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Though it is clear that South Los Angeles is park poor compared to rest of Los Angeles County, current fiscal problems lend people to dismiss the idea of spending more money creating parks, adding trees or fixing sidewalks. Turns out that maybe Los Angeles can’t afford not to invest in more nature.

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Mary M. Lee is associate director of PolicyLink, a national advocacy organization based in Oakland. Ms. Lee is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience working in communities throughout California, with special emphasis on issues of housing, land use and community economic development. A former L.A. Transportation Commissioner, she now serves on the L.A. Food Policy Task Force charged with making recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about food system reform strategies. Ms.

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Yolanda Vera oversees health care, public health and mental health issues for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

She is the former director of LA Health Action, an organization that seeks to expand access to health coverage and care to all Los Angeles County residents through policy and advocacy, coalition-building, linking of existing resources and grant-making to local, community-based organizations. LA Health Action is funded by The California Endowment and is run out of this grant-making foundation's headquarters in Los Angeles.

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