The fifth Steering Committee meeting began with an update on the initial round of community engagement and input. Next, Sarah Rascon and Brian Baldauf, from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, gave an update on the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group. The project team reviewed the Master Plan Update table of contents and introduction, and provided an update on next steps for developing the goals, actions, and methods implementation matrix. They also reviewed the results of the gap analysis and highlighted initial planning concepts, intervention types, and the methodology for locating new project sites. The Steering Committee provided extensive input on the goals, actions, and methods, as well as the needs and opportunity analysis. The meeting ended with public comment where two community members gave input on how project data should be handled and asked questions about how housing opportunities would be considered.
At the start of the fourth Steering Committee meeting, Public Works Director Mark Pestrella provided welcoming remarks, reflecting on the history of the Los Angeles River and its potential to serve as a connector of 51 miles of cultures and communities. The Steering Community then heard a report on the Youth Summit and other community outreach activities. The project team gave updates on draft goals and actions, planning frames and design guidelines, and then detailed how the geographic gap analysis was being conducted to help identify project sites. The Steering Committee gave input on the presented material, particularly the goals and actions. Two community members spoke during public comment about access to the river and Measure W.
At the third meeting, the Steering Committee reviewed the revised draft vision and goals for the LA River Master Plan, and provided additional feedback for continued fine-tuning. The Steering Committee also heard an update on the extensive community input from the online survey and meetings, and they continued discussion of the inventory research conducted by project team. Inventory topics for the third meeting included water resources, access and security, homelessness, and operations and maintenance, and the Steering Committee shared insight on additional opportunities and issues to explore and potential data sources. The meeting concluded with a public comment opportunity where several community members voiced perspectives about the vision, goals, and inventory.
At the second meeting, Steering Committee members provided initial input on the draft mission, vision, and goals for the Master Plan Update, which reflect input from the first meeting and build off the existing 1996 Master Plan statements. With request for assistance in identifying gaps, the project team then presented highlights from their extensive inventory of watershed and hydrology; ecology and habitat; climate and resiliency; community, parks, and access; and social equity. Community members used input opportunities to comment on the draft vision and goals, committee composition, and data gaps.
County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis launched the first meeting by welcoming the Steering Committee and highlighting the exciting potential for integrating the many planning and projects in the river corridor. Steering Committee members then introduced themselves and talked about their reasons for participating. Next, the team explained the Steering Committee charge and protocols, the meeting road map, and the use of the water, people, and environment subcommittees for expanded discussion.The team then overviewed the framework for the Master Plan Update, including flood risk, water quality, and water supply; environment and open space; and public health and equity. Steering Committee members contributed initial input on planning issues, priorities, and challenges for consideration by the team. Community members in attendance also provided input, and some participated in the public comment portion.