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SNC Takes a Stand on the Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal Project

At its general board meeting on July 24 the Sylmar Neighborhood Council (SNC) voted to take an official position on the LA County Department of Public Works’ Pacoima Sediment Removal Project. The approved position statement, originally drafted by SNC’s Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee, clearly states and provides factual information to support the SNC’s position on the project. The document will be used to raise public awareness and support for the project as well as to encourage public officials to assist the SNC in influencing the DPW to select the least harmful option for removing the sediment from the Pacoima Reservoir.

According to the DPW’s April 2014 fact sheet, the California Environmental Quality Action (CEQA) scoping meeting and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) drafting process for the project will take place during summer/fall of 2014 and continue through winter 2015. The draft EIR is planned to be available for public review in the spring of 2016, with construction planned for summer 2017.

In her October 2013 CityWatch LA article, Rosemary Jenkins stated, “The amount that needs to be removed now equals seven times the volume of the Rose Bowl, but by the time the project is completed in about 10 years, even more sediment will have accrued. The cost will range from 85 to 180 million dollars, depending upon which option is selected.” While the SNC acknowledges these facts, their position statement further states that the public’s health and quality of life should be of primary importance in determining which course option to select.

What You Can Do…
1) Read and share the full SNC Position on the DPW Pacoima Sediment Removal Project. To add your name to the SNC’s list of supporters or to comment on the SNC’s position, please email Kathy.Grubert@SylmarNC.org or Ann.Job@SylmarNC.org.

2) Most importantly, attend the DPW’s scoping meeting and voice your concerns. The SNC will communicate the date, time, and location of that meeting as soon as the DPW makes that information available. As mentioned earlier, all we know now is that it will be sometime in summer/fall 2014.

3) Attend a meeting of the SNC Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee, which are held every first and third Tuesday of the month at El Cariso Regional Park’s Community Room from 6:30-8:30pm.

Sediment Removal Map

Image of the Pacoima Resevoir sediment removal options, as presented by the DPW at their October 2013 community meetings.

July 5 Bike Ride for Sylmar Overcomes Bump in the Road

On Saturday July the 5th, the SNC Government Affairs and City Services Committee Chair, Christian Rubalcava and his sister Marisol set out on a "Bike Ride for Sylmar." Their goal was to ride through every single street in Sylmar in search of potholes, popouts and other problems with our streets.

The ride began at 11am. But after a break on Foothill and Glenoaks, Christian's bike gave out and they were forced to resume the ride by car. "It is not the way I wanted this to go," said a still-determined Christian, "but it looks like we need to adjust."

By 9:00 pm the team finished their sweep of Sylmar, with Christian saying of the day, "It has been a long day... To be honest, I saw parts of Sylmar I have never seen before. It was fun and exciting, and I'm happy I went through with it."

Christian and Marisol found 20 locations that would be acceptable for the Bureau's "NC Blitz" program, and Christian will use the pictures and notes they gathered to prioritize the damages. Five stakeholders and 2 board members sent reports, and Christian assures the community that those projects will be at the top of the list. Once the Bureau receives the form Christian must now complete, they will inspect the areas marked and tell us which projects are possible. On July 21st the Bureau's small asphalt repair truck will be sent out to complete as many repairs as possible in the time allotted.

The Sylmar Neighborhood Council calls all stakeholders to help Christian and other caring citizens who have thus far contributed to improve our streets. If you have information on streets or sidewalks that need repairs, please email Christian at Christian.Rubalcava@sylmarnc.org by the July 9 deadline.

Help Sylmar NC Find Office Space

Recently Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its office space due to water damage at our previous location in Sylmar Park. Since vacating our former space and relocating to a temporary location in late March, we have been scouring Sylmar for suitable office space that is affordable on our very limited budget and that conforms with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements. Stakeholders need not follow up on the details of whether or not the property meets DONE's requirements. For those interested, below are some of those requirements and a link to further information on DONE's website:

  • Either a privately owned rental facility; a City-owned or leased facility; or a privately owned, donated facility.

  • Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)requirements

  • No sub-leases

  • Landlord must be willing to enter into a standardized City of Los Angeles lease, subject to a maximum term of one year.

  • Approximate size ranging from 200 to 1200 square feet.

Anyone with a possible lead is encouraged to contact Diane.Valencia@sylmarnc.org, who will follow up with the landlord or leasing agent.

Sylmar Garden Opening

Los Angeles County Supervisor Yaroslavsky speaks at the grand opening of a community garden in Sylmar. (Ruben Aronin)
Los Angeles County Supervisor Yaroslavsky speaks at the grand opening of a community garden in Sylmar. (Ruben Aronin)

The first community garden serving families with young children in Sylmar opened Saturday (May 17) as part of an effort to bring healthy eating habits to the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The garden, in El Cariso Community Regional Park, features 39 raised garden beds, fruit trees, a tricycle path and play areas.

"We've taken an unused section of the park and turned it into a thriving garden for children and families to enjoy," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in a statement. "It's a great addition because while many residents already use the park for play and exercise … They'll now have an opportunity to pick up some locally grown fruits and vegetables for a healthier lifestyle."

Read the entire LA Times Article

SNC Meetings

The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly each month as shown:

Board of Directors Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.

Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee (valid through October 2014)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

Bylaws Committee
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

Equestrian Committee
3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr./Sr. High School

Executive Committee
3rd Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Center

Outreach Committee
3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr./Sr. High School

Planning and Land Use Committee
2nd Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

Budget Committee has not scheduled additional meetings at this time.
Government Affairs and City Services Committee has not scheduled any meetings at this time.