News and Events – 20 November 2010

November 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Help plan the future of Los Angeles State Historic Park. Click for full flier and announcement at LASHP website.

> Ever wonder when State Parks would create that “world class park” at the Cornfields? The long-stalled planning process for the master plan at Los Angeles State Historic Park is getting underway again.  Due to state budget issues, finalizing of the preliminary designs never happened, and the “interim public use” park at the site has been looking a bit less interim. Attend a community meeting about the future of the park on Thursday December 9th at 7pm at L.A. Conservation Corps, 1400 N. Spring Street, L.A. 90012.

> Ever wonder what the western United States might have looked like if state boundaries followed watersheds? (Well, not even we creek freaks actually wonder that, but I thought it sounded good.) Take a look at John Wesley Powell’s proposed map of watershed-based western states (via Big Think.) Thanks to Melanie Winter of The River Project for bringing this to our attention.

>Ever wonder about the future of that river-adjacent vacant area between the 4th and 6th Street bridges downtown? Blogdowntown, in an article entitled Nothing is Simple Down by the River, tells about competing plans for a jeans factory, expanded Metro rail operations, and a river park.

>Ever wanted to tell your L.A. River story? Join KCET Departures’ story share on Saturday December 4th.

> Ever wanted to get paid to write about the Los Angeles River? The city of Los Angeles’ recently formed River Revitalization Corporation might have a web writer/editor job for you – especially if you’re a “jack [or perhaps jill?] of all trades” good at “weblinking” and “photo cropping.” Respond to this part-time job posting at Craigslist:

A Los Angeles based non-profit corporation is looking for a part-time website supervisor who is a writer, editor, photo editor and more. We are launching in January a new website that is all about the Los Angeles River: a recreational guide, photo gallery, revitalization information, news, event guide, etc. The candidate should be self-motivated, able to work at home, set their own schedules and deadlines, a skilled web pro, a careful content checker and a totally responsible professional. A minimum of two years of writing and editing of professional consumer publications and two years of website creation/maintenance experience is required. The candidate should be proficient in maintaining websites, including using CMS tools, weblinking, photo cropping, resizing, and uploading. This jack of all trades will be doing the primary website supervision, updating, user content review, blog supervision, news linking and more. You will need three professional references and a salary history.

Passion and experience with outdoor recreation and/or the L.A. River is real plus.

•Compensation: Monthly salary to be negotiated once the time requirements are better understood.
•This is a part-time job.

Read the full ad and respond here. L.A. Creek Freak is looking forward to many more L.A. River websites! The more the merrier!

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.

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.

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