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"> LDS Church Ball Fields at Center of Dispute
Los Angeles Times 14Jan00 D1
By Marianne Love

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CALIFORNIA -- Neighbors of an LDS Church in La Canada are upset about a city proposal to use the Church's ball fields and develop a nearby Caltrans parking lot into associated facilities. The neighbors, who fought for and won restrictions on the hours that the Church's fields could be used, feel that the influx of people to the fields would destroy their neighborhood.

The ball field was the subject of a dispute in 1986 that involved neighbors in many planning commission meetings. The fields are located behind the LDS Church's building on Foothill Boulevard, where they abut a residential neighborhood. The result of the 1986 dispute was a conditional use report that set the days and hours that the fields could be used.

But now the city is under pressure to find more ball fields. Three youth sports program directors met with the Parks and Recreation Commission on January 12th to try and find a solution to the lack of fields, because the programs had to jockey for time on the city's nine fields. Instead, the commission spent much of the time discussion the use of the LDS Church's fields.

The discussion probably happened because the City had looked at how to use a surplus Caltrans park and ride lot near the LDS Church's fields, and produced an 11 page study on how to use the lot. The study recommended that the lot be used along with the LDS Church's fields for a $2 to $5 million recreation center.

One neighbor at the meeting, Larry Gluck, was upset about how the meeting topic changed, "We came to the meeting last night because we were previously invited to see how the commission doles out the playing fields. Instead, the conversation was about the Morman (sic) Church fields."

"I believe there is a need for all the fields they can get their hands on, but the consequences have to be weighed and looked at," continued Gluck. "I heard people say they can make due. I didn't hear any children will be left out. Now we are being asked to compromise. We won't negate our side simply because there's a need for field. We want to find a solution to the problem while still being an opponent."

Gluck and two neighbors will be added to a 10-member Ad Hoc committee that is investigating how to use the Caltrans lot, giving neighbors a spot on the committee that they didn't have before.

See also:

La Canada's field of nightmares Los Angeles Times 15Jan00 D1 By Anita Brenner


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