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We need your help to fight the destruction of Walnut Canyon! – PLEASE EMAIL!

i Feb 18th No Comments by

Dear friends and neighbors,

As you may know, a proposed 32 tract house development promises to destroy Walnut Canyon and massively impact the Glassell Park neighborhood. The developers have submitted a DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report), and we have until February 21st at 4:00pm to respond.

This will be one of the LAST opportunities for the neighborhood to let the city know why this development is not only unwanted, but haphazardly prepared. In addition to the lawyer response being prepared thanks to your gracious donations to GoFundMe, it’s critical for you to also email a personal response to the city for this DEIR. We need to show the city how many of us oppose this massive development which will wreak havoc on our peaceful community and destroy Walnut Canyon. To make things easier for you, we have prepared an email for you to copy and paste.

If you want to voice your concern, go to this webpage created to help community members submit responses.  We NEED to submit as many responses as possible: http://walnutcanyon.org/DEIR_comments.html

We ask that, if possible, please personalize your email with your own observations, pictures, etc. The more evidence we have to dispute the findings in the DEIR, the better our chances to stop the Abode development.

If you have any questions or issues as to how to respond, please email questions@walnutcanyon.org.

Please forward this to anyone who wants to help. This will impact us all. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

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Here is some more information to those unfamiliar so far:

The Abode developers have completed and submitted their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the City, a critical final step in the approval process for their development. This Report is open to public review and criticism until February 21. If this DEIR is accepted by the City of Los Angeles, it will be very difficult to stop the Abode development from going forward. The DEIR can be viewed at: http://www.walnutcanyon.org/DEIR_pdfs.html

The DEIR completely misrepresents the impact this 32 house development will have on the landscape, on the surrounding neighborhood, and on Northeast L.A. open space generally. The development’s huge impact on local traffic, noise, water runoff, wildlife migration patterns, and protected trees is dismissed in the document. Walnut Canyon provides an easily accessed green area that gives residents and the larger local community access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, with all the health benefits that such outdoor activities provide.

Community Meeting: Walnut Canyon 32 House Development – IMPORTANT!

i Jan 26th No Comments by

Dear friends and neighbors,

The Glassell Park Improvement Association and the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council will be co-sponsoring a meeting with the developers of the Abode At Glassell Park project this coming Saturday January 28th at 10:00 AM. The meeting will consist of a presentation by the developers and a question and answer period with the audience.  This is a chance for the developers to hear the voice of the community regarding this project.

This is an extremely important meeting for the community to attend. If preserving Walnut Canyon for the benefit of everyone who lives in Northeast Los Angeles is important to you, we strongly urge you come to the meeting and share your message to the developers.

WHERE: Glassell Park Community & Senior Center 3750 N. Verdugo Road

WHEN: 1/28/17 at 10:00am

WHAT TO BRING: Your passion for keeping Walnut Canyon as open green space!

Also, we thank you so much for your donations to the GoFundMe page. The funds raised will help lawyers analyze and properly respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that the developers submitted recently. As you may know, this proposed 32 house development would completely change the landscape of our neighborhood. It is so important that impacts on traffic, noise, drainage, wildlife,  and protected trees are properly addressed and not completely glossed over.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at: NELAGreenspace@gmail.com

Hope to see you at 10am on Saturday!

Protecting Walnut Canyon

i Jan 9th No Comments by

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For some time, NELA GreenSpace has been fighting to save natural open space in the neighborhood of Glassell Park — fighting to save beautiful canyons and hillsides that have no legal protection against development. We want to preserve these spaces for the benefit of everyone who lives in Northeast Los Angeles. 

Today, there is an urgent need to protect Walnut Canyon, a beautiful hillside with mature walnut trees and native wildlife, which faces complete destruction by a proposed development of 32 new homes. This large development is called Abode at Glassell Park. 

The Abode developers have completed and submitted their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the City, a critical final step in the approval process for their development. This Report is open to public review and criticism until February 21. If this DEIR is accepted by the City of Los Angeles, it will be very difficult to stop the Abode development from going forward. 

