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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a report Tuesday and an ordinance to levy the annual fees for its three separate Lighting and Landscape Maintenance Districts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

In a separate action, the board is scheduled to add LNR’s Entrada project into the county’s Valencia landscape maintenance district.

Last year’s assessments totaled roughly $8 million for the maintenance of landscaped medians and parks in the unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley, and county Parks Director Russ Guiney is recommending that a comparable total amount be assessed in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Different zones within the three landscape districts pay different amounts based on the relative benefit they receive. The county set its current methodology for assessments in 1979. Zone assessments are subject to a cost of living increase based on the Consumer Price Index, which increased by 2.09 percent from February 2011 to February 2012.

In 1987, most of the county’s landscape maintenance zones, responsibilities and assessments that were within Santa Clarita city limits shifted from the county to the city. Those outside city limits that were in existence at the time, and those associated with subsequent development projects in the county, are  handled by the county – primarily along Stevenson Ranch Parkway, Pico Canyon Road, Copper Hill Drive and Whites Canyon Road.

Property owners can protest the coming year’s fees on or before June 26, when the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the matter.

The entire board report can be read here: http://www.scvtv.com/pdf/laco_lmd_050112.pdf

The board will also consider a request Tuesday by developer LNR to add the Entrada development at the northwest corner of The Old Road and Magic Mountain Parkway to the Valencia lighting and landscape district and to assess the necessary fees to pay for the upkeep of existing landscaping.

The board report for Entrada can be read here: http://www.scvtv.com/pdf/laco_entrada_050112.pdf

The county districts and zones are as follows:

 

LLA District No. 1

Zone 1A — Annexation A – Copperhill Drive

Zone 1B — Annexation B – Plum/Whites Canyon

 

LLA District No. 2

Zone 25 Stevenson Ranch

Zone 26 Emerald Crest

Zone 28 Vista Grande

Zone 38 Sloan Canyon

Zone 51 Valencia High School

 

LLA District No. 4

Zone 65 Fair Oaks Ranch Phase I

Zone 65A Fair Oaks Ranch Phase II & III

Zone 65B Fair Oaks Park

Zone 66 Valencia Marketplace

Zone 67 Miramontes

Zone 68 West Creek Copperhill Village

Zone 69 West Creek Canyon Estates

Zone 70 Lakeview

Zone 71 Haskell Canyon Ranch

Zone 72 Copperhill Twenty-Two

Zone 73 Westridge

Zone 74 Tesoro Del Valle

Zone 75 Westridge Area-Wide

Zone 76 Tesoro Adobe Park

Zone 77 West Creek Park

Zone 78 The Old Road Area-Wide

Zone 79 The Old Road Local

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    LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
    Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018
    State and Federal Disaster Assistance Programs are now available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for eligible homeowners, renters and business owners in Los Angeles County who suffered damages or losses due to the December 2017 Creek, Rye and Skirball wildfires.
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    The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve’s two-day volunteer training for the 2018 spring wildflower season will be held on February 3 and February 10, both Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, capping off an eight-year stint leading one of the largest metropolitan police forces in America.
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