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The Grinch on Candy Lane

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The Daily News reports that an ill-timed maintenance project in San Fernando threatens a holiday tradition this weekend.

Daily News staffer Lisa Mascaro writes:

The holiday spirit on San Fernando Valley's famous Candy Cane Lane almost lost some sheen when city crews dug into a street project just weeks before thousands of cars were to come to see the decorated homes. But city officials said Monday that the paving work on Hatteras Street will be done well before the start of the festivities that have been a neighborhood tradition for more than 50 years. Public Works Department spokeswoman Lauren Skinner said the crews were well aware of the neighborhood's annual event and were working to get the job done.

Still, neighbors eyed the dug-up street Monday with skepticism.

"Why did they wait until the last minute with the holidays? They know this is a really popular area," said Diana Dekermendjian, whose family has been decorating its Penfield Avenue home for the past 10 years.

"They should have done this back in September," she said. "It's just going to cause a lot of chaos."

LAist has faith that the PWD will pull it off in time. It could have been much worse, CalTrans could have been assigned to the project...
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Speaking of SoCal traditions, we're awfully glad to hear that a tree on Rhodes Avenue in North Hollywood will also be alight this weekend, after 10 years of darkness.