My apologies for interrupting all the Paris Hilton/Rocky Delgadillo/AV Breaking News, but here is a little story that you may enjoy.
First a little background:
The community of Sunland-Tujunga has been fighting the multiple attempts by Home Depot to open a store in our little town for nearly 3 years.
Earlier this year, we were able to prove to a Zoning Administrator that what Home Depot had proposed for the site far exceeded the definition of simple "Tenant Improvements", should be relabeled a "Project", and must be subject to more intense environmental scrutiny.
Home Depot's building permits were immediately revoked, and they were ordered to vacate the property.
Home Depot immediately appealed the decision, and this is where my story begins.
An Appeal Hearing was scheduled for June 7th, before the North Valley Area Planning Commission at the Marvin Braude building in Van Nuys.
As you may recall, the purpose of the Hearing before the North Valley Area Planning Commission was to determine whether the earlier decision by the City to revoke Home Depot's building permits, for their proposed store in Sunland-Tujunga, was arrived at in a correct manner.
Home Depot brought in almost 200 paid supporters to that hearing. They brought them in on 3 chartered buses, had them don "Stop Racism" and "For Our Community" T-shirts, and sent them to occupy all the seats in the Hearing room, an hour and a half before the Hearing was scheduled to begin.
Never mind that none of these people were from the Sunland-Tujunga area, never mind that few, if any, of these paid supporters even knew why they were there; Home Depot had packed
the room with a sea of orange shirted people, and were hoping that the Planning Commission would see this overwhelming "support", side with Home Depot, and allow their "Project" to proceed.
At 4:00 pm, the residents of Sunland-Tujunga began to arrive. Most of them were not allowed entry to the Hearing room as it was already at capacity. Then, of course, the Fire Marshall shows up, shuts the Hearing down, the media pack up their cameras, the paid supporters of HD get back on their buses, and the whole Circus cames to a grinding halt. The Planning Commission has no choice, much to the chagrin of Home Depot's law firm, Latham & Watkins, but to postpone the hearing until July 19th, while they search for a larger venue.
Fast forward to today, and we now learn that the larger venue that the Planning Commission has selected for the Hearing is a school auditorium in Sunland-Tujunga!
That's right folks! Home Depot shot themselves in the foot with their ridiculous antics at the June 7th Hearing, and they just shot themselves again. The Hearing is coming home to the actual community that their proposed store will affect!
Talk about karma in action!
See you on July 19th!
If you haven't yet heard my interview on the John & Ken Show about Home Depot's tactics, here is the link: http://no2homedepot.com/files/JohnandKen61307.mp3
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