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School lawsuit targets city

December 28, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Frank Mateljan, spokesman with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, said the office only received its copy of the lawsuit on Tuesday, and would be unable to comment on it until it had been reviewed. In 2002, Hillcrest sought to build a west campus addition on 5.5 acres it owned at the corner of Rinaldi Street and Shoshone Avenue. The school wanted to expand its enrollment from 800 students to 1,200, and extend its hours of operation beyond those in its 1996 conditional use permit so that parents could attend evening programs at the school. The Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee called the school’s expansion plan “fatally flawed,” citing problems with inadequate parking, unsafe pedestrian conditions and increased traffic on surrounding streets. The school revised its plan, but in 2003 the committee again denied it, again saying the project should be scaled back in size, and that its hours of operation should not change. Neighbors, including the group Neighbors Opposed to Planned Expansion, or NOPE, strongly opposed the expansion, saying the expansion plans would disrupt the neighborhood with too much traffic and noise. They also complained that the school had been found in violation of its conditional use permit by the city on numerous occasions. But Tyler said the city didn’t start enforcing the conditional use permit until neighbors complained. The school still wants to expand. Susan Tipton, one of the members of NOPE, was dismayed to hear about the lawsuit. “I thought this done; I thought this was put to rest legally as far as their ability to expand on their conditional use permit,” Tipton said. “The neighbors remain dedicated to maintaining the serenity of the neighborhood. We are looking to a mutually respectful relationship, not an antagonistic one, and we thought that the school’s intention was to create a feeling of goodwill in the community. Now it seems unfair for them to resurrect this issue.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – Hillcrest Christian School has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, challenging the city’s land use restrictions. Among the 30-year-old school’s complaints: that it can’t use its property at 17531 Rinaldi Street more than 10 Saturdays a year for weddings or funerals. It also is unhappy with provisions that require the school to teach to state educational standards – which may clash with the school’s Christian teachings – and limits its hours, hampering the school’s ability to host after-school activities. “These burdensome conditions are an outrage,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a non-profit law firm which is representing the school in the case. “They trample upon the school’s and parents’ rights to provide a Christian-based education as opposed to a secular-based education as guaranteed by constitutional provisions and federal statute.” last_img

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