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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Home Depot and the Mayor, etc.

In a very unusual move by the City of Los Angeles, a public hearing has been scheduled for Jan 19th over the issuance of building permits to the proposed Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga. Normally, public hearings are only held when a proposed project is technically designated a "Project". In this case, Home Depot's plans were designated mere "Tenant Improvements" by the City and were supposed to be exempt from public input.

Apparently, this controversial project has registered so high on the Richter scale at
both LA City Planning and the LA Dept of Building and Safety that the LA City Planning Director herself, Gail Goldberg, wants input from the community before making a ruling.

We applaud Ms Goldberg for this bold move! Ms Goldberg has said that neighborhoods know best what works for their communities, and she appears to be an advocate for more local control over what gets developed where.

Home Depot, on the other hand, has lobbied heavily with the Mayor's office, including
sponsoring his "Mayor's Day Of Service", and even sending two of their attorneys with him on his recent trip to Asia.
Home Depot was also a major sponsor of Prop R, the City Council term extensions measure.

Whenever our campaign has approached the Mayor asking for intervention, we have been told by his Valley rep, Norma Vega, that "We are working closely with Council District 2 on this problem".

When we contacted Dale Thrush, the Council District 2 Planning Deputy for Council member Wendy Greuel, he told us that "....he has not spoken to the Mayors office in over a year regarding Home Depot"

How comforting!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kick HD ass!
A company run by THUGS!

December 26, 2006 7:32 PM  

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December 26, 2006 7:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought this thread was about Home Depot, not about your navel gazing.

December 26, 2006 7:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More important than HD or zuma doggs naval gazing is Thailands 7.1 earthquake.

December 26, 2006 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So is Iraq, Iran, and Global Warming,
but Home Depot is the topic here, and
it seems to mean alot to the folks in Sunland-Tujunga.

December 26, 2006 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't live in Sunland, California. I do blog live in Florida. So tell me, why is home depot so evil? What's the big deal?

December 26, 2006 9:22 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

They are not evil, they are just wrong!

December 26, 2006 9:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, 9:22 go to You tube and watch the Coconut Grove battle with Home Depot. They are not wanted in Coconut Grove and they are not wanted in Sunland-Tujunga!

December 26, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Home Depot is the epitome of a heartless corporation gone wild. They impose themselves on communities that do not want them. Often they put all the small mom and pop businesses out of business as well as the private contractors. Then, they still don't make enough money or for whatever reasons they close their store and leave the community gutted.

No Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga!

December 26, 2006 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They want to put another Home Depot less then 5 miles from another one on San Fernando Road in the Northeast area. When a corporation like Home Depot is giving money to politicans there's a big problem. Wendy has sold her soul to the developers. Pathetic she is unopposed because no one had the money to compete.

December 27, 2006 5:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No day laborer shelters (i.e. illegal alien lounges)!

December 27, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is all about keeping Mexicans out of the neighborhood. This is racism disguised as wanting a general retailer. If Home Depot thought they wouldn't be succesful they wouldn't open the store.

I am glad the Mayor wants to open the Home Depot, it would do those bigots in Sunland some good. This is no longer the the 1930's Mexicans can freely move throughout the City.

December 27, 2006 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you actually knew anything about Sunland-Tujunga, you would know how stupid your statement is. Go try and
invent racism some where else, it's doesn't fly here.

December 28, 2006 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is there no city official with enough power to stop this thing in on this? This is completely irresponsible use of the land. The traffic is busy on a normal morning, this will make it a complete mess. 8-9 o'clock in the morning on that street with a Home Depot? You've got to be kidding me. If our elected officials let this happen, than they certainly aren't looking out for the peoples needs or interests. So who's interests are they looking out for? Mmmmmmmmm...

December 28, 2006 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, Estupido 9:47 PM, there are a whole lot of latinos in Sunland and Tujunga who oppose this Home Depot. Does that make them racists?

December 29, 2006 12:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Greuel and the Mayor, His Polliness, have made a deal with Home Depot. They can have the Sunland Home Depot, but they can not have Glassel Park. We, in Sunland/Tujunga are really pissed about that and since both of them plan to run for elected office in the future, wait until they find out how Sunland/Tujunga will react to stop them from ever winning another election anywhere. No, little pisser, you will never be Governor and smiley, you can forget ever becoming Mayor.

December 29, 2006 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You folks in Sunland-Tujunga
deserve better than what the City is
trying to force down your throats.
I wish the rest of this big ass town was more like you guys.

December 29, 2006 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, Mr. Mayor, there will be no Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga. If we have to sue you, you will not like the publicity. It is going to get very nasty, the publicity that is, and you are not going to like it. So step up and tell your Home Depot buddies, it is not working out like you thought and you have to renig and stop the Sunland HD from happening.

Good Boy!

December 30, 2006 12:19 AM  

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