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Letter: Local tennis-court issue shows City Council flaws

Posted: August 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In response to “Sad in Happy Valley,” Aug. 13:

This story was very well-written. A bit more attention directed at the city would have been in order.

As one of many residents who are directly impacted by these tennis courts, I find many of the online comments offensive and disappointing. In reading the comments, it’s very easy to see who is and who is not impacted by these tennis courts.

I find that the personal attacks on David Schwartz and his family (children and grandparents) completely offensive and uncalled for. Perhaps it would be in order for those individuals to re-post an apology.

I would have hoped that the energy would have been directed at the city for not having enough foresight to know that an entire neighborhood would be impacted by this project.

As for the city of Santa Clarita and its elected officials, there are two ways of voting: at the polls and with our feet. Some of us are too well-grounded in our community to vote with our feet and leave.

The city of Santa Clarita has demonstrated over and over as to who and how things get done in Santa Clarita. City Council meetings are designed to shut out the public. When ludicrous projects or events have the city’s blessings, the citizens of Santa Clarita do ask that proverbial question, “Gee, I wonder who got paid off on that one.” These tennis courts are no different.

Is this the face that elected officials want to put on the city?

We have lived in Santa Clarita since 1966. We love this town.

As for David Schwartz, if the city told him this was within code parameters, then he acted on information he had. On the other hand, David also should have had enough foresight to see that constructing tennis courts five feet from all his neighbors would create such an outrage. Concern for property values, noise and lighting should have been some items to take into consideration.

I realize that it’s his property, and he can build whatever he wants. Having said that, the property is large enough to where the tennis courts could have been placed closer to the front of the property.

I am confident that if David would have practiced a little more concern and care for his fellow neighbors, we would not be where we are at today. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

In closing, I am sorry for David and his family that such ugly and offensive comments were directed at them.


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