Alarcon Gets His Pet Project. Open Space Laws Shredded!
Business as Usual in Los Angeles.
What do you get when you combine:
1. A packed house of opponents speaking passionately for over three hours against a Diesel Truck Driving School being placed on designated and precious Open Space.
2. Strong legal arguments against the project by noted land use attorney Daniel Wright.
3. Opposition to the project by the entire LA County Board of Supervisors, The Sierra Club, The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, a ton of neighborhood councils and homeowner groups, the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, and the Community Alliance for Open Space.
What do you think you get?
A quick and unanimous vote by the North Valley Area Planning Commissioners (appointed by the Mayor) to allow the project to proceed. They didn't even bother to explain why they were voting this way. The vote was taken, the meeting was adjourned.
That is all. Move along, nothing but business as usual.
Side notes- Speaking in favor of the diesel truck driving school was none other than Board of Public Works Commissioner Andrea Alarcon (yep).
-Seen hugging a North Valley Planning Commissioner during a break- a head of the program trying to open the school (didn't catch her name).
- Only two Neighborhood Councils supported the truck driving school; Mission Hills NC (who sent a rep to speak) and Pacoima NC.
-First thing overheard after the hearing; "When we start working out which residential streets the trucks can practice on, Mission Hills and Pacoima should be at the top of the list."
-The Community Alliance for Open Space (the appellants) said they are exploring their options which could include filing a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles.
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