News and Events – 12 June 2009

June 12, 2009 § 2 Comments

Rachel Garcia as the Great Blue Heron in Touch the Water, costume design by Soojin Lee - Photo copywright John Luker

Rachel Garcia as the Great Blue Heron in Cornerstone Theater's L.A. River Play Touch the Water, costume design by Soojin Lee - Photo copywright John Luker

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Shishir Kurup and Joe Linton in Touch the Water - Photo copywright John Luker

Shishir Kurup and Joe Linton in Touch the Water - Photo copywright John Luker (enter your humorous caption in comments!)

> “Touch ze water, man”  Cornerstone Theater‘s Touch the Water is showing NOW, and continues Wednesday through Sunday through June 21st ( this weekend and next weekend only!)  Come and see your creek freak blogger Joe Linton’s dramatic debut and what the LA Weekly describes as including a “stunning moment of spine-tingling magic that is the raison d’etre of site-specific theater.”   Most performances include pre-play river walks, lead by local creek freaks including Jenny Price, Robert Garcia, Miguel Luna and others.  Make reservations online at the Cornerstone website.  Here are a few suggestions for theater-goers:

(For my handful of loyal readers:  I promise to blog more once this production is over!)

> The Pacific American Volunteer Association and Anahuak Youth Sports Organization host a Los Angeles River clean-up this Saturday June 13th via Green L.A. Girl.

> Author and Urban Ranger Jenny Price, after leading her pre-play walk this Friday, will lead Friends of the Los Angeles River’s tour of the Lower Los Angeles River on Sunday June 14th.

SOME RECENT NEWS:

> Per the Long Beach Press-Telegram, L.A. County Supervisors have voted to proceed with a Compton Creek Master Plan.

The Glendale News Press reports that Disney is being sued for alledgedly polluting the river-adjacent Polliwog Parcel.  Polliwog is a remnant piece of Griffith Park stranded north of the Los Angeles River when the river was straightened.  The site has been discussed as part of a future Los Angeles River greenway (though today most of the site is separated from the river by the 134 Freeway.)

Relief from the Concrete lets us know that the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center has been released and is now open for comments.

According to Science Dude, the San Gabriel River’s sea turtles appear to have established a year-round colony.

LAist talks bull on Army Corps restoration of Bull Creek in the Sepulveda Basin, and talks trash about L.A.’s storm drain covers.

W Roscoe (with my friend Federico) explores the Ballona Creek underground.

Some new video coverage of local waterways:

Some creeky new blogs:

Lastly, probably off topic, but about water at least:  see this WaterWired post on a water-computer used to predict changes in the economy.  It’s both elegant and Rube-Goldberg – follow the link on the blog to watch the video.

Recommended Reading – Blogs

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Los Angeles River Downtown (Dave Bullock / eecue)

Los Angeles River in Vernon (Dave Bullock / eecue)

Creek Freak has been recommended books to read here and here, but this is the 21st century, so I figure it’s time that I also recommend some blogs that I like:

Spouting Off is written by Mark Gold, the executive director of Heal The Bay.  Gold expertly fuses environmental science with environmental politics.  Spouting Off covers local environmental politics, mostly emphasizing water issues.  It’s uncompromising and opinionated (such as when he calls the plastic industry “evil incarnate”) and one of my favorites. 

Aquafornia is written anonymously. It’s mostly a consolidator blog – presenting various excerpts from and links to other sources’ news about water in California, like this one today with great photos of ancient structures uncovered by the historically low water levels behind Shasta Dam (which, nonetheless, our governor wants to raise.)  Aquafornia tries to be mostly neutral – though a very good source for news about water and stream issues.

Green LA Girl is written by Siel, who is about the most consistent blogger I know.  Seems like every day she has a couple of posts, usually with something that I am interested in.  She writes about how to live in an environmentally friendly way – and deftly mixes in topics like literaturesex, creativity, and caffeine.  Her posts are concise and clear (maybe I should try that some time?)

Homegrown Evolution is written by Erik Knutzen, a good friend of mine, and his wife Kelly Coyne.  Erik has been an excellent blog mentor for me, answering way too many netiquette questions.  They write about great fun low tech ways of living environmentally – with topics like raising chickens, growing your own food, and harvesting rainwater.  Creek Freaks will enjoy their book The Urban Homestead.

Drops In A Bucket is written by Brad Lancaster, rainwater harvesting sage of Tucson, Arizona.  It got off to a great start… but he hasn’t written there in a while.  He’s probably out planting more water.

I read some general environmental blogs, including: Worldchanging LA Times Environment Blog 

and some transportation / bicycling ones too, including: CICLE LA Streetsblog LA Times Bottleneck Blog

and if you’re over 40 like me, you might be wondering – how do I keep up with all these wonderful blogs?  (or maybe why?)  Well… you might try Google Reader – where you can subscribe to various blog feeds and it will let you know when there’s new information.  Just ask someone under 30 to help you set it up.

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