Published : Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 4:50 AM
California’s State Legislature has passed SB 1126, which will include the Arroyo Seco Tributary into the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group, composed of local agency representatives that will work to develop a revitalization plan for the Upper Los Angeles River, the tributaries of the Pacoima Wash, Tujunga Wash, and Verdugo Wash, and any additional tributary waterway that the working group determines to be necessary.
Authored by Pasadena-area State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, the bill contains an urgency clause which would make it effective on the day Gov. Jerry Brown signs it. Non-urgency bills do not become law until January 1, 2019.
“I am very glad that this important district and regional measure is now headed to the Governor’s desk,” Portantino said in a statement. “As a representative of the 25th Senate District, I was grateful to my friend Tim Brick who highlighted the need to include the Arroyo Seco Tributary to the greater regional study. The Arroyo Seco is not just important to our district but to the environmental well-being of the entire Los Angeles watershed. In addition, SB 1126 ensures the communities in our district are well-represented on the working group as we move forward.”
The Arroyo Seco Tributary was inadvertently left out in the original legislation creating the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group and the revitalization plan. The working group was composed last year. Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, brought the legislative oversight to the attention of local leaders asking for a solution.
“Those of us who value the Arroyo Seco are very excited to see it included in the working group,” Brick said in reaction to SB 1126’s passing the State Legislature. “We are very appreciative to Senator Portantino who heard our call to action and acted upon it. It’s a great example of how environmental activists can raise an issue to a sympathetic policy maker who can turn our plea into state law.”