Mission and Vision
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1939 to preserve and enhance the competitive economic climate of the Toluca Lake Community.
Guy Weddington McCreary, devoted husband, loving father, philanthropist, community leader and historian, left this earth on October 12th at the age of 77 years, after a brave battle with cancer. Guy leaves behind his loving wife Diane, his son Jon and many devoted friends.
Guy was the venerable patriarch of the historic Weddington family, who owned and developed much of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Studio City. Guy’s family came to present day North Hollywood in 1886. In 1892 Wilson Weddington, Guy’s Great Grandfather, was appointed the first Postmaster of the town of Toluca. He was also Constable of that same community. The Weddington’s original farm included most of today’s North Hollywood business district. Their first family farm house remains today on Weddington Street. Throughout their 128 year history in the San Fernando Valley, the Weddington family provided the land or built the first area school (Lankershim school), the first jail, the first and then current North Hollywood fire stations, the Southern Pacific train depot, the North Hollywood Post Office, the El Portal Theater (which the family built in 1926), the Bank of Lankershim, the Weddington Brothers General Store (later Rathbun’s Department Store and the Valley’s first modern department store) and the North Hollywood Library. During the 1920’s the family helped create and dedicate North Hollywood Park, and in later years Weddington Park on land previously farmed by the family. In 1895 the family sold The Southern Pacific land for a train depot (which remains today), and beginning in 1897 the family operated the Bonner Packing Company, which produced and shipped San Fernando Valley fruit across the Nation and around the world. By 1907 Bonner Packing was the largest employer in the area with more than 250 employees. In 1910 the Weddington Investment Company was formed and, in partnership with Harry Chandler, Moses Sherman and H J Whitley, they were successful in bringing the Pacific Electric Red Car to the Valley. In the 1950’s the family lead the fight to build the 101 freeway through the Cahuenga Pass and later, under Guy’s leadership, they would fight to bring the MTA Red Line subway to the Valley. In the 1970’s, as North Hollywood was in decline, Guy McCreary lead the fight to bring redevelopment to the community his family had built. Guy helped envision and bring about what is today the thriving “NoHo” community.
Guy was a graduate of North Hollywood High School, Whittier College and he earned a post-graduate degree in Government from the Claremont Colleges. He served as President of the Weddington Investment Companies from 1984 to his death. Among his many accomplishments, he served as a Commissioner on the L A County Commission for Public Social Services and he was Executive Director of the Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County. Guy’s commitment to the community was demonstrated through his leadership and activities with the North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycee’s, Toluca Little League, the Kiwanis Club of North Hollywood, the Key Club and his beloved Campo de Cahuenga; the birthplace of California. Guy was an accomplished historian and in 1974 his highly-acclaimed history of the Mexican revolution “From Glory to Oblivion” was published.
Funeral services for Guy will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood (4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City), followed by a reception celebrating Guy’s life. The family requests that remembrances of Guy be made to The Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association at P.O. Box 956, North Hollywood, CA 91603-0956.
We hope you will take this opportunity to participate in defining/establishing the vision for the Toluca Lake community.
Please participate in the Streetscaping surveys for Riverside Drive (Sancola to Clybourn) and Lankershim Blvd (Moorpark to Cahuenga).
It only takes a few minutes to complete the surveys. Continue reading
LAPD to Open Four Regional Customer Service Centers on Saturdays to Help Resolve Customer Billing Problems
In an ongoing effort to resolve customer billing problems, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will open four of its Customer Service Centers on Saturdays for the next eight weeks, starting this Saturday, March 22. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In response to the significant operational problems encountered with the replacement of its 40- year old customer billing system, LADWP apologized in an open letter to its customers and launched a new billing information webpage to allow customers to track the progress being made. Customers who have questions about their bill are encouraged to Continue reading
Thank you to Richard Bogy who has preserved this photo sent to him by Rickie Stambaugh. It was taken at the Chamber’s installation of officers banquet on February 15, 1969.
From left to right are James Potter (City Councilman), Dorothy Lamour (“movie queen” and co-star of the Hope-Crosby “Road Pictures”), Ed Reinecke (Lt. Governor of California), Ann Blythe (Movie Queen – Oscar nominee for Mildred Pierce), Chamber President John Broughton and his wife June.
Ann Blythe served as Honorary Sheriff and Dorothy Lamour was our “Ambassador of Goodwill.” Both lived in Toluca Lake; Dorothy on Placidia Avenue and Ann on Toluca Estates Drive.
by Steve Hampar
On February 7th our California State Assemblymember, Adrin Nazarian, spent the morning visiting a few Toluca Lake Chamber Members. It was a great opportunity for our members to personally ask questions and raise concerns about State Government, and how it affects their business. Assemblymember Nazarian fielded questions and listened intently. It was a productive session. We are hoping to have another round soon, so if you are interested in participating, please let us know! info@TolucaLakeChamber.com
The 2013 Annual Holiday Open House has come and gone, and once again has attracted thousands of visitors into the Village. The Merchants, shop owners and restaurants graciously opened their doors with a Holiday flair. Once again making their way up and down Riverside Drive was the ever popular Bag Pipe band, along with Strolling Carolers, and an open air van filled with even more Carolers from The Lawrence School and Walter Reed Middle School. Also performing was the drill team from Toluca Lake Elementary School and the Hollywood High School Marching Band. A special thanks to the Continue reading