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City backs protecting proposed landfill site

Bill would allow Elsmere Canyon to join conservancy.

Posted: March 27, 2008 12:37 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.
The Santa Clarita City Council this week stated its support of a state Senate bill that would allow property in Elsmere Canyon to be included within the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor.

A 1999 law had prohibited Elsmere Canyon from becoming part of the corridor because it had been identified as a possible site for a landfill. Much of the canyon has since been dedicated as open space.
Senate Bill 1180, introduced this year by Sen. George Runner, would authorize the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to revise the trail corridor boundaries at the request of Elsmere Canyon property owners.

"It means a lot because having that designation emphasizes the importance of the wildlife corridor and our green belt around the city," Councilwoman Marsha McLean said Wednesday.

The council also stated its support of a state proposition that restricts government's use of eminent domain, the taking of private property for public use.

Proposition 99 - also known as the Homeowners Protection Act - would prohibit governments from taking an owner-occupied home for the benefit of a private party.

"The narrow focus of Proposition 99 addresses the core concerns of eminent domain law while protecting this 'tool of last resort' for public agencies in addressing public needs issues," a city staff report read.

The council agreed to oppose Proposition 98, which also restricts government's eminent domain authority, but includes provisions that go beyond eminent domain issues and could limit public/private partnerships, according to the staff report.


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