EDITOR’S NOTE: Anger over City Hall’s puppet Redistricting Commission’s draft maps has inflamed long-simmering resentments all over town over how communities of interest have been ignored deliberately as part of the political machine’s divide-and-conquer strategy. On Saturday, about 50 residents of the Foothill communities – Sunland-Tujunga, Shadow Hills,
Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon, and Sun Valley — held an emergency meeting to plan how to fight being pulled from CD 2 (Krekorian) and divided up into CD 6 and CD 7 (Cardenas and Alarcon). These are dangerous people when they come together as they did in defeating corporate giant Home Depot’s scheme to change the small town western feel of their community. Curiously, the LA Times’ story Sunday on the redistricting controversy focused on CD4 (LaBonge) and seems to suggest that voting rights laws protecting race, ethnicity and communities of interest should also recognize keeping cool people together and not put them with “ugh, the Valley” types. You know like people who are Silver Lake hipsters should “have nothing to do with the flats in the Valley.” Or as Tom LaBonge, who would get Studio City, Sherman Oaks and Encino, put it: “The only common thread here is the Canadian geese that
migrate from the Encino Reservoir to the Silver Lake Reservoir.” No insult intended, you can be sure. The Foothill activists are meeting again Tuesday night at the North Valley City Hall at 7 p.m. Tomi Lyn Bowling offers this account the passions that have been reawakened by City Hall’s redistricting dirty trick:
Sleeper Has Awakened
with birthplaces all over the world. They have different religions, different
politics, and are individually different in so many ways.
So who would have ever thought that so much
diversity would melt away to become the common ground of fighting off a
corporate giant in what has become the hometown of so many passionate
individuals in Sunland-Tujunga.
But melt away diversity did.
United in a force unlike anything ever before
in the city of Los Angeles these people fought, and won! Victories had seemed
to come somewhat easy to this small rural mountain draped community as one by
one the land-use victories added up.
But it was the fight with mega corporate
giant Home Depot that the community is most well known for.
Fast forward to seven years later and this
once united community like so many others in LA had gone on with life and each
individual that once stood shoulder to shoulder had all but forgetten their
unity. Or had they?
It was a cold December 2011 day when whispers
began to fill the air that a change was looming. Off in their own individual
worlds barely an eyebrow was raised. Then January came and the change rose it’s
ugly head; the map that proposed to rip this formiddable community apart at the
Like a well rehearsed orchestra these soulful
people dropped their individuality, forgot the squabbles, pushed aside their
personal lives and took their place shoulder to shoulder once again in
opposition to the maps proposed by the Redistricting Commission threatening the
last vestage of rural life in Los Angeles.
Vowing to protect that last rural corner of
this big city the awe inspiring community stands tall, strong, and united once
again, unwilling to allow the rules and their community voices to be ignored.