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Posted December 20, 2008

Friday, December 5,2008, the L.A. Department of City Planning announced their determination that "a categorical exemption is not appropriate" for the Home Depot Project in Sunland.
Click here to see document

Posted Sept. 5, 2008

On 8/25/08 the Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) held a meeting with DRP selected participants at North Valley Neighborhood City Hall. The purpose to schedule the next meeting. There were 12 participants. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2008. Neighbors and the public are not invited to participate in these meetings.

Documents about the Home Depot Project
Project Application
Home Depot's Environmental Reports
STA/NHDC Analysis of Home Depot's Environmental Reports dated 8-8-08
Response to STA/NHDC Analysis dated 8-28-08


IMPORTANT - Proposed Home Depot Update:  Received - July 15, 2008 - Letter from the City Attorney's Dispute Resolution Program Director, Avis Ridley-Thomas asking for stakeholder groups which should be represented at an initial meeting to begin the process of achieving some understanding of the issues in the matter.  Reply to her office by July 21, 2008 to - see letter here

The dispute Resolution Program has extended the date for replies to Aug 4th.


Posted 7/8/2008

The Stipulation and (Proposed) Order Staying Litigation While Permit Application is processed" is still ongoing.  The Home Depot filed their Permit Application in May and then revised it on June 19, 2008.  They are applying for a "Categorical Exemption" which is the least amount of environmental review possible.  Click here to read it.  In addition, The Home Depot submitted a set of environmental reports (863 pages) that have been prepared by Christopher A. Joseph & Associates.  Currently the City Planning Department is reviewing the 863 page document.  All stakeholders are encouraged to review this document and send any comments to the City as soon as possible.

Please address your comments to:
Maya Zaitzevsky
Zoning Administration
200 N. Spring St., Room 721,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

with a copy to Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC) at 7747 Foothill Blvd., Rm. 101, Tujunga, CA 91042. Important: submit your comments today as the City will soon determine the next step of environmental review.

To date, the City has held a community dialogue (April 26 at Mt. Gleason). The reports from that dialogue event have not yet been released.

Next, a meeting with Home Depot representatives, the City of Los Angeles and Sunland-Tujunga community leaders is expected to be arranged as part of the "stay" agreement.

Posted 5/2/2008

Home Depot filed their Project application with the city. Click here to read it.

Posted 4-22-2008

Home Depot filed their Project application with the city today.
Click here to read it. (Really big)

Posted 4-18-08

The City Attorney Dispute Resolution program will host a community event "Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue" regarding a proposed Home Depot in Sunland at Mt. Gleason Middle School on Saturday, April 26, 2008 1-4 p.m.

Hopefully you received a copy of the letter in the mail but if not, here is a copy.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted 4/17/08

The City Attorney has mailed out a letter regarding an April 26 Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue.  This dialogue is being convened as a part of the Stay Agreement signed by the City Attorney and The Home Depot. It will be held at

Mt. Gleason Middle School
10965 Mt. Gleason Avenue
Sunland, CA 91040
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Click here for a copy of the letter.

Outreach to your neighbors to participate in this discussion which will surely effect the future of our quality of life.

Attend upcoming STNC meetings and other meetings on this subject that may be held in the community.  We look forward to seeing you!

Posted 4/10/2008
On Tuesday, March 4, 2008, the STNC learned from the Daily News that our City Attorney and Home Depot signed a "Stipulation and (Proposed) Order Staying Litigation While Permit Application is processed." It is our understanding that Home Depot will file a "Master Plan Application for Project Permit Compliance Review" for a proposed store at the site of the former K-Mart in Sunland.  The "Stipulation Order" indicates that their "Project Permit Compliance" will include a thorough review by the Department of City Planning, including review of CEQA environmental requirements and community involvement. As of now, the STNC has not received any of The Home Depot's plans or their application with the Department of City Planning. It is therefore assumed that it has not been submitted.  (Note: The Home Depot did originally submit a Master Plan Application for an entire new store at the beginning of their process three years ago, but they pulled it because they did not want to go through a required full Project Permit Compliance Review which provides for thorough community involvement in the process and environmental review.)      
According to the "Stipulation Order" the City is to facilitate discussions between Home Depot and our Sunland-Tujunga community leaders under the auspices of the City Attorney's Community Mediation Program who will act as a forum for constructive discussion in hope that the settlement process will move forward.
I immediately contacted Tayo Popoola, the City Attorney handling the Home Depot case, as to how this would be organized. He says the mediation proposed will involve everyone, the lawsuit is not settled and the City is not prejudging. CEQA will be involved and the City remains firm that the City's laws and processes will be followed. Avis Ridley-Thomas (wife of former City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas) runs the City's mediation program. 
"In 1999, voters in the City of Los Angeles approved a charter reform measure that included a provision requiring the creation of a citywide system of neighborhood councils. Intended to promote greater citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs, neighborhood councils have established an officially recognized role for local groups in the governance process.
The adoption of the charter amendment was the result of protracted public debate, in which the growing secessionist movements in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, and harbor areas of the city were frequently invoked as a gauge of citizens' growing disaffection for the status quo in city politics." (excerpt from USC Neighborhood Participation Process Conference Proceedings, April 2000).
As always, the STNC expects the City to follow our laws and procedures thoroughly. We also expect to participate in every aspect of this process, in an open and transparent format.
Please visit the STNC web site for updates at We also look forward to seeing you at the monthly STNC meetings.  Join us on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 for dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m.
Click here to see the "stay agreement".


