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EPA proposes first standards to make drinking water safer from ‘forever chemicals’
By Jen Christensen, CNN
Updated 2:35 PM EDT, Tue March 14, 20
HW Riverwalk Project proposes use of artificial turf on all their private school playing fields adjacent to the Los Angeles River. All artificial turf is made with toxic PFAS compounds and some is still produced with ground-up tires that can contain heavy metals, benzene, VOCs and other carcinogens that can present a health threat
FOR 2023 WE ARE URGING YOU TO
EMAIL YOUR COUNCILMEMBERS
REQUEST FOR A RECIRULATED DEIR,
HARVARD-WESTLAKE RIVER PROJECT
(From your mobile phone, click and hold to launch email)
COPY & PASTE THE FOLLOWING TEXT INTO YOUR EMAIL
TO: contactCD4@lacity.org; Councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org
SUBJECT: Request for a recirculated DEIR, Harvard-Westlake River Park Project ENV-2020-1512-EIR
I request that the DEIR be recirculated for public comment for the following reasons:
New and substantial information needs to be addressed regarding the environmental impacts and hazards caused by the installation of Artificial Turf. Several cities, counties and states have already banned the use of Artificial Turf due to the fact that it contains chemicals that cannot be degraded or recycled.
On November 10, 2022 California Attorney General Bonita filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), known as “Forever Chemicals”.
At the SCNC hearing, several stakeholders insisted that Harvard-Westlake do what is right for the community.
Save LA River Open Space (SLAROS) has submitted an alternate plan, which has been approved by the Department of Sanitation, to clean and recycle 200 acres of dry runoff. It’s possible for golf courses to be converted into sustainable courses using very little water.
Thank you for your consideration of these comments,
Include that you speak as a constituent.
Call both council offices:
Councilmember Nithya Raman (213) 473-7004
Councilmember Paul Krekorian (213) 473-7002
Include that you speak as a constituent.
Request that the Councilperson ask planning to recirculate the DEIR, Harvard-Westlake River Park Project,
We need to...
SAVE WEDDINGTON GOLF AND TENNIS
Weddington Golf and Tennis is a part of the fabric of our community. For over 50 years, this land has provided vital open space and recreational opportunities to thousands of residents, school children and sports enthusiasts from across the region each year.
It must be protected.
Save LA River Open Space (SLAROS) was established in 2004 with the explicit mission to preserve the Weddington property as open space with permanent public access, and to protect it from unwanted development.
Our work continues.
Did you know?
In 2017, Weddington was purchased by Harvard-Westlake with plans to repurpose the property into a sports complex to serve the school's athletic objectives. The school’s proposed “Harvard-Westlake River Park Plan” would eliminate golf, cut the number of tennis courts in half (from 16 to 8), and potentially unleash numerous impacts to the environment, to the surrounding neighborhoods and the broader Studio City community. Furthermore, the plan as proposed would strictly limit access to the site, thus depleting an important source of recreational green space available to the public.
What will happen...
9 hole public golf course - Bull-dozed
Driving Range - Gone
16 Community Tennis Courts limited to 8 courts
200+ Mature Growth Trees - Cut down
HERE IS HOW LA VALLEY IS IMPACTED
POTENTIAL IMPACTS to PUBLIC USE of the WEDDINGTON GOLF and TENNIS SITE.
Harvard-Westlake announced on October 30, 2017 they had agreed to buy the 16-acre Weddington Golf and Tennis property adjacent to the Los Angeles River. Escrow closed in December 2017. The only information available to date is that they intend to build the Harvard-Westlake Community Athletics Center on the site. The extent and usage of the Athletics Center by Harvard-Westlake, as well as any impacts to the open space and public access to the site, remain unknown.
DEVELOPMENT THREATENS FUTURE OF LA RIVER OPEN SPACE
The development of Harvard-Westlake’s Community Athletics Center on the site will require a Conditional Use Permit from the city.
We are a long way from the first city formal hearings on this matter and we will keep everyone informed.
Serious impacts from this proposed development include:
Increased traffic and congestion on already crowded streets
Loss of 8 tennis courts, golf course, & driving range
Loss of best possible site for regional public access to L.A. River and river trails
Loss of important water quality improvement site to address polluted runoff
Obscured views and airflow
Increased urban heating
Main site access would share access with Fire Station
ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
The property is currently zoned Agricultural. Development of this property would require a Conditional Use Permit which would also require L.A. City Council approval.
More information will be posted as it is made available.