As a blogger I am often critical of the actions of local elected officials and governments. But I am very supportive of this project in Simi Valley. Most governments don't plan for the distant future. The city of Simi Valley though is rising to the challenge.
Our plans for local economic development should include making Simi Valley more attractive to businesses. Some want to review our regulations and stop there. Businesses though consider many factors including infrastructure and ability to attract talented workers. To make Simi Valley a more livable community we need to continue to improve our schools and the amenities for recreation.
This greenway project connects many issues that are important to me including environmental sustainability, health, habitat preservation, family friendly communities,local history, economic development, and recreation. I am glad the city is taking a progressive approach to community development.
The Simi Valley Acorn reported that progress continues to be made in the plan to change the wash that runs through Simi Valley into the Simi Valley Arroyo Greenway. The plan calls for large amounts of money to be spent in coming decades to change the path that runs along the wash into a park that spans the length of the city. The project won't be free to local taxpayers but many leaders believe they will continue to get financial support from the state and federal governments.
This project will develop an asset in our community into a treasure.
Families from throughout the region will be coming to Simi Valley. Our nationally ranked high school cross country teams could use it for training. Families will have another outdoors option for recreation. Less bicycle commuters will need to use the streets. There will be environmental and historical interpretive signs to educate young people of our ecological and social histories.
California is a dynamic state that is the headquarters of some of the most innovative businesses in the world including Facebook, Google, Ebay, Yahoo, and Apple. We should develop communities that attract those businesses and their workers.
Simi Valley City Council Member Steve Sojka enthusiastically supports this project: