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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Rembembering Yvon Docker Lincoln 1921-2008

Yvon Docker Lincoln arrived in Los Angeles when she was barely 6 onths old, coming with her parents Mytris Evalina Burns and Malcolm Docker Lincoln from Tucson, Arizona. She remained ni Southern California the rest of her life.

During WWII, she served as an air raid warden and as a U.S. Naval truck driver, building landing strips. Peacetime work was primarily in transportation, especially transcontinental truckign of heavy machinery and later, air freight. She was the first woman Western Regional Vice President of Delta Nu Alpha, a national transportation society. An activist in Silver Lake, her home community, Yvon, in retirement was also a volunteer and contributor to many non-profit organizations. Yvon's greatest gift was making friends and they are legion.

In a nursing home with failing health for the past three years, she succumbed to cancer on November 26, 2008. She is survived by her companion, Lucile Jones and her cousin Laura Burns. UCLA Donated Body Program accepted her remains and there will be no services pursuant to her wishes. Those wanting to remember her may do so by making a new friend, as she would, or by giving to her favorite charity, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, c/o St. Vincent Foundation, 2222 Ocean View Avenue, Suite 114, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

Silver Lakers Dedicate the New Pathway Circumventing SL Reservoir

Saturday, December 20, 2008 marked an historic happening in Silver Lake, the Ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the pathway circling Silver Lake Reservoir. A host of dignitaries, neighbors and reservoir advocates were on hand for the long-awaited path to finally open.

I arrived just before 10 a.m., and already there were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. I spotted Bea Gold, along with L.A. Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Council President Eric Garcetti, who were definitely pumped for the occasion. Bea was greeting CA. Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (43rd Dist.) while LaBonge was introducing Assemblymember Curran Price (51st Dist.).

Fine speeches by Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge were followed by addresses from Paul Krekorian, LADWP CEO H. David Nahai, L.A. City Engineer Gary Moore, Board of Public Works Board Member Julie Gutman and Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs President Shelley Marks. It was a special day for many of us who have been advocating for Silver Lake's open reservoirs.