Santa Clarita City Council Meeting from Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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00:00:00 In this section, a council member recites a prayer attributed to St. Patrick in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The prayer highlights the strength and guidance of God in various aspects of life. Following this, council members take roll call and recite the Pledge of Allegiance before moving on to the agenda. A resident speaks about the importance of recognizing women’s history in addition to the already recognized accomplishments, such as the Canyon Country Little League and Valencia High School.

00:05:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, Council Member West presented an award to the Canyon Country Little League, recognizing their 60 years of developing the youth of Santa Clarita into outstanding teammates and leaders both on and off the field. The Little League offers more than just baseball and softball, including the Challenger division that allows individuals with physical or intellectual challenges to participate. The league places great emphasis on the development of life skills, including self-confidence and hard work. The representatives of the Little League expressed their gratitude for the honor and welcome everyone in the community to come and be a part of their family-first, kid-first organization.

00:10:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, the Valencia High School Boys Basketball CIF Champions were recognized for their historical achievement of winning the school’s first-ever CIF Southern Section Championship in Division 4 Double A, as well as the State Championship against Half Moon Bay. The team had a successful season, winning 20 of their last 21 games, and showed resilience and determination in the face of challenging circumstances. The city council acknowledged the players, coaches, staff, and administrators for their leadership and hard work in bringing glory to the community.

00:15:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council meeting, the council members addressed a video that had surfaced on social media, and condemned the racism and discrimination present in the community. They acknowledged the impact of hateful words and hateful videos on individuals and pledged to work towards a Santa Clarita that was inclusive, respectful, and understanding of all. The mayor also commented that although hate speech was free speech, there was no denying the racist nature of the video, and urged everyone to work towards making Santa Clarita a better place for all.

00:20:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, several speakers addressed the council about various topics. Carmen Gilmore, President of the canyon country Optimist Club, spoke about the many projects her club organizes for youth in the community, including providing Halloween costumes and supporting the Michael Hoffland Foundation. Robert Weston spoke about his experience as a contractor and handyman and expressed concerns about the proposed development of the Smizer property along Wiley.

00:25:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting from March 14, 2023, a speaker claims to have seen and held the master plan for Sam Seuss’s property in Coronado, San Diego, which includes straightening and widening Wiley Canyon to connect it to the gym, formerly the Datsun dealership. The speaker criticizes the development plan for overriding setbacks that previously hindered a family’s dream and profiting from their loss, while the community-at-large is ignored. Another speaker questions when he will receive replies and answers to his inquiries, which have been ignored by the city staff.

00:30:00 In this section of the video, two residents address the Santa Clarita City Council regarding concerns with District makeup and a proposed development project. Alan Ferdman questions the addition of Happy Valley to District One, which has a significantly higher population than the other districts. He requests that the council explain why Happy Valley was added and provide demographic information about the area. Annette Lucas expresses concern about building a four-lane road through the smizer property, which is in a flood zone, and requests that the General Traffic Plan be fixed before any development takes place. She also asks the council to build a road for the safety of residents before new development is put in.

00:35:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, several residents expressed their opinions and concerns about various issues. One resident criticized the city council for not speaking out about a recent incidence of racism in the community, while another expressed gratitude for efforts to make Santa Clarita inclusive for all residents. However, one resident used their time to express controversial views about Progressive Democrats and their alleged support for mental illness, crime, and homelessness, as well as advocating for the closure of borders and denouncing the normalization of transgenderism, porn, and Satanic rituals.

00:40:00 In this section of the transcript, two individuals address the issue of hate symbols and crimes, with one expressing their belief in American values and the need to stop hypocrisy regarding hate symbols such as the Black Lives Matter clenched fist tattoo. Another individual speaks on the issue of racism and discrimination, calling out the NAACP for their political agenda and criticizing inaction in the face of racism towards Asians within a school district. Moving on, a report is given on a public hearing regarding district voting, with the majority of speakers speaking out against it and citing concerns such as favoring far-left voters and further separation by irrelevant factors such as race and gender identity.

00:45:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, various concerns were raised by residents. Some argued that districting would only bring negative consequences to the community, citing the negative effects of districting in the Santa Clarita Valley School Board. They also expressed their opposition to the use of voting machines connected to the internet as it could lead to fraudulent activities. Meanwhile, another resident discussed the fire department’s plan for mandatory brush inspection fees and the lack of published rules concerning the inspections. The resident urged the department not to begin any inspections until the state has issued the requirements for the inspections.

00:50:00 In this section, a homeowner presented a math equation that revealed homeowners in the area pay millions of dollars for fires, and the city council was urged to speak up on this issue. The city council reminded the public of the last meeting where they recognized women’s day and stated that the smizer property development is under review. Council member West discussed the dangers of the drug Fentanyl and suggested staff take a deeper look at what can be done to bring more information about the drug as well as some comfort to families who have lost loved ones due to its use.

