Today, The Simi Valley Landfill Expansion Task Force issued the following statement (in part):
“With the current application for expansion of the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center and the resulting negative impacts on the community, the issue of annexation of the landfill site and contiguous property owned by Waste Management to the City of Simi Valley should be of paramount importance to the City. Therefore, at the September 20th Simi Valley City Council meeting, Council Member Barbra Williamson will request scheduling for public discussion the annexation of the landfill and adjacent Waste Management properties.”
Council Member Barbra Williamson (a task force member) has asked that the issue of annexing the land for the expansion of the Simi Valley landfill and the proposed commercial development be placed on the agenda of the next city council meeting.
On September 7, Simi Valley Mayoral candidate Bob Huber sent out a press release, which, in part said:
“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
Once again Huber has opened up an issue, that the City Council could have resolved years ago. In this particular case, more than five years ago.
Currently the County of Ventura has jurisdiction over the landfill expansion and development of Waste Management’s property. Annexation would give The City of Simi Valley jurisdiction over the landfill expansion and development. Thanks to the push by Bob Huber, the City of Simi Valley will consider starting the process of protecting its almost 128,000 citizens by ensuring the City has control, instead of allowing County Supervisors representing cities such as Ventura, Oxnard, Ojai, Fillmore and Santa Paula to control the landfill expansion, added traffic and pollution to our streets, massive commercial and residential development.
Huber said, “City Council needs to be aggressive in protecting the quality of life of Simi Valley–it needs to be pro-active, not reactive.”