Canyon Country Advisory Committee Highlights City Council Race and Human Trafficking AwarenessSebastian Cazares August 26, 2018 0 COMMENTS
On August 15, the Canyon Country Advisory Committee held its monthly meeting at the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge.
The committee discussed a variety of topics, with CCAC Chair Alan Ferdman describing the city’s homeless plan. Ferdman discussed Santa Clarita’s growing traffic and recent removals of traffic lanes.
CCAC Board President, Rick Drew, went over his usual tour over the area of Canyon Country and SCV – from new developments to local city changes in the community, and at times relating to Ferdman’s concern for growing congestion.
Drew’s tour analyzed the new Senior Center on Golden Valley, the traffic circles along Northern Sand Canyon, the restriping of Center Point off Golden Valley and new housing developments such as Sand Canyon Plaza or Skyline Ranch.
Santa Clarita City Council candidate, Brett Haddock, attended the meeting and spoke to The Proclaimer about his opinions of the traffic and housing discussions.
“Of course new developments occurring in the midst of LA’s housing crisis will cause issues,” Haddock said. “We obviously can’t say no to new homes, but I believe the city can plan developments and address traffic in a smarter and more thought out way.”
Diane Trautman, another candidate running for Santa Clarita City Council, was also in attendance and expressed similar sentiments about traffic concerns. “We need to have someone speak about transportation planning to the city,” Trautman said. “I don’t think the city avails themselves of the expertise, and if we did that, we’d have a better transportation system.”
The two candidates will be able to express their platform — along with other candidates on the ballot for City Council — at the Canyon Country Advisory Committee’s City Council Election Meet and Greet. The Meet and Greet was announced at the CCAC’s meeting.
The goal is to provide each candidate an opportunity to get their message out, and videos will be recorded and uploaded online. Twenty minutes will be allocated for questions and answers with the candidates. The meetings will take place in September and October with official dates still to be determined.
After announcing the Meet and Greet, the CCAC concluded with a presentation by Dan Broyles, the keynote speaker of the night and chair of the Santa Clarita Human Trafficking Task Force.
“Often times, when people think of human trafficking, they think of other countries. This is not in the rough parts of LA, this is right in our backyard. Human trafficking happens right here in Santa Clarita,” Broyles said.
Broyles’ presentation explained how 60,000 to 100,000 people are known to be trafficked in the United States alone, that a strong majority of them come from difficult home lives, and the average lifespan of a girl trafficked is seven years.
The Santa Clarita Human Trafficking Task Force and other organizations are committed to preventing future trafficking in SCV and LA county, especially in educating students and teachers on how to avoid methods traffickers employ online.
The staggering numbers are why Broyles promoted a trafficking awareness and prevention event called “It Happens Right Here! Human Trafficking And How To Make A Difference.” The event will take place on September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East PE Gym on the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus. Harmony Dust —trafficking survivor, author and advocate — is the keynote speaker. Those interested in attending can RSVP by emailing [email protected].
Sebastian Cazares is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and student at College of the Canyons. He was heavily involved in Speech, Model UN, Rotary Club and journalism during his high school years. Sebastian is deeply interested in local politics and excited to report on the issues that impact his community.