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Monday, January 11, 2010

At Krekorian's Urging, McGroarty Trees Saved

It is indeed news when a politician keeps a promise; the following press release was issued by Paul Krekorian who must be making Sunland Tujunga feel like they have a real Council Member for a change.

Over here in CD4 we could use the same. Does Paul have a brother?

LOS ANGELES -- Following through on a campaign pledge, Councilman Paul Krekorian on Monday personally appeared before the city's Board of Public Works to urge that 10 trees on McGroarty Street in Sunland be saved from destruction.

"These trees are such an important part of the rural character of the Sunland community," Councilman Krekorian said. "This part of McGroarty Street lies at the base of oak covered hills and these trees blend perfectly with the wooded character of the area. McGroarty Street in this area has very little traffic. It would be a tragedy to lose these trees in order to accommodate a street widening that we will never need."

The board unanimously agreed with Krekorian, voting 5-0 to oppose the removal of the 10 Coast Live Oak trees on the 8000 block of W. McGroaty St.

"I am very pleased that the board stood up for the neighborhood and the natural beauty the Sunland-Tujunga community offers," Krekorian added. "I especially want to thank and applaud Commissioner Andrea Alarcon for her strong advocacy on this issue, and for actually coming out to the community to visit the site and hear our concerns. This is how the system is supposed to work."

The decision saves the homeowner, who would have been saddled with the cost of uprooting the trees, hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, the city will not have to bear the brunt of any costs associated with street improvements.

During his recent campaign for City Council, Krekorian pledged to the Sunland-Tujunga community to save the trees, which neighbors said were an integral part of their community.
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27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This pathetic. You're no posting his own press releases as news?

While I supported him over Empty Skirt or Pansuit Essel being sick of the phony Shallman clients without the experience or aptitude to get things done and the nasty campaigns he runs, if you believe Krekorian is a worthy rep let him stand on his own. THIS blog being a shill for whoever you support, one minute it's Tritanich, next Krekorian, hit or miss, has lost it all credibility.

Well I can't say ALL because that belongs to Phil and he who shall not be named, they're the benchmark for ALL.

January 11, 2010 2:09 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Uh, doesn't he stand on his or not stand on his own by us and others chronicling what he's doing? I told you it's a press release and offered my own commentary.

If you don't want to read that you know where you can go play.

I am certain the folks in Sunland Tujunga are glad to read this!

January 11, 2010 2:30 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Trust me - if and when Krekorian fouls up we'll post it.

January 11, 2010 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

Yesssss!!! I wish he was in office during the time the city cut down dozens of Oaks on Big Tujunga Cyn before Honolulu in Sunland-Tujunga.

Also, when they took out all the beautiful mature trees on Glenoaks Blvd near Sunland Blvd in Sun Valley for a senseless widening of that street in the middle of that block that doesn't conform to the rest of Glenoaks, all for developers!

January 11, 2010 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Lydia Grant said:

Yes, residents in Sunland-Tujunga are very happy to hear this news!
This has been ongoing for a while.
We are happy to win this battle,
because once the trees are gone, they are gone forever.
Thank You Paul, for standing behind your promises.

January 11, 2010 3:44 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Krekorian is a freedom-hating liberal.

Now, it's not acceptable to let people cut down trees to make improvements.

I wonder what other freedoms he'll be stealing in the future? Maybe he'll pass a crazy rule saying you can't get your cat declawed.

Oh, wait. Paul Koretz, the other budget-destroying Socialist on Council, beat him to it.

January 11, 2010 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop the whining haters.

Paul is paying more attention to ST than Wendy ever did, feels like we are actually part of Los Angeles with Paul in office.

January 11, 2010 4:43 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Phil is a babbling idiot. Of course we are pleased about this and if Phil knew anything about the situation he wouldn't be shooting off his mouth. Paul has hit the ground running and this section of CD2 is letting out a big cheer today!

January 11, 2010 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Kristin Sabo said:

Yay for Sunland.

We need some play in Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, etc.

Hello?

I can't even get an appointment with the gentleman.

January 11, 2010 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a post from the Foothill Forum.
Looks like the only one upset is Phil the Moron:

Great news to report everyone!!!! This morning the Board of Public Works voted NOT to remove ANY of the oak trees along McGroarty Street (in front of the Luke Vella property). Luke was there to speak, as well as 5 neighbors and myself (representing my neighbor and the STNC). Special guest, Councilman Paul Krekorian also spoke. The Board had nothing but good things to say about our community's efforts to save these oak trees and maintain our rural-like lifestyle. Commissioner Alarcon spoke very highly of Sunland-Tujunga and due to her hard work we have saved the oak trees. Special thanks should go out to her as well as Paul.

wooooohoooo! this shows us all that as a community we are very STRONG and that we all can make a positive difference for Sunland-Tujunga. thanks everyone.

January 11, 2010 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Phil, what have YOU done for the public?

You won't find out because you're not electable.

Take more childish photos in your cowboy hat and belt bucklet. The rest of us work for a living.

