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Yet another neighborhood wants out of Van Nuys

January 22, 2009 |  8:42 am

Van Nuys, home to L.A.'s Valley government center and once considered the Valley's downtown, is once again under siege. There is a new effort for some residents to break away, in this case to join the tonier Sherman Oaks district to the south. More from the Daily News' Rick Orlov:

Now, another group of residents is launching an effort to break away from Van Nuys. The 1,855 homeowners in an area bounded by Sepulveda Boulevard and Hazeltine Avenue, and Burbank Boulevard and Oxnard Street, want to declare themselves part of the far tonier Sherman Oaks. Laurette Healey, a Valley businesswoman who has run unsuccessfully for local offices in recent years, has collected signatures from about 800 residents and is bringing the proposal to the City Council for a final decision.  Healey -- one of the leaders of the Valley's secession effort in 2002 -- said the community is energized over the issue. She said most of the parents in that neighborhood already send their children to schools in Sherman Oaks and that the name change will help attract young couples.

Bob Pool earlier wrote about the penchant for Valley neighborhoods to break apart.

--Shelby Grad