Santa Clarita com­mis­sion­ers dis­cuss pro­posed plaque

The Signal - - Front page - By Tammy Murga Sig­nal Staff Writer

Santa Clarita parks com­mis­sion­ers took a walk down mem­ory lane Thurs­day as they de­cided the fate of a pro­posed plaque in mem­ory of Ferey­doon Ghaf­fari, one of the con­trib­u­tors re­spon­si­ble for the area’s multi-use trail sys­tem.

The sug­gested bronze plaque honors and rep­re­sents the work Ghaf­fari did in the 1960s, as well as those who fol­lowed him in cre­at­ing miles of alternative trans­porta­tion routes for res­i­dents.

While the Parks, Re­cre­ation and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Com­mis­sion did not chal­lenge its rep­re­sen­ta­tion, the com­mis­sion­ers found through city staff that no guide­line cur­rently ex­ists to de­ter­mine who qual­i­fies to re­ceive a plaque, where one is to be placed and who funds the cost of each.

The pro­posed plaque would be funded by the

Ghaf­fari fam­ily, FivePoint, Gruen As­so­ci­ates and Lambda Al­pha and placed at Va­len­cia Her­itage Park, ac­cord­ing to the city.

Com­mis­sioner Dianna Boone said she did not un­der­stand the cor­re­la­tion be­tween the plaque and the sug­gested

lo­ca­tion, since Ghaf­fari’s de­sign work did not reach that par­tic­u­lar area. Vice chair Vic­tor Lin­den­heim fol­lowed, say­ing Ghaf­fari’s ef­forts were enough to re­ceive a plaque and the rest “did not have to be so spe­cific.”

With var­ied com­men­tary, the com­mis­sion de­cided that the pro­posed Ghaf­fari plaque would re­main in a hold sta­tus pend­ing a de­ter­mi­na­tion of the plaque process.

Dur­ing pub­lic com­ment, Mayor Lau­rene Weste took the op­por­tu­nity to high­light how far the multi-use pub­lic sys­tem has come over the years, thanks not only to Ghaf­fari, but also to lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers in and around the area such as her hus­band, Los An­ge­les County Trail Co­or­di­na­tor James McCarthy, who helped tie the city’s fu­ture trail sys­tem to a larger, 400-mile, county-wide trail sys­tem.

Weste, who chaired the Santa Clarita Val­ley Trails Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee in the 1980s, also con­trib­uted as she worked to map out the fu­ture in­ter­con­nected sys­tem in 1986. Her work was made pos­si­ble through sup­port by the rest of the com­mit­tee, com­prised of lo­cal lead­ers such as Su­san Ostrom, Linda Lam­bourne, Anne Irvine, Sherry Stolorick and Mark Sub­botin.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

A car passes un­der the Fairview Drive paseo bridge. City com­mis­sion­ers are dis­cussing the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a plaque to honor Ferey­doon Ghaf­fari, one of the con­trib­u­tors re­spon­si­ble for the area’s mul­tiuse trail sys­tem.

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