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Portion of Van Nuys Annexed into Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys to Seek Cityhood, Sherman Oaks to try to Become Bel Air

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Califa Street is one of the new dividing lines between the new border Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys. In this photo, the properties on the left side are Van Nuys and on the right side are Sherman Oaks.
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In a vote that angered some and brought extreme joy to others, the Los Angeles City Council voted to annex a portion of Van Nuys into Sherman Oaks after residents of the affected area brought forth the idea last year. During the meeting, Don Schultz stood up announcing that he and others will seek for Van Nuys to secede from the city and that by 2011, they will celebrate their independence. There have been also rumors, albeit quite possibly jokes, that a portion of Sherman Oaks will try to annex into neighboring Bel Air.

Of the 12 members present, 10 voted to support the annexation. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Tony Cardenas opposed the motion with Councilmembers Dennis Zine and Ed Reyes not present. The seat for Council District 2 is currently unoccupied.

During the debate, Cardenas brought up the apparent race issue and how the complexion of the community was brought up various times by proponents. In an interview on KPCC, the proponents leaders explained that she used the word to describe the complexion of the neighborhood's look, not race. "I've never heard of people using that term using people," countered Cardenas, who also brought up faulty documentation including a memo from the city clerk stating that there is no city historical record of this part of Van Nuys ever being called Sherman Oaks and the application's map which contradicts the applications description of the map.