Update on the Verdugo Hills Golf Course and V.O.i.C.E.:
The March City of Los Angeles Primary Election includes voting on a new representative for the redrawn Council District 7. The area was formerly in Council District 2, represented by Paul Krekorian, who helped preservation advocates for the Verdugo Hills Golf Course by recommending it for Prop O consideration.
CD7 candidates—Jesse David Barron, Nicole Chase, Krystee Clark, and former Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes—will answer questions at a forum this Saturday, February 2, 2pm (reception/meet and greet from 1-2pm), at the North Valley Neighborhood City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd. Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course is urging community members to attend and find out if candidates support preservation of the golf course and the Prop O Verdugo Hills Storm Water Plan.
Current CD 7 representative, Richard Alarcón (not on this year’s ballot), Wendy Greuel, Krekorian and other elected officials (including Congressman Adam Schiff) have all tried to preserve the foothills for residents and surrounding areas such as north Glendale. The whole Verdugos region would be significantly impacted by 224 units of new housing on the golf course, bringing increased traffic and pollution while reducing watershed capacity.
Tuesday, Alarcón’s motion recommending the VHGC for historical status was forwarded to the LA City Council (it is not yet on the council’s agenda). Although no structures are left on the property, the VHGC was the site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, used during WWII as a holding facility for Japanese-Americans. More background on this KTTV news segment, featuring interviews with Save the Golf Course advocates.
The Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course Facebook Page is updated with the latest news and calls to action.