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Options report not widely released

Comparison report intended to help westside residents make governance decision

Posted: July 17, 2009 10:14 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 8:30 a.m.
A much-delayed report commissioned by the city of Santa Clarita to help westside unincorporated communities decide their future form of government has been released in draft form to a select group of Santa Clarita Valley residents, but it's only half completed.

The draft report examines the prospect of annexing to the city of Santa Clarita, but the section of the report that was to compare all three options remained incomplete.

The annexation-options comparison report was intended to help residents of Stevenson Ranch, West Ridge and Castaic make an informed decision prior to a November nonbinding vote on governing options.

Their choices are: incorporate into a separate city, annex to the city of Santa Clarita or remain unincorporated county residents.

The city of Santa Clarita received a draft of the annexation fiscal analysis for the westside incorporated communities earlier this month and redistributed the document to members of the joint committee on governance, which includes members of the Castaic Area and West Ranch town councils and county officials.

However, the draft report was not more widely released.

Rosalind Wayman, field representative to Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Michael Anotonovich, said the report won't be release until the consultant delivers all the information in the report.

"There is one more piece of the report that has not been received," she said.

Wayman explained that the draft lacked an options comparison, which would contrast the fiscal impacts of incorporation, annexation or remaining in the county's unincorporated area.

City officials told The Signal that the draft wouldn't be released until it is polished.

"The report will be completed by the end of the month," Wayman said.

The study has been delayed repeatedly. Residents of both Castaic and West Ranch, who attended public meeting on governance options, openly questioned how anyone can make a decision on governing the westside without the options comparison.

The Signal's initial request for a copy of the annexation analysis was denied by the county and the city. A copy was sent to The Signal by the city after the newspaper made a public records request.


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