STOP 440 – What’s Next?

Next community meeting: Wednesday January 24th, 6:30 PM

Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The proposal for a mixed-use development at San Fernando Mission and Woodly has sparked a strong neighborhood reaction.

On Friday January 13, Councilmember Englander met with the developer and some neighborhood representatives (the two neighborhood councils and the Chamber). This effort to decrease the size of the proposed development and to bring the two sides closer together, succeeded only partially.

The developer offered to decrease by a net of 50 apartments, and also changing the mix so that the decrease came from the number of studio apartments. The driveway near the school would also be moved and be separated by a landscape berm, affording greater visibility to cars entering and leaving. The moving of the driveway would also result in the loss of about 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The neighborhood representatives did not find this to be sufficient change, so another meeting is to be set. The expectation is that the developer will consider what he heard and come up with perhaps another proposal.

There is a request to move the February 7th hearing date to early April, but the developer must agree. We hope to find out this week what the final date will be.

The topics to be considered at the hearing have broadened to a discussion of the whole project, not just the possible merging of the underlying parcels.

Since this will be the ONLY public hearing (except perhaps for appeals), and since there is an expectation that each speaker will have a very limited time (1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of speakers), it is essential to coordinate efforts so that all topics are covered. That is the main purpose of the meeting January 24th – to coordinate who will speak on what topic.

For participation at some of the neighbor outreach efforts, and to participate in these programs, please contact Esther Chung at estherchung45@gmail.com.

For more information, see related articles on this website:

Granada Hills Residents Protest Proposed 440 Mixed-Use Apartments Amid Safety Safety Concerns

Granada Hills residents protested a proposed residential development Friday over concerns that it is out of place and too big for the infrastructure of the neighborhood.

“It’s going to cause all kinds of traffic problems and issues with Granada Hills, or with JFK High School,” David Beuvais said.

The development would be on the corner of Woodley Avenue and San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Beauvais, who is with the South Neighborhood Council, said the main concern is the safety of the students who walk to high school adjacent from the site.

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“We’ve had a number of accidents involving students here, including a death a few years ago,” he said.

The mixed-use apartment complex would consist of three- and four-story high buildings with 440 apartments, including commercial retail space and parking for more than 900 vehicles.

Councilman Mitchell Englander held a meeting with developers and some community leaders in his office Friday. But outside a large group of protesters voiced their concerns.

Before the meeting, Englander had stepped outside to assure residents that he is on their side and would try to reach a middle ground with the developers, even though he said his hands are tied.

“I actually don’t have a vote on this project. It will never come before me,” he said. “In fact, for the most project part this project is by right, which means they’re allowed to build what they’re designing, what the community wanted originally because it was designed by the community, called the community plan.”

Eyewitness News reached out to the developers, who said the project is 100 percent compliant with the community plan for the neighborhood. The developers also said they recognized the need to work closely with the neighborhood and city.

They provided the following statement:

“We are spending the time necessary to work with both the community and the City Councilmember to hopefully reach consensus on a project, which will be embraced as a true asset to the neighborhood,” it said.

If the city approved the plans, construction could begin sometime this year.

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Revised LAMC Section 85.02: Use of Vehicles as Living Quarters

On November 23, 2016, the City adopted an ordinance repealing Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 85.02 in its entirety, in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment and replaced it with a version that decriminalizes living in vehicles, while balancing the needs of all City residents, businesses and visitors for clean, healthy and safe public areas. The new LAMC Section 85.02 regulates the conduct of dwelling in a vehicle on a public street and is not a parking restriction. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, in most areas of the City that are more than 500 feet from licensed schools, pre-schools, day care facilities or parks. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., persons are allowed to use a vehicle for dwelling, subject to posted parking restrictions, on streets in non-residential zones that are not located within 500 feet of a licensed school, pre­school, day care facility, or park. The provisions of the new LAMC Section 85.02 become effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and expire on July 1, 2018, unless extended by ordinance. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has indicated enforcement will begin in early February.  Read more »

LA Needs to Borrow $50 to 70 Million to Pay Out Lawsuits, Committee Concludes

The cost to settle suits such as police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, and disability act violations has LA in a precarious position.

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee Monday voted in support of a staff recommendation that the city borrow up to $70 million to help cover the rising cost of civil lawsuit payouts.

The report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana recommends the council proceed with a judgment obligation bond issuance of between $50 million and $70 million to reimburse the city’s reserve fund “for extraordinary liability payouts made resulting from settlements and judgments” during this fiscal year.

The city has made $135.5 million in liability payouts since the fiscal year began on July 1, which is $67 million more than was budgeted for, according to the report.  Read more »

Homeless Count 2017 – Volunteers Needed

The 2017 Homeless Count is looking for volunteers for this year. Please see the information below.

Los Angeles County has the highest unsheltered homeless population in the nation, but we don’t have to accept homelessness as an insolvable problem. Together, we can help end this.

lahsa160101h_homelesscount_primarylogo_rgbAll across Los Angeles, every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. We are gearing up for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count – January 24-26. Honor this season of good works and gratitude by pledging your time as a volunteer – it’s a meaningful way to make a difference. If you want to participate in the San Fernando Valley, our count is on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, so please take note.

Registration is open at www.theycountwillyou.org Read more »

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