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Keep development on SCV's west side

Posted: June 8, 2008 2:24 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.
I have been a resident of this valley for more than 32 years. We tried to develop the Rivendale/Towsley Canyon at that time, but regional planning - through the county - was less than eager to approve the development as the creek that runs through the canyon drains in excess of 4,000 acres.

We were there during an El Nino when the water that rushed through the creek was so strong that it carried heavy large boulders, storm drain pipes and other debris and deposited it on the flood plain - the Smiser Mule property.
Another time the water knocked down the wall between the Smiser Mule property and the trailer park. Even without an El Nino, Wiley Canyon floods as it runs along the Smiser property.
Aside from the water problem, the only commercial development on the east side of the freeway, as it runs through the Santa Clarita Valley, is at Lyons.

We should keep the commerical development on the west side of the freeway as it is now. Let the Monteverde land rapers develop the Patty Mack property on the west side of the freeway if they have to!

Our city manager has too much power and because he is not an elected official he is not concerned about the will of the people. It is time that money bow to the needs of the environment and the needs of the citizens of our valley.

Those of us who moved here from the San Fernando Valley did so to get away from the congestion and to enjoy a rural atmosphere. When I moved out here, it took me 15 minutes to get to work. Five years agon when I retired, it took me 30-45 minutes to get to work traveling the same distance Calgrove to Nordhoff.


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