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Community Peccadillos

Updated September 30, 2015

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When you move into a new area, it's important to get the facts about where you're considering buying a house. What may look like a great deal on a house may, in fact, be someone who knows a highway is about to take half of the front yard! Or, maybe it wasn't such a great idea for the builder to put new homes next to a crime-ridden part of town.

Santa Clarita is a great place to live, but there are some things that only the locals may know. And you're realtor can't legally tell you things they may wish to share. Check out this blog for information on fair housing laws.

Since we are not realtors, we can share with you here some of those "insider secrets" about Santa Clarita.

You may all remember the firestorms of 2007, when a three-year drought and Santa Ana winds combined to create "the perfect firestorm."

While wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem in Southern California, there are things you can do to minimize your exposure. Follow the link above for more information.

Flood zones in the desert? You bet. Floods may be caused by heavy rains or the break of a dam. Made available by the City of Santa Clarita, the map takes a bit to download, but you can zoom in to locate your home.

When the heavy rains arrive during the winter months, some residents find it impossible to leave, or sometimes get to, their homes. The roads most frequently affected are Sand Canyon Road, Placerita Canyon Road, San Francisquito Canyon Road, and the north end of Bouquet Canyon Road (near Vasquez Canyon Road).

Pitchess Detention Center
Just off Interstate 5 at Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic is Pitches Detention Center, also known as "Wayside." The population of medium to maximum security inmates varies daily between seven to eight thousand men. Although rare, breakouts do happen at which time local residents are notified. Check our local newspaper, The Signal, for additional information in their archives.

The CEMEX Mega Mining Project
Just off State Hwy 14 in Soledad Canyon has been the focus of a battle between the City of Santa Clarita and the company with the federal rights to mine 56 million tons of aggregate over the next 20 years. Said to be the largest gravel mining project ever approved by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), it would have added an 18-wheel truck full of rocks to the freeways every two minutes. The effect on air quality and massive amounts of ground water have been of great concern.

On August 28, 2015, BLM cancelled the CEMEX contracts to mine in Soledad Canyon, citing non-performance by CEMEX. It remains to be seen what the future holds for this project. View press release.

But on September 29, 2015, SCV News reported CEMEX has filed an appeal and intends to "vigorously pursue all of its rights with respect to this project."

Historical Information: While there had been a truce signed in 2007 while both parties sought a resolution, on December 17, 2014 CEMEX announced the company's plans to move forward with mining in Soledad Canyon. This came after resolution that had passed the U.S. House failed to pass the Senate.
City's Detailed Map

SCV Beacon editor Dave Bossert posts periodic updates as well.

The Whittaker-Bermite Property
Set behind the metro station off Soledad Canyon Road, 988 acres of land used as a military flare and munitions facility from 1907-1987. They are now the focus of a cleanup operation, as the land is contaminated with various chemical compounds.

This is the page that talks about the bad things in Santa Clarita no one else can, or will, tell you. Some of these things are not all bad, but before you decide on the apartment or house you are going to live in, you should know about the local community. Just as in every city, Santa Clarita has areas that have their own set of problems. Remember, what may be a problem for you, may not be a problem for someone else. But we still think you should equip yourself with the insider secrets never openly discussed.

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