Van Nuys or Lake Balboa? is Name Change Inevitable?

By George Christopher Thomas, Staff Writer

Balboa Park

A passerby enjoys the trail around Lake Balboa at Anthony C. BeilensonPark. The park features pedal boats and has a fly fishing area. The Lake also has a1.3 Mile Jogging/Walking path, a Bike path, a Cascade, Cherry Blossom Trees (Japanese)and the Lake offers large mouth bass fishing but no swimming.

VAN NUYS, CA — There was a public hearing Monday night at the Van Nuys City Hall with a turnout of about 100 people. The discussion was about the proposal from the West Van Nuys/ Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council. This particular neighborhood council has championed the idea to change the name of West Van Nuys to Lake Balboa in an effort to raise property values and disassociate themselves with the stigma of “Van Nuys.”

The City Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee sponsored the hearing, but has yet to take an official position on the issue. The area in discussion is roughly north of the Los Angeles River, west of the 405 Freeway, south of Roscoe Blvd., and east of White Oak Ave. City Councilman Richard Alarcon launched a study whether or not Lake Balboa is ALREADY an established community.

Some have suggested that just putting up big blue signs that say LAKE BALBOA hardly constitutes an official community name change. There will be another hearing next month, and details, time and date will be released to the public very soon.

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