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May 16, 1993
Many thanks to Scott Harris for highlighting the "meter madness" in Studio City (May 4). As he pointed out, it's a difficult and confusing issue but one certainly impacting the residents and merchants of Studio City. I must also thank him for finally answering the question: "Has permit parking been approved for Studio City?" I guess I was rather naive to think that approval and processing of this Studio City Residents Assn. request would only take 18 months. After all, our request for a public parking structure to relieve parking congestion on residential streets has only been in the works for decades.
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March 25, 2001
I am in total agreement with the letter from Anthony Slide concerning the new library in Studio City (March 18). I have been opposed to the architect's version since the first renderings several years ago, as a member of the board of the Studio City Residents Assn. I feel that a huge amount of money has been spent on glitz and not enough on substance. The entire rental library of current books for a daily small charge has been eliminated. There are dozens of empty shelves. I have been using the library in Sherman Oaks during the years since Studio City has been closed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992
We read with interest "Residents Urge Crackdown on Transients," (Times Valley Edition Nov. 12). As mentioned, the Studio City Residents Assn. continues our drive for a solution to the homeless and transient problem in Studio City. Yes, we are frustrated by the increase in crimes committed by "transients." Accordingly, we support the Los Angeles Police Department's efforts to take back our streets by prosecuting those who block access to public spaces, panhandle aggressively or harass people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001
Re "Suds Aren't About to Settle in Dispute Over Carwash Sign," March 13: The Studio City Hand Car Wash owner erected his sign without receiving a permit or following city codes. The homeowners association went nuts. After intense pressure from the homeowners group, and despite some community support for the sign, the City Council worked out a deal involving some adjustments to the sign itself and a $6,000 fine. Ben Forat, the carwash owner, says he "offered to pay the $6,000" but that City Councilman Joel Wachs' office "asked him to increase the amount to $20,000."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1988
On May 9 Councilman Mike Woo signed an outrageous "compact" with the Studio City Residents Assn. and the Studio City Chamber of Commerce. This insidious and arrogant "compact" disenfranchises the majority of citizens of Studio City. We quote: "I (Councilman Woo) therefore declare, that in all upcoming development and transportation issues in Studio City . . . the Studio City Residents Assn. and Studio City Chamber of Commerce shall be considered the 'voice of the people.' " The councilman's disdain for the people is obvious when he further declares "that the Studio City Residents Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994
In the battle of giants over the location of a subway station in Studio City, the homeowners in the area appear to be the losers. We are the people who most clearly understand the implications of the decisions being made in our behalf, yet our voices go unrecognized, or when heard, are misunderstood. A recent Times column said, "North Hollywood residents supporting MCA, organized by company executive Christine Hanson, were in the audience. Some of them testified for MCA." I testified for the Studio City Residents Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001
I am in total agreement with the letter from Anthony Slide concerning the new library in Studio City (March 18). I have been opposed to the architect's version since the first renderings several years ago, as a member of the board of the Studio City Residents Assn. I feel that a huge amount of money has been spent on glitz and not enough on substance. The entire rental library of current books for a daily small charge has been eliminated. There are dozens of empty shelves. I have been using the library in Sherman Oaks during the years since Studio City has been closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1987
I found Shapiro's article to be hypocritical. While Shapiro criticizes and downgrades the concept of public environmental review of large building projects, it was precisely this kind of review that stopped the building of a massive shopping center at Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon. In that case, the public outcry forced the developer to scale down his plans and build a project that is more compatible with our Studio City neighborhood. Had it not been for our ability to be heard and our councilman's responsiveness, our neighborhood would have been permanently damaged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990
Occasionally, people come out from "under their rocks" and say some pretty amazing things. Take Betty Berzon's letter regarding Polly Ward's opposition to three proposed liquor licenses for the mini-mall development at Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards in Studio City. Surely, Berzon has been under her rock for too long as evidenced by her statement that Ward only claims to represent homeowners in the area as their "self-anointed" spokesperson for the Studio City community. On the contrary, any informed Studio City resident knows that Polly Ward is the four-term current president of the Studio City Residents Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Three months after postponing a public hearing on a controversial 10-story parking garage, officials from MCA Inc. are meeting with neighbors to hear their concerns, the company said Friday. "We're sitting down with the different organizations and getting their input," said Christine Hanson, MCA vice president for corporate communications. "We've been criticized for not doing that in the past."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2000
Re "This Car Deserves a Hand," Valley Edition letters, Feb. 6. You propose a sound and fair resolution to the Hand Car Wash sign controversy. Somehow, the Studio City Residents Assn. has been unable to accept anything less than total victory for "their side": complete demolition of the sign. The problem is that their side has, in this instance, ceased to represent the people who live and work here in Studio City. Let's keep the sign, which brightens a nondescript stretch of Ventura Boulevard, and which would not be replaced, I suspect, with anything other than more undistinguished advertising clutter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2000
The Times editorialized that Studio City Hand Car Wash should be allowed to keep its sign, even though it violates the Ventura Boulevard Specific Plan, because it's quirky, fun and eclectic ("This Car Deserves a Hand," Feb. 6). The sign is certainly quirky. And it's hard not to admire the moxie of the carwash owner who has skillfully cast this as a confrontation between a resourceful business owner and humorless city officials and homeowners groups. It's easy to poke fun at the Studio City Residents Assn.
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August 10, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
City Councilman Mike Feuer will speak about possible development projects and city charter reform Tuesday at a meeting of the Studio City Residents Assn. Feuer is expected to field questions on many projects and issues, including parking in the area, a proposed retail center at the City National Bank site on Whitsett Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, the possibility of a new Studio City fire station and the status of a new tenant replacing Ralphs supermarket at Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards.
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March 7, 1998 | TOM BECKER
The county's improving economy will be the main topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the Studio City Residents Assn. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the night's speaker, will address the recent financial recovery in the county that has led to infrastructure improvement projects and stimulated an economic boom for area businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1998 | TOM BECKER
On the heels of an antitrust settlement that calls for Ralphs Grocery Co. and Hughes Family Markets to sell 19 of their 399 Southern California stores to complete a merger, Studio City residents will get an unofficial say about what should replace one of the old Ralphs locations. The Studio City Residents Assn.
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February 6, 1998 | TOM BECKER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block will speak on crime and safety issues at Tuesday's meeting of the Studio City Residents Assn. Block, who has been sheriff since 1982 and is seeking a fifth term, will appear as part of the association's "Partners Against Crime" program. Through this program, the association and law enforcement agencies work together to address residents' concerns. In the past, issues have included noise and traffic. Each month at the meeting, Officer John Caprarelli updates residents on the status of crime in Studio City.
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May 13, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The president of a Studio City residents association said Wednesday his group would continue to put pressure on the developer of a local mini-mall until he delivers on a promise to make traffic improvements to the congested intersection where the mall recently opened. "We've really drawn a line in the sand," said Tony Lucente, president of the Studio City Residents Assn. "We've had it with bureaucrats and developers who ignore the rules and think they can get away with it."
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August 2, 1988 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Controversy over who is at fault for the height of a disputed Studio City high-rise was growing faster than the building itself Monday. Unsigned flyers that pointed fingers of blame at both the developer and a former president of the Studio City Residents Assn. were being circulated to homeowners living near the 95-foot-tall office building under construction at Fairway Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. Neighbors, meanwhile, were preparing their own protest against the $4.
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