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      Current News
       FoLAR's monthly e-newsletter
      November, 2010
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      Friends of the Los Angeles River : From the Mountains to the Sea
      Los Angeles River Tours led by Jenny Price co-hosted by FoLAR and 
      Jenny Price at the Canoga Park Headwaters
      November 6 - Downtown to Long Beach
      November 14 - Downtown to Long Beach
      November 28 - Canoga Park to Griffith Park
      December 5 - Canoga Park to Griffith Park
      FoLAR members get discounted $20 rate

      Don't Jump, Conan!

       Recent Los Angeles transplant, Conan O'Brien, found his guardian angel on the 6th Street Bridge in the premiere episode of his new TBS show.

      River Press Coverage
      Get Caught Up!
      "Los Angeles River Project" CNN.com, October 14, 2010
      LA Team Effort Blog interviews Shelly Backlar, October 25, 2010
      Lewis MacAdams internet radio interview on "The Hill & Dale Show" on LA Talk Radio.com, November 10, 2010 (scroll down page to play streaming audio or download file)
      The FoLAR offices are in need of these items:
      Digital camera & dock
      Hand truck dolly
      Transparent plastic storage boxes
      Photo & document scanner (PC compatible)
      CRA/LA Community Open Houses

      In the spring of 2009, the The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Board of Commissioners and the LA City Council authorized staff to study the feasibility of a new redevelopment project along the LA River in Northeast Los Angeles.  This study area is approximately 2,300 acres (including streets and other rights-of-way) and overlaps with the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Elysian Valley.  Factors that are considered include the need for investment, the existence of physical, economic and social conditions that deter private development, and the communities’ desire to collaborate with the City and the CRA/LA to develop a revitalization program. Two community open houses remain on the calendar:
      Atwater Village CRA Open House
      Thursday, Nov 18th 5:30 - 7:30PM
      Atwater Branch Library
      Cypress Park CRA Open House
      Saturday, Nov 20th 10A - 12PM
      Cypress Park Recreation Center
      Comment on the NBC Universal Evolution DEIR before January 2011

      The NBC Universal Evolution Plan, including production facility upgrades, housing, office space, restaurants, businesses, and open space, is at the early stages of a environmental and public review process.  Since Universal City is located within both the County and City of Los Angeles, The NBC Universal Evolution Plan will be subject to multiple public hearings in both jurisdictions.
      View the NBC Universal Evolution Draft Environmental Impact Report online; hard copies available at some local libraries.
      If you wish to submit comments following review of the DEIR, please reference the Case No. ENV-2007-0254-EIR and State Clearinghouse Number: 2007071036, and submit comments in writing by January 3, 2011 to:

      Jon Foreman – Senior City Planner
      City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
      200 North Spring Street, Room 601
      Los Angeles, CA 90012
      (213) 978-6566 (fax)
      View a River Walk plan from Communities United for SMART Growth.
      Activating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
      Algalita Marine Research Foundation's Plastics Are Forever Youth Summit will bring 100 high school leaders and their teachers together for a two-day conference March 11-13, 2011, featuring engaging activities, hands-on science, filmmaking, and workshops focused on finding solutions to plastic pollution.  The event will be hosted by the boys from MTV's The Buried Life.  Sponsors include Disney's FriendsforChange and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust.  To secure participation at the Summit, students must form teams and submit their project proposals no later than November 30th.  
      Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council Offering Free Health Fair
      Thanks to Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council for their grant to FoLAR of $5,000 for river-related outreach in the Elysian Valley. 
      On Saturday, November 20th, the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be hosting a free health screening fair at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center, located at 1811 Ripple Street, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Free flu vaccines will be provided as well as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, vision, and anemia testing. There will also be information provided about emergency preparedness, family planning, and basic self-defense along with music and giveaways provided by 102.7 KIIS FM. For more information, please call 323-957-4500.
      Green California Schools Summmit & Expo in Pasadena

