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Santa Clarita or Whittier? Sanitation district meetings held where requested, officials say

Posted: June 27, 2013 6:46 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Of the 23 districts under the umbrella of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, only those in Palmdale and Lancaster meet regularly on their home turf.

While Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District holds rate-related meetings in the valley, it usually conducts its routine business at the districts’ central office in Whittier.

So how did Pamdale and Lancaster residents avoid driving 50 miles to address sewage-related business?
“You tell them you want them to come here,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said Thursday.

It’s as simple as that.

Since May, a delegation of comment-gathering Santa Clarita Valley sanitation officials has been making the trek from Whittier to hold hearings locally to ask residents which plan they should pursue to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River.

One of the comments they heard repeatedly was: Why are the sanitation board meetings in Whittier and not in Santa Clarita?

The commenters were referring to regularly scheduled meetings of the sanitation board, which deals with a wide range of sewage issues.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar said valley residents are well served by the sanitation district as it currently operates.

“It’s a good working relationship,” he said, defending trips made to Whittier by himself and fellow council member Laurene Weste, who with Supervisor Michael Antonovich make up the local sanitation district board.

“They have demonstrated a lot of willingness to come up here on the issue of chloride,” he said of sanitation district workers.

The location of the meetings is at the discretion of the board, said Sanitation District spokesman Basil Hewitt, who participated in many of the recent public comment sessions held locally on the issue of chloride.

“Historically, the meetings have been in Whittier jointly with other sanitation districts for routine matters,” he said.

“Significant matters of local interest, e.g. public hearings on rates, are held in the community,” he said.
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