With the City Council back in session, the public participation portion of the August 26 City Council meeting focused on several issues.
One item of concern for some residents was the newly installed Southern California Edison transmission towers. The towers were installed near the Belcaro senior housing development and are part of the Antelope-Pardee Transmission project. The concern among residents is over visual blight. Southern California Edison installed large lattice steel towers (LST) ranging over 200 feet tall. During the comments period, some residents conveyed their thanks to the City for their proactive efforts to help resolve this matter.
On August 25, City of Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar along with Los Angeles Country 5th District Supervisor, Michael D. Antonovich sent a letter to Alan J. Fohrer, Chairman and CEO of Southern California Edison. The letter expressed a list of concerns with the use of the unsightly lattice steel towers. Furthermore, the letter requested removal and replacement of the unsightly towers in favor of less obtrusive tubular steel poles.
Recently news about the towers was covered by the Daily News: Utility towers protested in Santa Clarita
The issue of the City’s parkland was also brought up. The City of Santa Clarita’s long term stated plan is to provide five acres of parkland for every one thousand residents. With the newly completed Todd Longshore Park in Canyon Country and upcoming expansion of both Central Park and the Sports Complex, the City of Santa Clarita remains firm in its commitment to meet these parkland goals.
This long stated goal will be included in the One Valley, One Vision general plan.