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FOLAR’S FROG SPOT VISITOR CENTER & POP-UP CAFÉ ON THE L.A. RIVER HOSTS SATURDAY NIGHT FUNDRAISER CONCERTS & EVENTS INTO OCTOBER
Saturday evening fundraiser concerts at FoLAR’s visitor center/pop-up café featuring music, culture, drinks, and snacks
All events are from 5pm-8pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Cashew & Cleary – http://www.cashewandcleary.com/
Psych-folk LA veteran musican duo
Rated X – https://facebook.com/tributetox
The X Tribute Band
I See Hawks In L.A. – http://www.iseehawks.com/
Los Angeles’s roots/Americana stalwarts
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 – LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON
LA River Bend – http://lariverbend.bandcamp.com
Nate Weiner’s Atwater Village folk ensemble
Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame – http://wicklowatwater.com
A high energy string band from Los Angeles just trying to make it out of the hood
My Hawaii — http://myhawaii.bandcamp.com/
Masterminded by Yohei Shikano with his talented friends
LOCATION: 2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (also accessible from bike path at Newell Street)
COST: $15 donation to Friends of the Los Angeles River gets admission, two drink tickets (beer/wine) and snacks.
“Sunset at the Oasis”, a series of music and culture, will hold regular Saturday night events through summer 2014 at The Frog Spot, a pop-up café and free weekend visitor center operated by Friends of the Los Angeles River.
Tucked behind a sculptor’s studio on the edge of the Glendale Narrows portion of the river, the Frog Spot is landscaped in bright-white garden stones, with seating areas, shade sails, a concession stand and information kiosk operating from a vintage trailer, and a convertible stage area. The entire patio overlooks the lush green-bottomed river, affording a view of bicyclists and herons alike.
The “Sunset at the Oasis” series will run every Saturday night through October 4th. The Frog Spot is also open as a free public visitor center to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, offering free bathrooms, cold filtered water, wifi, snacks and other amenities.
The Frog Spot is a pilot program funded by Miss Me Jeans and REI. Further information can be found at www.thefrogspot.org and on Twitter @TheFrogSpot.
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About Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)
Friends of the Los Angeles River is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission for the past 25 years has been and remains to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship. FoLAR’s goal is a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable Los Angeles River within a greenway from the mountains to the sea.
Norma Jauregui, of Milwaukee St, Los Angeles, 90042, is handicapped and undergoing extensive medical procedures. Ms. Juarenegui lives across from a multi unit residence. That facility does not have sufficient parking spaces for the residents causing many to park in front of Mrs. Juarenegui residence. Not only are residents parking there, but commercial vehicles park for days at a time. It is difficult for an aged (73) individual currently under extensive and difficult procedures to walk from her car parked a block away to carry her groceries home, or to walk that distance when she is suffering from the procedure she is undergoing.
I told her months ago to go to your office in Eagle Rock, Recently she went to get the curb was told “We dont do that anymore!” She called Dept. of Transportation and was told that the program was “temporarily discontinued”. She was told she could call 213-972-4990 if she wanted to appeal. That number has been disconnected.
I don’t know if that was a cruel action on the part of the Dept. of Transportation representative, but I do know that this woman needs some help in her community. Exceptions are made in this City all the time. Please have one of your staff call the Department of Transportation to help her get the ‘Blue Curb”
Maureen R. Blatt
Please contact us at: UptownGLA@aol.com
In the editorial “Politics may have polluted landfill issue” (August 23), editors of the Glendale News-Press do their best to belittle the concerns of Eagle Rock residents who oppose the massive expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill by characterizing their effort as a “cheap political stunt”.
The cheap politics are those of the Glendale City Council whose continuation of this obscene land use is promoted by lies and evasions. They display total disrespect for those who bear the brunt of dump operation, not to mention contempt for contemporary standards of historic and ecological preservation. The Eagle Rock, a Native American sacred place, our community symbol, and a city monument will continue to be degraded. Cheap waste disposal and city profits are the only motivations for the current use of the dump and its expansion.
