AB 530 (Rendon) LA River Revitalization

Engage. Reimagine. Integrate.

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:

  • The revitalization plan will address “the unique and diverse needs” of the Lower LA River watershed, which include water quality.
  • The revitalization plan will be consistent with and designed to enhance the County’s Master Plan for the entire river.
  • The Lower River “watershed” includes the Rio Hondo and Compton Creek.
  • The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy will staff the Working Group, and is eligible for State funding from the water bond.
  • Deadline for Lower River plan is March 1, 2017, but the Assembly is considering a request to extend the deadline to February 2018.

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
Raul.Alvarez@asm.ca.gov
(213) 620-2082

Alf W. Brandt, Office of Speaker Anthony Rendon
Alf.Brandt@asm.ca.gov
(916) 319-2063

Teresa Villegas, Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis
tvillegas@bos.lacounty.gov
(213) 974-4111

Mark Stanley, Executive Director for the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
mstanley@rmc.ca.gov
(626) 815-1019

Marybeth Vergara, Project Manager for the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
mvergara@rmc.ca.gov
(626) 815-1019

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

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