Our resolve and commitment to The Oasis remains unwavering, and so we are beginning negotiations to acquire a site this week. We look forward to working with the community and addressing all of its concerns once we have successfully acquired a site. Mark Steele is president and founder of The Valley Sports Authority, LLC.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system So it took me aback when many members of the neighborhood council complained about our having the “gall” and “audacity” to waste their time by coming to them with only an idea or concept. When was the last time a business reached out to a neighborhood council at the earliest possible stages in the development process of a major potential project? We offered to create a working coalition among the City Council, Zine, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ourselves to select a site and explore developing the best possible Oasis for the community. While it is conceivable that ultimately the public may reject the idea of The Oasis in Woodland Hills, isn’t the idea at least worth exploring? Therefore, we were quite surprised that the neighborhood council chose to reject the mere concept of a new idea. But its 9-to-8 vote hardly represents a mandate. Nor is it representative of the positive feelings of the vast majority of local residents and businesses toward the concept of The Oasis. Based upon exhaustive research, we were able to provide the neighborhood council with the following projected Oasis statistics: 160 events per year, an average of three a week, with an attendance of 6,000, resulting in 2,000 car trips. That would generate $50 million in projected on-site annual taxable revenue, plus $45 million in annual taxable business revenue at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Additionally, The Oasis would provide at least 3,250 parking spaces and create 175 new jobs. The Oasis would also elevate the men’s basketball program at California State University, Northridge, and the university to greater prominence. By playing home games at The Oasis, the CSUN men’s basketball team would generate enough new revenue to eliminate most, if not all, of the $1 million annual budget deficit plaguing CSUN’s athletic department. WITH a population of more than 1.6 million people, the San Fernando Valley is equivalent in size to Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in the country. Phoenix has three major professional sports teams, major college athletic facilities, cultural venues, concert halls and arenas that can host family events such as ice-skating shows. The Valley doesn’t have a single such venue. This is why we’re proposing The Oasis events center, a 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue in Woodland Hills. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of Valley residents want and need such a venue and support our efforts. Why Woodland Hills? Because this area is ideal for several reasons. It has close proximity to two major hotels and shopping malls, upscale restaurants, retail shops, the highly successful Orange Line and the business and corporate offices in the Warner Center. Additionally, this area is close to the communities west of the Valley, such as Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, whose residents would gladly come to the Valley to attend events, patronize its restaurants and shops and spend their recreational dollars. When we began focusing our efforts on several sites in the Woodland Hills area, we immediately contacted Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine’s office. We were informed that we must first take the concept of The Oasis to the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council, and so we did.