Arguments Heard on Expansion of Landfill

With a tug of war over landfills between the city and county of Los Angeles as a backdrop, the county Regional Planning Commission heard a barrage of arguments this week for and against a proposed expansion of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill north of Granada Hills.

More than 200 people attended a public hearing Thursday at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. Residents to the south of the proposed landfill expansion criticized it, saying it would destroy an oak forest and create more problems with dust blowing into their homes and yards.

The criticism came after a 90-minute presentation by Browning-Ferris Industries, which wants to expand the dump onto 542 acres that it owns in unincorporated county territory.

Looming in the background were the county's shortage of landfill space and disclosures that representatives of the County Board of Supervisors are pressing the city of Los Angeles in closed-door talks to join the county in allowing the dump to be expanded on both sides of the city-county line. Sunshine Canyon straddles that boundary.

The supervisors will make the final decision on Sunshine Canyon after receiving the Regional Planning Commission's recommendation.

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