STA New Year Message 2011

We hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start! We’ve survived the recent rains and our hillsides are plentiful with every shade of green. We can’t wait for the wildflowers.

So, have you been wondering what the STA is up to lately? Let’s address the most important question on everyone’s mind. What’s happening at the old Kmart site now that the tree lot is gone? Well, real estate is a slow moving process. Yes, Target and Mission College have shown some interest in the site, but we’re still waiting to hear back from Councilman Krekorian about it. We’ll let you know, as soon as we know.

2010 was a busy year for us. We remain vigilant and committed to improving our community and participating in local events.

Our focus is land use and to further that cause we held some great fundraisers.

We held the first ever Community Art Auction with the Little Landers Historical Society and McGroarty Arts Center. Local artists donated their artwork for a very successful event to benefit all three groups.

We helped save Lopez Canyon Open Space from being developed. The STA, Kagel Canyon Civic Association and the Shadow Hills Property Owners Association joined together to form a new community group called Community Alliance For Open Space. Together, we held a bake sale, a pancake breakfast , and hosted a  sales booth at the Lake View Terrace flea market to raise funds for our legal challenge to the Truck Driver Academy. The case is going to court, so stay tuned for updates. We may need your participation sometime in April.

Our fundraising efforts didn’t stop there! We’re still involved with the Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course effort and held two very successful fundraisers at some of our favorite restaurants.  Olde Towne Café on Commerce Avenue  in Tujunga, and Dominick’s Italian Restaurant in La Crescenta offered yummy food and a neighborly atmosphere.

One of our favorite summer activities is our information booth at the Annual Watermelon Festival in August.  What happened to our usual float for the 4th of July Parade? Well, we sat on the sidelines this year and enjoyed watching instead of marching!

We filed two successful land use appeals last year. With strong support from Councilman Krekorian and his staff, we were able to uphold the Foothill Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan, again. There will be no propane filling station at the former Coffee Stop, and the Classic Collision Center will not be allowed to build a two –story parking structure on the corner of Plainview and Apperson.

We want to thank all our neighbors and friends for your support in helping keep the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance alive and the foothills a great place to live.

Check out our website and blog for updates on local events and land use actions. Everyone is welcome, and we invite you to share your ideas and participate in our events.

As Always, Be Involved! Stay Informed!

-The STA

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