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Stonecrest residents focused on Cemex

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Residents of a Canyon Country neighborhood targeted for annexation to Santa Clarita proved Tuesday night to be less concerned about jurisdictional lines than by the giant 56.1-million-ton sand and gravel mine planned just a mile away. It’s that quarry site outside city limits that is primarily driving the annexation battle – a mine the county has approved yet Santa Clarita is battling. Hoping to gain a say in mining activity, the city is trying to annex 1,885 acres where the mine is planned and would use the neighborhood called Stonecrest as a land bridge. Residents bypassed the cadre of county experts who hosted an informational meeting on city vs. county government Tuesday and instead peppered the phalanx of top city officials in the audience – where suits outnumbered homeowners. Their sole focus: how will the mine planned a mile away in Soledad Canyon affect them? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Twice the crowd flocked to a meeting hosted by city officials a month earlier, when officials extolled cityhood’s merits and vowed to continue their $6 million fight to scale down the mine. Annexation supporters rallied behind the city. “If (Cemex) wasn’t worried about the city of Santa Clarita, why did they file a lawsuit?” asked resident Donna Lee Giddings. Cemex’s lawsuit challenges the environmental review in the city’s proposal to annex its land. Steven Huerta, who is pushing for a vote on annexation by the residents, asked whether the city can gain jurisdiction over the mine through the nearby Santa Clara River bed, without annexing Stonecrest. Paul Brotzman, the city’s director of community development, said some property owners in the sparsely populated area do not support it, but it is possible. Ben Curtis, who operated a smaller mine at the Cemex site for two decades, said he is considering annexing two miles of riverbed he owns that border the city. As they left, many seemed more entrenched in their earlier views or more perplexed. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more