City Amps Up Tree Planting

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale’s public works department expects to ramp up tree-planting to help achieve the goal of 25% green canopy coverage across the city.
At the direction of the City Council this week, the Department of Public Works will seek out potential funding opportunities to fill in the gaps necessary to achieve the planting goal. The department expects that an additional $760,622 is needed annually to cover all of the additional planting, watering and pruning for the trees. Measure S funds currently pay for much of the tree-planting and maintenance activity throughout the Jewel City.
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1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm

The three-day rainstorm that brought much-needed water to California last week caused a several-hourlong power outage but otherwise spared La Cañada Flintridge from major damage, according to Jesús Armas, the city’s interim director of public works.
On Thursday, March 22, 1,517 Southern California Edison customers in LCF lost power after a fallen tree downed power lines in the 4800 block of Gould Avenue, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun said. The outage affected residents between Angeles Crest Highway, Berkshire Drive and Encinas Drive from 4:43 p.m. until 7:20 a.m. Friday, March 23, she said. Continue reading “1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm”

Final Comments Due on Devil’s Gate ‘Big Dig’ Challenge

The deadline is today, Sept. 7, to submit comments regarding the recirculated portion of L.A. County’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project plan. Still, opponents hope residents continue to contact officials with concerns about the project, which seeks to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society filed a petition in court in 2014 challenging the Final Environmental Impact Report regarding what they call “The Big Dig.”
This April, L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant temporarily halted the project and ruled that the Department of Public Works needed to modify its EIR before it could move forward with its plan, which is aimed at maintaining adequate downstream flood protection.
The judge asked the Flood Control District to provide evidence to support a 1-to-1 mitigation ratio in regard to biological resource impacts and that it find ways to reduce cumulative impacts.
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