Today, I was proud to join the ribbon cutting for the newest addition to La Brea Bakery’s Van Nuys bakery. This is the latest addition to the thriving business community in the Van Nuys and Lake Balboa area.
La Brea Bakery’s expansion is a welcome addition to the area because of their excellent product, reputation and sustainable practices. Along with the new state-of-the-art facility that is 66,000 square feet and larger than a football field, La Brea Bakery is opening its doors for 115 new jobs in the community comprising two additional bread production lines. With all of these improvements, the Van Nuys facility remains clean and sustainable, achieving Zero Waste to landfill.
This expansion in the Van Nuys jobs’ corridor is very special to me. After discovering their Van Nuys bakery while surveying the Sixth District, my staff and I met with La Brea Bakery executives to find out how I could be a partner in their future. Soon they mentioned their intended expansion and the difficulty they faced coordinating the permits with City Departments. At that point we worked collaboratively to speed the approval process from the City. What was once projected to be an 18 month project became a process that lasted less than six months and allowed La Brea’s Van Nuys Bakery to be ready for the holiday season and created 115 new jobs as well?
I grew up at a time when the San Fernando Valley was home to many manufacturing jobs and today is an example of how the City can assist new companies with their continued growth. And when I think of the revitalization that I want to see in Van Nuys, I see La Brea Bakery as a key partner. This expansion is just one example of how this corridor in Van Nuys needs additional support, can thrive and will be job hub of our District.