Proposed Park Bond Will Help Pay for L.A. River Revitalization


Fresh from the city's victory in gaining a $1-billion support for the Los Angeles River revitalization, the community is now looking to find funding sources that could help the city and state fulfill its end of the bargain: 50 percent of that $1 billion price tag. A proposed park bond, the first since the 2002 Proposition 40 resources bond, which made $2.6 billion available to complete 1,888 projects, is being crafted by senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Fran Pavley (D-Agora Hills). The two senators held a Joint Informational Hearing of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and the Senate Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness at Marsh Park on the Los Angeles River. A group of about fifty people sat within the park's natural amphitheater, enjoying the cool breezes, relaxing greenery, and frequent sights of Angelenos making use of the Los Angeles River bikeway that runs alongside the park. The group convened to discuss and give recommendations for Senate Bill 1086, the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers and Coastal Protection Bond Act.