This page will list West Ranch Town Council Press Releases.
In addition, we will list important news and information from other sources.
November 3, 2010 - West Ranch Town Council Election
The results of the 2010 Election for the WRTC were announced. All 3 incumbents were reelected as they ran without opposition. The 4th seat remained open. At the meeting, Don Fleming was elected as President of the WRTC, Dave Bossert elected as Vice President, James Zimmerman elected as Treasurer, and Brian Toqe elected as Secretary.
August 4, 2010 - West Ranch Town Council - Election
November 2, 2010 will be the next election for WRTC members. A total of 4 seats (out of the 7) will be up for election. Three of these seats are held by incumbents while the 4th seat is currently an open seat. Interested candidates need to download the WRTC Candidate Application, linked on the home page of this site, and submit the completed application along with a check for the $100 application fee (payable to the West Ranch Town Council) postmarked no later than October 3, 2010. Qualified candidates will be announced at the October, 2010 meeting. Link to Application Form
August 4, 2010 - Proposed Cell Tower Revisited
Rob Searcy, the consultant working with T-Mobile for the installation of a cell tower along Stevenson Ranch Parkway in Stevenson Ranch, made an updated proposal to the members of the WRTC reflecting a new design and new location. The new location is on the NW side of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and set towards the back of a small open area where several utility boxes already exist. The design of the tower is far closer to that of existing street lights and being set back limits its visibility from the roadway. This location also substantially increases the distance between the tower and resident's homes. This location has passed the approval of the Stevenson Ranch Community Association and the WRTC voted to accept and support this new location as it meets all of the conditions the Council defined in March.
August 4, 2010 - 6 Flags Magic Mountain - Conditional Use Permit Presentation
Tim Burkhardt, representing 6 Flags Magic Mountain, made a brief informational presentation to the West Ranch Town Council regarding their Conditional Use Permit application to begin selling alcohol at 6 Flags Magic Mountain. These sales, limited in location to the existing restaurant / eating patio areas only, will be primarily for the sales of beer. 6 Flags Magic Mountain is actually seeking to obtain a full alcohol license, but intend to only offer products beyond beer for private events. Mr. Burkhardt is convinced that their policies and security will provide adequate protections and noted that at the present time, 6 Flags Magic Mountain is the only theme park in California that does not sell any alcohol products. After some questions were raised by WRTC members and answered, the WRTC indicated that they would support the application.
June 25, 2010 - Goodwill Store in Stevenson Ranch - Grand Opening
WRTC President Ron Mechsner, VP Dave Bossert, and Councilmember Chuck O'Connell attended the Grand Opening of the new Goodwill Store in Stevenson Ranch. The store is located on the SE corner of Pico Canyon Rd and The Old Road in the former location of 'Good Guys' and 'La-Z Boys'. A crowd of about 300 people were in line for the opening and heard brief comments made by Goodwill Store executives, WRTC President Mechsner, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce President Ed Masterson, and other representatives of local elected officials welcoming Goodwill to our community.
March 3, 2010 - West Ranch Town Council Meeting features 2 speakers addressing important issues to the West Ranch community....
The initial speaker - Rob Searcy, brought the Town Council and residents in attendance current on the application to install a cell phone tower along Stevenson Ranch Parkway. Rob acknowledged the challenges with the proposed location and the opposition of the Town Council to the location. There are alternatives being investigated - with meetings coming with the Stevenson Ranch HOA for an alternative location on the west side of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and meetings with LA County and Southern California Edison to investigate using an existing street light for the antenna.
For our second speaker, we welcomed Goodwill Industries who spoke of the new retail and donation center they would be opening during early summer at the corner of The Old Road and Pico Canyon Rd. In addition to running a retail shop, this location will also accept donations and recycling materials (including electronic recycling) from the community.
December 2, 2009 - West Ranch Town Council welcomes Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich as our guest speaker.
