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Development threatens our quality of life

Posted: July 6, 2008 1:33 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
It's apparent that our City Council has heard enough from the public whom it represents.

Since the founding of Santa Clarita in 1987, we have had a great opportunity to address and petition our city government during the public participation portion at our City Council meetings.

Over the last two years, several issues - like the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital expansion, the proposed materials-recovery facility, traffic on Benz Road and the Smiser Mule Ranch development - have driven hundreds of residents into City Hall to express their rightful concerns over projects that will change the face of our neighborhoods and communities for the worst.

Our city's decision-making process has been compromised by a manager and council who feel it's better to entertain massive developments, including high-density urban projects that will do nothing more then snuff out our neighborhoods and fill our weak transportation infrastructure with cars and frustrated motorists.

We have neighborhoods with serious traffic cross-through issues that are causing real safety hazards that aren't being dealt with by our council.

The word "shenanigans" comes to mind when I see big developers with targets everywhere around town with nothing more then dollar signs in their eyes.

What about the existing established residents who are subjected to this so-called progress that doesn't enhance their current quality of life?

Who wants to hear these rightful concerns by residents who own homes and raise their families here, when doing so would mean council members have to stand up against their huge financial contributors, the developers?

Changes are being made that will remove our status as a nice little town to a big, dense, urban jungle.
We have a titled and established "One Valley, One Vision" plan for Santa Clarita, and I would submit to you that a vision has to include, in large part, the public's view for the future of our city, or it is NOT a true vision at all. It's the vision of one.

All these citizen groups are aligning, not to be obstructionists, but to let our officials know that things have gone too far and our "One Valley, One Vision" isn't the unified vision they think it is.

We need to start fixing problems and listening to our citizens, not brushing them off when they come to council meetings with their issues.

That's our challenge to the council: Step up, make decisions and fix problems!


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