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

SCVNews.com | Antonovich Calls for State of Emergency in Bouquet Canyon | 02-19-2014
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
71°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 31
2001 - LASD Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian gunned down in Stevenson Ranch while backing up ATF [story]


File photo

File photo

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will present a motion to his fellow supervisors Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in Bouquet Canyon, where residents’ water well levels have dropped due to silt buildup in Bouquet Creek.

Antonovich’s motion, which calls on the state and federal governments to waive environmental regulations that stand in the way of an immediate solution, reads as follows:

 

Beginning in 2002, a series of fire and storm events increased sediment deposition in Bouquet Canyon Creek and reduced its flood carrying capacity. The reduced flood carrying capacity minimizes the recharge to groundwater wells which are the sole potable water for approximately 150 properties in the vicinity of Bouquet Canyon Road.

During storm events, hazardous driving conditions exist along Bouquet Canyon Road between 60 feet north of Mile Marker 13.06 to Mile Marker 15.89. In addition, discharges in the range of only 3 to 5 cubic feet per second from the Bouquet Reservoir can cause the creek to flow onto the roadway at this location.

The Bouquet Fire of May 11-13, 2002, the 2004–2005 Winter Storm Disaster, and the Buckweed Fire of October 22, 2007, greatly increased the sediment deposition in Bouquet Canyon Creek. This sediment deposition coupled with the subsequent vegetation growth in the creek have reduced its flood carrying capacity such that the road is inundated during storm events, creating a public safety hazard. This causes Bouquet Canyon Road to be frequently closed during storms and also causes damage to the roadway. Closure of this roadway impacts residents of the canyon and commuters from nearby communities and affects emergency response. This flow which inundates the road, is then not retained in Bouquet Canyon Creek and lost to recharge the groundwater wells, adversely affecting the lives of families living on approximately 150 properties.

These conditions necessitate the proclamation of a local emergency within the County of Los Angeles.

I, THEREFORE, MOVE that the Board of Supervisors:

1. Approve and direct the Chairman to sign, upon Board approval, the attached proclamation of a local emergency for the County of Los Angeles.

2. Forward a copy of the proclamation to the Director of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services with the requests that the Director find it acceptable in accordance with State law, a Governor’ Proclamation be provided under the California Disaster Assistance Act, and State agencies waive regulations as necessary to remedy and immediately restore the flood carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek; and forward a copy of the proclamation to all appropriate Federal agencies requesting similar action.

PROCLAMATION OF EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY BY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WHEREAS, Chapter 2.68 of the Los Angeles County Code empowers the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to proclaim the existence of a local emergency when the County is affected or likely to be affected by a public calamity; and

WHEREAS, approximately 150 properties in the vicinity of Bouquet Canyon Road in the unincorporated Bouquet Canyon area are not connected to any municipal water system and rely on groundwater wells for their potable water; and

WHEREAS, these groundwater wells are recharged from storm events and obligatory flow from Bouquet Reservoir to Bouquet Canyon Creek ; and

WHEREAS, the Bouquet Fire of May 11-13, 2002, the 2004/2005 Winter Storm Disaster and the October 22, 2007 Buckweed Fire have greatly increased the sediment deposited in Bouquet Canyon Creek within the Angeles National Forest; and the deposited sediment coupled with the subsequent vegetation growth in Bouquet Canyon Creek have reduced its flood carrying capacity; and

WHEREAS, the reduced flood carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek has greatly minimized the recharge to the groundwater wells and adversely affected the lives of families living on the approximately 150 properties, creating grave conditions of public health; and

WHEREAS, Bouquet Canyon Road between 60 feet north of Mile Marker 13.06 to Mile Marker 15.89 experiences hazardous conditions during storm events due to the reduced flood carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek; and during storm events Bouquet Canyon Creek overflows its banks and floods Bouquet Canyon Road; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of Bouquet Canyon Road is not to convey flow; and the flooding of Bouquet Canyon Road damages the road and necessitates the closure of the road and impacts travel for residents and commuters; and

