ACTIVISTS PURSUING EAGLE ROCK SECESSION.
Byline: Melissa Schmitt Daily News Staff Writer
An Eagle Rock group that wants to secede se·cede
intr.v. se·ced·ed, se·ced·ing, se·cedes
To withdraw formally from membership in an organization, association, or alliance.
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``We want lower taxes, higher property values and to fix up the business district,'' said Pam Probst, founder of the Independent Eagle Rock Committee.
``All that can't be done with the City Council.''
Eagle Rock's move comes just a month before Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment expects to finish its petition drive to trigger a public study of the economic feasibility of a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. city separate from Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .
Other Los Angeles communities, beginning with San Pedro, are likely to follow suit, which will be helpful to the Valley movement, said Richard Close, chairman of Valley VOTE.
``This is going to help a lot,'' Close said. ``These areas realize the only way they can become a separate city is to do it now as part of the San Fernando Valley effort.
``In a separate ballot measure, it is highly unlikely they could get a majority to approve. If they join with us, it makes it easier for them. It makes it easier for us,'' Close said.
Eagle Rock, which was an independent city until it joined Los Angeles in 1923, will have 180 days to collect approximately 3,500 valid signatures.
Valley VOTE must submit 131,000 valid signatures by Nov. 27. It already has collected 172,000 signatures, leaders said.
In its editorial pages, the Daily News has strongly endorsed Valley VOTE's drive for a public study of secession secession, in art
secession, in art, any of several associations of progressive artists, especially those in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, who withdrew from the established academic societies or exhibitions. that would determine whether a breakup breakup
The division of a company into separate parts. The most famous breakup to date was the 1984 division of AT&T (formerly, American Telephone & Telegraph Company). This breakup was intended to increase competition in the communications industry. would be revenue-neutral to the remaining part of the city and whether the new city would be economically viable. The newspaper has also contributed $60,000 to the petition-gathering effort.
Close said such movements as Eagle Rock's will also ease the process of gaining political support from elected officials representing the areas of discontent.
Mayor Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. has said he opposes any breakup of the city of Los Angeles. A spokesman for Riordan declined comment on Eagle Rock's filing, saying he won't comment until they have seen the paperwork for themselves.