Chiquita Canyon responds to Alleged Discrimination in Landfill Expansion Process
Posted on: 06/11/2015
Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance and Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) made harsh accusations alleging “Spanish-speaking residents were wrongfully shut out of the public review process for the proposed Chiquita Canyon Landfill expansion.”
Management at Chiquita Canyon Landfill responded; “Chiquita Canyon remains confident that the County of Los Angeles conducted the public review of our Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) legally and properly. Despite misleading information from a small group of project opponents, Chiquita Canyon continues to work with the County of Los Angeles in responding to public comments received during the extensive public review of the Draft EIR.”
Accordingly, the County of Los Angeles provided Spanish translation at the public hearing on July, 31, 2014 for the landfill’s Master Plan Revision. At that hearing only one person of the approximately 25 public speakers requested the translation assistance.
It is also worth noting that the Val Verde Civic Association (VVCA), Val Verde Community Advisory Committee (VVCAC) and the Val Verde Community Benefits Funding Committee (CBFC) hold regular monthly meetings. Nearly all meetings are conducted without Spanish translation. Their meeting agendas, minutes, financials and reports are only provided to their residents in English. Chiquita Canyon Landfill representatives presented the Master Plan Revision to the Val Verde Civic Association at their regularly scheduled meeting and the VVCA did not request a Spanish translator or translation during the meeting residents.