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April 14, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias and Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writers
First, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle got fined. Then she got famous. She got a $114 jaywalking ticket and now people the world over know her story about why she thinks the motorcycle cop did her wrong. Editorial writers from Sacramento to Scotland have rushed to Coyle's defense. Strangers in distant lands are rising to support her. Camera crews show up at her Sunland trailer unannounced, wanting Coyle to repeat the story once again. And she doesn't even have a phone.
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August 7, 2008 | Elina Shatkin, Times Staff Writer
At the northern tip of the Crescenta Valley between the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains, communities still take pride in living close to the land. An annual highlight is the Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival, which starts Friday. Now in its 47th year, the watermelon fest remains a throwback to the farming life. "The best part of the story," however, according to Marynance Schellenbach, secretary of the local Lions Club that organizes the festival, is the event's origin.
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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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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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October 11, 1994 | ED BOND
Sunland residents have organized a cleanup of the Tujunga Ponds, a spot near the point where Foothill Boulevard crosses over the Tujunga Wash that has been polluted by litter and illegal swimmers. "It's trashed everywhere," said Phil Tabbi, a community police representative, who is organizing the Oct. 22 cleanup. "The fences have been cut." The ponds are within the protected Tujunga Wash and swimming there is illegal.
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August 7, 2008 | Elina Shatkin, Times Staff Writer
At the northern tip of the Crescenta Valley between the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains, communities still take pride in living close to the land. An annual highlight is the Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival, which starts Friday. Now in its 47th year, the watermelon fest remains a throwback to the farming life. "The best part of the story," however, according to Marynance Schellenbach, secretary of the local Lions Club that organizes the festival, is the event's origin.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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July 21, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Home Depot won a round Thursday night in its battle to expand deeper into the San Fernando Valley, securing permission to open in Sunland after a meeting that featured angry exchanges about race, immigration and jobs. At a raucous seven-hour hearing attended by more than 600 people, the North Valley Area Planning Commission voted 3 to 2, shortly after 11 p.m., to declare Home Depot's building permits valid.
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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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March 10, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Sunland preservationists won a key victory Friday in their drive to prevent a Home Depot from moving into their canyon enclave when a city official ordered the company to halt its almost-finished conversion of a former K-Mart store.
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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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February 19, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Sunland-Tujunga, long known as Los Angeles' rural outpost of craggy canyons, secluded houses, horse trails and a onetime motorcycle gang hide-out, is in the midst of an identity crisis: Build a Home Depot or shop at a mom-and-pop hardware store? Hilltop McMansions or open space? Support a revitalized main street or promote more tract home developments?
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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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