A whirlwind two day trip to Washington, D.C. met with progress according to the small Santa Clarita delegation that traveled there this week, including Mayor Laurene Weste, Councilmember Bob Kellar, City Manager Ken Pulskamp and Intergovernmental Relations Officer Mike Murphy.
"The trip was well worth the time and I believe we are making progress on the CEMEX issue," reported Mayor Laurene Weste.
All of the legislators that met with Santa Clarita officials were positively oriented towards the City’s issues and indicated they were interested in helping the City with the CEMEX issue, specifically in bringing it towards satisfactory resolution. Weste and the delegation met with Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, Congressman Brad Sherman, as well as U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding the next steps for the CEMEX issue. The delegation is working toward introduction of new legislation in 2007 that would include language to limit mining in Soledad Canyon to historical levels only.