Tataviam Continues Relations with L.A. River Greenway

November 5, 2015 / Comments Off on Tataviam Continues Relations with L.A. River Greenway

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MAYOR GARCETTI AND SUPERVISOR KUEHL ANNOUNCE $6 MILLION INVESTMENT IN L.A. RIVER VALLEY GREENWAY

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Mayor Eric Garcetti introducing Rudy Ortega Jr. at Sepulveda Basin Park

Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl announced a joint investment of $6 million in the Los Angeles River Valley Greenway. The funding will make the project shovel-ready by enabling completion of design on 12 miles of gaps in its Valley portion. Once completed, the greenway will make it possible for Angelenos to walk and bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.

“The headwaters in Canoga Park will finally be folded into the L.A. River’s recreational and environmental opportunities,” said City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, District 3. “I’m proud to help fund the river bikeway to connect people throughout our communities.  Filling these gaps in the bikeway will make the river more enjoyable as a real amenity in our neighborhoods, and I’m eager to partner in this major effort.”

Mayor Garcetti recognized the continued tribal affiliation and relationship to the land and the river, or orít, by introducing Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. at the event. The tribe’s connection to Encino is not unfamiliar; the cultural site (referred to as LAN 111) is situated at what is now the Sepulveda Basin recreation area. This site is 0.7 miles north of the Los Encinos spring, where the village of Siutcanga was located and further destroyed in the 1980s. This cultural site may have connected to the ancestral village of Siutcanga, which was also occupied in the historic period (called Rancho Encino) and led by Rudy Ortega Jr.’s great grandfather Captain Antonio Maria Ortega.

In September, Ortega also joined the L.A. River Greenway Trail in Studio City. Click here to read more about it!