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June 20, 2000 | CHIP JACOBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just another hard-hat Monday on Strathern Street. Scrap-yard machines moan into the dreary haze. A big rig jettisons debris into a giant pit filled with concrete skeletons of old buildings. Across the way, close to a methane plant, a young man in Bermuda shorts whacks golf balls onto a driving range built directly over a closed dump. Golf? In Sun Valley? A place known for its teeming array of landfills, sand-and-gravel excavators, recycling shops and auto junkyards? Swing away.
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March 28, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to spur growth in a sagging section of the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved $150,000 for three local chambers of commerce to create economic development plans. The Sun Valley, Pacoima and Sylmar chambers each will receive up to $50,000 under a plan pushed by Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the area.
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March 25, 2000 | By PATRICK McGREEVY,
Faced with opposition and limited resources, city officials recommended Friday that a proposed 6,835-acre redevelopment project in the northeast San Fernando Valley be cut by up to half. Community Redevelopment Agency administrator Jerry Scharlin said his recommendation could change after he asks a citizens advisory panel to comment Monday.
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February 15, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The commission weighing cityhood proposals for the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the harbor area decided Wednesday to review its top executive's outside work for lobbyists and developers. The Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County "needs to decide whether to countenance" the flourishing private business of its executive officer, Larry J. Calemine, said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the panel.
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January 19, 2000 | By PATRICK McGREEVY,
Citing allegations of intimidation, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday nullified the election of a redevelopment agency critic to a citizens advisory panel that would oversee the proposed creation of the city's largest redevelopment area in the northeast San Fernando Valley. In addition to invalidating the Dec.
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January 2, 2000 | By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN,
The year is 2050 and you're humming along in your fuel-cell car, seven stories high on the double-decked San Diego Freeway, heading to an NFL football game in, of all places, Palmcaster. (Yes, Palmdale and Lancaster merged long ago and now have 1.2 million people, 10 Krispy Kreme doughnut joints and 24 escalators, 23 more than the area had at the turn of the millennium.) A wall of office towers filled with banks, dry cleaners, jail cells and classrooms lines the freeway on either side.
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January 21, 2000 | By PATRICK McGREEVY
State Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar) introduced legislation Thursday that would allow the San Fernando Valley to take control of any of its redevelopment projects if the Valley secedes from Los Angeles. One concern of secessionists is that Los Angeles might retain control of the tax revenue generated by Valley redevelopment areas, including a proposal to create the city's largest district with 6,850 acres in the northeast Valley.
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February 19, 1999 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
In a setback to efforts to revitalize the northeast San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Redevelopment Board voted Thursday to rescind a contract to develop an economic development strategy after the firm failed to do the work. The board voted Thursday to give the $180,000 contract to Gruen Associates, after another firm hired in 1997 failed to respond to repeated requests by the agency to develop an economic strategy for 600 acres around Hansen Dam, city officials said.
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May 20, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
The City Council on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to permits for three new San Fernando Valley construction projects. The council approved a measure exempting the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center--planned for Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street--from a 15-foot building-line setback requirement in effect since the 1950s.
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March 28, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to spur growth in a sagging section of the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved $150,000 for three local chambers of commerce to create economic development plans. The Sun Valley, Pacoima and Sylmar chambers each will receive up to $50,000 under a plan pushed by Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the area.
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February 5, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE
Acknowledging 13 years of fund-raising help from Jerry and Pam Offsay, the L.A. Family Housing Corp. kicked off construction Sunday of Offsay/Steinhauser Village, a 15-family affordable-housing complex. The complex, the first facility built by the housing group in three years, was named after the Offsays' parents. "Our parents were, and are, simple people," said Jerry Offsay, a producer with Showtime Networks. "They didn't have much money, but they made things work."
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December 20, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a new bid to rescue poor communities, Mayor Richard Riordan is expected to announce today plans to spend $12 million to revitalize distressed neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley and the Harbor area. Five months after a divided community scrapped plans for the city's largest redevelopment project in the northeast Valley, Riordan will designate sections of Pacoima and Lake View Terrace as one of three areas in the Valley to be added to the city's Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program.
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December 20, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a new bid to rescue poor communities, Mayor Richard Riordan is set to announce today plans to spend $9 million to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and commercial strips in the San Fernando Valley.
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September 26, 2000
Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation that would allow the San Fernando Valley to keep control over its redevelopment projects should it break off from the rest of Los Angeles, an aide said Monday. Davis signed SB 1375, sponsored by Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar), on Saturday. The secession group Valley VOTE lobbied for the legislation because of concern about preexisting law that did not allow a transfer of jurisdiction, said Jeff Brain, the group's president.
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September 6, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY and HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Citing the plague of blight and poverty in the northeast San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council moved Tuesday to step up economic development in the area and provide incentives for manufacturing and retail operations. "This motion is a small step, but a significant step, in one of the long-term initiatives: bringing about economic development and revitalization in one of the hardest-suffering areas of our city," said Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents much of the area.
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September 6, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY and HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Citing the plague of blight and poverty in the northeast San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council moved Tuesday to step up economic development in the area and provide incentives to attract new manufacturing and retail operations. "This motion is a small step, but a significant step, in one of the long-term initiatives, bringing about economic development and revitalization in one of the hardest-suffering areas of our city," said Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents much of the area.
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September 18, 1998 | HOLLY EDWARDS
Designed to dramatically restrict growth in an area that's become a haven from urban congestion, the preliminary Ventura Corridor Area Plan has fueled spirited responses from conservationists and developers. Property owners will have a chance to express their views and talk with a Los Angeles County planning staff representative about the plan's proposals from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during a public workshop at Round Meadow Elementary School, 5151 Round Meadow Road.
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June 6, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, members of a city advisory panel on northeast San Fernando Valley redevelopment voted to disband Monday night, saying they were hopelessly deadlocked. The 12-4 vote came at a raucous public hearing at the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley in Pacoima. Police handcuffed three people after a fistfight broke out during the debate, but they were later released without charges.
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August 23, 2000
The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the San Fernando Valley to keep control over its redevelopment projects if the Valley breaks off from the rest of Los Angeles. The bill, SB 1375 by state Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar), would give the Valley the option of leaving behind the troubled Community Redevelopment Agency--which has met with only limited success in its 20-year, $117-million effort to remake North Hollywood--should the Valley secede.
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July 31, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ali Sadeghi works among the glassy office towers shooting into the sky along Ventura Boulevard. But that doesn't mean he wants to hang out there. With six lanes of traffic drowning out conversation, no place for sitting and few shops within strolling range, the sidewalk is populated by many more parking meters than people. "There is no shade here. There are no benches.
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