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City to host last annex meeting

Tonight is ‘last chance to get clarity on advisory vote for Nov. 3,’ official says

Posted: October 7, 2009 10:46 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Residents have one more opportunity to hear all the information on the options for governing the westside unincorporated communities at tonight's public forum at Santa Clarita City Hall.

"It's the last chance to get clarity on the advisory vote for Nov. 3," West Ranch Town Councilman Dave Bossert said. Bossert is the founder of the West Ranch Beacon Web site, which is a co-sponsor of the public forum.

Tonight at City Hall, all three studies on governing the westside unincorporated areas and the people who published those studies will be on hand.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission, the publishers of all three reports on governance options, the West Ranch and Castaic town councils and the Tesoro Homeowners' Association will attend tonight's meeting.

In November, residents in the westside unincorporated areas of Tesoro, Stevenson Ranch, West Ridge, Castaic, Val Verde and Sunset Pointe will be asked to cast a non-binding advisory vote on what form of government they prefer for the area's future.

The options in front of voters will be to either form their own city, join the city of Santa Clarita or remain an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

Tonight's meeting is the fifth meeting to inform the public about the options for the future of governing the westside unincorporated area.

Two meetings were held last June to present the initial feasibility study on incorporation. The study analyzed the fiscal impact of forming a city from the areas on the westside unincorporated areas.

Similar meetings on the fiscal impact of annexation of the westside unincorporated area along with a presentation of the options comparison report, which compared all the option for future governing of the area, were presented in September.

Like those meetings, tonight's meeting is designed to distribute information to help the public, Bossert said.

"It's not a public debate," he said. "It's educational."

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.

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