first_imgVALENCIA – If the saying “good fences make good neighbors” is correct, what do bad fences make of neighboring governments? That’s the question being pondered by residents of the North Park neighborhood of Valencia. Santa Clarita annexed the neighborhood and its approximately 6,000 residents last year. But responsibility and funding for maintaining landscapes and fencing in the area has not yet been transferred from the county to the city, officials said. As a result, links on some of the white fencing that runs through the neighborhood are missing and some areas have fallen down. Residents have complained, saying they are already paying taxes for upkeep of the fencing. “There’s enough wealth and money out here that nothing out here should be in disrepair,” said resident Damon Everett, 40, who is a prop maker in the film and television industry. Everett cares enough about how his neighborhood looks that when he goes on a walk he takes along primer and paint to cover any graffiti he sees on the fences. Residents in North Park pay $375 a year per parcel for landscape maintenance district fees, said Gail Ortiz, spokeswoman for the city. The county says it plans to begin fixing fences in the neighborhood within weeks, starting near North Park Elementary. “There’s this ambivalence about who is responsible for North Park,” said Patrick Malekian, administrator of special districts for the county. “I think a lot of residents are under the impression that it has gone over to the city, which is not the case.” Malekian declined to offer details on why the landscape maintenance district has not yet been transferred to the city. But Darren Hernandez, head of administrative services for the city, blamed the delay on county bureaucracy and said the city has offered to do the landscaping work before the transfer is finalized. “Even though that landscape maintenance district is administered by the county rather than the city, it is a part of the city of Santa Clarita,” Hernandez said. “And we eagerly want to take over the maintenance of that area so that we can provide that area with a Santa Clarita-level of service.” alex.dob[email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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