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 www.partofshermanoaks.org. 

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.

7 comments:

Richard Geller said...

This proposal makes complete sense! The proposed area only equates to less than 1% of the Van Nuys community. Annexing this area from the Van Nuys community will not statistically affect the demographics for Van Nuys including property value, crime rates, etc. Since there are only 1800 homes representing less than 5,000 residents, what's the big deal?

Anonymous said...

If all the businesses along Burbank Blvd (both sides of the street!) and Sepulveda Blvd are in support of this, than what is the hold up? Let's fix what the community forgot to include back in 1993 and give this area it's proper and well deserved naming, Sherman Oaks. Their valued economic impact more than justifies this request.

TheSavvyOne said...

Another perfect day in Sherman Oaks. From my view in the 5800 block of Natick Ave. I see nothing but good things for our neighborhood. Lots of involvement from concerned citizens along with genuine concern for the well-being of our community. Come visit us in the new and improved Sherman Oaks.

Marcia said...

I LOVE the new website!!!!

Benjamine Gibbs said...

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
This is a what makes America so great!

TheGoodLife said...

10 years ago when I bought my home, there was already talk about our neighborhood becoming part of Sherman Oaks. The time is now. It's not that there's anything wrong with Van Nuys -- it's that it makes more sense for us to be Sherman Oaks. This neighborhood has come a long way in the last decade. Together, we can take it to the next level.

South of Burbank Resident said...

I am open minded to this idea and since I have yet to see any legitmate reason why this area should not be renamed Sherman Oaks - I say we do it!

 
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