Valley Neighborhood Councils Join Call for Advancing Transportation Funding
Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils supports effort by coalition of San Fernando Valley leaders to accelerate projects in Metro draft expenditure plan
LOS ANGELES – The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) has joined a coalition of business, education and community leaders in calling on Metro to revise its draft expenditure plan to speed up transportation improvements planned for the San Fernando Valley.
At its recent May meeting, VANC threw its support behind a letter drafted by the It’s Our Turn Coalition, a group of Valley leaders that includes CSUN President Dianne Harrison, Los Angeles Mission College President Monte E. Perez, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.
The letter, sent to Metro on April 21, calls for acceleration of delivery dates for several key transportation projects in the Valley, such as the Sepulveda Pass, the Orange Line and the East San Fernando Valley Corridor, a proposed light-rail line running along Van Nuys Boulevard from the Orange Line to Sylmar.
The coalition letter also says more needs to be done to serve Cal State Northridge, which is California’s second-largest university and one of the Valley’s largest employers. The letter asks for specific protections to ensure that voters are delivered the projects they vote to support.
“We have worked very hard in the San Fernando Valley to identify our transportation needs and build support for projects,” Hertzberg said. “We want Metro to know this broad coalition isn’t going anywhere, that we will remain engaged in the process and we expect Metro to respect that and listen.”
VANC was founded in 2003 and is the oldest and largest neighborhood council coalition in the city, representing all 34 neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley.
Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district. After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.