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Plans for a permanent campus for Latino-serving charter school opposed by preservationists

Plans to move a San Fernando Valley charter school closer to the underresourced Latino community that it serves have run into opposition from preservationists, who say the North Hills neighborhood already has enough schools and have raised concerns about a 1910s-era house on the proposed lot.The single-story house at 15526 Plummer St. was one of the first constructed in Mission Acres, as North Hills was originally named. Built in 1914, the home was owned by John L. Plummer, a pioneering farmer who owned about 90 acres, according to a ...

Plans to move a San Fernando Valley charter school closer to the underresourced Latino community that it serves have run into opposition from preservationists, who say the North Hills neighborhood already has enough schools and have raised concerns about a 1910s-era house on the proposed lot.

The single-story house at 15526 Plummer St. was one of the first constructed in Mission Acres, as North Hills was originally named. Built in 1914, the home was owned by John L. Plummer, a pioneering farmer who owned about 90 acres, according to a report by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

SurveyLA, a citywide historic resources review, designated the property as “very rare” and a “remaining example of an intact 1910s residence.”

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Debora Masterson, 72, who founded the 60-member North Hills Preservation Consortium, said the Plummer house and the adjacent parcel should be used for a museum dedicated to early California history and a community park instead of a school. She has been helping lead the charge for designating the house a historic-cultural monument, raising more than $5,000 to hire a consultant to write the nomination.

Members of the preservation group started a petition and staged a protest in July, arguing that there are already more than a dozen schools in the neighborhood.

The charter school, Valor Academy Elementary, has moved among temporary locations in Granada Hills, Panorama City and Arleta over the last seven years and aims to find a permanent home. Chief Executive Hrag Hamalian of Bright Star Schools, which runs nine charter schools in the Valley, Koreatown and West Adams, said the new location would shorten commutes for Valor Academy parents, many of whom have children at multiple Bright Star campuses.

The three Bright Star Schools in North Hills serve about 1,430 students, of which 93% are Latino and 94% are from low-income families, according to the charter group.

“This isn’t a new school,” Hamalian said. “We have almost 400 kids enrolled, and the only reason we can’t exceed enrollment is because of facility constraints. This property will allow us to grow the school larger.”

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Hamalian said that he supports the historic-cultural designation for the house and that an architect and consultant have been hired to ensure the rest of the school buildings will incorporate the “continued motif and aesthetic of the home.”

“We’ve been honestly quite confounded, confused and hurt [by the opposition because] since the beginning of this project, we have been in full public support of the historical designation and the preservation of the house,” he said.

The school is waiting on city approval of its plans, expected to come in the next three to six months, before beginning construction.

In its preliminary plans, the school listed the house’s future use as administrative, but Hamalian said he remains open to other ideas for the house and collaborating with the North Hills Preservation Consortium.

“It’s hard not to draw a straight-line correlation between us wanting to build a school for 500 Latinx kids that live in this community and this historical designation being utilized to combat our school project,” he said.

Hamid Nourafchan, the owner of the Plummer house since 2010, said that it was a “personal decision” to sell to Bright Star Schools and that it’s “providing a much-needed educational resource to the surrounding community.” Masterson reached out to him several times over the last year, he said, but he informed her that he was already in escrow with the school.

“As I understand, Bright Star is planning to incorporate the existing [single-family rental] Debora wanted saved as the office component of the new school,” said Frank Evanisko, Nourafchan’s real estate broker. “It would seem to me like this should be music to her ears.”

But Masterson said the preservation group finds it “not acceptable” for the house to be used as a school office instead of a museum.

“You walk in the door and it’s as if the Plummer family is still living there,” she said. “They had wells and chicken coops in the backyard and they dry farmed. It gives people a sense of place and a sense of belonging that I think is really important.”

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Masterson, who was raised in North Hills and whose late husband grew up about a quarter-mile away, said she came across the Plummer house on the city’s zoning website last year.

“It felt like a calling,” she said. “It felt like a thunderbolt or something hit me, and I was like, ‘I have to do something about this.’ For my late husband, for my family, for all of the people that I’ve known in this area.”

The Plummer family owned the house from 1912-19 before selling it, said Ken Bernstein, manager of the city’s Office of Historic Resources. They resided in their main home a couple of blocks to the west, but it was demolished in the 1980s.

