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Monday, December 10, 2007

HO! HO! HO! TIME FOR THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY TO LOSE A MAJOR HISTORICAL ASSET

AN EMERGENCY FOR VALLEY HISTORY IS AT HAND!

With Christmas and Hanukah distractions in full force, the San Fernando Valley faces an ENORMOUS HERITAGE CRISIS! One of the Valley's most important historical homes is about to be hauled away to a park, halfway across Los Angeles. The Weddington House, birthplace of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, and indeed the modern San Fernando Valley, is in danger RIGHT NOW of being removed forever!

Let's assume that the owners of the Weddington House, the developers of the property on which it presently stands, and their supporters in government, mean well. Moving the Weddington from its present site makes sense not only in economic terms but for the preservation of the historic house as well. However, relocating the Weddington outside of the San Fernando Valley is a genuine affront to the hundreds of thousands of residents who call the Valley our home.

There are many, many places within the San Fernando Valley that would be a perfect place for the Weddington House. Ideally, moving the house to the grounds of the Lankershim Train Station would be perfect. Or, better yet North Hollywood Park set aside by the Weddingtons, across the street from the Fire Station that the Weddingtons originally funded.
Let's give ourselves a real present for the holidays, by demanding that the Weddington House stay right where it belongs… in the San Fernando Valley.

Contact our mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, our city council, and county supervisors RIGHT AWAY! They need to know that the
appropriate location of the Weddington House is a Valley-wide issue!

Gerald Fecht

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