain their household … Those kinds of normal cares, right? So that was fine.

Then walked in the door a woman. She was in her late twenties or early thirties, and she had milk-white skin, and she was very, very beautiful … very pale, and very beautiful … and she was wearing that basic, black dress. It was the kind that had a waist that showed her figure, and it came down as far as her knees. And she was wearing flat dress shoes.

A strikingly beautiful, and well poised woman, but not wearing much makeup at all. And very clearly, not a parent. You know? She walked in and started schmoozing and talking up … ‘flirting up’ … one of the cashiers. There were two cashiers, both male. And they had been keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the grown-ups and the children.

So she came in and grabbed the attention of one of the cashiers. So I was watching her, and I was also watching for the child to come back out, unhindered, right? I had a bad feeling about her … Maybe she was a salesperson that came in to the cashier about a line of product. But, it seems to me unlikely, because cashiers are generally not owners.

It was an unusual occurrence … The ‘wrong’ kind of person had walked into the store. It was just weird; parents of young children don’t look like that, as they walk in and out, typically. They look a little harassed; they’re wearing their casual clothes, and so forth.

So she kept talking. So there was she, standing right by the cashiers … which I could see, because the entrance corridor was made of glass on the side by the store. And there was also glass, looking outside, and glass on the doors. So it was a good vantage point for me.

Shortly after she walked in, a man walked in. He was taller than she by about a foot; about her age; and I would say, well proportioned. Like her, he was a Caucasian, but unlike her, he was dressed casually and unobtrusively, in loose-fitting slacks and a casual, solid color shirt.

And he was very reserved. He was doing that thing, you know, where you fit in with everyone, and you say just the right things, and you do the expectable thing. And not the thing that is deep in your mind, but the thing that the other person expects you to do. You know? Two-faced … but not apparently so. Very good at dissimulating.

And so he came in, and from appearances it would seem that he did not know the woman, right? The woman in black. But he stood near her, looking uninterested, right? He stood near her, by the cashiers. He was just standing there.

Now this scenario continued for some time. And I kept watching … anxiously watching the children going in and out … because I did not know how many players were involved in the thing, or whether a performance was taking place, right?

It seemed like a long time went by, but most likely it was only 10 or 15 minutes. Finally, I spotted the child and his mother coming out of the door opposite me. They went out with a couple of other people, so it was kind of complicated … There was like a ‘glom’ of people at the door … one or two other people, the child, and his mother, all leaving through the door at about the same time. The child was very active … he was a very alert and active child.

Just as they went through the door, in that gaggle, the woman in black came sliding through the midst of them. And the feeling that I got was her mind, her thoughts, were ‘hooking into’ the child. But just at that moment  the mother reached her hand backwards towards the child, and bade him come to the right.

Then the woman went out, slightly to the left, and straight ahead, into the parking lot. So I went and looked. And the man was not there, at that time. He was not one of those people.

So I went and looked what was going on. I saw the mother and her child join two other people (not the people that had been in the doorway, I’m felt) in a car. I assumed that was ok.

And I saw the woman in black get into a white sports car … looked like a brand new car, and make off.  The car was long and low. The hood of the car was very unusual … flat and wedge-shaped, set at an angle that went from the windshield almost down to the ground, with two rows of about 5 slits.  set at opposing diagonals along the hood, so that it the car seemed to me cruel and swift, probably custom, and probably very expensive.

I am sorry to say I have been unable to find a photo of a similar car online. This photo is the closest in ‘feel’ to the car that I saw, that I can find …

Image: Ferrari 458 MM Speciale, https://amp.businessinsider.com/images/575030809105841c008c63e4-960-480.jpg ..

Then, on the psychic plane, I heard this: I heard that there is a witch’s coven near that place, and that they were located there on purpose, to snatch children from that place for the child trafficking trade. Whether there is any truth in this, or not, I do not know.

But I do feel that our community should be on the alert for their children in those kinds of stores. I feel that with definite certainty: Watch out for your children.

Try and find out from local law enforcement, whether children are missing, in the age range of about 4 years to 9 years old. It is possible, although I hope it is not true, that children in that are range are being trafficked for the sex trade and for porn movies. And maybe for snuff movies. So I suggest: Be very careful.

I feel certain law enforcement, were they to hear this story, would say:  So what? Nothing happened. And of course I understand their point of view, since I am sure they have their hands full, dealing with the nitty gritty.

But from my own point of view, something did happen: It was like a play within a play, or a scenario taking place, that had a feel to it, of a well rehearsed game plan. So, I feel: 50-50, might be true. Better be careful.

All right, parents, take care! And take good care of your children, who are the blessing of the future of Earth. God bless you all.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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A Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 24 March 2018

Dear Ones,

The number of homeless per 10,000 people is about 17 people, as an average across America. Yet the number of homeless per 10,000 is about 35 people in California. In 2017, about half the people without shelter, nationwide, were in California. About 90% of the total homeless population of California are without shelter. (1)

It makes sense that California should have many more unsheltered homeless people, because the weather here is mild enough to allow people to stay alive while unsheltered. Which may be why there are twice as many homeless people per 10,000 people here than in the national average.

Homeless people in the San Fernando Valley, here in the western Los Angeles area, are camping wherever they can. Some set up camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. Children wander into the mountains after school to play. They may run across inappropriate sexual solicitations from homeless women. Or worse yet, rough handling and shakedowns by homeless men. Our parks are no longer our own, because of the influx of waves of homeless people.

I had a talk with our local law enforcement recently. They explained that their jurisdiction ends where the mountain park areas begin. They said to contact the rangers who patrol the mountains. I did call several numbers, and eventually found out there is only one ranger patrolling the Santa Monica Mountains. He said he knows about the problems with lawlessness, but is unable to respond to these, for lack of manpower.

Basically, as I understand it, there are portions of the Santa Monica Mountains that have homeless encampments, and in effect, no law enforcement is available there. That makes those areas unsafe to walk in. This is true for men, women and children.

Then, when the homeless set up their camps near people’s houses, I find, from reading Nextdoor.com, that these incursions are threatening to homeowners, and rightfully so. Their presence there represents a threat to the safety of the housed people in those communities.

I have seen, recently, residents in my general area going around, around sunset, and taking photos of homeless people with zoom cameras. And then shortly thereafter, a man in a pickup truck, who looked to me like a rough sort, cruising slowly in their direction. I had a feeling he might have had in mind roughing them up and forcing them away from the homes in the area.

I know people feel threatened by the government’s dalliance in regard to providing housing, or at least locating tenting areas for, the 6,000 or more homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Yet I do not feel that rough stuff will solve the problem. Especially, and hands down, vigilante violence, I feel, will not help.

