As a resident of Sunland-Tujunga, I took great offense to Dianna Perez' article in support of Home Depot. Had she took time to actually research before writing her piece, she would have had a very different point of view.
The No to Home Depot campaign has NEVER been about racism. Don't believe me? Check out their website: http://www.no2homedepot.com. The entire history of the campaign is there.
We have a myriad of reasons why we do not welcome this business in our very small neighborhood. Whether they hire Latinos (or any other race) at a living wage is not even on the list.
As a member of this community, the issues for me are simple. We have no place to buy socks and underwear! I have to drive 20 minutes to buy those items. Yet we do have hardware stores. In fact, we already have a Home Depot - six minutes away. We have a total of nine Home Depots within a 30 minute drive. And that's not counting their competitors like Lowe's and OSH.
Hardware stores, we got.
General merchandise is what we NEED.
This location, a former K Mart, is surrounded on THREE sides by residential housing. An elementary school is a block away. Parents must use this already heavily traveled street to drop off kids. Now we are adding all the shopping traffic plus 18 - 20 semi trucks per day minimum. In addition, we have many seniors and retirees in this neighborhood who no longer drive. How are they supposed to get the household basics that a general merchandise store would provide?
So where do the cries of racism come from??? Why from Home Depot! They have used every tactic they can think of to continue to rape our quiet community. They are so desperate for support that THEY pulled the racism card.
I have neighbors of many races and nationalities. We are all against this business for what it would do to our quiet, simple way of life. Nothing more, nothing less.
Won't you come out and support the residents of this community at the rally? Your neighborhood might be next. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Van Nuys City Hall. The Address is 14410 Sylvan St. 2nd Floor Van Nuys, CA 91401.
Holly Dare lives and works in Sunland-Tujunga. She is a former television producer and writer. The owner of Sweet Stampen Rubber Stamps, Holly is also a glass artist.