Just say no

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But so far, all that residents have received are empty promises and money appropriated for studies – most recently, $1.1 million to study alternatives to trashing their community. Dumps don’t belong near houses, schools or any other place where people congregate and spend a lot of time. In crafting policy, it can’t get much simpler than that. Neighbors are plagued not just by odors and potential health and safety hazards from the dump, but also by the fumes from the diesel trucks chugging through their community daily. City leaders have been consoling the upset residents of Granada Hills for years, but have never seriously considered alternatives or even made an effort to divert trash by requiring recycling at commercial and multifamily residential properties. The best they could do was sign a six-month extension of BFI’s contract last summer. Perhaps city leaders could take a cue from the sensible Los Angeles County Planning Commission and just say no to more urban dumping. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles County Planning Commission has done something that the city officials of Los Angeles can’t or won’t do: say no to the operators of Sunshine Canyon Landfill. Earlier this week, the commission denied a request by Browning-Ferris Industries, which runs the Granada Hills dump, to merge its separate Sunshine Canyon sites – one inside city limits, one outside – into a megadump with a land bridge. Needless to say, the residents of Granada Hills, who have long been fighting expansion of the urban landfill, were not thrilled with the megadump proposal. The county commission’s denial was some welcome relief: Finally, it appeared that a public agency actually has the residents’ best interest in mind. Residents in that northeastern corner of Los Angeles had grown accustomed to city politicians’ reneging on promises to curb or even shut down the dump. Both the current and the past mayor have promised to stop the city’s trash from going to that landfill – a big deal because most of the trash in the dump comes from the city. last_img