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Sylmar Residents Not Hip to Proposed Truck Driving Academy

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Ah, the age-old question of where to put a truck driving academy: The Daily News covers the fight over Sylmar's unused Lopez Canyon landfill, where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Richard Alarcon, and the unions want to put an academy on a 1.5 acre piece of land. Opposing the move is Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and some residents, who believe the use of the site as industrial is wrong. Who to side with? We just want to visit a truck driving school. Via the paper: "Alarcon and Villaraigosa said trucking is expected to be a growth industry into the future, with a need for 50,000 new truck drivers over the next 10 years.

Alarcon said he hopes to expedite hearings on the appeal to resolve the issues.

The academy would be funded with a $640,000 federal grant and $100,000 from the Lopez Canyon community trust fund, created to provide amenities to make up for the years when the landfill operated.

"It seems like they are good at giving us what we don't want," said Vanessa May, another Lake View Terrace resident involved with the appeal. "They never seem to give us what we would want."
· Truck-driving academy riles community in land-use fight [Daily News]