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Two Openings for Sherman Oaks Today

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Today brought on two major changes for Sherman Oaks. Some are cheering, some are jeering.

The first is the opening of the 405 on-ramp just south of Valley's busiest intersection of Ventura/Sepulveda at Greenleaf Street. This means no more traveling a couple miles to Burbank Blvd. to get on the 405 North and possibly a tiny bit less congestion.

The second and controversial neighborhood newbie (to some) is the grand opening of Best Buy on Van Nuys Blvd. near the 101 Freeway. Immediate neighbors of the Library Square neighborhood and the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) fought long and hard to keep the big box retailer from causing further gridlock to the already locked up boulevard. They lost and Best Buy is here starting today. At a SOHA meeting last week, Gail Goldberg, the city's Planning Department head, said she was scared after hearing that major traffic mitigations (left turn signals, etc) were not going to be completed by today.

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