Future of Whittier Narrows aims to be...

Future of Whittier Narrows aims to be bold, revitalized

There are 52 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Jul 27, 2009, titled Future of Whittier Narrows aims to be bold, revitalized. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy Watershed Authority's Depty. Executive Officer Alina Bodke talks about revamping parts of the Whittier Narrows area to make it more people friendly, like this part of the Rio Hondo River at Bosque De Rio Hondo Park in South El Monte, shown here Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

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Conservative Christian

Downey, CA

#1 Jul 28, 2009
I take my Grandsons to this park and am distressed to have to try to explain why men dress like women and what not ?!?$! We enjoy riding bikes and the playground equipment but not the WEIRDDO'S!!! Spandex shorts and fake boobs and make-up are good reasons to remove these freeks FROM THE PARK.. We fear using the bathrooms.
Please CLEAN IT UP!
Vince Perez

San Dimas, CA

#2 Jul 28, 2009
Why don't you take a look at how these "conservancies" got created, and what lands they control? Where did their funding come from, and what do they really intend to accomplish? Franky, I think that it may be beyond the Tribune's resources/capabilities to bring this all to light. This is one of the great untold stories of recent California politics. Local users/citizens have little to no idea of what has happened to local land use and the use of public funds to set lands aside (whether for public use or not remains to be seen.) Especially take a look at what has transpired for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and how that has aided the cities of Malibu and Agoura in keeping their stakeholders protected from encroaching development at the expense of California citizens. Malibu has even managed to keep Los Angeles County from bringing sewer capability into their area because that might bring further development ant increase property taxes for the wealthy there. Instead, Malibu would rather allow effluent to run into the sea, and pollute local watersheds.
Brad K

United States

#3 Jul 28, 2009
There is already a truly vast area of domestic parkland in Whittier Narrows. How much more do we need? The remaining land is SUPPOSED to be a wildlife sanctuary. For the majority of my life, I have enjoyed being able to ride my bike in a place that is more or less natural....What about the animals? What about the Canadian Geese who visit every winter?

While I wholeheartedly agree that illicit behavior should be cleaned up, the ironic thing is the only place I have ever encountered freaks, wierdos, and "cruisers" is at the place most recently made "People Friendly"...at or near Bosque Del Rio. There was rarely any such problems in that area BEFORE the revamp....at least it wasn't nearly so prevalent. Parking was put in, landscaping was installed, and the freaks showed up.

Let's talk about the Pico Sports Arena...it's an embarassment. Improve it, or tear it down. What a third-world dump that place is.

And what about WATER? Shouldn't it be a higher priority to increase the efficiency and capacity of the area as a water conservation asset, and settling basin area? We are nearly in crisis mode regarding demand for water.

....and....oh yeah.......WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY FOR ALL THIS PROPOSED STUFF?!
Vince Perez

San Dimas, CA

#4 Jul 28, 2009
Brad K wrote:
There is already a truly vast area of domestic parkland in Whittier Narrows. How much more do we need? The remaining land is SUPPOSED to be a wildlife sanctuary. For the majority of my life, I have enjoyed being able to ride my bike in a place that is more or less natural....What about the animals? What about the Canadian Geese who visit every winter?
While I wholeheartedly agree that illicit behavior should be cleaned up, the ironic thing is the only place I have ever encountered freaks, wierdos, and "cruisers" is at the place most recently made "People Friendly"...at or near Bosque Del Rio. There was rarely any such problems in that area BEFORE the revamp....at least it wasn't nearly so prevalent. Parking was put in, landscaping was installed, and the freaks showed up.
Let's talk about the Pico Sports Arena...it's an embarassment. Improve it, or tear it down. What a third-world dump that place is.
And what about WATER? Shouldn't it be a higher priority to increase the efficiency and capacity of the area as a water conservation asset, and settling basin area? We are nearly in crisis mode regarding demand for water.
....and....oh yeah.......WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY FOR ALL THIS PROPOSED STUFF?!
Yeah, once again: Why don't you take a look at how these "conservancies" got created, and what lands they control? Where did their funding come from, and what do they really intend to accomplish? Franky, I think that it may be beyond the Tribune's resources/capabilities to bring this all to light. This is one of the great untold stories of recent California politics. Local users/citizens have little to no idea of what has happened to local land use and the use of public funds to set lands aside (whether for public use or not remains to be seen.) Especially take a look at what has transpired for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and how that has aided the cities of Malibu and Agoura in keeping their stakeholders protected from encroaching development at the expense of California citizens. Malibu has even managed to keep Los Angeles County from bringing sewer capability into their area because that might bring further development ant increase property taxes for the wealthy there. Instead, Malibu would rather allow effluent to run into the sea, and pollute local watersheds.
christine