The DEIR completely misrepresents the impact this 32 house development will have on the landscape, on the surrounding neighborhood, and on NELA open space generally. The development’s huge impact on local traffic, noise, water runoff, wildlife migration patterns, and protected trees is dismissed in the document. And the the most important role played by Walnut Canyon in the community — its use as natural open park space — is neglected entirely in the document. As everyone who lives here knows, Glassell Park is a densely urbanized neighborhood with very little park space.  Walnut Canyon provides an easily accessed green area that gives residents and the larger local community access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, with all the health benefits that such outdoor activities provide.  

To analyze and respond to the DEIR — and to fight the Abode development project overall — NELA GreenSpace has been working for some time with a legal firm that specializes in land use issues. And today, we are at a critical juncture in the fight to save Walnut Canyon. Again, if the DEIR is accepted by the City as it is now written, there will be little chance to save the Canyon.

NELA GreenSpace wants Walnut Canyon to be secured as public parkland.  Alongside our battle with the Abode developers, we are working with state agencies and elected officials to save this pristine undeveloped land in perpetuity.

But this fight takes money. Many of you have generously donated for our work up to this point, but we will need to raise several thousand dollars in the next couple of weeks so that our attorneys can complete a meticulous response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Won’t you help us preserve open space in Northeast Los Angeles?

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Glassell Park National Night Out (Touch-A-Truck)

i Aug 2nd No Comments by

Please join NELA Greenspace at the Glassell Park National Night Out Touch-A-Truck event tonight! There will be free food, arts and crafts, family activities, bounce house, and of course lots of awesome work trucks for kids and adults to explore! NELA Greenspace will have a table at the event, so please come over and visit. We’ll have information and updates for those wondering about progression with preserving our beautiful canyons. Hope to see you there!

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MAY 1st CANYON HIKE AND UPDATES!

i Apr 26th No Comments by

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Many apologies for the long silence. It’s been a crazy few months and we have lots of updates for you!

MAY 1st CANYON HIKE!
Spring has sprung and we want to invite you to a neighborhood hike through the canyons! You won’t want to miss this one. We will be meeting at the Crestmore Steps at 2pm and will have updates as to what is happening with the canyons (Walnut, Moss, Barryknoll, and El Rosa) and efforts to preserve them for recreational open space. After updates, there will be a self-guided tour, with stations at all four canyons! See the flyers below for details and please let us know if you have questions. 

ELECTIONS!
Elections for the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council take place on Saturday, May 21st 2016. We cannot stress how important it is to participate in the vote. Now is the time to change things for the better. Luckily, this year you can vote online, which makes it even easier! All you need to provide is proof that you live, work, or are part of an organization in Glassell Park. Please register to vote here! Online registration to vote closes on May 16th.
https://register.empowerla.org/council/22/

WALNUT CANYON & GOFUNDME
We’d like to thank all those who graciously donated funds to the NELA Greenspace GoFundMe account at the end of 2015. With the money we were able to pay for a lawyer to help address the proposed development in Walnut Canyon. We submitted paperwork showing the city that the developers need to conduct a full and complete EIR. Now we are waiting for the response to that paperwork, and will keep you updated when it comes through. Many have asked about the possibility of SMMC purchasing the land and preserving it, and there will be 
more info and developments on an upcoming blast.

Hope to see you all on May 1st!

NELA Greenspace

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What YOU accomplished…next steps

i Nov 23rd No Comments by

Dear friends and neighbors,

We cannot tell you how floored we are by your response.  Our best case scenario was to get 100 people to write to City Planning asking for a full, comprehensive EIR and for an alternate study to envision Walnut Canyon as park land.  

You went above and beyond – 126 people sent emails and letters!  That is a phenomenal response.  We also received a letter from our friends at the Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance supporting us.  And, we have been told that the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations (45 neighborhood organizations with a membership of 200,000 people) is also sending a letter supporting our cause.  

Our attorney has taken all of your letters and bundled them with an incredibly powerful cover letter, citing case law and citing land use laws which bolster our position.  It is an incredible document.

While the City does not have to respond to our comments, but they do take what we have said into consideration in preparing a draft EIR, which usually takes a few months, or it could be longer on controversial projects, like this.  Once that Draft EIR is released, then there will be another 30 day comment period, which the City is required to respond to all comments at that time…and then we get into the Final EIR.

So as you can tell, we still have a ways to go.  Hopefully, the developer will see we are serious about fighting them every step of the way and they will realize that rather than have to go through such a painful process, it would be wiser to sell the land as park space. 

