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Is the Army Corp of Engineers Holding a Secret Public Meeting Today?

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At the Sepulveda Dam | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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This following e-mails is floating around to Neighborhood Councils this morning.

Dear Neighborhood Councils surrounding the Sepulveda Basin: If you have any concerns or suggestions about the Sepulveda Basin, please attend and speak up at Saturday's public meeting updating the Sepulveda Basin Master Plan. This is the first update in nearly thirty years so it is long overdue.

Sadly Tetra Tech, the private contractor being paid $1.8 million of federal stimulus monies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, failed to do any public outreach or notification that we are aware. Was your Neighborhood Council notified by them?

DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2009
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)
LOCATION: Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Street, Encino

We found the following news release on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website and are sending it for your information. Note the listing of the Friends of Lake Balboa under "Stakeholders/Study Participants" below.

Thank you for your interest and hope to see you at the meeting. (Sorry for the short notice, please submit any "failure to notify in a timely manner" complaints to Tetra Tech.)

Cordially,

Glenn Bailey, Co-Chair
Friends of Lake Balboa

If you remember, the Army Corp of Engineers are the people who not only cemented the Los Angeles River way back when, but also more recently began the movement to take away the river's status as a river, therefore removing chances of federal funding to improve it.

To contrast the seemingly non-existent public outreach from a federal level, Congressman Brad Sherman, who represents the Basin, is hosting a community town hall tomorrow about other subjects. That event has hit our e-mail box quite a few times in the last couple weeks. Nothing about the Sepulveda Basin has been sent to LAist's inbox (and we checked the spam folder, too).

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The rest of the Sepulveda Basin information is copies below.