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Assemblyman Wilk Testifies on Santa Clarita Valley Chloride Issue

Posted: January 24, 2014 12:31 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2014 12:31 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, testified in front of the Commission on State Mandates Board today in response to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board Test Claim for the Upper Santa Clara River Chloride requirements being imposed on the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District. Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste and Santa Clarita City Councilmember TimBen Boydston also joined Assemblyman Wilk.

“There is no sound science to support a chloride standard of 100 parts per million that the Board is requiring Santa Clarita Valley to meet,” Wilk Said. “Requiring 265,000 residents to shoulder the burden of $130 million capital cost and $4.1 million in annual operating costs to discharge water in a better condition than we receive from the State Water Project defies logic.”

Federal law states that water must be cleaned up to a standard that benefits downstream users. Santa Clara River Valley downstream users include avocado and strawberry farmers, as well as nursery plants.

Wilk concluded his testimony by stating “the City of Thousand Oaks which is also under the authority of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and has the same downstream users of avocado, strawberry and nursery plant farmers, has to comply with a chloride standard of 150 parts per million. If Santa Clarita Valley residents were held to the same standard as Thousand Oaks we would not be before you today.”

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board could not confirm or deny this claim and the Commission on State Mandates Board ultimately came to a final vote of 5 yes and 1 abstention to uphold the unfunded mandate placing the responsibility at the local level.

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scvsoccermom82: Posted: January 24, 2014 12:59 p.m.

I'm disappointed in the result but very thankful that Scott stood up for the people of Santa Clarita!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 24, 2014 1:18 p.m.

Thank you Mr. Wilk. At least SOMEBODY is trying to stick up for the SCV.

peoplesvoice: Posted: January 24, 2014 1:19 p.m.

The chloride issue is out of control! I am glad to see that Scott has been fighting this since the start. Good work

src: Posted: January 24, 2014 1:34 p.m.

A rep that fights for the people of CA, not against them?! Unheard of!!! Thanks Scott!!!

listenup: Posted: January 24, 2014 2:17 p.m.

Glad Wilk is up there watching out for us. At least somebody in Sacramento is.

Dude: Posted: January 24, 2014 3:37 p.m.

And before Wilk, what Republican Assemblyman was representing us - or not?

cj64: Posted: January 24, 2014 4:21 p.m.

The "officials" continue to perpetuate the scam.

From the State Mandates Board site.....

The 2011-12 budget process highlighted ongoing problems with the way California handles mandates. The proposed budget suspends more than 50 mandates that span a wide range of policy areas. It can do that because the Legislature may “suspend” a mandate by appropriating $0 funds for it in the budget bill and adding a provision specifically identifying it as suspended.

Asking the State for $130 Million is not going to happen. EVER!
What should be done, and has not been done by the scammers of the Sanitation Board (Antonovich, Kellar, Weste, and McLean) is to sue the
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board over the arbitrary limit.
If Thousand Oaks has a limit of 150, and we have a limit of 100. Case closed!
We do not have to do anything. The water we get from the state often exceeds the 100 limit.

But the scammers do not want this to happen. They want the taxpayers to pay thousands to upgrade the water treatment to meet the water needs of the 20,000 homes being constructed by Newhall Land and Farm.

As long as we have "officials" like Antonovich, Kellar, Weste and McLean who represent Big Business and Developers, and not the citizens, we will have to pay $$$$$$$$.

cj64: Posted: January 24, 2014 4:45 p.m.

We need to take this to a court of law, not the joke State Mandate Board or the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board or any other state board.

We are being accused as criminals, and must pay fines. What is our crime?

We take the water we get, that is already over the arbitrary limit, and let the water go down the drain.

If there is any court that rules that this action is illegal, its time to
reevaluate the judicial system.

valleygirl85: Posted: January 24, 2014 4:58 p.m.

That is just crazy!! How did we get stuck with the problem. The money could be spent on such better things in the field of water...

Carlitos: Posted: January 24, 2014 8:40 p.m.

Way to go Wilk. Noise and motion! But nil results. Funny how these exact same posters only post immediately after a Wilc press release. And only praise Wilc. Obviously he is making is own satisfaction, with one hand. He is also chairman of the diversity bathroom committee.

Carlitos: Posted: January 25, 2014 9:57 a.m.

The Wilk sockpuppets have been reported to the Signal @

Please also report and complain!

CaptGene: Posted: January 25, 2014 7:12 p.m.

I'm sure I'm not the first to ask this, but if we are going to be forced to pay to reduce the chloride in our water, why don't we do that before it gets to us so that we can at least enjoy the benefit?

peoplesvoice: Posted: January 27, 2014 9:15 a.m.

Hey Carlitos, have you ever thought that maybe I just like to support my Assemblyman and give him credit for when he does something good. I comment on plenty of things on the Signal not just stuff about Wilk. Feel free to report me to the signal as much as you want. I have not violated any rules, I am free to comment on any article I want.

CastaicClay: Posted: January 27, 2014 10:50 a.m.

why don't we do that before it gets to us so that we can at least enjoy the benefit? The Culligan lobby?

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