Catching Up On Past Business and Looking Toward the Future
Over the past few months the Crescenta Valley Town Council has been working on all types of issues in the community. At last month’s Council meeting several motions were made to finish up some old business as well as start on some new business. The Council has been working to clean up illegal signage along Foothill Boulevard with the cooperation of our local CV Chamber of Commerce. After months of working together a motion was made to request additional help from Los Angeles County code enforcement. The hope is that ongoing proactive enforcement will help to regulate as well as educate the businesses along Foothill so we maintain some cohesiveness. The push for additional enforcement was brought about by resident complaints regarding the excessive use of banners, flags, sandwich board signs as well as flashing signs along the boulevard.
Last month, Metro and Caltrans made a presentation and took questions from our community regarding the draft 710 EIR. Residents continued to show their lack of support for the tunnel option. What surprised the residents as well as Council was the report from Metro stating the tunnel would have absolutely zero effect on the Crescenta Valley. Although two other options were presented the majority of the questions were focused in and around the tunnel option. We were reminded that the deadline to comment on the draft EIR is July 6. If you are interested in commenting the contact information is available on the CV Town Council website.
Moving on to new business, Council passed a few other motions including a request for County to start an annual La Crescenta Christmas tree lighting ceremony by decorating the large sycamore at the main entrance of the La Crescenta Library. Another motion was made asking Supervisor Antonovich for help to secure funding for medians on Foothill. The request included implementing the use of storm water capture and drought tolerant plants as well as community outreach to help with the input on location and design so the medians are pedestrian as well as traffic friendly.
A few items coming up within the next couple of weeks include the CV Town Council Land Use meeting tonight, Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the La Crescenta Library community room. The first topic on the agenda will be outreach by LA RICS. If you are unfamiliar with the LA RICS, a project designed to provide a better communications system for first responders, you are encouraged to stop by, listen and provide your feedback. The system will require the installation of a cell tower at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
At the CV Town Council general meeting on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library community room, Edison will be on the agenda talking about the progress on replacing old power poles as well as eliminating the Sharon sub-station located on the north side of Foothill between Glenwood and Ramsdell. In addition, Caltrans will be presenting an overview of the 210 Freeway improvement project set for completion in 2018. Good idea to come and see what type of delays will be expected over the next few years.
In other news around town, GUSD Superintendent Dick Sheehan will be leaving at the end of June. The Sagebrush issue will continue without him and we thank him for the fight to protect our neighborhood schools. Hopefully our new superintendent will also realize the importance of the Sagebrush issue to our local neighborhoods. To the west of us our neighboring cities of Sunland-Tujunga, Shadow Hills and Lake View Terrace continue their fight to preserve their communities against California High Speed Rail. At this week’s board meeting hundreds voiced their opposition and many called for the Palmdale to Burbank route to be placed underground through the Angeles National Forest. Supervisor Antonovich, L.A. City Councilman Fuentes and Supervisor Kuehl wrote a joint letter addressing the concerns of the residents. Down in Montrose the diagonal crosswalk is a thing of the past. To date no news on the Verdugo Golf Course development.
We hope to see you tonight at our Thursday Land Use meeting (June 11) or our general meeting June 18. One last thought: it may be a bit early to be thinking about this but every year we have six seats available on our Council. Consider running – this is a great place to give back to your community. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email.
Robbyn Battles, President
CV Town Council