News and Events – 21 October 2010

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rim of the Valley Corridor study area - click on map for link, information below

NEWS (some of these really deserve their own LACF article – but I am just going to crank out my post-CicLAvia backlog.)

> Creek Freaks might want to check out a study of what’s called the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The National Parks Service investigation is looking into designation of new national park areas that could include regional trail system/s circling Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and also looking at opportunties for open space conservation. The study area, shown above, includes portions of the Santa Monica, San Gabriel and Santa Susana Moutains, and the Verdugo Hills. In addition to lots of wild hillside creeks and watershed, L.A.’s urban creek freaks may be interested in the study’s inclusion of the Los Angeles State Historic Park area, the L.A. River through Elysian Valley, and the Arroyo Seco Corridor (all bottom right of above map.) Look over more information on the study website, and give your initial input by Friday October 29th 2010. If you’re interested sign up here to receive email updates about the study and about the many miles of trails up for designation.

> Creek Freak reader friend Tim Kirk stumped us with a question about where was the last Los Angeles River stretch to be concreted? He now asks LACF readers: “I am working on a writing project which features a scene at the LA River around 1947 or 1948.  I’m interested in finding which parts of the river had not yet been given the concrete treatment.  Does anyone know of a good time-line for the construction of the LA River? I appreciate any help.  Thank you.” The closest answer we could get our hands on is an L.A. Times article from March 2 1958 that states “Last week, after 23 years and $101,100,000, the Army Corps of Engineers complete its project of concreting the bottom and sides of the 50.9-mile long Los Angeles River” – but it doesn’t state where or what was actually completed at that time. If anyone has any leads, please comment below and/or email Tim at tim2kirk [at] yahoo.com

> The L.A. Times reports that our friend and ally Belinda Faustinos is retiring from the RMC – stands for  San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy – in May 2011.

> KPCC reports that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consulant has determined that the Whittier Narrows Dam could fail in a 100-year storm. My favorite line – remember that this consultant is paid by public funds to provide a public agency some public information:

When a Whittier Daily News reporter asked the engineer what was wrong with the dam, the consultant replied “it’s not my job to explain it to the general public.”

Just a hunch, but this Creek Freak suspects that the consultant might have some fiscal interest in building new dams. Relief from the Concrete maps potential flood areas downstream if the dam breaks.

> KPCC’s Pacific Swell recognized Creek Freak’s Joe Linton as one of its everyday heroes.

> KCET Departures is revisiting the Los Angeles River (check out their cool river piece from last year) – read their latest river production notes blog here and here.

> Malibu has a cool new stormwater-cleansing park. The 17-acre Malibu Legacy Park opened October 2nd 2010. Read more at the L.A. Times or the park website, or watch Madhouse Muse’s video. This Creek Freak confesses that he hasn’t been there yet, and looks forward to checking it out soon.

> The Eastsider covers the city of Los Angeles’ river-centric proposed redevelopment zone (officially the Northeast Los Angeles River Study Area), which includes parts of Elysian Valley, Cypress Park, Glassell Park, and Atwater Village.

EVENTS

> This Saturday October 23rd 2010 is the monthly Community Open House for touring the Ballona Ecological Reserve. These guided walks leave from the Fiji Gateway at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am. The Fiji Gateway is at 13720 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, across from Fisherman’s Village.

> Moonlight Magic, the Friends of Madrona Marsh annual fundraiser is also Saturday October 23rd 2010, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The Friends are a volunteer driven stewardship organization that has a regular schedule of restoration and education activities at the marsh, located in Torrance. Tickest are $50.

>On Sunday October 24th at 4pm, L.A. Yellow Box and Friends of the Los Angeles River host a screening of the documentary Bag It. Details at the Facebook event page.

> At 7pm Thursday October 28th 2010, the Downtown Library Aloud series hosts DJ Waldie and Glen Creason speaking in celebration of the newly released Los Angeles in Maps book, which Creek Freak profiled here. To get warmed up for the event, read Waldie’s beautiful piece Seduced by Maps at KCET – which concludes with a sweeeet allusion to one of my very favorite Jorge Luis Borges short stories On Exactitude in Science:

Fortunately, the perfect map of Los Angeles – the Borgesian map of all romantic maps – is already in your possession, just outside your door. Its scale is 1:1, and you will need good shoes.

Friends of Ballona Wetlands are having their annual fundraiser, Moonlight on the Marsh, on Friday October 29th 2010. This year’s event is a yacht party, from 6:00pm to ??? Tickets are $100 regular/$80 student or non-profits.

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