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Keep funding CCAC

Posted: August 2, 2010 9:13 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

I just wanted to drop a quick note adding my voice to the growing chorus of citizens who are speaking out against the proposal by the city to end funding for the Canyon Country Advisory Committee. As an east-side resident, I have a personal stake in the continued existence of the CCAC, but my desire to see this group remain viable goes far beyond geographical concerns.

The CCAC has been a catalyst for discussion on a wide range of topics since its inception. Many of these issues have pitted Canyon Country residents against the city and likewise. It is through the CCAC that information important to Canyon Country residents has been disseminated. One of the most recent examples of this advocacy is occurring as we speak and affects all Santa Clarita residents.

As the chloride/Sanitation District rate increase issue has made its way into dinner-table conversations all around the Santa Clarita Valley, the CCAC has been the disseminator of information and a repository for alternatives that have now caused the Sanitation District to put off a politically unpopular a vote in support of rate increases to fund the design and environmental process of a single-use, reverse-osmosis facility to remove a tiny portion of chloride from our reprocessed sewage water.

I realize that the times call for a reduction in city expenses, but is the CCAC being asked to shoulder a greater burden than other similar city-funded endeavors?

One might compare the service that the CCAC offers to that of another group I am involved with. The Newhall Redevelopment Committee is also a city-supported “advisory group” delivering a benefit to residents. If that group is allowed to continue its important work in the community, so should the CCAC.

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