Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Discover all the ways you can make a difference.
Support Icon
The Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams are here to help.

Compton Creek

Support Provided By

Today, the lush vegetation along Compton Creek provides a glimpse into a time when the wetlands of Compton and Vernon were zoned for agriculture. Rivers have memories. Not long ago, city dwellers used the area as a dumping ground, throwing everything from rubbish to dead animals into the wetlands. Things have fortunately changed; a coalition of NGO's, politicians and city residents are now claiming the creek as their own, in a way bringing the natural resource back to life - and back to their community.

The 8 mile creek extends and traverses under freeways and neighborhoods before letting out into the ocean.
Alex Kenefick - Compton Creek - Layout of the Creek

Layout of the Creek
The 8 mile creek extends and traverses under freeways and neighborhoods before letting out into the ocean.

"Everybody thinks, 'yeah its a sewer'..."
Alex Kenefick - Compton Creek - Life on the Creek

Life on the Creek
"Everybody thinks, 'yeah its a sewer'..."

Beautification measures, bike trails and upkeep are some of the numerous missions of county officials are involved in the task force.
Yvonne Arceneaux - The Compton Creek Task Force

The Compton Creek Task Force
Beautification measures, bike trails and upkeep are some of the numerous missions of county officials are involved in the task force.

Land owned along the creek was eventually sold to the city.
Cliff Williams - Compton Creek - Compton Creek Property

Compton Creek Property
Land owned along the creek was eventually sold to the city.

The creek connects the community and needs to be respected.
James Alamillo - Compton Creek - the Creek and Community

The Creek = Community
The creek connects the community and needs to be respected.

Support Provided By
Read More
Ed Fuentes, artwork Colette Miller (preview)

In Remembrance of Arts Journalist and Advocate Ed Fuentes

Collaborator and friend James Daichendt remembers Ed Fuentes, a longtime advocate of the arts, who passed away this week.
mount_baldy_photo_by_daniel_medina

The San Gabriels: The Remarkable History of L.A.'s Threatened National Monument

An exploration of the rich history and culture of the San Gabriel Mountains and its eponymous river.
Boyle Heights Street Vending. Credits: Feng Yuan

Is Los Angeles Finally Legalizing Street Vending?

Trend-setting entrepreneurs versus “illegal” street vendors is a confusing dichotomy that has become the center of many conversations.