Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Save Funding for our Local Parks!

It could happen here!
The following is from Kristin Sabo, parks activist and caretaker for Amir's Garden at Griffith Park. No one in Los Angeles has more insight into how the City's Department of Recreation and Parks operates. Below, she details how the City is "double dipping," taking funds from the parks' budget in an effort to "charge" the department for "services" from the City. These chargebacks do nothing more than help the City hide it's budget deficit due to wasteful spending and take dollars - as mandated by the City Charter - from recreation for children, families and all residents of LA. 

Read more - and then take action...

"Crippling "Chargebacks" covering other departments' budgets by taking funds from Rec and Parks) are killing our S-T parks and Hansen Dam. The Mayor's budget for 2013-14 is even worse, if that is possible.

Please read this document for an explanation of the "chargebacks" and the Recreation and Parks services we've lost so far. It's disgusting.

The $56 million in Chargebacks to Rec and Parks in FY 2013-14 being perpetrated on this City's children and parks users by the Mayor, CAO and the City Council is completely unconscionable.

The budget hearing for Rec and Parks is Wednesday May 1st. Please submit your comments to the Budget and Finance Committee ASAP.

Budget & Finance Committee Hearing
Wednesday, May 1, 1pm
John Ferraro Council Chamber - Room 340
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you can't attend that day, please contact the members of the Budget & Finance Committee and let know that you demand an end to Chargebacks and adequate funding for our parks.

Email Councilmember Paul Krekorian, or call him at (213) 473-7002
Email Councilmember Mitch Englander, or call him at (213) 473-7012
Email Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, or call him at (213) 473-7011
Email Councilmember Paul Koretz, or call him at (213) 473-7005
Email Councilmember Tom LaBonge, or call him at (213) 485-3337"

Garcetti Saves Injured Man

He's Batman.
Venice for Change, and picked up by LA Streetsblog, reports that City Councilman and candidate for Mayor, Eric Garcetti, happened upon the scene of a badly injured and bloodied man in Silver Lake Saturday night.

The witness to the entire event, a resident named Chris Cruse, didn't even recognize the good samaritan as Garcetti until it was resolved and Cruse asked his name.

Cruse posted his detail of the event on his Facebook page:

The nicest thing just happened.

I walked down my street to pick up some food, and came across a young guy laying on the sidewalk. His friend was yelling at him, slapping his face to wake up. The guy on the ground had a big gash and was bleeding out of his head. Not moving. I asked his friend if he was ok, but it was clear he needed help.

Right then, a black car pulled up on Silver Lake Blvd and a handsome businessman-looking guy rolled down the window. Asked if everything was ok. I told him this guy hit his head real bad. The car pulled over and 2 guys got out. They seemed to know exactly what to do. One brought a shirt and rolled it up and stuck it under the guy's head. Asked a bunch of questions. The other called the paramedics. The friend was worried that they'd be in trouble, and asked us to just leave them there. The handsome one said they work for the city, they can't just leave someone hurt on the ground. He hit his head, he needs to be checked out. The friend nodded ok.

Once the paramedics got there, they got the kid up and on a stretcher and into the ambulance. Seemed like he was in good hands. I was in awe that these two guys came in and handled this whole situation so quickly and solidly. As they headed back to the car, I stopped them and asked, "You said you work for the city, what's your name?" I wanted to know what city employee was being a civil servant and Good Samaritan even on a Saturday night. The guy shook my hand and said, "Eric Garcetti."

No joke.

The story has been since confirmed with the Garcetti team, however, as noted by Streetsblog, there is an interesting sidenote to the matter. Garcetti did not tell anyone about the event after; his own campaign discovered it via the blogosphere.

Contrast that to Wendy Greuel who would have had sent six press releases and a City film crew out.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Nope, Wendy Greuel, We're Not Impressed!

