From last week's LA County Supervisors meeting --
Dorothy Wong: Hi. My name is Dorothy Wong. I live in Altadena, and I wanted to give an update on the Devil's Gate Dam sediment restoration removal project, as it relates to how the people who live around the area, that care about habitat, nature, and air quality have spoken. So, basically, the trees are gone. The habitat is lost. It's like a war zone. I don't know how else to explain it. If you haven't seen it, you should look at the pictures. 50-plus acres of mature, healthy riparian habitat, gone. Healthy oak tree annihilated, gone. Pasadena and the west Altadena side have lost their protective cover of trees. Birds, coyotes... Birds are gone. Hummingbirds are screaming. I don't know how else to say it. We need to protect what's left, work together, respect nature, public health. And after we do the dig, let's restore.
Sup. Hahn, Chair: thank you. Your time is expired, but if you'd like to hand in any written testimony that you didn't get to, we'd be glad to read it.
Sup. Barger: And then, Madam Chair, I think that... Dorothy, you do recognize the fact that we are going to be doing restoration, and you are going to be involved? And there was an error that was done, and the first person we reached out to was you. We are trying to be as transparent as possible, and unfortunately-- and Mark Pestrella knows that he needs to be more vigilant, as it relates to who we're contracting with, because I agree with you, my commitment has been to limit the footprint. And I am equally as outraged about what occurred. But I wanted you to know that in the promise I made about transparency, we wanted to be forthright with you about that, and you will be with us as we put in the new vegetation.
Dorothy Wong: Thank you, Supervisor.