SCOPE - Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment


Legal Issues/Quality of Life


Did you miss our Saturday meeting? Then you missed an excellent speech by Alan Blake and great ideas for reducing waste. Luckily, Alan has provided us with his presentation which you can view here. Also, SCOPE Member Shawnee Badger has provided a list of Waste Free Alternatives to common household items.We're sorry you weren't able to attend and hear all the great discussion and questions for yourself. But hoping to see you the next time!

What We Have Accomplished over the Last 30 Years:

What Our Legal Actions Have Accomplished
•Trail Connections from San Francisquito Canyon to the River trails so that the horse ranches would not be cut off by development, 1991
•Participated in the Successful Opposition to Elsemere Landfill 1992
•Westridge Development - Preservation of Significant Ecological Area 64 with a conservation easement overlay, School Funding Agreement, Establishment of a Fee for Libraries, better air quality monitoring, 1993
•SCOPE participated in successful ongoing opposition to CEMEX Mine. We were the only organization other than Valencia Water Company that protested their water rights application, 1996
•Arbor Park - no building in the Significant Ecological area of the Santa Clara River, 1995
•Newhall Ranch set aside for insufficient water supply, 2000
•John Laing Homes did not keep its agreement to preserve Heritage Oaks and Pico Creek. The result - a three month long tree sit in the Old Glory Oak, which was moved to Pico Canyon Regional Park after reaching a compromise with the developer, 2002
•Water Agencies are not allowed to count polluted water as available unless there is a clean up timeline
•Bridgeport approval negotiated with a natural area buffer and trail along the river, Scott Road an amenity rather than an alley, houses facing the river and compact townhome development 2005.
•West Creek - County side, Significant Ecological area buffer zone preserved along this major tributary preserved, 2005
•$25,000 to the City of Santa Clarita to begin the Bouquet Creek Restoration project, as proposed by Teresa Savaike, 2006
•Valley Oaks Savannah Conservation Easement protected from an agency use, 2013
•Newhall Ranch over the last 20 years - reduction in units, preservation of the Salt Creek Corridor, better water supply review (2003), additional mitigation to reduce greenhouse gas production, and increase species protection, 2015
•Chiquita Canyon Landfill - Better Air Quality Monitoring, 2017

SCOPE Conferences and Educational Events
•Santa Clara River Conference 1995
•Presentation to the City Council on the Development Monitoring System 1993
•Significant Ecological Area Conference 1997
•How to Make the Best of Our Town Conference 2000
•What's the Law of the River? - A Seminar on the Clean Water Act 2003
•California Environmental Quality Act Seminar at College of the Canyons 2008
•River Bus Tours 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
•River Bus Tour for legislators, staff and agency personnel
•Student Service Learning Mentoring at College of the Canyons
•Boy and Girl Scout Merit Badges (Resulted in signs for the Santa Clara River, partly COC, partly a Girl Scout silver badge Project)
•Presentations to Local High Schools
•Environmental Movie Nights
•Media Alerts to Keep the Community Informed of Upcoming Hearings and Events

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