When we express violence … even righteous violence … towards another person, the feeling of violence, and the thought of violence, do not lodge themselves in the person whom we assault. Rather, that feeling and that thought pierce our own hearts. And we bring our own hearts … as wounded by our act of violence as is the heart of the person on whom we inflicted violence … back home to our families, where is enters the hearts of our sleeping spouse and our sleeping children … the newborn and the toddler, as well as the grade school child. That feeling of violence is no respecter of youth or innocence.

As we lay our injured heart down to rest, in the home we love, that violence seeps out, in our dreamtime world, and fills our home with darkness.

As we wake up to a workday morning, and take the long commute to work, the injury in our heart, that we have all unknowing and unthinking writ there, streams out, through the morning sunlight, into the hearts and minds of those we pass, with nary a second glance, on the freeway.

When we enter the workplace, and greet our co-workers, they register in their own hearts the violence we have inflicted and the darkness that thereby slumbers in our own.

And so I say, violence is not the way!

Moreover, when we forcefully dislocate homeless people from one area of the San Fernando Valley, then they relocate to another area of the Valley. As there are, by my calculation, facilities for only about 300 homeless in the valley, the likelihood is they will set up camp in a nearby inappropriate area once more.

Instead, I suggest we consider these steps to alleviate the problem …

As to the homeless encampments in the Santa Monica Mountains, we can get maps of the unsafe areas. Maybe we could speak with law enforcement about this? And get these maps into the hands of the schools and the churches. We ought also get them on the news. That way, until we can implement a strategic relocation, there will be no mishaps with unsuspecting hikers and mountains explorers.

Then, as to the issue of incursions of the homeless into residential areas: As a first step, I feel we must set aside some areas … parks, empty lots, or parking lots … for relocation from private home areas and from the Santa Monica Mountains encampments, to these new locations.

We will need sanitary facilities, to prevent more epidemic outbreaks. I feel we will need guards to ensure the safety of this vulnerable population. And, I feel, we will need to create minimum wage, unskilled job opportunities near the encampments. And we need doctors to help with medical needs.

This relocation effort ought, I feel, to be coordinated with the Santa Monica Mountain ranger, and with local law enforcement. It is very important, to prevent violence, not to proceed with vigilante efforts, even though I know that homeowners and property owners feel a sense of rising helplessness about the situation, due to government dalliance.

The first thought is not always the best thought, especially when emotions run high. Teamwork is the very best way to go, I feel. But on the other hand, the average homed person can no longer sit idly on the sidelines, waiting for an unresponsive government to act. We must take the initiative, and help our law enforcement representatives organize a proper response.

First, I feel, a relocation effort, as noted above. Compared to providing up-to-code housing, the outlay will be quite reasonable. A number of lives of the homeless may be saved by this effort. And the general feeling of the homed, of being at their wits’ end over this problem, will be allayed.

As a second step, I suggest we in the homed community reach out to our churches and businesses and ask whether they have facilities they can offer for the homeless to live in.

We have very many churches and businesses here in the San Fernando Valley. If one in two such groups would agree to house just one homeless person, the situation could be much abated. Further, the burden of homelessness would be spread round, throughout the city, and not just concentrated in one area.

Then, on to the disproportionate number of homeless in California. Might we get additional financial aid from the Federal government to help with this?

Intuitively speaking, I feel that homeless are fleeing other states, and coming to California, not just because the climate here is more suitable for outdoor living. It may also be that other states are treating the homeless with more violence than may be encountered here in California. At least, my prayer is that that their experience here will be relatively pacific.

If it be true that, for reasons both light and dark, California is asked to bear the lion’s share of the homeless problem, then in this time of somewhat greater social unrest, when a rising swell of the homeless seeks shelter and work … however humble … across America, and if California has the heart to welcome these people, where other states in our great Union will not or cannot … then to settle this unrest, and to buoy the feelings of all our peoples, surely it would be in the best interest of our nation to provide assistance, where our state, alone, cannot?

The American people stand by a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is, I feel, not just the people who are able to buy their own homes, and own their own cars. Nor is it the people who buy or rent their homes. Rather, it is all the people of this great Nation … owning, renting, or yearning for a place to lay their heads.

In 1883, a poetess named Emma Lazarus had the highest hopes in this regard. Her words, strong enough to ring on, down through the centuries, strong enough to greet the eyes of every traveler crossing the weary seas in hopes of a better life here in America, strong enough to light the path for all Americans even in these modern times, are:

“‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'” (2)

I agree wholeheartedly with Emma Lazarus. I feel we can embody her vision for America, even in these times of change. Especially now, in these times of change.

Let us act, together, as a community.

Let us conceive our actions in faith, in hope, and in charity. In a manner befitting the greatest vision our hearts and minds can conceive to meet the challenge of these times.

Let us rise nobly to this effort to uplift and assist these, whom none yet love and protect … and in whose shoes each of us might … but for God’s Grace … find ourselves.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “California Homeless Population Rising Higher Than Other States: California experienced a nearly 14 percent increase in homelessness from 2016 to 2017,” Published 21 December 2017 …  http://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/california/california-homeless-population-rising-higher-than-other-states/501590366 ..

(2) From Link: “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by Emma Lazarus, 1883 … https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_New_Colossus .. public domain … This sonnet was mounted on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.

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Call to Action: Public Coin-Operated Showers for the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 13 December 2017
Previously titled: Public Coin-Operated Showers for the San Fernando Valley

Dear Ones,

I would like to suggest to laundromat owners and maybe gas station owners in the San Fernando Valley that they consider adding a few public coin-operated showers to their facilities. This would provide a new income base for these ongoing businesses.

Coin-operated showers are being successfully operated as part of a laundromat in Durango, Colorado, for instance. There, I feel they serve the large population of housed people who live on the dirt roads in rural areas, and have no public water system to their property.

Here in the San Fernando Valley, coin-operated showers would serve the large homeless population.

An alternative would be free-standing toilet facilities with public coin-operated showers, similar to those found in parks and recreation areas in California and Colorado.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 4 December 2017; revised

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

I was reading an article about how a fire at a homeless encampment alongside Fwy 405 is thought to have started the pricey Skirball fire on 6 December 2017 …

Link: “Skirball fire sparked by illegal cooking fire, California officials say,” by Julia Jacobo, 12 December 2017 … http://abcnews.go.com/US/skirball-brush-fire-sparked-illegal-cooking-fire-california/story?id=51746393 ..