Published earlier at MayorSam, additional content from The Foothills. Observed. Staff

These endorsements hardly speak to the public's confidence in Wendy Gruel. Especially when she is caught in some lie, exaggeration or obfuscation at any given moment.
  •  Campaigned out of City Hall and with City resources
  • Continues to spend and re-spend an imaginary $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse even her own office says doesn't exist
  • Did nothing to improve Valley Plaza in North Hollywood and sections of Foothill Blvd in Sunland that now look like slums
  • Makes wide claims of credit for successes of Mayor Tom Bradley and President Bill Clinton for programs she was tangentially involved in at best
  • Wasted funds for open space on a park that has still not been built and is now fenced in;  funds could have been used to purchase the Verdugo Hills Golf Course and put to rest the risk of a community crippling development
  • Failed to properly disclose ownership in building supply firm during Home Depot fight, thus legally putting her ability to advocate for Sunland-Tujunga at risk
  •  Did nothing when parents begged her to help end student on student violence at Verdugo Hills High School

From our friends at the Downtown LA News
On the other hand, we have Eric Garcetti whose endorsements come from thousands of community leaders across Los Angeles, including many in Sunland-Tujunga and the Foothills areas, and four of Garcetti's and Greuel's former opponents in the Mayoral primary.

Wendy once worked for DreamWorks; perhaps when she loses this election she can go back to work there and create special effects for the next Spielberg blockbuster. Just make sure the accountants have tight reign, though.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Rita of Sunland" Fights Even Higher DWP Bills

They want MORE money?
Anne Marie Wharton, known to both Sunland-Tujunga residents and talkradio fans as "Rita of Sunland" recently attempted to speak out at the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council against a program that would  hire an additional $55 million per year worth of IBEW DWP employees whose purpose would be to snoop on how we're using electricity with the "goal" of reducing how much energy the utility gets from coal fired power plants and "improve the environment." The program, sponsored by the activist group, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, is called "RePower LA."

The true purpose of this plan of course is to hire more DWP employees who would be forced to join the IBEW union and thus using ratepayer money to further enrich the union.

Sunland-Tujunga residents already know our DWP bills are too high. DWP employees make significantly more than the same employees at other public and investor owned utilities nationwide and more than their fellow City of LA employees. For example, a secretary at the DWP makes 30% to 50% more in annual pay than say, a secretary at the Department of Recreation and Parks or even, the Los Angeles Police Department.

LA Weekly: Greuel "Insider"
IBEW is one of the richest unions in the country and has spent millions to attempt to elect Wendy Greuel Mayor, who as a City Council members and City Controller engineered significant DWP employee pay hikes and ratepayer increases. The union has made it clear they've gone "all in" with Greuel to keep the money machine rolling. They're terrified of the prospects of a Mayor Garcetti, who has declared independence from the unions. 

Wharton, a Sunland area homeowner for over two decades, at a recent Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council meeting, expressed her concern that she and her neighbors simply can not continue to afford these rate hikes. Wharton alleges that following her opposition to the "RePower LA" program, the representative of the program became "unhinged." Wharton further claims that while she made her public comments, the camera recording the meeting was shut off. 

An STNC official has told this blog however that the camera was not turned off due to Wharton's comments, but prior to Wharton speaking, the camera operator had assumed the public comment period had completed and he had begun to break down the equipment. We were also told that several members of the leadership of the STNC had expressed concerns similar to Wharton's about the program and are equally opposed to the DWP's efforts. 

Concerned by what she believed to be an attempt to censor her comments, Wharton visited a subsequent Los Angeles City Council meeting and made further comments about the incident as well as the "RePower LA" program. You can watch video of Wharton's remarks here

Whether the failure to record/publish Wharton's remarks at the STNC meeting was simply a mistake or, as speculated by Scott Johnson at MayorSam not to embarrass the IBEW and the Wendy Greuel campaign, will need to be investigated. The bigger picture however, as Wharton correctly notes, is the ever increasing and growing efforts to continue to add more workers and cost to the DWP and suck that money right of working class ratepayers' pockets. 

Stay tuned.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Celebrate Children's Day with LAPD's Foothill Division!

Food & entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
When: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Where: Hansen Dam Aquatics Center
11798 Foothill Boulevard
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

For more information, please contact Sergeant Herrold Egger, Foothill Area Community Relations Office, (818)756-8866.

Greuel Campaign Chief Calls Poll Bogus

What does private citizen/political consultant John Shallman say about Survey USA, which just reported some good numbers for his client, candidate for Mayor Wendy Greuel, from their latest robo-poll?

