Residents Ask for More Transparency in Future of Reservoir Complex

Eighty-plus community members turned out to express their views on implementing new walking paths within the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex at a special Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) meeting held on April 20. The agenda was limited to discussion about plans to restore the temporary walking path near the Ivanhoe Reservoir and install a fenced walkway at the southern end of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

At the start of the evening, attendees appeared to be evenly divided between those who support more access to the reservoir complex and those concerned about safety issues and wildlife protection. By the end of the meeting there was nearly unanimous agreement that there had been a lack of transparency about the proposals and that many community members–and the SLNC– were not informed or involved in planning.

SLNC Co-chairs Anne-Marie Johnson and Scott Plante told attendees that the SLNC would work with LADWP and Council Districts 13 and 4 to schedule a follow up community meeting to review full details of the proposals, including renderings or drawings.

Dawn Cotterell, Community Affairs, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Adam Miller, field representative for Council District 4, attended the meeting. Representatives from CD13 were not available.