I thought it might be a good time to publish the below video about a homeless plan for Los Angeles, as clearly, it’s important to find a solution to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles, not only for humanitarian reasons (which I myself find very compelling) but also because of …

  • the threat to property owners caused by forest fires,
  • improper sanitation at encampments, which might lead to disease outbreaks, and their spread through homed populations
  • potential lawlessness in confrontations between the homeless and the homed
  • homeowner fears of falling property values,
  • and the clear need to find a way for taxable residents to pay for services for the homeless till they can get back on their feet, as has been evidenced in
    • sharp upticks in property taxes and utility prices in Los Angeles,
    • and declines in some city services, such as …
      • freeway and road repairs, including repaving of residential streets … as I understand it, the block I live on hasn’t been repaired resurfaced since it was first paved, going on 60 years ago.
      • sidewalk repairs caused by street tree roots, although partial rebates may be available for property owners who make such sidewalk repairs … see http://www.sidewalks.lacity.org/ ..
      • repair of potholes in alleys, which issue I explored some years ago and found to be, at that time, insoluble
      • and development of more frequent and more widespread mass transit facilities

If the homeless were housed and employed, they could add to California’s tax base, and assist in financing those Los Angeles City Services that are currently overburdened or on hold.

Further, their tax contributions to the State of California and the City of Los Angeles might help lower the high cost of utilities and property taxes, through a more robust the tax base.

In fact, the simple act of just one homeless person finding good employment gives the City a big lift, in terms of it’s need to support and uplift those in need.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

This is a continuation of a suggestion I had for a place to house, or allow an encampment of, homeless people, especially men, or men who are with a woman, but not families. Or maybe just homeless men, in the San Fernando Valley. I understand there are about 6,000 people that need homes there.

Anyway, I came up with this notion, and I’m putting it forth as a possibility. If you like the idea, but the location is not appropriate, then you could use the parameters that I’m choosing by, to find another location in the San Fernando Valley.

So I had in mind, as a locale, the parking lot … and maybe also, as time goes on, the building that used to be Costco, at the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. That’s the southeast corner of that intersection.

It features a big parking lot, and then there’s a really big Costco building there. There’s also a special kind of fueling station … an electric charging station … there in the parking lot right now. But the Costco has closed up and gone elsewhere, and the property has been, for some time, vacant … probably for lease or for sale.

So I had some thoughts about that …

It’s kind of off by itself. It’s not next to a shopping center, like the OSH property that was deserted at the northeast corner of Victory Blvd and Fallbrook Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. So there is less likely to be complaints about it from shopping center upscale retail stores.

And it’s across the street from a Salvation Army Thrift Store and facility. And it’s also next door to a Home Depot.

And I thought a few things: I thought that, with a high fence, the part of the parking lot that’s not being used otherwise could be fenced off and used as a place where the homeless could pitch their tents.

And I also thought that the people at Salvation Army might be ideally suited to help maintain such a homeless encampment, or to provide professional advice regarding it.

Then, there’s a Salvation Army store right there, which would provide cheap goods.

And the Home Depot, I’ve noticed that there are day laborers who gather outside, ready to help people with their home improvement and repair projects. And I wondered if that might be, temporarily, a source of day labor for the homeless encampment.

Also I thought of Home Depot and Lowes, because they have inexpensive, prefabricated sheds. The smallest of these sheds might be helpful to put up as semi-permanent locations, that would provide some security for their goods if they were to go off on a day job, or other job. And that might also provide them with safety while they are sleeping, and better protection from the elements in case of rain, or like that. Although it would be pretty hot in the summertime. And it wouldn’t necessarily have electricity in it.

I feel that the City of Los Angeles might be able to provide WCs, porta-potties, of the kind that have footpumped water dispensers, so that people could wash their hands with and soap. And so there would waste disposal facilities that could be quickly set up and pretty easily managed, I think.

This is the problem: There’s no grocery store extremely close, although within walking distance for those that are not too handicapped, I feel, there are a couple of big grocery stores. The nearest, 2 blocks to the west, on Roscoe, is Vallarta Supermarkets, which is quite well stocked. But not too close, so maybe a shuttle might be provided, from the place where the people are encamped, to a grocery store … maybe once a day, or twice a day; what do you think?

But in addition, for sundries and a minimal amount of food supplies, there’s a liquor store within a block, a little to the south, on Canoga Ave,

Next to the liquor store is a Post office. I know that a lot of homeless people are depending on their Social Security, SSDI (Social Security Disability Benefits) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) checks, and that might be a place where they could establish an address, a Post Office Box.

I also noticed there are mass transit routes on both Canoga Avenue and Roscoe Blvd., so that’s good.

So there are a lot of reasons why that particular location is a really good one, for the time being.

Then, I wondered about the Costco … A little bit farther out, a little bit later on, I wondered if there might be a way to provide an incentive for businesses to emply the homeless in stalls, or stations, in that Costco. So that it could be rented, by the year, or whatever, by any number of small businesses that are struggling to get on their feet, and that might get a tax advantage from hiring those people that are homeless.

Also I thought, as far as tax advantages are concerned: Maybe there could be a credit if, say, Home Depot, or Lowes, or one of the local lumber companies or hardware stores wanted to provide a discount on … or even provide outright … some of the small shelters that might be needed for the homeless population in the parking lot.

So basically, that’s what I’m thinking.

To the east, there’s a homeless facility that’s open only during the cold winter months, the coldest months of the year. This is an 85-bed facility in Sylmar now open only in the winter, but which is planned to be converted to a year-round bridge housing facility for women.

Link: “Homeless Shelter For Women To Open In San Fernando Valley,” by California Patch, News Partner, 3 October

But I feel that, in the encampment I’m proposing, it might be good to separate the population, even in that one large parking lot, into …

  • single men, for one large area,
  • and then families, for another area,
  • and then in another area: Handicapped people. And the reason to allow handicapped access to another area is that, there might be some roughhousing and carrying on in the men’s area, for instance. And the handicapped can’t move quite so fast sometimes … They’re not as mobile … And they might be better protected in a separate enclosure.

So those are my thoughts.

I also think that a grading system might be established … maybe with Salvation Army, at first, training people who are in the encampment, to become caretakers or people to help keep order and make sure everything is ok … to call the police if any roughhousing happens, and to have strict rules about that, so that the people that are there can feel safe and comfortable.

And also, if it turns that there are people who are either employed as day laborers for Home Depot, or else, say, in a sort of a factory situation, inside of Costco, if that were to work out … Or even if something were to be worked out in the parking lot there, for day laborers with rudimentary manual skills … then there might be these people who have been trained to help decorum during the day, and to make sure that there are no instances of substance abuse, and like that, which cause the feeling that there might be an unsafe situation happening.

I wondered further … If the homeless were employed, whether there might be a discounted training position available. That is, maybe part of the wage that a person received might be benefits for substance abuse programs, or psychological or health issues programs that might be provided ‘on campus’, as it were.

Well that’s my thought: That place, or someplace like it might prove to be quite a Godsend for the homeless population here in the San Fernando Valley.

