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  • Joseph Linton
    Riveristas - Good news for extending the Los Angeles River bike path! The LA River Bike Path stretch in Elysian Valley (officially Phase 1C ) cleared an
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 14, 2008
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      Riveristas –

       

      Good news for extending the Los Angeles River bike path!

       

      The LA River Bike Path stretch in Elysian Valley (officially “Phase 1C”) cleared an important legal hurdle last week.  This is an approximately 3 mile stretch extending downstream from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street (from just above the 2 Freeway to nearly the 110 Freeway.)  The stretch currently has an unimproved access road used by bicyclists and pedestrians every day, though the surface is uneven and there are about a half-dozen large dips where street ends drain directly into the river.

       

      In 1999, the city of Los Angeles applied for and received Metro Call for Projects funding for the Elysian Valley (or Frogtown) stretch of the bikeway.  The project is to include an undercrossing at Fletcher Drive (to connect with “Phase 1D” upstream of Fletcher), resurfacing, and lighting.  The project has been bogged down in legal troubles due to a complicated antiquated easement issue.  The Elysian Valley stretch is under a 1920’s era easement (awarded to the LA County Flood Control District) which only allows for flood control projects, and, according to city attorneys, was not sufficient for the construction of a bike path.  So, even though owners had already seen their property taken away for river channelization many decades ago, the city had to approach each of the 66 individual property owners and negotiate transportation easements.  Most property owners accepted the city’s initial compensation offers, but one property owner held out and took the city to court.

       

      On Thursday January 10th, in Rabie v. City of Los Angeles , the court’s verdict was that the city had to pay Mr. Rabie $7,000 for the easement.  This was only a little above the city’s last offer of $4,000, and much less than the $200,000 that Rabie was demanding.  This verdict allows the bike path project to move forward to finalizing design, and constructing the long-awaited extension of the bike path.  Once this stretch is completed, the Glendale Narrows portion of the bike path will extend an uninterrupted total of 7.1 miles from the Riverside/Zoo Bridge (near Victory Blvd in Glendale) to the Riverside/Figueroa Bridge (near the Arroyo Seco Confluence in Lincoln Heights.)

       

       

      Joe Linton

      Policy Associate

      Livable Places

      634 S. Spring Street, Ste. 727 , Los Angeles CA 90014

      T 213.622.5980 x24  F 213.622.3458 www.livableplaces.org 

       

      www.olivecourt.com       www.fullerlofts.com

       

    • Meredith McCarthy
      URGENT WE NEED YOU TO COME TO THE SUPERVISORS BOARD MEETING FOR A GROUNDBREAKING VOTE: For the past nine months, Heal the Bay and a broad coalition have been
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 18, 2008
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        URGENT WE NEED YOU TO COME TO THE SUPERVISORS BOARD MEETING FOR A GROUNDBREAKING VOTE:

        For the past nine months, Heal the Bay and a broad coalition have been advocating for strong action to curb the County’s 6 billion bag per year plastic bag addiction.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is threatening to weaken reduction goals to aggressively curb plastic bag use that had been agreed upon earlier this week.  Our agreement as of Tuesday with several Board of Supervisors’ offices was that reduction and recycling efforts need to reach 35% by 2010 and 70% by 2013; the Board would consider a bag ban ONLY if these reduction goals are not met.  Last night we learned that our agreement had been abandoned and we were asked if we would support weaker recycling targets. Because of Heal the Bay’s opposition to this further weakening of those targets the Board may AGAIN postpone a vote on this critical decision.  

         

        The County’s latest proposal is simply greenwashing and only does lipservice to the blight and environmental damage caused by plastic bags. Don’t let the Supervisors cave to the plastics industry.  In the past few weeks, China , Australia , and cities throughout California have proposed or adopted plastic bag bans. It’s a sad day when we have to look to China for environmental leadership. Help us by attending a rally on the stairs outside the Board of Supervisors hearing room, and attending the hearing. There is a bus leaving from in front of Heal the Bay at 11am promptly. Otherwise go to metro.com for the bus schedule. There are several transit buses that leave the greater west side and go directly downtown.

         

        When: (Come on your lunch hour!)

        Tuesday, January 22nd

        Noon- rally on the steps

        1pm – board meeting

         

        Where:

        Rally: Stairs on Temple Avenue outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

        Board meeting: 383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

        500 W. Temple Street

        Los Angeles, CA 90012

         

        Please help!

         

         

        Meredith McCarthy

        Programs Director

         310 451 1500 ext 116

        mmccarthy@...

         


        From: la-river-discuss@yahoogroups.com [mailto:la-river-discuss@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Joseph Linton
        Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 3:52 PM
        To: la-river-discuss@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [LAR] Good News for the LA River Bike Path

         

        Riveristas –

         

        Good news for extending the Los Angeles River bike path!

         

        The LA River Bike Path stretch in Elysian Valley (officially “Phase 1C”) cleared an important legal hurdle last week.  This is an approximately 3 mile stretch extending downstream from Fletcher Drive to Barclay Street (from just above the 2 Freeway to nearly the 110 Freeway.)  The stretch currently has an unimproved access road used by bicyclists and pedestrians every day, though the surface is uneven and there are about a half-dozen large dips where street ends drain directly into the river.

         

        In 1999, the city of Los Angeles applied for and received Metro Call for Projects funding for the Elysian Valley (or Frogtown) stretch of the bikeway.  The project is to include an undercrossing at Fletcher Drive (to connect with “Phase 1D” upstream of Fletcher), resurfacing, and lighting.  The project has been bogged down in legal troubles due to a complicated antiquated easement issue.  The Elysian Valley stretch is under a 1920’s era easement (awarded to the LA County Flood Control District) which only allows for flood control projects, and, according to city attorneys, was not sufficient for the construction of a bike path.  So, even though owners had already seen their property taken away for river channelization many decades ago, the city had to approach each of the 66 individual property owners and negotiate transportation easements.  Most property owners accepted the city’s initial compensation offers, but one property owner held out and took the city to court.

         

        On Thursday January 10th, in Rabie v. City of Los Angeles , the court’s verdict was that the city had to pay Mr. Rabie $7,000 for the easement.  This was only a little above the city’s last offer of $4,000, and much less than the $200,000 that Rabie was demanding.  This verdict allows the bike path project to move forward to finalizing design, and constructing the long-awaited extension of the bike path.  Once this stretch is completed, the Glendale Narrows portion of the bike path will extend an uninterrupted total of 7.1 miles from the Riverside/Zoo Bridge (near Victory Blvd in Glendale ) to the Riverside/Figueroa Bridge (near the Arroyo Seco Confluence in Lincoln Heights .)

         

         

        Joe Linton

        Policy Associate

        Livable Places

        634 S. Spring Street, Ste. 727 , Los Angeles CA 90014

        T 213.622.5980 x24  F 213.622.3458 www.livableplaces. org 

         

        www.olivecourt. com       www.fullerlofts. com

         

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