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The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) and Friends of the Santa Clara River, two groups that are apparently controlled by Lyn Plambeck, have filed a new complaint against the Newhall Ranch development, again. This time its questioning the already approved plan to supply water to the project.

Plambeck just can’t take defeat. She is a sore loser who continues to waste valuable resources on frivolous lawsuits, which ultimately will not be successful. She is desperately trying to prevent any growth within the Santa Clarita Valley and will say and do anything to stop development even at the expense of the environment and the community.

I have written extensively over the years of this small group of environmental extremists that are vexatious litigants. Vexatious litigation is simply a “legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary.” This is what these individuals, like Plambeck, have been doing for years, lawsuit after lawsuit. She is hiding behind several 501(c)3 organizations that are tightly controlled and discriminate against anyone that wants to join that has a different viewpoint then they do.

At what point does it stop. They are complaining about not enough water after it has been approved by federal, state, and local agency. They complain that there isn’t enough affordable housing yet their lawsuits contribute to the costs of housing being higher due to all the inconsequential legal actions. I would like to know how many millions of dollars has been spent on the Newhall Ranch lawsuits over the years; I bet it is a shocking number. That legal cost gets amortized on to the cost of the lots and home prices when the project finally gets built. And it will get built.

But what is more infuriating, is that after more than a decade of lawsuits against Newhall Ranch, the developer has not questioned the legitimacy of SCOPE. Has anyone considered the fact that SCOPE has discriminated against individuals wanting to join, doesn’t hold regular meetings, makes it difficult to find where meetings are held when they do schedule one, and has had the same leadership for years. Has SCOPE violated state 501(c)3 rules?

You see, extremists like SCOPE will do anything they want as a means to an end. It’s okay for them to disrupt speakers at public meetings, but don’t disrupt them. It’s fine for them to car pool to a meeting but if their opponents bus in supporters, that’s not fair. They are hypocritical individuals that use misinformation and other deceptive behavior to try and get their own way and are using the system to waste time and money. Now tying up the courts again with more wasteful unfounded complaints. Where does it all end?

Please, stop the insanity of these malicious and wasteful lawsuits. Shut SCOPE down by giving them a taste of a legal action. Pierce the corporate veil of their 501(c)3 and ask the Secretary of State to fully investigate their organization for compliance with state regulations. It’s time to fight fire with fire.

Dave Bossert—commentary

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.