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Hospital plan bad for Santa Clarita

Posted: December 18, 2008 6:40 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Hope and change are the buzz words of 2008. Obama's presidency will ultimately be judged on its effectiveness at producing positive results. In the same way the City Council and G&L Realty's hospital expansion plan will be judged.

What Smart Growth SCV, the surrounding communities, the City Council, G&L and Henry Mayo have agreed on is that the expansion does not meet current or future medical needs of the SCV.

Will hospital beds increase or will for-profit medical office space dominate the landscape? Will advanced medical specialists flock to the new massive office buildings or will general practitioners, orthodontists, chiropractors and acupuncturists hang their shingles in the once-quiet community?

The expansion plan's environmental impact report describes the negative impacts on traffic, noise and air quality as Significant Unavoidable Environmental Effects which Cannot be Avoided if the Proposed action is Implemented (section 8.1).

Simply stated, the City Council has approved a Band-Aid plan when surgery was required. They abandoned community planning guidelines, avoided demonstrating real leadership and demonstrated a lack vision for the future, which has resulted in a hospital plan that has rightfully enraged local communities and doesn't meet our community's needs.

In the most-protested development plan in SCV's history, the Planning Commission and the City Council ignored the facts and its citizens' concerns.

As the lengthy legal battle begins, will the city leaders address the city‘s medical needs and protect its citizens' way of life? Or will they continue to approve massive residential developments?

I can only hope for change and vote them out of office.


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