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  • May

    Corps, city celebrates San Clemente beach expansion

    The City of San Clemente hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of part of its expanded beach May 31 in San Clemente. The event occurred following the completion of Phase One of the San Clemente Beach Nourishment project, which aims to reduce coastal storm damage along the city’s shoreline.
  • LA District hosts Whittier Narrows Dam Tabletop Exercise

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted representatives from multiple local, state and federal agencies during a Whittier Narrows Dam Tabletop Exercise at the USACE Baseyard May 23 in South El Monte.
  • August

    LA District preps for Hurricane Hilary, keeps public safe, captures water from storm

    In the week leading up to Hurricane Hilary – the first tropical storm to make landfall in Southern California in more than 80 years – the wheels were already in motion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District.
  • February

    Aspiring engineer, student trainee earns Corps internship, inspires minds along way

    Taylor Brown, a student trainee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, discovered career opportunities early on in construction engineering as the daughter of an electrician. Additionally, several members of her family on her mother’s side also work in construction, she said, which piqued her interest in the field.
  • December

    Corps, partners sign agreement to move forward on study to aid Salton Sea

    On a sunny December day near the shores of the Salton Sea, three agencies signed an agreement to collaborate on ways to aid the ailing lake. Representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, California Department of Water Resources and the Salton Sea Authority signed a cost-share agreement during a Dec. 16 outdoor ceremony at the North Shore Yacht Club in Mecca.
  • November

    Corps, Maricopa County leaders celebrate completion of repairs to 5 federally constructed channels in Arizona

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District leaders visited the New River Dam Outlet Channel Oct. 24 in Florence, Arizona, to recognize the completion of a project that restores the capability of five federally constructed channels in Maricopa County.
  • July

    Corps, Port of Hueneme celebrate completion of harbor-deepening project

    Representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, Port of Hueneme and the U.S. Navy, among other agencies, celebrated June 28 as officials cut the ribbon signifying the completion of the Port of Hueneme’s port-deepening project.
  • March

    General visits LA-area hospitals, gets updates on construction progress in support of COVID-19 response

    Brig. Gen. Paul Owen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, visited two Los Angeles-area hospitals March 19 to view the progress on construction the Corps and its contractors are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • LA District leaders tour Painted Rock Dam project

    Col. Julie Balten, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, and David Van Dorpe, deputy district engineer for the LA District, toured the Painted Rock Dam, a flood risk-reduction project, located on the Gila River in Maricopa County March 24 near Gila Bend.
  • Los Angeles District reassures commitment to public, takes measures to protect workforce

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District is taking precautionary measures to protect its workforce, while also remaining committed to the communities it serves during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • February

    Corps’ employees participate in National Engineer Week event, tout career as positive impact on others

    Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District employees traveled to John Muir High School Feb. 12 to share their career experiences with students during the school’s Engineering Week. Capt. Gus Madrigal with the Contracting Division; Linh Do of the Engineering Division; and Jenna May, a biologist with the Planning Division, spoke with ninth to 12th grade students during the school’s Engineering and Environmental Science Academy Career Exploration Showcase. In its seventh year, the career exploration showcase gives students the opportunity to meet with and interview industry professionals from various agencies representing engineering and environmental disciplines.
  • Corps donates toiletries to women’s center in honor of King’s legacy

    LOS ANGELES – Shirley Craig, donations and inventory associate at the Downtown Women’s Center, smiled as she looked through the large cart full of toiletries. “I think this is wonderful,” she said. “The ladies are going to love these. They’re packed nicely, and they’ve got so many things in them.” The gallon-sized plastic bags Craig was referring to were full of necessary items a woman might need if she was going on a trip – socks, lotion, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, combs, toothbrushes, makeup and even packs of playing cards. However, these bags weren’t packed for a leisurely trip or vacation; they were going to the many Los Angeles women calling the center and the streets of Skid Row their temporary home. The truck bed full of toiletries was delivered to the center Jan. 23 by employees with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District.
  • January

    LA District employees receive recognition for service during Fourth Quarter Award ceremony

    Twelve U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District employees received recognition for outstanding service, including a team of engineers that helped develop modeling to predict post-fire debris flows in the hopes of saving lives.
  • October

    Cal State professor talks about strides in college’s engineering program, how Corps can help

    Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District recognizes Hispanic Americans for their contributions to the Army and the nation during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This year’s theme, “Honoring Hispanic Americans: Essential to the Blueprint of Our Nation” highlighted their impact and those contributions.
  • District rangers partner with local community for National Public Lands Day clean-up event

    In honor of National Public Lands Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s park rangers partnered with Los Angeles County, the Whittier Narrows Nature Center Associates and local volunteers to clean up the San Gabriel riverbed Sept. 28 at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center.
  • July

    Top Corps general tours Golden State projects

    The commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured several of the agency’s Los Angeles District projects during a recent three-day visit to the Golden State. Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite visited Southern California July 8 to 10, touring the San Diego border construction project, before heading to the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Medical Center to visit the sites of the future mental health in-patient/out-patient facility and community living center, which are under construction.
  • June

    Biologist working on new solution to test hydrological effects on plant habitat in Southwest

    A Los Angeles District biologist is working to expand the capabilities of modeling software in hopes of creating a better understanding of hydrological effects on plant habitat along rivers in the Southwest. Christopher Solek, Environmental Resources Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, is conducting the work as a 2019 participant in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s outreach program, ERDC University.
  • February

    Corps’ employees feel ‘sense of pride’ when talking to students during National Engineers Week

    Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District employees traveled to John Muir High School Feb. 13 to share their career experiences with students during the school’s Engineering Week.
  • Military members pay tribute to Marvel comic book legend, Army veteran during Hollywood ceremony

    As a child, Maj. Scotty Autin loved reading Marvel comic books. One of his favorite characters was Gambit, a fictional quick-handed, card-playing thief from New Orleans. “Considering I’m from Louisiana, I was always drawn to Gambit,” said Autin, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District. “I read all the comics that featured him and watched the X-Men animated series just to see him. I remember as a 10-year-old, I would practice throwing playing cards just to be like him.” So when Autin was invited to participate in “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” Jan. 30 at The Creative Life, or TCL, Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
  • Corps, counties meet to collaborate on flood-risk management, share best practices

    Directors from flood-risk management agencies representing seven Southern California counties met for the Seven County Flood Control Directors meeting Jan. 31 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District headquarters in downtown LA. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Corps’ partners with the latest information about flood-risk management programs and operations, including emergency assistance procedures, regulatory programs and permitting, as well as address matters of concern and interest from each respective county.