This poll is bogus and contrary to every public and private survey we've seen. Everyone knows that robo call polls are inaccurate. In fact, ABC's polling director Gary Langer was quoted in the Hill Newspaper in 2011 saying, "We don't regard autodialed, pre-recorded polls as valid and reliable survey research." The Survey USA poll is misleading and projects a 63% turnout which would nearly triple the voter turnout from previous municipal elections.

Of course, Shallman said that in January when Survey USA had Eric Garcetti up several points over his client. But still, when you get some good news, even if it's an anemic lead, you have to praise it and say that those Survey USA rascals must have their act together!

Of course, to be clear, past Survey USA polls giving an edge to Garcetti were praised by the Council Member's team, and now, Garcetti spokesman, Jeff Millman is poo poo-ing the latest survey. 

The LA Weekly does point out some potential problems and unexplainable shifts in the current Survey USA poll and indeed, it's not at all in sync with a LA Times/USC poll, that shows significant problems for Greuel. The bottom line is that reality is somewhere in the middle, and confirms the ground observation of many political watchers that Garcetti has a lead with key groups and that Greuel is being forced to fight a ground game on turf where she is supposed to be strong and thus not able to concentrate in communities where she is weak and needs to pick up votes.

When more polls come out in next several days we'll see if the Survey USA poll has weight or is just robo-called noise in needs of lot of "sanity check" justification.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sunland Skate Park to Stay Open?

You may remember a few days ago we reported on efforts to keep the Sunland Skate Park at Sunland Recreation Center open.

Our fellow blogger and correspondent, Joseph Mailander, passes along the word that LA City Recreation and Parks is not shuttering the popular facility for good, that it is in the process of repairs and those repairs are set to begin sometime in the near future.

Mailander issued the following statement on Facebook after speaking with city officials:

"I hear today from Rec & Parks that the Sunland Skate Park is actually going to re-open after repairs are made to it. The bids to repair the park actually were due and came in just this morning. There is no timeline on the construction, but Rec & Parks says that it is not closing down this park permanently!"

Mailander also teased an upcoming article to be published Friday by LA CityWatch, of which he is a regular contributor. The blogger/writer/author praised the efforts of "new leadership" in town who raised the issue and got traction with locals:

"Misinformation in fact flew in every direction over this issue that is rather minor on the surface but of high cultural interest to the community and could even help make things different across the board in S-T--and so often, misinformation is what the Old Guard likes, to keep itself empowered. If and when the community starts to become honest enough with itself to admit that it has problems at the community organization level, the first thing it has to fix is this tolerance for misinformation. (Having four Councilmembers in five years haven't helped). I'll discuss some of these things tomorrow in my column at CityWatch on the Skate Park closure, but I do on this little board want to say thanks to Tomi Bowling, Yvonne David, Jean Traubner and also some nameless others for helping me along through the process. I easily made two dozen phone calls regarding this matter to various people and City people."

We will continue to watch the skate park progress and make sure the city pulls no funny business. Stay tuned.

Meet the Real Wendy Greuel (in song and dance of course)

More delicious fun from the folks at NearChaos. More importantly, this is a pretty good explanation of the true nature of Wendy Greuel.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Support Teranga Ranch Today at Joselito's!

Teranga Ranch is a non-profit that specializes in reptile rescue and environmental education. We take in unwanted animals and educate the public about eco- responsibility, pet ownership, adaptations for survival, living with wildlife and more. You can support their work this evening, just by having dinner or drinks or both!

This evening (Wednesday, 4.24.13), the Ranch will be hosting a fundraiser at Joselito's. 15% of your bill will be donated back to the organization if you place your receipt in the box at the hostess stand on your way out. This also counts for to-go orders as well. Here's a win-win to support one of Tujunga's great businesses and a local charity that does great work!


Teranga Ranch Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 24th, until 10pm tonight!
7308 Foothill Blvd,
Tujunga, CA.
(818) 951-2275

More about Teranga Ranch:

In general, our mission is to help animals who have nowhere else to go and to educate the public about the pet trade, the sometimes overwhelming requirements of reptiles as pets, adaptations for survival (rainforest vs. desert lizards), lizard physiology, local lizards,etc.