Please come to join us for our December meeting where we are pleased to welcome Supervisor Antonovich as our speaker. The West Ranch Town Council will also be providing beverages and appetizers during our annual holiday meeting.
October 7, 2009 - September Town Hall Meeting Notes from the Facilitator
Link - Meeting Notes from the September 20009 Town Hall Meetings
September 30, 2009 - June Town Hall Meeting Notes from the Facilitator
Link - Meeting Notes from the June 15, 2009 West Ranch Town Hall Meeting
Link - Meeting Notes from the June 18, 2009 Castaic Town Hall Meeting
September 21, 2009 - Stevenson Ranch Meeting - Information on Governance Options
Link - Annexation Fiscal Analysis Report Released Sept. 18, 2009
Link - Governance Options Comparison Report Released September 20, 2009
Additional information and links will be provided after the Rancho Pick Junior High School Meeting. Also - please attend the October 7, 2009 West Ranch Town Council meeting for more information and discussion on the options and reports. This is a regular agenda item for your Council. Updates and new information will be provided.
This meeting nearly did not take place. These reports, originally due the end of January 2009, did not get released until September 18 (AFA) and September 20 (OCA). Representatives from County, City, and the Town Councils discussed the possibility of cancelling these meetings late on the 17th and the initial report was released only hours before the deadline on the 18th. Copies of these reports in addition to the IFA that was presented in June were available for the meeting attendees. These reports are also available on this page for reading / downloading.
About 45 people attended the Town Hall Meeting at Rancho Pico Junior High School for the presentation on the Annexation Feasibility Analysis and the Options Comparison Analysis report which were prepared and presented by the consultant engaged by the City of Santa Clarita.
The advisory vote on November 3, 2009 is not a final step in this process. It is a non-binding vote that provides the City, County, and your Town Councils with your viewpoint towards governance on the Westside. Any decision involving a change of governance will require additional work, additional research, more communication and meetings, and additional votes before any change takes effect.
As a reminder, it is important to to attend the Town Hall on the 24th, the West Ranch Town Council meeting on October 7, and attend / listen to the Public Forum to be held at the Santa Clarita City Hall on October 8 which is being sponsored by local media outlets - The Signal, KHTS, Channel 20 / Public Access TV, and the West Ranch Beacon.
August 5, 2009 - Next Series of Town Hall Meetings Announced
The next series of Town Hall Meetings to educate residents of the West Ranch, Castaic, and Tesoro communities on governance options will be held on September 21, 2009 at the Rancho Pick Junior High School and on September 24, 2009 at the Castaic Middle School. Both meetings will run from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.
One final Media sponsored panel discussion meeting will take place in early October. This event will be sponsored by The Signal, KHTS 1220 AM Radio, Channel 20 - TV, and the West Ranch Beacon. Representatives from Los Angeles County, the City of Santa Clarita, the West Ranch Town Council, and the Castaic Area Town Council will answer questions from the media about the reports and the governance options.
For additional information and the latest updates - PLEASE ATTEND THE OCTOBER 7, 2009 WEST RANCH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING.
June 15, 2009 - Stevenson Ranch Meeting - Information On Governance Options -
Link - IFA Revised Report June 2009 - Executive Summary + Full Report
Link - Presentation Hand Out 1 - Notes
Link - Presentation Hand Out 2 - Slides
Approximately 200 residents of the study area attended the meeting at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School's Multipurpose Room. The meeting started approx. 6:35 pm and ended right on schedule at 8:00 pm. The consultant who prepared the Initial Feasibility Analysis (IFA) report presented the summary information which is linked above in Presentation Hand Out 1 and Presentation Hand Out 2.
The second report, the Options Comparison Report, has not been completed by the second independent consultant. We anticipate that this report will be completed for the meetings we are looking to scheduled in late August early-mid September. The IFA report will also be covered again in these meetings.
