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The 818 Gets a 747

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A view of the Valley from Sherman Oaks | Photo by Dan Wuh via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Hear that sound? That's not a jetliner landing at Van Nuys Airport. Those are moans and groans about the impending new area code overlay in the San Fernando Valley.

A March 24 judicial decision recommended that the 747 overlay, which would require Valley residents to dial 1 plus the area code within the 818 or 747 area code, be implemented rather than force half of the region to switch numbers (if that happens, the West Valley so deserves to be booted from 818, suckers). It goes to the California Public Utilities Commission next week and if approved, the change will happen in the fall of 2009.

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However, nothing is final with the judge's decision. There were 30 days for the public to comment since March 24, but it seems no outreach was done to warn the public. The Daily News' investigation is probably the single biggest piece of PR the issue has received.