Thursday, August 21, 2014

If I Was Raul Bocanegra, I Would Be Embarrassed

As many local Sunland-Tujunga residents have become aware, CalTrans - formally known as The California Department of Transportation, is in the midst of a major construction project on the Interstate 210 Freeway in our community.

Caltrans has closed the eastbound Foothill Boulevard (I-210) Sunland Boulevard North and Sunland Boulevard South on-ramps beginning Monday, August 18, 2014. Detour signs will be posted. The closures are anticipated to continue through September, 2014.  The closures are part of a $67.2 million rehabilitation project along I-210 between Lowell Avenue and Wheatland Avenue.

Local residents were surely amused when scores of detour signs went up all over the area point towards "SUNDLAND BLVD." 

They're all over!
One would assume the office of our local Assembly Member, Raul Bocanegra, whose job is to liasion with state agencies on issues like this might have communicated the proper spelling of Sunland to CalTrans. But I'm not sure many of them have even visited our community. 

In the meantime, enjoy the extra D!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Are Locking Carts Coming to all of Sunland-Tujunga?

A photo posted up at our Facebook page today tells a good story. Access to shopping carts is but one benefit for the homeless living in our community but that could be coming to an end. With reports that Vons in Tujunga has enacted a shopping cart locking system, one that should significantly reduce the number of carts removed from Vons' property, could Ralphs be next? The Sunland outlet of the venerable chain has not yet installed such a system but rumor has it that a cart locking system will be part of an alleged coming remodel to the aging store. Stay tuned!

Call A Wahmbulance for Richard Alarcon

Here's a guy, who a jury said broke the law and sold out his communities, including Sunland-Tujunga, getting lots of crocodile tears from nice old ladies awaiting the second coming of Tom Bradley to nice but confused Sun Valley grillmasters who rub shoulders and esteem themselves with local pols while telling other communities to "deal with" the effects of their latest "project."

Anyway, when I think of things these days with regarding the state of the city, I ask myself, "What did Zuma Dogg tell us 3-5-10 years ago?" Fortunately, I can easily search the archives of Mayor Sam or one of Zuma's many blogs to find just that. Or even a Google search turns up a treasure trove.

Alarcon once said he didn't want Zuma Dogg dictating policy. But in the end, Zuma Dogg was right about so many things and Alarcon is now a convicted criminal.

The former Councilman has been convicted of perjury and lying about his residence so he could dump an Assembly seat he had been elected to a month before and take up one more lucrative term on the LA City Council. This is not about voters, not about the people, not about community, it's about these people securing as more power and prestige as possible and securing some kind of payday so that they don't ever have to work a real job.

Once the voters start to get how things work, they might start sending a message and vote for people who will actually do the people's business. In the meantime, Richard Alarcon has a message for the dopey voters.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Foothills Paper Gone from Facebook?

Well, I think you did...
This just in to the Foothills Observed, after years of attacking local citizens and practicing the worst kind of yellow journalism, it appears that the Facebook page for The Foothills Paper has been removed from Facebook.

Following a campaign of several of the Foothills Observed members reporting to Facebook the Foothills Paper's harassing and slanderous posts, it appears a scurrilous attack on Teranga Ranch and its upcoming Summerfest event may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

UPDATE: The page is now back up. According to a post on the page, the administrators were attempting to do some kind of maintenance to the page.

Speaking of insulting volunteers and civic activists in town, Tomi Bowling, Vice President of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council is getting flack for her proposal that the STNC back a temporary moratorium on construction in the area, in light of the recent DWP water main breaks and current drought conditions - do we have the infrastructure in place to support further massive development?

There are developers, special interests and elected officials - and their local lackeys - who would be quite concerned about the advisory panel even considering such. But again, as noted Citywide, Los Angeles may not be able to physically handle such additional load on the system. And certainly Sunland-Tujunga's character would be further altered by additional housing development, homeless apartments and other multi-family schemes.

Remember, in order for most of these projects to even pencil out, they seek zoning exemptions, alterations, bonuses, even city funding. Most of them would not make a profit otherwise. Thus, the need for the City to ram these boondoggles through NCs.

We salute Tomi Bowling for bringing this issue to the forefront and hope that calmer heads prevail at the STNC to "take a break from the madness."