Home Depot gives up plans for Sunland...

Home Depot gives up plans for Sunland-Tujunga store

There are 24 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jan 8, 2009, titled Home Depot gives up plans for Sunland-Tujunga store. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Home Depot has given up its fight to build a store in the Sunland-Tujunga area, delighting community activists who waged a four-year, grass-roots battle against the home-improvement giant.

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Marion Ferguson

AOL

#1 Jan 8, 2009
I heard that Home Depot built a center for day workers [illegal aliens?] in Burbank, right? I moved from that mess years ago and never miss it a day....... Other states have so much more to offer than California.........
Stuck in the 3rd world

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jan 8, 2009
It'about time! 4 years of fighting this monolith that taught us so many lessons about unethical corporate behavior, deviousness and just plain lies. Let's hope we can get the kind of development that will benefit the community. Thanks especially to Joe Barrett and Abby Diamond and all the others that worked so hard and gave of their time. If this hadn't been held off until the economy soured we would have already been living with all the negative impacts of this misbegotten scheme.
Not in Kansas

San Jose, CA

#3 Jan 8, 2009
Nice job Sunland-Tujunga, you lose! Now you can put a chain-link fence around the property and watch the weeds grow-up through the cracks in the decomposing asphalt parking lot. I guess you can always use the property as a homeless camp for the people who could have been employed at the Home Depot store you ran out of town.
ALL AMERICAN HAWK

United States

#4 Jan 8, 2009
I MOVED OUT OF SYLMAR LAST AUGUST AND I DON'T MISS
IT AT ALL.LESS TRAFFIC,BETTER SCHOOLS AND MUCH LESS
ILLEGAL ALIEN VERMIN IN UTAH.THEY ARE HERE,BUT WHEN
THEY'RE CAUGHT THE ILLEGALS ARE SENT PACKING IMMEDIATELY!
KLL

AOL

#5 Jan 8, 2009
Not in Kansas wrote:
Nice job Sunland-Tujunga, you lose! Now you can put a chain-link fence around the property and watch the weeds grow-up through the cracks in the decomposing asphalt parking lot. I guess you can always use the property as a homeless camp for the people who could have been employed at the Home Depot store you ran out of town.
Boo hoo hoo, who cares?, it would have been a magnet for more Illegals hanging out there everyday.Good riddance, Home Depot, Should build a Lowe's, you don't see Illegals hanging out in front of Lowe's do you.
Stuck in the 3rd world

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jan 8, 2009
Not in Kansas better go back! Even if Home Depot had opened it had no support in the community and in this economy no one would be shopping there now. Home Depot stopped 5 other stores in California even some other construction, so either way we would have been left with a vacant lot. At least now maybe the community can have some input about what goes there. It's all about the people having a voice, something that is being lost with all the pay to play scandals. The community is sadly lacking any retail general merchandise center and this could be a wonderful opportunity to revitalize the area so residents don't have drive to other cities to shop.

“bamboo forest and an iced tea”

Since: Jul 08

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#7 Jan 8, 2009
Sunland-Tujunga need more of a super Wal-mart there than a homie deport center!!!
Sunland Resident

Pasadena, CA

#8 Jan 8, 2009
Not in Kansas wrote:
I guess you can always use the property as a homeless camp for the people who could have been employed at the Home Depot store you ran out of town.
All those people can be hired by the Target or Kohl's or other general goods store that the community really needs, instead of the unnecessary Home Depot.
Pug Mahone

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jan 8, 2009
We need a Wal Mart to draw people off the 210 and to help revitalize this 5 miles of Foothill Blvd. I would prefer Target, but I don't think Target has the pull to get people off the freeway.