We currently take in lizards and other reptiles who have nowhere else to go. Some are adopted out, and some become part of our educational program. Our educational program is run by a former Biology teacher.

General Information
We exist because people don't do the research before they acquire a reptilian pet! We are a rescue that currently houses lizards. We do educational programs for schools, community groups and other events.

All donations go towards improving the lives of the animals in our care or making space for more animals. We get calls all the time and don't always have the room or resources to take them in.

Eric Garcetti: Problem Solver

Eric Garcetti, whose district gets high ratings from national news sources for it's business turnaround, has a new TV ad out, showing some of the achievements in his District. In the meantime, don't forget while Hollywood and Atwater Village were turning around, Valley Plaza become a ghost town and Foothill Boulevard lost business while on Wendy's watch. We need jobs and retail, not higher DWP bills! Vote for Garcetti for Mayor!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Another Mayoral Debate!

Tonight, at USC, 7:00 p.m. on NBC4, Telemundo 52 and nbcla.com.

Reason # 73 of 478 Not to Vote For Wendy Greuel: She Pals Around With This Guy

If you loved the administration of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, then you'll love Wendy Gruel. As Greuel campaigned this weekend with President Bill Clinton and longtime Villaraigosa driver/consigliere, Michael "MEAT" Trujillo, yes, the Michael Trujillo who in a now famous email threatened to put a bullet through the head of the opponent of one of his clients, the City Controller spent some time on the stump with the Mayor. Here's a photo of the two from an event on Sunday.

We wear your t-shirts

All of this follows a very productive weekend for Greuel's opponent, Eric Garcetti, who learned he has a 10% lead in the race, according to a USC/LA Times poll, and held a number of events over the weekend, including a stop at Joselito's here in Tujunga, where he showed he has significant support of community leaders and residents alike in our community.

And he didn't bring any ex-Presidents or disgraced Mayors with him.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Garcetti Surges to 10% Lead over Greuel; Also Leads Key Voting Blocs

Eric Garcetti speaks to Sunland-Tujunga residents
With the election looming next month to decide Los Angeles’ next mayor, Eric Garcetti has extended his lead over Wendy Greuel to a double-digit margin, according to results of a new USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/LA Times Los Angeles City Election Poll.

L.A. City Council member Eric Garcetti is favored by 50 percent of voters compared to 40 percent for City Controller Wendy Greuel.

The news comes on the heels of dueling public events held Saturday by both candidates; Greuel held an event with former President Bill Clinton at Langer's Deli while Garcetti met with locals in Tujunga at Joselito's Mexican Restaurant and in Atwater Village with supporters of the LA River.

Key findings of the poll:
  • Despite Greuel’s historic bid to become L.A.’s first female mayor, she trails among women. Half of female voters back Garcetti and 41 percent support Greuel, the poll showed. Men backed Garcetti over Greuel, 51 percent to 38 percent.
  • Latinos and younger voters backed Garcetti by still wider margins. The city councilman from Silver Lake has strengthened his standing in the central city and Eastside neighborhoods that he won decisively in the March primary. He has also built a solid lead on the Westside — a key target of Greuel's.
  • Most critically for Greuel, her support in the San Fernando Valley, her home base, is tepid at best. Fellow blogger and author Joseph Mailander, following an analysis of precinct by precinct results a few days after the March primary correctly predicted that the battle would come to be fought on Greuel's turf, not Garcetti, a tactical disadvantage for any candidate. Having to fight to shore up your base diverts from the effort to capture additional votes in communities where you may not have performed strongly previously.
  • Ironically, the liberal Garcetti has emerged with a lopsided lead among conservatives citywide, picking up support from many of those who voted in the primary for Republican radio personality Kevin James, now a Garcetti backer.
Despite this good news for Garcetti, the election is a month away and that's a lifetime in politics; anything can happen. So expect lots more TV, radio, Pandora, etc. commercials and mailers in your mailbox for another four weeks as the candidates seek to solidify - and gain additional - support.

Eric Garcetti Wows 'Em in Tujunga!

The place was packed!
Candidate for Mayor Eric Garcetti made another visit to the Sunland-Tujunga area Saturday; this time it was a meet and greet at the legendary Joselito's Mexican Food in Tujunga. Organized by Council Member Garcetti's Foothills based staff led by Sunland resident, Christine Jerian Kharmandalian, the soiree was hosted by Joselito's owner/Executive Chef, Jose Grijalva.

