My husband and I live in the San Fernando Valley and, for over 2 years, have been reading and listening to comments, both pro and con, regarding Warner Center and Warner Ridge. I have attended a couple of meetings of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization as well as the hearing on this project at Parkman Junior High, which certainly brought out the "worst" in many of those present.
Without going into a lot of detail, it was interesting to note that the developers have bent over backwards to explain and discuss the issues involved with the "powers-that-be" in the homeowners organization, as well as meeting and talking with residents of the community concerning their needs and wishes. What is most disturbing is that the WHHO people refuse to listen, and yet those who would be most affected by this development are, in some cases, agreeable, willing to take the time to hear the long-range plans and able to deal with progress.
There is an interesting parallel between some of the members of WHHO who would oppose anything representing growth and progress and those who oppose light rail. Some time back, an elderly woman came to my door and asked me if I owned my house. I asked her why she was inquiring, and she stated that she was getting homeowners' signatures on a petition to block light rail. My response to her was that I would be the first in line to use it since I'm one of the unfortunate ones who must drive the freeway each and every day and would dearly love a rapid transit system. This woman has undoubtedly been retired for several years, does not understand the need for a solution to some of the transportation problems and was rather belligerent in her approach. This same type of mentality exists within the WHHO, and one is made patently aware of it at their membership meetings.