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Public Comment Period Extended to April 16 for the Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal Project

Responding to pressure from CASM, the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) has agreed to extend the period for the public to submit comments on the Pacoima Sediment Removal Project from April 9 to April 16.

Let's continue to keep the pressure on the DPW! Here are some steps you can take...

1) Get educated. Read the DPW's Notice of Preparation document, the SNC's Position Statement, and information provided on the DPW's website and CASM's website.

2) Submit your comment to the DPW by April 16.
Click here for a downloadable Public Comment form & instructions. Details follow.

Properly submitted comments on this project will be included for consideration / inclusion in the joint CEQA/NEPA Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). There is no limit to the length or number of comments each person may send, but they must meet the following criteria:

  • Postmarked or received by the LACFCD no later than the close of business on
    Thursday, April 16, 2015

  • Titled with "PRSR Project" in the subject line
  • Include the commenter's name, or the name of a contact person for public agencies and other organizations providing comment should be included.
Written comments may be submitted in the following ways:
  • US MAIL: County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Water Resources Division P.O. Bo
  • 1440 Alhambra, CA 91802-9974 Attn: PRSR Project, 2nd Floor
  • EMAIL: reservoircleanouts@dpw.lacounty.gov
  • FAX: (626) 979-5436

3) Contact your area representatives, particularly the offices of Congressman Tony Cardenas and our County Board of Supervisors representative, Sheila Kuehl. Let them know about the project, and give them your thoughts/suggestions.

If you have questions about the project or need assistance in submitting your formal comment, please call 818-833-8737 or send an email to kathy.grubert@sylmarnc.org or ann.job@sylmarnc.org.

Sylmar Neighborhood Council Town Hall on the Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal Project a Success!

On April 1 the SNC held a town hall meeting at Concordia Jr/Sr High School in Sylmar. Around 50 stakeholders showed up to hear a range of perspectives on the PRSR project and to gain support for writing and submitting formal comments to the DPW.

CASM President Dan Feinberg addressing stakeholders

Panel members were Chris Stone, Assistant Deputy Director of the DPW Water Resources Division; Dan Feinberg, CASM President (CASM is a local environmental nonprofit with a wealth of knowledge on the topic); John Holmes, a long-time Sylmar resident who lives near May Sediment Placement Site; and Kathy Grubert, Chair of the SNC Sediment Removal Committee.

Attendees included Jaqueline Serrano representing US Congressman Tony Cardenas, William Ulmer representing the office of State Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, Angelica Ayala of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office, Abigail Moreno of the office of City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, and San Fernando Mayor Joel Fajardo. Also in attendance were members of the Pacoima and Mission Hills neighborhood councils.

The Sylmar Neighborhood Council would like to recognize and thank Concordia Jr/Sr High School for generously providing the venue, and SNC Directors Kathy Grubert, Ann Job, Peggy Courtney, Kathy and Amanda Bloom, Patti Rau, Diane Valencia, Carlos Lara, and Cheri Blose for their support in organizing and supporting the event.

Please Help Sylmar NC Find Office Space

The Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its temporary office space and is now operating virtually until it can find another suitable office space. Do you know a local business in Sylmar who may be open to sub-letting space to the SNC? We continue to scour Sylmar for suitable office space that is affordable on our very limited budget and that also conforms with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements. For those interested in helping with us find space, 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
  • 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 150 to 1500 square feet. (smaller size would be best)
  • Sub-leases may be acceptable

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

    SNC Meetings

    The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly as shown:

    Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee: Kathy Grubert, Chair
    Meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis

    Board of Directors Meeting: Ann Job, Chair
    4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, Sylmar High School's Spartan Hall, 13050 Borden Avenue

    Budget Committee: Pat Rau, Chair
    Meetings scheduled quarterly and additionally as needed

    Bylaws Committee: Roy Smith, Chair
    Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Education Committee: Chair TBD
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Equestrian Committee: Cheri Blose, Chair
    3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave

    Executive Committee: Ann Job, Chair
    2nd Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sylmar Recreation Center, Computer Room, 13109 Borden Avenue

    Government Affairs & City Services Committee
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Outreach Committee
    Every 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 at Concordia Jr/Sr High School 13570 Eldridge Ave Sylmar

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

    Underserved Stakeholders Committee
    2nd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave