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I'm not the terrorist, Ferry

Posted: June 6, 2010 7:54 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.

This is my opinion regarding the front-page article ("Ferry: Stop ‘developmental terrorism,'" June 1) quoting Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry about what he describes as "developmental terrorism."

Councilman Ferry, my disagreeing with you does not make me a terrorist. However, your attitude, position and statement could mean your use of fear as a tactic might qualify you as a "terrorist."

The real, if any, terrorism is the fear people of Santa Clarita have that the City Council will once again sell out the public through misrepresentation of fact regarding any new development projects by the primary developers involved in our city.

One primary interest our erstwhile City Council has seems to be to raise tax revenue. To this regard it seems the council's motto is "anything goes if it brings in tax revenue." Consideration for the affected neighborhood and its people is secondary to the increase in the potential tax revenue generated.

One good example is the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital expansion, which does not seem to include any assured significant benefit for patients or the neighborhood, but provides extensive benefit to the realty company that will build parking garage and medical office buildings.

There is no assurance that any actual patient-oriented part of the hospital will be expanded, enlarged or added to.

In addition, we get center-island beautification programs, which are very nice but do nothing for the lack of beauty on either side of the roadway, and that makes the project aesthetically useless and cost-prohibitive.

The council, on the other hand, hides behind its open-space plan as the way to protect the city population. All of the open space areas seem to be either not practical to develop or in areas of wilderness.

I realize that we just concluded an election, and the incumbents were not voted out, which I think was a mistake. But it is not too late for the City Council members to do the right thing and resign.


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