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December 11, 2013
I was heartened to see articles in the local papers this week about the Devil's Gate sediment removal project. Despite the massive size of this county public works project, it has received very little publicity. Given the unpalatable nature of the news, however, that is perhaps not surprising: 50 double dump trucks an hour leaving Hahamongna and going by the high school playing fields 12 hours a day, six days a week, nine months a year, for up to five years. The key question is whether the goals of the project, especially flood protection, could be accomplished by a smaller project with less devastating environmental impacts.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will start work in July to remove 25,000 cubic yards of sediment from the basin behind Devil’s Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park. The project is a stopgap measure to prevent valves and other dam works from becoming clogged this coming winter while the county studies options for the eventual removal of roughly 1.5 million cubic yards of mud and debris, most of it deposited after the August 2009 Station fire. Excavation work, which could begin as early as July 5, would be limited to within about 100 feet of the face of the dam — leaving all wooded areas in the basin intact and eliminating the need for dirt-hauling trucks to pass through La Cañada Flintridge, said Chris Stone, assistant deputy director of Public Works’ Water Resources Division.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 28, 2010
Some 3,600 cubic yards of mud and debris deposited this week by more than a foot of rainfall in Station fire burn areas is being hauled out of the Mullally debris basin — enough to generate about 360 truck trips, said L.A. County Department of Public Works spokesman Bob Spencer. The cleanout is expected to continue into Friday at Mullally, located along Manistee Drive near the top of Ocean View Boulevard, even if temporarily halted for light rainfall expected in the area this week.
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By Ruth Longoria | October 9, 2008
What to do about inadequate capacity at Mullally Debris Basin was the theme of an informational community meeting Tuesday night at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall. The meeting offered county and city representatives an opportunity to share their findings with residents and a chance for the about two dozen attending homeowners to provide input into alternatives for resolution. The debris basin is significantly undersized and might not be able to provide mud relief in a significant storm situation, according to city and county staff, which prepared three alternative concepts as solutions to provide an additional 5,000 cubic yards of storage to the existing 9,400- cubic- yard capacity.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
Los Angeles County work crews returned to Hahamongna Watershed Park this week to remove mud and debris from the face of Devil's Gate Dam in preparation for the coming storm season. The effort, expected to take about four weeks, is the third minor cleanout behind the dam since massive amounts of sediment washed into it from denuded areas of the Angeles National Forest during storms that followed the August 2009 Station fire. But the job represents only a fraction of the work that may be needed to keep the 93-year-old flood control structure in the upper part of Pasadena's Arroyo Seco watershed functioning smoothly, according to county engineers.
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By Megan O'Neil | June 14, 2010
The parade of dump trucks that crowded La Cañada Flintridge and Crescenta Valley streets throughout the winter are coming back.   Crews, contracted by Los Angeles County Public Works, will soon begin expanding the Pickens, Snover, Bigbriar, Mullally, Pinelawn and Starfall catch basins later this month, officials said. Some cement barriers, installed last year to divert debris flows, have already been removed to allow access. Impacted Residents near the affected basins were notified by flier, said county spokesman Kerjon Lee. Officials also followed up with a community meeting in Paradise Valley in La Cañada, one of the most at-risk neighborhoods.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2010
Ten Years Ago A 22-year-old La Crescenta motorist was killed on the 210 Freeway near the Rose Bowl when his car was hit head on by a wrong-way driver. The local man, who worked at a Pasadena restaurant, was traveling in the westbound lanes of the freeway at about 2 a.m. Aug. 29, 2000, when the collision took place. The wrong-way driver survived the crash.   Twenty Years Ago La Cañadan Frances Linke, who under her professional name of Nina Bara played "Tonga" in TV's "Space Patrol," died of cancer at the age of 70. The show debuted in the 1950s and returned in the 1960s.
NEWS
January 2, 2014
The deadline to send a comment to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works regarding the Devil's Gate Dam project is Monday, Jan. 6. The county has proposed removing 2.4 to 4 million cubic yards of sediment from the dam that built up following the 2009 Station fire. The removal process would occur over a five-year period and has received public protest in the past month .  PHOTOS: Devil's Gate Dam protest   Comments may be emailed to reservoircleanouts@dpw.lacounty.gov , mailed to County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Attn: Water Resources Division, Reservoir Cleanouts, P.O. Box 1460 Alhambra, CA 91802-9974, or faxed to (626)
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By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com | January 6, 2014
The date for public comment on Devil's Gate Dam's pending sediment removal and draft environment impact report was extended due to high volume of content and requests for additional time to review the plan, according to Los Angeles County Public Works. The county's proposed project would remove 2.4 to 4 million cubic yards of sediment from the dam that built up following the 2009 Station fire. The removal process would occur over a five-year period and has received public protest in the past month . PHOTOS: Devil's Gate Dam protest Public comments will be accepted for 15 more days through Tuesday, Jan. 21. Community responses were originally planned to end on Monday . Comments can be emailed to reservoircleanouts@dpw.lacounty.gov , mailed to County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Attn: Water Resources Division, Reservoir Cleanouts, P.O. Box 1460 Alhambra, CA 91802-9974, or faxed to (626)
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 13, 2011
The removal of 25,000 cubic yards of sediment from the basin behind Devil's Gate Dam has been put on hold until August in order to prevent the destruction of a habitat for toads. Work was set to begin last week, but Pasadena officials decided to postpone the job pending further environmental review after Hahamongna Watershed Park users complained that Johnson Field, the area in which the dirt was to be temporarily stored, was home to a large number of toads that would be smothered underneath the piles of dirt.
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December 11, 2013
I was heartened to see articles in the local papers this week about the Devil's Gate sediment removal project. Despite the massive size of this county public works project, it has received very little publicity. Given the unpalatable nature of the news, however, that is perhaps not surprising: 50 double dump trucks an hour leaving Hahamongna and going by the high school playing fields 12 hours a day, six days a week, nine months a year, for up to five years. The key question is whether the goals of the project, especially flood protection, could be accomplished by a smaller project with less devastating environmental impacts.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will start work in July to remove 25,000 cubic yards of sediment from the basin behind Devil’s Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park. The project is a stopgap measure to prevent valves and other dam works from becoming clogged this coming winter while the county studies options for the eventual removal of roughly 1.5 million cubic yards of mud and debris, most of it deposited after the August 2009 Station fire. Excavation work, which could begin as early as July 5, would be limited to within about 100 feet of the face of the dam — leaving all wooded areas in the basin intact and eliminating the need for dirt-hauling trucks to pass through La Cañada Flintridge, said Chris Stone, assistant deputy director of Public Works’ Water Resources Division.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 28, 2010
Some 3,600 cubic yards of mud and debris deposited this week by more than a foot of rainfall in Station fire burn areas is being hauled out of the Mullally debris basin — enough to generate about 360 truck trips, said L.A. County Department of Public Works spokesman Bob Spencer. The cleanout is expected to continue into Friday at Mullally, located along Manistee Drive near the top of Ocean View Boulevard, even if temporarily halted for light rainfall expected in the area this week.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | October 9, 2008
What to do about inadequate capacity at Mullally Debris Basin was the theme of an informational community meeting Tuesday night at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall. The meeting offered county and city representatives an opportunity to share their findings with residents and a chance for the about two dozen attending homeowners to provide input into alternatives for resolution. The debris basin is significantly undersized and might not be able to provide mud relief in a significant storm situation, according to city and county staff, which prepared three alternative concepts as solutions to provide an additional 5,000 cubic yards of storage to the existing 9,400- cubic- yard capacity.
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