Last year, we joined 18 other infrastructure reuse projects as charter members of the High Line Network (HLN). As a reminder, Friends of the High Line launched this group to provide opportunities for dialogue and idea-sharing between organizations transforming underutilized infrastructure into new urban spaces across North America. It’s been an amazing experience so far, and we’ve loved learning about and partnering with these organizations.
We were thrilled to be a featured project in the High Line Magazine, which is the HLN’s bi-annual magazine. Read below to see our feature and click here to see the full magazine.
Thanks for all the support and kind words over the last few days about LA County’s announcement of the two-year process to update the LA River Master Plan. We are very excited for this next phase of our work and are grateful to have you all by our side!
This newsletter is packed with LA River news, including an interactive map of the history of Taylor Yard, a book that reimagines the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on the LA river, and much more.
Read through to stay updated on the latest river news, and if we missed something, let us know.
See you on the River,
The River LA Team
Exciting News for the LA River River LA
From the Archives: 9 Photo You Need to See: Sony’s Photo Essay on the LA River River LA
We are excited to share with you the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has announced the beginning of a two-year process to update the Los Angeles River Master Plan (LARMP)! This is the first time since 1996 all 51 miles of the LA River will go through this public process at once.
As part of our work, we will now lead the coordination of community engagement and outreach for this LARMP update. We are excited to join other great organizations to support the County in this effort, including Geosyntec, OLIN, and Gehry Partners.
Read below for additional information and click here to read the official release! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve got some exciting news!
We’d like to introduce you to our newest team member: Angela Barranco! Angela joins us as COO of River LA. During the Obama Administration, Angela led the White House public engagement portfolio on climate, environment, conservation and energy, managing external outreach and stakeholder communication in the Council on Environmental Quality. She is an experienced leader in driving advocacy and electoral campaigns at all levels through engagement, communications and executive management. We are delighted she has joined us and know her leadership means exciting things for the future of our work!
Enjoy our roundup below! If you read something we missed, be sure to let us know.
See you on the river,
The River LA Team
Let’s Talk ProCon.org & The LA River River LA
Best of 2017 for the LA River River LA
Nationbuilder announces Omar Brownson as a Leader-In-Residence River LA
ProCon.org is a free educational resource for 25 million of people each year, and one of the country’s leading source for civic educational information on a wide range of topics. It’s also a great platform for debating challenging topics regarding education, politics, and technology. This is why we thought it would be a great forum to hold a conversation about the future of the LA River.
For our first collaboration, ProCon.org added a river-oriented question to ProCon.org’s 2018 User Survey. The survey has a range of questions that hit all types of topics, which is perfect for the LA River and our work for the future of Los Angeles. The top topics selected for the survey will be profiled on the site for discussion from the ProCon.org readers. Let’s put the river question on the agenda for discussion!
Click here to take ProCon.org’s 2018 User Survey.
We also asked Cynthia Hirschhorn to share why she wanted to connect ProCon.org and River LA.
We hope that your New Year is off to a brilliant start!
To kick off 2018, we compiled a blog of our top river stories from 2017. This post features everything from the best river events to some exciting updates on infrastructure projects. There are some gems in there and we’d love to hear your favorite river moments from last year. Shoot us an email or leave them in the comments!
Check out the rest of our River Roundup for the last month’s worth of LA River news. If you read something we missed, be sure to let us know.
Meet Our End of Year Campaign Donors River LA
River LA Remembers Brian Moore River LA
Best of 2017 for the LA River River LA
Community Progress Makers River LA
Thank you to everyone that donated to our End of the Year campaign. Together, we raised over $10k with people giving from all over Los Angeles and beyond! We are grateful to our supporters and look forward to a great 2018!
If you are interested in supporting River LA, click here. No gift is too small and every gift makes a difference!
The staff and board members at River LA would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Brian Moore. We are honored to have had him as our Board Chair from November 2013-October 2016. His leadership will be sorely missed. Mr. Moore is survived by his wife Nancy (of 43 years), two brothers Norman Jr. and Jon, and his nieces and nephew.
Brian was a pragmatic idealist whose thoughtful leadership invited one and all to take part in creating a Los Angeles River worthy of our region. As fellow River LA board member Steve English shared,
"What a fine man, and how lucky we were to have him as our leader. We’ll miss him sure, but his stamp is on the organization, and his example in our hearts." - Steve English
As the Deputy District Engineer for Project Management in the Los Angeles District, Corps of Engineers, he managed a team of more than 100 project managers and professional support staff responsible for the execution of all major District projects and programs with an annual budget of nearly $1 billion. In his role as the Deputy District Engineer, he served as a Deputy to the Commander, was the Senior Civilian over the 700 plus workforce in the District, and had the added responsibility for developing and maintaining the District's partnering and political relationships with local governments, other agencies, and 52 members of Congress. He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Water Resources Systems from Cornell University.
The ceremony and reception to be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the On the Greens at Cypress, Golf and Conference Center located at 5660 Orangewood Ave, Cypress, CA 90630. Please RSVP by contacting Ms. Rosie Rocha at 213-452-3973 or via email at Rosana.email@example.com.
Today, we’re looking back on what 2017 meant for the Los Angeles River. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite moments, and would love to hear about yours. Leave anything we missed, or any favorite personal moments, in the comments!
Bridging the Gap: La Kretz Crossing
This milestone is especially near and dear to our hearts! The La Kretz Crossing project has been decades in the making and when complete, will be a 300-foot-long multimodal bridge. This project received unanimous approval from LA City Council members and funds are to be allocated to move this project into construction.
Last month, my colleague Jennifer Samson and I attended the Community Progress Maker Convening hosted by Citi Foundation in Washington, D.C. This three day event was the third convening for Community Progress Maker Grantees to learn from and network with fellow social good organizations. It was an inspiring gathering of pragmatic idealists committed to making real and lasting impact in their communities.