Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LA TIMES: Residents OUTRAGED residents calling for recall campaign of DENNIS ZINE over MEGA-DEVELOPMENT space betrayal .

[Pictured: The subject of well-deserved recall talk - Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine.]

For years they were told a 31-acre parcel would be remade as a high-quality live-work project. Instead, Councilman Dennis Zine now says a Costco store and gas station are 'a done deal.' That has prompted some recall talk.

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine was in a defensive mood when he walked into the crowded Woodland Hills middle school auditorium.

Half a dozen police officers stood at the ready outside the door. Inside, a standing-room-only crowd of 300 waited.

They were there to discuss development plans for the last major vacant area in Warner Center — the San Fernando Valley's version of high-rise Century City.

Residents were promised years ago that a high-quality combination residential and commercial project called the Village was being planned for 31 acres of an L-shaped parcel along Victory and Topanga Canyon boulevard.

Now, they were being told that a big-box warehouse store would anchor the site, not something resembling Fairfax's the Grove or Glendale's Americana at Brand shopping and residential plaza.

"It's a done deal," Zine had earlier told a group of neighborhood council leaders when he explained that a Costco store and gas station were coming to Warner Center.

That had been met with demands from some for Zine's recall. 

FULL STORY IN LA TIMES:  http://ow.ly/2P9b4