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CCAC highlights Sept. issues

Posted: August 31, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 12:00 p.m.
 
The Open Space Financial Accountability and Audit Panel will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Main Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

At this meeting members of the FAAP will meet with the City Independent Auditor. The meeting is open to the public.

The Planning Commission Meeting will follow on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to discuss the Route 66 special event approval and Happy Valley special standards district.

Route 66 special events have included summer weekly Bike Nights and Car Shows since 2003. The city of Santa Clarita is now proposing to add conditions for these events far in excess of what is required at any other like events. This will put an undo burden on Route 66 and possibly end these events.

Those who support Route 66 and believe in fair play should attend the Planning Commission meeting and let the city know that requirements for events around the city should be consistent and realistic.

Route 66 should not be required to do any more, or less, than that.

The Happy Valley special standards district is an example of city sponsored favoritism.

If Happy Valley residents are allowed to modify city requirements and set their own standards then why not areas of Canyon Country? This process should be watched very carefully. If it works for them, it should work for Canyon Country residents also.

The Landscape Maintenance district public hearing will be conducted during the regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Those who wish to share your views or concerns with the council will be allowed to speak, or submit written comments, at that time.

The proposed water rate increase public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Castaic Lake Water Rio Vista Treatment Plant located at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road.

If adopted the water rates will increase, based on SCWD's "anticipated increase" in their costs. New rates are being proposed for 2010, 11 and 12. These increases will amount to between 20 and 35% dependent on how much water is used.

One question that should be asked is: will there will be an accounting of where these increases are spent and do they intend to return the excess in the event that they are wrong?

It is still not to late to send in a protest of these rates. Written protests must be submitted at, or before, the public hearing. If submitted in advance, which is recommend, they must be US mailed to the Santa Clarita Water Division, PO Box 903, Santa Clarita California 91380-9003.

To be counted the written protests; (1) must be an "original" signed by the owner or record owner of the property receiving water service, (2) They must include the property address, (3) include the phrase "SCWD Water Rate Increase" and (4) clearly state that the rate increase is being protested.

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