A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

A new plan for Silver Lake Reservoir gets off the ground, Cal State LA dorm students get a break and East LA’s Salazar Park is about to get a facelift. It’s the final 2018 News & Notes. Happy New Year and stay safe out there.

Firm selected to revamp master plan for Silver Lake reservoirs 

The city is closer to revamping the master plan for the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs now that they are no longer used to store water. The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering said it chose San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates from among three finalists to develop a $900,000 master plan of future improvements that will take into account a variety of factors, including its historic character, long-term environmental value and potential recreational opportunities. The contract must still be approved by the Board of Public Works.

But as we have reported, trying to make everyone happy won’t be easy some residents would like to see more recreational uses while others are opposed to activities that could attract more traffic and visitors. Others have also advocated shrinking the size of the reservoirs to create more wetlands while others want don’t water to diminish their reservoir views.

According to Curbed, Hargreaves is now working on the park that will open beneath the new Sixth Street bridge.

Cal State L.A. students won’t have to pay to live in the dorms over winter break

 At least for now  the 1,000 students living on the El Sereno campus won’t have to pay the fee campus officials had planned to impose for those staying over the winter break. But, they aren’t guaranteed the same courtesy next time around.

The Los Angeles Times reports officials waived the rent after students, many who are low income,  protested the fee. One student said she would have to pay  $1,115 to remain in housing for the five weeks of winter break. The cost was set to go back into the campus housing fund, possibly to pay for maintenance.

University officials said they are looking for solutions. There’s no uniform policy across Cal State schools about free dorm stays during winter break.

East L.A.’s Salazar Park gets facelift 

The historic Ruben F. Salazar Park along Whittier Boulevard is getting a makeover. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved spending $500,000 to replace sports fields and irrigation systems, repair fencing and restore surfacing on the beaten down tennis and basketball courts.  Construction is expected to begin in February.

Once known as Laguna Park, the green space was renamed in honor  of journalist Ruben Salazar, one of three people killed during the National Chicano Moratorium march when police stormed the anti-Vietnam War rally with billy clubs and tear-gas rifles in August 1970.

Recently the park has seen a spate of violence. Earlier this year, two sheriff deputies were shot in a gunfight with suspects believed to have held a victim at the park at gunpoint, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The funds come from Supervisor Hilda Solis’ Prop A. discretionary funds and follow another round of improvements.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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