I arrived in the city of Santa Clarita in the year 1988, only a year after the city was incorporated in 1987, and believe me, it was a different place. At that time, it seemed that the city was created to evoke an idyllic bedroom community, where everyone would dump their work day in the San Fernando Valley and the inner city of Los Angeles and then drive back into Santa Clarita for the pleasures of marital and family life for the evenings and the weekends.

But this idyll, like most idylls, didn’t last long enough.

The problem was that Santa Clarita was not the only place in Northern Los Angeles to see Southern Los Angeles County as a bedroom community.  Palmdale saw it that way as well, and so did Lancaster, and Quartz Hill and Stevenson Ranch and Castaic, and practically anyone living in Northern Los Angeles County saw it that way.  Within a couple of years, the traffic on the Super Freeways 405 and 5 would go into traction during rush hour, and the working people in in the north would be lucky to get one hour with their families each day before it was bedtime.

What went wrong?

It was explained to me at the time that there were too many house owners in Santa Clarita and not enough multi-dwelling residents.  Because a home industry needs both house-owning salaried people for its senior executive force as well as multi-dwelling salaried staqff for its junior and entry levels, Santa Clarita had only the top level to give to a home industry.  The Santa Clarita house-owners had to drive south to get to the jobs that had the work forces that paid for their houses.

Yet today that has really changed.

Look at the hills around Santa Clarita today. The multi-level swellings are winding around the hills like boa constrictors wrapped around the necks of their human owners.  The labor force is surely here.  And the executive force has been here for over a quarter of a century.  But where is the local Santa Clarita industry to bring the two together?

Perhaps a better question might be where is the push from the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce and the City Council to bring the two levels of labor force and executive force together to employ them locally.

Certainly there is no better time to bring them together than now, in a rare period of chaos in the United States.  At least this is more rare for us than it was for the Romans.

It seems that back when Julius Caesar was girding up for a civil war with his son-in-law Pompey, he was also creating a recruitment drive based on his theory that national cataclysm loosens up a previously immobile society.  So people who are on the bottom of that society when the crisis starts can end up on top when the chaos is over.  In any case, Caesar seems to have correctly predicted that the biggest changes in modern history come after a chaotic crisis.  Just one great example of that was the creation of the nation of Israel created after World War and the Holocaust .

And today, the United States has started to react to a cataclysm within its own government.  It is ironic that this crisis has come upon us so quickly that we do not know exactly how to define it, and yet if we do not react to it now it will surely be too late down the road.

So while everyone is distracted with all the chips that are falling, why don’t  we see if we can quickly bring some real local industry into the Santa Clarita Valley?

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . 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.