Launching iNNOV818 on 818 Day in the San Fernando Valley
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 18, 2017 at 12:52 PM
Today, August 18 (8.18 day), we celebrate the importance of the San Fernando Valley which makes up a majority of the 818 area code. To mark the occasion, I introduced a pair of motions designating the Chatsworth-Northridge industrial core to reinforce and reimagine the historical role of the San Fernando Valley as the region’s primary hub for new industries and technology.
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, I saw firsthand how aerospace and other local technology industries shaped the economy and culture of Southern California. This 818 day, we have a chance to not just celebrate this history, but harness the Valley’s unique potential to foster a new generation of industries providing jobs and economic opportunity for families throughout the region.
The San Fernando Valley is historically the technological core of the aerospace industry in Southern California. The West Valley has been the hub of industry and innovation going back to the beginnings of the aerospace industry. As a result, the Chatsworth and Northridge communities are home to many restricted light industrial properties which are unique in Los Angeles for their contiguous zoning.
The continued siting of restricted light industrial uses within the Chatsworth and Northridge communities is of utmost importance to the economic development of our San Fernando Valley communities, but also for the City and the entire Southern California region. The motions introduced today will ensure that the Chatsworth-Northridge core remains as one of the few contiguous zones in Los Angeles suitable for the location of high-tech, clean-tech, green-tech and bio-tech uses.
The first step toward achieving this goal is to define and designate the boundaries of this area. The second step includes a partnership, between Council District 12 and the City Planning Department, to develop an inventory of assets in the area including transportation modes, housing and infrastructure, schools and education, fiber and internet speed capabilities, power assessments and the unique culture of the West Valley.
To view the press release, motions and area map, click here.
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