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors finds that beginning February 4, 2014 conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons, public and private property exist as a result of the reduced flood carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek, which, during storm events, has resulted in conditions that are beyond the control of local resources; and

WHEREAS, these conditions warrant and necessitate that the County proclaim the existence of a local emergency;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND PROCLAIMED by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that a local emergency exists in north Los Angeles County.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND PROCLAIMED that a copy of this proclamation be forwarded to the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services with the request that the Director find it acceptable in accordance with State law, a Governor’s Proclamation be provided under the California Disaster Assistance Act, and State agencies waive regulations as necessary to remedy and immediately restore the flood carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek; and forward a copy of the proclamation to all appropriate Federal agencies requesting similar action by Federal agencies.

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.

7 Comments

  1. How about Agua Dulce? Wells are running dry left and right here!

  2. Jesus turned water into wine, I don’t see what the big deal is.

  3. The winery is stealing all the water and the drought has made the water table non existent. Our neighbors went down 650 feet recently and zero water! Our well goes down 300 feet and has been dry for a year and a half now.

  4. WHEREAS It’d be cool to fish in that creek.

  5. This happened in the late 60s, early 70s. Our spring ran dry in the Cyn. Trust me, it is not fun.

Related Content
L.A. COUNTY HEADLINES
Monday, Aug 31, 2015
If enacted, the new alcohol ordinance has the potential to stay and, possibly, reduce the number of liquor stores in zip codes 93550 and 93552. This is important because of the correlation between alcohol outlet density and the high rates of violent crime in both of these zip codes. Among other things, it will ban the sale of alco-pops, malt beverages with very high alcohol content packaged in a manner to attract youth consumption.
Monday, Aug 31, 2015
A recent assessment examined the potential health, social, and criminal justice impacts of continuing the Second Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court program, and the results showed positive outcomes and cost savings.
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
Up for approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday: Ordinance amending the water pipeline franchise granted to Valencia Water Company to extend the term of the franchise to December 31, 2018, clarify the exclusion on the transportation of hazardous substances or hazardous waste, expand the franchise area southerly boundary and make other minor changes to clarify certain provisions in the ordinance.
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
Under a 1981 policy adopted by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, city council and school board elections can't be moved to November of an even year, when most people vote, because the physical ballot would be overloaded. In light of the proposed settlements arising from threatened and actual voting-rights lawsuits in the Santa Clarita Valley - some of which call for even-year general elections - supervisors Antonovich and Kuehl are proposing to change the county policy accordingly.
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015
Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich will ask the Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 1 meeting, to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect(s) in connection with the heinous chemical attacks of dogs.
Friend Activity

