Update from Abby 4/28/08

There’s a lot to talk about! We’re having a Yard & Bake Sale on May 3 – Vote for Sheriff Joe tickets and a Sheriff Joe party in the works.

But let’s start with Saturday’s “Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue”. I’ll try not to repeat what has already been said on our no2homedepot site. We’ve received a lot of questions from the folks who attended. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Now what?” Now that we’ve proven that the S-T residents are informed, well-spoken, and certain that a Home Depot is inappropriate for the old KMart site – we must let the Planning Department know our thoughts.

The Home Depot filed their Project Permit Compliance Review application with City Planning on April 22. The Stipulation between the City and Home Depot states a 5 month review period, so there’s no time to waste.

We don’t know if the Planning Department will be given the opportunity to review the results of the small groups. We suggest writing a letter expressing your views and comments about your experience, to Councilwoman Greuel and Daniel Scott of City Planning, which will, hopefully, make a difference. Here are the addresses:

The Honorable Wendy Greuel CD2 200 N. Spring St. Room 475 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Daniel Scott, Principal City Planner 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. #351 Van Nuys, CA 91401-2709

Lots of folks have comments and questions about the evaluation form we were asked to fill out at the end of the small groups. I have some of my own, too. I was shocked and horrified at some of those questions. I thought the questions showed a slanted, pre-concieved idea of what someone thought our issues should or would be, not what our concerns really are. I spoke with Barbara Goldfarb, the lead facilitator, about it. Yep, the evaluation form was written by the RAND Corporation, just as the pre-questions were. Ms. Goldfarb agreed with me that some of those questions were way off the mark, too complex to be answered by just checking a box, or unrelated to our actual concerns.

I just want to add that I am so proud of us, all of us who showed up yesterday. We were well prepared, and participated with a mature and honest approach. Also, to those who wrote intelligent, well thought out answers to the questions, I applaud you. There were a lot of people who let us know that they were unable to attend the “dialogue” due to other commitments, but those of us who were there, carried the message loud and clear! No Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga! Home Depot must follow the rules! We want our EIR!

There’s more going on than just Home Depot!

We’re having our famous Yard & Bake Sale this coming Saturday, May 3 at the corner of Woodward & Apperson, starting at 8am. This is a FUN-RAISER! The STA is an all volunteer group, and we like to have fun raising the money we need to continue. If you want to help out, or have stuff to sell, contact Paula at warnpjs@aol.com. Tomi Lyn is organizing the bakers and she has been telling me all about the mouthwatering goodies everyone is baking …

Mini Cinnamon loaves
Mini Blueberry loaves
Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Chip cookies
Rice Krispie Bars
Chocolate Cakes
Cowboy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Bars
Seven Layer Cookies
Butter Recipe cupcakes with chocolate frosting
Congo Bars
Yellow Cupcakes
Lemon Poppyseed Poundcake
Ginger Pear Cake

We’ll also have furniture, white bisk china (for china painting), books, clothes, kitchen items, and lots of other stuff. We’ll also have a special booth with BEAUTIFUL professional stained glass. All this- just in time for Mother’s Day! Please stop in, say hello, and bring your appetite! You can also vote for Joe Barrett for Sheriff and purchase Sheriff Joe Tickets at the yard sale.

There’s More! Also on May 3.

The Sunland-Tujunga Alliance is hosting a booth at the annual VOICE Picnic at Camp Max Strauss. Noon – 3. Please stop by and say hello to Joe and Sheri. They’ll have information about our organization and also have Vote for Sheriff Joe tickets available. Remember, your purchase of a raffle ticket for only $1 is a Vote for Joe and benefits both the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance and the S-T Chamber of Commerce.

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  1. Mole, I made stoneware casseroles in class and I could bake some cobbler to sell in them, keep the dish. I have 4 of them. What are they charging for one more or less 4 serving pie or cake?

    You and Joe are amazing I hope you get some sleep. take care


  3. Oooooooooo COBBLER!!! What kind? Sounds Yummy….I will personally keep your dishes with me to make sure you get them back, unless they can be transferred to another disposable dish. If I recall that would be virtually impossible for a cobbler so keep them in tact and I will take care of your dishes for you. Yay! Cobbler! Mmmmmmm.

