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Why shut down Soundsations?

Posted: March 15, 2010 6:10 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Regarding "Sounding off: Owner of car-stereo shop in Newhall says he is being forced out" (The Signal, March 12):

Twenty-two years in the same location doing the same thing. Eighteen months to basically get out, and Santa Clarita officials say "they have been more than accommodating and the situation was no surprise."

All in the name of redevelopment.

Soundstations owner Danny Mascari has been told he can no longer work on cars outside, and a city law prohibits him from expanding his garage. This catch-22 would only allow him to work within the confines of a single-car garage.

That would be like only allowing a gas station owner to pump gas from a single pump. In both cases the businesses would be short-lived.

In today's turbulent economic times this seems indefensible. To ask a business owner to move or go out of business is bad enough. What about the people who work for him?

If the heart of the matter is working on cars outside, then let the man enclose his existing car ports. If the spirit of the law was to prevent the expansion of car shops in Old Town Newhall, I fail to see the logic.

Would allowing Soundstations to enclose existing car ports really be expanding the business? If he presently works on five cars at a time, one inside and four outside, is working on five cars within an enclosure an expansion?

To expand: to change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one. This hardly seems the case.

Finally, I must ask the question: is Old Town Newhall better off with a vacant business than one which works on cars outside or within an enclosed car port? I guess the answer ultimately will show if there is something else going on here.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.


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