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Bill Rosendahl - Council District 11






Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Venice Canals Ceremony

Venice Canals Ceremony
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From our press release file:


LOS ANGELES-Committed to improving the quality of life within the district, Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined City officials and the Venice Canals Association (VCA) for a ceremony unveiling newly repaired sluice gates in the Venice Canal.

Rosendahl worked closely with the City’s Bureau of Street Services and members of the Venice Canals Association, to ensure the sluice gates were fully operational. The gates, also known as tidal gates, were completed a year and a half ahead of schedule and will help to provide better water quality and improve wetland vegetation within the Venice Canals.

Rosendahl, who presented Tim Ory, Electrician Supervisor for the Bureau of Street Services, with a commendation certificate during the ceremony, praised the gates timely repair.

“I would like to thank Tim Ory and the Bureau of Street Services for their commitment to the community,” Rosendahl said. “This repair is essential to protecting the community and providing proper care for our canals.”

Rosendahl also praised members of the Venice Canals Association and his Venice Field Deputy, Mark Antonio Grant for their leadership on the project.

“This swift repair would not be possible without the collaboration of community leaders and City staff,” Rosendahl said. “I would like to thank the Venice Canals Association and my Venice Field Deputy, Mark Antonio Grant, for the hard work and commitment shown on this project."

Nadine Parkos and Paul Scibetta, Co-Presidents of the Venice Canals Association thanked Rosendahl’s office for facilitating repair efforts.

"This urgent repair would not have been possible if it were not for the close working relationship with Bill Rosendahl who made it happen,” Nadine Parkos said. “What took us more than 10 years to work on, they were able to get done in 6 months."

The Canals were restored in the early 1990s by the City of Los Angeles. As part of the restoration project, five new sluice gates and a new gate control system were installed at Grand Canal at Washington Boulevard. The gates, operated and maintained by the City’s Bureau of Street Services, are opened at high and low tide to allow seawater to flow into and out of the canals, which creates a flushing action and prevents stagnation. Over the past twelve years, several of the sluice gates deteriorated to the point that they no longer opened and closed properly, allowing water to leak through them, which put the community at risk during extremely high tides and severe storms.

Recognized as a historic landmark locally and nationally, the Venice Canals provide public boating recreation to residents and tourists alike. The urban wetland celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.



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