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August 15, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Forget the talk about traffic, zoning and even day laborers. At Los Angeles City Hall, the fight over a new Home Depot may boil down to a single question: How many lobbyists will it take to open one hardware store in the San Fernando Valley? Home Depot's push to expand into Sunland-Tujunga might seem like the most local of controversies, one pitting a retail chain against angry neighbors worried about blight and congested streets.
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November 10, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Hardware giant Home Depot filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of Los Angeles, saying Councilwoman Wendy Greuel improperly worked with her constituents to block the chain from opening a store in Sunland-Tujunga. Home Depot's complaint, filed by the law firm of Latham & Watkins, accuses Greuel of handling the project in a biased manner by voting to require an environmental review months after she had helped neighborhood groups challenge the project's original building permit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1996 | TIM MAY
Graduate students in Pepperdine University's business school will present tonight the results of a study on the correlation between crime and alcohol outlets in Sunland-Tujunga. The study, to be presented at a public meeting, echoes some of the findings presented in a groundbreaking report published last year by USC researchers Richard A. Scribner, David P. MacKinnon and James H. Dwyer.
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August 16, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council dealt a final blow Wednesday to Home Depot's high-stakes bid to secure an over-the-counter permit for a new store in Sunland-Tujunga, disregarding a lobbying blitz waged by the company over the last two weeks. The council voted 12 to 1 to require Home Depot's project to go through a more extensive environmental review -- a move that doesn't halt the project but will require months of additional work.
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December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mentally disturbed woman who dialed 911 was shot Sunday when she suddenly pointed a replica handgun at responding officers, police said. Robin Hutching, 43, will be turned over to mental health authorities for evaluation when she recovers from a bullet wound to the thigh, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Catherine Plows. "She has a long history of mental illness. She will not be arrested."
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May 2, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and GREG SANDOVAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 500 firefighters battled into the night Thursday to control two separate wind-driven fires in the hills near Sunland and Castaic and appeared to be winning both battles, after employees of a shelter for large, exotic animals prepared to evacuate them. As of late Thursday night, the fires had caused no injuries and damaged no buildings. One fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Sunland had charred about 400 acres, said Cliff Johnson, fire information officer for the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996 | TIM MAY
The Los Angeles Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday on the community plan for Sunland-Tujunga / Lake View Terrace / Shadow Hills / La Tuna Canyon area. The city's 35 community plans comprise the Los Angeles General Plan and are updated periodically to provide guidelines for development. "This is just an update to the plan, not a full-scale revision," said Phil Garofalo, a city planner, noting that such updates usually take place every five to 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion Wednesday to stop the so-called mansionization of the Sunland and Tujunga areas of the San Fernando Valley. The council will take another vote next week. The motion prohibits the construction of homes larger than 2,400 square feet and forbids new homes from being larger than 40% of the lot size.
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January 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said Monday she intended to tighten the city's law to combat "mansionization" in Sunland-Tujunga by requiring builders to count the square footage of attic space in their calculations of allowable size. The city requires that the maximum size of new homes in the area be based on lot size. Greuel said that one homeowner got around that by not counting an attic in the square footage and later converting the attic into a room.
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March 16, 1996
Farley, the German shepherd mix who captured the hearts of many when he ran for honorary mayor of the foothill community of Sunland-Tujunga, has passed away. "He was 101 in dog years," by Dan Skywalker's calculations. "He barely outlived George Burns," said Skywalker, one of the dog's best friends. Farley, who was 13 in human years, died Thursday in the backyard, Skywalker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Forget the talk about traffic, zoning and even day laborers. At Los Angeles City Hall, the fight over a new Home Depot may boil down to a single question: How many lobbyists will it take to open one hardware store in the San Fernando Valley? Home Depot's push to expand into Sunland-Tujunga might seem like the most local of controversies, one pitting a retail chain against angry neighbors worried about blight and congested streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council delivered a setback Tuesday to Home Depot, voting to take up the hardware giant's hotly contested proposal to open a store in the Sunland-Tujunga section of the San Fernando Valley. Despite lawsuit threats from Home Depot's lobbying team, the council agreed to review the North Valley Area Planning Commission's July 19 decision to approve a store on Foothill Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Planning commissioners Thursday canceled a hearing on a proposed Home Depot in Sunland after more than 400 people jammed a Van Nuys hearing room and blocked exits and aisles. The North Valley Area Planning Commission had been scheduled to determine whether the company could resume work on converting a former Kmart into a Home Depot, or had to undergo a lengthy environmental review. Commissioners set a new hearing for July 19 and promised larger facilities.
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January 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said Monday she intended to tighten the city's law to combat "mansionization" in Sunland-Tujunga by requiring builders to count the square footage of attic space in their calculations of allowable size. The city requires that the maximum size of new homes in the area be based on lot size. Greuel said that one homeowner got around that by not counting an attic in the square footage and later converting the attic into a room.
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December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mentally disturbed woman who dialed 911 was shot Sunday when she suddenly pointed a replica handgun at responding officers, police said. Robin Hutching, 43, will be turned over to mental health authorities for evaluation when she recovers from a bullet wound to the thigh, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Catherine Plows. "She has a long history of mental illness. She will not be arrested."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion Wednesday to stop the so-called mansionization of the Sunland and Tujunga areas of the San Fernando Valley. The council will take another vote next week. The motion prohibits the construction of homes larger than 2,400 square feet and forbids new homes from being larger than 40% of the lot size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In his advancing years, Farley, a 13-year-old black Labrador retriever-German shepherd mix, was content to while away his days meeting and greeting customers in the one-hour photo studio his master owned in Sunland. But when he was suddenly thrust into the spotlight in the summer of 1995, Farley became the poster-pooch for anyone who thought that politics was going to the dogs.
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May 13, 1996 | TIM MAY
Reacting to news reports that the city's proposed 1996-97 budget includes funding for an expansion of Sunland-Tujunga's new library, local Chamber of Commerce officials have asked Mayor Richard Riordan to consider redirecting some of the requested library funds to beef up a police substation on Foothill Boulevard. "We already have a library, a brand new one," said Sunland-Tujunga Chamber President Kathy Anthony. "We'd still like the money to come into the area, though.
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May 22, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They called it home, this tree-shaded gulch next to a creek. For a decade, and probably longer, homeless residents had created a commune-like cluster of plywood-and-tarp huts, built side by side in a hidden glade near the Foothill Freeway. Communal breakfasts and dinners were served from a central mess tent equipped with an outdoor grill and makeshift stove. A hanging tire provided children with recreation, a discarded tub was recycled for outdoor bathing.
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May 22, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They called it home, this tree-shaded gulch next to a creek. For over a decade, homeless residents had created a commune-like cluster of plywood-and-tarp huts, built side-by-side in a hidden glade near the Foothill Freeway. Communal breakfasts and dinners were served from a central mess tent equipped with an outdoor grill and makeshift stove. A hanging tire provided children with recreation, a discarded tub was recycled for outdoor bathing.
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