A special guest at the event was former Mayoral candidate, Kevin James, who finished second in the primary in Sunland-Tujunga (and third overall) and who has endorsed his former opponent, Garcetti, for Mayor. Other former candidates in attendance included Krystee Clark and Jesse David Baron, both local Sunland-Tujunga residents who ran for the Council District 7 seat in the March primary as well as Monica Rodriguez, a former Richard Riordan staffer who ran for the CD7 seat in 2009 and is a key supporter of Garcetti. Several staff members from the office of retiring Council Member Richard Alarcon also showed up to support Garcetti.

Garcetti spoke for about 10-15 minutes and then spent the rest of hour chatting with residents one on one. During his opening remarks, Garcetti pledged support for Sunland-Tujunga's rural/equestrian lifestyle and to block development at the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. He also remarked on the business revival in Atwater Village in his Council District. That community has many similarities to Sunland-Tujunga and he believes it could be a model for small retail development along Foothill Boulevard and Commerce Avenue. Garcetti also promised to work with the community to bring retail to the former K-Mart site in Sunland, saying he has heard the call for "socks and underwear."

I was interested to see the huge turnout of Sunland-Tujunga community leaders who are supporting Garcetti for Mayor. At this point, it seems the overwhelming majority of the communities most prominent activists are in the Garcetti camp, despite the fact his opponent Wendy Greuel once represented the area on the City Council. While Greuel still has wide name recognition, in talking with many locals, I have found that at one point or another Wendy disappointed them on specific issues or matters.

The event also attracted some out of town press; KTLA was in attendance as was Los Angeles Times Pressmen's blogger, Ed Padgett and MayorSam anchor, Scott Johnson.

Some pics from the event are below:

Joselito's decked out in Garcetti signs
KTLA on the scene in Tujunga
Eric speaks to supporters
Yes, politicians do like to pose with kids.
Better than posing with out of town politicians.
Eric chats one on one with locals.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Join Eric Garcetti for a Rally in Sunland-Tujunga with Special Guest Kevin James!

Eric Garcetti is visiting Sunland-Tujunga again to meet with locals, hear their concerns and share his vision as Mayor of Los Angeles.

At a time where business in our community has languished, communities in Eric's council district have prospered. In fact, his District has been rated nationally as one of the best managed. Take a look at areas such as Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village - all are Foothills communities like Sunland-Tujunga, who suffer at the hands of Downtown as much as we do, all quiet locales where residents want to protect their way of life. In recent years, these communities, some of which were really slums, have seen a rebirth of small business - great restaurants, art galleries, little shops and other services. All on Eric's watch. On the other hand, take a look at communities within Eric's opponent's former Council district - Foothill Boulevard, Van Nuys, Valley Plaza - all have seriously declined during the Greuel years. Something has to give, right?

Kevin and Eric will be there!
Because Eric knows what it takes to make communities work, he'll protect our community and work with locals to get the job done. Indeed, already a number of Eric's staffers are Foothills/Sunland-Tujunga residents. Many local leaders are supporting Eric because they are disappointed in Wendy Greuel's performance. Most recently, Eric has been a strong supporter of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course - he was Council Member Alarcon's seconder on the motion to designate the site a historic landmark and is supporting this effort.

Join us at the legendary Joselito's!
Your best bet though is to come and hear Eric and ask him yourself! Join Eric with special guest and Sunland-Tujunga favorite Kevin James in Tujunga for a rally this Saturday, April 20th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Joselito's Mexican Restaurant!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fresh and Easy to Stay!

This just in...Fresh and Easy is NOT closing down!

The low price, self-serve markets, of which one opened last year in Tujunga, have caught the interest of many consumers who like this European firm of shopping. Though the company's British parent, Tesco, has struggled and word was out recently that the firm was to shutter, the company just released the following statement:
As many of you have heard or read today, our parent company Tesco updated on the future of Fresh & Easy. While we don’t yet know who our new owner will ultimately be, Tesco has already received interest from a number of parties including groups looking to purchase Fresh & Easy as an operating business. We appreciate all the support and love we’ve received from our loyal customers and even though our parent company plans to leave the US, we’re pleased to confirm there are no plans to close any portion of Fresh & Easy.

