Alerts Button
E-Alerts
Podcasts Button
Podcasts
Movies
Movies
Youtube Button
Youtube
Traffic Button
Traffic
ListenLive Button
ListenLive

Monday

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
High: 93 °F
Low: 67 °F

Tuesday

Partly Sunny
Partly Sunny
High: 95 °F
Low: 68 °F

Wednesday

Hot
Hot
High: 97 °F
Low: 68 °F

City, County Have Elsmere In Escrow

elsmere_creek_oil_seepsThe City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles have finalized their negotiations and are in escrow to acquire 842 acres in Elsmere Canyon, which will expand the open space and continue to preserve the canyon that almost became the world’s largest dump.

 

“The City and County have been negotiating for months to put this property into public ownership,” said city spokesperson Gail Ortiz. Of the total $6 million purchase price, the city is allocating $3.75 million dollars from the Open Space Preservation Fund, the county is putting in $1.75 million and $500 thousand is coming from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.


Don't miss a thing. Get breaking news alerts delivered right to your inbox

Of the 2,600 acres considered Elsmere Canyon, 1,200 acres are part of the Angeles National Forest.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich mentioned the county’s commitment to Elsmere during his State of the County speech in May, citing the importance of establishing a connection between the Santa Clarita Valley and the Rim of the Valley corridor.

Elsmere Canyon was made part of the Rim of the Valley through legislation sponsored by local representatives George Runner and Cameron Smyth, and was signed into law in October 2009. The Rim of the Valley includes Whitney, Placerita, Sand and Elsmere Canyons, as well as the mountains surrounding the San Fernando Valley, La Crescenta, Simi and Conejo Valleys.

The final vote on the expenditures is expected from both the county and the city in October.