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WHHO whishes you all a Happy 4th of July
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?What fates befell them for daring to put their names to that document? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing talk straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July Holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free!
Next Meeting September 26, 2018
No Meeting for July or August
(The 4th Wednesday of the month)
7:30 P.M. (SHARP)
[Kaiser in under construction and they have asked that we find another meeting location while the construction continues]
- On the Agenda -
To Be Determined
Special Thanks to The Adler Project for making their presentation at our June Meeting.
It is a big project and they gave us great details.
A 24-Acre Warner Center Business Park Redevelopment Project for Warner Center north of Burbank and west of De Soto. It is large and tall. It is one of the largest development projects in Warner Center.
A special thanks to the candidates that attended our May 23rd Meeting and CONGRATULATIONS to
for his successful campaign and his election to the unfinished portion of the 45 Assembly District. We look forward to working with him and his staff to continue to make Woodland Hills a great neighborhood.
The Supplemental Draft EIR is out.
Below is a link - you should read it and submit your comments by
To See THe Draft EIR click the link below
(at the bottom of the page of the Draft EIR and open the drop down menu to see the specific sections)
SB 827 - WHHO IS OPPPOSED
WHHO wants to make it clear that we OPPOSE SB827. You will find attached the position letter from the WHHO Board. Local control has always been a strong foundation of out democracy and we will do everything to assure that it continues.
Here is the letter sent to our State Senators and others: WHHO Letter Opposing SB827
WHHO wants to give a special thanks to Arman Hovanessian Senior Transportation Engineer, LA Dept. of Transportation for giving us an insight ay our April Meeting into how the City approaches planning for traffic concerns in light of proposed building projects in the Woodland Hills area.
A special thanks to Senator Henry Stern for coming to our March meeting and giving us an update on what he hopes to accomplish in the Senate and also for clarifying his Opposition to Senate Bill SB827.
A special thanks to Tom Glick from the Los Angles Planning Department for giving us an update at our February 28th Meeting regarding the Community Plans for the West Valley.
Special thanks to Councilman Bob Blumenfield presenting us at our January Meting with his view of the "State of the West Valley" and answering questions.
NOTE: Council shall be held in the Van Nuys City Hall, as follows:
Friday, June 1, 2018 Friday, August 3, 2018 Friday, October 5, 2018 Friday, December 7, 2018
Cannabis Regulations: Find it all at this link: http://cannabis.lacity.org/
WHHO Thought your should know that...
Proposed 8-story hotel on Chalk Hill is quashed by Councilman Blumenfield.
A developer’s proposal to build an 8-story, 200-room high-end boutique hotel and restaurant on Ventura Blvd. at the old Todai restaurant site near the apex of Chalk Hills has been road-blocked by the District-3 Council office. In a November 20th letter to the developer’s representative, Councilman Blumenfield requested that the developer either withdraw their proposal or make significant reductions in height and bulk since the project would require numerous entitlement and variance requests to allow it to be built on the site. He noted that even with the reductions the builder made, the project was still “out of scale with the neighborhood.” Generally, when a project doesn't’t receive support from the area’s Councilman, the City Council rejects the project. Only the pad of the previous building remains on the site which has seen three previous restaurants fail at that location. The developer has not committed to either proposing an alternative project or stated if he would sell the property.
The State is trying to increase development saturation
and take that decision away from your City Council.
Senate Bill 827 was just proposed - Development Legislation to Watch
Here is a link: SB827
Our Past October, 2017 Meeting
DIRT MULHOLLAND - THEY WANTED TO PAVE PARADISE
A special thanks to Michael Owens, Councilmember Blumenfield’s Community Affairs & Infrastructure Director who brought us up to date on what was proposed by developers and the true facts for the future.
Our Past October, 2017 Meeting
The City is proposing local regulations for dispensing of recreational marijuana in our community.
