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Why It Doesn't Make Sense for Toluca Lake to Leave the New District 2

Lisa Sarkin makes a new case for the redistricting boundaries.

As Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Studio City all have meetings Wednesday night—redistricting is on the minds of many.

Some residents of Toluca Lake have expressed wanting out of the new Council District 2 that would link them with North Hollywood and Studio City.

Lisa Sarkin, vice president of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, has pointed out what she thinks is NIMBIsm by the Toluca Lake factions.

In a recent note to the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission, she said, "I find myself exasperated by statements made by some involved with the redistricting process."

She said: The following issues do not make any sense: 

1. Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council all in CD 4 - At the present time the entire area is in CD2. If Toluca Lake NC is moved to CD4, Studio City NC will be split between CD2 and CD4. Studio City NC wishes to be whole since it has been split in three for the last 10 years. 

2. Move Toluca Lake into CD 4 in order to unite the economic interests of Toluca Lake with Universal Studios in CD4 - Universal Studios is not in CD4, it is not in the City of Los Angeles. It is in the County of Los Angeles. 

3. If possible, have only one CD straddle Mulholland Drive, although try to place Toluca Lake into CD 4 - Toluca Lake stakeholders do not consider themselves in the Valley, but it is in the Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass Community Plan. Toluca Lake is surrounded by North Hollywood, Studio City, Burbank and the County of Los Angeles. Toluca Lake is within the South Valley Area Planning Commission. Griffith Park, Hollywood Hills, Burbank and Hollywood are not in any common commission or planning area with Toluca Lake. 

4. Currently, Studio City is represented by CD5, CD2 and CD4 - We have not been represented by Councilmember LaBonge. Below is to show you that even their website does not acknowledge Studio City.

"I have attached the map of the Studio City Neighborhood Council area and that of Studio City as a community. Please note that it encompasses the east side of Lankershim Blvd. to the east, Mulholland Drive to the south, 101 Freeway to the north and Fulton Avenue to the west."

See the map attached.

Michael Higby February 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Hey if they don't want to be part of CD2, don't make them. We don't like it if we're forced into a district we don't want to be. This time out, NoHo and Studio City got lucky. But on the other folks in Sunland-Tujunga got screwed (and primarily at the hands of Studio City). Let communities go where they want; don't use or abuse them for your own aims.
Socal Happy February 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Tolucans better start embracing the rest of their own community. As it stands now, they want nothing to do with Toluca Woods, West Toluca Lake nor Toluca Terrace.
Skraeling June 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Toluca Lake is a mere shadow it its 1955 self...it is a joke. a handful of expensive homes in a 5 block area, surrounded by Sec 8 housing and giant apt. complexes, a veritable franchise heaven on Riverside and an undeserved pompous attitude derived from the "old B list" of Hollywood support industries. Crosby and Hope are gone....get over it...Toluca Lake is far less desirable than Studio City...let them go..
Mark Langenberry December 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Most upwardly mobile people and celebs have moved out. I steal a line I heard from the last election: Toluca Lake is the Madmen of neighborhoods and Studio City/Hollywood Hills is Modern Family. Get out of the 50's. All that is left is a group of wannabees, has beens and never will be's. My family lived on the Lake for a number of generations and moved out at the end of the last century..... we are all glad to be gone. The majority of long term homeowners/business owners are living on fumes of a bygone era and are looking for a time machine to get them home again. To better represent the current status of the area, I suggest renaming it all North Universal City or Comcastville. Long live 91604
Bob Peppermuller December 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I agree with you but not to changing the name to some junk business name. Toluca belongs in the history of the SFV even though the current population are living in a fantasy land. I think the nail in the coffin was the Bob Hope garage sale.

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