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Realtors review topics affecting residents

Posted: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Realtors gathered last week to ask federal, state, county and local officials and a transportation consultant, to review a number of issues affecting local residents and the community, said a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley

Division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

With more than 120 Realtors in attendance April 15, President Nancy Starczyk noted the benefits to residents and businesses when varying agencies and officials are working together.

Creating local jobs and doing whatever necessary to keep film production in California, especially in the SCV, was cited as priorities by Senator Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley and Assemblyman Scott T. Wilk, Sr., R-Santa Clarita, the realty association reported.

Both lawmakers are coauthoring a measure that would extend film credits before they expire later this year.

An extension “helps this Valley extremely. We must get it extended,” Knight said. Wilk noted that of 23 one-hour dramas produced recently only two were completed in Los Angeles.

“We can’t have the film industry flee to Louisiana or Michigan,” Wilk said.

Calling them a “big drag on business,” Wilk also said that he was confident that Workers Compensation rules will be reformed later this year. He also expressed frustration that not enough is being done to grow the economy, the realty group reported.

On a county level, a multitude of projects were coordinated with county and city officials pertaining to quality of life in the north county, which David Perry, field deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, called “the last bastion of development in the County of Los Angeles” that will see 20,000 to 30,000 homes constructed over the next decade.

And a new eGovernment system that will condense building and other permit applications process from a four-stop to a no-stop or one-stop, and operate primarily on-line, was approved, according Perry.

Perry also pointed out last year’s ground breaking for Castaic High school; expanding the animal care shelter; approval of Disney’s Golden Oaks Ranch, which will have an impact in excess of $522 million; an agreement to purchase Castaic Library, which the county had been leasing; widening Highway 126 along with on- and off-ramps; and renovations in Old Town Newhall – all projects the County and Antonovich was actively involved in.

Other topics discussed with the Realtors involved national security and international issues as presented by U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. The state’s water drought impact on the SCV and options for homeowners were also discussed.



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