City Council Postpones Tesoro/West Creek Annexations
Tuesday’s City Council meeting was a brief one considering the marathon sessions of the last two, which spotlighted campaign contributions and the library takeover.
At Tuesday’s meeting Council dealt with the potential annexations of the Tesoro del Valle/West Creek properties as well as two zones near the City’s southern border.
City staff had recommended annexing those two zones, which include the Soledad Commons and parts of Sand Canyon's Robinson Ranch, totaling 242.3 acres.
However, Ben Curtis, owner of Sand and Gravel and area resident, came forward and said that he had not been properly informed of the annexation, as both a business owner and neighbor.
In light of Curtis' comments, Council decided to postpone voting on the issue until September 28.
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As for the Tesoro del Valle/West Creek properties, Council decided to put off any action until October 12, considering that residents had not been properly informed.
Council will meet with residents tomorrow to discuss the annexation.
Council also voted to appropriate $20,000 toward the Santa Clarita Community Garden in Central Park.
“Gardens are healthy and inexpensive,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “We have a lot of people that have supported this.”
Toward the end of the meeting, Council heard from community members Duane Harte and Roger Gitlin.
Harte asked Council to consider a name for the bridge on the Cross Valley Connector, advising members to name it in honor of the military.
The issue will be taken up at a later date.
Gitlin took the podium and addressed the recent data released by County Supervisor Michael Antonovich detailing the tax dollars spent on illegal immigrants, asking that Santa Clarita not become a “sanctuary city.”
Councilmember Bob Kellar echoed Gitlin’s concern, saying, “It is my option that we are not doing all we can do. I think it’s a terrible injustice. It is doing irreparable damage to our country.”
Council made no motion to agenda the item.
“It is the plight of the County,” said Weste.