December 13, 2013
LA RIVER HEARING
conducted by Senator Fran Pavley
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
Auditoriums A, B & C
5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills, 91367
Restoring and revitalizing the Los Angeles
River is a recognized goal and will provide
multiple benefits to the surrounding
communities. This hearing will focus on the
San Fernando Valley Watershed of the Los
Angeles River with updates on current and
planned projects, potential funding sources,
multi-benefit solutions including water
quality and supply issues, and the
contribution of River revitalization to
mitigating climate change.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:45pm Griffith Park Lecture Series: Native Wildflowers of Griffith Park
In May 2007, a brush fire raged
across 800 acres of Griffith Park. Did it impact the flora of the park
significantly? Find out on December 19th, when Jorge Ochoa (Horticulture
Department Chair of Long Beach City College and past City of Los Angeles
Department of Recreation and Parks employee) will discuss the wildflowers of
Griffith Park. In this lecture, Jorge will highlight the beautiful, precious
native species found in the park such as Indian Pink, Orange Bush
Monkeyflower, Sticky Madia and more!
RSVP by email to reserve your seat today! firstname.lastname@example.org
Doors open at 6:30pm
Lecture begins at 6:45pm
Los Feliz Village Public Library
1874 Hillhurst Ave (at the corner of Franklin Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Geology Tour Rescheduled for
January 26, 2014
Physical Difficulty: The morning hike is
about 1.3 mile roundtrip on a steep
graded dirt road; the afternoon tour
includes a stairway to the beach and
walking 1200 feet on firm beach sand.
Time: Approx. 7 hours.
Rain or another Federal shutdown will cancel.
New Pests Threaten Our
Miss Sabrina Drill, Ph.D. UCCE posted the new OAK THREAT VIDEO online. To see it please go to www.ucanr.edu/socaloakpests
Oaks are emblematic to the California landscape. An important source of food for past Californians, we still come to these trees today for shelter, shade, and beauty, in addition to the values they provide as wildlife habitat. Oak woodlands cover more than 7 million acres, and oaks provide refuges in parks, backyards, and along streets in urban and suburban areas. But oaks in Southern California are faced with several serious threats, including changing land uses, fire, and insects and diseases.
New and old pest species are affecting
these iconic trees. New threats include
Golden Spotted Oak Borer and the
Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer,
and woodlands in the northern part of
the state have been devastated by
Sudden Oak Death.
LOS ANGELES RIVER
Save LA River Open Space is committed to preserving this last open space next to the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley by creating the L.A.River Natural Park at 4141 Whitsett Avenue in Studio City. The goals for this unique property on the L.A. River:
•Create and preserve public open space
•Create a unique L.A. Riverfront site
•Treat polluted water runoff from surrounding areas sending clean water into the L.A.River
•Protect historical recreational uses including golf and tennis
•Create pedestrian and bicycle trails — linking to regional bicycle paths and local businesses
•Provide Los Angeles River and River Trail access
Save LA River Open Space is working to protect this important open space in perpetuity for the community to enjoy. Public and private financing is being explored.
We are pleased to bring this vision to the community and look forward to working with the owners, civic leadership, and community stakeholders to make this a reality.
Prescribed Fires Do Not Reduce Future Area Burned in Central and Southern CaliforniaNew research findings from Jon Keeley and others on utility of managed fire in southern California.
Interesting management implications:
- Based on past data, prescribed fires in coastal southern California have no effect on reducing area burned by future fires.
- Prescribed fire may have more impact with management strategies designed to reduce ignitions, or to encourage planning decisions that minimize the spread of fires into urban environments.
- Regional planners seeking to reduce fire hazard risk may need to investigate other management strategies, such as ignition prevention and invasive plant management.
Weed Control in Natural
Areas in the Western United States is the first comprehensive book
to focus on control options for invasive plants in natural areas.
Fifteen authors led by Dr. Joe DiTomaso of UC Davis compiled information on control methods for 340 species in 13 western states, covering rangelands, grasslands, pastures, riparian and aquatic areas.
This book will be an excellent resource for any land manager confronting invasive plants.
Now available from Cal-IPC for $37.00 (plus tax and shipping). For more information or to order a copy, go to: http://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/booksandcds/weedcontrol.php
SANTA SUSANA FIELD LAB FIELD SURVEYS ONLINE
NASA has posted at their website
a new “newsletter.”