So shop away!

Locals Seek to Keep The Sunland Skate Park Open!

From the Petition:
"The Sunland Skate Park located near Sunland Recreation Center in the park is being closed down due to alleged lack of city funds to repair and upkeep this park for our active youth, our professional skate, scooter and BMX riders. The city is stating that there are no funds for the minor repairs and upkeep of this very important and frequented spot for our youth and athletes.
Local cities including, Glendale, Burbank, La Canada and surrounding communities have opened, maintained and provided  a safe skate park for the youth of their communities. These skate parks are imperative not only to the professional sport of pro scooter, skate and BMX but to the active youth and parents of the community.
Where will these athletes and recreational riders go? They will be forced to ride illegally on the streets,  the abandoned parking lots and other unsafe parts of the community where there is the potential of citations, injuries and possible lawsuits."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Don't Tell Me It's Not a Historic Landmark

As we seek to have the site of the World War II era Tuna Canyon Detention Camp declared a Los Angeles Historic landmark, and prevent the development of several hundred homes on the site of what is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, more and more historic information is surfacing as to the true value of this site and why it must be designated and preserved.

Too much of our Los Angeles history has been bulldozed and lost. This site is not only local history but also national and world history with respect to a very significant time.

This portion of a documentary sheds even further light on what happened here, in our community, historic and significant. Los Angeles is not a place like Boston or New York or Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. where much history has been preserved. Let's not take this from future generations for building yet more housing, housing that we don't even need.

Keep Development Off Historic Tujunga Site

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station in Tujunga (now site of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course) was an important site in local World War II history, where "enemy aliens" of Japanese, Italian and German ancestry were kept at the height of the war, prior to being "processed" and sent to other more permanent camps. 

Developers now seek to turn the idyllic spot located at the base of a heavily traveled canyon pass into a massive residential development. This project would not only have a serious negative environmental impact on the local community but disgrace the memory of the horrible history of that site. 

On Thursday, April 18, the Cultural Heritage Commission will discuss whether or not Tuna Canyon Detention Station should be granted Historic-Cultural Monument status.

A city staff report has recommended AGAINST the Historic-Cultural Monument designation. You can help by attending the meeting and/or sending your comments to the Commission in support of the Historic-Cultural Monument status for Tuna Canyon Detention Station.

10:00 A.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
200 North Spring Street
City Hall, Room 1010
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Share your comments with the Cultural Heritage Committee:

Richard Barron, President
Cultural Heritage Commission
City of Los Angeles
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Subject Line: "Historic-Cultural Monument Application for Site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station"

Email comments to: edgar.garcia@lacity.org
Please also copy the Council Office: gerald.gubatan@lacity.org

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting: info@savethegolfcourse.org.

If you will be driving to the meeting and would like parking access be sure to include the make/color of your car, license plate information, and your phone number.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Eric Garcetti Climbs to 9% Lead Over Wendy Greuel

From Scott Johnson, writing today at our sister blog, MayorSam...

All the former Mayoral candidates now support Garcetti
How quick polling perception can change to surveyed reality, is on full display today as the Eric Garcetti and the Wendy "The Embraced Villar Greuel" Campaigns respond to new ABC 7 Poll that shows Garcetti leading the "Embraced Villar Greuel" 49-40%. 

Sunland-Tujunga's Kevin James supporters have
moved over to Eric Garcetti, giving the Councilman the lead in ST
The recent polling perception, as noted in two "questionable polls" had the contest near a statistical dead heat, but both of those polls had ties to organizations in support of the "Embraced Villar Greuel". The ABC 7 Poll did not and the numbers are telling.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lydia Grant "Schools" Wendy Greuel

In all of Sunland-Tujunga, there are few, if any, community leaders who are as respected as Lydia Grant. Lydia, a long time Foothills resident, business owner, mother and grandmother has been extremely active in the parent movement for many years in LAUSD and is among those who lead the way for the "parent trigger" to be implemented in California. Lydia has challenged the status quo of mediocre and poorly performing schools and LAUSD bureaucrats more concerned with budgets and their own upward mobility than the safety, well-being and education of our children.

