The Lower Los Angeles River "Working Group," created by AB 530 (Rendon), holds its first meeting on May 3, in Lynwood. It has set out on the path to develop a revitalization plan for the Lower LA River, as the City of LA developed for the Upper River in 2007.
In 1996, the County of Los Angeles adopted a “Los Angeles River Master Plan” for the entire Los Angeles River (the River). In 2007, the City of Los Angeles completed a “revitalization plan” for the Upper LA River within the City’s boundaries. (The City completed its revitalization plan in 18 months, after spending $3 million.) After 20 years, the County plans to update its Master Plan, and draw on the work of the Lower LA River Working Group.
State funding for revitalizing the Los Angeles River is available from the 2014 California Water Bond, which included $100 million for the River. The bond authorized funding for both the Upper River and the Lower River. The 2015-16 State Budget did not appropriate any of this water bond funding, so the Assembly Budget Committee recently proposed a 50-50 split between the Lower and the Upper River for revitalization.
AB 530 requires Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird to appoint, in consultation with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a local working group to develop a “revitalization plan” for the Lower Los Angeles River watershed:
Now is the time for you to help reimagine the entire Los Angeles River as an environmental resource for all of Los Angeles County. Help make the River a community resource for parks and green space.
As the Working Group gets underway, they will get support and assistance from technical advisors and stakeholders. Through the leadership of Supervisor Hilda Solis, the County of Los Angeles has agreed to organize and support LA River advocates and experts in advising the Working Group. Supervisor Solis and Assemblymember Rendon appreciate that the work of the advocates and experts will require a significant time commitment.
Development of the Lower River Revitalization Plan will need the support and engagement of all the communities in the Los Angeles River watershed. The County plans to update its Master Plan, based in part on the Working Group’s ideas. Planning also will draw on the work of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, whose ideas and information provide a foundation for revitalization of the entire Los Angeles River.
Raul Alvarez, Office of Speaker Anthony Rendon
Alf W. Brandt, Office of Speaker Anthony Rendon
Teresa Villegas, Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis
Mark Stanley, Executive Director for the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
Marybeth Vergara, Project Manager for the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
For additional information and updates on AB 530 please contact the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy at http://www.rmc.ca.gov.
|Businesses, Chamber of Commerce||Efren Martinez|
|City of Bell||Councilmember Ali Saleh|
|City of Bell Gardens||Councilmember Pedro Aceituno|
|City of Cudahy||Councilmember Baru Sanchez|
|City of Downey||Councilmember Sean Ashton|
|City of Huntington Park||Mayor Graciela Ortiz|
|City of Long Beach||Councilmember Al Austin|
|City of Los Angeles||Carol Armstrong|
|City of Lynwood||Councilmember Aide Castro|
|City of Maywood||Councilmember Eduardo De La Riva|
|City of Paramount||Councilmember Gene Daniels|
|City of South Gate||Mayor Jorge Morales|
|City of Vernon||Alex Kung|
|Council for Watershed Health||Chris Solek|
|East Yards Communities||Mark Lopez|
|Friends of the LA River||William Preston Bowling|
|From Lot to Spot||Viviana Franco|
|Gateway Cities Council of Governments||Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia|
|Gateway Water Management Authority||Christopher Cash|
|Heal the Bay||James Alamillo|
|Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition||Tamika Butler|
|Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust||Alina Bokde|
|Long Beach Conservation Corps||Dan Knapp|
|Los Angeles Conservation Corps||Dore Burry|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District||Teresa Villegas|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District||Karly Katona|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District||Julie Moore|
|Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board||Irma Muñoz|
|Prevention Institute||Manal Aboelata|
|Public Counsel||Christina Giorgio|
|River L.A.||Jon Switalski|
|Office of the Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, AD 63||Raul Alvarez|
|The Nature Conservancy||Jill Sourial|
|Trust for Public Land||Tori Kjer|
|Trails for All||Jim Meyer|
|Urban Waters Federal Partnership||Pauline Louie|
|Watershed Conservation Authority||Debbie Enos|
|Watts Reimagined||Frank O'Brien|
|Water Replenishment District||Willard H. Murray|