Thousands packed All Nations Church Jan. 23 to learn more about HSR.
Two local groups battle Big Tujunga development plan.
By Pat Kramer
Over 2,000 residents from Sunland- Tujunga, Shadow Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Kagel Canyon and La Tuna Canyon came together at All Nation’s Church in Lakeview Terrace on Tuesday night, Jan. 13. The purpose was to hear impassioned presentations by local residents who vehemently oppose the “alternate routes” proposed for Governor Brown’s pet project: the High Speech Rail (HSR) or “bullet train” to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The plan by the California High Speed Rail Authority initially proposed a route alongside the existing infrastructures by the 14 Freeway, but when residents of Acton protested, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich advocated three alternative routes that would potentially plow through 35 miles of our Angeles National Forest, tunneling through mountains and raising biblical dirt clouds that could affect the air quality in Sunland-Tujunga.
Fortunately, our own U.S. Representative Adam Schiff has listened to our voices and is taking a stand against these alternative routes due to public opposition, added cost, and the potential destruction of the National Forest’s wildlife habitats. With the California High-Speed Rail Authority getting ready to choose the final route for the HSR this spring, you’ll want to stay informed. You can watch the Jan. 13 presentation on the Save Our Forest for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) website: dontrailroad.us. And as, always, visit STNC.org to stay abreast of developments on this very important topic.
Two local, grassroots groups organize opposition to a 242-home development proposed for Big Tujunga Canyon by the Angeles National Forest More than 100 local residents attended the second Scoping Meeting at North Valley City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 15, to learn more about the “Canyon Park Development,” a potential development that could add 242 single-family homes to Big Tujunga Canyon at the entrance to the Angeles National Forest. The 110-acre site is not currently zoned for this large of a development, and residents want to know why the City would even consider changing the zoning when there would be so many negative impacts on the local area. Those most affected would be residents at Alpine Village, Mt. Gleason and Oro Vista Avenues, where the development could generate 800-1000 more cars every day.
Currently, two local groups are organizing the opposition to this project: SAVE OUR CANYON, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving Big Tujunga Canyon’s rural character (See: Save Our Canyon on Facebook or e-mail: email@example.com) and SAVE BIG TUJUNGA CANYON, another grassroots organization working to preserve open space in Sunland-Tujunga and maintain the current zoning in Big Tujunga Canyon (See: Save Big Tujunga Canyon on Facebook or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).