Suffice to say, when it comes to matters of education and the schools, few know more than Lydia Grant.

Along comes the "say anything-do anything" candidate for Mayor, Wendy Greuel, who often times disappointed many parents in Sunland-Tujunga during her reign of error as our local Council person. Wendy is deft at dishing up propaganda but never offers any real solutions.

When she waded into educational waters with such lightweight and uninformed agitprop, she probably did not expect to hear from Lydia, who posting on Facebook, said:

"Wendy, Why would you start caring now? I have asked your staff repeatedly for years for help on school issues, every since you became my Councilmember. I have never felt supported by you nor have I had your support for anything I have accomplished at the State or City level. I am sad you are using it as a political football now. I was always told it was "Out of your Jurisdiction." That doesn't change when you become Mayor. What you are doing is disrespectful to those of us that are really out there trying to make a difference and trying to improve the education system for our children."

Lydia Grant speaks for many parents when she stands up. She knows Wendy. If you care about kids and schools, and you didn't already know, now you know what to do when election day comes around!

Garcetti for Mayor: Sunland-Tujunga Meet & Greet, April 20th

ST favorite, Kevin James, supports Eric Garcetti for Mayor
During the primary campaign, Eric Garcetti visited Sunland-Tujunga a LOT and met with many locals and business owners. I was skeptical at first; thus I quizzed him on some of our local restaurants and fare (since politicians all like to eat) and I was actually shocked at his knowledge of some of our favorite eateries and their menu items.

Since most things political in ST go well with food, a whole bunch of Eric's supporters here in the Foothills are gathering for a meet and greet with Council Member Garcetti - and SPECIAL GUEST KEVIN JAMES!

Many of us in ST supported Kevin James for Mayor and while he did not succeed in the primary, he has expressed his support for Eric. Eric is the only candidate in the race with the experience and character to unite Los Angeles, remain independent from special interests and bring the overwhelming success he has had in his Council District to the rest of the City.

We hope that you can join us for this great event - at the amazing Joselito's Mexican Food of course - on Saturday, April 20th!

Sunland Tujunga Meet and Greet with Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti
Saturday, April 20th
Meet and Greet 2:30-4pm
Phone Bank and Precinct Walk: 3:30 - 5:30

Special Guest: Kevin James

Refreshments will be provided.

Joselitos Mexican Restaurant
7308 Foothill Blvd Tujunga, CA 91042

Monday, April 1, 2013

Amish to Acquire Home Depot Site

Yoder Miller, Amish elder, and team tour
interior of former K-Mart property
Following years of vacancy after efforts to build a new Home Depot were defeated, a former K-Mart site has been purchased by a group of the Amish.

The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology.

Details are sketchy at the moment, but sources tell The Foothills Observed that the Amish plan to build a colony for the sect, which will consist of residences, workshops and worship halls. There will also be a small school room for their children.

In recent years, the Amish have become known for their handicrafts and products that have gained popularity with the non-Amish public. Amish communities in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa are frequently visited by tourists looking for well crafted furniture, clothing, craft items and baked goods. It is believed that the new Amish colony in Sunland will feature a section of retail shops dedicated to the sale of Amish made products.

Aerial view of former K-Mart Sunland site
Yoder Miller, an elder with the Amish community reportedly involved in the deal, was quoted as saying "Ya, thou will be seeing the Amish in our Sunland colony doing good works. We hope to have good relations with our English neighbors but we be staying amongst ourselves mostly."

Prior to the construction of the Amish homes and shops, which is done with traditional construction methods, the existing K-Mart facility, as well as utility infrastructure will have to be removed. Because the tools and methods required to do so fall outside Amish beliefs, the Amish are permitted to outsource the work to non-Amish. Miller states that a group of Lutherans been contracted for such.

Local City Councilman Richard Alarcon praised the deal, saying "I don't know much about the Amish except they don't grow mustaches like I have. They do like to bake and drive in horse drawn buggies, which is consistent with the Foothills lifestyle."

It is expected the entire project will be completed by April 1, 2014. Principals involved would not disclose the purchase price of the deal. If you've made it this far, Happy April Fools Day!