Granada Hills: In the same league as Disneyland

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“Welcome to Granada Hills” monument in Veterans Triangle

Mayor Villaraigosa, you just must consider Granada Hills in the northern San Fernando Valley as your new home.

Frankly, Granada Hills can boast what no other section of L.A. can: Granada Hills is in the same league as Disneyland. History confirms this point. When Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was denied a visit to Disneyland in 1959, the place American officials sent him to tour instead was a modern American neighborhood in Granada Hills! You can look it up.

Now let’s consider the two biggest issues you struggled with as mayor: Public safety and school reform.

Public safety, first. Look at the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime map. The Granada Hills area has many fewer of those troubling icons showing criminal activity than most parts of the city.

And you can bet we’ll stay safe, because the new Los Angeles County District Attorney lives in the neighborhood.

As for education, Granada Hills Charter High School is annually competing in, and often winning, state and national academic decathlon awards.

While there have been no Charlie Sheehan sightings around here that I’m aware of, your movie and TV friends like the place. There is always filming going on here. Jimmy Cagney even owned a ranch in the hills, although the only remembrances are a street named after him and a relatively new housing project named Aliso Canyon at Cagney Ranch.

Still, this place has been touched by Hollywood. Just ask E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, who lifted his buddy, Elliott, and his friends on their bicycles off the ground while riding down White Oak Avenue in GH. Yes sir, Mr. Mayor, Granada Hills is a magical place.
However, I suppose it is only fair to warn you that a few rattlesnakes live in the hills up here. Of course, after a lifetime in politics, you’ll know how to handle them.

Come on up and check the place out.

Joel Fox is editor of and president of the Small Business Action Committee. He wrote this for Zócalo Public Square. You can find more here.