EDITORIAL TIME FOR LEADERSHIP VALLEY MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP EXPANSION OF BRADLEY LANDFILL.
Unless they want more trash in their community, Valley leaders must now do the same.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board was supposed to hold a hearing Tuesday on Waste Management Inc.'s plans to increase the size and life span of the dump, but in light of mounting community criticism and political pressure, the operators wanted more time to prepare.
So they got it, and more.
State Sen. Richard Alarcon, who represents the area, appealed to the board at its meeting Tuesday to come to Sun Valley and hold a hearing on the Bradley expansion.
The board agreed to hear what the community has to say. It's imperative that the community come together to make it clear the Valley will be Los Angeles' dumping ground no longer.
This isn't just a Northeast Valley issue. It's an issue that calls for all Valley leaders to mobilize to make the case that dumps have no place in densely populated urban areas.
It will test the commitment of our elected officials - L.A. City Council members Alex Padilla, Ruth Galanter, Wendy Greuel, Dennis Zine and Hal Bernson - to serve the interests of the people who elected them. Civic organizations, secession backers and former candidates for the failed Valley city must join in this effort if the Valley is ever going to end City Hall's abuses.
We either come together now to fight for our common interests, or we will get dumped on again and again.