We want to thank Jeff Jacobberger, Esq. – Legislative Deputy for CD-3 Councilman Bob Blumenfield and LAPD Narcotics Detective Vince Bancroft who both added to the discussion about the draft regulations to prepare for the legal selling of recreational marijuana throughout the City starting January 1st, and, the proposed rules on where marijuana shops and other cannabis companies can legally operate and the potentially negative impact to our neighborhoods.
Our Past September 2017Meeting
A special thanks to Ms. Sheri Berger, V.P. of Academic Affairs; Rolf Schleicher, V.P. of Administrative Services, Pierce Community College for bring us up to date on the proposed plans for the Farm and also to Jack Humphreville, LA Watchdog columnist for CityWatch for his insights into the tax issues that plague us all.
Our Past August Meeting
A special thanks to LAPD Captain Maureen Ryan, Detectives Bancroft and McNeil and SLO Dinse for their great presentation and insights at out last meeting we held on August 23rd, 2017. The information about the homelessness, and the marijuana regulations and the effect or our community was seriously informative.
If you need to reach either of the Detectives regarding any vice issues, here is their contact information:
Detective Bancroft: 213-486-0822
Detective McNeil: 818-756-4850
A special thanks to Kevin Taylor, the Mayor’s West Valley Area Representative for addressing the City's efforts to help the Homelessness in the West Valley at our past May 2017meeting.
If you have any suggestions for future speakers or
VENTURA BOULEVARD (West Valley) STRIPING PROPOSALS
For those in the community who couldn't attend the Ventura Boulevard meeting this past July 10th, WHHO wants you to know what is proposed. There are 2 Alternatives (A & B) linked above. The City has the funding to do the analysis and once the final plan is approved, the City Council will seek the funds to complete the project. The striping, changing of lanes, new signals, implementation of bike lanes and the use of "reverse" slanted parking where you back into the spots are part of the proposals. Look at the details.
The WHHO Board has not taken a position on the proposals yet so feel free to email each Board Member about your feelings and concerns.
Their Email addresses are available by clicking the "Board Members" Tab above.
Also, Councilman Blumenfield would appreciate your comments. Email address with your comments to Andrew Pennington at this address: email@example.com
SOME OF OUR PRIOR MEETING:
If you missed the last meeting on April 22nd with Larry Green:
Larry presented the details about the Promenade Project and noted that it will be build in stages with the start probably 2020. He took questions and listed to your comments and took some of the suggestions very seriously.
This is a big project and will have positive and negative effects on our community from traffic congestion to a strain on water, power and policing. The Project (Called Promenade 2035) would include approximately 1,432 multifamily residential units, approximately 244,000 square feet of retail/restaurant uses, approximately 629,000 square feet of office space, approximately 572 hotel rooms and an approximately 320,000-square-foot, 15,000-seat Entertainment and Sports Center. The proposed uses would be provided in several buildings throughout the Project Site that would transition in height from one story and three to four stories at the corner of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Erwin Street, to 28 stories at the opposite corner of Owensmouth Avenue and Oxnard Street, across from the existing high-rise office towers to the south. The Project will be build in stages with completion around 2035.
You can see the Notice of Preparation of Supplemental EIR Report by clicking HERE.
Our Previous Meeting: On January 25th Councilmember Blumenfield swore in the new members of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization (WHHO) and discussed pressing issues facing the neighborhood.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield
"State of the Community"
We always have guest speakers to address concerns that affect you.
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Future General Meeting Dates for 2017: Meeting at held at Kaiser Hospital and the dates are the 4th Wednesday of the month: No Meeting for July; 8/23/17; 9/27/17; 10/25/17; no meeting in November; 12/6/17.
Future Board Meetings for 2017:(1st Monday of each Month. Call for the location (818)439-8850 - it will be either at at The Fire Station on Burbank just west of De Soto or the Law Offices of John M. Walker, 5850 Canoga Ave, 4th Floor, Woodland Hills 91367): 8/7/17; 9/11/17; 10/2/17; 11/6/17; 12/4/17
The Next Big Projects for Woodland Hills/Werner Center
(there are about 10 major projects, including, but not limited to, the Post Office property, the old daily News Building, Treeland Property, and the old Todi Property on Ventura Boulevard)
1. PROMENADE MALL
Westfield’s huge new project planned for Warner Center, Promenade 2034; A live-work community spanning 34 acres; Westfield filed plans with the city for an enormous new mixed use complex set to replace the aging ; Promenade shopping mall in Woodland Hills.
