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Romero Canyon not an ideal site

Posted: July 13, 2010 10:02 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

After the full-page ad in the July 4 edition of The Signal stating how “ideal” the Romero Canyon high school site will be, let’s have a reality check.

I live in Romero Canyon and have for 11 years. The William S. Hart Union High School District is trying to put a high school on a piece of undeveloped property with only one way in and one way out. My concerns are for the safety of our children.

The location has the highest fire-hazard severity rating there is. The developer has not disclosed that it will be difficult, at best, to access your children when Interstate 5 closes due to a fire. Who of you living in Castaic don’t cringe when you hear I-5 is closed due to a fire under Santa Ana wind conditions? Instantly, our side streets become gridlocked with heavy traffic.

Now along with residents, we will have an additional 2,600 students and staff located way back in Romero Canyon with only one way in and one way out. The fire is moving quickly. Oh yes, there is an unimproved private road on which I live that leads to Hasley Canyon, another winding canyon road with crosses and memorials representing recent traffic deaths.

How about the two hours it took my wife-to-be to get out of Romero Canyon through Hasley when the October 2007 fire burned through?

Next time, we may not be so lucky. Putting a high school with 2,600 students, teachers and staff way back in a canyon that is completely undeveloped cannot be an ideal location.

Please take the time to drive up to the proposed Romero Canyon site, look around and then ask yourself why a high school belongs here.

Maybe this is why 114 acres have only been approved for 37 homes — not 2,600 students.

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