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    Calabasas: NIMBYs Versus Affordable Housing
    December 9
    In a 3-2 vote at its November 21 meeting, the Calabasas City Council decided to forward the proposal of adding 11 more buildings with 161 additional affordable units at the Avalon Communities' existing Avalon Bay apartments to the ballot box in March for a public vote. The decision risks allowing 80 existing affordable apartment units at the Meadow Creek Lane project revert back to market-value apartments in June after public funding runs out to support it - a move which may imperil the city of Calabasas's standing with the state. "We are facing a housing crisis," said VICA's [Armando] Flores. "We urge you to support the project."

    Next L.A. Council President Has Backed Big Development in Her District
    December 11
    [W]hen it came to her district, Martinez saw big development projects as a means to revive working-class communities including Panorama City, Sun Valley, and Arleta.  "She has been pro-development," said Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association , a group that advocates for San Fernando Valley businesses and local development.  Waldman contrasts Martinez to  Councilman David Ryu , who presides over a more affluent neighboring district, and who was instrumental in pushing for the developer donation ban.  "Her district isn't a district filled with NIMBYs," Waldman said, referring to those who oppose larger developments. "I think if David Ryu tried to enact the same policies in his district, the constituents would be up in arms."

    VICA Passes Gavel to Incoming Chairman Rosenheim
    December 13
    Longtime Valley Industry & Commerce Association member Brad Rosenheim, of Woodland Hills-based Rosenheim & Associates, became chairman of VICA's board at the organization's 70th Annual Meeting Friday at Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys.  As incoming chairman, Rosenheim said, "I've been a part of VICA for nearly 40 years... and I never expected to fill this role."  Under his watch, Rosenheim pledged to continue the Women's Leadership event started by his predecessor, Lisa Gritzner of LG Strategies .
    "I don't think we can be in better hands," Gelb Enterprises' Gloria Pollack said of Rosenheim from the podium.
    1 Business Life 2020 Vision for California
    SFVBJ Valley's Nury Martinez Becomes President of L.A. City Council
    9 SFVBJ Valley Insider - CSUN President Retires
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    9 SFVBJ Around the Valleys - San Fernando Valley
    9 SFVBJ Calabasas: NIMBYs Versus Affordable Housing
    11 The Real Deal Next L.A. Council President has Backed Big Development in Her District
    13 SFVBJ VICA Passes Gavel to Incoming Chairman Rosenheim
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