August 1, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This week, Grist is publishing a very good 4-part series on the Los Angeles – written by Christian MilNeil. So far, they’ve posted parts one, two, and three. They have lots of worthwhile things to say, and they quote quite a few friends of the blog, including Melanie Winter and Jenny Price.
August 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
L.A. Creek Freak has received this urgent communique from L.A.’s Urban Rangers regarding their Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) activity night – this Thursday August 4th 2011. It’s FREE and you just might learn something while having fun and thinking about some serious art.
We’re passing the Rangers’ message along to you verbatim:
After our successful inaugural Engagement Party expedition to the peaks of Bunker Hill, we will be off rambling along the river this Thursday. Biking is encouraged!
L.A. River Ramble
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 7–10pm
Trailhead located at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Hone your river-scouting skills during this activity-filled hike to America’s most famous forgotten river. Participants will journey through the riparian corridor of art, industry, and infrastructure to explore the past and future of the L.A. River in Downtown and its place in the megalopolis’ watershed.
The event is FREE to the public and no reservations are required.
Wear sturdy shoes and carry water to avoid blisters and dehydration. Biking the L.A. River Ramble trail is strongly encouraged.
For further information, please visit moca.org/party or contact education [at] moca.org. We hope to see you!
In your service,
Los Angeles Urban Rangers
So… Don’t make your reservation right away. Gear up and pedal down to MOCA’s Little Tokyo trailhead this Thursday at 7pm. Arrive early to score extra brownie points. The L.A. Urban Rangers include friend of the creek freaks Jenny Price and many more groovy and gregarious go-getters. Rumor has it that you might be able to ask your pressing river questions to L.A. Creek Freak’s very own Joe Linton, who’s been conscripted into urban rangerdom for the evening!
March 10, 2011 § 1 Comment
This afternoon, before an assembled crowd of about fifty, Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stretch of Los Angeles River greenway and bikeway. Construction has begun on the 2.2-mile segment of landscaped bike path, extending from the Vanalden Avenue footbridge to the end of Hartland Street, just upstream of the Mason Avenue Bridge.
January 18, 2011 § 3 Comments
Feast your eyes on this L.A. River art by Akiko Crawford. Click on each image to link to larger versions. Creek Freak ran one piece of hers of in an earlier post, then she recently posted a handful of wonderful river and bridge images, so I figured I’d check in with her and run a bunch here. There’re more, and other urban sketches, designs, renderings, photos and other stuff at Akiko Crawford: Portfolio and Art Blog.
November 12, 2010 § 2 Comments
> The Daily Breeze reports that West Basin Municipal Water District’s desalination plant in Redondo Beach opens today, Friday November 12th 2010. Creek Freak Conner Everts “would like to see them do more conservation, reclamation, and then decide if they need a desal plant.”
> At Spouting Off, Heal the Bay’s Mark Gold reports on promising regional water board votes and efforts to reduce trash in local waters. See also HtB’s Ban the Bag rally below.
> Guess the animals and win a poster from L.A. Stormwater. Deadline is next Wednesday November 17th 2010.
> Will Campell bikes the Arroyo Seco and shoots another great riders-eye-view video.
> L.A. Times Greenspace looks into scary drinking water issues in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
> Bike the Los Angeles River from Griffith Park to Long Beach this Sunday November 14th 2010, departing at 7:30am from the Autry Museum. Details at Biking in L.A.
> Heal the Bay invites you to a rally to Ban the Bag – at 8:30am on Tuesday November 16th 2010 supporting the L.A. County Board of Supervisors as they vote to ban plastic bags in county unincorporated areas. Check here for details.
> On Thursday, November 18th 2010 at 7pm, the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University presents Morna Livingston speaking on Steps To Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India. It’s part of the lecture series: Excavating Innovation: The History and Future of Drylands Design. The free public talk takes place at Fletcher Jones Auditorium, Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank 91510.
