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Save the Verdugo Golf Course

Golfing green

The Verdugo HIlls Golf Course in La Tuna Canyon.

Outgoing District 7 councilman Richard Alarcon fought to preserve open space in Shadow Hills-Sunland-Tujuna, including the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. In October, he introduced a motion that would protect that lovely tract of land on La Tuna Canyon Road.

The land has been facing the threat of a proposed residential subdivision. Alarcon wrote that the site was “an important part of the cultural legacy of the Northeast San Fernando Valley” as the former location of the the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, where Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII, and his plan was to have it voted a Los Angeles Historical and Cultural Monument.

Well, in April the developers won a round when the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously to deny the site Historic-Cultural Monument status on the grounds that the detention buildings were torn down more than 50 years ago. Because the request was brought to the commission by a councilman, the denial will bounce back for another vote in City Council, where the refusal could be overturned with a two-thirds vote.

Historic shot of the Tuna Canyon Detention Center for WWII internment.

The Tuna Canyon Detention Center, as it was then.

Alarcon leaves office on June 30, and his successor Felipe Fuentes has a reputation as a friend of development. The fate of this and so much of the open space that makes this city liveable for its residents — and certainly it’s horse owners — is a question mark.

A city planning meeting is being held on June 11 with the City Council meeting set for June 19. Details are below, and you can follow updates at www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Verdugo-Hills-Golf-Course and www.gcvoice.org.

The current plan on record from the golf course’s current owner, Snowball West Investments, proposes 229 single-family homes on 28 acres of the 58-acre site. Meanwhile, if you want to play golf, the 18-hole, three-par course is open for play day and night.

So long, Richard Alarcon. Happy Trails and thanks for your years of service.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:00PM

Board of Public Works Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room 350
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Committee Members: Ed Reyes, Jose Huizar, Mitch Englander

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012