The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced today the names of the LA River Master Plan Update Steering Committee.
The LA River Master Plan is tasked with developing a comprehensive blueprint covering all 51 miles of the river. The effort to update the Master Plan was launched in late 2016 to modernize an earlier 1996 plan, synthesize more recent ideas for portions of the River, and bring a coherent and comprehensive vision to the transformation and re-imagining of the LA River.
The Steering Committee will provide guidance and direction in the Master Plan process and includes environmental and community advocates, regional agencies, city leaders and river experts. Shelley Luce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heal the Bay; Peter Sellars, Professor, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures; Marissa Christiansen, Executive Director of Friends of the LA River; Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council; and Irma R. Munoz, President/CEO of Mujeres de La Tierra are among the 35 steering committee members. A full list of committee members can be found here.
“I am excited to see these impressive community leaders join the County in updating the LA River Master Plan. This community brain trust will help us forge a comprehensive vision for the LA River and ensure that our planning process is inclusive,” said LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Steering Committee members were selected from communities along the 51-mile river, and represent a wide range of interests. They will work in tandem with the County of Los Angeles and a world-class team of planners, designers, and community engagement specialists that includes lead consultant and engineering firm Geosyntec, architecture/design firms OLIN and Gehry Partners, and nonprofit River LA.
“As they work, I am confident that this Committee will keep in mind that the LA River is a river for everyone, as they help steer our world-class team that includes Frank Gehry, OLIN, and other partners,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “I am thankful for the tremendous talent and diversity of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds that this Steering Committee will bring our LA River and the residents who will enjoy it. The Steering Committee’s collective expertise, voice, and vision are indispensable and deeply welcome as we sail into the future together.”
The Steering Committee will meet for the first time on April 11th. That meeting, and all subsequent Steering Committee meetings, will be open to the public. See the agenda here.
A community engagement process is also underway in partnership with the nonprofit community organization, River LA. Over the next two years, County officials will be seeking input from the public online and through community engagement events.