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Nothing positive about it

Posted: September 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Regarding "Castaic High faces high hurdles," (Aug. 23): My family and I have been residents here in this valley since the 1960s. It has always been a valley of horse people and outdoor people. In the 1980s, it became a popular place for people to move to. With population growth, we needed more schools.

One problem: We built a lot of homes before the schools were built. When the schools were built, they were already too crowded. There is nothing we can do about that now, yet we still face the same problem of not enough schools - specifically, a Castaic high school.

In regards to a Castaic high school, those involved need to get their facts straight and tell the truth.

At a board meeting, the speckled toad was brought up about only living at the Hasley and Sloan Canyon location, and not Romero Canyon. The wash starts at the proposed Romero location - yes or no? So if the frog is at one, it probably is at both locations. This was only speculation information being past on to the community from supporters of the Romero Canyon location. Fact or fiction?

The 23-year resident, Beth Henderson, states 99.9 percent of Castaic residents support the Romero location. How did she come up with these numbers? I can tell you that in talking with my neighbors and other people, they are not in favor of this decision.

The decision for Romero Canyon is strictly based on the developers that own the land adjacent from the proposed high school property, and not the best interest of the children who would be attending the school. One way in and one way out in a fire-zone area is a safety hazard. It's a high-traffic area of new drivers, an area already known for landslides during adverse weather conditions and finally, there would be a negative impact on the wildlife and environment. This location is so rural for a high school there is nothing positive I can say about it.

In conclusion, both locations have specific issues. A more reasonable location: flat, accessible and safe land, off Highway 126. Bridges, roads, signals and open space are already there, along with the lower cost of building a Castaic high school.

In speaking with residents, it is concluded we will probably not see a high school in Castaic.

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