Dear Supervisor Barger,

I am writing to you regarding the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and its importance to the Santa Clarity Valley and Los Angeles County. The recent regional planning hearings in the West Ranch communities showed significant support for the continued operation of this landfill. It also spotlighted the small, but vocal, group opposing the landfill, which was exemplified by their bullying tactics.

We all generate waste and that waste must go someplace. Chiquita Canyon has operated an environmentally sound operation for decades and is a model landfill. It is inappropriate for us to ship our waste hundreds of miles away by rail or truck and make it someone else’s problem. That is irresponsible policy and bad for our environment. Instead, we all should continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle. That will allow for the current disposal facilities to have an extended operation into the future without the need of building another facility someplace else.   

The recent Daily News article was a blatantly one sided story that was a journalistic travesty. It lacked balance and was a glaring example of a biased media attempting to distort the full story. It further showed the extent that this small opposition will go to get their own way. It is no secret that the opposition is being led by Lynne Plambeck, the perpetual president of S.C.O.P.E. Their core goal is preventing any growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. It is an organization that has discriminated against and bullied those with differing viewpoints from joining.

S.C.O.P.E. is a group that has consistently attacked local development over water, oak trees, land use, and their latest target now is trash disposal. They are stirring up some residents with misinformation, the false interpretation of data, and outright untruths in yet another attempt at stopping any growth. Their extremist views do not represent most of the intelligent residents in our communities.   

I encourage you to look at the empirical data that shows the new plan for Chiquita Canyon will actually reduce the overall tonnage that goes into the landfill annually. It will not increase truck traffic. In fact, with the realignment of the entrance to the landfill and the installation of a traffic signal the truck traffic will be better managed. Look at the level of complaints over the last ten years coming from the surrounding community and you’ll see that it was nearly non-existent prior to 2014 when the new plan for the landfill was made public.  

The residents that purchased homes in Val Verde were fully aware of the landfill, which has been operating since the early 1970s. This must fall into the category of personal responsibility, they made a choice where to live. This same community benefits from hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from the landfill operators annually. Some of that money was even used for an independent report by a third-party testing facility that found no issues with the air quality in that area immediately adjacent to the landfill. A report that the opposition is now trying to suppress. 

In the end, your thoughtful examination of the facts and the recommendation of regional planning will hopefully guide you to make the right decision to allow the continued operation of Chiquita Canyon, which will benefit our entire Santa Clarita Valley communities and Los Angeles County. Closing the facility would be a burden resulting in higher disposal costs for all residents and businesses and environmentally damaging alternatives for our region. I hope that you will support keeping the Chiquita Canyon facility operating.


Dave Bossert 

A more than 30-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley  

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on several boards and councils. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.