Goodbye Home Depot.
You never tried to work with the community and you just tried to make us all appear to be racist! May all off your stores burn to the ground.
oh well

Cleveland, TX

#10 Jan 8, 2009
too bad. the area could use the jobs and revenue. btw, its not like sunland tijuana doesnt have mexicans. sheesh!
mobrule

Kernersville, NC

#11 Jan 8, 2009
Congratulations to all my friends and neighbors who made this happen. This was never about jobs, and this was never about Mexicans. It was about incompatible industrial activity being imposed on a residential area, and the egotism of Home Depot insisting on locating where they are not wanted. It didn't help that they tried to game the permit process or portray the local people as racist. It is also Home Depot's reputation as an irresponsible magnet for day workers, many of whom are illegal aliens and all of whom are extremely rude, which should give any community pause if HD is looking to build there. I hope a Target, or a Walmart, or a Kohl's goes in there. It is the last property in the area suitable for such a development and any of the above would earn the loyal support of the good people of Sunland-Tujunga. Anyone who knows anything about them knows you don't mess with the Rock.
Bill

San Fernando, CA

#12 Jan 8, 2009
"Since Kmart's closure, the neighborhood has been left without a general- merchandise store that could provide residents with things such as clothes, kitchen utensils and school supplies, Greuel said."
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So, why not build a Wal-Mart on the same spot??? Hey, when Kmart proposed to build a store there, none of you were there to stage a rally opposing it. None of you were there to complain the traffic that it would cause if Kmart went ahead with the proposal.

“bamboo forest and an iced tea”

Since: Jul 08

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#13 Jan 8, 2009
what about putting trisierras food market there !!!
Good Riddance

AOL

#14 Jan 8, 2009
Better yet how about a Vallarta, they've been kicked out of better places

“bamboo forest and an iced tea”

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#15 Jan 8, 2009
Good Riddance wrote:
Better yet how about a Vallarta, they've been kicked out of better places
your right it's far better market for sunlander food needs
jaks

United States

#16 Jan 8, 2009
Now if they could give the same effort into getting rid of all of the tweekers in the area then it might actually be a good place to live.
the doctor

United States

#17 Jan 8, 2009
I dont really understand how they thought that a new store in the area was worse than the urban blight created by having that large area fenced and covered in weeds. No store is going to move into that area, there are many other businesses up and down the street that look like they are one step from bankruptcy. without something to draw people into the area, the business district is a goner within the next year.
Just My Opinion

Tujunga, CA

#18 Jan 8, 2009
mobrule wrote:
Congratulations to all my friends and neighbors who made this happen. This was never about jobs, and this was never about Mexicans. It was about incompatible industrial activity being imposed on a residential area, and the egotism of Home Depot insisting on locating where they are not wanted. It didn't help that they tried to game the permit process or portray the local people as racist. It is also Home Depot's reputation as an irresponsible magnet for day workers, many of whom are illegal aliens and all of whom are extremely rude, which should give any community pause if HD is looking to build there. I hope a Target, or a Walmart, or a Kohl's goes in there. It is the last property in the area suitable for such a development and any of the above would earn the loyal support of the good people of Sunland-Tujunga. Anyone who knows anything about them knows you don't mess with the Rock.
Wake up call, you didn't win, the economy forced this company out. The fact that Wendy Greul supported your area while ignoring her other area around Sherman Way and Woodman which a low income housing project is being built because her office did nothing but supported it, is irrelevant. The next project, shoud be the Housing Department investing in low, low income housing. This vacant lot should be able to build 1000-2000 units, and this would certainly help with the housing shortage. Considering your area is desirable, and the goal is to help low income families to improve the quality of life then I think this would be a great idea. Let me see your community fight this project. Its coming, and you are going wish you had Home Depot in your neighborhood. Good Luck!
Not in Kansas

San Jose, CA

#19 Jan 9, 2009
It is obvious that the people of Sunland didn't want Home Depot, so I stand corrected. It looks like the joke is on me. I live right around the corner from Woodman and Sherman Way. Now I can look forward to a welfare project in my neighborhood, with a new crop of gangbangers. Thank you Wendy Greul. Good luck Sunland.
brightone

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jan 11, 2009
I have an idea. They should open up a Home Deport there =)

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