The project, which will bring 1,400 units of housing and two hotels to Warner Center.
2. LA WARNER CENTER
The property is up for sale and its future is unknown. Any reports of what is going in there are misplaced. There are no formal proposals yet. We will wait and see (Maybe Amazon might be interested).
3. Treeland Development
For those that are watching this project, you may wish to explore the City of Los Angeles Initial Report. It has a lot of information. CLICK HERE for a PDF copy.
You can find more information by CLICKING HERE.
You can view Councilman Blumenfield's Position Letter HERE.
There will be an EIR for this project.
4. Proposed 8-story hotel on Chalk Hill
This project is quashed by Councilman Blumenfield.
A proposal 8-story, 200-room high-end boutique hotel and restaurant on Ventura Blvd. at the old Todai restaurant site forced Councilman Blumenfield early in 2018 to request that the developer either withdraw their proposal or make significant reductions in height and bulk since the project would require numerous entitlement and variance requests to allow it to be built on the site.
Thank all of you for your interest and concern for our community. It makes it better for everyone.
If you have any suggestions for programs you would like to see at our future meetings, please email John M. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We Need Your Email Address!!!
It Would be great if each of our members would take a moment and send us your email address so we can keep you up to date on developments in this community. We are part of the 21st Century you know!!
So, if you would take a moment, please send us your email address. Just put in the "subject" box "WHHO Email" and we will get the idea. Also, we will be happy to send you the Newsletter by email as well.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.
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Local Movie Schedules for Woodland Hills -
We now have a link to look up Movie Show Time's in the West Valley Area.
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CRIME! NEW FROM LAPD - get up-to-date City wide crime maps. CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEE THE RECENT CRIMES IN YOUR AREA. Crime Maps.
POSITIONS TAKEN BY THE WHHO BOARD
1. The Board of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization has voted to support Measure "S" - the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative ballot measure - appearing on the March 7th ballot. According to WHHO Executive Vice President John Walker, the majority of the WHHO Board members believe that passing Measure "S" will bring certainty to the City Planning process and stop the proliferation of spot zoning approvals that encourage developers to build projects that do not conform to the existing City General Plan, the existing Community Plans or the existing Specific Plans.
2. We have worked hard with the community to make the Westfield "Village" the best it could be for the Valley and will continue to do so in the future as well.
3. We have taken the position against the Valley Fair having a permanent home at Pierce College. We have always taken the position that this land is for Education and is to be used only for projects that are part of the education curriculum and run by Pierce, not a controlling outside entity. The 51 st Agricultural District has its own Board and contracts with all the vendors and decides what will be done. Save Pierce for the quality education it is now providing and let the administration concentrate on what the community demands it do in education.
4. Waiting for the final
proposal regarding the development on the north side of Mulholland across from Louisville High. The
proposed project originally included 39 condos in a currently R1 zoned area.
neighbors and the Design Review Board were against this. We have not taken a
final position on a proposed development on the north side of Mulholland, across
from Louisville High at
You can go to Save Oak Savanna web site, for anyone wishing to learn more or get involved and voice your opinion of the development. The web site is http://www.saveoaksavanna.org
5. Oppose the unconditional paving of dirt Mulholland.
6. Since 2004 We have opposed any further conversion of light manufacturing, small business office space to very dense apartment complexes without replacement in kind of the facilities demolished in Warner Center.
Woodland Hills Homeowner Organization, Inc. was established in 1985 as a 501c4 non-profit corporation to serve our community. You can reach WHHO through our Acting President, John M. Walker, Esq. at his law office at 818-719-9181 or WHHO, P.O. Box 6368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365
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