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Water flowing through Glendale Narrows section of Los Angeles River in Glendale, California with a concrete bridge, power lines, and hills in background.

Los Angeles County Making Progress in Stormwater Capture

During this “super year” of storms, L.A. County has successfully captured 96 billion gallons of stormwater which is enough to meet the needs of about 2.4 million people a year.

May 20, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Approved

President Biden just signed a proclamation to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by over 100,000 acres.

May 7, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Aerial view of housing and freeway in Cupertino, California.

A Win for Single-Family Zoning in California

Five Southern California charter cities need not worry about lot splitting in their single-family zoned neighborhoods thanks to a Los Angeles County superior court ruling on April 22. Depending on a forthcoming ruling, 120 cities may join them.

April 29, 2024 - The Mercury News

Purple jacaranda trees in bloom in Los Angeles with tall white Art Deco buildings in background.

LA County Releases Draft Community Forest Management Plan

LA County's Chief Sustainability Office just released the discussion draft of Room to Grow, the first Community Forest Management Plan for the county.

April 21, 2024 - Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Nighttime view of wildfire in Los Angeles hills.

Significant Investments Needed to Protect LA County Residents From Climate Hazards

A new study estimates that LA County must invest billions of dollars before 2040 to protect residents from extreme heat, increasing precipitation, worsening wildfires, rising sea levels, and climate-induced public health threats.

April 17, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Palm trees sillhouetted against dark evening sky at Santa Monica Beach with pier with illuminated Ferris wheel in background.

Spring Fun at Los Angeles County Parks

L.A. County is offering a spring edition of its popular and award-winning Parks After Dark program, providing opportunities for residents to come together and have fun in safe and welcoming spaces.

April 3, 2024 - Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

Joshua tree sillhouetted against starry night sky in the Mojave Desert.

Preserving LA’s Dark Skies

Learn about the importance of dark skies for the health and enjoyment of individuals and wildlife, and how L.A. County's Rural Outdoor Lighting District is helping to reduce light pollution.

April 1, 2024 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Los Angeles County Moves to Open Schoolyards to Public Uses

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors just approved a motion to extend and expand an agreement with the L.A. Unified School District for the use of recreational facilities at Walnut Park Elementary School.

March 4, 2024 - Supervisor Janice Hahn

Aerial view of low-rise neighborhood near ocean in South Bay, Los Angeles, California.

Enhancing Public Services to LA's Unincorporated Areas

The County of Los Angeles recently launched a website to better connect residents of unincorporated areas to information and municipal services offered by the county.

February 20, 2024 - County of Los Angeles

Drawing of proposed Inglewood People Mover station in Inglewood, California.

Inglewood Transit Connector Moves Forward

The project entered the engineering phase and received just over $1 billion in federal funding last week.

January 11, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

Google street view of vacant lot in South Los Angeles in 2022.

Creating a New Park Where It is Most Needed

Los Angeles County just celebrated the grand opening of its newest park. Located in the community of Walnut Park, Nogales Park offers a gathering space and recreational amenities long desired by residents.

December 18, 2023 - UNE News Express

Red picnic benches in lush forested area in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California.

Healing Neighborhoods Through Park Equity

Learn more about ways to improve park equity with Norma García-González, the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Catherine Nagel, the executive director of the City Parks Alliance.

December 6, 2023 - Resources Radio

Tall palm trees against bright blue sky with snowy mountains in background. Los Angeles, California.

Winter Fun at Los Angeles County Parks

L.A. County is offering a winter edition of its popular and award-winning Parks After Dark program, providing opportunities for residents to come together and have fun in safe and welcoming spaces.

December 4, 2023 - NBC 4


Upcycling a Landfill into a Regional Park

Los Angeles County is working with a consultant team led by Studio-MLA to transform 142 acres of the Puente Hills Landfill into parkland, creating the first new regional park in the county in over 35 years.

December 4, 2023 - Studio-MLA

Aerial view of Redondo Beach Pier in Redondo Beach, California on the Pacific Ocean.

LA County Plans for Coastal Erosion

The Board of Supervisors says a proposal to build ‘living shorelines’ will help save the county’s beaches from erosion as coastal storms grow stronger.

November 13, 2023 - Los Angeles Daily News

Twilight view of San Gabriel Mountains with three tall palm trees in foreground and purpleish sky.

Feds Weigh Expansion of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

The White House is sending a top-level cabinet member who oversees the U.S. Forest Service to the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles to hear public comments on the proposed expansion the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

November 6, 2023 - Los Angeles Daily News

Green grass soccer field with Los Angeles skyline in background.

Using Data and Partnerships to Build Sports Facilities

Data and partnerships have supported the recent development and improvement of sports facilities in underserved communities in Los Angeles County.

November 6, 2023 - Parks & Rec Business

View of Los Angeles skyline on sunny day with palm trees in foreground

Youth Employment Program Earns Top L.A. County Award

The highly impactful Youth At Work program offers youth paid opportunities to develop skills in customer service, leadership, mentoring, and community engagement while helping with various programs and projects at Los Angeles County parks.

October 23, 2023 - Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission

Puente Hills Landfill as seen from the air

Creating a New Regional Park by Restoring Degraded Lands

Los Angeles County is transforming 142 acres of the Puente Hills Landfill into parkland, creating the first new regional park in the county in over 35 years. The recently released concept plan and renderings show what the park will look like.

October 23, 2023 - Puente Hills Landfill Park

Silver and white Metrolink commuter train passing through Newhall Pass with desert mountains in background in Antelope Valley, California.

Train Service Expands to Northern Los Angeles County

The added Metrolink service will improve the public transportation system’s accessibility and availability for riders across the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and San Fernando valleys.

October 9, 2023 - Antelope Valley Press

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