SONC Favors Underground Sepulveda Transit Corridor Option, Strongly Opposes Any Above-Ground Option
Posted on 06/16/2022
As I assume my new role as President of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, I want to reiterate what our previous messages regarding this project have been: namely, that we favor an all-underground option.
On December 31, 2021, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council approved the following motion at its Board meeting relative to the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project:
"The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) prefers Alternative 6 or a similar fully-underground heavy rail concept in the San Fernando Valley. SONC strongly opposes Alternative 4 and opposes any proposal that would require the displacement of Sherman Oaks residents and businesses.
To reiterate, the elected Sherman Oaks governmental body favors a fully-underground approach and strongly opposes any proposal that displaces residents and business.
Simply put, in an era where the concept of housing availability and affordability is at the forefront of nearly all local political discourse in Los Angeles, it would be downright irresponsible, imprudent, and insulting to proceed with consideration of any proposal that would result in housing being eliminated, whether a single-family dwelling or a large apartment building.
It is my understanding several above-ground proposals would result in the elimination of housing in southern Sherman Oaks and this unacceptable outcome should nullify the validity of such proposals.
Instead, we support a higher-efficiency underground option for the entirety of the project's area. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
President, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council