If the building is approved as a historic-cultural monument, it can’t be torn down without the permission of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.

“The fact that this home remains from 1914, even before this community became part of Los Angeles, it’s a very rare, intact example from that earliest time period,” Bernstein said.

The house’s nomination was approved by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission, leaving the City Council to decide on final approval. Though the typical deadline for the City Council to act is Nov. 16, the time limit is flexible because of the city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. Masterson said they’ve been told that “chances are very good” that the council will approve it.

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez has backed the historic designation for the house but hasn’t taken a stance on what should be built on the property.

With the preservation group pushing for the lot to include a community park, Rodriguez emphasized the need for open spaces in park-poor neighborhoods such as North Hills.

“I think when you look at areas with a high concentration of multi-family homes, we saw through the pandemic that there’s a great deal of need for these types of facilities,” she said. “It’s good for mental health and respite when you have access to open space.”

Rodriguez’s request for $1.2 million from the state to acquire land for open space in North Hills did not make it into this year’s budget, according to her office.

“We’re in the circumstance where we’re leaning on this historic-cultural monument for preserving history and making sure whoever is there is respecting that and it’s an important part of whatever project ends up being developed there,” Rodriguez said.

Residents on both sides of the issue have spoken out about what the school site would mean to them.

Lesly Agustin, 31, has lived in the area for eight years and drives about 15 minutes between Valor Academy Elementary School and Valor Academy High School to pick up her four children. She said she’s “very happy” about the new school location, because it’ll cut her driving time by nearly half.

Yesenia Ostorga, 33, takes a taxi every day from Van Nuys to drop off her two children at Valor Academy Elementary. The new location will allow her to walk there in three minutes once she makes a planned move to North Hills, she said.

Ervin Arevalo, a member of the North Hills Preservation Consortium and a fourth-grade teacher at the Los Angeles Unified School District for 24 years, said using the house as a museum could be enriching for his students.

“It’d be good for students to come over and experience how these homes work,” he said. “There’s remnants of what it was like before. Just having artifacts there from a while back would be a great experience for kids.”

40th Annual Holiday Parade 2023: Granada Hills

40th Annual Granada Hills Holiday ParadeRoute: Petit Avenue & Chatsworth Street to Zelzah Avenue & Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills, CA (map below)From ...

40th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade

Route: Petit Avenue & Chatsworth Street to Zelzah Avenue & Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills, CA (map below)

From Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce:

"There is a slight nip in the air as it can only mean that it is time to dust off the flatbed, polish the harness, fluff the pom-poms, copy the sheet music, and start practicing the drills!

"On behalf of the dedicated members of the entire Granada Hills Parade Committee, we wish to thank you for your interest and loyal support of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade.

"The 40th Annual 2023 Granada Hills Holiday Parade is scheduled for Sunday December 3, 2023, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. RAIN or SHINE!

"This year’s selected 2023 Official Granada Hills Holiday Parade Theme 'HOLIDAYS IN CINEMA' is a fun opportunity to rekindle wonderful family viewing memories of many favorite Movies and Television Shows from the past 75 plus years, i.e., 'It’s a Wonderful Life,' 'The Grinch,' 'White Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,' etc.

"PARADE ROUTE: The Parade will begin at Petit Avenue and Chatsworth Street (Point A), and will end at Zelzah Avenue and Kingsbury Street (Point B).

"Spectators of the Holiday Parade are encouraged to park North, or South of the Chatsworth route on residential streets, or adjacent parking lots.

"The John V. Ciccarelli Parade Awards Ceremony with light refreshments will follow immediately after the Granada Hills Holiday Parade at approximately 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m at the Granada Hills High Charter parking lot near the main campus gate adjacent to the corner of Zelzah Ave. and Kingsbury Street.

"The Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee takes great pride that it has never charged an parade entry fee and derives its financial support from its major sponsors: Granada Hills Community Foundation, Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Law Offices of Savin Bursk, 12th District Councilmember John Lee, Patriot Oil Trust Fund, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and local North Valley Neighborhood Councils, Civic Organization, and Business Sponsors.

"However, due to escalating costs, we would like to ask for a voluntary tax-deductible donation of $35 payable to the Granada Hills Community Foundation. It would be much appreciated! There is a link to the Foundation’s PayPal account (here).

