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Residents comment on city’s future growth

Posted: March 21, 2012 1:14 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2012 1:14 p.m.
 


A public hearing this week on the potential future of Santa Clarita's growth drew just three residents - and only two of them addressed staff from the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission.

Linda Storli, a resident of Tesoro del Valle in Saugus, echoed the reprise of Santa Clarita Valley residents since before the city was founded: local government should have local control, not a government seat in Los Angeles.

"I'll be dead in 20 years, and I would like to be annexed before I die," said the longtime activist for Tesoro annexation.

The Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission, a state agency and independent body overseen by a nine-member commission, is processing an application by the city of Santa Clarita to expand its sphere of influence by about nine square miles.

Spheres of influence are areas outside a municipal government's boundaries where that government is expected to expand.

Santa Clarita has applied to annex seven areas outside the city boundaries, and all must be included in its sphere of influence before the annexations can proceed.

Storli said she moved to Tesoro in 2004 and has been lobbying to win annexation to Santa Clarita since then.
Like many large developments in the Santa Clarita Valley, Tesoro was built on property outside the city limits under county development guidelines, which can be more lenient than those of the city.

At a public hearing Tuesday night conducted by LAFCO staff, Storli said it is important that residents already living in homes have a say in their local government.

She added that most people who live in the county but not in the city have no idea that they're not in the city of Santa Clarita.

"As a government teacher, this is appalling, but most people don't know they're not in the city," Storli said.

LAFCO staff will be taking recommendations from the public during its next meeting on April 11, when the commission is expected to vote on both the sphere of influence and some of the proposed annexations.

Comments on the sphere of influence plan are due no later than March 28. Comments can be e-mailed to pnovak@lalafco.org.

 

 

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