Comments From the President
By Alan Dymond
In 2018 the Weddington Golf and Tennis property changed hands to Harvard Westlake for school athletic purposes. The acquisition was viewed with mixed feelings by those who worked to keep the facilities available to the public as was envisioned and instituted by the Weddington Family 18 years ago. It is a positive move that for now the property would not be ripe for attempts to rezone for threatened condominiums. The efforts now underway are how access and interests of the public, concerns of surrounding neighborhoods, can be incorporated, agreed upon then folded into the athletic plans of Harvard Westlake?
Harvard Westlake and their architect, Gensler Associates has met and talked with SCRA/SLAROS over the past months. SCRA was recently informed that Harvard Westlake has retained Mia Lehrer architects to join the Gensler architectural .team. Going forward into the New Year SCRA/SLAROS looks forward to further joint discussions in the coming New Year.
On another issue still open is the parking structure and related sports field on Coldwater Canyon as proposed by Harvard Westlake. SCRA opposes this project because many members, their neighbors and others will be heavily impacted by such a development. Actions by the SCRA, e.g. speaking at public hearings, legal research etc. has been timely reported to the SCRA members. However, to date no further movement has taken place. SCRA will continue to monitor. .
Burbank Airport. There is no clear path how proceed administratively on resolving the noise impacts form jets departing the airport. Other reliable sources may release current status as will the SCRA upon confirmation. In the meantime the SCRA calls for an Environmental Impact Statement drafted by the FAA with the ultimate goal that the NexGen flight control system incorporates the principal that no one neighborhood should bear the brunt of the noise generated by jets taking off from Burbank.
The Southeast Valley Community Plans Update is in the works. The SCRA sent a letter requesting the Planning Department to consider including the multi-family residential properties and commercial properties sections from the 2008 Studio City Overlay. The SCRA has requested that multi-family residential properties and commercial properties in Studio City mirror the zoning that is in place in Valley Village as to height and floor-to-area ratio.
In another matter, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA), reached out to SCRA to join a unified Valley-wide effort to address the reintroduction of California Senate Bill 827 that purported to alleviate the affordable housing shortage in California by allowing four to five-story apartment buildings in single family neighborhoods. SCRA opposed the original bill while understanding the need for affordable housing. SCRA has accepted SOHA invitation to join and will be part of the process.
The SCRA board meets on the third Tuesday each month. Members are welcome. Please call the SCRA office (818) 509-0230 for meeting time and place.
SCRA activities: additional volunteers are most welcome. Here are some categories that may be of interest.
- Be briefed and attend selected meetings and report back. Initially attend several trial runs on meetings that are relevant to Studio City residents
- Under direction, interface with offices of local political leaders on specific issues that need resolution and other city agencies.
- Assist in the administration of SCRA website and Face book to keep current and refreshed.
- Liaison to local schools, the Hillside Federation, the Police Activity League, and Crime and Safety committees
- Assist in the publication of the bi-monthly SCRA newsletter. Generate sources for articles, proof read and editing.
- Keep members informed through e-blasts
- Work on issues in local neighborhoods
- And much, much more!
Studio City Farmers Market
The SCRA manages the Studio City Farmers Market with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Proceeds from the Market go back into the community with charitable donations to schools, the 4th of July event sponsored by the Studio City Chamber of Commerce, the Winter Family Festival event which is sponsored by the Studio City Residents Association, and dollars to ensure the Studio City Beautification Association can maintain improvement projects, along with many other community benefits.
Bi-monthly, the SCRA publishes a newsletter to keep its members fully informed. The newsletter discusses SCRA’s activities behind-the-scenes, answers members’ questions, and updates members on ongoing issues and reports on what to watch for in the future. SCRA welcomes articles of interest, Op Ed pieces. Please contact the SCRA for guidelines.
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