The latest news from Studio City Residents Association
As you know our non-profit, Save LA River Open Space, has been working for 17 years to save this precious 16 acre open space along the L.A. River from condo development. The fight has ramped up.
Please help us by clicking on the link, filling in the fields, and submitting the postcard. Please forward to anyone you know who might be willing to do same. Thank you!
The follow recommendations will be sent to the city council for adoption at some future date as part of a program to repair city sidewalks.
1. APPROVE the establishment of an incentive for a cost sharing rebate program for removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk with a cap of $2,000 per Lot in residential areas (R5 Zone and more restrictive) and $4,000 per Lot in commercial and industrial areas.
2. APPROVE that property owners participating in the cost sharing rebate program be required to cover the costs for planting and establishing each street tree that must be removed due to sidewalk repair, and that the City will assume the costs for planting and establishing any additional street trees that are required.
3. INSTRUCT the Board of Public Works to implement a Sidewalk Repair Program that reflects the cost sharing rebate program described in this report.
4. AUTHORIZE the Board to delegate specific elements of the program implementation, where appropriate, to a designee.
5. INSTRUCT the Board to report prior to the end of the fiscal year with recommendations to encumber any unspent Program funds for sidewalk repairs under the Access Request Program or adjacent to City facilities.
6. AUTHORIZE the Board to delegate specific elements of the Program implementation, where appropriate to a designee.
7. INSTRUCT the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) to work with the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) as it relates to equity citywide within the Program.
8. INSTRUCT the BOE to report with a breakdown of how the funding for the Program will be expended (i.e. what percentage will be allocated towards rebates versus staffing and other costs).
9. AFFIRM that nothing in the above actions, and in the proposed Sidewalks Ordinance (C.F. No. 14-0163-S10), shall limit the City’s obligation under the second tree removal policy. That policy will remain in effect for the incentive program and all other programs.
10. INSTRUCT the BOE to expedite Recommendations No. 25 and 26 from the joint Public Works and Gang Reduction and Budget and Finance Committee report, approved by Council on March 29, 2016 (C.F. No. 14-0163-S3), regarding the use of alternative/sustainable materials in sidewalk repair, and to develop and issue a Request for Information to obtain information from industry experts.
The complete committee report re: Incentives, Eligibility Determination, Verification, Costs Estimates, Street trees, etc. and other information can be found at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2014/14-0163-S3_rpt_pwgr_8-22-16.pdf. The city will set up a website once the program is approved.
The proposed 200 condo development was heavily opposed at public hearings. Opposition to the Draft EIR was filed by many parties with the Los Angeles Planning Department in late 2014. To date, the DEIR remains in the Planning Department with no action being taken as the developer has not responded to the comments and objections. Any condo development will require a zoning change however our Councilmember and the Mayor are in support of keeping the facility as open space.
Ultimately and ideally, the objective is to purchase the property at fair market value and transfer to public stewardship in perpetuity
The Greenway located between the river and the Golf and Tennis facility is still being worked on by a non-profit, Community Conservation Solutions. Under its direction, trees were planted by neighbors and students from local schools with more planting and construction planned.
The L.A. City project opposite the Greenway across the river should be completed by the end of the year and will become part of the continuous bike path that eventually will run from Calabasas to the ocean.
We’re still here, still fighting to save this precious open space and community fixture at Weddington Golf & Tennis from condo development.
The good news is that the developers have been quiet for a while, seemingly taking stock of the huge public outcry against the development and the support of our government officials who sided with the community by refusing to consider a zoning change that would have allowed development.
For more info, please go to our website at savelariveropenspace.org.
We’re staying vigilant, and we’re asking you to show your support for the cause.
We’ve given our lawn signs a new look and we ask you to pick one up and display it in your yard or window! Can’t get to North Hollywood Hardware to pick one up? Let us know and we will get one to you.
Please stop by North Hollywood Hardware to pick up your new FREE lawn sign and please take one for your neighbor!
Address: 11947 Ventura Blvd.,Studio City 91604
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You may also obtain a sign by emailing
or by calling 818-509-0230.
Shelley Wagers has spearheaded the effort to reform Los Angeles’ Baseline Mansionization Ordinance. In this interview she provides an update on the long road to stop McMansions. For more information visit: www.nomoremcmansionsinlosangeles.org. Click here to see the interview, recorded July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles.
UPDATE : If you would like to see a copy of the letter that the SCRA sent to the US Army Corp of Engineers regarding this event, please click here : SCRA Letter to USACE May 2016.
A giant three-day music festival called Angelfest is being planned for October 2017 adjacent to the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve in the Sepulveda Dam Basin (Woodley Park). The proposed event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. each day.
The Board of the Studio City Residents Association strongly opposes this event at this location for the following reasons:
• Music with high-volume acoustics (loud speakers) will be played on five stages, which will impact area residents and the wildlife preserve on this site;
• Pyrotechnics and intense lighting will be used with the potential for damage to the park, wildlife and surrounding neighborhoods;
• 65,000 people are expected to attend with the potential for massive congestion in the area; and
• The proposed 26 days for load-in and tear-down will dramatically hinder access and enjoyment of the park by the community.
Sign the petition ON OR BEFORE MAY 27TH, click here to go directly to the online petition : https://works.audubon.org/petition/stop-giant-music-festival-harming-sepulveda-wildlife-reserve
Personal comments should be emailed to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers . Send email to : Angelfest.2016@USACE.Army.mil Attn: Deborah Lamb.
To view the text of the News & Notes in it’s entirety, click here : News and Notes – AngelFest Music Concert
To go directly to the Draft Environmental Assessment Report, click on the following link : Draft EA Report