PARKING/TRAFFIC ALERT FOR THURSDAY 10/23/2014

 

 

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Slán go fóill! SAM CRO

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Although the popular FX TV series Sons of Anarchy is set in Northern California’s Central Valley fictional Town of Charming (with some scenes in the Bay Area), it is filmed primarily at multiple locations in the greater Los Angeles Area, including Eagle Rock’s historic Italian Bakery, which was featured in many pivotal scenes of the award winning series.

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Early yesterday morning the cast and crew was wrapping one of the last scenes of the SOA’s finale episode (S 7, Esp. 13). Again using the Italian Bakery and portions of Colorado Blvd and La Rhoda Ave.

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Rocco, the head of security, said that Eagle Rock was one of the production company’s favorite locations to shoot, owing to the local residents’ respect for the crew’s working space and the graciousness shown to the cast and crew by other local businesses such as the Cafe Beaujolais and the Classic Thai Restaurant.

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The bright yellow markers that guide cast and crew to movie or TV shoots are often collected by rabid fans of TV shows and movies.

The one used for yesterday’s Eagle Rock shooting (no pun intended) was posted on the street lamp on the East corner of Colorado and La Rhoda

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My sycophant (and normally vocally challenged) photographer, Paco, boldly struck up some small talk with Rocco and asked if the signs are thrown away (simultaneously creating a mental picture on where he was going to display it in his apartment). Rocco said to look for it on eBay, adding with a sly smile “Hey, I’m head of security, it’s a perk.”

The final episode, which will feature scenes filmed here in our backyard, will air on December 9, 2014.

Events this coming Weekend

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SATURDAY, OCT 25, 6-10 pm
at the Women’s 20th Cent Club
 “Night of Big Dreams!”
 supporting Eagle Rock Elementary School
 
There will be fun items to bid on including…..
 
A pair of Tickets to “Dancing With the Stars!”
Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios!
Pair of Tix to see “Dame Edna” at the Ahmanson Theater!
Tons of Eagle Rock dining establishments and retailers! 
Jewelry, gym memberships, beauty treatments and gift baskets!
Dodgers and Lakers tickets!
An Eagle Rock Brewery Tour Package!
and much, much more!
 
Come Eat, Drink and BID for a great cause! Forward this email, tell your friends….. and join in the support of Eagle Rock Elementary School!

 

 

11th Annual Halloween Mourning Tours

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26 join us for our Halloween Mourning Tours event. Experience a 1930s funeral, see the Victorian origins of still practiced mourning etiquette, and learn about some customs no longer practiced. Poisons and poisonous medicines will be also be discussed. Be sure to also take a picture in our photo booth and be entered into a contest to win tickets for a Dearly Departed Tour.

 

Saturday will also feature a vendor market and raffle of two tickets to Wicked Lit.

 

On Sunday the event becomes more family friendly with the addition of the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers, a pumpkin patch, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating.

October Yappy Hour HOWL-oween & Costume Contest

Sunday, October 26th
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Women’s 20th Century Club
5568 Via Marisol
This is sure to be an amazing Yappy Hour! There are 7 categories this year and 15 prizes, plus our 8th annual Peanut Butter Lick off! Register your dog in one of three classifications: Large dog, Small dog or Team. A team consists of one or more dogs, or a dog(s) plus his owner (dressed in costume). Due to overwhelming popularity in this category, we will have three team prizes this year.Register your dog at one our our two tables between 3-3:45 pm. Entry fee is $1 for Friends of Hermon Dog Park 2014 members, and $5 for non-members per category. If you become a member at Yappy Hour; membership is $10 per year, the entry fee is waived. To become a member prior to Yappy Hour, visit our website (www.hermondogpark.org/join. html). You can pay your entrance donation by debit, credit card, cash or check. To download the registration form prior to the event, click here (www.hermondogpark.org/pdf/ HOWL_form_revised2014.pdf) .After registering, head over to the large or small side of the park for the peanut butter lick-off starting at 3:45. The rules are simple, each owner will be given a spoon with a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter on it. Hold the spoon in the air until you hear the signal “Go!” The dog who finishes their tablespoon of peanut butter first wins. Prizes awarded to fastest licker in small and large dog side.The costume contest will start with small dogs first at 4 pm, then large dogs, then team. We will have a photographer taking pictures after your dog completes the ruff-way, so be sure to pose! There will be Halloween refreshments at our membership booth, plus free Natural Balance (www.naturalbalanceinc.com/) food for all participants.For more information, email kat@hermondogpark.org.

Night of Big Dreams – Eagle Rock Elementary Fundraiser

Saturday, October 25th
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Women’s 20th Century Club
5105 Hermosa Ave.
EREEF (Eagle Rock Elementary Elementary Education Foundation) presents The Fall Fundraiser, “Night of Big Dreams”, at the Women’s 20th Century Club. There is a $10 suggested donation for tickets, with food and drinks available for purchase. The event boasts fabulous Silent and Live Auctions.For more information, go to www.erref.org

Councilmember Huizar & Habitat For Humanity Bulky Item Drop-Off Event 

Saturday, October 25th
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2035 Colorado Blvd.
Atwater Village ReStore is excited to participate in Councilmember Huizars’s Bulky Item Drop-off event in Eagle Rock! Atwater Village ReStore is part of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.REMODELING A BATHROOM? CLEANING OUT THAT GARAGE? JUST NEED MORE SPACE?Individuals and businesses alike are encouraged to bring new or used materials that have life for re-use the day of the event. Your donations are tax-deductible with receipts provided. In the last year alone, through the sale of donated materials, our stores raised enough money to build 2 homes for qualifying families here in Southern California while diverting thousands of tons of materials away from landfills. We gladly accept the following usable items: building materials, furniture, housewares, doors and windows, appliances, hardware, tile, paint, flooring and more!Can’t bring your items to CD14’s Bulky Item Drop-off event? Call us to schedule a FREE pickup of qualifying large items!Call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295 for more information.

Join Councilmember Huizar for a Glassell Park Community Clean Up

 

Saturday, October 25th
8:30 AM-11:00 AM
Start at Fresh & Easy
4211 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
All tools and light refreshments will be provided!FREE Glassell Park t-shirt for all participants. Community service hours available for students.Call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295 for more information.

Earthquake! Be Prepared, Save Lives!

The Annual NELA SHAKEOUT is on Tuesday, October 14, hosted at the Highland Park Old LA Farmers’ Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57. The Great Shake Out event is a full Earthquake Preparedness Fair, planned in conjunction with the official Great California Shakeout (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)

According to the website, “Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:16a.m on October 16th.” The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills and educational events began in California in 2008. (Remember though, the NELA Great Shake Out event is on Tuesday, the 14th.)


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Organizer Loyd Kattro, self-proclaimed, and fully engaged official fault line and earthquake expert of Highland Park, has an impressive line up of organizations and agencies coming to help us learn how to protect ourselves and save lives when a major earthquake hits southern California. Among them are: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sempra Energy, Department of Water and Power, LA Department of Public Health, Community Emergency Response Team program, LA Police Department, Southwest Museum Friends of Highland Park, Drop cover and Hold On Demo, Shake Out, Office of Emergency Services and California’s Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Watershed Protection, Be Ready, Red Cross, LA City Emergency Management District, City Council District one, the LA Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, LA county Fire Department and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.

In addition to the information booths and demonstrations there will be a prize wheel and an opportunity to experience a major earthquake! Brave the Shakey-Quakey School House earthquake simulator. This mobile unit is designed to look and feel like a schoolhouse inside, with real desks and a chalkboard. It is outfitted with nine child-sized seats, one adult seat and one wheelchair accessible seat. Inside the trailer children will watch a short video featuring Yogi Bear, who is voiced by actor Dan Akroyd.. Yogi and his friends will guide them through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is approximately three minutes in length. Afterwards, each child receives an official Yogi Bear earthquake preparedness booklet to take home and share with their families.

The fact is California is earthquake country, and everyone knows the old cliche, ”It’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when!’” When an earthquake hits our first responsibility is to ride it out as safely as possible. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the current standard for earthquake safety. Drop to your hands and knees, crawl for Cover under a table or other solid piece of protective furniture, and Hold On to the protecting item. Expect to remain in the safe position as an earthquake rocks for up to four minutes.

Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items, Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways, what would fall or be thrown around? Parof preparedness is securing small and large items to prevent them from causing injury.

After an earthquake we may face many situations. Roads and buildings may be broken and crumbling. Water pipes, gas lines, and electrical wires may be dislodged or severed. Supplies of food and water, and first aid and medical help, may be delayed for weeks. Preparedness means being ready for all of these possibilities. Basics include having clothing, including sturdy shoes ready in case of evacuation.

