Published : Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 2:09 PM
Assemblymember Chris Holden nominated Pasadena local Thomas D. Seifert to represent the Arroyo Seco Tributary on the newly established Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group. The nomination was sent after California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy expanded the nomination process for the working group to include the 41st Assembly District, even though the Arroyo Seco Tributary was left out of the original legislation that created it.
“Opening representation to the Arroyo Seco Tributary on the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group was the right call, and I thank Speaker Rendon, California Natural Resource Agency, and the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy for their inclusiveness,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “I’m excited for what Thomas Seifert will bring to the table and looking forward to the acceptance of his nomination.”
Thomas Seifert has been involved with Pasadena non-profit organizations for almost 40 years. He currently serves as board chair of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, president of the La Casita Foundation and the Stewards of Public Land, vice chair of Pasadena Heritage and a member of the Pasadena Museum of History. Previously he served as board chair of Pasadena’s representative to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, chair of the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee, chair of the Recreation and Parks Commission, and board member of Pasadena Beautiful.
Last year’s Assembly Bill 466 created the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group tasked with developing a revitalization plan for the Upper Los Angeles River and its tributaries. The Arroyo Seco Tributary is a vital part of the Los Angeles River Basin that combines elements of a mountain watershed with an urbanized stream zone surrounded by half a million diverse residents. In February, Assemblymember Holden sent a letter to the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy requesting that representation from the Arroyo Seco Tributary be added to the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group.
“With Senator Portantino’s legislation calling for Arroyo Seco Tributary to be added to the working group plan and now a nomination to the working group who can effectively represent the Arroyo Seco Tributary, I believe all the communities surrounding these watersheds will benefit from the revitalization efforts,” said Holden.