Tonight, the Pacoima Neighborhood Council came out in support of Sunland-Tujunga's
battle to keep Home Depot from opening in their community.
This is the 4th NC to openly side with S-T in support of their
right to be the best judge of what serves the communitys interest.
The question now becomes whether this act of unprecedented alliance means anything to the L.A. City Council and to the L.A. City gov't at large.
Can a united position from several NC's be enough to influence the decisions made in a
seemingly far-away Downtown? Is the self-determination that neighborhoods seek attainable, or will the developers, the deep pockets of corporations and their high priced attorneys continue to rule the roost?
The No Home Depot Campaign in Sunland-Tujunga has just submitted their analysis of Home Depots latest plans (their last set plans were determined by the City to be "Vague and Incomplete"). This community is seeking a "Project" determination by L.A. City Planning.
A "Project" determination will allow the City to require full environmental scrutiny,
including traffic, air quality, and noise level studies before Home Depot can proceed.
To Sunland-Tujunga, this is not too much to ask of a company whose potential presence will affect the area for decades to come.