Friday, January 25, 2008

Activist Calls for County Split (Signal Jan. 21, 2008) Former SCV Mayor Carl Boyer Says L.A. County is too big to serve the people!! Right!

BS Ranch Perspective

This again, when are the people going to learn that the one on one personal, but the education that they will get when the County is spit will be that they will have no funds to get that one on one Funding, so that they will be wondering where the Sheriff is to service their area. It will be the same service that they have now!!
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Activist Calls for County Split
Former SCV mayor Carl Boyer says L.A. County is too big to serve the people.

By Parimal M. Rohit
Signal Staff Writer

Monday January 21, 2008

It's time for Los Angeles County to get back to its roots — serving the local people — and Santa Clarita Valley residents are the ones to lead the charge, a longtime community activist told listeners Thursday night.

"The members of the (county) Board of Supervisors decided we should not be allowed to go to the ballot again," Carl Boyer told about 15 listeners in Valencia. "They do not realize that the Santa Clarita Valley has a history and a real quest for democracy."

Boyer, who helped establish the city of Santa Clarita in 1987, was referring to an earlier effort by SCV residents to secede from Los Angeles County in 1976.

"We were the first area to try to form its own county since 1907," said Boyer, who served a young Santa Clarita as its mayor.

When the proposal to split up Los Angeles County was put to a vote of all county residents, it was handily defeated. There has not been a large-scale attempt to split up the county since.

The proposal won overwhelmingly in the Santa Clarita Valley.

A county split has not been presented on the ballot since 1976 because the Board of Supervisors successfully lobbied state government to pass legislation making it more difficult for a county split to occur, Boyer said.

Speaking at Valencia Summit's main clubhouse at the invitation of Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment, Boyer elaborated on the role of county government and the services it is expected to provide.

"The county was not meant to be a local government," he said. "They were to have very limited functions. The idea was to make it convenient to the people."

Los Angeles County, for example, once extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River and included portions of modern-day Kern, Inyo, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties. However, as the Southern California population grew, Boyer pointed out, Los Angeles County was split. The last split of L.A. county occurred in the 1880s, when Orange County was formed.

The population of L.A. County is estimated to be more than 10 million, which would make it the 78th largest sovereignty in the world if it were an independent nation.

Boyer questioned whether county government provides sufficient services for the Santa Clarita Valley. He noted that county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is running unopposed for re-election this year.

"We need to do something about the fossilization of Los Angeles County," Boyer said. "It was all about having government accessible to the people. We need the leadership to break this logjam."

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