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Zine defends his backing of new Costco in Woodland Hills

September 15, 2010 |  8:54 pm

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