Alhambra, CA

#5 Jul 28, 2009
DANIEL TEDFORD, PLEASE, COULD YOU PULL OUT THE DATE OF MEETING AND RELAY THE ACTUAL PLACE BEFORE SATURDAY? thank you :) AND THANK YOU, I WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN WITHOUT YOUR PIECE.
sss

Glendora, CA

#6 Jul 28, 2009
Conservative Christian wrote:
I take my Grandsons to this park and am distressed to have to try to explain why men dress like women and what not ?!?$! We enjoy riding bikes and the playground equipment but not the WEIRDDO'S!!! Spandex shorts and fake boobs and make-up are good reasons to remove these freeks FROM THE PARK.. We fear using the bathrooms.
Please CLEAN IT UP!
Rode my bike there couple of times. I seen homeless people. Never seen any sexual activity or trannys walking around. More police patrolling would help. I seen the police cruiser driving the trail once in a while.
christine

Alhambra, CA

#7 Jul 28, 2009
ATTENTION POLITICIANS FROM LOS ANGELES CITY, COUNTY, AND STATE. HERE IS A GOOD DEPARTMENT/POSITION TO FURLOUGH/CUT FUNDS. THEY WANT TO SPEND MONEY WE NEED IN HUMAN NECESSITY SERVICES. It is no accident that the area is undeveloped. It took thousands of volunteer hours and planning hours from the surrounding city residents and stewardship mentality from the Corps of Engineers, Department of Parks and Recreations, and Friends groups to keep it that way. Want less crime? We do too. WE ASKED FOR RANGER FUNDS. Put the money in patrolling rangers instead of your plan. Gee, we didn't know this was here (that says something right there). No one is using it (wrong). Let's rip it up, put pavement, get ornamental plants, drive out wildlife that is just returning after 50 years, and then we can make speeches at podiums with balloons and get put in newspapers and television reporters, use funds we do not have, and add this to our resumes. I have not protested since Cesar Chavez and that was a long time ago. I WILL FOR THIS.
Jim Flournoy

United States

#8 Jul 28, 2009
Whittier Narrows dam was created for flood control
(to keep Lakewood from yet again becoming a reality)not for water conservation.
There are current plans for it to impound a small amount of runof for the spreading basins and/ or increase the capacity,
The Whittier fault runs under the dam.
does anyone know where?
Frantic

La Puente, CA

#10 Jul 28, 2009
Great Post, I agree 100%!! Thanks for sharing that!
Brad K wrote:
There is already a truly vast area of domestic parkland in Whittier Narrows. How much more do we need? The remaining land is SUPPOSED to be a wildlife sanctuary. For the majority of my life, I have enjoyed being able to ride my bike in a place that is more or less natural....What about the animals? What about the Canadian Geese who visit every winter?
While I wholeheartedly agree that illicit behavior should be cleaned up, the ironic thing is the only place I have ever encountered freaks, wierdos, and "cruisers" is at the place most recently made "People Friendly"...at or near Bosque Del Rio. There was rarely any such problems in that area BEFORE the revamp....at least it wasn't nearly so prevalent. Parking was put in, landscaping was installed, and the freaks showed up.
Let's talk about the Pico Sports Arena...it's an embarassment. Improve it, or tear it down. What a third-world dump that place is.
And what about WATER? Shouldn't it be a higher priority to increase the efficiency and capacity of the area as a water conservation asset, and settling basin area? We are nearly in crisis mode regarding demand for water.
....and....oh yeah.......WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY FOR ALL THIS PROPOSED STUFF?!
christine

