NEWHALL RANCH HEARING 25-March-03 9:30AM
The public hearing for the giant Newhall Ranch Project was on
on the Los angeles Board of Supervisors Agenda 9:30AM on March 25,2003
in the hearing room at 500 West Temple Street.
"11. Hearing on General-Plan and Sub-Plan Amendment, Zone Change and Conditional Use Permit Case Nos. 94-087-(5), and on certification of Final Environmental Impact Report relating to the project known as Newhall Ranch Specific Plan and Water Reclamation Plant and the Final Additional Analysis of specific Environmental Issues on property located between the Magic Mountain Theme Park on the east and the Los Angeles/Ventura County boundary line on the west where SR-126 and the Santa Clara River transect the Specific Plan site from east to west, Newhall Zoned District, applied for by Newhall Ranch Company. [This hearing is being conducted pursuant to a writ of mandate and judgment issued by the California Superior Court that ordered the County to partially set aside certain Newhall Ranch Specific Plan and Water Reclamation Plant project approvals.] (Continued from meetings of 11-27-01, 1-22-02, 4-23-02, 8-27-02 and 1-28-03)
See Supporting Document"
The NEWHALL RANCH hearing was a major success, thanks to about three dozen activists...
Everyone arrived at the Hearing Room at 9:30AM and after a certain amount of confusion, settled in for the proceedings. Ironically it was Cesear Chavez Day at the hearing and we were entertained by mariachis (as well as the usual kittens and puppies.) When the hearing got down to the Agenda Item 11, the Chaiman got the fully attention of the filled hearing room. The Proponents of the project were asked to stand and show that they wished to cede their time to the four designated speakers.
The entire rear of the hearing room stood en masse in a dramatic gesture intended to demonstrate the "tremendous support" the Newhall Company could bring to Supervisors. They fielded only seven speakers, who did not address the issues the judge ruled on, but instead "pitched" how great it was going to be for the project to go forward.
Our group of thirty six by comparison, was quite focussed on the six points and really hammered home the environmental message: "the EIR" needs to be revised!" Antonovich brought a motion to the table, which delayed the vote, opened the documents up for public review and gave us some room to r-e-a-l-l-y get specific. You should be proud of the group that came down!
NEWHALL RANCH items:
NEWHALL RANCH is the largest development to date in Los Angeles and
California history. It is the destination for Pico Canyon Road
which is the reason for the Public Works Department's reluctance to SAVE OLD