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What about Canyon Country?

Posted: November 23, 2009 2:22 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Priorities are a reality of everyday life. Every person, family or entity, no matter how big or small, faces the dilemma of setting goals and priorities for themselves. Santa Clarita is no exception and this year that activity got even harder.

With a downturn in the economy and the state dipping into the city's expected resources, our city scrutinized its expenditures to stay solvent and push forward only the most important and pressing projects. It was a difficult job and the city has continually reminded us how well it has done.

Normally, when government agencies talk about deciding what issues are most critical to guarantee our future, the discussion centers around how we can most positively impact our youth.

We are often reminded today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, and I certainly believe that to be profoundly true.

I was, therefore, astonished to hear one of the first projects to be shelved was the Canyon Country Community Center. That facility, like its sibling facility in Newhall, would be a place for our youth and young adults to gather, learn and play. In fact, I have often wondered why Newhall was the only quadrant of Santa Clarita to be so endowed.

As the months in 2009 went by, I was also taken back when the city, which you must realize by now is cash-strapped, was able to find $1.6 million to fund a 21-point business plan but could not find sufficient funds to continue the process of finding a location for the Canyon Country Community Center.

What really puts the "icing on the cake" was last Tuesday night's City Council decision to provide $75,000 and possibly match an additional $125,000 to establish a Santa Clarita Economic Development Corp.

Not bad for a private company with no product, business plan or benchmarks. All this for a new private corporation, the goal of which is to attract additional companies to Santa Clarita, when for the past several years city staff has already been assigned that very same task.

So I would like to know who in Santa Clarita's leadership is setting these goals and priorities?

Why do they feel it is more important to support another city boondoggle instead of all Santa Clarita's youth?

Perhaps it is time for some changes in priorities as well as leadership.


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