Organizational resolution adopters to date:
Individual petition signers to date: 700+ including:
Praise for SSMPA's Campaign
U. S. Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA 29)
“[We] must take action to sustain our environment through the creation and conservation of open spaces and park lands.”
Congressman Cárdenas is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee in Washington.
Read the full text of Congressman Cárdenas's letter to SSMPA below:
Joining the Conversation
Assemblymember Scott Wilk (CA AD38)
invited SSMPA to his office on July 18, to hear more about our campaign to Preserve the Simi Hills.
Our campaign urges the National Park Service to step forward now to arrange to take over the 450-acre NASA-administered piece of the Santa Susana Field Lab, after NASA completes its cleanup, and preserve it as open space parkland forever.
SSMPA thanks Assemblymember Wilk for his interest in planning now to provide a responsible future for the SSFL lands of the Simi Hills.
How is SSMPA putting your support to work?
Every two weeks SSMPA sends a fresh batch of support letters and positions to twenty (20) officials and organizations.
SSMPA then asks every one of those parties to meet with us so that we can make sure they know how much you want action to be taken now to preserve the SSFL lands in the future forever.
Our target list of officials and organizations includes:
(Move mouse over Name to see mailing address)
• Supervisor Michael Antonovich: L.A. County District 5
• Councilmember Bob Blumenfield: L.A. City CD3
• U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: CA
• Congresswoman Julia Brownley: CA CD26
• Congressman Tony Cárdenas: CA CD29
• Councilmember Mitchell Englander: L.A. City CD12
• U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein: CA
• Supervisor Peter C. Foy: Ventura County District 4
• Assemblymember Jeff Gorell: CA AD44
• Supervisor Linda Parks: Ventura County District 3
• Senator Fran Pavley: CA SD27
• Congressman Adam Schiff: CA CD28
• Congressman Brad Sherman: CA CD30
• Superintendent David Szymanski, National Park Service
• Congressman Henry Waxman: CA CD33
• Assemblymember Scott Wilk: CA AD38
• Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: L.A. County District 3
• The Boeing Company
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
SSMPA will let you know, here on this website, how each official and organization responds to your desire to see the SSFL lands preserved.
Preserve the Simi Hills
NPS SSFL - Resolution & Petition
Just five miles west of Chatsworth lie almost 3,000 stunningly beautiful acres of Simi Hills ridge top. They are mostly open space in a vital, shrinking wildlife habitat corridor. They are the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, also known as "Rocketdyne" or "Boeing." Some of that land is undergoing major decontamination, expected to be complete within the next four to seven years. The SSFL land is awesome terrain with many cultural assets and we need your help to keep it in the public domain, prevent opportunistic development, and protect this strategic wildlife habitat corridor.
More than 400 acres of that land is owned by the federal government and is administered by NASA. NASA has declared that it will complete a thorough cleanup of its property, but has no future use for the land. In effect, the federal property is up for sale to a future owner now.
SSMPA's position is that the Simi Hills must be protected from commercial development and preserved for the benefit of future generations of people and wildlife. To that end, SSMPA has advanced a resolution calling on the U.S. National Park Service to step forward now to arrange acquisition of the NASA property after the cleanup has been declared complete by the State of California.
So far, thirteen local councils and organizations have passed resolutions to support the National Park Service's eventual acquisition of federally-owned properties at the Santa Susana Field Lab site, following the site's completion of cleanup.
The resolution, based on SSMPA's proposal, calls for the land to be preserved as open space forever.
all recently passed their resolutions, based on SSMPA's proposal. SSMPA is calling on several other neighbor-hood councils and community organizations to approve their own resolutions to the same end.
SSMPA is also circulating a companion petition for individuals to sign (700+ signatures to date). The petition states:
"I support prompt action by the National Park Service to arrange acquisition of property in the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and preserve it forever as open space and parkland."
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