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The original settlers of the region were sometimes called the Hahamongna Indians. The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language.

Hahamongna News

Title:

Why does Pasadena want Hahamongna? Several days ago...

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Date:

2005-02-15

Author:

Mary Barrie - Letters to Editor

Publication:

Glendale News-Press

Content:

Why does Pasadena want Hahamongna?

Several days ago, the Foothill Leader asked its readers if they thought La Canada Flintridge should buy the 30 acres of Metropolitan Water District surplus land for sale in Hahamongna. Since the city of Pasadena has already submitted a purchase offer to Metropolitan for the land, an equally interesting question might be: What does Pasadena plan to do with the land if they are successful in buying it?

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and City Manager Cynthia Kurtz have both stated publicly that Pasadena will not evict Rose Bowl Riders and Tom Sawyer Camp, two well-loved La Canada institutions that have been located on the property for decades. Los Angeles County Fire Camp 2 is safe, having recently signed a five-year lease with Metropolitan. But what is to become of the old Oak Grove Ranger
Station?

Those who followed the Hahamongna Watershed Park master planning process may recall that several early versions included a 1,200-space parking garage on the La Canada side of the park. The garage was necessary because the large east-side parking lot now rented by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was to be removed and replaced by spreading basins to recharge the aquifer.

One of the peculiarities of the master plan as adopted by the Pasadena City Council in 2003 was that the east-side parking lot was eliminated, but all mention of the 1,200-space parking garage was eliminated as well.

It was as if 1,200 cars and their environmental impacts had suddenly vanished into thin air.

The Metropolitan land in Hahamongna may be within Pasadena's jurisdiction, but since it lies immediately adjacent to La Canada, any new development on the property will impact our residents, not the voters of Pasadena. I have no way of knowing if the parking garage is planned for the Metropolitan property, but it is time to have a frank, public discussion about Pasadena's plans for this property, whatever they might be.

MARY E. BARRIE
La Canada