Tell me what you think about it! This is a topic for neighborhood discussion.

Talk to you later! Bye bye …

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 8 October 2017; published on 3 November 2017; revised … new text is in green font

  • HOMELESS STATISTICS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  • SCARCITY OF HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  • ON THE NOTION OF ASSIGNING A PARKING LOT … SUCH AS THE VACANT COSTCO PARKING LOT ON ROSCOE … FOR A TEMPORARY TENT COMMUNITY
  • SMALL POD HOUSING DESIGNED BY VALLEY RESCUE MISSION
  • NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND FOOT TRAFFIC ON OUR PUBLIC STREETS
  • LOITERING LAWS IN LOS ANGELES
  • CAN WE PROVIDE SAFE PLACES FOR THE HOMELESS TO STORE THEIR PROPERTY?
  • ON WORKING WITHIN THE LAW FOR A SOLUTION TO THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS
  • MY THANKS TO CALIFORNIA FOR ITS POSITIVE REGARD FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

Dear Ones,

HOMELESS STATISTICS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

I read there were about 7,600 homeless in the San Fernando Valley, and 58,000 in LA County as of last year … I read this in:

Link: “Homelessness Increased In Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley: The rising cost of housing, along with a housing shortage, was acknowledged by officials as a top cause of the homeless problem,” by Alexander Nguyen (Patch Staff) – updated  https://patch.com/california/woodlandhills/homelessness-increased-woodland-hills-san-fernando-valley ..

SCARCITY OF HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Because of the influx of homeless into the nearby neighborhoods, I’ve been looking around for homeless shelters in the San Fernando Valley … It seems like shelters for men are scarce. It looks like housing will be built, but maybe is not available yet?

Law enforcement can ask a homeless person to move on, but where will they move to, if no housing resources are available?

ON THE NOTION OF ASSIGNING A PARKING LOT … SUCH AS THE VACANT COSTCO PARKING LOT ON ROSCOE … FOR A TEMPORARY TENT COMMUNITY

I had a thought about the Costco that closed at 21300 Roscoe Blvd in Canoga Park (across from the Salvation Army Store) … it has a big, fenced parking lot which might temporarily be used for tents, if porta-potties and security could be arranged … What do you all think about this possibility?

SMALL POD HOUSING DESIGNED BY VALLEY RESCUE MISSION

Also a possibility, in lieu of or in addition to tenting in a parking lot, might be small pod housing such as that designed by Valley Rescue Mission …

Link: “Local News: These small pods could bring a big solution for LA County’s homeless crisis,” by Susan Abram, sabram@scng.com , Daily News, published: 

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND FOOT TRAFFIC ON OUR PUBLIC STREETS

This is a very difficult topic. For myself, as a Neighborhood Watch captain, I want to help my neighbors keep my neighborhood safe, and at the same time not to trespass on other people’s freedom of movement. People walk up and down our public streets all day long, and that’s fine. It’s when they stop and stay around that residents get uneasy.

LOITERING LAWS IN LOS ANGELES

In response to that, there are loitering laws in LA, both in general and also at schools and places where children generally congregate, but I’ve read that they only apply if a person has criminal intent. Most likely a prior criminal record would figure in.

I’ve read there is also a law against walking onto private property and peeking into the door or window, and that law applies if the property is not abandoned. See:

Link: “PC 647: Loitering” … http://esfandilawfirm.com/crimes/loitering-pc-647/ ..

CAN WE PROVIDE SAFE PLACES FOR THE HOMELESS TO STORE THEIR PROPERTY?

I’ve also read that the City of LA passed law 56.11 last year to the effect that a (presumably homeless) person’s storage of items on sidewalks and parkways and in alleys must be no more than what can fit into the garbage bin … see:

Link: “L.A. council OKs law limiting homeless people’s belongings to what can fit in a trash bin,” by Gale Holland, Contact Reporter, 30 March 2016, 3:42 pm … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-belongings-20160331-story.html ..

I also read that the City has no right to put these belongings into the trash:

Link: “Judge Says Los Angeles Has to Stop Taking Homeless People’s Stuff: A new injunction limits the city’s ability to seize and destroy the property of Skid Row residents,” by Elijah Chiland, 14 April 2016, 9:55 am PDT … https://la.curbed.com/2016/4/14/11428886/los-angeles-homeless-property-seizure ..

The same article suggests the need … I would say citywide … for storage facilities for possessions of transient people.

ON WORKING WITHIN THE LAW FOR A SOLUTION TO THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS

I guess what I’m trying to say is, as responsible citizens, and taking this difficult problem into consideration, let us work within the spirit of the legal system. As forward-looking people let us look to fresh solutions to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles.

  • What is really going on, economically, here?
  • How can we tweak the economy to provide jobs for those who want them, but can’t find them?
  • As a concerned community with humane intent, what may we also do for those who don’t want work, or who, for a constellation of reasons, are unemployable?

In the end, I am hoping that these last prove to be few, and that good work and good housing will be found for most.

MY THANKS TO CALIFORNIA FOR ITS POSITIVE REGARD FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

I would like to add that I have traveled here and there in America in recent years, and have found, in general, that California’s attitude toward the underprivileged is a standout in many ways; especially, as regards …

  • positive social action,
  • lack of prejudice, and a positive attitude toward diversity, and
  • desire to abide within the spirit of the law.

For that depth of human kindness, and for our mutual vision of a new tomorrow in this beautiful land, I thank each of you, from the bottom of my heart.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Community Alert: Movie Theatre Restrooms in Matinées . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 September 2016

  • ON KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS
  • ON PLACING CONFIDENCE IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY
  • CHAOTIC NODES AND VIOLENT BEHAVIORS

Dear Ones,

A month or so back, I saw something in a movie theatre that worried me. As I recall, it was at AMC Fallbrook 7 in West Hills, in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. It has been a while, but if memory serves, that was the location.

I had just watched a general audience movie that was playing mid-afternoon. The movie was fun. At first I thought the theatre was nearly empty. Then I noticed the theatre was full … I was just one of the few people in the audience whose heads were higher than the back of their chairs. So, it was a very enthusiastic young crowd in attendance.

ON KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS

On my way out of the movie, I paused near the popcorn vending station. I noticed a young mother who looked a little distracted. She had a young son, maybe 8 years old, and a daughter, maybe 5 years old, with her. She was about to shepherd her daughter into the women’s restroom, and pointed her son to the men’s room on the other side of the popcorn counter.

As the mom disappeared into the women’s room, I noticed the look on her son’s face: He had turned white, and he stopped in his tracks, indecisive about going in the men’s room. Seemed to me, paralyzed with fear.

