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Kudos in Canyon Country

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Posted: April 15, 2008 4:55 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Once a year, I write an op-ed piece about the area of Canyon Country. Specifically, I provide a "to-do" list, and I applaud the city for making improvements and taking action.

For example, the city is finally preparing to install restrooms at the Via Princessa Metrolink station. I will be preparing my third annual essay in a couple of months. You are probably wondering why I am writing this essay.

Well, if you have ever attended a Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting, from time to time they hand out a Canyon Country "Kudos" to people who strive to make Canyon Country a better community. In addition, the person being honored is given a certificate (suitable for framing) and a "Kudos" snack bar.

Following the tradition established by the advisory committee, I am writing to give Kudos to the following people who have demonstrated a commitment to making Canyon Country and the eastern part of Santa Clarita a better community.

Since 2006, I have advocated for the placement of a bus bench and shade cover for the bus stop located at the southeast corner of Sierra Highway and Cordova Estates. I am happy to report that city Transit Manager Jeff O'Keefe and the city transit division deserve a big Kudos for moving the bus stop to the northern part of the intersection and providing a much-needed bus bench.

I can't tell you on how many occasions I have seen mothers holding a child in one arm and a stroller or other items in the other arm while waiting for the bus. In addition, during the morning commute you can easily see 15 to 20 people waiting for the bus.

Know if we can only get a cover to provide shade for the new bus bench?

Kudos need to be given to Canyon Country Advisory Committee Chairman Al Ferdman, and to stop-the-dump organizers Joe Thompson and Bob Meza, who worked tirelessly to inform and organize the community regarding the proposed Material Recovery Facility that Burrtec wants to locate in a
residential area in the Canyon Country-Newhall area.

To sum up, the MRF would be located within 1,000 feet of residential homes and would put in excess of an additional 800 vehicle trips a day on Sierra Highway and surrounding areas six days a week.

This would destroy the quality of life that most of us sought by moving to Santa Clarita. There are other, more suitable locations for the MRF, such as the ones offered by Ferdman, who proposed locating the MRF near or next to either the Chiquita Canyon Landfill or the landfill located in the Antelope Valley area.

I have to give a special Kudos to the many residents and community leaders who live in the Canyon Country area and residents of the Friendly Valley community who showed up in battalion strength at the previous two City Council meeting to voice their opposition to the proposed MRF location. In
addition, several of the speakers reminded the City Council that they vote!

I could not attend the meeting, but I did submit written opposition to the MRF.

Lastly, I want to thank Mayor Bob Kellar for getting the city manager to sit down with Burrtec, in the hopes that Burrtec will finally withdrawal its application for the proposed MRF.

Michael Cruz is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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