LA River Open For Pleasure

Use at your own pleasure

 

The LA River opened today for kayakers and other river types and, well, that’s a pretty darn amazing thing. Just a few years ago folks who tried to use the river were cited/ticket/arrested – it was ugly. But common sense has prevailed. While what happened to the LA River is at best unconscionable, it is better to look forward than look back. Someday, soon, Angelenos will be able to head on down to the river and, and while respecting the natural and built environment, have some fun.  If you want to get baptized this summer then visit the good people at http://www.lariverexpeditions.com to arrange your dipping.

LA River Hootenanny

C’mon people, get it together. We is having an LA River Hootenanny supreme this Friday night at the House of Blues at 830 and we need your good spirits. Brannigan’s Law and Twin (arrested for going down the LA River two years ago) will be laying it down and others will be playing it up. More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/486749734711405/?ref=2

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Viva Mulholland?

Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water
 ~Chinatown 
LA would not be LA without our imported water. LA’s growth was maxing out at the turn of the century because LA did not have enough of the wet stuff. Until the early 1900s the LA River was our sole source of water. LA was founded near downtown…not near the ocean, because downtown was where the freshwater was. LA basically exists because of the LA River. The 11 families who founded Los Angeles constructed the city’s first water system, a brush “toma” or dam across the LA river. This dam diverted water to the Zanja Madre, or mother ditch, which fed irrigation canals in their adjacent fields and to other smaller ditches to supply drinking water. This worked for twenty years or so then the demand for water outstripped the supply.
Then Mulholland…you know, the guy the street is named after…., a city engineer, crafted a plan to bring water in from the Owens Valley (near Mammoth) via an aqueduct. The LA aqueduct, completed in 1913, changed the water landscape of LA and helped turn it into the megalopolis it now is. Read more about him and how he shaped LA here:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-mulholland-20110710,0,6150147.story

Cycling Episode

Worried about cycling in LA? Consider the following….

 

Grow Your Own

Can You Dig It?

Spring has sprung and many are getting their gardens on.  There are probably few better things you can do for yourself and for LA than growing your own fruits and vegetables.  While many in LA do not have access to dirt, and some of the dirt that people do have access to is pretty dirty, there are still plenty of other gardening options.  We are indeed fortunate in LA to have many community gardens.  There are approximately 70 community gardens in Los Angles County, serving 3,900 families.  Community gardens are a special type of park: they are open to all who apply, but they are self-maintained and self-policed by the membership.  Unlike most parks, community gardens occupy three categories of land: private land with short-term leases, public land with short-term leases, and garden-owned land.  

If your community wants to build a community garden, the LA Community Garden Council will help you do it yourself.  There are several non-profit organizations that build community gardens side-by-sice with a garden club, church, or school.  A patchwork of private, federal and city funding has been used to build community gardens since 1996.

For more info about community gardens please visit http://lagardencouncil.org/

Let It Flow, Sis and Bro

You know I love that river and Lisa Boyle has written an excellent article that lets you know where it has been and where it is headed.  It all started with the river and as long as the river keeps flowing so will we.

Attend an LA River event this weekend.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-kaas-boyle/return-of-the-la-river_b_854745.html?ref=email_share

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