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Posted: June 12, 2010 10:50 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In response to the recent rhetoric regarding "environmental terrorism": OK, I get what City Councilman Frank Ferry ("Ferry: Stop ‘developmental terrorism,'" June 1) is trying to say, although I might have used the term "developmental obstructionists," because there are indeed vocal individuals in our valley who attempt to oppose any new development for any reason in Santa Clarita.

These individuals try to use any means to block any new building or development here, large or small. Of course, we should all be allowed to provide input on these issues and advocate for our neighborhoods, but no one benefits when obstructionist tactics are utilized.

I might call a developmental obstructionist someone who would dictate the size house that we can live in, as Lynne Plambeck indicated in The Signal's opinion section some years back (Just how big should our houses be, Lynne, and who should make this decision? Would you support legislation limiting the size houses we build in Santa Clarita? I bet you would.)

I believe, Lynne, you haven't been elected to the City Council because of your (and SCOPE's) radical agenda, and not because you haven't received a developer's funds.

I believe, and I think most of the City Council members agree, we need smart growth to prevent a stagnant economy which would result in the deterioration of our neighborhoods but we also need to prevent unrestrained development.

I also believe that we can, and should, advocate our opposition to specific projects and let the merit of each project stand on its own terms without rhetoric or obstructionism within the city's established planning process.

I also believe that our council members, on the whole, do a fine job of listening to all sides of an argument before coming to a decision.


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