By AMANDA SCHALLERT
EAGLE ROCK — Seeking a quiet place to live where they could send their kids to neighborhood schools, Ryan and Allison Turner moved from Echo Park this February to a dead-end street with only a few suburban-style homes located a short walk from the landmark Eagle Rock. The 7600 block of N. Figueroa Street, however, is not always that quiet, the Turners discovered.
On a regular basis, dump and hauling trucks that pull off the nearby 134 Freeway on their way to the Scholl Canyon Landfill in neighboring Glendale make a wrong turn and rumble up on the Turner’s street. Ryan Turner said he sees about six hauling trucks go by a day if he’s not at work.
The Turners and their neighbors on Figueroa Street are among the Eagle Rock residents who stand to face the biggest impact from plans by the City of Glendale to expand the 535-acre dump and keep it open beyond 2021, when the landfill is expected to reach capacity and close. Despite protests, Glendale officials are continuing to push a plan to increase the landfill’s height by more than 10% and keeping it open for another 13 to 19 years, according to L.A. Now.
Though the Turners are are happy with their home, they said they may have considered moving to a different place if they had known that the landfill might stay open years longer than expected.
“The public counts on (officials) to keep the agreement,” said Allison Turner of the existing plan to close the dump in 2021. “What’s the point if you don’t keep the agreement? Plus, we have kids and I worry about their future.”
Local leaders, including Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, have voiced opposition to the landfill’s expansion, saying that the frequency of garbage trucks whizzing by has damaged neighborhood streets. Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President David Greene has also claimed that Glendale city officials are simply trying to get more money from the landfill.
Down the street from the Turners, five-year Eagle Rock resident Doria said she thinks “too many” trucks go by her home and stop by briefly on her street each day. To her, the hauling trucks are one of the few imperfections of the street.
“It’s a great area,” she said. “But when the trucks come, they ruin it.”
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Amanda Schallert is a fourth-year UCLA student and the news editor at the Daily Bruin.