Update from Abby 4/8/09

Lots of Stuff Going On!

I went to the STNC meeting tonight.  For starters, we offer our congratulations to Tomi Lyn on her new position as Vice-President! (Business Rep position is now available.)  There’s a lot to report, so settle in and get comfortable!

The K-Mart Site

Here’s a little background. As you may already know, Mission Community College is interested in building a satellite campus in Sunland-Tujunga.  Thanks to the voter’s approval of Measure J, the College District has funds available for site acquisition and development of satellite campuses. They have been looking at various locations around town for the past couple of years, and now have their eye on the old K-Mart site.

Judith Valles, President of Mission College, spoke briefly to introduce Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Development for the Community College District. Mr. Eisenberg was a lively and informative speaker, and he took many questions from the audience. The representatives from the College are committed to being responsive to the needs and wants of the community. They are full of ideas for what the college campus could provide and mentioned specifically a Culinary Program with a Restaurant. The College is interested in sharing the site with … keep your fingers crossed … TARGET! They have been in recent contact with Target, and hope to have a formal response soon. We’ll keep you posted, for sure.

Here’s a Brief Review of the Q&A Answers

The college is interested in purchasing the property, rather than leasing it. They are reluctant to use Eminent Domain, but as a public agency, they could. (It really didn’t seem they would.)

Minimum site requirements would be 15,000 sq. ft. but that would only provide 10 classrooms, a small library, student lounge, and Administration facility. 30,000 sq. ft. would provide optimal usage,  not including the restaurant.

They have $25 million for purchase and construction costs, but need operating capital, which would come from partnering with retail development.

Many people had plenty of ideas for the site, including something for the kids, and Mr. Eisenberg loved hearing what people had to say. He promised Town Hall meetings to gather formal input from the community. All in all, it was a great presentation. We’re looking forward to a positive relationship with the College and Target.

Other Items of Interest

ACTION ALERT – Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 15, 6:00pm, City Hall, Downtown. There will be a meeting to discuss the possibility of mountain bikes being allowed on all trails in all City Parks. This will be a dangerous situation for hikers and equestrian uses. We’ll have more info on this in a day or so, so check back for details.

Fun Stuff To Do

Got socks and underwear? Bolton Hall will open a new exhibit this coming Saturday, with an informative lecture at 1:00pm. Find out everything you wanted to know about Victorian Womens Underwear!

Little Landers Historical Society is having their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 25, from 9am-1pm, in the alley behind Rio Clothing Store located at 9929 Commerce Ave. As always, there will be all kinds of plants starting at 25 cents! Plant donations may be made on Friday April 24 between 9:30am-3:00pm. Call Lloyd Hitt for more info. 951-1041

Volunteer Opportunity!  Community Beautification Day! Visit Historic Landmark #946. Our very own Pioneer Cemetery is LA’s newest Historic Landmark! Clean-up will take place on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday May 3, from 9am-2pm. 7000 Parsons Trail in Tujunga. Bring your hat, gloves, sunscreen, garden tools,weed whacker and gas. For more info call 352-3420.

Land Use Updates In Brief

The 4.75 acres at Oro Vista and Big T has made the first cut for Prop 84 funds. Many thanks to Elaine Brown, Mary Benson, and Cindy Cleghorn for their dedication and filling out the extensive paperwork. The next step is to wait for a site inspection.

The Canyon Market Cell Phone Tower proposal was heard by the Zoning Administrator earlier this week. CD2 recommended against the proposed 60 ft. tower, stating the law only allows 45 ft. and requested the ZA require additional landscaping with a forest of real trees if the mono-pine tower is approved. No determination has been made yet.

It appears that the Angeles National Golf Club and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy are close to an agreement for guardianship of the 260 acres of open space that borders the golf course. CD2 will be working with LAPD, the Golf Club and a social service foundation to remove and relocate the homeless people.

The Verdugo Hills Golf Course Draft EIR is expected to be released at the end of this month. Some progress has been made in terms of funding for acquisition of the land, but the owner is not forthcoming with a price. One million $ in Prop K funds may be available, but State funds are frozen. The STA, STNC, and VOICE  are planning a CEQA Workshop which will be geared specifically towards the DEIR in early June.

Stay tuned! We’ll be posting more info and details on many of these  important issues in the days to come.



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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for all the updates, its very appreciated!

  2. Why thank you for the updates. Things are really looking up around here!

  3. WOW! and thanks for all the updates. And a big thank you to “The Few, The Brave, The Community Volunteers”!

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