Land Use Committee Meets Thursday, July 17

The next meeting of the Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) of the ERNC is Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, at 7:00pm at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041. All interested Eagle Rockers are encouraged to attend!

Click this link to read and download the meeting agenda. More links will be added to the agenda as information and documents become available.

If you have any questions about agenda items or Land Use in general, please email us at: info@ernc.la

 

 

Scholl Canyon Landfill – What’s the Deal?

Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion – What Do I Need to Know?

At our upcoming August 5 meeting, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council will vote to send a letter in response to the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was recently published about the potential expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill in Glendale.

But before we do, we’d like to hear from you.

Read on for details, and please check out the “important dates” section below.

What is This “EIR” You Speak Of?

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is the result of a years-long study by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, of the potential impacts of expanding the Scholl Canyon landfill. The EIR presents the pros and cons of several expansion scenarios, and also includes the option of not expanding the landfill at all. (In all of the scenarios, the landfill will eventually close for good; it’s just a matter of when.)

In a hurry? Click this link for a one-page summary of the EIR and contact info. (PDF)

Got some time? Here’s a direct link to the Executive Summary (PDF), which gives a broader overview of the options.

Want to do it right? Click this link to read the entire EIR on the City of Glendale’s website.

Note: the City of Glendale site in in blog format; scroll halfway down the page to find the entry for the EIR, which contains direct links to all the sections.

If you care about this issue, you really should explore the whole EIR, since it contains photos of the potential visual impact on Eagle Rock, as well as discusses the “no-build” option.

But Isn’t Scholl Canyon in Glendale?
Why Should I Care?

The landfill may be in Glendale, but access is through Eagle Rock — specifically, the 134 West offramp by the Eagle Rock Recreation Center, and the stub of north Figueroa that becomes Scholl Canyon Road, are the heavily-used “front door” to the dump. Trucks rumble through here all day, every day, carrying refuse to the dump — which is not open to City of L.A. residents.

(The back door to the dump, if there were one, would be the lovely Glendale neighborhood of Glenoaks Canyon. No garbage trucks go through here, nor will they ever.)

The EIR lists all the health and environmental effects of extending the dump’s life by a decade or more. These are cumulative, since daily use of the landfill would remain the same. An immediate effect of expansion, however, would be aesthetic: a section of the ridge behind the 134 Freeway, and the visual backdrop of our main drag of Colorado Boulevard, is the back side of the dump. This is the area that would be expanded, and the visual impacts of increased vehicular traffic and night-time lighting on Eagle Rock are some of the issues discussed in the EIR.

 

Important Dates

JULY 31 – PUBLIC MEETING AT EAGLE ROCK REC

If you go to only one meeting, this should be it: On Thursday, July 31, at 6:30pm, there will be an important public informational meeting at the Eagle Rock Rec Center, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, hosted by Councilmember Huizar. Personnel from the City of Glendale will be there to answer your questions.

This is an informational meeting only; if you have an opinion or comment, you still need send it through the proper channels (see below). For more information about the meeting, call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295 or email lauren.ballard@lacity.org.

AUGUST 5 – ERNC MONTHLY MEETING

At this meeting, the ERNC will vote to send an official response, on behalf of Eagle Rock, to the EIR. We’ll recap the July 31 meeting for those who couldn’t attend, and listen to your comments.

AUGUST 29 – COMMENT PERIOD DEADLINE

Earlier in the summer, both Councilmember Huizar and the ERNC sent letters asking that the comment period for the EIR be lengthened, so that Eagle Rock could weigh in on the EIR. The City of Glendale and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts agreed to extend the deadline, twice; the new deadline for comments is August 29. Note that the deadline listed on the City of Glendale site is still July 31; however, comments will be accepted until August 29.

 

Where Do I Send My Comments?

All comments must be in writing.

You can snail-mail comments to:

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Attention: Ms. Debra Bogdanoff
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

You can email comments to:

sclfeir@lacsd.org
cc: info@eaglerockcouncil.org
cc: lauren.ballard@lacity.org

What’s going on this Weekend?

Saturday, July 12 6-10pm @ 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd

Saturday, July 12
6-10pm
@ Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd

Second Saturday Gallery Night Visit www.http://nelaart.org/ for more details on openings

Saturday, July 12
Second Saturday Gallery Night
Visit www.http://nelaart.org/ for more details on openings

Saturday, July 12 Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Saturday, July 12
Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment
North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Saturday, July 12 - 12-9pm Sunday, July 13 - 12-9pm @ Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave.

Saturday, July 12 – 12-9pm
Sunday, July 13 – 12-8pm
@ Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave.

Saturday, July 12 3-7pm @ 55 Degree Wine, 3111 Glendale Blvd.

Saturday, July 12
3-7pm
@ 55 Degree Wine, 3111 Glendale Blvd.

Have an event you want to publicize through the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council? Email us a flyer or a link (or both) at info@ernc.la.

A Tree Blooms in Eagle Rock (actually, 160 of them!)

You Wanted Trees. You Got Trees.

For the past 6 months, the ERNC has been working to swing an unprecedented deal with the City of Los Angeles, to bring more shade trees to our sun-blasted boulevards in Eagle Rock. For decades, there have been blighted commercial blocks where no trees have been planted, often because there was no one to sign the tree-care contract required by the City, or because business owners refused to sign, since they believed that trees were bad for business.

But Council District 14 staff and the ERNC had a different idea: What if we could pay a third party, in this case, a local nonprofit (Northeast Trees), to care for and water the new street trees, so that the contract wouldn’t be required? The sidewalks belong to the people, and the people have told us that they want shade when they park and walk and shop, and they want nice green leafy things to look at.

So when the City of LA approached Eagle Rock’s community groups with the offer of free unlimited concrete cuts in our sidewalks, and free trees to put in them — as long as we could find the money to care for the trees for two years — the ERNC got to work. A couple of ERNC members (especially former Subdistrict 4 director, Kerry Tribe) pounded the pavement, crunched the numbers, and endured sunburn, tired feet, and missed work opportunities to collaborate with members of the Eagle Rock Association (TERA) and Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful (CERB) on a map of over 400 spots for potential street trees on Eagle Rock’s major boulevards.

The original plan from CD-14 was to have new parkways along with the new trees throughout Eagle Rock – an Extreme Makeover for our major streets. However in the end, as in all things, we made a compromise: we got fewer trees than we wanted – around 160 – and we ended up paying for a few dozen trees in Highland Park. The expanded parkways were a pipe dream, since there were no volunteers to take on the effort. But it’s a victory nonetheless.

Funding for the tree care is being split 50-50 between Eagle Rock (including the ERNC, TERA, and the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan Parking Credit Fund) and Councilmember José Huizar. In the next ERNC newsletter, we’ll break down the numbers. But suffice it to say, none of this would be happening without the financial and organizational support of the Councilmember and his conscientious local staff, along with the dedicated tree people at the City of L.A.’s Environmental Services Group and Bureau of Street Services.

What’s going on this Weekend?

Friday, July 4th 4pm - 9pm Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles

Friday, July 4th
4pm – 9pm
Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles

Week of July 5-10 Colombo's Italian Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd.

Week of July 5-10
Colombo’s Italian Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd.

Then we have the upcoming free spay and neuter clinic on July 12. You do need appointments so call early as spots are limited.

Spay and Neuter

Saturday, July 12 Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Saturday, July 12
Call 888-349-7388 for timed appointment
North Central Animal Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street

Have an event you want to publicize through the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council? Email us a flyer or a link (or both) at info@ernc.la.