At its general board meeting on July 24 the Sylmar Neighborhood
Council (SNC) voted to take an official position on the LA County
Department of Public Works’ Pacoima Sediment Removal Project. The
approved position statement, originally drafted by SNC’s Ad Hoc
Sediment Removal Committee, clearly states and provides factual
information to support the SNC’s position on the project. The
document will be used to raise public awareness and support for the
project as well as to encourage public officials to assist the SNC
in influencing the DPW to select the least harmful option for
removing the sediment from the Pacoima Reservoir.
to the DPW’s
April 2014 fact sheet, the California Environmental
Quality Action (CEQA) scoping meeting and Environmental Impact
Report (EIR) drafting process for the project will take place during
summer/fall of 2014 and continue through winter 2015. The draft EIR
is planned to be available for public review in the spring of 2016,
with construction planned for summer 2017.
2013 CityWatch LA article, Rosemary Jenkins stated, “The amount that
needs to be removed now equals seven times the volume of the Rose
Bowl, but by the time the project is completed in about 10 years,
even more sediment will have accrued. The cost will range from 85 to
180 million dollars, depending upon which option is selected.” While
the SNC acknowledges these facts, their position statement further
states that the public’s health and quality of life should be of
primary importance in determining which course option to select.
What You Can Do…
1) Read and share the full
SNC Position on the DPW Pacoima Sediment Removal Project. To add
your name to the SNC’s list of supporters or to comment on the SNC’s
position, please email
2) Most importantly, attend the DPW’s scoping
meeting and voice your concerns. The SNC will communicate the date,
time, and location of that meeting as soon as the DPW makes that
information available. As mentioned earlier, all we know now is that
it will be sometime in summer/fall 2014.
3) Attend a meeting
of the SNC Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee, which are held every
first and third Tuesday of the month at El Cariso Regional Park’s
Community Room from 6:30-8:30pm.
Image of the Pacoima Resevoir sediment removal options, as
presented by the DPW at their October 2013 community meetings.
On Saturday July the 5th, the SNC Government Affairs and City
Services Committee Chair, Christian Rubalcava and his sister Marisol
set out on a "Bike Ride for Sylmar." Their goal was to ride through
every single street in Sylmar in search of potholes, popouts and
other problems with our streets.
The ride began at 11am. But
after a break on Foothill and Glenoaks, Christian's bike gave out
and they were forced to resume the ride by car. "It is not the way I
wanted this to go," said a still-determined Christian, "but it looks
like we need to adjust."
By 9:00 pm the team finished their
sweep of Sylmar, with Christian saying of the day, "It has been a
long day... To be honest, I saw parts of Sylmar I have never seen
before. It was fun and exciting, and I'm happy I went through with
Christian and Marisol found 20 locations that would be
acceptable for the Bureau's "NC Blitz" program, and Christian will
use the pictures and notes they gathered to prioritize the damages.
Five stakeholders and 2 board members sent reports, and Christian
assures the community that those projects will be at the top of the
list. Once the Bureau receives the form Christian must now complete,
they will inspect the areas marked and tell us which projects are
possible. On July 21st the Bureau's small asphalt repair truck will
be sent out to complete as many repairs as possible in the time
The Sylmar Neighborhood Council calls all
stakeholders to help Christian and other caring citizens who have
thus far contributed to improve our streets. If you have information
on streets or sidewalks that need repairs, please email Christian at
Christian.Rubalcava@sylmarnc.org by the July 9 deadline.
Recently Sylmar Neighborhood Council lost its office space due to
water damage at our previous location in Sylmar Park. Since vacating
our former space and relocating to a temporary location in late
March, we have been scouring Sylmar for suitable office space that
is affordable on our very limited budget and that conforms with the
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment's (DONE) requirements.
Stakeholders need not follow up on the details of whether or not the
property meets DONE's requirements. For those interested, below are
some of those requirements and a link to
information on DONE's website:
Either a privately owned rental
facility; a City-owned or leased facility; or a privately owned,
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 200
to 1200 square feet.
Anyone with a possible lead is
encouraged to contact
Diane.Valencia@sylmarnc.org, who will follow up with the landlord
or leasing agent.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Yaroslavsky speaks at the grand
opening of a community garden in Sylmar. (Ruben Aronin)
The first community garden serving families with young children in
Sylmar opened Saturday (May 17) as part of an effort to bring
healthy eating habits to the northeast San Fernando Valley.
The garden, in El Cariso Community Regional Park, features 39 raised
garden beds, fruit trees, a tricycle path and play areas.
"We've taken an unused section of the park and turned it into a
thriving garden for children and families to enjoy," Supervisor Zev
Yaroslavsky said in a statement. "It's a great addition because
while many residents already use the park for play and exercise …
They'll now have an opportunity to pick up some locally grown fruits
and vegetables for a healthier lifestyle."
Read the entire LA Times Article
The SNC Board and Committees meet regularly each
month as shown:
Board of Directors Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month at
Ad Hoc Sediment Removal Committee (valid through October 2014)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community
Building, 13100 Hubbard St
2nd and 4th
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St
3rd Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, Concordia
Jr./Sr. High School
3rd Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, El Cariso Park
3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Concordia
Jr./Sr. High School
Planning and Land Use Committee
2nd Wednesdays, 6:30
pm, El Cariso Park Community Building, 13100 Hubbard St
Budget Committee has not scheduled additional meetings at this
Government Affairs and City Services Committee has not
scheduled any meetings at this time.