"Looking forward to seeing you on a very festive and fun-filled Sunday Parade Day on December 3, 2023.

"Sincerely, Granada Hills Holiday Parade Committee."

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100 Rabbits Rescued From Granada Hills Yard Need Homes

More than 100 rabbits were rescued from a backyard in Granada Hills and are in dire need of homes just in time for Easter.City News Service, News PartnerLOS ANGELES, CA Following the rescue of up to 100 rabbits from a home in Granada Hills, a rescue foundation Wednesday is urging residents to help foster or adopt the animals.Bunny World Foundation, an all-volunteer foster-based animal rescue that finds homes for hundred...

More than 100 rabbits were rescued from a backyard in Granada Hills and are in dire need of homes just in time for Easter.

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LOS ANGELES, CA Following the rescue of up to 100 rabbits from a home in Granada Hills, a rescue foundation Wednesday is urging residents to help foster or adopt the animals.

Bunny World Foundation, an all-volunteer foster-based animal rescue that finds homes for hundreds of abandoned domestic rabbits each year, said they are struggling to single-handedly assist the L.A. Animal Services Department with re-homing the animals.

Lejla Hadzimuratovic, founder and president of BWF, called the situation a "nightmare."

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"Once we arrived at the scene, we worked diligently to trap and sex as many rabbits as possible. The bunnies we encountered were mainly adults, with many pregnant and potentially nursing females," said BWF adoption manager Jane Stonnington.

The organization trapped and sexed 50 rabbits that day and took them to the West Valley Animal Shelter. Most of the females were pregnant, BWF officials said.

Among other ailments, many of the rabbits were severely matted due to long-haired breeds, which can be extremely painful to rabbits. After the shelter staff processed the rabbits, BWF took the babies and placed them into temporary foster care.

The adult rabbits have been spread out between the city's six animal shelters as animal control continues to visit the property and confiscate more rabbits.

On Tuesday, the West Valley Animal Shelter contacted the BWF again regarding further assistance with sexing an additional 30 rabbits taken from the location by animal control officers.

LAAS and BWF are uncertain whether more births are on the way before female rabbits can be spayed, and any more pregnancies could threaten to increase the number of rabbits to upward of 300-plus, the said. The process may take weeks to resolve due to the mature system of underground burrows dug by the rabbits, with multiple litters quickly hiding underneath the house.

Before any hopes of adoption, each rabbit will need medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccination, deworming and professional grooming, Hadzimuratovic noted.

According to BWF, this situation comes at a challenging time when local shelters and parks will be overrun with bunnies who have nowhere to go after the spring breeding and post-Easter dumping season.

Those willing to foster or adopt rabbits are asked to email info@bunnyworldfoundation.org, with "I will foster an LAAS bunny" in the subject line.

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Here’s the story behind North Hills’ beloved ivy poodle and its annual reindeer makeover

By Ethan Varian CorrespondentEvery year in December, North Hills resident Brian Welch receives a batch of holidays cards from strangers thanking him for bringing a bit of joy to the neighborhood.“Thank you for another year of smiles to lighten up our hectic world,” one reads.While the well-wishers may not know Welch personally, they can’t miss his handiwork: a 12-foot-high ivy hedge trimmed in the shape of a giant poodle.The ivy poodle, which Welch calls Fido, resides at...

By Ethan Varian Correspondent

Every year in December, North Hills resident Brian Welch receives a batch of holidays cards from strangers thanking him for bringing a bit of joy to the neighborhood.

“Thank you for another year of smiles to lighten up our hectic world,” one reads.

While the well-wishers may not know Welch personally, they can’t miss his handiwork: a 12-foot-high ivy hedge trimmed in the shape of a giant poodle.

The ivy poodle, which Welch calls Fido, resides at the corner of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Plummer Street next to Bull Creek. Around the holidays, it transforms into a reindeer—donning a red nose, antlers and multi-colored Christmas lights.

“This year we added more lights so it really pops,” said Welch.

Welch began trimming the poodle over 30 years ago when an ivy bush started to grow up a telephone pole and next to his home. The poodle quickly became something of a local celebrity. It’s been the subject of numerous newspaper stories, internet blogs and even a TV bit for the Discovery Channel.

Welch, 74, is a retired contractor who moved to the Los Angeles area from England when he was 21. He had originally planned to open a hairdressing salon in Santa Monica after completing barber college in England. But the plan fell through when Welch’s business partner went back to the U.K. because his girlfriend decided she didn’t like living in California.

