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Truck Driving Academy Dropping Sylmar Landfill Site For South LA

Sorry, aspiring Valley truckers--LA's dropped its plans to build a truck driving academy on part of the old Lopez Canyon Landfill in Sylmar. Good news, aspiring South LA truckers: the groups behind that plan have decided to take their school to your neck of the woods instead, the Daily News reports. City Councilmember Richard Alarcón, the Teamsters Union, and El Proyecto del Barrio have been trying to bring a trucking academy to a one and a half acre piece of Lopez Canyon for years, while neighbors, County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conervancy all fought the plan, saying the land should remain open space. A judge ruled that the city would have to do a full environmental impact review for the project (a much longer process than the mitigated negative declaration they'd already done) and yesterday the City Council decided not to appeal that ruling. Alarcón says the Teamsters and El Proyecto have decided to move the school to somewhere in South LA. According to the DN, "There are still operations involving 60 to 100 trucks a day" in other parts of the 600 acre Lopez Canyon site.
· Plan dropped for truck driving school [LADN]
· Sylmar Residents Not Hip to Proposed Truck Driving Academy [Curbed LA]