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CCAC not just about Canyon Country

Posted: July 22, 2008 1:03 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Canyon Country Advisory Committee is a group of concerned citizens who meet monthly to discuss and take action on issues affecting Santa Clarita.

Although named the "Canyon Country Advisory Committee," we are a very inclusive group and have never refused to admit any person or listen to any issue related to the Santa Clarita Valley. Many of our members live beyond the boundaries of Canyon Country and we welcome them without reservation.

Yet even as we make every effort to be responsive to our community, it is important to realize that no person or organization is perfect. As the CCAC chairman, I believe that it is my responsibility to strive for continuous improvement in all our actions.

So after reading Ms. Morgan's impressions (Letter to the editor, Thursday, July 17), and speaking to her one on one, I decided it was time to take stock of what the CCAC had accomplished over the past year.

To do that, I compiled a list of issues on the agenda during the last 12 months.

Here's what I found: We had received presentations by city staff on billboard removal, proactive code enforcement in Canyon Country including the kickoff "block party," a proposed East Side River Water Reintroduction Project, bus bench replacement and upgrade, side panels and medians around the city, and proposed development on the east side of the city from both city and county staff.

Reports were also provided by other organizations relating to the new COC Canyon Country Campus and Vista Canyon Ranch Project.

As a group, the CCAC hosted two Meet the City Council Candidate sessions, along with a City Council Candidate debate, and we participated in the River Rally.

Other agenda items included Castaic annexation issues, crime in Canyon Country, traffic on Canvas and Benz Roads, Henry Mayo Campus Expansion, the proposed Material Recovery Facility and Transfer Station, The Avenue at Santa Clarita (Smiser Mule Ranch) project, recognition for TimBen Boydston, the Mrs. Kravitz club (security systems for your home), Santa Clarita Code of Ethics, Activities Center groundbreaking, City Activist's Meeting reports, Canyon Country Community Center report, One Valley, One Vision open space and land use elements, 2008 proposed ordinance changes, Henry Mayo TCU closure, Santa Clarita Neighborhood Coalition, a new ordinance proposed by the CCAC, and Canyon Country kudos.

So if these issues seem to be of a nature that pique your interest and you want to become part of shaping the future of Santa Clarita, I offer this personal invitation to join us at our next meeting.

The Canyon Country Advisory Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the George A. Caravalho Activity Center banquet room, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita.
I will be looking forward to meeting you.

Together we can make a difference.


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