Posted 11/18/2007
Home Depot and Latham and Watkins has decided that it is in their best interests to sue the City of Los Angeles. The following links are documents submitted by Latham & Watkins pertaining to their lawsuit.
Complaint Summary
Frequently asked Questions
LA Fact Sheet

Posted 8/21/2007
For the most up-to-date information please click on the Chairman's Page link available in the column to the left .

Posted August 19, 2007
August 15, 2007 - City Council votes 12-1 to uphold PLUM and City Planning Director's "project" determination

August 7, 2007 - PLUM votes 2-0 to uphold City Planning Director's "project" determination

July 31, 2007 - City Council votes unanimously to assert jurisdiction over the July 19, 2007 action taken by the NVAPC to grant Home Depot's Appeal, overturning the action by the Director of City Planning --

Posted 7/ 19/2007
At the North Valley Area Planning Commission (NVAPC)  hearing at Mt. Gleason resulted in 3-2 vote granting Home Depot's appeal.

Posted 6/30/2007
Due to an over crowded room, the June 7 NVAPC Public Hearing was postponed. New hearing date is Thursday, July 19, 2007, 4:30pm and will be held at Mt. Gleason Middle School, 10964 Mt. Gleason Ave, Sunland. Agenda & any other details e receive will be posted here the week of July 9th.

Posted 5/9/2007

June 7th, 2007 - 4:30pm -- Public Hearing Notice
Home Depot Appeals Zoning Administrator's Decision

Posted 3/9/2007

Zoning Administrator Grants Appeal

No 2 Home depot Website: Link -

Posted 2/13/07

STNC's letter in support of NHDC regarding safety issues at 8040 Foothill dated 2-7-07

Posted 1/28/07

Councilmember Wendy Greuel Letter to Gary Booher, Associate Zoning Administrator dated 1/17/07

Councilmember Wendy Greuel Letter to STNC dated 12/22/06

STNC Letter to Wendy Greuel dated 12/14/06

Letter to Councilmember Wendy Greuel from City of LA Engineering Dept. dated 12/13/06

STNC DAC Meeting in December with Councilmember Wendy Greuel saw a huge turnout for an important meeting with the community regarding the proposed Home Depot in Sunland. Thank you to the DAC, STNC Board and stakeholders for participating and spreading the word to get people out to attend. Councilmember Wendy Greuel has sent the attached letter to City Planning Director Gail Goldberg addressing major issues which have a bearing on the referenced appeal by the No2Home Depot Campaign. See Wendy's November 8, 2006 letter here (PDF format) Thank you Wendy for all you do!

STNC DAC Letter to Councilmember Wendy Greuel RE: Proposed Home Depot in Sunland, dated August 21, 2006.

Posted 8-5-06

On July 24, 2006, the Department of Building and Safety issued permits so Home Depot can proceed with their tenant improvement plans. This action has been questioned by the No Home Depot Campaign and the STNC. Councilmember Wendy Greuel immediately sent a letter to the City Attorney requesting their review. Click here to download a PDf of Wendy's letter. We encourage you to attend future STNC meetings for the latest info.

Copies of all plans submitted by Home Depot to the City are available at the STNC office. The plans for a complete tear down and building of a new Home Depot store as well as tenant improvements to the existing K-Mart building are available. For now Home Depot has chosen the tenant improvements route so they can move in more easily. The other route involves major environmental reviews that Home Depot is not willing to do.

