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Clock ticks for L.A.

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The only one who has been actively working on alternatives is Northwest Valley Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the dump’s neighbors. Smith’s come up with long-term plan that envisions building trash-to-energy plants and cutting dumping significantly in the next few years, then down to nothing over time. Ideally for the Granada Hills residents who must live with the hundreds of diesel-chugging trucks rumbling through their neighborhoods, the city would choose to stop dumping at Sunshine Canyon altogether and work to close the dump once and for all. But at least Smith’s plan is a start. It’s the first time anyone has come up with an actual time line for the end to the city’s dumping. The people deserve more than a hastily made choice when it comes to this issue of health and quality of life. It’s time city officials stop dragging their feet, stop saying they are studying alternatives. There can be no compromise on this issue. There must be an action plan to end the trashing of the San Fernando Valley while ripping off its tax dollars and giving nothing in return. Tick, tock, the clock is running on Sunshine Canyon and on hopes for unifying the city of Los Angeles to create a better and healthier future for all. Time is running out for Los Angeles city officials to come up with an alternative to extending a five-year contract to dump at Sunshine Canyon. And if they don’t act fast, they will, once again, accept an extension contract at the last minute and assume the public will accept their irresponsible conduct. That’s not acceptable. City officials have known since last summer that they must either make good on a promise to find an alternative to continued dumping at the Granada Hills landfill or go back on their word. Approving expansion of this dump into Granada Hills residents’ backyards was a rotten decision when it was made without considering alternatives six years ago, and then-Mayor James Hahn broke his promise to dump the city’s trash elsewhere. And it would be rotten for the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to turn their backs on their commitments. They gave the operator of the Granada Hills landfill, Browning-Ferris Industries, a six-month contract extension while they planned to study alternatives. Yet, here we are nearly two weeks from the deadline of Feb. 28, and council members are just now starting to scramble for a plan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more