Saturday, May 26, 2012

Those Details the Devil Is In


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has completed its draft 20-year Sediment Management Strategic Plan for 2012-2032. The public comment period ends Wednesday, May 30th--which is vague, as they don't say if they mean 8am or 6pm or what--so I'd comment no later than the 29th if I were you at the first email address on this page. I understand the main document is over 500 pages, but a condensed version entitled "Community Meeting Boards" (second-to-last link at the right of the main Strategic Plan page) is said to give a good overview. 

Let's speak up. I understand the Devil's Gate Dam needs to be protected. I want to make sure Hahamongna is protected, too.  

A separate issue, but also important:

The Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of odd-numbered months--except this month, due to lack of a quorum. So the committee didn't get to talk about the upcoming community meetings to discuss the Environmental Impact Report schedule for the Hahamongna Multi-Benefit Project and the Hahamongna Basin Multi-Use Project.

But hey! We can talk about them here, regardless of the unfortunate mouthful of misleading names.

Because I want to get this right I'm going to quote Mary Barrie of Friends of Hahamongna, who has long been a tireless advocate for open space at Hahamongna Watershed Park. Mary's one of those heroes who reads the fine print, calls a lawyer, compares last year's map to this year's and helps the rest of us attempt to keep the city honest when it comes to Hahamongna:

"One of the important items on the agenda of last night's cancelled Hahamongna Advisory meeting was information concerning the Environmental Impact Report schedule for the Hahamongna Multi-Benefit Project and the Hahamongna Basin Multi-Use Project. Among the projects included within the Multi-Benefit Project are the much contested Sycamore Grove Sports Field and the expanded parking lot so please mark your calendars for these important meetings and pass this information on. The following information is from the city website.

Mary B"

Multi-Benefit - Multi-Use Project

EIR Schedule – the following has been scheduled:
Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30pm – Community Meeting
Pasadena City Yards, 2nd floor Large Conference Room

This meeting WILL NOT kick off the CEQA process. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information only.
Thursday, July 12th, 6:30pm – EIR Scoping Meeting #1
Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 960 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106

(Parking lot is entered from Mentor, south of Walnut)
Saturday, July 14th, 10:00am – EIR Scoping Meeting #2
Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 960 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106

(Parking lot is entered from Mentor, south of Walnut)

The Sycamore Grove Field is the same soccer field so many citizens have protested for so long. A couple of years ago we even organized a local blog day, where 23 bloggers posted their arguments for saving Hahamongna. At the ensuing city council meeting, hundreds of Pasadenish spoke out against athletic fields at Hahamongna. Not one person spoke in favor of them. Yet Sycamore Grove Field is still planned, even as the city cuts the budget in other areas.

The meetings listed above will cover other things too, some of which may be good for Hahamongna. It's always complicated, never easy, but it's ours and we do have a say.

Update 5/29: Altadena Hiker Karin Bugge writes about the planned Sycamore Grove Field in today's Patch.

10 comments:

Pasadena Adjacent said...

oh gosh - and so it begins...again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again....and again.........................

Petrea Burchard said...

I know. Mary Barrie's been working on this for something like 25 years.

I was gonna see if I could go all day without any comments.

altadenahiker said...

Multi-Benefit - Multi-Use? That's one multi-stupid project title they've no doubt spent multi-months constructing.

Petrea Burchard said...

As I understand it, Hiker, this is actually two multi-stupid project titles. But I believe the city makes it deliberately confusing, so it's anybody's guess.

Margaret said...

It does seem confusing. Sigh.

Petrea Burchard said...

Margaret, if I could work on this full time maybe I'd get it but I don't have the time, and I believe that's what they're counting on.

Susan Campisi said...

Thanks for posting about this. It's all very confusing and frustrating. Grrrrrr...

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Great post. Lettuce twitter and facestock.

Petrea Burchard said...

Monica Hubbard put it on Wired Women, too. Har!

Petrea Burchard said...

Here's Karin/Altadena Hiker's article in Patch:

http://altadena.patch.com/articles/saving-hahamongna-last-ditch-efforts