Yes, our “streets will be worn thin” without compensation. More importantly our children will die sooner because of pollution from the licensed 3400 tons a day of trash, as dirty diesel trucks roar by our homes, schools, and largest park.
Eagle Rockers were not “worked up into a frenzy” by José Huizar or his staff. He served his constituents well by detecting Glendale’s sneaky effort to perpetrate another forty years of contemptible behavior without community input. His stance has evolved to reflect our absolute opposition to any dump expansion.
The editor’s pro-dump stance is obvious. They state “there are no current plans in place to begin work on the expansion”. License dump expansion and our health and quality of life will decline as a stinking mountain of garbage is erected on our verdant skyline.
Eric Warren, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
East Los Angeles organizations among groups competing for $1,000,000 in funding
Starting on September 2, and ending on September 16, 2014, Los Angeles can cast their vote at la2050.org/challenge for the innovative ideas that they believe will positively impact LA’s future. Ten submissions will win $100,000 to make their idea a reality. The ideas that receive the top votes in each category will be announced on September 30th.
LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. The initiative launched in 2013 with the release of the LA2050 Report which forecasts what the future of LA will look like in the year 2050 along eight key indicators of human development. With the release of the report, LA2050 launched the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge, which awarded $1,000,000 in grants to ideas that changed that trajectory.
2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge winners included the Hammer Museum’s ArtsReSTORE LA initiative to revitalize Westwood, an online mapping tool for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places, and the transformation of a neglected library at Locke High School in Watts by No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools. The Annenberg Foundation later awarded $400,000 in grants to an additional ten organizations that competed.
This year’s grants challenge launched on July 31st and has already exceeded expectations by receiving more than 260 submissions representing almost every corner of Los Angeles – from Santa Monica to Long Beach, including these innovative ideas from the East Los Angeles community:
Sabio and Crossroads will incubate diverse tech talent in Los Angeles by training South LA Latino and African American young adults to become exceptional creators and web developers.
Urban Txt will provide kids ages 10-17 from low income communities in LA with an opportunity to learn how to code, design, and create a new LA using Minecraft.
i.am angel Foundation will empower the next generation of creators and innovators in underserved communities by building a makerspace in Boyle Heights.
Libros Schmibros will roll out bicycle libraries to irrigate the book deserts of Los Angeles.
City Year LA and Partnership for LA Schools will expand to Roosevelt HS and Jordan HS and empower LA’s vulnerable students with a high-quality education to reach their full potential.
More than 70 percent of submissions come from collaborative applications, meaning that two or more organizations are working together on their project.
Visit la2050.org/challenge to cast your vote in each of the five categories by September 16th. LA2050 will grant $100,000 to the idea that garners the most votes in each category.
LA is the best place to CONNECT
LA is the best place to CREATE
LA is the best place to LEARN
LA is the best place to PLAY
LA is the healthiest place to LIVE
“The overwhelmingly positive response we have received since launching LA2050 in 2013 has been incredible.” said Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation which is incubating the initiative. “LA has every problem and every solution represented here. And the My LA2050 Grants Challenge belongs to LA, it’s in our hands. We encourage all Angelenos to cast their votes for the ideas that they want to see come to life.”
You can follow LA2050 on facebook.com/LA2050 and on Twitter @LA2050 and connect with the challenge on Twitter using #LA2050.
If you wish to make comments about the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) regarding the potential expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill in Glendale, you need to make them, in writing, today. The address to send them to is in the box below.
This morning, the ERNC released its commentary on the draft EIR. You can download and read the document by clicking this link:
Snail-mail comments to:
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Attention: Ms. Debra Bogdanoff
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Those addresses above are the only official channels to get your comments into the final EIR. If you wish, you may also contact the Glendale Mayor and City Council, and the heads of the Glendale Public Works Department:
FREE Pet Education Seminar with Veterinarians Dr. Lisa Hsuan and Dr. Alondra Pasallo at Hermon Dog Park!
Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042)
“Summertime Health Issues”
Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo will speak at 5 pm on different topics including allergies, fleas and fox-tails. Questions and answers will begin at 6pm. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo are providing a door prize.
This is a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and new perspectives about our four-legged friends.
Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Hermon Dog Park. Come by the booth for dog treats and to get other valuable information.
(If you are going to use the dog park, your dog must be spayed or neutered)
Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!
Chairs are provided by Council District-14
Dr. Lisa Hsuan’s and Dr. Pasallo’s clinic is Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock. To learn more about Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo click here (www.ahccla.com/our-staff)
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park, email@example.com
L.A. RIVER GOES “OFF THA’ HOOK” WITH FIRST-EVER FLY FISHING DERBY SEP 6
On Saturday, September 6th, from 8:30 am to 12 pm, join Congressman Adam Schiff, CA State Senator Kevin DeLeon, LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lewis MacAdams, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Jim Burns, LA River Fly Fishing, Lewis MacAdams, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Dr. Rosi Dagit, conservation biologist, and Atwater Village Neighborhood Council for the First-ever L.A. River Fishing Derby, “Off tha’ Hook”
Adults and children can Catch-and-release fish in the green-bottomed Glendale Narrows section of the highly urban Los Angeles River, in sight of industrial buildings and the 5 freeway. The Los Angeles River Rover, FoLAR’s 38’ mobile visitor center/education lab, will be on site.
The sport of fly fishing conjures up images of wild mountain streams far from civilization, but on Saturday, September 6th, the urban setting of the Los Angeles River will for the first time play host to professional and beginner anglers in the first-ever Friends of the Los Angeles River “Off tha’ Hook” Fish Derby.
“When I began carp fishing the L.A River four years ago, I never imagined that the fates would converge to give the city its first fishing derby in the 21st or any other century,” said Jim Burns, proprietor of the blog lariverflyfishing.com. “The sudden rush of events from its designation by the EPA as navigable to the Corps decision to seek $1 billion in funding makes the revival of this beautiful, lush waterway for fishing, boating and family recreation a forgone reality.”
The establishment of the recreation zones along the Los Angeles River beginning in 2011 opened the river to uses that few would have previously associated with the 51-mile channel and its concrete beds. Since then, summers along the river have seen visitors and neighbors hiking along the river or exploring it in kayaks. And fishing has been legal with the purchase of a state fishing license. In addition to celebrating the river’s availability for fishing, “Off tha’ Hook” will demonstrate stewardship for would be anglers, informing the public about the responsibility to clear all lines, hooks, and trash from the river and its environs.
To attract interest from all levels of fishers, “Off tha’ Hook” will be held on one of two “free” days designated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, when licenses are not required. After an 8:30am press conference featuring the elected officials who made this happen, Flyfishing and Traditional Derbies will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. At 10 a.m. a “Family Fish” will begin for children with supervising adults. An awards ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.
In addition to calling attention to the river’s recreational possibilities, the fishing derby’s haul will help scientists understand the health of its riparian ecology.
“FoLAR has said for years that our work will be done when the steelhead trout return to the river,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “Los Angeles cares about its river more than ever before, and with the selection of the Locally Preferred Plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river’s true revitalization is a greater possibility than ever before. Who knows what we’ll catch?”
Steelhead, who once flourished in the L.A. River but have not been seen there since 1948, would provide both evidence of the river’s returning health and a call to action to restore it further. The fish is anadromous, meaning it changes from a freshwater to a saltwater fish over the course of its life.
While fly fishing as a sport has long focused on catching trout in quiet hard-to-reach settings, urban fly fishing has developed in recent years, with carp tournaments in Denver and Seattle. The Los Angeles River Fish Derby will be the most urban yet, in a city who until recently was more likely to think of its river as a concrete storm drain that a diverse wildlife habitat.
“When people hear ‘fly fishing’ they probably don’t think of Atwater Village as the place to be,” said Karen Barnett, River Committee Chair of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. “But our community is a great place to live, to work and to play, and because ‘A River Runs Through It,’ that’s about to include the first annual L.A. River fishing derby. We’re proud to be a part of bringing this great sport to the heart of L.A.
