The two plots of land near Sierra Highway blend neatly today into the wide canyons around them but the people who live here on the outskirts see change on the horizon. Two new housing developments are in the works – one rests in Canyon Country, the other sits in sleepy Acton. Both have sparked some reaction from neighbors living in between who don’t know one another today but have more in common than they ever knew. “Unless they do something about our streets, water and sewage, they shouldn’t build more homes here,” said Tony Mashhour. “It’s going to happen,” Sutherland said. “If you really want to get away from people, you have to get really far, and that’s not worth it.” But if Sutherland and Mashhour took a small road trip north up Sierra Highway, past the sun scorched fields, random community churches and mom-and-pop restaurants, they might come across Acton’s Jessica Hecker The 15-year-old is concerned about another housing development. This one includes 39 new single-family homes across a wide chunk of land that Hecker and others find ideal to ride dirt bikes, go-karts and horses. A dirt trail winds its way across the 80-acre property at Bandell Street and Crown Valley Road. The area rests along the floor of a canyon, and the slightest movement sends dust clouds swirling into the air. It’s a legendary place for off-road sports, said Hecker, who has even driven a golf cart there. She expects people to still ride in that area after homes are built. “They might have a lot of annoyed neighbors,” she said. If Mashhour, Sutherland and Hecker on her dirt bike headed to the proposed plot, they’d likely stumble on Bryan Carlton, who lives adjacent to the development. Carlton has enjoyed his 11 years of peace in the area, minus the noise from the people riding on the dirt path and kicking up dust. But his biggest concern about the new homes is the water that will drain from their lawns into a catch basin at the end of the road. It could pool and gather mosquitos, he said. “No, I’m not really excited about the homes,” he said. “But more than anything – all the mosquitoes.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Mashhour runs Pepper Tree Liquor, a lone convenience store and gas station along a barren stretch of Sierra Highway. Although the new residents would bring business to Mashhour’s shop, the Agua Dulce resident finds the two-lane highway outside his window a dangerous place, and said it will only get worse with more people driving it. Sierra Highway serves as a major thoroughfare from Palmdale to Santa Clarita, and many commuters travel the road as an alternative to the Antelope Valley Freeway. If Mashhour took a right out of his store and headed down Sierra Highway a few miles, he’d pass a few ranches, some horses and eventually he’d come upon the 140 acres reserved for seven new homes near Wright Road. The development falls east of Sierra Highway and leans against the wide, towering canyons around it. He might also meet Jeff Sutherland, a 37-year-old who lives in a tiny community tucked behind Wright Road, a dirt road lined with white fences. When the Canyon Country man learned of the seven homes going in, he shrugged. He’s more concerned about the 75 homes proposed near Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road. He’s seeing change all around.
Leah Whetstone joins America’s Future Foundation after several years as a partner relations manager at the Charles Koch Foundation. She’ll be responsible for cultivating the nationwide network of young professionals dedicated to advancing the ideas of freedom and prosperity, especially through AFF’s 26 chapters across the country. Get to know a little more about Leah below:Why did you decide to work to advance liberty? I decided to pursue a career advancing the ideas of liberty because I believe it’s important for individuals – especially young people – to understand the foundations of free societies and how these principles can help society, the economy, and our country flourish.What has been your history with AFF so far? I’ve been a volunteer on the AFF DC Chapter Advisory Board for about a year and a half.What helpful skills do you hold that people could ask you for advice about? Wardrobe consulting/personal styling is my favorite side hustle, so I love listening to and providing advice on cultivating personal brand through style. I also frequently provide advice/give trainings on resumes, networking, and interviews (although I haven’t been through every type of interview, I’ve completed over 90 interviews in the past 5 years!).What are you most excited for in joining AFF full-time? I’m most excited about the potential to make a difference in young professionals’ lives. I think AFF is a fantastic resource for individuals eager to build community, learn about policies from a free-market perspective, and a place to polish professional skills. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact I can have in building and fostering that community and enhancing AFF’s brand.Coffee order: My favorite coffee drink is probably a plain latte with coconut or almond milk!Summer book recommendation: Oh boy there’s so many! I generally prefer professional development books, but I think right now my top two summer recommendations would be “Til We Have Faces” by CS Lewis (fantastic and less well known) and “Pivot” by Jenny Blake.You can find Leah on LinkedIn and be sure to say hi at an upcoming AFF event!
MLS MLS Review: Toronto beaten at home Dejan Kalinic 10:29 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images MLS Toronto Atlanta United v LA Galaxy Toronto v Montreal Impact Atlanta United Montreal Impact LA Galaxy Ignacio Piatti struck a brace to see the Montreal Impact claim a surprise win over the Eastern Conference leader The Montreal Impact overcame Toronto FC in their MLS derby clash, while Atlanta United continued scoring goals in bunches on Wednesday.Ignacio Piatti and Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored braces as Montreal beat an understrength Toronto 5-3 in the 401 Derby at BMO Field.Piatti was fortunate for the opener, blocking a clearance from goalkeeper Alex Bono and watching the ball find the back of the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It was 3-0 inside 25 minutes as Marco Donadel unleashed a 30-yard rocket and Piatti finished clinically from just inside the area.Donadel with a screamer for Montreal! 2-0! #TORvMTL https://t.co/9Hw2Ptd6vr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 20, 2017A Deian Boldor own goal pulled one back for Toronto, who were without star duo Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore due to lower body injuries.Jackson-Hamel struck a quick-fire brace shortly after the break and while Tosaint Ricketts netted twice late for Toronto, the visitors held on.Despite just their fourth loss of the season, Toronto remain 11 points clear atop the Eastern Conference, while Montreal ended a four-match losing streak and stayed seventh.In Atlanta, United crushed the LA Galaxy 4-0 to continue their goal scoring ways.The in-form Josef Martinez tapped in his eighth goal in four games to open the scoring before Yamil Asad struck twice, firstly on the rebound and later tapping in a Hector Villalba pass.Trailing 3-0 after 20 minutes, it got worse for the Galaxy as midfielder Jermaine Jones was sent off before halftime.A chipped finish from Miguel Almiron extended Atlanta’s lead prior to the break and while they had Brandon Vazquez sent off late, they climbed into fourth in the Eastern Conference.What a first half for the &. #ATLUTD pic.twitter.com/xtFbqL5nov— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 21, 2017Gerardo Martino’s impressive side has now scored 17 goals in a four-match home stand.