Shocking recording revealed (Listen to this news clip) - The LA Community College Trustees board meeting I attended today to save the Pierce Farm Center was NOT boring. Robert McBroom, who runs the farm center in Woodland Hills, played a revelatory recording (a snippet of which is on this news clip) that caused the crowd to gasp. We in the West San Fernando Valley community have good reason not to trust that this land won't be sold to commercial developers. Too many questions. Too few, and way too fishy, answers.
People from the community got up to speak about why we need this wonderful place (to teach kids about agriculture/learn where food comes from; it's a rural oasis; one of the few places for family activities all year round) and people spoke about what many of us fear: the land may be sold for condos, commercial space, etc). The big question that was asked often: If Pierce doesn't have any plans for the acreage, then why must the McBroom family (the lessees who run the Pierce Farm Center) vacate the land, leaving the community without this great place?
A little boy, along with his mom and two brothers, got up to speak. The boy told the board he's been going to the farm center his entire life. After the meeting, Robert McBroom went up to the boy and his mom and told him the entire reason he started the farm center in the first place was for kids just like him. As Robert spoke he got choked up.
To some this may simply be property that hasn't any definitive plans for future use (if the LA Community College Board of Trustees is to be believed). But to many people the farm center is a unique and important part of our community.
Once again I'm reminded of the importance of keeping aware of what's going on locally.