HUBER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE START OF ANNEXATION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT LANDFILL EXPANSION LAND
Simi Valley….Today Mayoral candidate Bob Huber called for the immediate start of the process to annex to the City of Simi Valley the land to be used by Waste Management for expansion of their facilities and commercial development.
“For at least five years the City of Simi Valley has watched the process, yet has not taken any action to make sure the people of Simi Valley have a controlling vote on the use of this property,” said Bob Huber.
The proposed expansion of the Waste Management landfill would more than triple the number of trucks in our community, bringing trash and waste from Los Angeles, which is closing their waste facilities. It will also develop homes, apartments, office buildings and strip malls.
“Simi Valley will shoulder almost the entire brunt of this expansion; it only seems reasonable that our leaders should ensure we have control over this process. The city should have taken the lead, rather than allow Ventura County to control the process. Currently, the Board of Supervisors has the controlling vote on the expansion. This directly affects the people of Simi Valley–not Oxnard, Oak Park or Ojai. Yet, for at least five years our city leadership has watched the process instead of taking charge of the process,” noted Huber.
Huber said “The irony is that the city council wasted no time in pursuing initiation of the annexation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 3 years ago, so that the city could have its prized tourist attraction. I believe the reasons for annexation of the landfill are as compelling and urgent as a Presidential Library. Most of our council members have said that Waste Management has been a great community partner, which is all the more reason that Waste Management would want to cooperate with any annexation plans.”
While the County Planning Commission will hold a hearing, and possibly a vote in January, this still needs to go to the County Board of Supervisors. Huber asks that the Simi Valley City Council immediately start the annexation process, and have the City Manager send a letter to LAFCO (Local Agency formation Committee) to alert the County that the City wants to take charge of the final decisions that affect our community. This is a lengthy process which should have started at least five years ago. Still, Huber said, we have to start now, before final decisions are made and the people of Simi Valley and their representatives will not have the final vote on this project.
Finally, Bob Huber said, “Our city council needs to be pro-active, not wait past the last minute to act to protect the needs of our community. This could be one of the largest projects affecting our City, and currently we do not have the decisive vote on it.”