Secession from an LA Point of Mind

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The Local Agency Formation Commission has released its proposed blueprint for a new independent city in the San Fernando Valley, a city proposed by secessionists tired of being part of Los Angeles. The breakaway movement is a hot issue among the Valley's 1.4 million residents. A recent Los Angeles Times poll shows that 46 percent of voters in the city as a whole support Valley secession, 38 percent are opposed, and the rest are undecided. But all the city's voters would have the final say. What's the mood on the other side of the hill? We discuss the impact of the proposed breakaway city with non-valley voters, including authors, urban planners, businessmen and a civil rights leader. (David Dow guest hosts.)
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City of Los Angeles

LA City Council's Committee on Secession


California LAFCO

California Planning and Development Report

Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out

The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl

The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles

California State Parks Foundation

Earthday Network



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton