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Council asks for cooperation with county for sheriff’s station

Supervisor Antonovich sent letter to city expressing same sentiment

Posted: February 29, 2012 6:19 p.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 6:19 p.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council unanimously agreed this week to send a letter signed by all five council members to the county asking that the two government bodies work together on plans for future law enforcement facilities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Earlier this week, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich sent a letter to the City Council requesting the same thing.

No meeting had yet been scheduled Wednesday, a city official said.

"As you know, public safety is a top priority for me," Antonovich in his letter dated Monday, "and as the county supervisor representing the entire Santa Clarita Valley, I remain committed to working with (the city) on this and other matters of mutual concern."

Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday night to send a letter to Sheriff Lee Baca and all five county supervisors on the issue of a new Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.

Supervisors gave preliminary approval Feb. 14 on a plan shut down the existing SCV Sheriff's Station in Valencia and locate a new, regional sheriff's station in Castaic, outside the city limits. City officials immediately objected.

Antonovich has said he never intended the regional station to be the only one in the Santa Clarita Valley.

City Manager Ken Pulskamp said Tuesday night he wanted the city to work with appropriate Los Angeles County officials to come to an agreement on the future of law enforcement services and facilities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Pulskamp said he wanted four things when the city worked with the county on law enforcement: a comprehensive needs assessment and funding plan; a central station in the city; additional deputies to patrol the unincorporated areas; and the existing Valencia station to be upgraded and modernized.

Antonovich said in his letter that collaborative efforts with the city in the area of law enforcement began about five years ago with a study conducted by MuniFinancial.

"The city of Santa Clarita and the county partnered to undertake a law enforcement facilities impact fee study conducted by MuniFinancial; that study included multiple stations to serve the growing needs of the entire Santa Clarita Valley," Antonovich said.




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