Jr. Reporter Gavin Alexander Attends the Caruso Appeal Hearing

By GAVIN ALEXANDER | Jr. Reporter

3rd Grade, Palisades Elementary Charter School

My parents let me miss school on Thursday, April 28 to go to Van Nuys City Hall to the appeal hearing regarding Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village project. My grandpa was nice enough to take me.

Gavin arrives early at the City Planning Commission hearing at Van Nuys City Hall. Photo: Jayrol San Jose
Gavin arrives early at the City Planning Commission hearing at Van Nuys City Hall.
Photo: Jayrol San Jose

We arrived early and had seats in the second row. Mr. Caruso asked me to fill out a comment card and speak at the appeal. I was one of the first speakers and I got up in front of a room filled with people to share my support of the project.

Mr. Jack Allen, who had filed an appeal, was not present due to a medical procedure. His lawyer was there on his behalf.

Speaking at the hearing, Gavin says Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village project will “help the community to have fun.” Photo: Jayrol San Jose
Speaking at the hearing, Gavin says Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village project will “help the community to have fun.”
Photo: Jayrol San Jose

There was one woman who spoke against the project because she did not want the trees to be cut down. Everyone else was supporting the project.

At the hearing, I learned the importance of patience. I learned that the City Planning Commission takes a lot of time to make decisions because they want to know all the facts.

Gavin gets a high-five from Rick Caruso after speaking. Photo: Jayrol San Jose
Gavin gets a high-five from Rick Caruso after speaking.
Photo: Jayrol San Jose

I was so happy the appeal was denied. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Caruso is building for the Palisades. I know it will be awesome.

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