January 11, 2010 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul for Mayor.

January 11, 2010 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Screw you phil, you dono't know jack about jack.

You are like an old lady parroting some phrases you looked up online, but you have no understanding of context.

It's gonna be a treat watching you try to campaign for another office. You, me, and every one knowss that you have zero chance of winning so itll be fun to watch you spin yer wheels under you fall to exhaustion. In time, you will win your second AssClown award. even dumb hakoola didnt get one and youll have too.

January 11, 2010 5:33 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil either you are joking or you are stupid.

Paul stopped the CITY from chopping down the trees - not some private property owner.

Why was the CITY going to chop down the trees? Because they wanted to widen the streets and everyone in the community knew there was NO NEED TO WIDEN THE STREET.

And had they done that they WOULD HAVE CHARGED THE ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNER FOR CHOPPING DOWN THE TREES. This actually happened to my family's home years ago. They widened our two lane semi-rural road into a four lane street, tore up our fence, chopped down our trees and charged us for the privilege.

So you see Phil - Paul actually did something ANTI-SOCIALIST and PRO-FREEDOM!

I seriously think you're just joking but if you're not you probably not better go to Sunland-Tujunga anytime soon.

January 11, 2010 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that why Phil has to wear the cowboy hat? He lost a bet?

January 11, 2010 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop blaming Phil for bothering us and being obnoxious. Ultimately he will pay the price by being embarrassed in another election. Blame mayor sam for giving him the spotlight, which he ultimately squandered.

January 11, 2010 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennerdoodle is a peace & quiet-hating retard.

January 11, 2010 7:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With every day that Paul is in office, Wendy will look like an incompetent fool. Mayor Wendy Greuel bye bye!

January 11, 2010 8:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is Sarah Palin without the personality or IQ.

January 11, 2010 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get used to it, every time Paul does something good, Phil is going to equate it to socialism. Then all the dum-dums come out and the whole thread gets focused on Phil. This is exactly what the Ass Clown of the Year 2009 wants. Attention. MS, please ban this guy, he's just like the other wierdo that used to post here but even less intelligent.

January 11, 2010 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul for Mayor.

January 11, 2010 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once you cut down trees you lose it forever. Same thing when you sell off parking rights worth hundreds of millions of dollars along with other city assets. But people don't care about stuff like that cause you can't see it right in front of you in a tangible way. Hasn't been enough pain yet to rally the troops.

January 11, 2010 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul got in with a heavy Armenian base, let's see how he is at coalition building and doing what's good for the city as a whole, not just pandering to Sunland-Tujunga which helped him. The problem right now is that most of the councilmembers pander to a few HOA and NC's, afraid of any negative publicity if they don't cave. Look at Janice Hahn and Bill Rosendahl, who shamelessly grandstand to them, can't stick to coherent public policy and throw their colleagues under the bus at the slightest sign of controversy.

Paul Koretz was at the SLAP meeting this weekend by the way, according to Kaye on his blog. What did Koretz say there? Is he being sincere or just trying to pander to a few militant HOA's who want no more building in CD5 at all, at least not near THEM.

Paul Boyarsky writes in his blog on L A Observed that Koretz will take on Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors no matter what his colleagues say but Boyarsky thinks he'll have a hard time getting a majority on anything since many of them like Perry and Wesson, Hahn, even Eric Garcetti, want billboard districts and don't want to rock the boat.

January 11, 2010 11:25 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

You can criticize me all you want.

Facts remain facts.

Krekorian stands with the NIMBYs in obstructing progress.

Nothing wrong with a little growth up in S-T.

January 12, 2010 7:18 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil please once again try to answer the question and explain yourself.

How does someone (anyone Krekorian or otherwise) opposing the spending of taxpayer dollars for a project no one is asking for and there is no demonstrated need for Socialist? In my world that's more on the Republican side of the line than anything!

Plus add in the fact that the local government would be taking property from private individuals AND then slapping them with a mandatory, excessive and onerous tax to do so.

Please, please explain to me why opposing that is Socialist.

Do you even know the definition of the word Socialist?

January 12, 2010 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to Jennerd*ck, a socialist is anyone who doesn't hold his save political and economic views.

January 12, 2010 9:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn said:
You can criticize me all you want.
Facts remain facts.
Krekorian stands with the NIMBYs in obstructing progress.
Nothing wrong with a little growth up in S-T.
January 12, 2010 7:18 AM


My political leanings are probably close to Phil's but I disagree with with him in this instance. I am a fervent supporter of local control. Big government is anathema to me.
Saving the oak trees is of no concern to me if it makes sense to cut them down. I think the oak tree laws are yet another example of unnecessary intrusion into private property rights.

Widening the road was just a ploy to lessen the budget burden by bringing money into the city coffers and keeping more city workers feeding at the taxpayer trough. I didn't see any need for the project. We are not anti-growth here. When growth is appropriate we support it. We enthusiastically supported the new City Center project but when it doesn't make sense, we will fight it.

January 13, 2010 10:12 AM  

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