July 25, 2008

Walnut Officials Oppose Towers

By Claudia Palma

WALNUT - City leaders are unanimous in their opposition to a plan to build radio towers just outside city limits.

The City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution strongly opposing a proposal by Salem Communications, Inc. to install five 285-foot radio towers on an unincorporated Los Angeles County property north of the city.

"Hopefully, that will be a loud and clear message to the developer that we do not want something like this near our neighborhoods," said Mayor Joaquin Lim.

Residents have complained about the proposal to Walnut city officials and the offices of Los Angeles County supervisors Michael Antonovich and Gloria Molina.

The city's staff report for the resolution raised concerns over safety, health, property values and environmental issues.

The towers, if approved by the county, would be built on a 73- acre plot owned by Salem and would broadcast KRLA 870-AM.

The plot is home to a stand of 100 oak trees. Salem has applied for a permit to remove 10 of the trees and to encroach on 27 more.

According to documents filed with the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office, Salem will plant two trees for every one removed.

Salem spokesman Dennis Ciapura said Walnut's resolution is a political attempt to assuage residents' concerns.

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