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Sylmar Neighborhood Council Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal Project Town Hall

6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, April 1

Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar (corner of Eldridge & Sayre) For further details, click here for the flyer for this SNC-sponsored event.

Pacoima Sediment Removal Project Community Meetings Announced: Sylmar Stakeholders Urged to Attend!

Contrary to what its name suggests, the Pacoima Reservoir is located right here in Sylmar – just north of El Cariso Park. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LADPW) Pacoima Reservoir Sediment Removal project could have massive and long-lasting effects on our community, and community involvement is critical to minimize such impacts.

About the Project

The LADPW has hasn’t cleaned out the Pacoima Reservoir for over 30 years. Now they must remove an amount of accumulated sediment that could fill the Rose Bowl seven times over! How they will remove it is of great importance to the health and well-being of Sylmar.

LADPW Meeting Schedule

LA Department of Public Works (LADPW) meetings are listed below and on the LADPW’s flyer. There you’ll learn the options the LADPW is currently proposing for the project. A big turnout at these meetings will show the LADPW that Sylmar cares! Meeting dates/times are:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30pm, LA Mission College, Culinary Arts Institute Building, 13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar 91342
  • Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St, Santa Clarita 91321
  • Saturday, March 28, 10:00am-12:00pm, LA Mission College, Culinary Arts Institute Building, 13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar 91342

    Spread the word about these community meetings through friends, family and neighbors by forwarding this email and passing out flyers.


    The public is encouraged to submit their comments on this project for the DPW's consideration and inclusion in the PRSR Project's administrative record and in the Appendix of the joint EIR and NEPA documents. Comments must meet the following criteria:

    • Postmarked or received by the LACFCD no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 9, 2015
    • Titled with "PRSR Project" in the subject line 
    • Include the commenter's name, or the name of a contact person for public agencies and other organizations providing comment should be included.  Written comments may be submitted in the following ways:
    • US MAIL: County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Water Resources Division P.O. Box 1440 Alhambra, CA 91802-9974 Attn: PRSR Project, 2nd Floor
    • EMAIL: reservoircleanouts@dpw.lacounty.gov
    • FAX: (626) 979-5436 

    Learn more about the project by visiting the LADPW’s website. The illustration below is from the LADPW’s project proposal (AKA “Notice of Preparation”) document. It depicts and option they are proposing that involves excavating the reservoir with heavy machinery, transporting the sediment via conveyor belt past SIBL Field and around the perimeter of Lopez Basin (where the remote controls pilots fly their planes), then depositing it in Lopez Spreading Grounds adjacent to the 210 Freeway. From there the sediment would be trucked down Foothill Blvd and either West to Sunshine Landfill or East to placement sites in the Sunland area.

    If you’d like to help pass out flyers, or if you have comments or questions, please call 818-833-8737 or email Kathy.Grubert@SylmarNC.org or Ann.Job@SylmarNC.org.

    Public Scoping Meeting Flyer

    Please Help Sylmar NC Find Office Space

    The Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its temporary office space and is now operating virtually until it can find another suitable office space. Do you know a local business in Sylmar who may be open to sub-letting space to the SNC? We continue to scour Sylmar for suitable office space that is affordable on our very limited budget and that also conforms with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements. For those interested in helping with us find space, below are some of those requirements and a link to further information on DONE's website:

  • Either a privately owned rental facility; a City-owned or leased facility; or a privately owned, donated facility.
  • Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)requirements
  • Landlord must be willing to enter into a standardized City of Los Angeles lease, subject to a maximum term of one year.
  • Approximate size ranging from 150 to 1500 square feet. (smaller size would be best)
  • Sub-leases may be acceptable

    Anyone with a possible lead is encouraged to contact Diane.Valencia@sylmarnc.org, who will follow up with the landlord or leasing agent.

    SNC Meetings

    The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly as shown:

    Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee: Kathy Grubert, Chair
    Meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis

    Board of Directors Meeting: Ann Job, Chair
    4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, Sylmar High School's Spartan Hall, 13050 Borden Avenue

    Budget Committee: Pat Rau, Chair
    Meetings scheduled quarterly and additionally as needed

    Bylaws Committee: Roy Smith, Chair
    Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Education Committee: Chair TBD
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Equestrian Committee: Cheri Blose, Chair
    3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave

    Executive Committee: Ann Job, Chair
    2nd Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sylmar Recreation Center, Computer Room, 13109 Borden Avenue

    Government Affairs & City Services Committee
    Meeting schedule TBD

    Outreach Committee
    Every 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 at Concordia Jr/Sr High School 13570 Eldridge Ave Sylmar

    Planning and Land Use Committee
    2nd Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St

    Underserved Stakeholders Committee
    2nd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, 13570 Eldridge Ave