One of the more notable observations about the ongoing battle between Home Depot and
Sunland-Tujunga is the apparent absence of Home Depot supporters!
Here we are, almost 2 years in, and there has yet to be seen or heard even a peep of organized support for Home Depot.
There are community meetings held, almost on a weekly basis, where these supporters could show up and express their desire for a Home Depot, and yet no advocates, if they exist, have bothered to turn up.
Home Depot is assumedly paying the PR firm, Dakota Communications, to build an opposition group to the No Home Depot Campaign, and pave the way for their intended acceptance by the community. And yet, no Pro Home Depot group has emerged!
Dakota Communications has been sending their Home Depot flack, Scott Svonkin, to meetings, but sitting in the back of the room and chatting up the female attorney that represents Home Depot, from Latham & Watkins, hardly qualifies as consensus building.
As No Home Depot activists, we're starting to feel a little short-changed!
The least they could do is bus in some paid supporters from somewhere, just so we
have something to do at every meeting besides preach to the choir!
On a more serious note, the community is appealing the decision by LA City planning
to issue permits for tenant improvements to Home Depot ( they currently have the option of renovating the old K-Mart building on the proposed site and opening for business), and we also met recently with the Department of Building & Safety and LA City Planning to try and decipher their "Alice in Wonderland" logic in granting permits to a project that will affect the community in such a profoundly negative way.
The intent of the community now, is to have Councilmember Wendy Greuel bring this matter before the full City Council, as she previously indicated she was willing to do!
Expect a very large turnout of angry people from Sunland-Tujunga ready to defend their town, and of course, buy Zuma Dogg T-Shirts!!