Motor Avenue Improvement Association - March 2014 Newsletter
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you would like to learn more about the history behind today's holiday, click here

Mother's Day is on May 11! Bring mom to the market and buy her some fresh fruit, fragrant flowers, or let her relax with a massage at Greenstone Therapy's Booth.

Memorial Day is May 26! The Market will be open as it is every Sunday, rain, shine, or national holiday weekend!

Get ready to vote in the Palms Neighborhood Council Elections

The Palms Neighborhood Council will hold elections for all positions on May 18, 2014. The PNC plays an important role in our community by funding and creating programs. MAIA will disperse official endorsements prior to the election, but you can get more information on the candidates during the Candidate Forums at the following dates and times:

Candidate Forum Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Location: IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Avenue

Election Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Election Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Avenue

Protect your family from lead in your home

If you are planning to buy or renovate a house built before 1978, you may be at risk for lead exposure. Be sure to have your house inspected for lead-based paint before performing any modifications. Be aware of proper cleaning measures if you suspect a lead hazard in your home. 

Drop off your electronic waste for environmentally friendly disposal!

Where: 3272 Motor Avenue, Suite F
When: Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sat 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This program is made possible by the New Generation Empowerment Group, Motor Avenue Improvement Association and Computech Support Services.

Click on the picture for more information.

The Farmers Market will host City Councilmember Paul Koretz on Sunday, May 25, 2014. This is Councilmember Koretz's second appearance at the Market. He will be available to speak about relevant topics and to address the concerns of his constituents. 

Become a Member

Join the Motor Avenue Improvement Association and enjoy all of the benefits we have to offer. Your membership dues will go towards MAIA programs that improve the community. You can also enjoy our Member-to-Member Program that provides you with reduced prices and great deals at businesses along Motor Avenue. Join today by clicking here

Alley Project Breaks Ground

The Motor Avenue Improvement Association is happy to announce that the alleyway between Palms Blvd. and Woodbine Ave. will be repaved in June. This is the first of many alley improvements in MAIA's Alleyway Repavement Program which will be expanded throughout the neighborhood. MAIA will be sending emails to notify residents and community members of construction dates and alley closures. 

If you would like to receive additional information please contact us at



Summer is approaching fast...The Motor Avenue Improvement Association is bringing on the heat!

The Motor Avenue Improvement Association has been busy bringing new and exciting events to the community. Our most recent announcement celebrates the successful creation of another school garden at Palms Middle School. Teachers, parents, and students all came out on a sunny Saturday in April to plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables. The Farmers Market and Urban Garden Program is expanding fast, so be sure to look out for announcements and events in the future!

Contact us through our website at or email us at


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Enjoyed the Farmers Market With Us

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, his team, and his son, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, all came to the market in April. They spent time shopping, talking with the community, answering questions about issues in the county and enjoying everything else the market has to offer. We appreciate their visit and extend our invitation to them to visit again soon.


Light at Venice Blvd and Motor Ave

One of MAIA's long term projects has great news! After over a year of lobbying city officials and agencies, the traffic light at Venice Blvd. and Motor Ave. is scheduled to be modified to increase safety and improve traffic. This intersection had become a dangerous location for our community. It is the site of many accidents and is a major traffic nuisance.

However, the project was officially awarded funds on April 14, and construction should begin in about a month. Improvement of the intersection will include the installation of a left turn arrow and an additional left turn lane.


Bee Rescue on Motor Avenue

MAIA received a call from a local business who reported a swarm of bees on the street. To prevent any injuries, we contacted a professional bee keeper, Dael. Dael was able to humanely rescue the bees and safely secure the area. We would like to thank Dael, our employee Alix, and C&M Cafe who assisted in the bee rescue. 

You can find Dael at the Motor Avenue Farmers Market. In addition to being a successful bee rescuer, Dael sells savory honey by the jar. Stop by his booth on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm at Motor Ave. and National Blvd.

If you encounter a similar problem and would like our assistance, please contact us at or 310-202-9002


Exciting Events at the Farmers Market!

The Farmers Market had a hugely successful Earth Day and Easter celebration. Parents and kids came out to enjoy the egg hunt, flower planting stations, and zumba lessons. Of course, the endless tables of delicious fruits and veggies are always a reason to stop by.

The Farmers Market is now partnering with Let's Move West LA. Let's Move is a project developed by Michelle Obama to promote active lifestyles for people of all ages. Let's Move West LA will be at the Farmers Market once a month for the following six months. Be sure to check out the exciting fitness programs that Let's Move has to offer beginning on May 4.

Check out the Farmers Market online or visit the Facebook page.


5% Day at Whole Foods

The Motor Avenue Farmers Market and Urban Garden Program is working in collaboration with Whole Foods to bring nutrition education, awareness, and hands-on experience to children and young adults. Our latest event focused on raising funds to expand and improve the gardens that have been planted at local schools in Palms. On Thursday, May 1st, Whole Foods West LA donated 5% of their profits to our program. MAIA would like to extend our appreciation to Katina Stallworth and the entire Whole Foods staff for all of their support. 

Be sure to look out for future fundraising opportunities and community events. For more information, visit our website
Additional Contact Information:
(310) 202-9002
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