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.
Get excited, folks! The Lower LA River Revitalization Draft Plan is now available for your comments and review. This plan will be open for public comment until January 11th, 2018. This is your opportunity to review the work, ask questions, and make suggestions for the future of the Los Angeles River. Este plan también está disponible en español aquí.
We put this post together to provide an overview of what this all actually means and how you can get involved. If you have questions we don’t address, leave them in the comments or reach out to the Lower LA River Working Group here.
What is the Lower LA River Revitalization Draft Plan?
The days are shorter and busier this time of year but the work around the LA River doesn’t slow down! This week, River LA is hosting a High Line Network Convening, featuring leaders from infrastructure reuse projects from across the continent.
We are honored to host this event and would like to extend an invite to you for our public symposium this evening, titled Infrastructure City: Building Resilient Communities. Leaders in the fields of public space, mobility, and community advocacy will explore how we can reimagine infrastructure so that it benefits all people. Space is limited so RSVP here soon!
‘Oh, like in that Kendrick Lamar video!’
‘Er, the one with the occasional water advisory?’
‘Los Angeles has a river?’
When we introduce folks to the Los Angeles River, these are often some of the immediate responses we hear. And we get it. The Los Angeles River isn’t a traditional river, and we like that.
If you’re just learning about the LA River, or want a refresher on the basics, check out our list of favorite facts below.