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"
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