Then I noticed the young man at the popcorn counter … late 20s, early 30s. He had noticed the fearful boy. Through my clair abilities I sensed in this popcorn vendor a rising up of the feral drive to aggression, and a decision to follow the child into the restroom. I have to say, I went ahead and stood there, with a look of disapproval on my face; he looked up, saw my look, and curbed himself from acting.

This was an unhappy tableau, and I hope one that is not often repeated. I am hoping that Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) across the nation will get the word out about keeping children close and well protected in public restrooms, at least for the time being.

Specifically, I feel a parent accompany his or her child into public restrooms until the child reaches the age and stature where they can reasonably defend themselves against sexual predation.

ON PLACING CONFIDENCE IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

I further feel that outreach to the LGBT communities may be of help in this. People who engage in sexual predation are a minor element in our LGBT communities. These are troublesome to everyone concerned. I feel certain that outreach and working together, with the LGBT community as with all groups, will be the process that takes place, over and over again, during the Awakening.

I do feel we can confidently anticipate a clearing of the lines of communication amongst all humankind, and a  lightening and brightening of group-to-group relations worldwide, in the coming months and year.

CHAOTIC NODES AND VIOLENT BEHAVIORS

One of the features of ‘chaotic nodes’ …

Link: “The Emergence of Multiple Chaotic Nodes: A Hathor Planetary Message Through Tom Kenyon,” 2019 … https://tomkenyon.com/the-emergence-of-multiple-chaotic-nodes ..

… such as the one we entered in the beginning of September 2016, is astrogeophysical events such as solar storms, CMEs and CIRs. Another is unusual acts of violence, either to oneself or to others. These are caused by disturbances in our human electromagnetic fields, which are caused by disturbances in Earth’s geomagnetic field, which are caused by the solar events.

We are Earth’s children, and we are changeable, just like our great Mother Earth. Let us take good care of our children, just as our dear Gaia takes care of us.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains – Spring Equinox 2016 . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 20 March 2016; published on 15 April 2016

Words of Warning   .   Poison Oak   .  California Native Mustards   .   Black Sage   .   California (Coastal) Sagebrush … Cowboy Cologne   .   Chamise (Greasewood)

Wild Cucumber  .   Munits Cave   .   Purple (Deadly) Nightshade   .   White Nightshade (Solanum douglasii)   .  Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) 

Fiddlenecks   .   Horehound   .   Buckwheat   .   Prickly Pear   .   Western Scrub Jay (Island Scrub Jay)   .   Bush Sunflower (California Encelia)   .   Laurel Sumac   .   Purple Sage

White Sage   .   Semi-Riparian Zone  .   California Mugwort   .   Deerweed   .   Oak Woodland   .
Coastal Live Oak   .   California Sycamore   .   Woodland Trail   .   Arroyo Willow?

Mule Fat   .   Black Mustard   .   Various Habitats   .   The San Fernando Valley in the Time of the Conquistadores   .   Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick)   .   Monarch Butterfly

About the Spirits of Trees   .   Eucrypta (Hideseeds)   .   More California Native Mustards   .   California (Mexican) Elderberry   .   Cheeseweed (a Mallow)   .   Live Oats 


Dear Ones,

This is a video about wild plants of the Santa Monica Mountains that was taken on 20 March 2016, the day of the 2016 Spring Equinox, in the Santa Monica Mountains …

There is an edited Summary after the video. The Summary includes many images found in the video, and a few not found there …

VIDEO BY ALICE         top

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO         top

Words of Warning         top
Please do not take my word as to whether these wild plants are edible … In many cases, I just heard it from other naturalists. Do your research, make sure you have identified a plant accurately, make sure most folks agree that it is edible, and then if you are sampling for the first time, try just a tiny bit, and wait a day to see if you have any reaction. Any iteration of this blog must include this warning. –Alice B. Clagett

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

We are going for a botanical walk in the Santa Monica Mountains today. We will see what we find here, on this beautiful Spring day.


Poison Oak         top

Here we have a beautiful Spring bloom of poison oak. So for those that are allergic to it, here is what it looks like, with berries …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 1: Poison Oak Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 1: Poison Oak Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Pretty, is it not? Poison oak is a relative of poison ivy, which is on the East Coast. But poison oak grows into a bush, and poison ivy is a climbing vine that climbs up the East Coast.

While most Caucasian people seem to be allergic to poison oak and poison ivy, the Native Americans had a number of uses for it, including using the pliable stems of the poison oak …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 2: Poison Oak Vines,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 2: Poison Oak Vines,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… as basket weaving materials.

This is poison oak, growing in a tremendous amount, all along here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 3: Poison Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 3: Poison Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You have to be very careful, on this trail, not to hit the poison oak!

Poison Oak: Native American uses … Link: “Native American Uses,” in Cal Poly Land … 
http://polyland.calpoly.edu/topics/florafauna/studentsites/2004b/native.html ..

Link: “Toxicodendron diversilobum,” in Wikipedia …   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_diversilobum ..


California Native Mustards         top

I am pretty sure that this is a California native mustard here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 4: California Native Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 4: California Native Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

They grow singly; not like the ones introduced by the Padres. They grow singly, and in odd ecological niches. Ups, here is another one over here … where is it? … right over here is another one. And oh, I see some more … yes, some more, just coming up, So under this native coastal live oak tree here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 5: Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 5: Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… there are a number of them. It is a very small econiche. It is not like the open field is full of mustard seeds that the Padres brought. But it is beautiful in its own way … very dainty, very nice … somewhat hard to find. There are a number of California native mustard species or types like this. While they are edible, they are endangered, so it is best to leave them alone, with the hope that they may flourish in future.


Black Sage         top

This is black sage here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 6: Black Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 6: Black Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a wonderful healing quality. I just brushed against it, on my way up this trail, and I smelled it.

Black Sage uses … Link: “Salvia mellifera,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_mellifera ..


California (Coastal) Sagebrush … Cowboy Cologne         top

And over here, on this side, is Cowboy Cologne …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 7: California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 7: California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a gentler scent, a beautiful scent, and they say that the cowboys used to use it before they would go in town on a Friday or Saturday night.

California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne) uses … Link: “Artemisia californica,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_californica ..


Chamise (Greasewood)         top

And this over here is chamise or greasewood …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 8: Chamise (Greasewood),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 8: Chamise (Greasewood),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It does not have that much of a scent at all.

Chamise or Greasewood: Native American uses … Link: “Adenostoma fasciculatum,” in Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) …  http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/adefas/all.html … Search the term: Other Uses and Values


Wild Cucumber         top

And over here is wild cucumber …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 9: Wild Cucumber,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 9: Wild Cucumber,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a very huge root. And I see it is too soon for the prickly fruits of the wild cucumber to come out. It is a vine, and it has holdfasts that are … let’s see if I can find one … very little whorls of circular or circles of holdfasts. Ok, there is one, reaching out into space …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 10: Wild Cucumber Holdfast,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 10: Wild Cucumber Holdfast,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is trying to catch hold of a plant, so that it can pull the wild cucumber vine up higher into the sunlight. It climbs like crazy in the early Spring, and then it just withers away, and survives by means of the huge root underground.

