[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | City Looks to Purchase 1,141 Acres Next to Cemex | 10-10-2011
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
69°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 27
1542 - Explorer Juan Cabrillo sets sail from Mexico; will stop for a drink at mouth of Santa Clara River [story]


When official Santa Clarita went bonkers a decade ago over a federally approved plan to mine 56 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon, there were fears that the mining company’s next-door neighbor – Vulcan Materials Co., the nation’s No. 1 cement producer – would seek federal permits for an even bigger mine.

What a difference a decade makes.

Plans by Mexico’s nationalized cement maker, Cemex, are still on the table, but the company has agreed to work with the city of Santa Clarita to cancel its Soledad Canyon mining plans and legislation is pending in the U.S. Senate to that effect.

Meanwhile, Vulcan has changed its mind – a couple of times. At one point there was talk that Vulcan was interested in seeing its Soledad Canyon property turn into a housing tract.

Turn up the clock to 2011 and the owner of the Vulcan property – Calmat Co., originally known as California Portland Cement Co. – is talking to city officials about selling its property for the enjoyment of the public as permanent open space.

The Santa Clarita City Council will decide Tuesday whether to apply for a state grant to assist in purchasing the 1,141-acre Calmat property, which is adjacent to the proposed Cemex mining site in Soledad Canyon.

The city already owns the Cemex property and neighboring parcels – but the city’s ownership alone can’t stop the Cemex mine. The federal government owns the mineral rights and assigned them to Cemex under contracts executed in 1990. The city purchased the Cemex property as part of its strategy to have greater leverage if the mine went through – and to determine the property’s future if it didn’t.

Today the city is looking to add to the open space buffer around Santa Clarita by adding the Calmat property to it – and eventually another 1,000 acres east of it along Agua Dulce Canyon Road, as well.

The 1,141-acre Calmat property is situated east of Soledad Canyon Road, straddling Agua Dulce Canyon Road just north of the Angeles National Forest boundary. The city-owned Cemex property abuts it on three sides, primarily on the west.

To help pay for the Calmat property acquisition, the city intends to apply for a $250,000 grant available from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for land and water conservation. According to a city staff report, the state agency will award a total of $1 million throughout Southern California this year for land acquisition and the development of recreational amenities such as hiking trails, picnicking areas and wildlife viewing in natural open-space areas.

The city is hoping to get a piece of that pie and add it to a pot of money that would include contributions from the city’s Open Space Preservation District and possibly other agencies such as the county of Los Angeles and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, both of which have partnered with the city in the past to purchase large swaths of open space parkland in the Santa Clarita Valley, such as Whitney and Elsmere canyons.

