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Looking for answers at tonight’s City Council meeting

Posted: March 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Tonight is the third and probably last meeting to discuss the electronic billboard issue at Santa Clarita City Hall at 6.p.m. The first two meetings lasted until around midnight with an overwhelming number of attendees (in the hundreds) voicing opposition.

Please attend, as we are the voters, not “terrorists acting like children who are less than normal and unaccepting of change,” as some council members have branded us over such issues as the roundabout and its art, historical preservation, libraries, hospital expansion, tax increases through Landscape Maintenance District extensions and refinancing of City Hall to incur a huge debt — to name a few.

On March 16 The Signal printed the results of its online survey (page 2) asking readers, “Do you think electronic billboards should be allowed along freeways in Santa Clarita?”

The 920 respondents voted 823 opposed, 97 in favor. Yet this has never been highlighted in a story or letter to the editor.

This shows 90 percent opposition and 10 percent in favor — a fact I hope the council members will read before tonight.

Maybe you could call and remind them personally.

Since Mayor Laurene Weste can only view current billboards along the tracks by standing in the street and is nowhere near the site of an electronic billboard, will she be allowed to recuse herself, abstain, or just not attend the meeting?

What kind of mayoral leadership is that? Or has she realized a “yes” vote may prevent her re-election as well as that of Marsha McLean, the other incumbent?

What is the dollar amount of taxpayer money that the City Council wants to give Edwards Outdoor Advertising, which will only remove roughly half the signs? Some of the huge signs belong to CBS. Will they remain, or what will that cost us if they were to agree to removal?

Why a 50 year contract? Why change open space zoning to business zoning to accommodate a sign near Oak Springs on Highway 14 for such an unpopular issue?

As the Signal Editorial Board stated in its March 16 “Our View,” “We don’t see the big rush in the agreement with Metro over billboards that is currently before the city.”

So how will the City Council answer that tonight?



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