Wild Cucumber: Native American uses … Link: “Wild Cucumber, Marah macrocarpa,” in Nature Collective … https://www.sanelijo.org/plant-guide/wild-cucumber ..


Munits Cave         top

Up that hill, up that way …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 11: Mountain Near Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 11: Mountain Near Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… there is a very cool cave, or series of caves …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 12: Munits Cave,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 12: Munits Cave,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are birds that hide out in there too; and people climb around in there, just for fun.

Link: “Cave of Munits in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve & Castle Peak in El Escorpion Park,” in Hikespeak … https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/cave-of-munits-castle-peak-hike/ ..


Purple (Deadly) Nightshade         top

This is deadly nightshade here … see the purple flowers? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 13: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 13: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

This variety of nightshade … the one with the purple flowers … has fruits that are not edible. Here is the fruit of the purple, or deadly, nightshade …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 14: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade Fruits,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 14: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade Fruits,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is a very small, immature fruit, but as I recall, it comes out green when mature, and so it is distinguished from the mature fruit of the white nightshade, which is purple, Fruit is mature when it is soft or squishy.

There are nightshade references at the end of the “White Nightshade” section below.


White Nightshade         top

There is another nightshade, white nightshade (Solanum douglasii), that has black fruit; I heard from a naturalist that the black fruit were edible, but after trying one of the berries, I feel a little queasy. So I would advise caution in trying even the white nightshade fruit.

For those who are allergic to tomatoes, eggplants, or potatoes, which I understand to be in the same family, common sense dictates avoiding the fruit of the white nightshade.

Nightshades are a little like mushrooms: Only those who are certain what variety they have in hand ought collect them for consumption. This link is a good guide to the various nightshades of California …

Link: “Solanum,” in Calflora …  https://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/specieslist.cgi?where-genus=Solanum ..

Nightshade uses … Link: “Solanaceae,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanaceae ..


Filaree (Stork’s-Bill)         top

This is filaree here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 15: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 15: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are several forms of filaree; all of them are edible. I think you have to cook them for a while, till tender. And here are the immature seed pods of filaree; very distinctive …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 16: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 16: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very distinctive. More filaree seed pods here; see that one? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 17: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 17: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I do not think you can eat the seed pods.

Filaree (‘stork’s-bill’) uses … Link: “Erodium cicutarium,” in Wikipedia …   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erodium_cicutarium#Uses ..


Fiddlenecks         top

These are fiddlenecks, that grow all over the hills here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 18: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 18: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… not too showy, but if you look at them up close, they are very pretty.

Fiddleneck: In one place read that this plant is poisonous, and in another that it had Native American uses. I would steer clear of it entirely.

LInk: “Amsinckia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsinckia ..


Horehound         top

This if horehound, here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 19: Horehound,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 19: Horehound,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is used in candies. It was brought here by the Puritans long ago, and it spread all over the United States. It is an extremely hardy plant. You see how it looks a little bit white (or ‘hoary’ … that is the old name) …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 20: Horehound, Whitish Leaves and Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 20: Horehound, Whitish Leaves and Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And it has white stems too.

Horehound uses … Link: “White Horehound; Uses,” in WebMD … https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-886/white-horehound .. 

Link: “Marrabium vulgare,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrubium_vulgare ..


Buckwheat         top

This is buckwheat …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 21: Buckwheat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 21: Buckwheat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is just coming up; there are not any seeds yet. The fruit seeds are edible. Like the cereal grains, they were a staple of diet amongst the Native Americans that once lived here. There are several different kinds of buckwheat growing in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Buckwheat uses: Link: “Erigonum fasciculatum,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eriogonum_fasciculatum ..


Prickly Pear         top

This is a native cactus …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 22: Prickly Pear,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 22: Prickly Pear,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It bears fruit that are edible, and delicious, and often harvested by Latin Americans and Native Americans. If the spines are burnt off of the leaves, then they can be sliced to the size of string beans, cooked, and eaten.

Prickly Pear uses … Link: “Prickly Pear” in Drugs.com … http://www.drugs.com/npp/prickly-pear.html ..

LInk: “Opuntia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia ..


Western Scrub Jay (Island Scrub Jay)         top

This is a Western Scrub Jay …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 23: Western Scrub Jay,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 23: Western Scrub Jay,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Looks pretty rambunctious to me.

I think this may be what is now termed the Island Scrub Jay; see … Link: “Western Scrub Jay,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_scrub_jay ..


Bush Sunflower (California Encelia)         top

This is a very common type of sunflower here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 24: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 24: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You will notice the dark-colored centers of the flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 25: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 25: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

As far as I know, it is not edible.

Bush Sunflower (California Encelia): sometimes used for landscaping …

Link: “Bush Sunflower, Encelia californica,” in California Native Plant Society Calscape … https://calscape.org/Encelia-californica-(Bush-Sunflower) ..


Laurel Sumac         top

This is laurel sumac …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 26: Laurel Sumac,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 26: Laurel Sumac,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is a chaparral plant. It can be distinguished from other similar chaparral plants by the reddish colored stems; see there? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 27: Laurel Sumac Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 27: Laurel Sumac Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a seed cluster (sumac ‘drupe’ or ‘bob’) that looks like a dusky, red Christmas tree. The birds eat it. I heard from my mother that it is poisonous, but I think in the Orient that this, or some relative of it, is used as a spice. So that is something to look into, for the future, without actually consuming it in advance of the research. [The spice I had in mind is Ziyad Brand Sumac, but whether this is the same or a different plant, I have no idea.]

Laurel Sumac uses … Link: “Malosma,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malosma ..


Purple Sage         top

I believe this to be purple sage …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 28: Purple Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 28: Purple Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You will see that the leaves look a lot like the leaves of black sage, but they have a whitish cast to them …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 29: Purple Sage Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 29: Purple Sage Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And also, if you look closely, you will see that the leaves have a kind of a corrugation them …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 30: Purple Sage Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 30: Purple Sage Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

They smell absolutely delightful. They also have medicinal qualities, but the scent is not as ‘dark’ or strong as the scent of black sage (which has blue flowers). The purple sage have purple flowers, and the leaves look white.

Purple Sage uses … Link: “Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association,” in Chino Hills State Park …  http://www.chinohillsstatepark.org/natural-resources/shrubs … Search the term: Purple Sage

Link: “Salvia leucophylla,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_leucophylla ..