No purchase price for the Calmat property has been announced. The city-run Open Space Preservation District generally tries to hold prices under $5,000 per acre.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    Related Content
    LATEST CITY HEADLINES
    Monday, Jun 26, 2017
    The city of Santa Clarita invites residents to celebrate Independence Day by visiting the “Stars and Stripes Imagined” art exhibit, on display at the First Floor Gallery at City Hall now through July 20.
    Monday, Jun 26, 2017
    The city of Santa Clarita and Southern California Edison will begin installing new streetlights along portions of Sierra Highway in mid-July, and along Bouquet Canyon Road beginning in August.
    Monday, Jun 26, 2017
    Developer TMC Hollis LLC, with assistance from the city of Santa Clarita, will install a reinforced concrete box storm drain under Railroad Avenue in a five-week project to start Wednesday, July 5.
    Friday, Jun 23, 2017
    Nearly a dozen productions including commercials, features, TV shows and a student project are shooting in Santa Clarita next week.
    Friday, Jun 23, 2017
    Here's a roundup of crimes now being investigated by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives in Newhall, Zone 3:
    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    -->
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1542 - Explorer Juan Cabrillo sets sail from Mexico; will stop for a drink at mouth of Santa Clara River [story]
    The summer 2017 Friday night 'Movies from the Hart' series opens June 30 with a screening of 'Rogue One - A Star Wars Story' starting at dusk.
    June 30: Friday Night ‘Movies from the Hart’ Launch with ‘Star Wars’ Film
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a Castaic home invasion ended with the intruder shot by the homeowner. Plus, an update on the Placerita Fire. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Monday, June 26, 2017
    The 'Movies from the Hart' summer 2017 matinee series kicks off with a free screening of Disney's 'The Jungle Book' (live action version) at Hart Hall on Sunday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    July 16: ‘Movies from the Hart’ Matinee Screens ‘Jungle Book’
    The city of Santa Clarita invites residents to celebrate Independence Day by visiting the “Stars and Stripes Imagined” art exhibit, on display at the First Floor Gallery at City Hall now through July 20.
    ‘Stars and Stripes Imagined’ Exhibit on Display at City Hall
    The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will soon become one of the first law enforcement facilities in Los Angeles County to stock supplies of the life-saving opioid overdose medication Narcan.
    SCV Sheriff’s Deputies Get Life-Saving Opioid OD Medicine
    The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival presents its 2017 Shakespeare Lord Chamberlain Gala at the Rivendale Park & Open Space on Friday, July 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    July 14: 2017 Shakespeare Lord Chamberlain Gala Honors Winger
    The city of Santa Clarita and Southern California Edison will begin installing new streetlights along portions of Sierra Highway in mid-July, and along Bouquet Canyon Road beginning in August.
    New Streetlights to Brighten Sierra Highway, Bouquet Canyon Road
    Here are upcoming events from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
    Upcoming SCV Chamber of Commerce Events
    On a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors have authorized a $30 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, according to Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
    Updated: New County Budget Balances Public Needs, Fiscal Prudence
    The County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the appeals of Chiquita Canyon permits approved by the Regional Planning Commission.
    June 27: Public Hearing on Chiquita Canyon Permit Appeals
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that he has appointed Sarah Neville-Morgan as Director of the California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education and Support Division.
    Torlakson Names New Early Education and Support Division Director
    More than 150 local seniors, community supporters, volunteers and SCV Senior Center staff assembled in the organization’s multi-purpose room to kick up their heels – and raise dollars – at the SCV Senior Center New Building Party on June 22.
    SCV Senior Center New Building Party Draws Dancers, Dollars
    Developer TMC Hollis LLC, with assistance from the city of Santa Clarita, will install a reinforced concrete box storm drain under Railroad Avenue in a five-week project to start Wednesday, July 5.
    Railroad Avenue Storm Drain Project Starts July 5
    On August 17, The Oaks Grille at TPC Valencia will welcome guests for a mini "Cocktails on the Roof Pre-Party," with many of the same attractions that will be at the main fundraising event on August 25.
    August 17: Cocktails on the Roof Benefit Pre-Party at TPC
    The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes broke a 2-2 tie with a six-run eighth inning and completed a four-game sweep of the JetHawks, 8-3, on Sunday evening at The Hangar.
    Quakes Sweep JetHawks to Open Second Half
    Errol Robinson hit a grand slam and drove in five to lead the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes over the Lancaster JetHawks, 13-3, on Saturday night at The Hangar.
    Quakes Rattle JetHawks 13-3 Saturday
    Yonathan Daza had six hits for the JetHawks, but the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes rallied late for a second consecutive night and hung on for a 6-5 victory in 11 innings on Friday evening at The Hangar.
    Daza Records 6 Hits, JetHawks Fall in Extras Friday
    A Castaic resident foiled an attempted invasion of her home Monday morning when she shot an intruder, according to officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
    Castaic Resident Shoots Intruder, Thwarts Home Invasion
    Air quality is unhealthy today and Tuesday for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley, the East San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains
    Updated: Air Quality Unhealthy Through Tuesday
    This Fourth of July, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Police Officers and the California Highway Patrol remind drivers to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.'
    ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ on Fourth
    1946 - Open-casket service for William S. Hart at his Newhall home; Rudy Vallee sings "The Last Round-up" [story]
    Firefighters battle a fast-moving blaze that consumed 850 acres Sunday afternoon and destroyed structures on the Disney movie ranch in Placerita Canyon. Sparked by a car crash, the fire threatened homes on both sides of the 14 Freeway.
    Updated: Placerita Fire Burns 870 Acres; Disney Cabins Lost (Video)
    The historic Oak of the Golden Dream and the Walker Cabin were threatened by Sunday's fire but were saved by fire crews. The entryway to the park, the upper parking lot and part of the Butterfly Garden were charred.
    Oak of Golden Dream Saved from Fire; Park Entrance Scorched
    The Antiquities Act does not give a president the authority to revoke a national monument from a previous administration, but a sitting president can change the boundaries of a national monument. Under congressional authority, Congress can also convert a national monument to a national park, which has been done on several occasions.
    The Scoop on National Monuments | Commentary by Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel
    1859 - Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez escapes from prison while serving sentence for grand larceny in L.A. County; recaptured in August and sent to San Quentin [story]
    1980 - Saugus Train Station relocated to Heritage Junction [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the Santa Clarita Deputies’s Commercial burglary operation caught two suspects. Plus, the Saxtravaganza returns to Hart Hall. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Friday, June 23, 2017
    The California Wilderness Coalition applauds Rep. Judy Chu for introducing legislation to protect more than 31,000 acres of Wilderness and nearly 46 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
    House Bill Would Protect Portions of Angeles National Forest
    Los Angeles County’s cannabis regulation efforts have entered an important new phase with the convening of a diverse advisory group made up of health and policy experts, community leaders, cannabis industry representatives and other key stakeholders.
    L.A. County Cannabis Advisory Team Begins Work in June
    An al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula senior leader was killed in Yemen’s Shabwah governorate by a June 16 U.S. airstrike, U.S. Central Command said in a release.
    Senior al-Qaida Leader Killed by U.S. Airstrike
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced that California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas based on discriminatory legislation enacted in each state.
    California Prohibits State-Funded Travel to Four States
    Circle of Hope is growing. In an effort to expand the scope of the nonprofit's aid to local cancer sufferers, the originally breast-cancer-only organization added additional cancers to its Client Advocacy Program over the past few years, including the most recent, malignant melanoma.
    Circle of Hope Announces New Logo
    Princess Cruises has announced that Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, will serve as Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors for Princess Cruises in China and officially name the new Majestic Princess during a ceremony and gala celebration.
    Princess Cruises to Name Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors in China
    The Moorpark Unified School District is very pleased to announce the employment of Ms. Anne Gibson as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.
    SCV Resident Named a Moorpark Assistant Superintendent
    Burglary suppression operations helped Santa Clarita deputies nab a pair of alleged burglars breaking into a Valencia realty office Friday, officials said.
    Two Suspects Arrested During Burglary Suppression Operations