The soap opera continued Thursday with Home Depot announcing it cancelled the June 24 open house at Mt. Gleason Middle School because LAUSD officials asked them to — contradicting the district’s own statements.
And the home improvement giant, as part of its shifting strategy, said it was submitting plans for a scaled-down store in Sunland-Tujunga, two-thirds the size of most of its stores. It also provided more details about its plans in an effort to overcome well-organized opposition in the community.
The No Home Depot activists disputed some of Home Depot’s assertions, saying, “It is unfortunate that Home Depot is blaming the STA for their own mistakes, creating a ‘hostile environment’, and accusing us of preventing people from getting information.”
This is fascinating community conflict that will play out a long time. The community has become well organized and blocked Home Depot’s efforts at every turn but the company has enormous resources and clearly is committed to opening the store.