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Antonovich praises county progress at annual luncheon

Posted: May 1, 2013 5:47 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 5:47 p.m.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich addresses several hundred during his annual "State of the County" presentation at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

Los Angeles County has found a possible location for a permanent Stevenson Ranch library, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Wednesday during his annual “State of the County” address, at which he summarized successes and challenges of the county during the past year.

Finding a suitable location for the library was one of many topics touched on by Antonovich, who was elected to represent the sprawling Fifth District in 1980 and won re-election each term since then.

Addressing a crowd of several hundred at the Hyatt Regency Valencia grand ballroom, the supervisor said the county has identified space in Valencia Marketplace that would be suitable for a library. But winning approval to actually put the library in the big shopping center that backs up to Interstate 5 along The Old Road requires approval from all the tenants in the center.

The county has yet to get the go-ahead from the tenants, Antonovich said, urging residents to contact the merchants and ask them to support the library location.

Ticking off a list of successes during the past year, Antonovich also cited the ongoing renovation of William S. Hart Park, a roughly $2 million project that installed new fencing in front of the park and restored water service to its campgrounds.

A planned pedestrian entrance to the park will tie into the city’s Newhall roundabout, which is set to be constructed at the intersection of Fifth Street, Main Street and Newhall Avenue.

“But I’ve never been a big fan of roundabouts,” Antonovich said. “So good luck.”

The supervisor also took time to praise what he characterized as a welcoming business environment in the Santa Clarita Valley, contrasting it to Los Angeles’s business atmosphere.

“You see, here they roll out the red carpet (for businesses), where down there they roll out the red tape,” Antonovich said.

The supervisor, one of five who govern the county of nearly 10 million people, also railed against the state’s so-called realignment of prisoners, which moved some inmates incarcerated as non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious criminals out of state prisons and into county jails.

More than 11,600 offenders have been sent to a Los Angeles County jail instead of a state prison from the beginning of realignment in October 2011 to the end of March, Antonovich said.

More than 14,000 people have also been placed under supervision by the county Probation Department.
“(Realignment) has been a train wreck,” Antonovich said. “It’s been a disaster.”
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