Local Breakthroughs


People, we do have power. Don’t forget that.

From: Arroyo Seco News <news@arroyoseco.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 4:27 PM

WE WON!!!
The Los Angeles County Supervisors today approved a motion instructing the County Department of Public Works to conduct a full environmental impact report on the sediment management program at Devil’s Gate Dam and Hahamongna in the Arroyo Seco. The motion, introduced by Supervisor Mike Antonovich,  included a provision that Public Works staff report back to the Supervisors within 90 days on short-term measures that might be needed to ensure the functioning and safety of the dam. Supervisors Antonovich, Zaroslavsky and Ridley-Thomas supported the motion. Supervisors Molina and Knabe abstained.
Just a month ago, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the DPW would proceed without an environmental review on the basis of an Emergency Declaration. But then a storm of public concern about the 170,000 trucks and pollution and habitat destruction as well as the fallout from the destruction of the Arcadia Woodlands changed the whole picture.  The Save Hahamongna petition, which collected over 540 signatures in just a few weeks, focused the opposition tactically, and the Pasadena City Council waded in on Monday night with a resolution supporting Supervisor Antonovich’s motion.  At the Supervisors’ Meeting this morning, the County Counsel indicated that it was now the intent of DPW to pursue the project based on a maintenance exemption rather than an emergency declaration, but all the wiggling and persuasion of the Public Works managers was not convincing to the majority of the Supervisors.
Today’s victory is the first step in ensuring that Hahamongna and its nature as well as the local neighborhoods are protected. A very important step in the right direction!  We are sure that everyone, including the County, will come out winners from a better program that includes the evaluation of impacts and alternatives and fully involves the cities and stakeholders.
Congratulations to everyone involved.   Let’s party!
ASN

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Congratulations to all the Hahamongna Bloggers who are receiving the Best Advocacy award from the Arroyo Seco Foundation. It was quite an effort. Wonder what else we can tackle?

Altadena Above It All
Altadena Hiker
Arroyo Lover
A Thinking Stomach
Avenue to the Sky
East of Allen
Finnegan Begin Again
Go Deep…Find Truth
Greensward Civitas
LA Creek Freak
Mendolonium
Mister Earl’s Musings
My Life With Tommy
Pasadena 91105 and Beyond
Pasadena Adjacent
Pasadena Latina
SaveHahamongna.org
Selvage
Temple City Daily Photo
The Sky Is Big In Pasadena
Webster’s Fine Stationers Web Log
West Coast Grrlie Blather

Arroyo Verde Awards Announced

The winners of the 2010 Arroyo Verde Awards were announced today.

The Arroyo Verde (Green Arroyo) Awards are the most prestigious local environmental awards.  The awards recognize those who have made a valuable contribution to protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco watershed and our local communities during the past year.

  • Advocacy Award – The Hahamongna Bloggers
  • Greening the Arroyo – Agency – Foothill Municipal Water District
  • Greening the Arroyo – Organization – Urban Semillas and Miguel Luna
  • Greening the Arroyo – Business – Arroyo Vista Inn
  • Volunteers – Arroyo Green Team – Audubon Center at Debs Park
  • Citizen Activist – Nicole Possert
  • Public Official – South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tempore Michael Cacciotti
  • Special Award – Virgina Neely

The 2010 Arroyo Verde Awards will be presented this Thursday at a festive holiday gathering sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations (CASO) at Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Refreshments and networking begin at 6:30 pm. The awards ceremony begins at 7:00 pm.

Celebrate the Arroyo Holiday Spirit
Kidspace Childrens Museum, Pasadena
Thursday 6:30pm

For more information or to make a reservation, please go to:

http://www.arroyoseco.org/avawards2010.htm

Caltech has done it again. I’m proud. I work there. Researchers have discovered how to properly swat a fly for maximum chance at death. Of they fly, that is.  Here’s the link to the press release.

http://mr.caltech.edu/media/Press_Releases/PR13179.html