      About one-quarter of America’s population spends a good part of each day inside a school building.  The Green California Schools Summit & Expo, the largest green school event in California, is coming to the Pasadena Convention Center on December 8-10 to examine what can be done to ensure school structures are healthy, efficient and sustainable.  Sessions will focus on new trends in financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, green curricula, relocatable buildings, and school gardens.  The exhibit hall will feature over 100 green school products and services.  FoLAR members registering online may type in the code FLAR for a 20% discount.
      Bagging The Bags on November 16
      A Column by Lewis MacAdams, Founder and President
        Dear Friends,
      This coming Tuesday, November 16th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a vote on banning plastic bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.  With a population of more than a million people, this would make ours the largest municipality in the nation to ban the bags.  Heal The Bay will host a rally on the steps of the County Hall of Administration Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM (wear blue in support), with the vote scheduled at about 9:30 AM.  If you can't be there, or carpal tunnel syndrome has paralyzed your writing-to-the-Supes-urging-them-to-vote-yes fingers, I would highly recommmend you write to us at mail@... to buy a copy ($25 plus shipping) of the documentary film, Bag It, which we screened as a FoLAR benefit a couple of weeks ago. Though Bag It is funny, friendly and assiduously avoids preaching to the choir, it will freak your gobble; and I guarantee you will henceforth look at the plastic film protecting your dry cleaning or bags toting your groceries as instruments of the devil...or at least as massive contributors to the total destruction of sea mammals and marine birds.  Anybody who has ever taken part in the Gran Limpieza, the Great Los Angeles River Clean-Up - scheduled for this coming April 30th -  and tried to remove the plastic wrapped around willow tree branches will know exactly what I mean. - Lewis MacA

      FoLAR benefits from LA Weekly's LA 101 Concert
       LA Weekly readers are not just intelligent and stylish; they are quite savvy about the LA River and its happenings. Thanks to LA Weekly for adopting FoLAR as their benefit charity and for giving us a cozy booth at the LA 101 event

      The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp

      Saturday, April 30, 2011
      9:00 AM to Noon
       Contact Shelly for more information:  sbacklar@...

      Volunteers Needed for Ballona Wetlands Cleanup
      This Saturday, November 13th, The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust will partner with the group GoEcokids at Ballona Wetlands to host a restoration event, including invasive plant removal and trash collection.  Volunteer to enjoy some wonderful bird sightings and a pizza lunch.
      Win A Framed River Poster

      LA Stormwater Blog hosts a contest to give away a framed, signed copy of this beautiful poster by Oscar Amaro.   

      Tree Dedication and Planting in Elysian Park

      The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park is sponsoring its annual Tree Dedication and Planting on Sunday, November 20th at 11:00AM at Elysian Fields at the top of the park.  
      New Raptor Perches in South Gate

      FoLAR's next-door neighbor, North East Trees, recently hosted a youth arts event to help furnish a new nature park, called Parque Dos Rios, which North East Trees is designing in the city of South Gate. Twenty local Boy Scouts ages 13-27 came together on Saturday, November 6, 2010 to help paint and decorate four 25-foot-high raptor perches that will be placed in the park when construction begins early next year. The posts will provide a spot for hawks, kestrels and other raptors to look for prey in the habitat area. The raptor posts were painted with imagery broadly based on designs by the Tongva and Chumash Indians, the indigenous tribes of Southern California. The project is funded by the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) and the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA).
      Environment Now Speaker Series

      Environment Now kicks off their new speaker series with Pacific Institute's Heather Cooley, author of "California's Next Million Acre-Feet: Saving Water, Energy, & Money"
      Cooley writes: "We are reaching the economic, ecological, and social limits of traditional [water] supply options: continuing to rely solely on building new infrastructure will fail to solve our impending crisis. We must expand our thinking about supply, away from costly new dams and toward other options for expanding supply (e.g., recycled water, stormwater capture, and integrated groundwater banking and management) and reducing statewide water demand."

      Learn from Cooley's findings and participate in an inspiring discussion about solutions to Southern California's water challenges.

      December 8th from 5:30-7:30 pm
      Environment Now
      2515 Wilshire Blvd.
      Santa Monica, CA 90403
      Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres provided

      Please RSVP by December 3rd to:

      Discount on EcoMattresses in LA
      Bring in proof of a $50 or more donation to a non-profit that benefits the environment, children or animals and FoLAR member, Green and Greener Eco-Living General Store and Design Center in Valley Village will give you 10% off your mattress.  Check out their latex/wool/cotton mattresses made in Southern California out of 100% natural latex foam and wrapped in organic cotton with option tocustomize with Pure Grow wool.  Discount details on the website; offer good through December 31.
      Address postal inquiries to:
      Friends of the Los Angeles River
      570 W. Ave 26, Ste. 250
      Los Angeles, CA 90065-1047
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