Council rejects arena idea, cites lack of information

first_imgFearing more traffic and crime and a loss of property values, residents at a public hearing last week largely encouraged the council to reject the plans. [email protected] (818)713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“If they’re (the council) not willing to be educated on this issue, we’ll educate the public,” Steele said. Steele first approached Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine with his plans for The Oasis. But Zine said he wouldn’t support the idea without the neighborhood council at least first hearing the concept, said Sharon Sandow, Zine’s chief of staff. Martina Temchenko, 55, a Canoga Park park resident, was one of the few residents who supported the plan at Wednesday’s meeting. “Just open your minds and you’ll love it,” she told the meeting at the Woodland Hills Academy. Steele envisions the arena as a mini-Staples Center that would be open three nights a week. It would be a venue for a number of events such as the circus, ice shows, rodeos, concerts and sports. He estimated the facility would bring a much-needed focal point to the San Fernando Valley and could generate about $50 million annually. WOODLAND HILLS – The Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council on Wednesday narrowly rejected a proposal to build a 10,000-seat sports arena in town. In a 9-8 vote, council members opposed to the arena said they did not have enough information about the project, including where it would be built, noting it was in a conceptual stage and that no traffic and other site impact studies had been done. “It’s a concept,” said member Gordon Murley. “There’s nothing there to vote on.” But Mark Steele, president of the Valley Sports Authority and the main force behind the arena, dubbed The Oasis, said he would push on despite the vote. His next move is to find a 5-acre site and to go directly to the public for support. last_img read more