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Local News in Brief : Variance OKd to Crush, Sell Unsightly Mound

The Los Angeles City Council Friday granted a variance for a rock-crushing operation designed to remove an unsightly 35-foot-high mound of earthen material from a site off the Foothill Freeway in Sunland-Tujunga.

Councilman Howard Finn urged the council to grant the variance, saying the 80,000 cubic yards of material on La Tuna Canyon Road has been an eyesore in his East Valley district since it was illegally dumped there in 1981 by a contractor for a county sewer project.

Although several nearby La Tuna Canyon residents objected to the traffic that would be caused by the rock-crushing operation, Finn said the variance protects La Tuna Canyon residents because it requires trucks hauling away crushed rock to use the freeway instead of residential streets.

Keith E. Card, who owns the vacant property, applied for a variance to crush and sell the rock on site for building materials. Without a variance, he said, removal of the material would pose an economic hardship.

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