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Plambeck does not belong on MRF committee

Posted: June 15, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I must forcefully disagree with Cam Noltemeyer's piece from June 10, 2009 (‘Plambeck belongs on the MRF committee,' The Signal).

The city of Santa Clarita was justified and proper in its decision not to seat Plambeck on the committee that will eventually decide the fate and location of a new recycling sorting facility in the city of Santa Clarita.

The merits of whether or not this facility should or should not be located in Santa Clarita are a discussion that the now-seated board will most certainly make a part of its discussions and debates.

Lynn Plambeck is unsuitable for this debate due to her participation in what many in the construction industry call Greenmail - requiring ridiculous and often redundant mitigation or special labor deals in exchange for dropping a lawsuit.

Most of these environmental lawsuits do nothing more than line the pockets of environmental groups at the expense of the taxpayer.

Worse yet, Greenmail is often used by groups like California Unions for Reliable Energy to force public works officials to sign union-only Project Labor Agreements to bar non-union contractors and their employees from high-profile energy projects.

The city of Santa Clarita sent a clear message to the Sierra Club and others when it refused her a seat: Those who seek to sue against progress and improvement do not have a legitimate seat at the table of the debate.

Right on!

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