6/05/2006

Eminent Domain — New LAUSD School Site Boots Families: LAVoice.org (Los Angeles CA), 5/26/06

By Mack Reed

When you think about the L.A. Unified School District's vast real estate holdings, you picture industrial wasteland sites like Belmont Learning Center and New High School No. 1.

You don't quite picture families and businesses getting kicked out because there's no more suitable site in Wilmington for a new K-8 school than the very land they live on.

The Daily Breeze says landowners are pissed that the district decided it's better to uproot five single-family homes, two multi-family buildings and nine businesses than to mess with any of the, uh, vast industrial wasteland that is most of Wilmington ...
The Daily Breeze says landowners are pissed that the district decided it's better to uproot five single-family homes, two multi-family buildings and nine businesses than to mess with any of the, uh, vast industrial wasteland that is most of Wilmington ...
"I expected to grow old in that home," said Sylvia Viramontes who moved to Wilmington from Tarzana just six years ago, right after the house was built. "If you take that home from me, that's my life."

The preferred site — not far from Banning Park and bounded by Avalon Boulevard on the west, Broad Avenue on the east, L Street on the south and M Street on the north — would displace fewer homes than most of the nearly 40 sites the district examined, school officials said. The Los Angeles school board must now approve the recommendation ...

The new 1,278-seat campus is needed to relieve crowding at Fries Avenue, Gulf Avenue and Hawaiian Avenue elementary schools and Wilmington Middle School.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2009 and be finished by 2011.

It was either that or spend $20 million moving natural gas pipelines.

Gee. Hmm. Tough call. Oh, well. Better choose dollars over lives.


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