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Guide to the Tarzana Property Owners' Association Collection, 1961-1993
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Tarzana Property Owners' Association Collection
    Dates: 1961-1993
    Identification: URB/TPOA
    Creator: Tarzana Property Owners' Association
    Physical Description: 5.68 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Tarzana Property Owners' Association was formed in 1962 from several existing neighborhood groups in the interest of furthering community growth and development. The collection documents the San Fernando Valley's historical development, and the Tarzana Property Owners' Association's attempts at lobbying for legislation. It includes meeting minutes, community planning studies, correspondence, complaints, fact sheets, environmental impact studies, maps, petitions, resolutions, site plans, treasurer’s reports, and Association newsletters. Correspondence files include letters by Board members to Mayor Tom Bradley, Councilman Marvin Braude from the 11th District and Councilwoman Laura Chick from the 3rd District.

    Historical Note:

    The Tarzana Property Owners' Association was formed in 1962 from several existing neighborhood groups in the interest of furthering community growth and development. In the late 1960s the gruop worked to establish park lands, and open spaces due to rapid commercial growth in Tarzana. Other issues the group dealt with included the disparity between acreage requirements in the Master Plan for Tarzana vs. requirements for Tarzana Developers, especially regarding the keeping of horses and the need for buffer zones between commercial and residential properties contiguous to Ventura Boulevard.
    With the expansive growth of the San Fernando Valley during the 1970s and 1980s, the Tarzana Property Owners' Association worked to negotiate infrastructure upgrades, growing crime rates, the expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department's San Fernando Valley Division, changing traffic patterns, zoning, construction, and other issues. Their influence grew as the Board became better acquainted with the larger political machinery within Los Angeles, and the Association became an active intermediary between Tarzana and the City of Los Angeles. The Association also became a facilitator for progressive legislation to "protect a desirable lifestyle which is in some danger from continued development." As one of the first neighborhood associations in the San Fernando Valley, this grass-roots organization inspired many local communities to become involved in local politics and community planning.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Publications

    Geographic Name:

    Tarzana (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
    Ventura Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Topical Term:

    City planning -- California -- Los Angeles -- Citizen participation
    City planning -- California -- Los Angeles -- Growth
    Homeowners' associations -- California -- Los Angeles
    Neighborhood government -- California -- Los Angeles
    Olympic Games (23rd : 1984 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Streets -- Maintenance and repair
    Traffic safety -- California -- Los Angeles
    Zoning law -- California -- Los Angeles

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall and Sandra Souleles

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Tarzana Property Owners' Association Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Administrative Files, 1963-1993
    Series II: Project Files, 1961-1991

    Scope and Contents

    The Tarzana Property Owners' Association Collection consists of meeting minutes, community planning studies, correspondence, complaints, fact sheets, environmental impact studies, maps, petitions, resolutions, site plans, treasurer’s reports, and Association newsletters. Correspondence files include letters by Board members to Mayor Tom Bradley, Councilman Marvin Braude from the 11th District, and Councilwoman Laura Chick from the 3rd District. The oversized map files contain street maps of proposed developments and zoning permits within the Tarzana area. The collection contains information about the San Fernando Valley's historical development and the Tarzana Property Owner's Association's attempts at facilitating legislation in their own interests. The collection is arranged into two series: Administrative Files (1963-1993) and Project Files (1961-1991).
    Series I, Administrative Files, includes correspondence, minutes, newsletters, and treasurer's reports. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by type and in chronological order within each file folder.
    Series II, Project Files, documents issues of importance to Tarzana homewoners including city planning, fire safety, flood control, height limitations for commercial buildings, maintenance and repair of streets, rapid growth, traffic safety and various zoning concerns. Projects are documented through building codes, city ordinances, and planning studies, correspondence, environmental impact reports, fact sheets, handbills, legal case documents, maps, memoranda, newspaper clippings, news releases, petitions, permits, public hearing notices and reports, resolutions, schematic designs, site plans, and related records. Files are arranged in alphabetical order.