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Rose Hill Courts Redevelopment Project Highlight
The Project Site is currently developed as the Rose Hill Courts apartment complex, which is owned by HACLA. The Rose Hill Courts complex filled an essential need for new quality housing in the Los Angeles area during and after the Second World War, and it continues to be in use today. The Project would be developed in two phases. The Project would demolish the existing 15 structures and construct a total of 185 residential housing units (183 affordable housing units onsite plus two market-rate managers’ units). Seven buildings (20 units, estimated total 17,017 square feet) and the existing administrative building (estimated 2,810 square feet) would be demolished in Phase I. Eight buildings (80 units, estimated total 62,818 square feet) would be demolished in Phase II.
UltraSystems prepared an Initial Study and EIR for the CEQA portion for this project as well as an Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement for the NEPA portion of this project. The Initial Study was prepared by UltraSystems in compliance with the CEQA to scope out the environmental topics for which the project would either have a less than significant impact or no impact for all of the thresholds under each respective issue area. Issues in the IS that were found to have a potentially significant impact were analyzed in the EIR prepared for the project. The EIR focused only on those environmental topics that were found to be potentially significant based on the findings of the Initial Study. A Final EIR was also prepared by UltraSystems. Additionally, the Rose Hill Courts Redevelopment project was subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); therefore, UltraSystems prepared an Environmental Assessment to analyze the effects of the project on the environment and the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and project alternatives. Subsequently UltraSystems prepared the EIS and FEIS for the project. UltraSystems was also responsible for preparing several technical studies and analysis for the project, including the air quality and greenhouse gas emissions analysis, the Biological Resources Evaluation, the Phase I Cultural Resources Survey, a Traffic Impact Study, ambient noise measurement data, public services information request letters, energy calculations, and Paleontological Records Search. Additionally, UltraSystems was responsible for the public noticing and distribution of notices for this project and participated in several public outreach meetings for this project. ...
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LACDPR) has commissioned UltraSystems Environmental, Inc. (UEI) to prepare a Water Quality Assessment Report for the urban lakes and reservoirs within 14 parks and recreational areas under LACDPR jurisdiction. In order to assess each lake’s water quality, UEI has directed the water quality data collection visits to these water bodies in both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 (See Photos).
During the data collection visits, researchers have collected a suite of physical and chemical indicators of water quality. Researchers mapped the contours, sediment hardness and vegetation growth of each lake’s bottom to characterize lake depth, sediment build up and aquatic weed extent. In addition, water quality technicians collected water temperature and dissolved oxygen readings which are good indicators a lake’s ability to support fish, turtles and other aquatic organisms. Researchers collected several other indicators of lake health including pH, turbidity, and chemical indicators such as chlorophyll, nitrogen, phosphorous and alkalinity; all these indicators inform lake managers about risks of algae infestations and suitability for fish and recreational activities.
Once UEI completes data analysis of the water quality data, they will compose a Water Quality Assessment Report for LACDPR. This report will include recommendations and guidelines for how lake managers can maintain each lake in optimal conditions so that lake visitors can enjoy all of the recreational benefits these lakes offer. ...
COSTA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLAQUE DEDICATION
Stephen O'Neil, Cultural Resources Manager at UltraSystems Environmental, Inc., spoke at the Diego Sepulveda Adobe Plaque Dedication in February 2019. The Orange County Historical Commission hosted a dedication ceremony for the second oldest building still standing in Orange County. Mr. O'Neil addressed the historical and cultural importance of the adobe which represents the Native American, Mexican and Anglo communities. The restored adobe now houses a museum which is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 12-4 pm.
I AM JUANEÑO - NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
Stephen O'Neil, Cultural Resources Manager at UltraSystems Environmental, Inc., was interviewed for the short film I am Juaneño. The film showcases the curation of the Blas Aguilar Adobe in San Juan Capistrano and the preservation of Juaneño heritage. O'Neil, who has researched Juaneño history in the San Juan Capistrano area for over 40 years, provided his expertise in the film.
The film will be presented at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the Saddleback College showcase on 4/27 at 1:30 pm.
Saturday| April 27, 2019
Lido Theater, Newport Beach
1:30 pm ...
UPCOMING PRESENTATION| JAWBONE CANYON
Alan P. Garfinkel Gold, Cultural Consultant at UltraSystems Environmental, Inc., will facilitate a presentation at Jawbone Canyon in the Mojave Desert on 5/25. The presentation will cover the indigenous culture and local rock art of Jawbone Canyon and how those relate to the native Californian religion. Following the presentation will be a screening of the rock art documentary film Talking Stone.
This day-long event will be held at the Jawbone Station Visitors Center.
Saturday | May 25, 2019
28111 Jawbone Canyon Rd.
Mojave, CA 93501
10:00 am - Presentation
2:00 pm - Film screening ...
Join us for a hike this Sunday on Tejon Ranch to observe the verdant spring landscape on the San Joaquin Valley.
There are few spots open for this hike, make sure you sign up today before they fill up.
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CRAF is helping to produce an exciting documentary film about the rock art of the world showcasing the central place of wild sheep and goats to indigenous people over the millennia. This effort publicly shares in an entertaining and educational platform the great importance and central cultural significance of California rock art on the world stage. The documentary emphasizes deep time religious aspects of rock art and helps us understand the meaning and function of some of the most abiding and timeless symbols passed down from our ancient ancestors. ...