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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1996
Break out the birthday cake and candle--La Tuna Canyon is turning one this month. Residents of the rural enclave have long wanted to break away from the more densely populated and industrial Sun Valley, saying they had always referred to their home as La Tuna Canyon and just wanted to make it official. So after petitions were signed by a majority of residents, Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs ordered the name change.
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February 22, 2013
Four candidates are seeking to succeed Richard Alarcon as the representative of the 7th District on the Los Angeles City Council. Of those, the best choice is Felipe Fuentes. There are plenty of reasons for voters in this north San Fernando Valley district to sigh in despair as they mark their ballots for Fuentes, a termed-out assemblyman who made some noteworthy mistakes during his tenure in the Legislature. When the best thing one can say about a candidate is that "he's smart enough to be really good one day, if he wants to be," something is amiss.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After paying nearly $3 million to settle four lawsuits, the Los Angeles City Council will decide today whether to ban heavy trucks from a dangerous stretch of La Tuna Canyon Road. The council will vote on a motion by Councilman Joel Wachs that calls for an ordinance barring trucks in excess of 6,000 pounds from a section of the road stretching from the Foothill Freeway in the east to Sunland Boulevard in the west.
OPINION
September 21, 2009
Voters in Los Angeles' 2nd Council District go to the polls Tuesday to elect a successor to former Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who was elected city controller earlier this year. Ten candidates are running. If none emerges from the special election with more than 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff Dec. 8 between the top two finishers. The Times has endorsed former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel. Essel is a former member of the Airport Commission and former chairwoman of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY
A fire burned about 10 acres of brush in La Tuna Canyon near Sun Valley on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The fire, which threatened no houses, was reported in the 9700 block of West La Tuna Canyon Road at 10:45 a.m. and was controlled by firefighters on the ground and in water-dropping helicopters in about 1 1/2 hours, Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, Wells said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1994 | ED BOND
Residents of La Tuna Canyon have started a petition drive in recent weeks to rename their community Rancho La Tuna Canyon, divorcing themselves from Sun Valley. "We've always referred to our area as La Tuna Canyon," said Vickie Chemleski, a resident who has been a leader in the drive for the name change. "Now we'd like to make it official." The new community would run along La Tuna Canyon from Sunland Boulevard to the Foothill Freeway at Tujunga and the Los Angeles border with Glendale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1988
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a tract of luxury homes for La Tuna Canyon, overturning a Planning Commission decision against the development. Plans for the project call for construction of 26 houses with yards large enough for horses. MPH Development Co. of Granada Hills agreed to donate more than 30 acres of the hillside to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for use as parkland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1988 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Councilman Joel Wachs is expected to push for City Council approval of the first tract homes in rural La Tuna Canyon despite the city Planning Commission's denial Thursday of a zoning change necessary for the development. "I believe the councilman will continue to support this to protect and preserve the mountains in the area," said an aide to Wachs, Arline De Sanctis. Wachs could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1987 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
Cheryl Greslie stood defiantly in the middle of La Tuna Canyon Road with her horse and 50 neighbors to demonstrate her anger at construction of a four-lane highway. Despite the protest, the highway was built. Now, some 25 years later, Greslie and a number of neighbors in Sun Valley are bracing against new signs of encroachment on their peaceful surroundings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of longtime, horse-loving La Tuna Canyon residents--some of whom have lived there for more than half a century--are vehemently resisting the plans of a new neighbor to build a commercial equestrian facility on an adjoining 32-acre site. Some of the Sun Valley residents, whose homes don't border the proposal site, maintain that the development would be a positive asset for the residential area. The city zoning board will hold a public hearing on the project Friday in Van Nuys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homeowners in La Tuna Canyon exchanged sometimes raucous questions and complaints Friday with the developer of a proposed equestrian facility in their neighborhood, focusing, among other things, on the issue of horse manure. According to the site plan filed by property owner Fleming Star LLC, the waste-removal bin would be placed at the front of the property, bordering La Tuna Canyon Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of longtime, horse-loving La Tuna Canyon residents--some of whom have lived there for more than half a century--are vehemently resisting the plans of a new neighbor to build a commercial equestrian facility on an adjoining 32-acre site. Some of the Sun Valley residents, whose homes don't border the proposal site, maintain that the development would be a positive asset for the residential area. The city zoning board will hold a public hearing on the project Friday in Van Nuys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Morning Glow Way has everything a horse could ask for in a tract of $500,000 homes. A riding trail flanked by redwood fences runs right down the street and into the hills, and each house offers open space in its yard for horses. But despite the accommodations, few horses have ever hung their saddles in this upscale development of 25 homes chiseled into the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. None lives here now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
A residential development proposed for a pristine mountain ridge between La Tuna Canyon Road and Foothill Boulevard has drawn fire from a preservationist group. Canyon Areas Preservation, an environmental watchdog group made up of 60 area homeowners, maintains that Duke Development Co.'s plan to build 41 single-family homes on a 55-acre parcel above the Foothill Freeway would adversely affect the area's ecology and aesthetics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
One month after agreeing in principle to close a dangerous stretch of La Tuna Canyon Road to heavy trucks, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted the ban into law. The ordinance, approved unanimously, is expected to be signed by Mayor Richard Riordan within a week and will go into effect 30 days later, officials said. It will bar trucks weighing in excess of 6,000 pounds from traveling a section of La Tuna Canyon Road stretching from the Foothill Freeway to Sunland Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1997
Better late than never. Although Los Angeles officials have known about hazardous drainage and engineering problems along La Tuna Canyon Road east of Sun Valley since at least 1970, it took five lives, 27 years and nearly $3 million in settlements before those problems were fixed. Last week, the City Council banned heavy trucks on a section of La Tuna Canyon--the latest move in a long-overdue package of measures designed to make the road safer for motorists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angered over a series of fatal car accidents on a menacing stretch of road, Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs vowed Tuesday to demand repairs for a section of La Tuna Canyon Road that floods in heavy rains, creating a hazard for motorists. Wachs' call for repairs came in response to a story in The Times on Monday about three wrongful death suits filed against the city on behalf of the families of motorists who have died in accidents on La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley.
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January 13, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pickup truck struck a horse on La Tuna Canyon Road Thursday night, seriously injuring the animal, which had to be killed. Gypsy, a 29-year-old mare, wandered out of her corral and onto the 9100 block of the busy street about 6:40 p.m., said Sgt. Rod Grahek of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After paying nearly $3 million to settle four lawsuits, the Los Angeles City Council will decide today whether to ban heavy trucks from a dangerous stretch of La Tuna Canyon Road. The council will vote on a motion by Councilman Joel Wachs that calls for an ordinance barring trucks in excess of 6,000 pounds from a section of the road stretching from the Foothill Freeway in the east to Sunland Boulevard in the west.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1997
A reluctant Los Angeles City Council approved a 34-home development in La Tuna Canyon's scenic hills Friday after city lawyers said a 1993 lawsuit settlement requires the city to either approve the project or allow even more homes to be built on the site. The 10-1 vote was intended to end a 12-year dispute in the quiet rural community. But neighbors immediately said they would sue to halt the development.
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