MIDNIGHT UPDATE: A Home Depot official confirmed late Tuesday that the property is up for sale.
Can it really be true?
Sunland-Tujunga activists after years of struggle that has made them one of the most effectively organized communities in Los Angeles appears to have won an outright victory against one of the largest and most successful corporations in America, its team of high-prices lobbyists and influence peddlers and city officials who wanted to sell them out.
Can It be true?
The evidence as strong, according to the No Home Depot website which provides the company’s motion for dismissal and reports it canceled its webside promoting its cause in Sunland-Tujunga.
I’m just guessing but the economic recession has a lot to do with the company’s surrender. It wouldn’t make sense to keep on squandering money on lawyers, lobbyists and PR types in the face of organized resistance when consumers aren’t spending.
What’s amazing about this is that even the most ardent activists in this semi-rural corner of L.A. never thought they had a chance but they never gave up.
The lesson for all of us trying to make our neighborhoods healthier and our city greater are clear: You’ve got to organize, you’ve got to fight and you’ve got to never quit. You never know what’s going to happen.
Hopefully, things are what the seem to be, in which case the people of Sunland-Tujunga deserve a hearty congratulations. I do have a question though: What do you want to do with that old K-Mart property that would enhance the quality of life in your community?