Kids protest park sewer plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The project is part of the Department of Public Works’ plan for addressing needs for future wastewater, recycled water and storm water. One of the recommendations is to build a new sewage line from Toluca Lake to Glendale. The city is considering one of two shaft sites for the line: the park and a Caltrans maintenance yard. An environmental impact report released in December stated that construction at Woodbridge Park would have a “potentially significant” effect on the area, including closure of the park for four years, increased noise and the possible release of toxic substances. “We are park-poor in the city of Los Angeles,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose district includes Studio City. “Over my dead body will they use this park for the sewer construction project.” Adel Hagekhalil, division manager for Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation, said nothing has been finalized. STUDIO CITY – While some boys played football and a few adults walked their dogs, a group of children marched around Woodbridge Park on Monday chanting: “Save Our Park!” They were joined by about 200 children and adults at a rally to stop the city from using the neighborhood playground for a future sewer project. “It’s the greatest park ever,” said one of the young activists, 9-year-old Chris Gates, who attends Oakwood Elementary next door. “We don’t want the sewer system here,” 10-year-old Ben Griswold, who was holding the protest sign, chimed in. “We don’t want to smell sewage everyday.” “This input from the community is essential to what we are trying to do,” he said. “If we can work something out with Caltrans, I think that is something that will be more desirable to the community.” The Caltrans yard is about 150 yards east of Woodbridge, on Moorpark Street near Highway 170. Greuel said she would work with the state-run agency to make sure there were no “roadblocks” to using the maintenance yard for the sewer construction. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3436 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTwo young Letterkenny men have been jailed for their part in a riot on a local housing estate in which more than €10,000 of damage was caused.The scene hours after the riot at Thornberry with lockers thrown out the window of the houseMartin McClelland, 23, and Eddie McLaughlin, 21, were part of a group of people who barricaded themselves into a house at The Green, Thornberry. Gardai were called after landlord Peter O’Donnell was assaulted in the early hours of October 13th, 2011.Mr O’Donnell visited the house after neighbours complained of noise but when he arrived he was assaulted.He contacted Gardai but when they arrived, they found a group of young people locked into the house.When Gardai tried to gain entry they were forced to run for cover when they were pelted with bottles, cans and pieces of furniture.Furniture was thrown out onto the streetOne man hung dangerously from a window of the upstairs part of the three storey dwelling.Up to 20 Gardai using shields and riot gear eventually gained entry to the premises.Inside they found thirteen people including three females, one of whom was a juvenile.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard yesterday how both men had previous convictions for public order offences.McClelland, who was only released from prison in the summer after serving two years, has 40 previous convictions.However the court heard that the father-of-one from Manor View, Letterkenny, started a cookery course in prison and is now attending the Killybegs College of Catering.McLaughlin, who had seven previous convictions, told the court he was sorry for his part in the riot and his barrister pleaded for one last chance for his client.Judge John O’Hagan said it was very lucky that none of the Gardai carrying out their duty were injured in what became a riot situation.He said he had been asked to give the men a last chance but stated they have already had them.He sentenced McLaughlin to 18 months in prison and also gave McLelland the same sentence but suspended the last three months because of his efforts in returning to college.MEN JAILED AFTER ‘RIOT’ ON LETTERKENNY HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTEddie McLaughlinletterkennyMartin McClellandTHORNBERRYlast_img read more