Before we get into the No Home Depot stuff, I have an exciting announcement!
Joe Barrett, our Fearless Leader, was honored last night by outgoing President of the STNC, Cindy Cleghorn. Joe received the President’s Award for his outstanding volunteer service to our community. Joe wasn’t able to attend the meeting, so I accepted the award on his behalf. We are so proud of Joe for all his hard work and dedication to our neighborhood. Remember, the STA is sponsoring Joe for Honorary Sheriff. We have raffle tickets for sale, and we’re planning a fun event real soon.
Here we go again! It’s All About No Home Depot All The Time!
Victor M. Castro, IV, Chairman, DAC
I think Monday night, May 12, will go down in Sunland-Tujunga history. Home Depot made their first ever formal presentation to the Design Advisory Committee of the Neighborhood Council. Chairman Vic Castro did a wonderful job of keeping everyone on track. The meeting did run for over 4 hours, but didn’t come anywhere near the intensity of the other famous meeting where I’m known to have “grilled” Mr. Keim of LADBS.
The DAC members all had great questions for the HD Team. And during public comment, the community proved how well informed and passionate we are about this ill-planned Project.
Highlights of the meeting included topics such as the DAC Presenters Statement that Home Depot refused to sign, their refusal to agreee to a voluntary EIR, the former Auto Repair area, and the proximity of the site to Apperson Elementary School. Home Depot and their representatives avoided taking any responsibility for the impacts their store will have on our neighborhood by constantly replying that the City will determine the level of environmental review and called our descriptions of well known Home Depot traffic patterns, “speculative”.
Recently, we have learned that the Chief Zoning Adminiistrator, Michael LoGrande is responsible for reviewing the environmental documents pertaining to the permit application. The permit application is currently suspended until Home Depot completes a series of environmental studies. These studies include a Traffic Study, including a physical traffic count, Air Quality Study, Noise Impact Study, Economic Study, and a Phase I Environmental Site Assesment. Phase I is a preliminary review of the property for potential contamination.
We’ve been asking people to write to various City departments to express your thoughts and concerns about the proposed Home Depot for the former Kmart site. Now we are asking you to address your letters to Mr. LoGrande, and send copies to the other departments. Also, send us a copy of your letters! We are compiling everything we receive and will include your letters in our formal STA statement to the City.
Here’s the address:
Michael LoGrande Chief Zoning Administrator, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 720, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stay tuned! The Home Depot has been invited back for a second presentation to the DAC for the next meeting on June 2. (date changed due to Memorial Day)