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"> LDS-owned Baseball Fields Involved in Planning Dispute
Los Angeles Times 8Jan00 D1
By Marianne Love

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CALIFORNIA -- The proposed development of a 40,000 square-foot parking lot involving a nearby LDS chapel has become controversial as area residents feel they have been left out of the process. Two LDS Church members sit on a committee charged with deciding what to do with the lot, currently used as parking for a nearby public transportation station, but no residents of the area are on the committee.

The city expects to purchase the lot by the end of this month, and have approached local LDS Church officials about using the Church's baseball field which is next to the lot. The city would then build bleachers and a snack stand to the field, helping to alleviate a shortage of ball fields in the city.

But some residents are opposed to the plan because they say it will add noise and traffic to the neighborhood. The city's Parks and Recreation Commission has now ruled that area residents must be on the committee that will decide what to do with the lot, but the Commission hasn't said how many residents should be added to the committee or who the residents should be.

The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter on January 18th.


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