The majority of meeting was spent on the Q&A session. There were some questions that were listed as requiring follow-up - and we will be working to prepare a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) addition based on these questions for posting on this website which will be updated as we move closer to the non-binding Advisory vote. Ron Mechsner and Dave Bossert also penned a commentary / introduction to this process which should provide some additional background information that is located at:
Permanent Link- Special Commentary- What are these reports supposed to show- Get it from the source!
Please remember that this is just the first step of a process that does not end in November after the Advisory vote by the community. Any decision by the community towards a change in governance will require additional community discussions, meetings, and votes before any change in governance becomes final.
We also encourage you to attend our monthly Town Council meetings where this subject is a regular agenda item for updates and questions. These are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month, at 6:30pm, at the TPC Country Club.
This report will be kept on top of the news page in order to allow all quick access to the reports.
June 16, 2009 - KHTS Article on the Stevenson Ranch Town Hall Meeting
Data For A Potential New City On The West Side Detailed
Communities see some analysis on whether it would be feasible for three major communities to form their own local government.
Its been talked about for years; what is the future of the major communities west of the I-5, who currently are governed by Los Angeles County as an unincorporated area?
Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Castaic and Tesoro are located near the city of Santa Clarita, but they are not within the city. Los Angeles County governs their area, providing for public safety, public works, and just about everything else expected from local government.
However, that doesn't have to stay that way. The communities could theoretically decide if they would like to form their own city, annex into the city of Santa Clarita, or stay unincorporated. Up until now the debate about which is the correct path had been speculative, but Monday night the first piece of independent analysis has been made public, which takes a look at the reality of one option before the residents.
An Initial Fiscal Analysis was recently paid for by Los Angeles County and conducted by an independent firm, Economic & Planning Systems Inc (EPS). The study was presented at Stevenson Ranch Elementary school, and over 200 people were on hand to get the information. It looked at one option; a new city being incorporated consisting of the Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Castaic and Tesoro communities.
Read it all!
June 9, 2009 - WRTC President on KHTS 1220AM
Ron Mechsner, President of the West Ranch Town Council appeared today at 10:30am on Carol Rock's radio program - 'Something to Talk About' to discuss the June 15 and June 18 Community Meetings.
The podcast of the appearance is here.
Basic Information on the Initial Feasibility Analysis and Options Comparison Reports
In January 2008, LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich allocated $25,000 to fund the West Side Communities of Sunset Pointe, Southern Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Val Verde, and Castaic to seek a consultant to conduct an Initial Feasibility Analysis on the tax revenues generated in these West Side communities so the residents of the communities to use this information in a decision on self-governance. The decision - should the West Side communities prefer to remain as unincorporated Los Angeles County, decide to seek incorporation, and prefer to pursue a negotiated annexation with the City of Santa Clarita. The City of Santa Clarita, in conjunction with the West Ranch Town Council, the Castaic Town Council, and Los Angeles County, commissioned an Options Comparison Report to review the options available to the West Side and present findings around these options.
These reports are scheduled to be finalized late 1st Quarter / early 2nd Quarter 2009. There will be a non-binding advisory question on the November 2009 ballot in the West Side communities asking the residents to provide their representatives with their preference in the direction they would like to see the communities take. Prior to the election, the West Ranch and Castaic Town Councils will be conducting Town Hall meetings to have the consultants who prepared these reports present their findings to the community. The first of these meetings have been announced and a mailing will be sent to the household's of all registered voters in the West Ranch and Castaic communities in May 2009.
The West Ranch Town Council discusses the latest developments of this initiative at each of the monthly West Ranch Town Council meetings. Please attend the WRTC meetings for the latest information on these reports and the Town Hall Meetings. No decisions will be made at the Town Hall meetings - they are for informational purposes only. They are intended to educate you on the facts prior to the non-binding advisory vote in November 2009.
The West Ranch Town Council has not taken any position regarding the three options the community needs to consider.
