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Friday, April 25, 2008

Let The Games Begin

Tomorrow is the "Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue", the controversial attempt by the City Attorney and Home Depot to avoid further litigation and try to reach some sort of compromise with the community over Home Depot's proposed store.

If a compromise can be reached, and Home Depot's new application to open their store is rapidly approved, per the stipulation agreement, then Home Depot will drop their $10,000,000.00 lawsuit against the City.

Anything less and Home Depot will resume their lawsuit.

The City Attorney's office has said that they are well prepared to vigorously defend the City against Home Depot if this whole process collapses.

Whether or not this "Dialogue" collapses depends on Home Depot.
-The "Dialogue" will not collapse if Home Depot leaves the paid supporters/shills at home this time.
-The "Dialogue" will not collapse if Home Depot is willing to finally understand that their store is not appropriate for this community.
-The "Dialogue" will not collapse if Home Depot makes a sincere apology for the way they have treated this community for the past four years, including the labeling of residents as racists, the bussed in supporters, the army of lobbyists, and saying in their press releases and website that they have "been working with the community, engaging in dialogue". They have not.

Anything less, and the "Dialogue" will likely collapse rapidly if not immediately.

The "Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue"
Saturday, April 26. 1pm till 4pm
Mount Gleason Middle School
10965 Mt Gleason Ave., Sunland

This event is open to the entire planet, arrive early for seating.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Home Depot their lawyers and PR firms have committed even more trangressions than you list! They spew all kinds of spin in their propaganda, they have accused the No Home Depot Campaign of being funded by one of their competitors, they disregard the law, and create phony websites. And let's not forget the leaked memo where they mention "we will work Commissioner Fortson", an Area Planning Commissioner, to testify at City Council in their favor. The Home Depot certainly has proven themselves to be one slimey corporation. If they ever do open there in S-T, they will be heavily boycotted, I'm sure. Why would anyone want to shop at a store that has show such bad behavior to it's potential customers?

April 25, 2008 9:39 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

9:39 AM said ... Why would anyone want to shop at a store that has show such bad behavior to it's potential customers?

9:39, you're totally right. Who wants to give their support, business, money to an organization that has done nothing but provoke such bad feelings in the community. A business should be a COMMUNITY PARTNER, not a COMMUNITY ANTAGONIST.

The Home Despot people really need to wake up and smell the fresh cut 2 x 4's -- S-T doesn't want you.


April 25, 2008 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:39 -- Yeah, but just how much good would a boycott do? Just look at the physical impact the Sylmar HD - all of 6 miles away from the S-T site - has on the shopping center there and the local streets?

****, I couldn't even get to the McDonalds to buy breakfast this morning because of the large # of bodies in the parking lot, on the street, and ducking and dodging vehicles as they were looking for work. I'm totally sick of it, but dammit -- I'm hungry in the morning!

April 25, 2008 10:43 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:


JINX! (look at our posting times)

ps. would it be convenient for you to swing by the Micky D'. over on Glenoaks/Hubbard? That's the next closest one I can think of on the north side of Slime-mar.

April 25, 2008 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Vall, I call 'em "Home Despot" too!



So hey, HD are just total f*ckers and I want 'em dead. Grrrr.

Okay, okay, breathing now...

Never been to Micky D but Hubbard and GlenOaks works for moi.

April 25, 2008 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh... McDonalds... (ugh... long week... getting longer...)

Hubbard and Glenoaks is a bit out of my normal travel route to make it a regulr trip. The McMoneyGrubbers in S-T (next to the HD site) is closer, but they charge too friggin' much for the same garbage-io.

Maybe I should learn to cook. Ha! Psych! :-)

April 25, 2008 10:56 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

It's great for the City's leading moderately conservative blog to give all this attention to Home Depot, but can we get a reality check?

The kind of kleptocratic schemes City Council is coming up with right now---all targeted at ordinary homeowners---should be enough to drive people who profess to be moderately conservative or libertarian completely nuts.

Where has MayorSam been on the budget this week? I'm rooting for SLTJ too, but damn, there are so many fish to fry now, they're fairly jumping all around the pan.

April 25, 2008 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't keep track of all those bloody schemes, Joe. Every day brings five or six new ones.

Maybe someone (or someones) who can keep track should create a Master Check List along with their progress through the City political grinder...?

Good idea, yes?

April 25, 2008 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I nominate Zuma Dogg to moderate, ride herd on the scoundrels. They are a tempestuous bunch, and few beside the Dogg has proven the "chops" to rouse their ire. So run w/Zuma Dogg (stay upwind) and rest assured the City Council shall have their proverbial feet to the fire..

April 25, 2008 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Lydia Grant said:

The new permit filed by Home Depot
Leaves out the Parcel Profile Report on 10355 Woodward/ next to the School. They did use it on the Permit address but the rest of the Paperwork is Missing.

Way to go!
Will the people of the city of
Los Angeles, Please start doing the jobs that we pay you for!

April 25, 2008 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Out of town spectator said:

In March 2007, a 20 page report signed by Gail Goldberg, Director of Planning, asserted “that the structural changes at the building site qualified as a ‘project’ according to the Foothills Blvd. Specific Plan” and the subsequent LA City Council vote in August, 2007, that declared the Home Depot a “project”, and subject to full EIR review. The old permits were revoked because of structural changes that were being made violated the parameters of the permit. In view of the dozens of compelling negative impacts is it any wonder that stakeholders are a bit miffed? Should they not wonder about foul play when such statements are made by Home Depot: “The permit would allow The Home Depot to revitalize the vacant building by repainting the exterior of the building with complementary colors, improving access to the store for people with disabilities, improving landscaping, limiting exterior signage, encouraging bicycle access and incorporating new energy efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.” A letter addressed to “Neighbors” from Jeff Nichols, Real Estate Director – Western Region HD appeared to indicate Home Depot’s intent, “The temporary hold enables HD to apply for a new permit to allow the reuse of the existing building"? And after four+ years of fighting Home Depot, to be asked childish and quite foolish questions at an alleged adult dialogue just goes to show what everyone knows they're trying to pull.

April 25, 2008 3:32 PM  

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