This one describes field surveys -- including habitat, plant and wildlife surveys -- recently conducted on NASA-administered land at SSFL. We also have links to the flora and fauna lists,
and links to video “sounds of SSFL.”
Here’s the short link: http://go.nasa.gov/XHlOxW
Or go to the webpage at
and look on the “news” on the lower right.
Please contact Merrilee Fellows with your comments regarding the newsletter, or any other comments or questions you have regarding cleanup of the NASA-administered areas of the Santa Susana Field Lab.
NASA Manager for Community Involvement
Challenges Second Massive Newhall Ranch
Sprawling Development in Floodplain would Devastate Wildlife Habitat, Hurt Cultural Resources
Five public-interest groups sued Los Angeles County in superior court on Wednesday over its approval of permits for the second phase of the sprawling Newhall Ranch development — Mission Village. The Newhall Ranch development, conceived in the 1980s as one of the largest single residential development projects ever contemplated in California, is archaic and out of step with contemporary urban planning.
The project is intended to eventually include 60,000 housing units — the size of a mid-size city — including development in the floodplain along the Santa Clara River, the last mostly free-flowing river left in Los Angeles County. The sprawling project threatens endangered species and natural areas and will bury many of the river’s tributaries.
The lawsuit — brought by the California Native Plant Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment (SCOPE) and Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper program — challenges the legality of the county’s approval process in order to protect the rare plant, animal, cultural resources and water quality.
The plan approved by the county on May 15 will develop open space that is home to endangered species in and along the Santa Clara river; eliminate habitat for the highly endangered San Fernando Valley spineflower; harm California condor habitat; and unearth and desecrate American Indian burial sites, sacred places and cultural natural resources.
“Decades have passed, planning principles have shifted and improved, and yet the county has failed to incorporate contemporary planning principles into this dinosaur of a project,” said David Magney with the California Native Plant Society. “As a result, rare plants, including the San Fernando Valley spineflower, are going to be needlessly bulldozed and replaced by more strip malls, parking lots and houses no one can afford.”
“It’s unimaginable that L.A. County is so reckless with the last free-flowing river in the region,” said Ron Bottorff with the Friends of the Santa Clara River. “Southern California has paved over and lost all but 3 percent of its historic river woodlands, yet these are resources are key to protecting our precious water.”
The Santa Clara River Valley is home to a great diversity of very rare species, among them the unarmored threespine stickleback fish, California condor, least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, California red-legged frog, arroyo toad, southern steelhead trout and San Fernando Valley spineflower. Wildlands of the Santa Clara River provides a full accounting of rare environmental resources of this precious landscape.
“Developing in endangered species habitat pushes rare plants and animals to the brink of extinction,” said Ileene Anderson, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “These days, smart planning protects them instead of destroying their habitat.”
Los Angeles County approved an overall plan for the Newhall Ranch development more than a decade ago. Approval of this second phase, called Mission Village, follows just months after the county approved the first phase, Landmark Village. Northern Los Angeles County is already plagued by high foreclosure rates and thousands of permitted housing units that have not been built. Financial bankruptcy by the development’s previous investors cost California’s public pension fund more than $970 million of state employees’ retirement. New investors are out-of-state hedge fund managers with no interest in California’s rich natural legacy.
“Before a single house has been built, Newhall Ranch has already cost California’s taxpayers and workforce, including the county’s own staff, nearly a billion dollars of lost pension funds,” said Lynne Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment. “Although the state will never recover any of the largest single loss ever suffered by CalPERS, and will spend millions more in public monies to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure to serve this project, the county has once again endorsed this same development that will threaten the region’s water supply, worsen air pollution and cause further gridlock on our highways.”
“The project will impart irreversible impacts to the ecological integrity and water quality of the Santa Clara River watershed and Ventura’s coastal waters, harming the wellbeing of watershed residents and visitors for years to come,” said Jason Weiner, associate director and staff attorney for the Wishtoyo Foundation’s Ventura Coastkeeper Program.
“The impacts to hundreds upon hundreds of our burial sites, and natural cultural resources such as the California condor that are such a vital component of our culture and religious practices, will be devastating and irreversible,” said Mati Waiya, a Chumash ceremonial elder and executive director of the Wishtoyo Foundation.
“Mission Village contains a former oil field now proposed for housing. Project information on toxic contamination was substantially changed at the very last minute just prior to the county’s approval,” said attorney Dean Wallraff. “Tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination was discovered on the old oil field but the public was not given a chance to review any of this data in the review process, which is a violation of law.”