White Sage         top

I doubt we will see any white sage on this walk. White sage has straight, white stems, and it is gathered … usually illegally … by people who sell it in bundles for incense to purify or cleanse people’s homes. You will see six-inch or eight-inch stacks of it, tied with yarn or string, and sold in the stores, and typically it is gathered nearby, rather than out in the National Forests, where, as i recall, it may be legal to gather it.

So I would like to ask, on behalf of the conservancy organizations: Please do not gather wild plants in the National Parks or the Santa Monica Mountains or like that … places where it so easy to gather, and where things can become endangered if you, in fact, do that. This is just a plea and an explanation. I am hoping for the best, there.

White Sage uses … Link: “Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association,” in Chino Hills State Park …  http://www.chinohillsstatepark.org/natural-resources/shrubs … Search the term: White Sage

Link: “Salvia apiana,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_apiana ..


Semi-Riparian Zone         top

Here we have a semi-riparian zone …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 31: Semi-Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 31: Semi-Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

After the rains, I think there is water; and then, I think, sometimes there is not. You can find special plants, with special medicinal qualities, in riparian areas. This one is no exception.


California Mugwort         top

Here we have California mugwort …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 32: California Mugwort,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 32: California Mugwort,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… which has so many uses, I must look them all up! But I will tell you one colorful example: They say that if you gather mugwort, which grows plentifully in some areas, and dry it, and put it inside your pillow, then you will have special dreams.

I tried this myself; and because I was not all that fond of the strong odor of the mugwort, my dreams were not all that pleasant. But you may have better luck than I.

The other thing I know about mugwort: To my mind, ‘wort’ means ‘plant’ and ‘mug’, to me, means that you make tea out of it, and put it in a mug. That is how I think of it. And so I remember that a tea of this is good for women. It solves various troubles that can be looked up, and brings balance to the female system. There may be other uses too.

California Mugwort uses … Link: “Artemisia douglasiana,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_douglasiana#Uses ..


Deerweed         top

This is deerweed …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 33; Deerweed,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 33; Deerweed,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Sometimes it goes dormant, when the weather is very hot. But right now it is flourishing. It has tiny, beautiful, yellow (and sometimes orange) flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 34: Deerweed Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 34: Deerweed Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And as far as I know, it has no special benefit for people; but it is beautiful when all the flowers bloom (which they are no doing right now).

Deerweed uses … Link: “Deerweed,” in Nature Collective … https://www.sanelijo.org/plant-guide/deerweed ..

Link: “Acmispon glaber,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acmispon_glaber ..


Oak Woodland         top

Here I am, walking into an oak woodland …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 35: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 35: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… completely different from riparian; and very beautiful! I am sure you know about … here …


Coastal Live Oak         top

Here are lots of acorns left over from last year’s season …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 36: Acorns,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 36: Acorns,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Native Americans would gather them, haul them, mash them up, net them, put them in running water, in a stream or like that, in the wintertime, to get the bitter tannin out of them, and then mash them up more, and use them as flour in their foods.

And because they mashed them in stone hollows, with stones, the acorn meal was mixed up with sands from the stone, it was mixed in with the food that they ate, and it wore down their teeth at a very early age. It is better to use some other kind of mashing technique, I feel.

Here are the leaves of the tree that produces the acorns …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 37: Coastal Live Oak Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 37: Coastal Live Oak Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You can see they are very shiny and they are curved round. I have heard from people who go on hikes and lead hikes, that the leaves are curved so that they can conserve moisture better, in the drought season of summer. See here? … curved …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 38: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Curved,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 38: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Curved,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The new leaves are soft; but the old leaves are very hard. They have little prickles on them, that make it hard for the deer, for instance, to eat them … even though the deer might be very hungry. And this shiny stuff here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 39: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Prickled and Shiny,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 39: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Prickled and Shiny,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… probably acts as protection against the heat in the summertime.

Coastal Live Oak uses … Link: “Quercus agrifolia,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_agrifolia ..


California Sycamore         top

This is the native California Sycamore tree, one of the most beautiful trees in the world, I feel …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 40: Sycamore,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 40: Sycamore,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I just love Sycamore trees. They do not have any particular use. They provide shade; they like water; and they are beautiful.

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 41: Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 41: Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Link: “Platanus racemosa,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus_racemosa ..


Woodland Trail         top

A woodland trail, continuing; different kinds of plants here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 42: Woodland Trail,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 42: Woodland Trail,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


Arroyo Willow?         top

I sort of thought, because of the riparian area right next to it, that maybe this is some kind of willow tree. But I just do not know …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 43: Might Be Arroyo Willow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 43: Might Be Arroyo Willow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is not that willow chaparral shrub. There are the leaves right there …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 44: Might Be Arroyo Willow Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 44: Might Be Arroyo Willow Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Is this arroyo willow? If so, then perhaps the bark of this willow, like that of other willow trees, might be boiled for a tea that has an effect like that of aspirin. There is more on the uses of Arroyo willow at these links …

Arroyo Willow uses … Link: “Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepsis),” in Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy … https://www.parksconservancy.org/conservation/arroyo-willow ..


Mule Fat         top

Down in the hollow here, in the riparian area, with very straight sticks for stems, is a kind of chaparral plant called mule fat …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 45: Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 45: Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

. I guess that mules would eat it, when the earlier settlers came through here; and that is why they called it mule fat.

I will bet that, what with these very straight, strong stems that are tough, too …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 46: Mule Fat Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 46: Mule Fat Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… that the wood of this mule fat might have been used for arrows; probably arrows and not bows, because it does not get that big. Here is a closeup of the top part of the plant …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 47: Mule Fat Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 47: Mule Fat Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mule Fat uses … Link: “Baccharis salicifolia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baccharis_salicifolia ..


Black Mustard         top

This is a young, black mustard plant …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 48: Black Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 48: Black Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is very tasty when it is young like this. You can eat the leaves, especially if they are smaller than this, but even now, raw in salads. Black mustard has a very strong taste to it, and it is good as flavoring, to go with you milder greens. This here is the beginning of the flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 49: Black Mustard Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 49: Black Mustard Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is delicious before it flowers, and it is delicious after it flowers as well …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 50: Black Mustard Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 50: Black Mustard Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Yes, a really tasty plant. Do not eat too much at one time; use it for flavoring, I say. Otherwise it might have too strong an effect.

Black Mustard uses … Link: Brassica nigra,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_nigra ..


Various Habitats         top

This is a combination right here … down at the very bottom you have a riparian zone

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 51: Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 51: Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then up above it you have meadowland up here ….

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 52: Meadowland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 52: Meadowland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then looking over this way, woodland …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 53: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 53: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


The San Fernando Valley in the Time of the Conquistadores         top

They say that, in the time of the Conquistadores … when they came through here … that all the San Fernando Valley was covered with live oak trees. There was no chaparral to speak of, here. And the Conquistadores could come riding under the cover of the great oak trees all day long, in the San Fernando Valley. It was like a beautiful parkland then.