Councilmember Huziar stands with Eagle Rock community against Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion
Councilmember José Huizar joined with The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and others Wednesday to voice opposition to a proposed City of Glendale plan to expand the Scholl Canyon dump and increase the amount of refuse dumped at the landfill by up to eight million tons and raise the height of the landfill by nearly 200 feet. While City of Los Angeles residents have been banned from using the landfill since 1987, the streets leading up to the landfill are in the City’s Eagle Rock community.
The community of Eagle Rock has had to deal with the ill effects of having a landfill in their neighborhood, without any benefits, for decades.
Earlier, Councilmember Huizar was successful in getting the City of Glendale to host a community meeting for Eagle Rock residents to voice their concerns, as well as getting Glendale to agree to extend the comment period deadline for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed expansion by three months to August 29, 2014. Councilmember Huizar’s opposition letter points out a number of things missing from the DEIR, as well as inconsistencies and contradictions in its findings that will negatively impact Eagle Rock.
“In my opinion, this draft EIR was done without impacts to the community of Eagle Rock and its residents in mind at all,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The County and the City of Glendale need to acknowledge that Eagle Rock has been unfairly burdened since 1987 with no mitigations what so ever. That needs to change. Furthermore, the two largest cities that use the landfill, Glendale and Pasadena, have stated policy goals to reduce waste significantly, which is great. They should pursue those goals before creating more waste through an expanded landfill.”
Councilmember Huizar submitted an official letter against the expansion Wednesday.
Construction began last week on York Park in Highland Park!
In late July, Councilmember Huizar was joined by Rob Dyrdek and Nicky Diamonds for the opening of the Diamond Supply Co. Skate Plaza at Hazard Park in Boyle Heights – Check out EGP article here.
Work on Eagle Rock City Hall improvements are progressing! Slated for completion at end of September.
Artist Performance Schedule
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s
First Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival
Sycamore Grove Park
4702 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 23
11:00 a.m. Heart of Los Angeles Big Band
12:00 p.m. Lucky 7 Mambo
1:10 p.m. Susie Hansen Latin Band
2:20 p.m. Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet
3:40 p.m. Banda Brothers
5:00 p.m. Cold Duck
6:20 p.m. Son Mayor
Sunday, August 24
11:00 a.m. Plaza De La Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble
11:40 p.m. Bravo High Latin Jazz Band
12:30 p.m. Hip Street
1:50 p.m. Andy Vargas & Souleros
3:10 p.m. Chicano Batman
4:30 p.m. Jose Rizo’s Mongorama
5:50 p.m. PONCHO SANCHEZ and his Latin Jazz Band
Artistic Director: Jose Rizo
Is it OK that the “Corporate Person,” is claiming the Constitutional rights our nation’s founders only intended for humans? This Video, c0-produced by local activist Ann Porter does a great job explaining what the issue of “corporate personhood” is and what the problems the recent “citizen’s united” decision by the United States Supreme Court has caused.
If you have been near the Eagle Rock library, or searched for parking south of Colorado near Maywood, any time after Saturday evening, you will have to have noticed the dramatic tree trimming of the 30 or so ficus trees along Chickasaw, Maywood and Merton, around Saint Dominic’s Church and elementary school. These huge trees provide shade to the streets, and give the area a certain air of dignity to the block. Over the past week they have been cut back almost to the elimination of all foliage
The extent of the trimming prompted the question, “What is going on with the trees, are they being trimmed, or eliminated?” The short answer, according to Father Peter Rodgers of Saint Dominic’s, is that they have been trimmed, as they are every two years. He assures us that the foliage will be so regrown within six months that we will not even be able to tell they have been trimmed. The trimming is done periodically to prevent damage to the roofs, and to curtail the enthusiasm of these great spreading trees. But this is the short answer. There is a bigger story here, involving city policies, sidewalks, sewage and hopefully a happy ending. Please look for the full tale in the next print edition of the Boulevard Sentinel.