Thursday, February 26, 2009


The efforts of many hours of hard work came to fruition today. The website was published, post cards have been ordered and we'll have lawn signs to post in yards throughout the neighborhood by next week. We have reached a tipping point in this effort.

Things are really coming together. While there hasn't been a big public presence since the last Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meeting, lots of planning and work has been going on behind the scenes.

This has been a tremendous opportunity to meet all the wonderful people in our neighborhood. I encourage you all to visit the website, send a message to Wendy Gruel and purchase a $5 lawn sign to show your public support.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Orphaned Community Bands Together To Become Part Of Sherman Oaks

San Fernando Valley neighbors banded together in an effort to become officially recognized as a part of Sherman Oaks.  A core group of neighbors living in the 91411 & 91401 zip codes organized themselves in order to spread the word throughout the entire community that we the neighbors residing east of Sepulveda Blvd, west of Hazeltine Ave and south of Oxnard Blvd down to Burbank Blvd are a Part Of Sherman Oaks. 

 These efforts garnered the support of local businesses, both those south of Burbank Blvd and those north of Burbank Blvd, in the proposed area.  Additionally, the neighbors south of Burbank Blvd support the efforts to recognize the 1800 homes within the proposed area as Part Of Sherman Oaks.

The 1993 Sherman Oaks boundary was re-drawn to include the area north of Magnolia Blvd up to Burbank Blvd leaving Van Nuys Blvd a part of Van Nuys.  Clearly, an oversight in drawing that boundary did not take into account that the neighborhood north of Burbank Blvd mirrored the same demographics, housing types, and housing mix.  Also, the industrial zoned Oxnard Blvd created a natural northern boundary.  The area that includes the Orange Line busway bisects the area in a real and meaningful way.  A Better understanding of just how this natural border divides the area can be found at our website 

The earlier boundary oversight becomes even clearer when the LAUSD district map and LA City Council map is overlayed showing the area already considered a part of Sherman Oaks Schools and Coucilwoman Gruel’s district.  Furthermore, the San Fernando Valley Beautification Committee recognizes this natural boundary since their efforts do not extend below Oxnard Blvd and the Sherman Oaks Beautification effort includes this proposed area up to Oxnard Blvd.  All these facts combine to make a compelling argument for inclusion of this orphaned community as an official Part Of Sherman Oaks.

Monday, February 9, 2009


We are a part of Sherman Oaks!
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