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Frank Ferry: Responding to the ‘terrorists’

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Posted: June 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

In a recent column in The Signal ("Ramping up the rogue rhetoric," June 3), Lynne Plambeck once again penned a series of mis-statements and outright lies about my views and intent with regard to my opinions about "developmental terrorism."

To set the record straight, I welcome any and all residents of our community - homeowner association members, business leaders, environmentalists, activists and the like - to speak to the City Council on any topic of their choosing. It is absolutely their right. What I don't welcome are those "developmental terrorists" who choose to deliberately mis-state facts and disseminate misinformation, even after they've been given correct information - all in the name of forwarding a political agenda that has more to do with shutting down any and all development and promoting candidates than it does with protecting our community.

I take exception to these self-serving antagonists who regularly circumvent the public process by circulating photocopied scripts and anonymous e-mail and letters for lackeys to read at public meetings.

Rather than working together, these developmental terrorists aim to kill projects before the City Council or the Planning Commission even get a chance to provide a review or comment.

Ironically, Plambeck cites examples in her column that clearly represent how well our public process actually works. Residents who engage in what is happening in their neighborhoods in Santa Clarita truly can and do make a difference, and it is heartening to hear from them.

Time and again, I've been a part of the public process that has included our residents and business communities working together to improve this community.

But the fact of the matter is that if Plambeck had her way, we wouldn't have new schools; we wouldn't be getting an expanded hospital; we wouldn't have the mall; we wouldn't have the cross-valley connector, the sports complex, aquatic center, the skate park or new parks; local jobs; or any other amenities our community tells its elected representatives that it wants.

City councilmembers, as elected leaders of this community, are compelled to protect a process that allows everyone to speak and be heard, and that includes property owners and developers.

By circumventing the public process, these local haters are actually violating the very rights and freedoms they claim to support.

I would like to cordially welcome residents to attend City Council meetings and offer your thoughts and ideas to your locally elected representatives.

We genuinely want to hear from people who live and work in Santa Clarita and care about the future of this community. Join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. As always, you can reach me at

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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