As the leader of the monthly wildlife walk in the Sepulveda Basin conducted by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, I have been observing recent developments there with more than usual interest. Thank you for your detailed coverage provided by many articles over the last year.
The most recent article, of Dec. 2, details the difficulty the Cultural Foundation is having raising funds for its "arts park."
Perhaps such difficulty is a blessing in disguise. Locating a major building project in a flood basin is most unwise. Ever since the area went underwater in the floods of the late 1930s, building in the area has been considered inappropriate.
The last major flood was in the winter of 1969, but even the relatively feeble recent rains caused the Los Angeles River to approach the tops of its banks. A major flood will put the site under water once again. Although the Corps of Engineers changed the flood line contours for the most recent master plan, no major change in the drainage (such as new dams or channels) has occurred to justify such a change. The Cultural Foundation or, worse, the taxpayers of Los Angeles may find themselves having to pay a very expensive flood repair bill.