Council OKs master plan for L.A. River

first_imgThe city covered some of the cost of that study with its master plan, which addresses some of those questions. The master plan was expected to be approved by the City Council with nothing but accolades. But at the last minute, Councilman Richard Alarc n threatened to vote against it because it did not address tributaries in Pacoima and Sun Valley that flow into the L.A. River. “In the San Fernando Valley, it goes through all the rich communities and I’m tired of the same old governmental treatment of tax dollars going into a general pool, paid for by people in Pacoima, and yet they’re not getting their due out of this project,” Alarc n said. But other council members said the city would have needed millions more dollars and many more years to include all tributaries in the L.A. River master plan. “The proper way to do this is for you to come forward with your vision of what you want us to do,” Smith said to Alarc n, “rather than try and impede what Mr. Reyes has been trying to do for the last six years here.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Engineer Gary Lee Moore said he is now developing a one-year implementation plan to carry out the most immediate recommendations. City planners will begin holding public workshops in July to create a new district along the river that would require new residential and commercial projects to incorporate the river and public walkways into their plans. For example, projects may have more native landscaping, grassy patches to filter urban runoff before it hits the river, and doors or entrances that face the waterway. In addition, Moore said he hopes to create a joint powers agreement and Los Angeles River Authority within a year. The agreement would bring together federal, county and city agencies that all have some jurisdiction over the river but don’t always work together. Meanwhile, the city is waiting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a $7.3 million study on how to return the river to a more natural environment without compromising flood control. The Los Angeles City Council approved a master plan Wednesday that calls for new development, parks and recreation facilities along 32 miles of riverfront property from Canoga Park to Boyle Heights. Designed as a 25- to 50-year blueprint that could cost $2 billion to complete, the L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan aims to clean up the water inside the river and redevelop the communities on its banks. “With this master plan, we’re giving the city a full face-lift with improved natural habitat, water quality, recreation and economic development. All those communities that historically have been neglected will have an opportunity to be rejuvenated,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who heads the council’s Los Angeles River Ad Hoc Committee. Reyes led the effort to develop the master plan at a cost of about $3 million. last_img read more

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North West 10K gets a new chairperson

first_imgThe Northwest 10k Charity Run & Walk Committee has elected Neil Martin as its new Chairperson following the organisation’s 21st AGM in the Mount Errigal last night.The change of chief comes after the decision of James Boyle to step down from the position.Another long serving member Grace Boyle is also retiring along with Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been ever present since the North West 10k committee was formed in 1996. The organization is also seeking a new PRO with Declan Kerr not seeking election for another term in the post. The new committee has now set the wheels in motion to recruit new members and would hope to complete that process in the short term as work on the 21st charity event gets underway next month.Succeeding Neil Martin as new Vice-Chairperson is Nancy McNamee while the remainder of the executive is unchanged with Anne Condon (Treasurer), Brendan McDaid (Assistant-Treasurer and Race Director) and Bernie Brennan and Rosemary Foy (Joint-Secretaries). Re-elected as committee members were Gerry Davenport, Paddy Bond, Neily McDaid, Gerard McGinley, Charlie Kerr and Norman Spratt. The Honorary President is Charlie Kelly.In his address outgoing Chairperson James Boyle said he had enjoyed his time as head of the organization but added it was now time for new members to give the North West 10k a fresh impetus.“There comes a time to allow new blood in and I have every confidence that the North West 10k committee can move forward successfully” Mr Boyle said. New Chairperson Neil Martin paid tribute to the work of those not seeking re-election.“I would like to thank Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been committee members from the start 20 years ago and Grace Boyle who came on board in the early years for their long and distinguished voluntary service which has helped raised nearly €750,000 for 31 very worthy charities. I also want to acknowledge the very good work done by James Boyle as Chairperson and PRO Declan Kerr who are also stepping down tonight” Mr Martin said.In her report to the AGM Treasurer Anne Condon said that since 1996 the North West 10k has raised €744,474 for 31 charities. Last year two charities the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the Spina Bifida organisation each received €8,627 from the charity race and walk.Applications will open early in the New Year for charities wishing to be beneficiaries from the 21st North West 10k Charity Run & Walk which takes place on Sunday the 30th of April in Letterkenny.North West 10K gets a new chairperson was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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