DDepinto

About David DePinto

Dave DePinto is the president of the Shadow Hills Property Owners Association and a member of the “working group” that is part of S.A.F.E. (Save Angeles Forest for Everyone).

Letters to Councilmember Rodriguez

Hundreds of Protest Letters Delivered To Councilmember Monica Rodriguez
Nine months into Councilmember Rodriguez’ first term, and less than two weeks after she and her staff snubbed all communities threatened by the high-speed train meeting by NOT attending the Unity Meeting held at All Nations Church, members of the SAFE Coalition delivered more than 225 signed letters and a petition signed by an additional 70+ residents from every community in the northeast San Fernando Valley to CD7 field offices in Pacoima, Sylmar and Sunland-Tujunga. The residents’ letters and petition call for the Councilmember to work with the SAFE Coalition in a […]

By |April 1st, 2018|S.A.F.E. - Correspondance to Elected Officials|

Letter to SFV Elected Officals from Dave DePinto

March 29, 2018
SENT TO ALL ELECTEDS AND THE MEDIA VIA EMAIL

Dear all NE San Fernando Valley Elected Officials:

As you know, our communities have been requesting a high speed train board meeting in the NE San Fernando Valley since 2015 when the meeting proposed here was moved to downtown LA on a work day at the last minute by the CHSRA board. It’s now three years later and there still has not been a board meeting here or an opportunity for our communities, for you and for the high speed train board to face one another publicly.

As the 2018 Business Plan […]

By |March 29th, 2018|S.A.F.E. - Correspondance to Elected Officials|

Letter to Councilmember Rodriguez from Dave DePinto

March 23, 2018
LETTER FROM DAVE DEPINTO IN RESPONSE TO COUNCILWOMAN MONICA RODRIQUEZ’S LETTER REGARDING THE 200+ LETTERS PERSONALLY DELIVERED TO HER OFFICE

Some people are receiving written responses from you to the letters they submitted to your office calling for greater action and responsiveness to constituents on the high-speed train issue. Many of these letters were submitted at the large Unity Meeting which you failed to attend. We question why you continue your misinformation campaign and hope you realize you lack credibility at this time on this issue. A weak letter like yours, full of […]

By |March 23rd, 2018|S.A.F.E. - Correspondance to Elected Officials|

Sylmar Neighborhood Council opposes all HSR routes

March 22, 2018
Sylmar Neighborhood Council Emphatically Joins High Speed Train Opposition

At tonight’s Sylmar Neighorhood Council meeting, four different motions were overwhelmingly passed affirming Sylmar’s opposition to high speed trains throughout the region and their desire to work closely with the SAFE Coalition. In addition to opposing routes E1, E2 and SR14 as part of a formal comment submission on the currently pending 2018 Business Plan, the Council voted to request a CHSRA board meeting in the NE San Fernando Valley, to designate several representatives to participate in ongoing SAFE Coalition meetings, and to submit a Community Impact Statement (CIS) calling […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|S.A.F.E. Updates|

Letter to Councilmember Rodriguez from Dave DePinto-3/14/18

March 14, 2018

Dear Councilmember Rodriguez and Staff:

Now that you’ve recently received more than 300 additional written requests from informed residents that you meet with the SAFE Coalition to work together on high speed train strategy and action, we are following up to request you propose several meeting dates and times without further delay that would be convenient for you, and then we’ll work to ensure members of the SAFE Coalition leadership group be available as well. We will also let all the people who submitted those letters know of your response.

With the 2018 Business Plan public review period underway, and […]

By |March 14th, 2018|S.A.F.E. - Correspondance to Elected Officials|

HARD TRUTHS – Part 6

SUBJECT: SAVE THE DATE AND PLEASE RSVP – “UNITY MEETING” ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018, 6:30 P.M.

We’ve just sent this invitation  to EVERY elected official representing the northeast San Fernando Valley (Schiff, Cardenas, Barger, Kuehl, Portantino, Hertzberg, Gonez, Rodriguez, Martinez, Garcetti, Wesson, Krekorian). Please save the date and join us, just like we did three years ago, at All Nations Church, when more than 2,300 residents came together to oppose the damaging high speed train proposals.

Be informed. Be Active. Be There!

More details to come. Stay tuned to SAFE Coalition website: www.dontrailroad.us.

November 30, 2017

Dear (All Elected Officials Representing the Northeast San […]

By |November 30th, 2017|HARD TRUTHS - Part 6|

HARD TRUTHS – Part 5

Part 5 – Posted 11/24/17 – HARD TRUTHS About High Speed Trains – The Early Politics, Deceit And Lack Of Transparency

In August 2014, months before the SAFE Coalition was created, residents throughout the area received a postcard in the mail indicating that an area through the Angeles National Forest was going to be studied for possible high speed train routes. THE HARD TRUTH was we learned about the high speed train threat via a postcard in the mail.

The area spanned from Palmdale to Burbank and it was referred to as the “yellow banana” cause that’s what it looked like on […]

By |November 24th, 2017|HARD TRUTH - Part 5, Uncategorized|

HARD TRUTHS – Part 4

Part 4 – Posted 11/24/17-THE HARD TRUTHS About High Speed Trains – There Are Zero Benefits, Only Psychological, Social, Economic And Physical Damage Threatened By The Train

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – My Thanksgiving Gift to You!

In the last post, we walked through the decision making process for the high speed train project, explaining there is a high speed train “Authority” (appointed by the Governor and other electeds) and the role politics and environmental law play in the larger scheme of things. Note the SAFE Coalition refers to the project as the high speed “train” project and not the “rail” project. That’s to correct […]

By |November 24th, 2017|HARD TRUTH - Part 4|

HARD TRUTHS – Part 3

The Hard Truth about High Speed Trains in the NE San Fernando Valley: How Will Go/No Go Decisions Be Made About the High Speed “Train” Threat in the NE San Fernando Valley?

The project was approved by a fairly slim margin by voters in 2008…voters who were not aware of or thinking about the cost, the environmental impacts or the local damage the project would create. It is a pet project of Governor Jerry Brown, who is trying to move the project as far along as he can before he is termed out next year, with the election for his replacement […]

By |November 15th, 2017|HARD TRUTH - Part 3|

HARD TRUTHS – Part 2

Part 2 – Posted 11/13/17 – Contact Your Representative

Anyone can contact the City Council District 7 office by phone, email or walking into an office. They are there to serve the District. Here is who to contact:

Downtown office
Phone: 213-473-7007
Address: 200 N. Main Street, Room 455, Downtown LA

Sunland-Tujunga Office
Phone: 818-352-3287
Address: 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

Pacoima Office:
Phone: 818-485-0600
Address: 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

Sylmar Office:
Phone: 818-756-8409
Address: 14117 Hubbard Street  D1, Sylmar

Who to Contact by Phone, Email or In-Person:
Councilmember Monica Rodriguez (councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org)
Chief of Staff Doug Tripp (doug.tripp@lacity.org)
Deputy Chief of Staff Christine Jerian (christine.jerian@lacity.org)
District Director Eve Sinclair (eve.sinclair@lacity.org)

By |November 13th, 2017|DePinto's HARD TRUTHS series, HARD TRUTH - Part2|