Today, Sunland-Tujunga awoke to its Worst Nightmare.
The beleagured Dept of Building & Safety and LA City Planning have issued permits for Home Depot to begin "Tenant Improvements" on the site of the former K-Mart in Sunland-Tujunga. After being presented with a mountain of evidence that the proposed Home Depot was indeed a "Project" deserving of environmental scrutiny, LA City Planning rejected the evidence and signed off on the plans allowing Home Depot to proceed.
Daniel Scott, the Principal LA City Planner who reports directly to Gail Goldberg
( LA City Planning Director) was the primary decision maker and the community now demands an explanation as to how he could possibly arrive at such a decision.
If you will recall, "Tenant Improvements" are normally just cosmetic upgrades to a building and as such, a business is not required to undergo environmental scrutiny.
In this case, Home Depot plans call for ripping out the entire floor, replacing it with reenforced concrete, and for major structural work to the roof, among other things.
A highly regarded structural engineer submitted overwelming evidence that this proposed project was anything but "Tenant Improvements" and yet Daniel Scott disregarded the facts and ruled in favor of Home Depot.
The community is obviously disappointed but the flood of e-mails to the No Home Depot
Campaign are also expressing extreme anger and outrage! A Public Demonstration is planned in front of the proposed location later this week.
The No Home Depot Campaign will also file an appeal with the Board of Commissioners
for the Department of Building & Safety.
If this is a sample of the direction in which Gail Goldberg wants to lead Los Angeles then
there are celebrations being held at the offices of developers around the city tonight!
For the rest of Los Angeles, we have our work cut out for us.
And just now, I have received a message from Councilmember Wendy Greuel;
Statement of Councilmember Wendy Greuel:
"I have vigorously opposed a Home Depot store in Sunland-Tujunga from
the beginning, and I will continue to work with Sunland-Tujunga
residents to find a solution that benefits the entire community.
"Toward that end, I have asked the City Attorney to review the decision
to issue building permits which would allow Home Depot to move into the