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Help Plan The Future Of The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor

Metro invites you to learn about and comment on the evaluation of proposed maintenance facility sites for Metro’s light rail system and an update on potential impacts to parklands and historic resources.

Open House/Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flight Path Learning Center
6661 W Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Served by Beach City Transit Line 109 with connections at the Metro Green Line Aviation/LAX Station.

Open House/Public Hearing
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inglewood City Hall – Community Room A, First Floor
One West Manchester Bl
Inglewood, CA 90301

Served by Metro Bus Lines 40, 111, 115, 212, and 740.

Parking is available on site. Verbal comments will be recorded and Spanish translation will be provided on both dates.

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Team is analyzing four sites for the development of a new maintenance facility which is required for the operation of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. The four sites examined include one in each of the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and Redondo Beach. We also updated an analysis of parklands and historic resources.Map

The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (SDEIS/RDEIR) is now available for review and public input and can be viewed online at metro.net/crenshaw. Copies are also available at the Metro Transportation Library at One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and at public libraries near the corridor. Please visit the project website for the list of public libraries.

The deadline for comments is April 11, 2011 by 5pm. Comments can be made at the hearing, mailed to Roderick Diaz, Project Manager, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-3, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or emailed to diazroderick@metro.net.

For more information, contact Bronwen Trice at 213.922.4465 or triceb@metro.net. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.

Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made 3 working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please contact Bronwen Trice at 213.922.4465 or triceb@metro.net or call the California Relay Service at 711.

Best regards,

Roderick Diaz
Project Manager


LA Weekly: Community Watchdog Cary Brazeman Fights Villaraigosa’s Crusade to Allow Development Everywhere

L.A.’s postwar zoning code on the chopping block

By Steven Leigh Morris

published: January 13, 2011

In late September, Cary Brazeman was having dinner with a friend, an entertainment attorney, who asked Brazeman if he’d heard about a plan dubbed the “Core Findings Ordinance.” Officials at the Los Angeles Department of City Planning were preparing to float it by the Planning Commission in a few weeks in readiness to launch it citywide in 2011.

“You should read this thing,” his friend advised. “Then let’s talk.”

The soft-spoken Brazeman runs the Corporate Storyteller, a PR agency that advises firms on how to better brand themselves. He isn’t working on real estate branding projects, but real estate and public policy are in his blood. He came here from Washington, D.C., 15 years ago to head corporate communications for L.A.-based CB Richard Ellis, the biggest real estate services firm on the globe. No slouch in the industry, Brazeman in D.C. worked for the Real Estate Roundtable, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to public policy and advocacy on real estate and financial issues, and he likes to keep tabs on L.A.’s development and density debates.

But Brazeman had never heard of the Core Findings Ordinance his friend was talking about. He soon realized that his ignorance was shared by L.A.’s nearly 4 million residents, even though the bureaucratic-sounding plan could affect — profoundly, in some cases — the streets and neighborhoods where Angelenos live.

Continue reading LA Weekly: Community Watchdog Cary Brazeman Fights Villaraigosa’s Crusade to Allow Development Everywhere

Outreach on LADWP/BOS Recycled Water Program Reaches First Year Milestone

DATE: December 16, 2010 1:59:58 PM PST


LADWP Letterhead

Outreach on LADWP/BOS Recycled Water Program Reaches First Year Milestone

Recycled Water Advisory Group (RWAG) Grows to 65 Members Representing Diverse Community Interests


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) are marking the one-year milestone this month since the formation of the Recycled Water Advisory Group (RWAG), which is comprised of customers and stakeholders who are providing public input on the initiatives to increase use of recycled water for industrial and irrigation purposes as part of its efforts to conserve drinking water and develop a sustainable water supply for Los Angeles.

RWAG, launched in December 2009 by LADWP in collaboration with BOS, has grown to 65 members representing diverse interests.  The group includes representatives from ten Neighborhood Councils, public garden associations and wildlife organizations in addition to the core group of initial members representing environmental groups, homeowners associations, public health advocates, businesses and business groups and professional organizations.

In the last 12 months, the LADWP has held five RWAG Workshops, conducted dozens of briefings and presentations, provided tours of various facilities and led other activities to get input from key stakeholders throughout the City about the Recycled Water Master Planning documents.  The plan will identify projects on to achieve the goal of increasing the supply of recycled water to 50,000 acre feet per year (AFY).  This amount of recycled water will replace an equivalent amount of drinking water that would otherwise serve 100,000 households per year. An acre foot is approximately 326,000 gallons, or a one-year supply for two average families.  The recycled water master planning process is also looking at how the City can maximize recycled water usage into the future.

The Recycled Water Master Planning documents will examine projects that include expanding recycled water pipes for irrigation and industrial usage along with implementing a groundwater replenishment project to recharge groundwater supplies with highly purified water. Together, these efforts will help reduce the City’s dependence on imported water which accounts for approximately 85% of Los Angeles’ water consumption that has averaged 600 million gallons a day over the last decade.

“The LADWP has done an exemplary job with its outreach to inform stakeholders about recycled water,” said Tony Wilkinson, chairman of the Neighborhood Council MOU Oversight Committee and a founding member of RWAG.  “I commend the LADWP for this effort — the information sharing and their willingness to hear our concerns. It’s been an outstanding experience.”

The LADWP collaborates with the BOS to produce and distribute 79 million gallons of recycled water every day for beneficial reuse that is approved and regulated by the California Department of Public Health.  The recycled water is delivered in a dedicated “purple pipe” system that is separate from the City’s drinking water system.  For the groundwater replenishment project, a pilot study is now being performed at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant to determine the most effective treatment process that includes microfiltration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation.  This will result in the safest and highest quality water available from any source to recharge the San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin.

“From the LADWP’s standpoint, this has been a great year engaging with key stakeholders about the need for us to expand water recycling as part of the City’s Water Supply Action Plan to move forward with initiatives that will help us create a sustainable water supply for our customers,” said Jim McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System. “We look forward to more constructive dialogue with RWAG and other community stakeholders in 2011 and beyond.”

Traci Minamide, BOS Chief Operating Officer, said: “I am proud to see how the partnership between BOS and LADWP has grown and developed through these public outreach efforts and how we move together towards a common goal — planning for a greener future, for better services planned with stakeholders’ interests and sustainability among the top priorities.”