19 Mar FoLAR Opposes the County Master Plan Update
County Public Works released their update to the LA River Master Plan in January. The comment window for this plan has been extended and is open until May 13th, 2021.
Despite spending two years as steering committee members along with our partners to improve the plan, FoLAR and fellow steering committee members still have reservations and hopes for its continued improvement. Together our organizations form a coalition that want folks to have their voices heard by the County, whatever the opinions may be. Last Tuesday’s outreach event showcased the opinions of our coalition and was in no way representative of the County. We hosted the training for and with people like you – for the residents near the river and the people of greater LA County – who deserve a LARMPU that meaningfully protects our communities from climate change and displacement, while supporting soil remediation, flood mitigation, and ecological restoration. Our efforts are aimed at improving this plan while registering our criticisms with it.
FoLAR along with key partners Heal the Bay (HtB) and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) teamed up last month to provide members of the public a virtual advocacy training to explore the contents of the plan and provide our context for opposition. Resources like the presentation and recording of our workshop are available online.
We are calling on the public to join us in opposition to the LARMPU by sending a letter directly to LA County Public Works. You can sign our template letter and send online at folar.org/county-plan, or use that same portal to personalize your message before sending.
- Comment Portal: https://folar.org/county-plan/
- Comment Portal in Spanish: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/demand-more-from-countys-river-master-plan-espanol
- LARMPU page: https://www.larivermasterplan.org/
- Advocacy Workshop (2/23) main presentation (from Heal the Bay).
- Advocacy Workshop (2/23) event recording (on Facebook).
- LA Waterkeeper, “Analysis of Community Engagement for LARMP”
- Letters to the Editor: “L.A. River Master Plan serves driving tourists, not local residents”, Heal the Bay and LA Neighborhood Land Trust.
- Op-Ed: “How to make sure the L.A. River Master Plan fulfills its promise to the Gateway Cities”, Jon Christiansen and Becky Nicolaides.