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April 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
A man was critically injured in a 50-foot fall from a pumping station tower onto a floating pontoon in the Los Angeles River in Long Beach early Saturday, authorities said. Firefighters using ropes and a stretcher managed to rescue Jay Gomez, 19, of Long Beach more than an hour after his fall was reported by a friend around 3 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Bob Caldon said. Gomez suffered internal injuries and several broken ribs. He was flown to Memorial Hospital.
April 26, 2014
Re “The 'Mother Ditch,'” April 22 The Times' informative article on the discovery and proposed removal of a portion of the historic “Mother Ditch” leaves one key question unasked: Should this important piece of Los Angeles history, which provided the 19th century town with water from the Los Angeles River, be moved? Although relocating portions of the brick pipe to other sites is certainly better than destroying it, the right solution is to leave it where it is, preserved and visible as witness to embryonic Los Angeles and its always fragile relationship with its vital water supply.
August 23, 2012
Los Angeles River walk Distance : Short walk, 2 miles; long walk, 4.5 miles Duration : short walk, 30 minutes; long walk, 1.5 hours Difficulty : 1.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Details : Dogs on leashes.
April 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Los Angeles' chief surveyor stood above the newly unearthed brick and mortar pipe and carefully opened a 127-year-old leather book. "Here is the pipe. It's exactly where they said it was in 1887," said Tony Pratt, carefully pointing to a hand-drawn map in the ancient field guide. Freddie Eaton was the chief surveyor back then, the field guide noted. Eaton would eventually go on to become the city's mayor and a prominent figure in the expansion of L.A. Pratt pulled the old city surveyor's field report from city archives this week after reading a news account about the discovery of a remnant of the original Zanja Madre - the town's original water network - beneath a Chinatown construction site.
December 7, 1989
I walk along the Los Angeles River every day from Glendale Boulevard to Los Feliz Boulevard; either early morning or at sunset. Over the last few years the river has become beautiful. There are all kinds of water fowl and birds living in this section of the river. It is so peaceful, and hard to believe it's so near the Golden State Freeway. Please spend that $100,000 to clean up the river where thoughtless people have thrown all kinds of trash, stuck in the middle of the river.
July 7, 2013
L.A. RIVER Documentary When kayaker George Wolfe organized a boating expedition down the Los Angeles River, he and his crew became entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions. "Rock the Boat" looks at the challenges society faces in providing clean water to urban populations and delivers an alternative to doomsday docs. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and Thursday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
April 21, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, its channels twisting and bending along a 90-mile network.
April 16, 2014
Re "Garcetti makes new L.A. River pitch," April 12 Mayor Eric Garcetti's admirable support for the $1-billion revamping of the Los Angeles River needs to be backed not just by environmentalists and developers but by every doctor and nurse in the area. The proposed area of revitalization is north of downtown, but the effort should be a precedent for river restoration in communities farther south, which have the greatest health challenges and the lowest rates of access to parks in the county.
April 13, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The contrast between nostalgia for the Los Angeles River and the reality of it today could not be sharper than at its confluence with the Arroyo Seco, a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards. Nagged by a sense that a real river lay entombed in all that concrete, L.A. poet Lewis MacAdams and two friends, fortified by coffee and brandy, in 1985 used wire cutters to snip a hole in the fence that separated the river from the city.
April 12, 2014 | By Kari Howard
One of the qualities I value most in the writers of the Great Reads are their powers of observation. I'm a big believer in showing, not telling -- in giving those little scenes and details that make readers connect to people whose lives might seem impossibly remote from theirs. The writer of Friday's powerful Great Read, Raja Abdulrahim, is particularly gifted: She finds those moments when she's directly in the line of fire in Syria. In Friday's story, Raja, who has made her way into rebel-held territory many times during the three-year conflict, wrote from Aleppo, where life alternates between terror and a grotesque version of normalcy.
April 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Louis Sahagun
Faced with losing an ambitious $1-billion plan to revamp the Los Angeles River, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday raised the stakes by offering to split the cost with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, which manages the river as a flood control channel, last year recommended a $453-million package of parks, bike paths and other enhancements to make the river more inviting to Angelenos. It recently informed the mayor's office that it was sticking with that plan rather than pursuing the $1-billion version, known as Alternative 20, that Garcetti backs.
April 6, 2014 | Angel Jennings
The Los Angeles River that runs through Andrea Iniguez's Boyle Heights neighborhood looks exactly as it does in the movies, with just a trickle of water, graffiti spray-painted on the concrete walls and no wildlife. But Saturday, the 15-year-old experienced a part of the river that conservationists have been fighting for years to bring back: a majestic channel with ducklings wading in the water, greenery sprouting from the center and water rushing over rocks. "I saw this river and I didn't even know it was the L.A. River," said Andrea, a freshman at Boyle Heights High School.
March 4, 2014
Re "Rain brings mud, misery," March 2 Last Thursday evening, with the first of our recent storms moving into Southern California, I pedaled steadily along the Los Angeles River bike path. Trying to make it home before the heaviest rain came, I noticed all the sprinklers watering the landscaping. This, just after our governor unveiled his drought relief plan. The storms were given much media attention, so they didn't take us by surprise. Of all local water users, the city should have been paying attention and setting an example of conservation.
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Over a period of several decades, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encased the Los Angeles River in concrete to protect the region against the kind of flooding that had surprised and damaged the city in the 1930s - but also, crucially, to withstand the rare but even more torrential floods that were known to sweep across the basin every generation or so. The Army Corps did its job too well, and its top thinkers and planners now acknowledge that flood...
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