LA River and Rio Hondo, 1932

April 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

Click to enlarge. Image: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

This photo is taken where the LA River abuts South Gate, Lynwood, and Downey.  It was a reference photo for the South Gate Riparian Habitat Restoration Project mentioned in an earlier post.

1938 Floods Film Footage

March 20, 2012 § 5 Comments

Click on image to view flooding video at

Thanks to Will Campbell for bringing this to my attention. Newly released film footage of the 1938 floods is online at A lot of the neighborhoods are difficult for me to identify, but, at about 2:36 there’s footage of the downed railroad bridge at the confluence of the L.A. River and the Arroyo Seco. It looks like the shot is from the now-110 Freeway bridge looking upstream toward what’s now the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Check it out!

Proposed Senate Bill to open up river access

March 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

Ready to ride the river?

I got a nifty email from Friends of the LA River Founder Lewis MacAdams the other day, informing rivvies of state Senate Bill 1201 that proposes to legalize access to the soft-bottom reaches of the L.A. River.  It will also create a Los Angeles River Interagency Access Council, which the Bill states is to

“coordinate the actions of state and local agencies with jurisdiction over, or otherwise involved in developing and administering public access and safety policies for, the Los Angeles River.”

It reclassifies natural-bottom flood channels as natural rivers, which is necessary to relieve local agencies of the responsibility (liability) for harm that occurs if someone is injured goofing around in “improved” rivers, er, flood channels.  I am really hoping this will open the potential for actual restoration of our concreted rivers as well – this liability being one of the big obstacles.  Maintaining flood capacity, of course, being the not-insurmountable other one.

You can download the Bill from the FOLAR webpage here.  Big props to FOLAR and UCLA’s Environmental Law Clinic who conceived of and drafted the bill.  And let Senator De Leon and his staff know how much you appreciate his efforts for moving this forward.

K bueno, no?


New L.A. River Revitalization Video by Travis King

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Check out this muy guapo new Los Angeles River Revitalization video by Travis King. It features L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Henry Cisneros, and me!

New Solar Lighting on L.A. River Bikeway

December 2, 2011 § 6 Comments

New solar lighting (pole on left, with white sandwich board and cone at base) being installed on the L.A. River Bike Path. Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is in the background.

In mid-November, I spotted some new lights being installed along L.A. City’s stretch of L.A. River bike path. With the help of the city Department of Transportation’s Tim Fremaux and Department of Public Works’ Richard Lee, I have some background on the new lighting.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Return to the Center of the Seventh Street Bridge

November 24, 2011 § 5 Comments

Detail of the dedication plaque on the Seventh Street Viaduct

There’s a promising new report about possibilities for the future of the Seventh Street Bridge over the L.A. River, so I got another call to head into the bridge and show off the space. I plan to write about the new report, but I ended up with more than enough photo and video material for one post, so I am going write about the bridge here, then separately post about the report later.  « Read the rest of this entry »

North Atwater Park Creek Construction Nearly Complete

November 15, 2011 § 15 Comments

View, over construction fences, from North Atwater Park. Seating and viewing areas in the foreground. Central green creek area has been hydroseeded. In the distance is the new mostly-permeable-surface parking lot.

I got a chance to look over the fences at the under-construction natural creek park at North Atwater Park. Officially the project is called North Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration. It’s looking like it’s 99%+ complete… though it will be good for the native vegetation to grow and get itself more established during the cool wet season ahead.  « Read the rest of this entry »

A poison pen letter to a spraypainting fool at the Los Angeles River Walk

October 5, 2011 § 7 Comments

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For N.D.

Dear Man-Boy of Atwater,

Apparently your parents and neighbors are afraid of you, and your friends are probably as big assholes as you.  You are clearly overdue to be cornered in a dark alley  by a small army of cantankerous grannies, or the bad Vampire Slayer, or Batman.  Hope you meet your destiny soon.  Why you had to take a big crap on a significant park project, a signature landscape tying in a small naturalized creek to the blooming Los Angeles Riverwalk at North Atwater Park, before it’s even done is beyond me.  Maybe you don’t want your neighborhood to get any nicer, you don’t want your little brother or sister (or godforbid you have a child) to feel safe playing at the L.A. River.  You can’t stand the site of anything beautiful, crafted?  You drive up the costs of maintaining a decent environment, bring despondency to those who dedicate their lives to making Los Angeles livable, drive the undecided to believe that locking down our public spaces is the only way to manage land, and, yes, breathe oxygen into the fire of anti-government goons who see failure in all efforts to improve our lives through the expenditure of tax dollars.  You may be a punk, but you’re not punk rock.

So check yourself, pendejo.  We can see you know how to form letters, spell even, so eff’ing go out there and read.  Learn something.  Become somebody worth hearing from.


la Creekfreak

P.S. LA River + Atwater peeps, contact your council offices to let them know you want them to step up graffiti removal, park patrols, and general dickhead abatement.  They need to know this is a priority for you.

P.P.S. Did you know it’s been scientifically proven that the size of your letters are inversely proportional to your – well, never mind.







L.A. Times on Filming in the L.A. River

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lee Marvin and the Fourth Street Bridge, from the 1967 movie Point Blank - click for larger image at L.A. Times website

Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times has an excellent article (including a short video) about filming on the L.A. River. (It actually indirectly mentions Ballona Creek, too, as “the river” behind Sony.) (and I need to go see Drive.)

Read and view the Times’ Hollywood: A river runs through it here.

Downey Rec Ctr Albion Demolition Kick-Off This Thursday

September 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Flier for this Thursday's Kick-Off Event - click for full-sized pdf

L.A. Creek Freak readers may remember the city of Los Angeles’ September 2009 acquisition of the 6-acre Albion Dairy site, adjacent to the L.A. River in Lincoln Heights. LACF ran this initial breaking news, a more detailed announcement, and photos of the site.

This week, at 12:30pm on Thursday September 29th 2011, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilmember Ed Reyes are hosting a demolition kick-off event. It’s open to the public – please attend and celebrate progress on the city’s newest river park.

An update on the project follows.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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