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Founded in 2005, California United Bank provides a full range of financial services, including credit and deposit products, cash management, and internet banking to businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, professionals and investors throughout Southern California from its headquarters office in Downtown Los Angeles and additional full-service offices in the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, Los Angeles, South Bay, Orange County and the Inland Empire.
Varjavand Joins Board of California United Bank
The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle's marketing and advertising campaign that claims its menu does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is actually deceptive and misleading to consumers because many of Chipotle's menu items actually do contain GMOs.
Chipotle Sued for Saying Its Menu is GMO-Free
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Carousel Ranch held it's annual fundraiser on Saturday night for the first time at the ranch. Plus, after years of hard work Vasquez High School dedicated its new campus. Click the link to see those stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, August 31, 2015
A Santa Clarita teen who became paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle crash nearly a year ago is beginning to walk again with the help of a wearable robotic exoskeleton.
Paralyzed Teen Learning to Walk Again with Help of Robotics
What's up at the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce this week.
SCV Chamber This Week (8-31-2015)
If enacted, the new alcohol ordinance has the potential to stay and, possibly, reduce the number of liquor stores in zip codes 93550 and 93552. This is important because of the correlation between alcohol outlet density and the high rates of violent crime in both of these zip codes. Among other things, it will ban the sale of alco-pops, malt beverages with very high alcohol content packaged in a manner to attract youth consumption.
Palmdale Council Expected to Clamp Down on Alcohol Sales
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to the Santa Clara Riverbed near Bouquet Canyon Road and Lowes Plaza, in Santa Clarita. Detectives have learned that earlier this morning during a cleanup in the Santa Clara Riverbed, a worker discovered human skeletal remains. Sex, age and cause of death will be determined at a later date by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
Skeletal Remains Found in Saugus; Detectives Investigating
A three-car traffic collision early Monday morning that knocked down a power pole forced emergency responders to use an extraction device to pull a teen from one of the cars.
3-Car Crash Knocks Out Power; Teen Extracted
A recent assessment examined the potential health, social, and criminal justice impacts of continuing the Second Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court program, and the results showed positive outcomes and cost savings.
County Program Helps Keep Women Out of Jail
Freshman and transfer students submitted approximately 790,000 applications to CSU campuses for admission in fall 2015—a record-high for the 23-campus system. This fall, CSU campuses will have 65,145 new freshman, 49,066 new transfer students, and 18,644 new graduate students. The 2015 fall census will establish official counts in late September.
CSU Enrollment Hits New Heights
The City of Santa Clarita invites local residents to attend the Walk of Remembrance to promote safe driving and show support for families who lost loved ones in traffic-related incidents. The community walk will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, prior to the tenth anniversary of the City’s annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance at Central Park.
Sept. 9: Walk of Remembrance Highlights Safe Driving
AB 525 makes it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate their franchise operators. The measure will update the current vague and one-sided law to close loopholes and prohibit a corporation from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination and sell the business to a qualified new owner.
Assembly OK’s Wilk Bill to Protect Franchise Store Owners
Around the 25th Congressional District with U.S. Rep. Steve Knight.
Rep. Steve Knight: Around the District
Now that the dust (pun intended) has settled, it’s a shame to see who is taking the credit for winning the good battle. It is also frustrating to still see some residents not appreciating what our city actually accomplished. They still don’t get the potential domino effect Cemex would have had on our quality of life.
Cemex Battle: Unsung Heroes | Commentary by Carl Goldman
George Runner, R-Lancaster, represents the Santa Clarita Valley and 9 million other Californians on the state Board of Equalization.
Tax News from George Runner
EPA’s proposal is projected to prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually by banning healthcare facilities from flushing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals down the sink and toilet.
Pending Federal Rule: No Flushing Drugs Down Toilets
2001 - LASD Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian gunned down in Stevenson Ranch while backing up ATF [story]
For most people in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, Saturday was like most August days - hot, dry, uneventful. But for the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, it was a day of joy and celebration … the culmination of more than a decade of work, support and hope that finally materialized in the official dedication of the new Vasquez High School campus. For me, a proud 2006 graduate of Vasquez High School and K-12 attendee of the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, this day was combination of nostalgia and the surreal experience of setting foot on something we never thought would happen.
Vasquez High School: The Dream Comes True
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued a missing-person alert for Kristin Ghilardi, a 29-year-old woman last seen in Canyon Country.
Sheriff Issues Alert for Missing Church Volunteer
The Hollywood Reporter recently released a list of “The 25 Best Drama Schools for a Master of Fine Arts,” and CalArts has taken a spot on the list.
CalArts Among Top Schools for Master’s Degree in Acting
I can scarcely believe we all get to wake up with Cemex not being an issue on our horizon. Santa Clarita will still be the best, cleanest, safest city in which to live and work. It will remain that way without the Cemex blight that was almost upon us.
Ding, Dong, Cemex is Dead
2009 - L.A. County Fire Capt. Ted Hall, 47, and Firefighter Specialist Arnie Quinones, 34, are killed in the line of duty on Day 4 of the Station Fire [story]
SCVi Charter School is kicking off a new series of documentary film presentations about pending shifts and meeting challenges in education — focusing on new approaches to helping children prepare to succeed as adults in a technologically oriented global economy.
SCVi Hosts Film Series to Explore Education Principles (Video)
Get out and explore the Santa Clarita Valley's back country with the local Community Hiking Club.
Call of the Wild: SCV Community Hiking Club Sched. (Sept. 2015)