Court Rules for SCOPE and Friends of the Santa Clara River in a Decision that Will Protect the Santa Clara River
In a long-awaited decision made at the end of April, the Los Angeles County Superior Court set aside the Vista Canyon Ranch approvals and ordered a new look at its affect on the Watershed.
Proposed for the rural Sand Canyon area, the 1050 unit project, including additional commercial space and a 200 room hotel is located almost entirely in the floodplain of the Santa ClaraRiver, Los Angeles County’s last free-flowing River. Requiring some 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to fill the floodplain in order to raise the level of the construction area to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safety standards, it would pave over a vital source of ground water re-charge. The proposal also called for 7500’ linear feet of channelization of the Santa Clara River in the upper watershed area of the Santa Clara River.
The project was approved with disregard to the fact that this area is designated a “Significant Ecological Area” by both the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles.
Touted as transportation oriented, it would be built around a non-existent MetroLink Station. Its developers proposed to move the existing Via Princessa Station to this new outlying location, even though that station’s currently centralized location is servicing many commuters who would lose their easy access point if the station is moved. Questions remain as to who will pay to have this station closed and moved away from existing riders – the developer or the taxpayers?
In his finding, Superior Court Judge Goodman ruled that the EIR could not use the full 1620 square miles of the watershed to determine that the project had no effect on the environment, but rather that it must focus on the effect of the construction in the vicinity of the project.
We are gratified that this Judge recognized the on going problem of cumulative effects to the river. 7500’ of linear banking and massive filling of the river in this area is significant, and cumulatively leads to the loss of natural river function/ The Judge also ruled that the Environmental Impact Report must summarize the reports submitted to substantiate its findings. Community groups throughout California have long raised concerns about the thousands of pages that they must read to understand the typical environmental impact report. This ruling will aid both Planning Commissions and the community members in their efforts to ensure environmentally sustainable projects in their neighborhoods.
Are You Worried About Genetically Modified Foods and Monsanto’s Control
over Our Food Supply?
Then You May Want to Join the
March Against Monsanto This Saturday- May 25TH
Downtown Los Angeles – Pershing Square
Gather 9AM March 11 AM
Celebrities and participants will gather together around 9 a.m. with the march starting at 11 a.m. “Several countries such as Germany, Italy, France, Egypt, Australia, Brazil & Spain have banned the growth and/or import of GE Crops and/or GE Maize”, says actress Robin Arcuri. Over 200,00 are expected to participate in this worldwide event protesting against the Monsanto Company and its genetically-modified foods, which are harmful to the environment and and may be harmful to human health.
Public Utilties Commission Hears from SCV Residents on Proposed 16% Water Rate Hike &
Illegal Buyout of Valencia Water Company
Earlier this year, SCOPE filed a Complaint before the California Public Utilities Commission to protest the sweetheart deal to acquire Valencia Water Company, wholly owned subsidiary of Newhall Land and Development Co, developers of the 21,000 unit Newhall Ranch. The $73.8 million dollar deal between Newhall and Castaic Lake Water Agency would illegally commit future water supplies to the massive Newhall Ranch project in Northern Los Angeles County. The fact that Newhall Land owned the water company that would serve the project, has long caste doubt on the fairness of the water supply assessments. Now Castaic Water Agency has agreed in advance to serve all of Newhall’s projects as part of this purchase no matter how that would affect current residents or businesses.
Over 60 residents attended the Local Rate Hearings in opposition to the buyout.The Judge ordered additional briefing and the matter will go to the Commission for a final decision in August. Click Here to read about it in the Signal newspaper.
The Department of Motor Vehicles announced it is offering eligible Californians a free REAL ID upgrade for a limited time for anyone who received a driver's license or identification card during the pandemic.
The California Highway Patrol is partnering with 11 other highway patrols, state patrols and state police agencies for the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition traffic safety campaign beginning Friday, giving motorists “a dozen reasons not to speed.”
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has launched its summer campaign, “One Less Mosquito, One Less Worry” during National Mosquito Control Awareness Week to encourage residents to make mosquito control a part of their daily routine.
During the second day of testimony during the preliminary hearing for Noel Fisher, the Stevenson Ranch resident and Grammy-winning producer arrested on suspicion of 26 counts of sexual assault and/or rape, the second victim to testify alleged that he grabbed her arm and forced her face down into the cushion of a car seat.
After a state-appointed committee shared a controversial plan to realign the justice system, which would place all of L.A. County’s juvenile offenders in two local camps, local legislators shared their views on their votes for the bills that made the plan possible.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Santa Clarita City Council members were surprised this week by news of a state-appointed committee’s plan to move juvenile offenders to a pair of facilities in Saugus.
The city of Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable released a statement recognizing Juneteenth, which commemorates the freeing of enslaved African Americans in the Southern states of the United States of America.
College of the Canyons announced it will launch a first-of-its-kind Law Enforcement Technology program slated to begin in Fall 2021, that will focus on the emerging trends and potential applications for new technologies in criminal investigations and other law enforcement operations.