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News from Canyon Country Advisory Committee

Posted: August 23, 2010 12:12 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2010 4:35 p.m.

Starting Sept. 15, CCAC monthly meetings will move to the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, Family Center 2173, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country 91351.

Tomorrow at the Tuesday, Aug. 24 Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, our City Council Members will be discussing taking over Library Operations from the County. This is an important issue and we need to make our voices heard.

At last Wednesday's Canyon Country Advisory Committee, Darren Hernandez presented information on the proposed Santa Clarita City takeover of our library services from the County. This issue will be discussed, and possibly decided, at tomorrow's City Council Meeting after the Public Hearing for agenda item 15.

The short story goes like this. City Staff is claiming; "Under City Operation, the City could significantly enhance public library services for the City of Santa Clarita" at a lower cost. But when Mr. Hernandez was asked the question; "Will the city commit to providing, at a minimum, the same level of services, at no increase in cost, to all library users from both within the city and unincorporated county?" he did not answer in the affirmative.

Instead, Mr. Hernandez told us the current plan is; after the decision to takeover library services is made, City Staff will poll City residents to find out what services the community thought were important and ensure those services would be provided.

Now I ask you, how could the City Staff know they can provide enhanced library services at a lower cost if they have not yet determined what services will be provided? It is a safe assumption that under the City's plan the service mix will be different than those currently provided by the County.

Until the city can provide an exacting list of library services currently provided by the County and match them to the list of services the City intends to provide, we are just being feed a very disingenuous "smoke and mirrors" presentation.

I believe that we all want what is best for the Santa Clarita Valley. I urge you to go to this Tuesday's City Council Meeting and speak on agenda item 15. Demand the council, not rush to judgment. Let's take the time to have staff prepare a detailed accurate plan. Then, give the County time to evaluate the City's proposal and respond.

Only then, will our City Council Members be able to make an honest informed decision that will be in all of our best interest. Otherwise, we will just end up with whatever City Staff decides to provide.

The next City Council Meeting will be held this Tuesday August 24 at City Hall in the City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita, 91355, starting at 6 p.m.

A day we must never forget:
On Saturday September 11, 2010, honor the lives lost on 9-11-01, and pay tribute to the first responders. Support the brave men and women of our United States Armed Forces. Starting at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park, 24275 Walnut Street, Santa Clarita, there will be a reading of the names flag ceremony.

Then at 24527 Spruce Street, Newhall there will be a luncheon immediately following the memorial to benefit the Iraq Star Foundation. Suggest donation for lunch is $5, please RSVP by e-mailing or calling (818) 634 5854.


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