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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1996
Re: "Basin Site Best Arts Park Choice," Aug. 4, and "Site Spoils Plan for Arts Park," July 14. Why is there always a knee-jerk reaction and protestations without foundation when a proposal to put some arts facilities in the Sepulveda Basin comes into view? A sod farm constantly scraping off the top soil? That's OK. The government wants a facility for the Navy and the Marines? That's OK. But indicate some acreage for an arts park to be put at the very same elevation, hard by a lovely lake?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A state regulatory agency on Thursday gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 60 days to submit a plan for restoring 49 acres of wildlife habitat that it plowed under at two locations along the Los Angeles River without proper authorization. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered the corps to mitigate the unauthorized dredge and fill operations at the Verdugo Wash in Glendale and Sepulveda Basin in the San Fernando Valley in a manner that will support the water quality, vegetation and wildlife that existed before they were graded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1985
Regarding the excellent story by Doug Smith on the "arts park" in the Sepulveda Basin (Nov. 17), my best guess is that, if a group of college sophomore urban planning students was given the assignment of finding the craziest place for a theater, they'd select the basin. Why would anyone pick the lowest part of the Valley--an area that floods at the merest hint of rain--for a multimillion-dollar development? On top of that, the site is virtually at the foot of a runway for the busiest general-aviation airport in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2013 | By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
Steve Schleier has kayaked spectacular and scenic rivers from West Virginia to Alaska. So when the Los Angeles lawyer heard that his hometown river was opening to public navigation for the first time in decades, he was all in. It didn't matter that the open section is a mere 21/2 miles long. It didn't matter that the riverbed is lined with concrete. And it didn't matter that the course features more warehouses than white water. For Schleier, like many Angelenos, the opening of a modest stretch of the Los Angeles River on Monday was about redemption and possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The city of Los Angeles has applied for $2.8 million in the second phase of the county's Proposition A grant program. The funds will be used to revamp the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. The City Council approved an application for several million dollars in Prop. A-II funding at its meeting Wednesday, including money for the basin. City officials said that specific projects have not been determined for the funding, but at least $1 million has been earmarked for new bicycle trails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994
I would like to set the record straight about your story "Residents Protest Site for Septic Tank Sewage" (May 8). Concerned citizens from the Valley pointed out that this septic dump project at first avoided an environmental impact report. The project was somehow granted a categorical exemption, whereby the city departments of sanitation and engineering did not have to do a report nor adequately inform the public of the construction of this $2.5-million waste facility. Now a full EIR will be done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Bird watchers angered by the destruction of 43 acres of a former wildlife preserve at Sepulveda Basin got a promise from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday that it wouldn't remove any more vegetation until at least mid-September. Tomas Beauchamp, a corps spokesman, told the Los Angeles City Council that further work on the so-called South Reserve, south of Burbank Boulevard and north to the base of the dam, is on hold, in part because nesting birds have been discovered in the habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
The idea of an Arts Park L.A. in the Sepulveda Basin is lunacy. Consider the following: The Sepulveda Basin is a flood control basin that was under water last winter. There are junior highs, high schools and colleges in the Valley with auditoriums to hold performances. (There are also several existing small theater groups.) If a larger auditorium is built, why not on one of the existing college campuses where parking is already available? There are many underutilized classrooms which could be used to teach art and music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN
A conservation group is seeking volunteers Saturday for a project to restore native trees in the Sepulveda Basin wildlife area. Volunteers under the direction of the group TreePeople will be taking cuttings from mature cottonwoods and willows and propagating them in one-gallon containers. The new trees eventually will be planted in the wildlife area. Theresa Bower, a volunteer citizen forester with TreePeople, said volunteers are expected from Scout troops and schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
Steve Schleier has kayaked spectacular and scenic rivers from West Virginia to Alaska. So when the Los Angeles lawyer heard that his hometown river was opening to public navigation for the first time in decades, he was all in. It didn't matter that the open section is a mere 2 1/2 miles long. It didn't matter that the riverbed is lined with concrete. And it didn't matter that the course features more warehouses than white water. For Schleier, like many Angelenos, the opening of a modest piece of the Los Angeles River on Monday was all about redemption and possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Bird watchers angered by the destruction of 43 acres of a former wildlife preserve at Sepulveda Basin got a promise from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday that it wouldn't remove any more vegetation until at least mid-September. Tomas Beauchamp, a corps spokesman, told the Los Angeles City Council that further work on the so-called South Reserve, south of Burbank Boulevard and north to the base of the dam, is on hold, in part because nesting birds have been discovered in the habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A state regulatory agency Wednesday said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to obtain a required permit before it removed 43 acres of wildlife habitat in the Sepulveda Basin and filled in a pond used by migrating waterfowl. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has directed the Army Corps to provide information by Feb. 11 about its decision to eliminate woodlands and potentially foul the Los Angeles River with sediment. Sepulveda Basin is an engineered flood control zone for the river.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Two state senators on Thursday called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explain its decision to plow under 43 acres of lush wildlife habitat at the Sepulveda Basin without prior notice or coordination with community leaders and environmentalists. Sens. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) asked for details about what led to the agency's declaration in August that its "vegetation management plan" for the area did not require an environmental impact report because it would not significantly disturb wildlife and habitat.
OPINION
January 1, 2013
Re "Nature group stunned after Army Corps levels habitat," Dec. 29 The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve was the first place I took my out-of-town visitors, and my elementary school students went there each year on a field trip. It was a place where we could go to find serenity and enjoy both the scenery and the many species of birds (ranging from young bald eagles to hummingbirds, and pelicans to kingfishers), some found in few other places. To lose this wonderful place is a tragedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
An area that just a week ago was lush habitat on the Sepulveda Basin's wild side, home to one of the most diverse bird populations in Southern California, has been reduced to dirt and broken limbs - by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Audubon Society members stumbled upon the barren landscape last weekend during their annual Christmas bird count. Now, they are calling for an investigation into the loss of about 43 acres of cottonwood and willow groves, undergrowth and marshes that had maintained a rich inventory of mammals, reptiles and 250 species of birds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Ten people set out in kayaks at dawn Saturday and bobbed and splashed down a murky 1.5-mile stretch of the upper Los Angeles River, offering a paddle experience like no other in the city. The L.A. Conservation Corps members were on a reconnaissance mission to confirm that the route through the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin was clear of potential hazards a week before the start of the 2nd annual Paddle the Los Angeles River program. The scenery was captivating and, for the most part, serene as the flotilla skimmed over lazy currents of water the color of chocolate milk and smelling like old socks in the hardest working wetlands in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
In a summer wonderland of theme parks and sparkling beaches, city officials soon will be offering canoe and kayak trips along the upper reaches of the Los Angeles River. Tickets for the Los Angeles River adventure are expected to go on sale as early as July 8, and promoters are promising a ride like no other. The route through the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin flood control channel will take customers along a 3-mile stretch of river where the water is 10 to 15 feet deep and edged with willows, sycamores and slanted concrete walls a stone's throw from the 101 and 405 freeways.
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