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Let’s remove blight, not just relocate it

Posted: February 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In response to Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar’s Feb. 23 column published in The Signal: Removing the billboards within the city boundaries is a worthy priority for our city and a certainly a complicated endeavor.

There is no doubt that the city has “a great opportunity right now to take a giant step forward in continuing to beautify our community,” and I am aware this is an opportunity 25 years in the making.

However, moving the “blight” from one area of the city or another doesn’t seem like the best approach. Specifically, the sign just north of Sand Canyon Road on Highway 14 will be visible from many homes along Soledad Canyon Road, including my own.

The sign will be about 400 feet from the nearest home and less than 700 feet from mine.

If electronic billboards are an acceptable medium to construct, why aren’t they being built in the current areas where the billboards are being removed? It seems like a reasonable solution to remove 62 structures and then build three as replacements and not move the blight to other locations within the city.

This would allow business in the area to utilize them and lessen the impact of removing them altogether.

Lastly, if the council chooses to approve the proposal, I would like to suggest most or all the funds be earmarked for specific worthy programs and not be dumped into the General Fund.

For example, transportation services and taxi subsidies for our senior citizens, a senior center on the east side of town, traffic control around schools (including more crossing guards), or even small business loans or grants.

Thank you for your time and for your service to the community.



tpaul: Posted: February 25, 2014 9:13 a.m.

Well said.

projalice11: Posted: February 25, 2014 10:13 a.m.

I understand the plight of the businesses that advertise on the Billboards,
but the billboards are a distraction when driving.

Above all safety first.

samed: Posted: February 25, 2014 3:20 p.m.

The City's proposal is not about blight, its about making $1 Million a year,
and controlling who can advertise on their electronic billboards.

I have been trying for over ten years to get the City to do something about the abandoned house on Soledad, next to the Metrolink Station.
They have not done anything to clean up that blight.

technologist: Posted: February 25, 2014 4:24 p.m.

My understanding is the City doesn't own the billboards or the railroad right of way. Metro does.

samed: Posted: February 25, 2014 8:11 p.m.

My understanding is the City has a code enforcement department. Why does'nt it do something about the ugly abandoned property. When I went in to the city to complain about it, they said they wish they could do something, but their supervisors told them not to do anything with that property.

With the Metro deal done, I am sure you can buy people off at the city to get what you want.

technologist: Posted: February 26, 2014 9:21 p.m.

The topic appears to be billboards.

cj64: Posted: February 28, 2014 5:29 p.m.

Thank you City Council for getting rid of the billboards,
and replacing them with the huge electronic billboards along the Freeway..
ie "The Look of Las Vegas".

I have purchased 200 box trucks, and will start selling advertising space on the sides of the trucks to local businesses starting in July.
They will only be driven around the City of Santa Clarita on the weekends, from 8am to 5pm. Local commuter/worker traffic will not be effected.

The advertising rates will be comparable to the billboards that you decided to take down. I have decided to pursue this perfectly legal business opportunity after the City COuncil decided that they wanted the look of Las Vegas.

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