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LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Finally Released

by FOLAR

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study for review.

This massive study began in 2006 and cost almost $10 million to complete. The 500+ report pages recommend improvements that would restore ecological value and habitat to the Los Angeles River corridor, from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles, including some concrete removal.

Five plans are presented: a “no action” choice, plus Alternatives 10, 13, 16 & 20. FoLAR emphatically endorses the comprehensive and expansive ALTERNATIVE 20, which is endorsed by the City of Los Angeles. However, the USACE asserts its Tentative Selected Plan as the conservative Alternative 13. Now is the time for the Los Angeles River community to make its voice heard all the way to Washington, DC:

LOS ANGELES DESERVES ALTERNATIVE 20!

The 45-day public comment will begin September 20 and end on November 5. One public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at LA River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles 90065.

YOU CAN HELP NOW! Share the study link on social media. Attend the public meeting on October 17. Encourage your association or group to submit comments to the USACE relating to your local neighborhood near the river.

Call FoLAR at 323-223-0585 with your questions about this complex issue.

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ATWATER VILLAGE ACTION ALERT : Mulholland Memorial Fountain Historic Cultural Monument # 162

The LADWP is seeking to install a 9-foot diameter riveted steel section of the original aqueduct pipe at the corner of Los Feliz Blvd and Riverside Drive, just in front of the Mulholland Memorial Fountain. The pipe is part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden currently being installed on the site.

LADWP’s insistence on placing the pipe is front of the fountain will impede the view of this beautiful iconic landmark. The pipe would mar the pristine view we currently enjoy and it will surely become a graffiti magnet.

Furthermore, the pipe is an interactive display piece made to encourage visitors to the front-side of the property. This will expose visitors to an extreme safety hazard since the busy intersection is used by commuters trying to access both the north and southbound 5-freeway.

The pipe has not yet been installed and there is a window of opportunity to place it in a more appropriate location, like behind the fountain in the grassy lawn area. Placing the pipe behind the fountain will make it a safer place for visitors to enjoy it and preserve the postcard view of this Historic Cultural Monument.

Please let the LADWP project manager and your elected officials know your thoughts, please cc Friends of Atwater Village on your communication. Thank you and time is of the essence so let your voice be heard.

Richard Harasick:  richard.harasick@ladwp.com
Mayor Eric Garcetti:    mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
Council Member Tom LaBonge:  tom.labonge@lacity.org
Council Member Mitch O’Farrell:  councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

Click here to send email

ATWATER VILLAGE ACTION ALERT: HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ON GLENDALE BLVD.

A Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, is seeking to cram 8 residential units (along with 1 business unit) in a small commercial lot located at 3376 Glendale Blvd.

The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Division Ordinance to subdivide the 9,716sf lot into 9 smaller parcels, 8 residential and 1 commercial. Once subdivided and developed with a “home” each residential parcel would sell at market rate. Prices for the small lot homes are expected to range from $500,000 to $700,000.

3376 Glendale Blvd, located at the corner of Glendale Blvd and La Cleded Ave, was previous used as a parking lot for the Griffith Station Post Office.

In order to squeeze in 8 residential “homes” the developer is seeking to build on almost 100% of the lot, contrary to what is allowed by City ordinance. Specifically, Rethink Development is seeking a conditional use permit to allow yard adjustments to: 1) permit a zero (0) foot side yard between new residential units and between the new residential unit and the commercial unit lieu of the six (6) foot setback required between lots; 2) permit a five (5) foot rear yard in lieu of the 15 (15) foot yard required; 3) permit 2’ minimum horizontal dimension for required common open space (15’) and 2’ for private open space (8’); and 4) allow two inch (2”) separation between buildings on the lot in lieu of the 20-foot and 12-foot required passageways.

This housing development is wrong for Atwater Village. Please lend your voice in opposition to this project, specifically to yard adjustments they are seeking. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 26th and now is the time to voice your opposition.

Please email the L.A City Planning Department and our election officials today at the following emails. Click here to send the email, or cut-n-paste: councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, marisol.salguero@lacity.org, mary.d.rodriguez@lacity.org, marie.rumsey@lacity.org, daryll.mackey@lacity.org.