The STNC thanks the following neighborhood councils for their support to the Sunland-Tujunga community in our quest to stop Home Depot and get a general merchandise store at this site instead:

Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council
Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council
Northridge West Neighborhood Council

Posted 6-1-06

A copy of the third set of plans for a proposed Home Depot on the former K-Mart site has been received by the STNC. Home Depot is proposing to Reuse the Existing Structure at 8040 Foothill Blvd. To view a copy of the plans, please contact the STNC office 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Monday - Friday. Click here to download a PDF version of the letter from Home Depot's representative, Latham & Watkins. We encourage you to attend the DAC meeting next Monday, June 5th , 2006 at 7 p.m. for further updates.


Posted 5-25-06

As of the April 3, 2006 DAC meeting, Home Depot representatives had submitted two sets of plans to L.A. City Planning: 1) Tear down the existing site and build a new site and 2) Modify the existing site. Both sets of plans would require the City to declare it a "project" under the guidelines of the Foothill Blvd. Corridor Specific Plan review process. The No2Home Depot Campaign in Sunland-Tujunga has thoroughly reviewed the plans and the DAC and STNC have supported their findings. The STNC has learned that just today a third set of plans have been submitted to L.A. City Planning. We are working with Wendy Greuel's office to obtain a copy. You are encouraged to attend the upcoming DAC meeting on Monday, June 5th for further updates.

Posted 1/22/2006 ===============================

Wendy Greuel has sent a letter to Ms. Jeri Burge, at the City Attorney's office requesting guidance as to whether the City's actions in the Northridge Wal-Mart case are applicable to the Sunland Home Depot situation. In her letter, Wendy supports the STNC/DAC and the community that a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR), an Economic Impact Study (EIS) and a more precise traffic study than has already been submitted are needed before Home Depot can proceed with their plans.  Click here to download a PDF version of the Wendy Greuel letter

At the STNC/DAC Education & Outreach meeting held on 1/21/06 the traffic impacts of Home Depot's latest plans were presented. The plans show the Woodward side will be closed from entry or exit. In addition, all traffic exiting Home Depot onto Foothilll Blvd. would be required to turn right and travel east.  The STNC/DAC sees these impacts on our only main boulevard in town and on the side streets have not been thoroughly researched.  The Traffic Study provided by Home Depot does not give a full picture of the extent of the traffic that would be created by a Home Depot store. The Traffic Study was done after K-Mart had closed so does not reflect the traffic created by K-Mart customers. Additionally, they have not factored into the traffic study the extent of large trucks that will be supplying Home Depot as well as trucks picking up materials for delivery to building sites in the area and surrounding communities. There is also concern about the increased traffic in close proximity to our schools.

Also, Home Depot's new plans show they intend to build a store 23,687 square feet larger than the existing K-Mart store AND a Garden Center 15,774 square feet larger than the existing K-mart Garden Center.

At the STNC's meeting held on 1/11/06 the full board voted unanimous to request Wendy Greuel require an EIR, including realistic traffic count, economic study and air quality study for 8040 Foothill Blvd. (former K-Mart site now proposed Home Depot site).

Check the web site often for new updates. The STNC/DAC thanks Wendy Greuel and her staff for her continued interest in the welfare of the Sunland-Tujunga community and their quick action.

Write to support an EIR, including EIS and thorough Traffic Study:

Anna M. Vidal
City Planning Associate
Community Planning Bureau
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. # 351
Van Nuys, CA 91401-2709

Reference:  8040 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, CA
ENV2005-319  and  DOT Case No. SVF 01-025  and  DIR-2005-319-SPP

with copy to:
Councilmember Wendy Greuel
City Hall Office
200 N. Spring Street, Room 475
os Angeles, CA 90012

You may also wish to send letters to:

Hadar Plafkin, Environmental Review
Ref: ENV2005-319

Sergio D. Valdez, Transportation Engineer, Department of Transportation
Reference DOT Case No. SFV 01-025

Emily Gabel-Luddy, Associate Zoning Administrator
Reference ENV2005-319

Posted 1/3/2006

NEW! STNC received a copy of Home Depot's latest plans for building a Home Depot store on the existing K-Mart property. Plans  indicate the store will be 24,000 + square feet larger than the existing building. Also received is Overland Consulting's Traffic Impact Analysis and LADOT's Traffic Assessment. The DAC will be reviewing these plans and discussion will be held at a meeting to be scheduled soon.

You should read these documents and compile data to support your response to these documents. Get more information from the No to Home Depot website.

Posted 11/25/05

Crown Books is now occupying the site on a month-to-month basis.

