Mack Reed at LA Voice wrote in response to the prospect of a development that could block the view of the Hollywood sign: “Does anyone remember that the sign used to be nothing more than a big-ass advertisement for a 500-acre subdivision called HOLLYWOODLAND?”
Councilman Tom LaBonge apparently doesn’t see the irony in stopping the development that the Hollywoodland sign once promoted. According to his weekly newsletter he’s been able to raise $4.5 million to buy Cahuenga Peak, as he calls it, for the city, “still shy about $1.5 million that we have been told is the asking price for the land. However, it’s puts us closer to our goal of buying this property for public use, ensuring it will remain open space forever.”
La Bonge adds: “I absolutely will not allow any structures to mar this pristine hillside that, in due time, will afford hikers a near 360-degree panoramic view of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.”
If you’d like to contribute a donation to purchase Cahuenga Peak, contact Larry Kaplan at the Trust for Public Land at 213.380.4233.
(photo by Tony Pierce)