BREAKING NEWS - COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETINGS ANNOUNCED TO PRESENT INFORMATION ON GOVERNANCE OPTIONS TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE WEST SIDE!
JUNE 15, 2009 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm at STEVENSON RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MPR - 25820 Carroll Lane, Stevenson Ranch
JUNE 18, 2009 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm at CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL MPR - 28900 Hillcrest Parkway, Castaic
May 7, 2009 - WEST RANCH TOWN COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT 'THINK SANTA CLARITA VALLEY' MARKETING CAMPAIGN
In an unanimous vote, the West Ranch Town Council decided at the May 2009 Council meeting to support and participate in the 'THINK SANTA CLARITA VALLEY' marketing campaign designed to market to and encourage residents to shop in the Santa Clarita Valley and use SCV based businesses for B2B services. This campaign is the first true Valley-wide campaign and represents a unique coalition of business and political leaders - LA County, City of Santa Clarita, West Ranch Town Council, The Agua Dulce Town Council, The Signal, The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association, the Valley Industrial Association, representatives from the Castaic Chamber of Commerce, and others who are contributing effort, resources, and funds for this marketing campaign.
The West Ranch Town Council will be working with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 5th District representatives and the businesses in our communities to develop specific programs and ideas for the 'Think Santa Clarita Valley' marketing campaign and will also seek to determine what financial resources can be contributed towards the campaign. The total estimated budget for the campaign is $1 million and the City of Santa Clarita has generously contributed $250,000 to this effort as part of their 21 point economic development program for the City which was approved last month by the Santa Clarita City Council.
Also in an unanimous vote at the May 2009 meeting, the West Ranch Town Council decided to support the installation of advertising banners promoting the 'Think Santa Clarita Valley' marketing campaign along The Old Road in the West Ranch communities when the banners are available. This was in response to a specific request from the organizers of the 'Think Santa Clarita Valley' marketing campaign. The West Ranch Town Council will address additional ideas and efforts as they are presented to the Council at future meetings.
May 7, 2009 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL RATE INCREASE ON YOUR SEWER BILL
Despite the vote to ban salt based Water Softeners which was intended to reduce the amount of chlorides discharged from the Santa Clarita Valley into the Santa Clara River, the additional remediation efforts needed to achieve the state requirements could result in a substantial increase in the sewer bills of all residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Sanitation Department of LA County is holding workshops open to all residents on May 11, 2009 at 7pm and May 14, 2009 at 1pm and 7pm at the Santa Clarita City Hall to educate the community on the reasons and impact of the proposed rate hikes. These rate hikes can take your monthly sewer bill from $14.92 to $25.75 in 3 years and to a potential $47.00 in 6 years. A Public Hearing on the Rate Increase will be held at the Santa Clarita City Hall on May 26, 2009 at 3:30pm.
It is important that all residents attend the workshops and public hearings to educate themselves on the issue and to express their viewpoints prior to a final decision being taken on the rate increase.
UPDATE MAY 28, 2009
The Board responsible for the Santa Clarita Sewer District voted to not process any rate increase and sent the request back for additional information and research. A key element of this decision, made by a 2-0 vote ( the third board member was not present for the meeting) were the comments and objections made by officials and residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.
November 5, 2008 - West Ranch Town Council Elections
The West Ranch Town Council announced the results of the 2008 election for 4 seats on the West Ranch Town Council. All four encumbents won re-election as there were no opposition candidates. Dave Bossert, Randy Winter, James Zimmerman, and Charles O'Connell won re-election to a 4 year term representing the communities of the West Ranch area.
The West Ranch Town Council also conducted elections for the positions of Officers of the West Ranch Town Council. Ron Mechsner, who served as Vice President of the Council from 2006 to present was elected as the Town Council President. Dave Bossert, who was President of the Council from 2006 to present was elected as the Town Council Vice President. James Zimmerman was re-elected as Treasurer and Brian Toque was re-elected as Secretary for the West Ranch Town Council.