Posted 11/17/05

There was a posting here from Don Breding, STNC-DAC Home Depot Committee Team Leader, about a meeting to be held on November 19, 2005. The meeting was cancelled and this posting was taken down as soon as we were informed of the cancellation.

When we receive new information, that information will be posted.

Posted 10/30/05

Home Depot Update – October 15, 2005

There has been a lot of activity recently regarding the possible opening of a Home Depot on the former K-Mart property.

A Strategy Team which consists of some members from the S-T Neighborhood Council Design Advisory Committee, the No Home Depot Campaign, and representatives from Councilmember Greuel's office, have met with Home Depot representatives on 3 occasions to find out what Home Depot's plans are for the property and to inform them of the community opposition to their project.

After the most recent meeting on August 22, The Home Depot representatives have continued to say they would open a Home Depot on the former K-Mart property.

On September 27, Home Depot submitted new site plans, a tree report and grading plans, to fill in the blanks on the original application which had been suspended on May 24, 2005 by the Planning Department.

Councilmember Wendy Greuel has been 100% in support of the community in opposition to a Home Depot at this location and there have been some new and exciting developments just in the past few days. After renewed requests by Councilmember Greuel, we understand that Home Depot has agreed to take "a fresh look" at some options other than the opening of a Home Depot store. These suggestions include the possibility of Home Depot  selling their interest in the property, or developing the property in a way that does not include a Home Depot store. We are looking forward to more on this in the next couple of weeks!

If you would like more information about the "No to Home Depot Campaign" please check at

If you wish to sign one of the "Pledge to Boycott Home Depot" rosters, they are available at the following locations: FOOTHILL HARDWARE, C&M PRINTING, MARISOLS, and IMAGE WEST SALON.

If you have any questions, please contact DAC chairman Richard Pozzo

Posted 7/11/05

Click here for Results of 2005 Community Home Depot Survey

Posted 6/30/05

No Home Depot letter to Mayor Elect Villaraigosa dated June 24, 2005 in PDF format.

Posted 6/27/05

Home Depot letter to Dale Thrush dated June 16, 2005 in PDF format.

Posted 6/20/05

If you want to influence the outcome of what will be built on the site, then you need to take positive action. For example, you can...
    • Write a letter today to Councilmember Wendy Greuel to state your concerns and preferences.
    • Participate with the No Home Depot campaign
    • Participate with the STNC - and help the DAC (Design Advisory Committee) with this project - DAC Meetings: 1st and 3rd Monday, 7:00 pm. North Valley Neighborhood City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga.
    • Educate your next-door neighbors about the issues.
    • Walk your neighborhood, meet new people and get others involved
    • Make a contribution to the No Home Depot campaign.
    • Stay involved for the distance! Continue to write letters to Wendy and other key people, attend meetings, etc.

Posted 6/1/05

Posted 5/12/05

As announced and handed out at the 5/11/05 STNC meeting, Mayor Hahn supports STNC and joins the opposition to Home Depot in Sunland Tujunga – Thank you Mayor Hahn! Download Copy of Mayor's Letter in PDF Format.

Posted 5/12/05

STNC received copies of updated items Home Depot has turned into City Planning regarding their plans for the former K-Mart site:

Posted 5/11/05

Home Depot Opinion Questionnaire


We are receiving more daily!

From the Town Hall meeting:
- 51 letters to Wendy Greuel were collected
- 228 questionnaires were collected
Preliminary results:
  • 226 out of 228 say "NO!" Home Depot in S-T
  • 2 out of 228 say "YES!"
  • The #1 reason people say "NO" is that "We need a general merchandise store"
Among the 6 possible options:
  • The #1 choice is option 3 - No Home Depot. A Gen'l merchandise store AND others shops, a movie theater, restaurants, etc.
  • The #2 choice is option 2 - No Home Depot. Only one Gen'l merchandise store. No other shops
  • The #3 choice is option 4 - Home Expo AND other shops, a movie theater, restaurants, etc.

POSTED 5/8/05

STNC & The No Home Depot in Sunland Tujunga Campaign
Town Hall Meeting: Huge Turnout – over 400 people!

The Town Hall Meeting May 7th (Agenda in PDF format ) drew over 400 people as a result of the tremendous outreach to the community by The No Home Depot in Sunland Tujunga campaign and the STNC.


Neighbors came out to voice their concerns, opinions and re-confirm their desire that Home Depot is not wanted in this community.


