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City shouldn't defend its unfair positions

Posted: November 6, 2009 7:38 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Regarding "City defends English forms," The Signal, Nov. 1:

It seems to me that the plan to revitalize downtown Newhall is attempting to pound the final nail in the coffin of many small businesses. By not providing the grant request forms in Spanish, the city is essentially guaranteeing that the businesses most in need of grant money will not have the information needed to apply.

Maybe the reason the city has not received requests for a Spanish version is because the letters announcing the program were only distributed in English.

The fact that any businesses in the area still exist is a miracle since the revitalization project began.

We had back-in angled parking - a disaster. The street name was changed from San Fernando Road to Main Street, causing a huge expense to business owners. Access to downtown coming south from K-Mart was blocked, causing motorists to detour the business area and either drive on Railroad Avenue or through a residential neighborhood, increasing traffic passing the elementary school.

Somewhere along the way, Newhall Hardware had to close, forced out by the city's revitalization plan. Next, Main Street was closed for construction for several months (I think a pipeline was being installed) making it almost impossible to reach any of the establishments.

The city should stop trying to defend its unfair position and remedy the situation by printing and distributing the forms in Spanish.


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