> On Saturday November 20th 2010 from 9am-1pm, the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council, Council President Garcetti, and L.A. County Public Health host a free Health Fair. The event takes place at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center (1811 Ripple Street, L.A. 90039) and includes a free raffle for a new bicycle, courtesy of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
> The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is holding its monthly Ballona Wetlands Community Open House with tours Sunday November 21st from 9:30-1:00. Guided tours leave at 10am, 11am, and 12 noon. Meet at the Fiji Gateway, 1320 FIji Way in Marina del Rey 90292, across from Fisherman’s Village.
> On Sundays November 28th and December 5th 2010, Jenny Price leads the All-Valley L.A. River Thai Noodles & Cuban Sweets Tour. It goes from the start of the L.A. River in Canoga Park to Griffith Park, and includes the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural on the walls of the Tujunga Wash. Tours go 8:30am-4pm, click here for info and to sign up.
> At 12noon on Saturday December 4th 2010 the Elysian Valley portion of the L.A. River Bike Path will officially open. To emphasize the shared nature of the facility, it’s being called the L.A. River Pedestrian/Bike Path. Creek Freak will post more event information here soon!!
> Duarte dedicates its Encanto Park Bioswale and Outdoor Nature Classroom on Tuesday December 7th 2010 at 9am. Encanto Park is located at 751 Encanto Parkway, Duarte 91010.
> On Wednesday December 8th 2010 the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission will host a free public Ballona Wetlands Science and Research Symposium. It takes place from 8:30am-5:30pm at University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, LA 90045. For info and to rsvp email Karina Johnston kjohnston [at] santamonicabay.org
September 21, 2010 § Leave a Comment
> Culver City construction on the Ballona Creek bike path from Overland Avenue to the Westwood Avenue pedestrian bridge. Looks like another good creek revitalization project, but bicyclists should expect detours now through January (Culver City Bicycle Coalition)
> Federal funding secured for the Watershed Council’s Water Augmentation Study (Congresswoman Linda Sánchez)
> Downstream cities are installing nice single-purpose gray grates to keep trash out of the Los Angeles River (L.A. Times and L.A. Now - also earlier Creek Freak coverage, though we somehow missed coverage any accompanying source control efforts.)
> Genetically modified salmon coming soon to a plate near you? (L.A. Times Greenspace)
> Beautiful graphical history of the meanderings of the Mississippi River (NPR)
> Long Beach awarded grant for river parkway wetlands restoration project at DeForest Park (Supervisor Don Knabe)
> L.A. River panel tomorrow September 22nd (Zócalo)
> Coastal CleanUp Day on September 25th 2010. (Heal the Bay)
> Jenny Price River tours on September 26th and October 3rd (Hidden L.A.)
> Ballona Wetlands Science and Research Symposium on December 8th 2010. (Creek Freak)
(Just the headlines, m’am, courtesy of Joe being busy with CicLAvia – come and check it out on October 10th!)
September 12, 2010 § Leave a Comment
> The Huffington Post has the latest photos from another Los Angeles River boating expedition, spearheaded by Anthea Raymond. Looking forward to the day when kayaking the mighty Los Angeles isn’t the news that it is today.
> Green L.A. Coalition’s Water Team’s Not Enough to Waste booklet is now available on-line at their excellent water resources website notenoughtowaste.org. Read the booklet here. Creek Freak’s earlier review here.
> Los Angeles’ latest class of Coro Fellows will be presenting on The Logic of the Los Angeles River on Monday September 13th, 2010 – tomorrow. It’s free, and takes place from 6pm to 7pm at the Atrium Room at the Los Angeles River Center, 570 W. Avenue 26, LA 90065. Readers may also be interested in the Coro-hosted Surfacing the Solutions: A Critical Discussion of California’s Water Crisis coming up on Thursday October 14th. Here’s the Save the Date announcement.
>On Wednesday September 22nd 2010, Zócalo presents a panel discussion on the future of the Los Angeles River, featuring Mike Woo, Marc Salette, Jim Stafford, Mia Lehrer, and Michael Maltzan.
> On Saturday September 25th 2010, the California Coastal Commission and Heal the Bay spearhead the largest volunteer clean-up in the known universe: Coastal Clean-Up Day. Many many sites to choose from on local rivers, creeks (and, oh yeah, beaches!), including the Los Angeles River, Arroyo Seco, Dominguez Channel and more.
