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Smyth’s bill would establish state park

Would preserve more open space between Santa Clarita and Simi valleys

Posted: January 9, 2009 3:28 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2009 4:10 p.m.
 
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) introduced Assembly Bill 102 Thursday to create the Santa Susana State Park. The bill directs the Department of Parks and Recreation to form the Santa Susana State Park Advisory Committee to help establish the park.

The park would be on the border between Ventura and Los Angeles counties at a former rocket engine and nuclear test site owned by the Boeing Co. in the hills between the Santa Clarita and Simi valleys.

"I am excited to continue moving forward in creating a state park in the Ventura-Los Angeles region," Smyth said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature as well as the community to create this wonderful legacy for California and the region."

The land, contaminated with chemical and radiological pollutants, has undergone some cleanup but awaits further cleanup efforts.

The committee will be responsible for assisting the department, in an advisory capacity, to plan for interim and permanent land uses and facilities through the general planning process for the site.

The committee director will select members and include representatives from local, state and federal agencies; environmental, historic preservation and cultural organizations; museums, educational institutions and organizations; individuals and private sector entities; and community-based organizations.

A new state park would preserve thousands of acres of open space and eliminate fears that the land might be developed into a residential community.

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