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and call upon your help and support in many ways.

Thank you again for turning out in force – you have not let us down and we will do our best to be your champion.

Any questions, please contact us at: NELAGreenspace@gmail.com

Recent Walnut Canyon Reports

i Nov 9th No Comments by

For those looking for the recent reports that have been sent out in conjunction with the proposed development in Walnut Canyon, here they are.

Notice of Preparation for EIR (Environmental Impact Report):
http://www.nelagreenspace.com/?p=456

Initial Study Plan Document:
http://www.nelagreenspace.com/?p=457

Canyon Development & Neighborhood Meet Ups – IMPORTANT

i Nov 7th No Comments by

There’s a number of things happening in the near future we wanted to inform you about.

1. Recently, many neighbors received a notice in the mail for an impending Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Walnut Canyon. Obviously, this is a concern as it means developers are still moving ahead. Adam and Susan Olson Davis are holding a neighborhood meeting tomorrow (Sunday 11/08/15) from 4pm to 6pm at their house to discuss what this means and steps we can take. Drinks and snacks will be available. NELA GreenSpace members will be their as well, so feel free to stop by. The address is 2447 Sundown Drive. If you have any issues or questions, Adam and Suzan can be reached HERE.

http://www.nelagreenspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/EIRNOTICE.pdf

2. On top of this, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been sent out, which is different from an EIR. Basically this notice gives the community a chance to express all of our concerns when it comes to development in our neighborhood and canyons. However, these letters of concern have to be delivered by November 23rd. It’s EXTREMELY important that you come to the hike event on the 14th of November to find out what all of these recent events mean, and what actions we need to take. Even if you cannot actually hike the canyons earlier in the day, please meet us at the flat lots at the top of El Rosa Canyon at 4:00pm to get updates and find out what we can do.

3. For the November 14th hike event, we are looking for volunteers to help man tables, help supply information at the Crestmore Steps, direct traffic, etc, so if anyone is interested, please email us at nelagreenspace@gmail.com.

It’s clear that things are moving forward fairly quickly, so it’s very important that we band together as a community and do everything we can to help keep our neighborhood beautiful. Look out for further posts/emails about these issues in the coming days/weeks, and hope to see you at the November 14th hike event!

NELAGreenSpace Anniversary Party / Hike – Nov 14th

i Nov 2nd No Comments by

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NELA GreenSpace 1st Anniversary birthday celebration!!!

NELA GreenSpace’s 1st Anniversary hike and birthday celebration is Saturday, November 14th.  The festivities start at the Crestmoore Steps, followed by self-guided hikes of all four canyons and conclude with a celebration on the flat lots at the top of El Rosa Canyon.

Please join us; get the latest updates on what’s happening in our canyons; meet your neighbors; learn how we are responding to the Draft EIR from the potential 32 home developer in Walnut Canyon.

…and birthday cake!

If you have questions or need more information, contact us at NELAGreenSpace@gmail.com

Vote for open GPNC seat this Tuesday – PLEASE ATTEND!!!

i Oct 19th No Comments by

Dear friends and neighbors,

It’s been some time since there have been any updates, but things are starting to pick up once again!

First, there will be a vote to fill an open seat at the GPNC general stakeholder meeting this Tuesday at 7:00. We are asking that you please attend the meeting and vote for PATRICK (PAT) CLEARY. Patrick is enthusiastic and energetic, and holds many of the same values that NELA Greenspace stands for. 

Please note that the voting process has now changed and to vote you need to bring proof that you live, work, or are involved in the Glassell Park community. Examples would include an ID, Utility Bill, Property Tax Bill, Pay Stub, NELAGreenspace membership card, or other proof of involvement in the neighborhood. 

We had a great turnout for the last vote, but once again it is very important that we band together and show how much we care for this community and preserving green space by attending and voting for PATRICK CLEARY. 

WHERE: Glassell Park Community & Senior Center 3750 N. Verdugo Road 

WHEN: 10/20/15 at 7:00pm

WHAT TO BRING: Proof of residency or involvement in Glassell Park

WHO TO VOTE FOR: Patrick Cleary

Also, mark down November 14th in your calendars as well, because we will be having a very large hike event that you will want to make sure to attend! Details to come soon. 

Thank you all for your continued support!!!