Supervisor's Race Could Be Key to Hahamongna's Future
September 16, 2016 - The candidates to replace Supervisor Mike Antonovich addressed the County's Big Dig program for Hahamongna at a debate last night at Pasadena City College. The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
The candidates responded to a question from the audience that raised concerns about the enormous impacts of the Flood Control District's sediment removal program from the Devil's Gate Dam area in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
Candidate Kathryn Barger leaned on her experience as current Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s Chief of Staff. She pointed out that after the Station Fire something needed to be done about the buildup of sediment in Devil’s Gate reservoir. Supervisor Antonovich called for the County to do an Environmental Impact Report to assess the consequences. She backed the County’s Big Dig program as “needed,” but stated that she is willing to take another look at the issues to be responsive to community concerns.
Candidate Darrell Park decried the County’s $70-$100 million trucking program to move dirt to a hole in Irwindale instead of to the beaches. He stated the County should use gravity to get the sediment down to the beaches where it needs to be. “The sediment didn’t get by truck, and it’s not going to get out of there by truck.” He said that he is concerned about flood control, but the County’s program Is “asinine”. He would look into alternatives such as a sediment slurry to Southland beaches.