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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Our mission is to preserve the integrity of Valley Village.

Save Valley Village is an unincorporated association working towards enforcing the laws and legislation that exist to protect us from developer-initiated zone changing and City Hall-motivated over-densification that erode the character of our neighborhoods and the quality of our lives by forcing massive developments into already established, healthy and sustainable communities and neighborhoods.

We are a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving the character and culture of the San Fernando Valley.
At this very moment, Valley Village is besieged by an unreasonable amount of development, with no signs of slowing down.   

Our neighborhoods and environment are victimized by private profiteering and procedural expediency.


We are your neighbors -- walking our dogs, living our lives, saying hello when we see you. We very much enjoy our neighborhood.  

We also very much enjoy knowing where it came from and being reminded of the people and the work that went into each and every building --characteristics unique to Valley Village, that when removed, are no longer part of what makes Valley Village, Valley Village.   

Our Mission is to help maintain the culture and character of Valley Village.  

Currently threatened and under attack without any protection from our elected officials whose job it is to do just that.

Watch the video below to see how this is happening all over the city and what is being discussed to change it.

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: 

Video from TPR's UCLA Ziman Center/ULI-LA Forum on Los Angeles Planning Ballot Initiatives

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Our mission is to unite the renters, home owners and interested parties in getting our voices heard.

Our mission is to inform citizens that their elected officials continue to violate the laws.

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Our mission is to inform citizens that their street and home are affected.

IS YOUR HOME NEXT?

If you're a renter who resides in an older building, chances are, you are under rent control.   When you see a building or two go down on your street, it should serve as a warning to you.  In all likelihood, the neighborhood has been green-lit for extensive development. 

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OUR DISAPPEARING CULTURE

What has made the Valley "the Valley", has been the evolution from farming village to suburban neighborhood.  So many citrus and fruit trees still remain in backyards across the San Fernando expanse.  Sadly, new construction has turned this sensibility upside down: older homes and beautiful mature trees are being demolished in favor of small lot subdivisions and McMansions; open spaces are being cemented over.

The affordability, character and culture we came here for is vanishing and will not return.

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IT'S NOT JUST BUILDINGS AND HOMES

 

The open-space, natural resources and healthy mature trees are being unnecessarily cut down.

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Our mission is to also get answers to so many of the questions that fall on deaf ears.

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SB1818 is often blamed for our problems.  Now obsolete, has been updated to AB2222.  An amendment to California Government Code Section 65915 will keep you scrolling for about three quarters of a page and is filled with requirements a developer must meet to provide "affordable housing" in exchange for a density bonus and other incentives.    Mind you, this is after the developer demolishes a perfectly healthy, affordable and occupied building.

 

It is then left up to the city to "enforce" such provisions; but we are shown time and time again how they have another agenda. 


Sections of the California Government Code they fail to mention include: 

65917.  In enacting this chapter it is the intent of the Legislature that the density bonus or other incentives offered by the city, county, or city and county pursuant to this chapter shall contribute significantly to the economic feasibility of lower income housing in proposed housing developments. In the absence of an agreement by a developer in accordance with Section 65915, a locality shall not offer a density bonus or any other incentive that would undermine the intent of this chapter.


They continue to undermine the entire concept by building over-densified buildings while the developer receives one incentive after another, by "including" 4 or 5 "low-income" units.  While the majority continue to be expensive market rate units.   More often than not, sitting empty.   In several cases, the developer simply changed his mind once receiving the incentives and decided to not include any low-income housing.   Penalties?  Consequences?  None.


So while AB2222  suggests a developer gets incentives in exchange for affordable units, where does that leave the renter when they sell for 1.1M condos?  Where does the renter go for X amount of time while this supposed affordable housing project is getting built?

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Congestion, traffic and green house gas emissions are coming to your street.

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Trucks like these are becoming a permanent staple on small residential streets.

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Your new view and neighbors.

Our mission is to also gather the statistical data.


These neighborhood assaults are based on a spurious hypothesis that future residents of these expensive market rate apartments will not use automobiles to commute, run errands or do any of the other life activities that people do. 


That residents will have unanimously decided to bike, walk or take public transportation and therefore, under this magic formula 

more people does not result in more congestion because these people are not like the other people in our area 

who regularly use their cars to commute, shop or live their normal social life.    

All of this non-sensical development taking place is based on this imaginary fantasy, with absolutely zero supportive evidence 

that this is any type of solution to the needs of our communities - city-wide.


Now, the burden lies on us.  

The citizens, the people, the voters - to provide the evidence and data of what all of our real lives look like.  

That negative impacts have already occurred and will continue to do so. 


Valley Village is not Manhattan where public transportation is used by almost everyone as the most efficient way to get around.  

Here's a link to an interactive chart for commuter demographics illustrating public transportation use.  

Here is another link describing even more data on statistical usage of public transportation.  Check out Page 10.

How many of you are likely to take public transit to Trader Joes?

Even so - don't you want the CHOICE?    How many City officials do you know riding Metro to work?

All that development and not much to show for those of us not buying luxury condos.

Read the city auditor's report HERE.

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YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION WILL HELP PRESERVE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

TOGETHER WE CAN STOP OVER-DEVELOPMENT!

SAVE WHAT IS LEFT OF OUR CITY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

CITY COUNCILMAN PAUL KREKORIAN

5240 N. Lankershim Blvd., Ste 200
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 755-7676

[email protected]

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI

200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(213) 978-0600

[email protected]

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Any involvement with saveValleyVillage is kept strictly confidential.  Members, support, or personal information will never be disclosed - to anyone.