Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Endorses Measure S
The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association has announced its support for Measure S -- a key endorsement from one of the most respected homeowner organizations in the San Fernando Valley. The Yes on S campaign continues to receive strong backing from Valley groups and leaders.
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association president Richard Close is an esteemed heavyweight in LA's political and civic worlds -- and chairman of the Yes on Measure S Advisory Committee.
Close says that his group believes that without Measure S, City Hall will continue to be controlled by developers, not local residents.
"Residents realize that City Hall is for sale," he says in a statement. "Developers that make donations to elected officials and their pet causes get variances, zone changes and other entitlements that are not available to the general public."
In Sherman Oaks, for example, developer M David Paul Associates sought to build a zone-breaking mega-project known as Il Villagio Toscano.
With 325 residential units, it sits next to the 101 and 405 freeways on Sepulveda Boulevard. The developer needed zone and height district changes from LA politicians to build the massive project.
Since 2001, M David Paul Associates had spent $3.2 million in City Hall campaign contributions and lobbyist fees. With that enormous sum of money, the developer bought special insider access to LA politicians and bureaucrats. As a result, and against the will of many Sherman Oaks residents, the City Council approved Il Villagio Toscano.
It's why neighborhood leaders across LA are saying "Yes on S" so we can fix City Hall's rigged and broken planning and land-use system -- which is generating gridlock traffic, ruining neighborhoods and displacing longtime residents, especially the working- and middle-class and senior citizens on fixed budgets.
Return power back to the neighborhoods.
Yes on S on March 7.