Please include the Case No.: VTT-72218-SL in all communications…. And encourage your friends and neighbors to voice their opposition to

Click here for hearing notice

Click for the floor plans

Atwater Village Neighborhood Clean-Up, Oct 5th

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ATWATER VILLAGE VOTES ON MAY 21st!

Go vote in the L.A. City Council District 13 election slated for Tuesday, May 21st. This election is important for Atwater Village and other communities that comprise Council District 13. We will end up with a new person to represent us at City Hall and City Council decisions effect every aspect of our neighborhoods, from public safety to infrastructure, traffic, jobs and much more. So please vote… your vote matters!

L.A. City Council District 13 Election
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
7am to 8pm

For more information about the City Council District 13 candidates go to:
http://www.smartvoter.org/2013/05/21/ca/la/race/42/

Click below to for sample voter ballot
http://lavote.net/Locator/ballot/853/48_ENG.PDF

Where to vote? To find your polling place go to:
http://lavote.net/Locator/

THE L.A. RIVER “GRAN LIMPIEZA” IN ATWATER VILLAGE – SUNNYNOOK SITE, MAY 18TH!

Saturday, May 18, 2013
9:00 am to Noon
At the Sunnynook Bridge (Sunnynook Dr & Legion Ln), Central Atwater Village

Join Friends of Atwater Village (along with American Society of Civil Engineers, Oregon State University Alumni Association, Boy Scout Troop #10) for FOLAR’s “Gran Limpieza” to cleanup Atwater’s section of the Los Angeles River. Bring work gloves and lots of energy!

The Sunnynook Footbridge is located in the scenic “Glendale Narrows” in Atwater Village, the central and longest natural area of the LA River. The site features a footbridge over the River with tremendous views. The soft-bottom river has tall willow trees, and plenty of ducks and other water fowl.

Click here for more information

ATWATER VILLAGE, YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

Go vote in the L.A. City Council District 13 election slated for March 5th. This election is important for Atwater Village and other communities that comprise Council District 13. We will end up with a new person to represent us at City Hall and City Council decisions effect every aspect of our neighborhoods, from public safety to infrastructure, traffic, jobs and much more. So please vote… your vote matters!

L.A. City Council District 13 Election

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

7am to 8pm

For more information about the all the City Council District 13 candidates go to:

http://www.smartvoter.org/2013/03/05/ca/la/race/42/

Click below to for sample voter ballot

http://lavote.net/Locator/ballot/841/49_ENG.PDF

Where to vote?  To find your polling place go to:

http://lavote.net/Locator/

Atwater Village Voting Location:

CHEVY CHASE PARK CENTER -CLASSROOM

4165 CHEVY CHASE DR

LOS ANGELES, CA 90039

POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M. AND CLOSE AT 8 P.M.

LOS FELIZ HAND CAR WASH – LOBBY

3013 LOS FELIZ BLVD

LOS ANGELES, CA 90039

POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M. AND CLOSE AT 8 P.M.

RESIDENCE – GARAGE

3739 BOYCE AVE

LOS ANGELES, CA 90039

POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M. AND CLOSE AT 8 P.M.

ATWATER AVE ELEMENTARY SCH – AUDITORIUM – RED TABLE

3271 SILVER LAKE BLVD

LOS ANGELES, CA 90039

POLLS OPEN AT 7 A.M. AND CLOSE AT 8 P.M.

Candidate Forum – L.A. City Council District 13 Election

The Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) is hosting a Candidate Forum for the upcoming L.A. City Council District 13 race. In 2013 our current L.A. City Councilmember, Eric Garcetti (CD13), will be termed-out and Atwater Village (along with other CD13 communities) will end up with a new person to represent us at City Hall. City Council decisions affect almost every aspect of our neighborhoods, from public safety to infrastructure, traffic, jobs and much more. Find out how the candidates stand on local issues important to you.
Got questions for the candidates?
We are soliciting questions from Atwater Village / CD13 stakeholders for our upcoming Candidate Forum. Click here to submit your questions. All questions will be pre-selected prior to the event.
For more information or questions about the Candidate Forum contact the Atwater Village Chamber at:
Tel: 818.732.1413

21st Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony

2nd Annual Atwater Artwalk