December 29, 2017
Dear Walnut Canyon Supporters,
First of all, we want to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all! We hope you are enjoying the food, fun, festivities, family and friends this season.
It’s been almost five months since our large community meeting in July and we want to give you this year-end update on progress towards the goal of purchasing and preserving Walnut Canyon as public parkland.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is due to be completed within a month. Once it is finished our attorney Dean Wallraff will do a thorough analysis of the report. We will notify the community once the FEIR is ready. We will pay particular attention to any changes to the haul route, as this has been one of the greatest concerns in the community.
We have gained a lot of knowledge about two very promising funding sources. Both these funding opportunities should become available starting in mid-to-late 2018. The first source is money that will start being dispersed in 2018 from Measure A, the L.A. County parks measure that passed in November 2016. The second source would be funding from a state bill that will appear on the ballot in June 2018. It is currently called SB 5 and would create several billion dollars in funds through a bond measure to finance parks, water, climate adaptation, coastal protection and outdoor access programs statewide.
We are working with two environmental agencies to coordinate access to these funding sources. The Trust For Public Land is a nonprofit private organization with offices in Pasadena. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Mountains And Recreation Conservancy Authority are affiliated state agencies based in Malibu. We have had meetings with both TPL and the SMMC/MRCA and these groups have been very supportive of our cause.
We have the support of City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and of County Supervisor Hilda Solis for the purchase and preservation of land in Walnut Canyon. Both of these officials continue ongoing communication with us. Supervisor Solis has generously committed $500,000 towards the purchase of land in Walnut Canyon.
We had a very productive meeting with the owners and developers of the Abode At Glassell Park project. They remain willing sellers. We continue to communicate with them towards a mutually agreeable price for their land.
WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT AND CONTINUING INVOLVEMENT
of Councilmember Cedillo, Supervisor Solis, The Trust For Public Land, the SMMC/MRCA and the owners/developers of the Abode project towards fulfilling the community’s goal of preserving Walnut Canyon.
WE WANT TO THANK THE MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS who have volunteered their time, attended meetings, and donated contributions to the Friends Of Walnut Canyon. Your unflagging support is inspirational and energizing. We couldn’t do it without you! Your donations are always appreciated and are tax deductible at www.gp90065.org/fowc-donate
The Friends Of Walnut Canyon is a committee within the Glassell Park Improvement Association, a 501(c)3 volunteer nonprofit organization. We remain committed to the goal of preserving Walnut Canyon as public parkland for all communities to enjoy and cherish. We know that this is going to be a process that will take time and effort to complete, and our commitment remains firm. We appreciate the community’s resolve to to see this beautiful green space remain undeveloped and pristine.
If you haven’t already signed our online petition, please do so at www.change.org/p/save-walnut-canyon
And last but not least, don’t forget to take a walk through Walnut Canyon during this holiday season and experience the rolling hills and terrain of this beautiful open space!
Thank you from the Friends Of Walnut Canyon!