  4. Daniel Scott, Principal City Planner 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. #351 Van Nuys, CA 91401-2709

    April 28, 2008-04-28

    Dear Mr. Scott:

    I am one of the several hundred Sunland – Tujunga stakeholders who attended the discussion/mediation meeting held Saturday, April 25th, on the Home Depot issue. Although I saw the Home Depot reps in the audience, we did not hear from them and there was no discussion pertaining to anything on the subject of their remodeling permit.

    Although I was disappointed that there was nothing new that came out of this meeting, I’m thinking you needed feedback from us so you can make your decision on whether to approve or oppose their permit to remodel their store.

    I was the person in my group (Group 24) who wrote down the statements made by our group as to why or why not Home Depot’s permit should not be approved. Here are our thoughts:

    Adverse affects by Home Depot having a store in our community:
    1. Adverse affect on the air quality: Sunland was founded in the late 1800’s as a community where asthmatics could retire and breathe more easily. It has always been known for its exceptional quality air – our air changes twice a day when it comes down the San Gabriel Mountain range. We don’t want to lose that air quality by having two dozen idling semi trucks coming into our small community every day to Home Depot.

    2. Negative affect on children’s safety: With the Apperson School just down the street and a Special Needs school right on Woodward, we have a lot of foot traffic by children going to and from school every day. Children will be at risk by the large trucks pulling out of the Woodward Street exit. There will also be hundreds of vehicles belonging to customers coming and going in and out of that Woodward Street entrance/exit. We believe this constitutes a safety risk to the children in our community.

    3. Competition to Mom and Pop businesses: Sunland and Tujunga is known for its small business. We would like to support our small businesses – not put them out of business. Home Depot will put many small businesses OUT OF BUSINESS if it opens because they will not be able to compete with the high volume, low cost goods provided.

    4. Increased traffic congestion: We have one main street in Sunland – Foothill Boulevard. And right in the center of Sunland on Foothill Blvd. is the location for the proposed store. With the increased traffic from customers, contractors, and trucks, traffic will be snarled in both directions and the two lanes that now exist will be jammed back to the 210 freeway exit – a ½ mile away. Pretty much everyone in town talks about how the traffic is increasing in L.A. and how lucky we are to live in a small bedroom community where it is not a big problem. This Home Depot store will change that and completely destroy the quality of our lives.

    5. Environmental impact of the Home Depot store: Home Depot’s stores are known to be trash generators. Every time I visit the store in San Fernando, I see lots of packaging materials that their customers have stripped off the products and dumped into the parking lot. There is also a very clear track record of Home Depot’s environmental abuses in the neighborhoods where they have stores. Our group felt that our beautiful, pristine area will be negatively impacted by this corporation’s large storage and improper disposal of hazardous materials – particularly the proximity of this store to the flood channel for water.

    6. Unsupervised day laborers – Whether they are white, black or Latino, we all agree day laborers are going to negatively impact our community and we are sure that there will be hoards of them coming in to work on construction jobs. Day laborers bring many problems – sanitation, abusive or inappropriate behavior, lack of any work credentials, and unfair competition to those people who are trying to support themselves and choose not to loiter on properties like Home Depot’s. Home Depot has not yet, to our knowledge, taken any responsible action in supervising or safeguarding customers and the communities in which they have stores from this problem.

    Our group – and from the looks of it – every group of stakeholders present at the discussion, wants to go on record as being very opposed to having Home Depot in our community. We ask that you do not grant them their permit to remodel the store at this time.


    Pat Kramer
    Sunland, CA

  5. Ratty – Please call me or email me Tomi@TomiRealty.com or 353-9143. I have to decline the offer for cobbler. We don’t have the facilities to cut individual pieces and serve them. We sell the cakes and pies as whole things unless they come to us in individually wrapped pieces. There is no way to do that there, no water, sinks, wet cloths etc. So I need to chat with you. Call me. Or email me.

  6. Ratty is our own Roberta Actor-Thomas! Roberta is an excellent potter (I already have some of her work). Wow, selling the cobbler in a beautiful handmade stoneware casserole dish is the PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT for your Mother’s Day celebration. Buy the whole thing, ready to serve! I don’t think she meant selling individual pieces; she was just getting an idea, apparently the dish holds about 4 servings.
    Be sure to save me one! I’ll add it to my collection of Roberta-Ware!

  7. Oh and did I mention that Roberta is also a great cook? The cobbler is sure to be yummy! What a great idea, Ratty!

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