September 20, 2008 - Special Child Safety Community Event
Gavin Espinosa ATA Martial Arts has partnered with AMBER Alert.com to host a Community Child Safety Open House scheduled on September 20, 2008 from 11am to 1pm at the ATA Martial Arts facility in Stevenson Ranch, CA. The facility is located in the shopping center at the corner of Hemingway Avenue and Stevenson Ranch Parkway.
September 11, 2008 - Patriot's Day at Richard Rioux Park, Stevenson Ranch
Join the Richard Rioux Park Senior Club, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, and the West Ranch Town Council on September 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm to honor those who perished on September 11, 2001, members of the US Armed Forces who have perished overseas, and all of the members of the US Armed Forces who are currently serving and fighting in the War.
This event is for all ages and starts by the Park Office. Among the events taking place; Chalk Painting Contest, Letter writing and picture coloring to accompany care packages for troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a moment of silence for all of those who have lost their lives.
Free refreshments will be provided. Donations will also be accepted for the care packages to be sent for the troops. Please bring wrapped healthy snacks, toiletries, and entertainment items. Visit our Events page for more specific information.
This is our opportunity to come together as a community to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11/01 and the sacrifices and efforts members of our Armed Forces, and their families, are making to prevent future attacks and bring freedom to millions.
September 11 is a National Day of Remembrance and our communities need to continue to honor those who fell and those who are still fighting.
August 13, 2008 - West Ranch Town Council 2008 Election Press Release
The West Ranch Town Council is announcing that the 2008 Election date will be November 4, 2008. The West Ranch Town Council, an advisory council for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, is holding this election to fill four seats on the Council whose 4 year term is expiring in 2008.
Because the West Ranch Town Council is an advisory council and not an official legislative organization, the election is being held independently of the National, State, and Local election on that date. Polling location(s) for the WRTC 2008 election are still being determined but will be announced via a press release and posting on the WRTC web site prior to the election. The polling location(s) will be located within the western Santa Clarita Valley communities represented by the West Ranch Town Council; Sunset Pointe, Southern Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, and Westridge.
Volunteers are still needed to staff polling locations, count and certify ballots. Contact Ron Mechsner of the WRTC to volunteer!
Click here for the complete press release on the 2008 Election
Click here to download the 2008 WRTC Candidate Application Form
June 5, 2008 - Photos from the December 2007 WRTC Meeting with LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich as Guest Speaker.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich swears in Chuck O'Connell as Councilmember for the West Ranch Town Council.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich presents an official commendation to Betty Griffin for her years of service on the West Ranch Town Council and for the communities of the West Ranch area.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Betty Griffin and the Members of the West Ranch Town Council. From Left to Right, Michael Antonovich, Dave Bossert (WRTC President), Betty Griffin, Brian Toqe (WRTC Secretary), Don Fleming, Ron Mechsner (WRTC Vice President), Randy Winter, and James Zimmerman (WRTC Treasurer).
June 5, 2008 - Volunteers needed to assist on the November WRTC Election!
As an advisory council, the West Ranch Town Council depends on volunteers to assist in our elections. We are targeting November 4th, 2008 for the election for our 4 open seats. Applications will be available by request starting at the August meeting with a deadline of the October meeting for the submission of the applications and the application fee.
Volunteers will be needed to staff the ballot location(s). Previous elections have taken place at Richard Rioux Park during the 4th of July show. We are hoping to establish several polling locations in the West Ranch communities. Each location will need 3 to 5 volunteers to staff the location and ensure that votes cast are being cast by legitimate residents of the West Ranch communities. Volunteers will also be needed to collect and count the ballots cast and to certify the results for the West Ranch Town Council. The West Ranch Town Council will be deciding on the fee and application format by the August 2008 meeting.
