Shutdown Forces California to Close Pyramid Lake | KCET
Shutdown Forces California to Close Pyramid Lake
State parks are safe for now, but an outdoor destination run by a state agency quickly closed to the public Friday afternoon.
"Although the California Department of Water Resources operates Pyramid Lake and the [Pyramid Lake Recreation Area], the U.S. Forest Service is the land owner," said news release sent out after 2 p.m. "The Forest Service ordered the closure due to the Federal budget impasse." The area was closed less than two hours later.
Pyramid Lake, which bridges the Angeles and Los Padres national forests off the 5 freeway in the Tejon Pass, is a California Aqueduct reservoir, feeding the hydroelectric Castaic Power Plant. Activities on the body of water include boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and camping, all which have been suspended until further notice.
The Vista del Lago Visitor Center overlooking the lake, however, will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Today, a cadre of local activists and artists in Watts are using storytelling and human relationships to promote change, justice, equality and communal values.
In such a controversial campaign as Proposition 187, art and politics inenvitably mix. During the 1990s a number of politicians (established and aspiring) helped shape the campaign, as artists on the ground informed the public and inspired them to act.
From performing with an ensemble to working at the Smithsonian to mentoring Watts youth (including a young Nipsey Hussle), WTAC's advocate has done it all and keeps fighting for her adopted neighborhood.
“We get it all the time — people come up to us and say, ‘We didn't know that Black people live in Santa Monica,” Carolyne Edwards said. “And there was a huge population there.”
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