Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Let The Clean Up Begin

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 23, 2017.  Three storms in five days has neighbors getting fit by cleaning up their yards.  Sure, those iconic Canary Island Palm Trees frame photos dramatically, but your love of the tree will be tested after hauling a few dozen of the 15' to 20' long palm fronds up the hill and cutting them to cram into the green bins. (This is just the first batch.)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 23, 2017.  Taylor Yard is still there.  City Council's Arts Parks and LA River Committee has Taylor Yard on its agenda tomorrow.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:
(Storm #3 of 3 started late Saturday night and scattered showers are continuing as we post .)

January 21 - 23, 2017: 2.5"
Rain year to date: 17.85" 
3 storm total since Thursday: 5.2"
Since January 1, 2017: 10.25"

Downtown Los Angeles (USC) was at 14" for the rain year. 

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals


Video: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 20, 2017, 11:20 AM.  After the second of three storms dumped 1.5" of rain on the Red Car Property, this morning alone, Lake Corralitas was overflowing its banks and heading toward the LA River via the Corralitas Drive storm drain (the inlet is about 150' down the street from here).  

The Corralitas Red Car Property serves as a natural catch basin for the stormwater runoff from the very steep slopes rising hundreds of feet to the top of Silver Ridge Ave.  The rain also collects in Red Car Canyon and flows both north (toward Riverside Place and India Street)  and south (toward Corralitas Drive)

In the video, you can catch a glimpse of the predictable mudslides on the Red Car Property portion of the slope, particularly noticeable since LAFD brush contractors took out trees six months after the Silver Lake Fire

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:
January 20, 2017: 1.7"
Rain year to date: 15.35"

Storm #3 hitting Sunday, is supposed to be the largest of the three this week.  Batten down the hatches!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Corralitas Drive: 1 Storm Down, 2 to Go; Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 19, 2017,  "We are veering back and forth between eyeball-searingly bright and dark, dark, dark. It switches every 10-15 minutes."  (After storm one of three supposed to hit through Monday.)

Rainfall totals in the Corralitas rain gauge as of 11:30 AM today:
January 19, 2017: 0.9"
Rain year to date: 13.65"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Disappearing Fire Hydrant, Blocked Sidewalk

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 17, 2017.  Yesterday afternoon, someone tossed the rocks from the street to the sidewalk.  Mud is about to completely cover the fire hydrant.  The sidewalk has been neglected by the current property owner for years, forcing people to walk into the street on a blind curve around which people routinely drive too fast.

The sidewalk blocked by mud has been reported by neighbors to MyLA311.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Neighbors Perplexed By No Parking Signs

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 13, 2017.  Neighbors were confused by the no parking signs on both sides of Corralitas. They assumed work was starting on the lot where sliding mud and rocks blocking the sidewalk, and even the street, have  been a problem neglected by the current owner.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 13, 2017.  The signs were gone later the same day. No effort to clear the sidewalk of mud and rocks occurred.  There are no plans submitted to Building & Safety regarding the vacant lot.
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Battling Palm Trees, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 12, 2017.  The palm trees were duking it out on Corralitas Drive yesterday.  

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge: 

January 12, 2017: 2.8"
Rain year to date: 12.75"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Stuck In The Mud

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 12, 2017, around 5 PM.  After a day of nearly 3" of rain, a white Ford 4x4 crew cab pick-up truck with what appears to be a large chair in the truck bed, got stuck in the mud.  Another neighbor reports the California license plate as: 2901901.  We don't know if they were joyriding, planning of dumping the chair or actually had legitimate business on the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property.  The white stuff on the ground is water (Lake Corralitas) reflecting the sky. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

On a separate note, check out all the rows of new plantings on the southbound lanes of the 2 Freeway.  Sadly they are just shrubs, not trees.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Red Car Canyon: Not A Park, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 9, 2017.  Red Car Canyon Lakes are filling up fast this week.  Click on photo to enlarge.)

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas rain gauge:

January 10 - 11, 2017: 0.7" 
Rain year to date: 9.95"
 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Driver Of Construction Equipment Looking Lost

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 10, 2017. The driver of a large flatbed truck with what appears to be a piece of excavating equipment on board, seemed to be lost as he reached the south end of the Red Car Property on Corralitas Drive.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

No zone change, nor grading permits have been approved for the Red Car Property.  

The Red Car Property is not a public nor private road.  It is zoned for residential use.  It would take a discretionary action with a public process to make it a road. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Neighbors Keeping An Eye On Silver Lake Fire Burn Area

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 9, 2016.  The June 19, 2016 Silver Lake Fire burned up to the homes atop this slope.  Luckily the protected native Coast Live Oak and Black Walnut Trees are recovering from the fire and should help hold the hillside together.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Red Car Property goes up to roughly the telephone poles in the middle of the slope.  I'm willing to speculate, we've not seen the usual amount of slippage on slope yet because the fire department poured an enormous volume of water on the slope during and after the fire, with hours of water drops via helicopters and fire hoses from both top and bottom of the hill.  Dead trees were removed and brush clearance was done in December.  

Worth noting: the denuded slope at the far end was cut into sharply to make room for the southbound lanes of the 2 Freeway in 1960.  The Red Car Property, Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, 18-Acre Elysian Park Parcel and Menlo Property were among the large vacant parcels from which countless tons of earth were removed for grading of the adjacent 2 and 5 Freeways in 1960-1962.  When construction was finished, these lots also became dumping grounds for the unused dirt.

Red Car Property: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 9, 2017.  Red Car Canyon Creek was flowing north out of the canyon this morning past Rose Scharlin Nursery School.  

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge.