Please volunteer part of your day to help the West Ranch Town Council conduct its 2008 election. All members of the West Ranch Town Council are unpaid volunteers helping the community. We can use your help to ensure that the election is managed effectively. Also, if you can make your garage available or suggest polling locations, please let us know. If you wish to volunteer, please contact either Dave Bossert (DBossert*at*westranchtowncouncil.com - use a @ instead of *at*) or Ron Mechsner (RMechsner*at*westranchtowncouncil.com - use a @ instead of *at*) via email.
March 25, 2008 - West Ranch Town Council Endorses Bob Spierer for Santa Clarita City Council
The West Ranch Town Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening in the Newhall Room of TPC to discuss and possibly endorse one or more Santa Clarita City Council candidates. All seven West Ranch Town Council candidates were present at the meeting which commenced at 6:30 PM.
Ron Mechsner made a motion to determine whether or not the Town Council should endorse one or more candidates and it was seconded by Randal Winter. During the discussion Council member Don Fleming asked, “Should we endorse anyone at all?” There was further discussion on the pros and cons of endorsing one or more candidates. The Council voted unanimously to move forward with making an endorsement.
The next order of business was to decide which, if any, candidate(s) to endorse. There were pre-prepared packets on each candidate passed out to the Council members. Only one of the candidates, Bob Spierer, had participated in the political process by attending every West Ranch Town Council meeting for the past 14 months and that effort was greatly appreciated by members of the Council.
The feeling was that Mr. Spierer, pictured with LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley, is a candidate who has listened to the concerns of the unincorporated West Ranch community and recognizes that the West Ranch Town Council is working towards the betterment of their community. Endorsing candidates that demonstrated limited efforts to reach out to the west side and/or showed little willingness to build a dialog and partnership did not make sense to the Council members. While the Council appreciated the attendance of all of the Santa Clarita City Council candidates at the March meeting, only one candidate clearly demonstrated an interest to reach out to the citizens of the West Ranch communities over the past year.
The West Ranch Town Council unanimously voted to enthusiastically join with State Senator George Runner; City of Santa Clarita Councilmember Laurene Weste; Hon. Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County District Attorney; Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs; Professional Peace Officers Association; and many others in endorsing Santa Clarita City Council Candidate Bob Spierer.
Bob Spierer commented that he was, “Thrilled with the endorsement! I am looking forward to working with the West Ranch Town Council and on the One Valley/One Vision.” To find out more about Bob Spierer visit his website: www.bobspierer.com
March 5, 2008 - Candidates for April 8, 2008 Santa Clarita City Council Election Speak at West Ranch Town Council Meeting
The West Ranch Town Council was very pleased to welcome all five candidates for the 2 City Council seats in the Santa Clarita City Council. Laurie Enders, Bob Kellar, Maria Gutzeit, Bob Spierer, and Diane Trautman spent over 40 minutes addressing the West Ranch Town Council and attendees and responding to questions. After a brief introduction, each candidate was provided 3 minutes to speak to their qualifications for the City Council. This was followed by questions to the candidates by members of the West Ranch Town Council on issues of mutual interest and concerns.
The West Ranch Town Council thanks each of the candidates for their participation and the information that they shared to the Council and members of the public attending the meeting.
December 28, 2007 - Annexation Studies Delayed Until February 2009
Delays caused by the impact of multiple major requests for financial data from Los Angeles County will push the release of the Initial Fiscal Analysis and Governance Options reports to the public until February 2009. With two other regions in addition to the joint West Ranch - Castaic - City of Santa Clarita - Los Angeles County requesting data from the County, County departments will be unable to complete the initial preparation and review of their data until late June 2008. At this point, the data can be provided to the consultants for their work and preparation of the reports. The original schedule anticipated the release of this data to the consultants in the September / October 2007 timeframe. When the consultant reports are completed in draft form and reviewed, the reports will be provided to the County CEO's office for their review and comments. Once all of the reviews are complete, the reports will be shared with the public for their comment.
October 3, 2007 - Supervisor pledges $681,000 towards Sunset Pointe LMD Issues