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MRF committee

Posted: June 14, 2009 10:41 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I was distressed to read that Lynne Plambeck was not appointed to the MRF committee ("City asks Sierra Club for another nominee," The Signal, June 9).

I am sad because Sierra Club is allowing the city of Santa Clarita to exclude her because of false allegations and angry that the city is vilifying and excluding one of this communities strongest and most courageous voices for our citizens and the environment.
Lynne Plambeck has never personally sued the city.

Both SCOPE and the Sierra Club have sued the city over water issues. Sierra Club also has opposed the Gates King MRF because of the environmental impact it would have by cutting down 700 oaks and disrupting a wildlife corridor. We belong to Sierra Club because it has always been committed to protecting wild life and the environment.

Lynne Plambeck deserves an apology because she never brought suit individually.

The suits in question have been brought by SCOPE which has several hundred members. Sierra Club and SCOPE have had to bring these suits because the developers have not followed the law and the only recourse citizens have is to file public interest litigation.

Citizens like Plambeck care enough about our community to insist the city not be manipulated by rich developers who wine and dine our officials so they can turn this community into Van Nuys.

The city obviously wants Yes Men on this MRF committee and is failing to appoint someone who knows recycling issues, is a state-wide environmental leader and is willing to work toward win-win compromises.

We do have serious environmental problems in this valley. Water issues are dire. Where is the city about opposing Newhall Ranch?
I think it is very ill-advised that Sierra Club not insist that Plambeck represent the Sierra Club on this committee.

She has always represented us with courage, commitment and integrity. By bowing to City Hall, the Sierra Club becomes a rubber stamp and not the champion I seek when it comes to protecting the community's environmental interests.

I am very sad the Sierra Club is allowing the city to choose who represents us and I am very disappointed in the city not to see that we need a diversity of opinion and the wealth of knowledge Plambeck could bring to this committee.

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