Don’t knock Van Nuys, Cardenas says
By Rick Orlov, Columnist
Updated: 03/29/2009 10:25:11 PM PDT
The group seeking to separate from Van Nuys and adopt Sherman Oaks as its name is picking up some City Council opposition because of the tone of its campaign.
Councilman Tony Cardenas, whose district abuts the area, said he is concerned with what he sees as the campaign’s derogatory tone toward Van Nuys.
“One of my constituents came to me about it and I said I would keep an open mind,” Cardenas said. “But then I went to their Web site and saw they had pictures of Van Nuys, showing it run down, and then pictures of Sherman Oaks, showing how nice everything is.
“I didn’t like that. I don’t think they have to be derogatory to Van Nuys.”
The area that wants to separate from Van Nuys is bounded by Hazeltine Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard, Burbank Boulevard and Oxnard Street.
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area, has not yet taken a position, nor has the matter been considered by the council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee.
Both the Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks neighborhood councils have come out against the name change.
Residents say they are more closely associated with Sherman Oaks than Van Nuys because it is where they shop and where their children go to school.