Piscinas Públicas Se Mantienen Abiertas

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ÁNGELES

Los residentes que hacen uso de las piscinas públicas en Pan Pacific Park y Griffth Park llegaran hacerlo los fines de semana por otro mes, luego de que el Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles votó el martes para mantenerlos abiertos hasta el 29 de septiembre.

La temporada de la piscina estaba previamente programado para cerrar después del fin de semana del Día del Trabajo.

“Los Angelinos saben que nuestro clima de verano no termina el Día del Trabajo. Debido a la reciente ola de calor…”, dijo el concejal David Ryu. “Animo a las familias a aprovechar estas grandes piscinas comunitarias hasta el 29 de septiembre.

El horario de natación después del Día del Trabajo será de 1 a las 4 de la tarde los fines de semana a un costo de $3.50 para adultos de 18 a 64 años y $1 para niños menores de 17 años o mayores de 65 años.

Shared ‘Celestial’ Experience Captivates SoCal

August 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Friends, families and colleagues put life’s daily routines on hold for a few minutes Monday as they tried to get a look at the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years.

Although the eclipse reached “totality” in a roughly 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, the Southland saw only about 62 percent of the sun obscured.

Nonetheless, the celestial event was not something to be missed, nor did it disappoint the thousands of star-gazers at the Griffith Park Observatory and dozens of other local venues who waited hours to view the eclipse in what turned out to be one of the biggest social media events in recent times.

Dozens of people showed up at the Montebello, East Los Angeles and other city and county of Los Angeles libraries.

They gathered as families or groups of friends, and a few lone individuals wanting to share the experience with other eclipse watchers.

At the East L.A. Library, four-year-old Nathan Solano, appropriately sporting a t-shirt with an image of the U.S. Flag — after all, this was the first time in history a full solar eclipse was exclusively visible from U.S. soil — was excited to put on his approved, solar viewing glasses. With his father watching, he got his first look in his young life at a solar eclipse, a “wow” moment that brought a broad smile to his face.

For Suzanne Johnson, who attended the viewing event at the Montebello Public Library, it was a chance to share a rare and exciting experience with her eight-year-old son Jacob Johnson Rico.

Johnson recalled seeing the 1978 eclipse at the age of nine. “It was a special moment” that she shared with her parents, Johnson excitedly told EGP.

“I want my son to have that same memory when he’s older,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share it with him!”

While Johnson was reliving her childhood, others like Tracy Fish and Lilian Pineda were excited to be making first-time memories with people close to them.

Tracy on Monday sat in the grass with her nine-year-old son Connor, reading to him from a book about eclipses as they patiently waited for the solar event to begin. Connor, his eyes focused on the book, sat still as his mother read, eventually reacting excitedly to what he’d just heard; “Wow that’s amazing,” he said, his face lighting up as his mother showed him pictures of a solar eclipse.

While Tracy, a Montebello resident enjoyed the proximity of the viewing event, Pineda and her friend Jesus Tejada made the hour plus drive from Northridge to take part in the Montebello Library activities. They pair wanted to watch the eclipse from where they’d grown up, Tejada explained.

Solar-watchers at the East Los Angeles viewing event were treated to snacks as they watched live coverage of the eclipse on a large screen.

Outside the library, guests shared solar viewing glasses with those who didn’t have any. Others used handcrafted projectors of paper and foil to track the movement of the moon across the sun.

There for her first solar eclipse experience, East Los Angeles resident Ofelia Alonso witnessed the celestial phenomena through solar viewing glasses, photographing the image on her cellphone.

It’s “beautiful” she said, passing her phone to others so they too could see her captured moment in time.

Atwater – Griffith Park Bridge Moves Forward

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A long-planned bridge over the Los Angeles River between Griffith Park and Atwater Village for use by pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists looks like it may finally be built after the City Council last Friday unanimously voted to move forward with the project.

The bridge would help link the equestrian stables in Atwater Village to 56 miles of horse trails in Griffith Park and has been in the works as far back as 1998, when then-Councilman John Ferraro introduced a motion to build such a span.

Plans for a bridge were revived in 2011, when real estate mogul Mort La Kretz offered to donate $5 million for its construction, which was to cover all costs. But as the estimated costs rose, the project ground to a halt while city officials and the nonprofit River LA pieced together the $16.1 million now-needed.

A Bureau of Engineering report shows the plan is fully funded, with sources including $3.6 million from the state, $6.9 million from the Public Works Trust Fund and $3.8 million donated by La Kretz.

All of the necessary permits have also been filed, and city has received bids from five different contractors, making the project “shovel-ready.”

The council’s vote authorizes the city attorney and the chief legislative analyst to draw up agreements and for city staff to move forward on some other issues. With three City Council committee’s also having approved the plan, all signs point to a groundbreaking soon and the bridge being opened to the public by 2019.

“Concerns have been voiced that the bridge budget could still be a moving target, but for the first time that’s not really the case because these numbers are based on bids for fully permitted designs that will be guaranteed by legally binding contracts,”’ Jennifer Sampson of River LA told the City Council’s Transportation Committee last week.

One of the goals of the bridge is to improve the area safety-wise for equestrians, who must ford the river in order to cross between the equestrian stables of Atwater Village and trails in Griffith Park.

Former City Councilman Tom LaBonge spoke before the Transportation Committee to advocate for the bridge. LaBonge has been off the council since 2015, but in 2013 introduced the motion that led to the current plan, as he used to represent the Griffith Park area.

“When you build a bridge, it’s not a wall, it’s an opportunity to connect, and this great river of ours does have some challenges when the low flow comes and slipperiness does impede people from being able to cross, so it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity,” LaBonge said.

 

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