The STA met with Wendy today for the last time, or at least for the last time that she is a Councilmember. She moves to her new post as City Controller on July 1.
The hour long meeting included Sheri Smith, Abby Diamond and Joe Barrett from the STA, Cindy Cleghorn and Tomi Lyn Bowling from the STNC, and Dale Thrush and Jim Dantona from CD2.
The hot topic of discussion was the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. We discussed the progress (or lack of) in acquiring funding to purchase the property, and the Draft EIR.
We haven’t given up our effort for a 90 day review, and requested Wendy’s assistance to extend the comment period for the DEIR. Funding has become a delicate issue as there are numerous factors involved. In addition to the multi-jurisdictional and multi-funding sources that have to be coordinated, there is also the matter of the property owners willingness to sell. We’ll have more details to report at our next STA meeting.
Another topic was the Tujunga Wash and how the homeless camps have suddenly returned after being cleared out about a month ago. Wendy explained that the camps will need to be monitored and regular sweeps will be performed to deal with the problem. We expect to see a second sweep very soon. This is a difficult issue for all of us, because no one wants to see more problems for the homeless folks, but unfortunately these camps ravage the wash, bringing in huge amounts of trash. The homeless that camp there also cause extensive damage to the native flora.
We also presented Wendy with a list of recommendations for her new job as City Controller. We would love to see audits of the LA Department of Building & Safety and City Planning. Let’s hope we get our wish!
Finally, we thanked Wendy for the great job she has done as our Councilperson, and for her extraordinary efforts in our successful campaign against Home Depot. Joe called the last 5 years “an adventure”!
Wendy promised she will be close-by, and still has an interest in CD2 happenings, and even tho her job title will change, she still wants to be included in our community events.
We wish her the very best in her new endeavor, and look forward to working with her as the City Controller of Los Angeles. Now we have to make sure whoever replaces her as our Councilmember meets up to the standard that she set, and gives Sunland-Tujunga the attention we deserve.