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Join us to Stop Centennial on Dec 11
December 11 @ 9:00 am
CNPS, the Center for Biological Diversity, and thousands of other Californians are working hard to stop a new sprawl community development called “Centennial”. If approved, this development will site a brand new city of 55,000 people on top of some of the last remaining native grassland in California – 60 miles from Los Angeles at Tejon Ranch – and in an area particularly prone to earthquake and wildfire.
Scientists and planning experts are warning that this new city will not only cause significant detrimental environmental destruction to habitat and wildlife, but will place its residents at risk: CAL FIRE has designated the location a high fire hazard severity zone; subdivisions will be placed atop two active fault lines, including the San Andreas fault; and as public transportation will not be included in this project, it will significantly increase California’s carbon emissions with over 75,000 car trips added in L.A. County each day, with Californian taxpayers footing the bill to pay $800M to widen Hwy 138, one of the few routes to/from this proposed site.
The region is exceptionally important because it connects five different ecoregions – a crucial wildlife and habitat corridor that connects coastal habitats to inland mountains and desert habitats. Tejon is a rich, biodiverse ark of what California was like prior to European settlement: it supports 23 different vegetation communities, including over one-third of the oak species in California, and is refuge to over 20 state and federally listed species, as well as 60 other species of special concern, including the last herd of pronghorn antelope in the Antelope Valley. The preserve’s grasslands, in particular, offer some of the most expansive and impressive wildflower displays in the state, if not the world. Most critically, as climate change continues to take effect, this unique open space will provide the crucial habitats and corridors necessary for the survival of Southern Californian wildlife. This property is one of the few remaining places in California that allows species the mobility to migrate north or to higher elevations, ensuring their survival.
With the proposed vote on Dec. 11, we have no time to spare. We are calling on residents of L.A. County ESPECIALLY to contact their supervisor NOW. Learn more, and take action, here.