According to Loyd, the top three items to have in supply are water, water and water. We take it for granted, but three days without water can be fatal to humans. The guideline for emergency water on hand is to have 1-3 gallons per person per day, for 14 days at least. You cannot have too much water available. Do not rely on swimming pool water, the Fire Department may need that water for fire control.
Can’t wait for the Shake Out to get prepared? Get a jump on the action, lay in water and emergency supplies, extra food, sturdy clothing and shoes. Then play beat the quake http://www.shakeout.org/beatthequake.html

This event is partially sponsored by the Office of Senator Kevin De Leon. For more information please contact Loyd Kattro, info@earthquakewaterproducts.com (323) 254-8282

Women’s 20th Century Club Boutique

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SAMCRO…THEY’RE BAAACK!

Sons of Anarchy's Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

Sons of Anarchy’s Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

The cast and crew of the hit FX show SONS OF ANARCHY are filming episode 11 of their last season in Eagle Rock today.

The action takes place in and around the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli at Colorado and La Rhoda. According to a crew electrician, they will be setting up scenes most of the day and checking the gate for the money shot around dusk.

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!

 

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UPDATE: “SUNSET AT THE OASIS” CONCERT CALENDAR

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

SUNSET AT THE OASIS 
Article Image On Saturday evenings, The Frog Spot hosts FREE live music from local bands from 5-8PM.  We sell beer, wine & snacks at this all-ages event. Dogs on leash are welcome.  Enjoy a mellow community vibe while watching the sun set on the Los Angeles River.
 
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PERFORMING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:
Dezign Flaw
Original rock with a bit of 80’s British vibe
 
Article ImageThis Silver Lake-based band consists of James Wiser (lead vocals, guitar), Jose Avilez (guitar, keyboard, vocals) and Mark Whitten (bass, polyester). Dezign Flaw has performed at the Frogtown Art Walk, Silver Lake Block Party, Molly Malone’s, Make Music LA, and private parties.

SAROJA
An all-original mix of rhythmic rock and soul
Article Image SAROJA is a group of international musicians playing crowd-pleasing pop, rock and dance songs with no cultural boundaries. Fun for all!
The Anti-Job
Surrealist Indie-Rock
 
The Anti-Job was founded at Vassar College in New York where Amanda Jones (vocals and guitar) and Martin Lopez-Iu (guitar and keyboard) formed the band bonding over their radical musical influences.  Martin hails from a background of folk and Amanda thrives on noise, psychedelic and the avant-garde. Lee Harcourt (drums and percussion), brings a strong jazz background to the arrangement. Together they produce eclectic and powerful songs – surreal with a pop sensibility.
 

 

 

 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.

 

Request for Blue Curb

Councilman Huizar,

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
Community Helpline
323-244-6244

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UGLA September 14 Mixer, 2-5pm

Please contact us at: UptownGLA@aol.com

(323) 258-8842

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Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion- Eric Warren

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

YOU DECIDE: $1,000,000 FOR A BETTER LA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29th, 2014
Contact: Shauna Nep, (310) 490-3272 / connect@la2050.org

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.

Scholl Canyon Landfill Comments Are Due TODAY

(this from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council)

Hello Neighbors!

Scholl Canyon Landfill Comments Are Due TODAY

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:

ERNC SCLF Draft EIR Comments (PDF)

Where Do I Send My Comments?

All comments must be in writing. Email comments to:

sclfeir@lacsd.org
cc: lauren.ballard@lacity.org

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:

Zsinanyan@glendaleca.gov
Lfriedman@glendaleca.gov
Anajarian@glendaleca.gov
Pdevine@glendaleca.gov
Dweaver@ glendaleca.gov
Szurn@ci.glendale.ca.us
rgolanian@glendaleca.gov

 

FREE Pet Education Seminar

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 contact@hermondogpark.org.
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park, kat@hermondogpark.org

L.A. RIVER GOES “OFF THA’ HOOK” WITH FIRST-EVER FLY FISHING DERBY SEP 6

  • PRO AND NEWBIE ANGLERS TO JOIN CATCH-AND-RELEASE TOURNEY
  • CATCHES TO BE CATALOGED IN SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF STEELHEAD TROUT

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”

It will take place at North Atwater Park, 3900 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039, and will cost $35 for adults. Free for children accompanied by an adult. Free to observe.

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.