Alhambra, CA

#12 Jul 28, 2009
true.
christine

Alhambra, CA

#13 Jul 28, 2009
true for the comment about bosque change after revamp. I do not go there alone anymore. I am concerned about them and the people that think like king taco commentor
Anthony

Bellflower, CA

#15 Jul 28, 2009
They should create some type of fishing venue. Something similar to that of Santa Ana River Lakes. Not only would it help in clean up of the area but it would bring in much needed revenue and jobs to the area.
what

Pasadena, CA

#17 Jul 28, 2009
Jim Flournoy wrote:
Whittier Narrows dam was created for flood control
(to keep Lakewood from yet again becoming a reality)not for water conservation.
There are current plans for it to impound a small amount of runof for the spreading basins and/ or increase the capacity,
The Whittier fault runs under the dam.
does anyone know where?
I dont know...
But this reminded me of the fault that is visible in Pasadena.
Up by the east parking lot of JPL.... as you walk past the bridge and head into the mountains... pretty close to that bridge--- you can clearly see the definition of a fault line in the rocks.
I read this in some article and then went to see myself.
Marano Beach

Whittier, CA

#18 Jul 28, 2009
Please turn this place back into the swimming, BBQ and picnic area we used to go to back in the day. Any Chicano knows this place as Marano Beach.

BRING BACK MARANO BEACH!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 09

Chupisville

#19 Jul 28, 2009
Long live Marano Beach! the "French Riviera" to the chuntis!!
ytw

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jul 28, 2009
I've lived in the Whittier/Pico Rivera/Montebello area my whole life and I find it strange that RMC Deputy Executive Officer Alina Bokde would say that the Whittier Narrows " ... is a natural area in the middle of this dense urban area, and people don't even know these resources that exist there."

If "people don't know it exist", then how can it be used by 2 million visitors a year?

Obviously, the Narrows are being enjoyed by "people."

The Whittier Narrows is in desperate need of attention but not the type of attention being advocated by the RMC and the other stakeholder groups mentioned or alluded to in this article.

The rich cultural heritage of the area needs to be respected and that includes being sensitive and responsive to the will of the people in the surrounding communities.
Marano Beach

Whittier, CA

#21 Jul 28, 2009
Chupis wrote:
Long live Marano Beach! the "French Riviera" to the chuntis!!
Thats right back in the day (early 70's) it close by and it was clean and everybody would go. We had fun there.
Manofsteel56

Compton, CA

#22 Jul 28, 2009
Anthony wrote:
They should create some type of fishing venue. Something similar to that of Santa Ana River Lakes. Not only would it help in clean up of the area but it would bring in much needed revenue and jobs to the area.
Anthony, I totally agree with you. That would be cool.
Manofsteel56

Compton, CA

#23 Jul 28, 2009
King Taco wrote:
If you fear the bums and weirdos, carry a paint gun and light those freaks up. Dont forget to freeze your ammo.
BUMS-10 points
TRANSEXUALS-20 points
UNCLE VITO OR TOP TURKEY-50 points
Ha,ha,ha. Yeah, Uncle V and Top Chicken are idiots.
GOV LEPETOMANE

Aurora, CO

#24 Jul 28, 2009
ytw wrote:
I've lived in the Whittier/Pico Rivera/Montebello area my whole life and I find it strange that RMC Deputy Executive Officer Alina Bokde would say that the Whittier Narrows " ... is a natural area in the middle of this dense urban area, and people don't even know these resources that exist there."
If "people don't know it exist", then how can it be used by 2 million visitors a year?
Obviously, the Narrows are being enjoyed by "people."
The Whittier Narrows is in desperate need of attention but not the type of attention being advocated by the RMC and the other stakeholder groups mentioned or alluded to in this article.
The rich cultural heritage of the area needs to be respected and that includes being sensitive and responsive to the will of the people in the surrounding communities.
HEAR ! HEAR ! HARUMF ! HARUMMF! HEY I DIDNT GET A HARUMMF FROM THAT GUY! WHATCH YOUR AS

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