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Valley Gets New 747 Area Code, Not a Big Deal

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What is a slight inconvenience and change of habit to most people is freaking others out. Official as of yesterday, the Valley is getting a new area code, 747, that will overlay the proud 818 (come on, 747 is much cooler than the 310 overlay, 424).

"I think it's too much. It's crazy," a Van Nuys resident told the Daily News. "I think people would feel much better if they didn't have to dial all those numbers."

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While the decision is needed because of population growth combined with the wide use of electronic devices, some are trying to spin this as a "stop development" issue. "All these huge apartments and condominiums swamping the Valley - this is the reason that they're doing this," the president of Homeowners of Encino said (of course, it's always the HOAs with their conspiracy theories about those apartments and condos). "My view is they should never have to be at this point, because development should've been controlled, rather than running rampant."