On July 13, Andy Fox, Jacqui Irwin and Tom Glancy, minus Dennis Gillette and Claudia Bill-de la Pena having ecused themselves for possible conflict of interest, voted unanimously to approve the expansion of Los Robles Hospital to the detriment of many residents living near the hospital, who will have probably eight years of construction noise, dust, traffic. In the process, the council is bending, if not breaking, the city's regulations for building height, density, setback, visual blight, all "in the interest of the community at large."
Admittedly, hospitals are an asset for any city, however, there should be limits to the amount of building allowed on a given piece of property in a residential area. It is not like the hospital could not build a very large facility somewhere else in the city, but that would cost more money.
Glancy, before voting to approve the expansion, said that he would welcome this project in his backyard. I respect his desire and suggest that he trade houses with any of the residents of Sidlee or Young streets for the next eight years to prove his statement. At least Irwin said she wouldn't want this project in her backyard. Nor would anyone else.
Interestingly people call people NIMBY's while living in gated communities with CC&Rs that dictate whether you can park a car on the street and what color you can paint your house, much less whether an obviously too large commercial project for the area would even be considered.
We even had elected officials from Moorpark and Westlake telling us how wonderful the expansion in our neighborhood would be. When they say it's not about the money, it is about the money, rest assured.
~ David Mueller,