The terrain has really changed since then, what with the grazing, and the cutting down of the trees, and so forth.


Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick)         top

This is a kind of lily; I think it might have a bulbar base in the ground, which is said to be edible but protected, so ought not be harvested …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 54: Wild Hyacinth (Blue) and Fiddleneck (Yellow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 54: Wild Hyacinth (Blue) and Fiddleneck (Yellow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I am referring to these blue flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 55: Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 55: Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and not the fiddlenecks …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 56: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 56: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The blue flowers are sometimes called Blue Dicks. Probably somebody’s favorite friend was named ‘Dick”, and the person named the flower after them. And they are sometimes called ‘wild hyacinth. I really love that ‘wild hyacinth’ name; I think it is beautiful. And the flowers are beautiful too … evanescent; only here for a little while, during the year.

Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick) uses … Link: “Dichelostemma capitalus,” in Wikipedia …  http://mojavedesert.net/wildflower/blue-dicks.html ..


Monarch Butterfly         top

Ah, did that come through? That was a monarch butterfly …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 57: Monarch Butterfly,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 57: Monarch Butterfly,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I do not know what it was attracted to, down here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 58: Where Monarch Butterfly Was Flying,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 58: Where Monarch Butterfly Was Flying,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Maybe it does not know either! It is going off, looking for something.

Link: “Monarch Butterfly,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly ..


About the Spirits of Trees         top

I really like this beautiful live oak here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 59: Favorite Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 59: Favorite Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I come and visit it every once in a while. I think it is courageous, especially considering how much graffiti the young folks have put on here. I assume it is the young folks, but I might be mistaken about that … 

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 60: Coastal Life Oak Graffiti,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 60: Coastal Life Oak Graffiti,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

This poor tree! Do they not know the bark is very important to the life of the tree? I guess they do not. Well, I have talked about this before. I can understand that young people want to make their mark on the world. But the thing of it is, these are living, ancient trees …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 61: Coastal Live Oak Shelters Many Beings,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 61: Coastal Live Oak Shelters Many Beings,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… wise in their own way … and harboring great forms of life … not only physical forms of life like birds and insects and mammals and reptiles … but other, nonphysical forms of life as well. There are nature spirits living here.

That, way up there …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 62: Owl Stand on Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 62: Owl Stand on Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… I think was a platform for a bird once. It looks as if it has fallen a little sideways with time. Here is the other side of the tree …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 63: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 63: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… which goes on …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 64: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 64: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and on … Absolutely beautiful!

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 65: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 65: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


Eucrypta (Hideseeds)         top

This is a beautiful little plant that has delicate, fernlike leaves and very tiny … see how tiny? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 66: Eucrypta (Hideseeds) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 66: Eucrypta (Hideseeds) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… flowers. A lot of people do not like this plant, but I have always found it very beautiful, brightening up the forest floor in the early springtime …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 67: Eucrypta (Hideseeds),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 67: Eucrypta (Hideseeds),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very delicate, beautiful flowers.

Link: “Eucrypta,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucrypta ..


More California Native Mustards         top

Here are more California native mustards, growing in the shade of an oak tree …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 68: California Native Mustards,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 68: California Native Mustards,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


California (Mexican) Elderberry         top

Here is California (Mexican) elderberry. It is a small tree, out here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 69: California (Mexican) Elderberry,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 69: California (Mexican) Elderberry,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and these are the flowers here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 70: California (Mexican) Elderberry Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 70: California (Mexican) Elderberry Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very showy this time of year. I think you can eat the flowers (or maybe the berries) in pancakes. But you have to take some parts off, so it is important to read up on this before attempting a recipe with it. Parts of this are edible, but only if prepared in certain ways, and maybe only in limited quantities.

California (Mexican) Elderberry uses … Link: “Sambucus nigra,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_nigra ..


Cheeseweed (a Mallow)         top

This is cheeseweed (a mallow) here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 71: Cheeseweed (a Mallow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 71: Cheeseweed (a Mallow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a tiny, not showy flower … It is hard to find this little, white flower …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 72: Cheeseweed Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 72: Cheeseweed Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then it has a seed or fruit that comes in four parts, like a round of cheese, and the seed is edible … tasty too; fairly tasty.

Cheeseweed (a Mallow) uses … Link: “Mallow (Malva parviflora) an Edible Friend,” in Root Simple … https://www.rootsimple.com/2008/02/mallow-malva-parviflora-an-edible-friend/ ..


Live Oats         top

These are live oats, an invasive grass in California …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 73: Live Oats,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 73: Live Oats,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

These are a little stunted. Sometimes they grow very, very tall. The seeds are edible …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 74: Live Oats Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 74: Live Oats Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You have to be very careful to take them out of their green sheath. Or you can wait until the seeds are mature and hard, and then you can grind them up and use them in your food. It is very important to get the sheaths off though, because they can stick in your throat and feel funny.

Live oats … whole fields full of them! There are some of them up there, across the road. These are all live oats …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 75: Live Oats Afar,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 75: Live Oats Afar,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wild Oat uses … Link: “Avena,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avena ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 76: Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 76: Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


EDIBLE AND USEFUL PLANTS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS         top

Citation: “Edible and Useful Plants of California,’ [with recipes] by Charlotte Bringle Clarke, 1977, University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

Citation: “Peterson Field Guides: Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs,” by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs, 2002, published by Houghton Mifflin Books.

Citation: “Early Uses of California Plants,” by Edward K. Balls, 1962, University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

Link: “Native American Usage of Plants Found in Fallbrook (Shrubs, Vines, Wildflowers),” Copyright © 2000 by Elizabeth Yamaguchi … http://tchester.org/fb/plants/na_uses.html ..


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSES IN NATIVE AMERICAN SKILLS         top

Link: “Earth Skills,” 1113 Cougar Court, Frazier Park, CA 93225, class descriptions …  http://www.earthskills.com/class-descriptions.html ..


RESOURCES FOR SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS PLANT IDENTIFICATION         top

Link: “Wildflowers of Southern California: A Photographic Gallery,” by Barbara J. Collins, Ph.D., California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 …  https://earth.callutheran.edu/Academic_Programs/Departments/Biology/Wildflowers/index.htm ..

Citation: “Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains,” by Milt McAuley, photography by James P. Kenney, 1985, Canyon Publishing Co., 8561 Eatough Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91304.

Citation: “Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal & Chaparral Regions of Southern California,” text by Nancy Dale, photography by members of the California Native Plant Society, 1986, Capra Press, PO Box 2068, Santa Barbara, CA 93120 in cooperation with the California Native Plant Society.

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