Councilmember Wendy Greuel spoke briefly giving strong remarks supporting the community's efforts. Download a blank letter form in PDF Format to write your comments to Wendy Greuel.


The STNC wants to hear from you. Complete our online Community Opinion on Home Depot Questionaire.

For more details visit

POSTED 2/28/05

Application Process Suspension Dated 2/22/05 - PDF Format *
Notice that additional items need submission for application process.

Link to webpage dedicated to stopping the proposed Home Depot center from opening at the former site of Kmart.

POSTED 2/25/05

Wendy Supports the Neighborhood Council's Position on Proposed Home Depot in Sunland

In September 2004 the STNC took a position to oppose a home improvement type business on the former K-Mart site after receiving an outpouring of concern from neighbors that Home Depot had purchased the site. Those concerns are, but not limited to: the horrendous traffic problems for the surrounding residences, as well as Foothill Blvd, which is not engineered for industrial type traffic. Also, other quality of life issues such as the day laborer problem currently in Tujunga, along with concern for the lack of a general store in our community. Neighbors feel the community already has enough hardware-type stores that fit within our "small town" community that would likely be forced out of business by Home Depot if they follow through with their plans.

Initially, the rumors around town were that Home Depot did not plan on using the K-Mart store for themselves since there is already one in San Fernando only 7 minutes away. They were possibly going to put in a Sears type store. No updates came from Planning Deputy, Dale Thrush or City Hall contrary to that rumor. However, on February 8, 2005, the STNC received a copy of Home Depot's plans for the site which they had submitted to the City on January 26, 2005 completely bypassing the STNC, as they were were advised to do by Councilmember Wendy Greuel. The plans show that Home Depot wants to increase the building size and add parking spaces.

On February 15, in a letter to Home Depot, Councilmember Wendy Greuel took a official position opposing a Home Depot at the old K-Mart site. Her letter cited: "Several months ago, my staff advised your consultants that a free-standing Home Depot on the K-Mart site was unacceptable and that the zone changes needed for a new building would be vigorously opposed." Wendy's stand on this issue, in support of the community at large and the STNC, is welcome news. The STNC is appreciative of Councilmember Wendy Greuel's support of the the Neighborhood Council's position in opposing the proposed Home Depot.

The STNC expects to hold meetings with City Planning and Home Depot in the future and everyone will be invited to participate. A Home Depot on this site is a gross under use of this property. Whether you are in favor of or are opposed to a Home Depot, now is the time to step forward and let your STNC board and Councilmember Wendy Greuel know. You are encouraged to submit letters to her and the STNC with your comments and/or suggestions. Visit the STNC web site for a copy of Wendy's letter and check back often for updates at


Wendy Greuel's Position on Home Depot's plans for Sunland
STNC just received today, our Councilmember Wendy Greuel's opposition to Home Depot's plans to open a store in Sunland. Full copy of her letter to Mr. Michael Abbate, Home Depot USA, Inc. in PDF Format.
  • HOME DEPOT wants the former K-MART SITE at 8040 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
The STNC has received a copy of the plans dated 1-21-2005 that were submitted to L.A. City Planning for the old K-Mart site to become a Home Depot. Copy of plans follow in PDF format:

The plans state: "Conversion of a Kmart retail store with indoor/outdoor garden center into a Home Depot retail store with garden center."

The STNC took a position last September 2004 opposing a Home Depot on this site as follows:

    "Inasmuch as the KMart store in Sunland has been sold to Home Depot, it is the position of the community at large and the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, as their representatives, that the community neither wants or needs Home Depot or any such home improvement like business.

    The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council looks forward to working with the owners of the K-Mart site to provide businesses which respond to the needs and wants of the community."

STNC / DAC point of contact for Home Depot is Richard Pozzo, DAC Vice Chairman and Commercial Land Use Team Leader at E-mail: OR Debby Beck, STNC Board Member at E-mail:

Posted 10/2004

Click here for results of Kmart Property Survey
  • K-MART IN SUNLAND — August 2004 Post
    Two Local Stores to Close By Daily News
    Wednesday, August 25, 2004
    Kmart will close its stores in Sunland and Atwater Village as a result of its sale of 18 locations to The Home Depot for $271 million in cash.
    Stephen Pagnani of Kmart said Wednesday the stores that will be closed are at 840 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland and 3150 San Fernando Road in Atwater Village. Kmart said about 230 workers or 41 percent of the full-time and management associates affected by the deal, will be offered jobs elsewhere within the company. No closing date was announced. — Daily News


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