00:55:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, council members discussed their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the community. One member expressed regret for not speaking out on behalf of a community member earlier and acknowledged the importance of holding others accountable for their actions. The council member also shared an anecdote about preaching to their grandkids about diversity and inclusion and the importance of correcting them when they do something wrong. The section concluded with a comment from a community member about their hurt feelings due to discriminatory behavior.

01:00:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, the mayor addresses a recent incident involving offensive words and emphasizes the council’s stance against racism. She also promotes upcoming community events, including a block party and a cultural celebration series. The council members also discuss the recent fire fee hearing and express their disagreement with the decision to impose the fee without input from residents.

01:05:00 In this section, members of the Santa Clarita City Council address concerns about increasing property taxes and the lack of accommodations for seniors or those on fixed incomes. They also discuss the International Day of Mathematics, which falls on March 14th, and the city’s seventh annual youth art showcase. Additionally, they mention the need for a statement on the city’s policies promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and the fair treatment of all citizens.

01:10:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, council members and speakers discuss various topics. Councilman McLean and Miranda commend a speaker for their comments on a sensitive topic and express interest in recognizing lost youth in some way. They also highlight positive events in the community, such as a charity event and the reopening of Chuck E Cheese. A speaker, Missy, raises concerns about insufficient information provided to the public on topics such as landscape management and questions the frequency of canceled meetings by the Planning Commission committee. Missy also requests an amendment to reflect the public comments accurately in a special meeting of redistricting.

01:15:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council meeting from March 14, 2023, concerns were raised about the lack of public participation and transparency in the Santa Clarita 2023 districting public participation kit settlement. The written summary in the meeting minutes did not include pertinent information relating to the fact that people were not able to hear or see the presentation. Furthermore, there were concerns about the necessity of standalone equipment managed by the city, as well as the potential imposition of fees on homeowners for the mandatory bush clearance by Proposition 13. Tony Maldonado also raised concerns about the poor acoustics at the special meeting held on March 1, 2023, and the need for holding the next meeting at City Hall.

01:20:00 In this section, individuals brought up concerns about various issues in the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, including accusations of anti-semitism, problems with Spanish translation, dress code for city employees, and the acquisition of something needed to handle any potential situations that may arise due to hostile language and political tension. The issue of the Fentanyl crisis was also discussed, with some suggesting that those who sell major drugs be exempt from a three-strike rule. Furthermore, they urged the authorities to close the borders to stop the influx of drugs coming into the community.

01:25:00 In this section of the meeting, one speaker expresses concern over the safety of Santa Clarita when the city is ranked third or fifth in terms of safety in the US, citing daily news of stabbings and murders in the area. They request to hear from the men and women in uniform, as well as healthcare professionals, about the safety of the city. Another speaker expresses concern over the city’s spending, particularly on planning for Tesoro Del Val, and suggest redirecting funds towards seceding from Los Angeles and creating Santa Clarita County. They also express frustration over the prioritization of spending on items such as borders and walls, rather than focusing on real issues impacting the city. A third speaker discusses the issue of government waste, both at the local and national level, emphasizing the importance of responsible spending.

01:30:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting from March 14, 2023, there was discussion of the purchase of a mobile command unit for emergency services. While some citizens and council members questioned the cost and usefulness of such a unit, the city manager clarified that it is necessary for emergency management during a disaster. The unit would allow for a full operational office for city officials, including the council, and contain all the equipment necessary for communication and operations during an emergency. The unit would take 12 to 24 months to deliver and is considered a necessary expenditure in the protection of life and property during major incidents.

01:35:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, council members discussed website issues and called a roll for a consent motion. The council then heard from a speaker named Tony Maldonado, who denounced racial discrimination and identity politics, calling on the council to reject these ideals and embrace a sense of unity and respect for all people. Another speaker, Carrie, addressed accusations made by the NAACP in a recent news conference.

01:40:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council meeting, a black American resident expresses their frustration with the NAACP and their tendency to use racial and social divisiveness to promote their agenda. The resident believes that the NAACP is guilty of spreading confusion and divisiveness among the local population and that their double standards are toxic. They also argue that the organization is only interested in stirring controversy to benefit themselves, rather than promoting unity and understanding. Additionally, a second speaker urges council members to move past skin color as a criteria in hiring and argues that racism has become an overused and meaningless term. He also shares frustration with idolization of people like Patrice Cullors of BLM who have allegedly misused funds for personal gain.

01:45:00 In this section of the Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, a member of the public criticized the promotion of the idea that people are either an oppressor or the oppressed based on their skin color. The speaker also mentioned attending a Fentanyl Town Hall where they were upset to learn about the rising number of overdose deaths in the community. Later, another member of the public expressed appreciation for council members being open to understanding different viewpoints and urged parents to maintain close relationships with their children. The speaker also spoke against the idea of minors being able to make their own medical decisions without their parent’s consent.

01:50:00 In this section of the meeting, the council announces the end of the session and thanks those who were in attendance. There is a brief mention of ensuring that staff are not interrupted during comments, but no additional details are provided. Overall, this section is simply a wrap-up of the meeting.

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