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Getting down to specifics in Sunland Tujunga

Where auto malls fear to tread.

News Analysis: A time-capsule-like Times article from twenty years ago demonstrates that there can be downsides to revisiting a Specific Plan, despite the very best community intentions.

The merits and shortcomings of the longstanding, venerable Foothill Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan have been debated in the community for nearly a decade. Some business owners on Foothill Boulevard want to revisit the Plan; some community members fear that there is only downside to doing so.

Under the Plan, the community, using the twin pinchers of the Plan and the City's appeal process, has been able to fend off some unwanted developments on Foothill Boulevard.

But it has also failed to block other less-than-desirable developments.

When a Specific Plan is revisited by City government, how badly can things go awry? A long-forgotten article from 1991 dealing with the revisiting of a Specific Plan demonstrates how:

Mt. Washington activists who spent three years drafting new hillside home-building rules said they were angry this week that Los Angeles planners have discarded many of their ideas...

"It's a whole new plan," said architect Louis Mraz, president of the Mt. Washington Assn. "It throws out things right and left...."

"They shot us down on everything of importance," said Laurie Weir, a member of the committee...

"We were astounded that they would send us a plan that varies so substantially from the citizens committee's proposal," said Clare Marter-Kenyon, first vice president of the Mt. Washington Assn. "It seemed to me to be a slap in the face to the citizens committee."
Memories are long in Sunland Tujunga, but Councilman Paul Krekorian's office entered the Sunland Tujunga dynamic assertively on the side of those who would revisit the Plan on April 6 of this year. Taking a meeting with representatives from the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, the Sunland Tujunga Alliance, and the Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce--all of whom are advocates for revisiting the Plan--Krekorian sat, listened to concerns, and ultimately told those in attendance to "show us what you have in mind."

But among the community members who were not invited to the meeting were also those in the community with the longest civic memories. These feel they were shut out from the dialog, and point to examples such as the Glassell Park meeting of twenty years ago as incentive for standing pat on the present Specific Plan.


Reversal of field in Sunland Tujunga

Krekorian's office: No change of legal status if FBC Specific Plan is opened

Sunland Tujunga Specific Plan dispute turns clamorous
Elaine Brown's forbidden comments
The Sunland Tujunga NC/Alliance letter