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Let our Councilmember know that you OPPOSE Harvard-Westlake’s parking proposal on the west side of the canyon road, and that you want the City to preserve the designated open space on Coldwater Canyon!

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We need to get out the word through lawn signs and mailings.  We need to hire lawyers and experts – just like Harvard-Westlake has. Last year’s donations enabled us to fund three important expert reports, but there is still much more to do to stop this unnecessary and destructive proposal. Any amount you can contribute will help!

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Harvard-Westlake’s parking expansion: wrong for Studio City, a dangerous precedent for all of Los Angeles.

• The Harvard-Westlake school wants to build a 3-story, 750-car garage on protected land

• On top of the garage they want to put a football-sized field with lighting towers

• To connect the garage to the campus they want to build a 163-ft long bridge over Coldwater

• 147 protected trees in a rare Oak/Walnut habitat will be removed

• Wildlife habitats forever destroyed

• Increased traffic from hundreds more cars coming to Coldwater

• OVER 9 months with 160 + truck trips per day, Mon-Fri and Saturdays

• One school asking the City for NUMEROUS and EXTREME exceptions to limits on Hillside development

HOW CAN THIS PROJECT POSSIBLY GO FORWARD?!

SURELY THE CITY WON’T LET THE SCHOOL GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?

ONLY IF YOU JOIN US AND SPEAK UP!

Please join the Studio City Residents Association, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, St. Michael’s Church, the Hillside Federation, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Save Coldwater Canyon in opposing this unnecessary and destructive project!

 

1. How will this effect me? I don't live nearby.

Construction and delays — increased traffic — affect commuters and anyone who drives this canyon road.  The proposed excavation involves over 137,000 cubic yards of soil!  In fact, expert reports show that’s an UNDER-estimate, and the actual amount is likely even more!

The total excavation and construction is estimated to take almost THREE YEARS. The City’s draft report doesn’t even do a health risk assessment for all the particle emissions, and doesn’t admit that diesel is a known carcinogen. And Sunnyside Preschool and St. Michael’s church are right across the street from the Project Site.

Putting young children, the elderly and the school’s own student athletes at risk just so the School can have more parking is unconscionable.

Any delays on Coldwater affect traffic on Beverly Glen and Laurel Canyon, as well as other hillside routes. For THREE YEARS! After it’s built, traffic will undoubtedly get worse — expert traffic report describes delays caused from inadequate turn lanes and a change in traffic flow into the new garage.

We all know the saying: Build it and they will come. Either the garage will sit empty (and therefore isn’t needed), or MORE CARS will crowd our neighborhood. Coldwater traffic is bad enough!

Read the Brohard & Associates Traffic Impact Report (Feb. 2016)

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2. Isn't there a need for parking?

The school already has 30% more parking than the law requires. Does every student really need their own parking spot on campus??  The school should have mandated carpooling, increased busing, and shuttles for large events, LIKE ALL OTHER PRIVATE SCHOOLS in residential areas. Why isn’t it modeling environmentally responsible choices for its students?

Until 2013 when this garage was proposed, the school argued time and again to the City (since 1992) that they have “ample” parking to meet their needs. Other LA schools in residential hillside communities have embraced carpooling and nearby shuttles during special events — LOWERING their carbon footprint.

Harvard-Westlake should be a leader in environmental stewardship and work with the community to minimize its impact on the environment and nearby residences.

3. What about safety concerns?

Wexco International prepared an expert report detailing numerous SAFETY CONCERNS with the project:

1) Moving students across Coldwater Canyon is inherently less safe.

2) The structure with the narrow bridge as its only outlet is UNSAFE in an emergency.

(Wexco Safety Report, Mar. 2016)

3) Current bus loading and unloading (right at the School’s entrance) and students who walk from residential streets (on the East side of Coldwater) ARE SAFE.

Moving pedestrian traffic across the Canyon Road and expanding to the West of Coldwater IS WHAT IS UNSAFE.

4) Neither the School nor the City have done a Health Risk Assessment regarding Air Quality during the THREE YEAR project.

(Air Quality Report, Mar. 2016)

160+ diesel truck trips EACH DAY, huge diesel vehicles, excavation and hauling of over 137,000 cubic yards of earth all create dust and small particulate emissions. These are known to put sensitive people (elderly, preschoolers, and student athletes) at risk for respiratory illness and potential long term health issues.

4. Why does this land need protecting?

This land is zoned minimal and low residential – there is no school use on the West side of Coldwater and the open space land should NOT be urbanized.

Two-thirds of the project site is designated “desirable open space”. The “heavily vegetated” land (DEIR, p. 3.5-3) is directly adjacent to Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy land, and the project site is part of the known wildlife corridor that runs East of the 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Hillside Federation and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy saw the importance of protecting this open space from urbanization and both voted unanimously to oppose such a massive development on the West side of Coldwater Canyon.