January 9, 2017, 11 AM: 0.8"
Rain year to date: 9.25"
 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 5, 2017. More light rain was captured by the spiderweb than the dirt. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Saturday's rain did not seem like much, but we caught more than expected in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge...

January 7, 2017: 0.15"
Rain year to date: 8.45"


Friday, January 6, 2017

Red Car Property: Mudwatch Lot C

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 5, 2017.  The fence blocking the walkable portion of the Red Car Property for the Riverside Drive construction site, also crosses the vernal pool on Lot C, forcing pedestrians up the slippery slope to access the portion of the trail the developer left open to the public.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The pile of drywall debris dumped a year ago remains to the right side of the frame. But look, through butchered trees, you can see Griffith Park.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 5, 2017.  The flat portion, where cars are parked, is the Red Car Property.  It is not a public road, nor is it even a public right of way.  To make it a private street, it would require a discretionary action by City Planning.  The upslope side is also Red Car Property.  It is well documented as the most crumbly slope on the property.  The side where most of the cars are parked, is where neighbors have encroached onto the Red Car Property by 20' or more.

See also: Vernal Pool on Lot C on October 14, 2009

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Red Car Property Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 5, 2017. Red Car Canyon's vernal pools will likely be around for a while with the current weather pattern.  

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:

January 5, 2017, 3 PM: 0.7"
Rain year to date: 8.3" ("Rain year" or "season" started October 1.)

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Red Car Property: Mudwatch, Creek Flow

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 5, 2017.  The swamp just north of Rose Scharlin Nursery School has always been mudtastic in the rain. (Click on photos to enlarge.) 

We'd only had a half inch of rain before these photos were shot today.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 5, 2017.  Not only is the swap/vernal pool fed by the run-off from the Lake View Ave slope side of the Red Car Property, it's also fed by a portion of Red Car Canyon Creek.  While it's hard to see in this photo, if you've ever actually walked the property in the rain, you'll see the water flowing out of Red Car Canyon in both directions: north toward India Street and south toward the 2 Freeway.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Red Car Property Adjacent: "Squirmy"

Photo: Stephanie Bartron, January 2, 2017.  Recent rains bring Slender Salamanders out of hiding.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Bartron writes in an email, "I usually find them in the soil, while pulling out invasive grasses or just under a layer of rotting leaves."  

Red Car Canyon, as well as gardens with shady, moist areas seem to be favored neighborhood habitat for the tiny amphibians that are sometimes mistaken for worms. 

Bartron continued, "These guys are super wiggly, small and worm-like like when you first see them. Last time I found one, its tail came off, either from fear or my weeding spade.  So there were two crazy wiggling things for a few minutes. We named him 'Squirmy' and I let the kids make a habitat for him and keep him for a few days before releasing."
Photo: Stephanie Bartron, January 2, 2017.  Using a dime for scale really gives you an idea of just how slim the Slender Salamander really is.

Bartron, who co-authored LA County handbook, The Drought Tolerant Garden, added, "They are protected in Oregon, but not here.  They're not super common though, a great example of how Southern California is a biodynamic hotspot."

Learn more about all kinds of salamanders on California Herps

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Red Car Canyon: New Year's Hawk Video

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 1, 2017.  A Red Tailed Hawk perched atop the huge Chinese Elm Tree near the opening of Red Car Canyon.  (The tree is recovering from the Silver Lake Fire.)  

Just moments prior to this photo, the hawk was walking around, "wandering the trail" until Vlahakis and his dog approached.  The hawk moved upslope on the Lake View side (where the video below begins), then flew up to the top of the big tree moments later.

With over an inch of rain since Friday, it's not surprising to see a Red Tailed Hawk on the ground.  Gophers clearing their holes of mud are an easy target. It is amazing to catch any of it on video as Vlahakis did.  In the past, we've had one Red Tail who's preferred method of hunting seemed to be walking around on the ground.  This may be the same hawk, coincidence or an injured raptor.  



Video: Gary Vlahakis, January 1, 2017.  Red Car Canyon.

If it is an injured hawk, take video and photos of its behavior.  If you see a hawk walking or struggling around on the ground, DO NOT approach it unless you are working with a trained wildlife rescuer.  Ojai Raptor Center guided us through several Red Tail rescues in the pastIf it is injured, it may hang around the same general area for a few days, so be alert and keep your dogs on a leash.  Email me immediately if you see the hawk on the ground in the canyon between Lake View and Corralitas: redcarproperty@gmail.com  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Red Car Property: New Year's Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals From 2 Storms In 2 Days

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 1, 2017.  Red Car Canyon Lakes were more swampy, than lake-like, after more than an inch of rain over two days.
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 1, 2017.  Seriously, who is driving around behind Rose Scharlin Nursery School early on New Year's Day? It's muddy - were you expecting otherwise?
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 1, 2017.  So glad brush clearance happened a few weeks ago.  Rainfall totals on Corralitas Drive for past two days:

December 30, 2016: 0.5" 
December 31, 2016: 0.7"
Rain year to date: 7.6"
We had just over 6" of rain since December 15, 2016.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Red Car Property: Forget Your Mud Boots, Bring Your Figure Skates!*

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, December 24, 2016.  With overnight frost warnings, we're thinking of expanded recreational opportunities on the Red Car Property vernal pools.  This one is close to Rose Scharlin Nursery School. Those future Olympians have to start somewhere.  Lace up your skates and practice those double axles!*  Of course you might have a muddy landing.  Watch out for the dog poop.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Happy Holidays!

*In light of fake news stories causing harm, we'd like to make it perfectly clear, the skating rink proposal is a joke.  However, the photo is real and the Red Car Property is a natural catch basin for stormwater. The Red Car Property is not a park, it just looks like one.