He later moved to North Hills to raise his family. His two sons Mark, 36, and Andrew, 32, help him decorate the poodle for the holidays. About five years ago they added the reindeer decorations, fashioning the antlers out of Styrofoam and canvas material.

“We turn him into a reindeer instead of dog,” said Welch. “He’s a dog with an identity crisis!”

In 1987, Welch received a notice from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ordering him to take down the decorations and remove the hedge. He ignored the warning and said he hasn’t heard from the utility since.

“It’s not my property,” he said. “It’s on city property, they can come and cut it down.”

Welch said he plans to keep trimming and decorating the poodle for as long as the telephone pole can handle the weight.

This year, he hopes the decorations give comfort to families affected by the local wildfires.

“Just putting a smile on people’s faces, that’s the whole idea,” he said.

Commission Approves Historic Monument Designation of North Hills House

By Antonio Pequeño IVSpecial to the San Fernando Valley Sun/el SolThe Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously voted to approve the designation of a North Hills house as a historic-cultural monument — an approval sought by a group of residents that want the house and the 2.1 acres of land it sits on to be restored and made into a community park.The group of residents, which collectively organized as the North Hills Preservation Consortium, is contending with charter school organization ...

By Antonio Pequeño IVSpecial to the San Fernando Valley Sun/el Sol

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously voted to approve the designation of a North Hills house as a historic-cultural monument — an approval sought by a group of residents that want the house and the 2.1 acres of land it sits on to be restored and made into a community park.

The group of residents, which collectively organized as the North Hills Preservation Consortium, is contending with charter school organization Bright Star Schools over the land located at 15526 Plummer St.

Both the preservation consortium and Bright Star sought the historic monument designation of the house.

However, the respective groups have different plans for what should be built on the land.

Neighbors Support Using The Site For Public Space

The consortium is seeking to build a public park, community museum and restored version of the home on the land. It has a hand-signed petition with 137 signatures from neighbors surrounding the location and also has a change.org petition that has so far garnered 285 signatures.

Headed by President Debora Masterson, the consortium submitted the application for the historic-cultural monument designation last year, before the homeowner agreed to sell the house to Bright Star, effectively putting the consortium and charter school organization into contest.

The consortium has argued that the elementary school is not necessary because there are already 25 pre-existing schools in North Hills, according to Masterson. Further, the consortium cited concerns about traffic, pollution and noise in their change.org petition, also adding that the Bright Star academy would starve the area of the little green communal space it has.

Bright Star sees things differently with its intention to build an elementary school at the site while also preserving the home.

A reason the organization wants an elementary school on the land is that it would act as a relocation site for Arleta-based Valor Academy Elementary, bringing the school and its students closer to Bright Star’s local middle school and high school, which are also located in North Hills. A successful relocation would make all three schools within a five-minute drive of each other.

Home Is More Than 100 Years Old

Bright Star is currently in escrow with Hamid Nourafchan, the owner of the home that was built in 1914 and was identified in 2014 as a historical resource by the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources. The office said the house was given the designation because it represented “the earliest pattern of development in the area; a very rare, remaining example of an intact 1910s residence in North Hills and the San Fernando Valley as a whole.”

“Bright Star has been and continues to be in support of the historical designation of the home and all plans submitted to the local neighborhood council, Council District 7, and City Planning have always reflected the preservation of the home, even prior to the CHC designation,” Hrag Hamalian, Bright Star Schools Executive Director, wrote in an email.

Even though the Cultural Heritage Commission voted to approve the historic designation, the next chapter of the battle for the land and home will come when the Los Angeles City Council votes on the same approval. The city council vote can take up to 90 days to be completed following the commission’s vote on Aug. 18.

However, the city council vote would not mark the end of the battle between the North Hills Preservation Consortium and Bright Star.

“Unfortunately, the historic-cultural monument designation does not prevent the charter school from purchasing the property and building a new elementary school ground-up surrounding the historic house and denying access to the public,” Masterson said.

“If Bright Star’s Valor Academy elementary school gets the green light, our goal to restore the historic house, create a museum and open space for the community will be unattainable.”

To our readers: Do you think the North Hills house should be restored with a public park and museum or should be a school site?

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