September 8, 2010 § 1 Comment
RECENT CREEK FREAK NEWS:
>L.A. Creek Freak’s Jessica Hall and Jane Tsong have contributed to a very informative and beautiful online media book Water, CA: Creative Visualizations for a New Millenium. Fellow travelers Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Isabelle Duvivier and Claude Willey are also among the 20+ featured contributors. Jessica Hall’s Daylighting Consciousness and Streams is an excellent new version of an early Creek Freak article. Jane Tsong’s Myriad Unnamed Streams piece (about creeks in North East L.A.) appears on her website in even greater detail.
>Recommended reading: State Senate: Industry Bagmen – Mark Gold’s autopsy on the death of the AB1998 - a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (LACF linked to this earlier, but it got kinda buried under a long article.)
>Jenny Price’s L.A. River tours continue Sunday September 12th, Sunday September 26th, and Sunday October 3rd. Information and reservations here. Maybe also brush up on the tour’s new unwelcome features here.
>On Wednesday September 22nd 2010, Zócalo presents a panel discussion on the future of the Los Angeles River. Mike Woo moderates the following panelists: Marc Salette of Chee Salette Architecture, Jim Stafford of Perkins+Will, Mia Lehrer of Mia Lehrer + Associates, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture. Make a reservation early, because these Zocalo talks fill up.
September 2, 2010 § 7 Comments
“And the cops have busted us. This is one bad ass tour of the LA River!!!”
Tweeted by BJustin 2:44pm August 21st 2010
Creek Freak has frequently recommended Jenny Price and her wonderful Los Angeles River tours. Sign up for her upcoming tours on this Saturday September 4th 2010, as well as Sunday September 12th, Sunday September 26th, and Sunday October 3rd. The Huffington Post recently ran an excellent review of Price’s tour, with photos and a short interview (and Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in Los Angeles is actually required reading for all creek freaks!)
Price has led river tours for more than 10 years. Since last month, they have a new and unwelcome feature: the Los Angeles Police Department.
August 21, 2010 § Leave a Comment
> The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a new video (above) 0n Stormwater Runoff 101, featuring shots of the Elmer Avenue project profiled here earlier. The shots of the trash boom on Ballona Creek are pretty scary! Overall it’s an excellent video, though I wish they didn’t call storm drains “sewers.” (Thanks to In the Watershed)
>Last Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, KCRW 89.9fm radio’s Which Way L.A.? ran an episode entitled Navigating the Los Angeles River. The program features Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes and George Wolfe of river expedition fame. The radio program is available for online listening here. Also in Shipping News: LAist reports about a petition floated for boating access to the river: register your name on the online petition here.
> See handsome new renderings of the L.A. River Natural Park at the Save L.A. River Open Space website. It’s a watershed park proposed for the site currently known as Studio City Golf and Tennis. See creek freak’s backgrounders on this struggle here and here.
> The L.A. Times reported yesterday that endangered steelhead remain endangered. This is good news: steelhead, an anadromous fish once abundant in local rivers and creeks, will remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. Recommended reading: creek freak’s coverage of Fish in the L.A. River.
> Tiny new feature: we’ve added a Tweet button for posting our articles to Twitter. The button now appears at the bottom of each post. Follow us at Twitter at @LACreekFreak!
> Jenny Price’s Hidden L.A. Los Angeles River Tours are coming up August 29th, September 4th, September 12th, and September 26th. Keep up with them by liking them at their Facebook page. You may get to actually drive in the river!
> Coastal Cleanup Day – takes place Saturday September 25th 2010. The event includeslots of clean-ups on local creeks and rivers .> CicLAvia – pronounced “seek-law-vee-uh” – a car-free 7.5-mile open streets festival taking place on October 10th 2010 (that’s 10-10-10) - will include the historic Gothic-Revival 1931 4th Street Bridge. Read more about CicLAvia here and more about the 4th Street Bridge on their list of 10 historic buildings along the 10-10-10 route. Self-promotion confession – Creek Freak Joe Linton is way-involved in this not-especially river-related effort – and has been writing various top 10 lists at the CicLAvia site.