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Aug 12

Illegal grading stalls Castaic High School

As the Civil Engineer Representing the Romero Canyon Home Owners.

STOP WORK ORDER

•    It has come to my attention that the grading contractor has attempted to begin grading on the site by knowingly exceeding the limits

of what is permitted. On August 10, 2010 the LA County Dept of Building and Safety issued a stop work citation. A copy of the Stop Work Order is attached.

•    In addition the Site has been Dozer Tracked removing or damaging native vegetation and wildlife corridors.

•    The site has recently had all of its Oak Trees removed under a 15-year-old permit, which included the removal of an additional 3

oak trees which were not apart of the original permit. The validity of this permit is being reviewed.

THE ILLEGAL GRADING DIRECTLY IMPACTS A SIGNIFICANT RIDGELINE, WHICH IS CLEARLY DEFINED IN THE COUNTY CODE

FOR CASTAIC.

Construction on a site while an EIR is in progress is a direct violation and an attempt to subvert the intent of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Sincerely,

Dean Paradise
Professional Civil Engineer 39830

Castaic high faces hurdles:
Excerpt: “Soil and geological studies on the Romero Canyon property were shut down last week because Rasmussen didn’t have the proper permits to work on the site, said Dennis Hunter, assistant deputy director at Los Angeles County’s Land Development division.”
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