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Zine defends his backing of new Costco in Woodland Hills

A combative Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine on Wednesday evening defended his support for construction of a 154,000-square-foot Costco store on a busy Warner Center corner.

Zine told a crowd of about 300 at a neighborhood council meeting that he stands by an earlier comment that the controversial project "is a done deal."

Some critics of the development plan have called for Zine's ouster from office, accusing him of rubber-stamping a project that they contend will add to Warner Center's traffic congestion.

"It offends me when people criticize me" for trying to improve the community, Zine said. He told the crowd that residents will have a chance to review design plans for the project.

An early design depicting a long store wall along Victory Boulevard "is not a done deal," he pledged.

-- Bob Pool in Woodland Hills

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hey residents? let's build all the stores in mexico and have the mexican citizens come here instead! oh, they are already here? i didn't hear you complain about that so loudly.

Costco rocks. They are simply the best. Some people will complain about anything... What, FREE, WHY is it free?

Super Wal Mart would serve a greater number of people in the community.

"It offends me when people criticize me for trying to improve the community"
He should be used to criticism by now. How long has he been a council man? And then he was a cop before that and he doesn't like it when you disaggree with him? Just a little strange coming from an employee. He is way too sensitive for this job.
Adding a costco is not an improvement more of an addition. Synching the lights to move traffic would be an improvement. Offer free classes at pierce ollege and offer your community more without having to pay for it.
Regarding the costco in question. Is there not a store less than 1 mile away at Roscoe and Canoga? Why would we need one too?
Who want's to bet the city is giving the property to use and paying for part of build along with tax credits for Costco.
This guy loves spending money.
Remember the new police department precinct with another less than 2 miles away.
Sounds like he doesn't like to share.
Time to vote in a candidate that cares about the people of Woodland Hills and not about the businesses that make money off of us at the hands of less privaleged in other countries.
Because we all know that Costco doesn't sell much made in America.

I live in Woodland Hills. Considering the Warner Center is a commercial district alreaday with two malls and additional business along Topanga Canyon Blvd, I am amazed at the NIMBY throwbacks (and clueless conspiracy nuts) that still live in the area. It's not a farm, geezers, it's an active, thriving business area! It's a lot less densely populated with either people or cars than other parts of Los Angeles or even the valley. And it will stay that way despite the doom and gloom of the NIMBYs. You want less people and cars then move to Wyoming (so you can whine about the weather and the animals). Zine can stay. The other Costco is being closed so one going in between the two malls is excellent. Let it go, NIMBYs, let it go.

The problem is that there's ALREADY a Costco in the west valley. All he's doing is allowing a low-rent business in a high-rent area, and it's only 10 minutes to the next one ANYWAYS. It's a totally pointless reduction of quality of the area.

costco on Topanga? The worst idea! How stupid our city officials could be to allow it and believe that it will improve the community? Topanga and surrounding streets are chocking with traffic alaready. Everything is on Topanga now. Monstrous mall is gonna get even bigger and uglier. Why don't you develop East Valley? there is no mall, so the residents all drive here for everything. And the revenue, Mr. Zine, you know better then me will go to other parts of LA, not woodland Hills, our schools have the lowest budget in a city. And you are offended? You really take us all for idiots.


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