“(McKeon) indicated passage (of his bill) is going to be difficult, but that’s not to say it can’t happen and won’t happen,” Murphy said. “We just need to work with him very closely.” The bill’s first step is a review by the House Resources Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, a Republican from California’s Central Valley. Santa Clarita has spent more than $6 million in its battle against the mine, including buying a portion of the land – but not the mineral rights – that the mine would sit on. “There is no doubt in my mind that Santa Clarita’s concerns are real …,” McKeon said in the statement. “For its part, Cemex wants to be compensated. My legislation is a first step toward … (getting) the parties to begin to talk about solutions, instead of talking about their problems.” The McKeon legislation would cancel the Cemex leases and prohibit the BLM from re-leasing the land, except for mining at “historic levels,” defined as 300,000 tons of aggregate a year. In exchange, Cemex would be given minerals of equal value in the form of credits that can be used in other areas of California. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want 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. 2McKeon said Wednesday in an exclusive interview that he wasn’t confident the bill would pass, given powerful federal mining laws backing the Cemex plan, but said he wants the issue “on the table.” “While I don’t believe that this bill is the final word on the Soledad mining issue, I do believe that it will serve to move the process forward,” McKeon said in a statement issued Thursday. Susana Duarte, a Cemex vice president, released a statement that said the company intends to move forward. “For more than a decade, this project has been on hold. It is an important one that would provide a much-needed resource in L.A. County and Southern California. Home foundations, schools, freeways and roads simply cannot be constructed without this resource without adding significant cost,” the company statement. Under current plans, the company expects to begin mining by next year. Still, city officials are confident. SANTA CLARITA – City Hall rallied Thursday behind U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon – Santa Clarita’s first mayor – as he introduced the Soledad Canyon Mine Leases Adjustment Act, a bill to help resolve the ongoing dispute over the planned Cemex mine in Canyon Country. Michael Murphy, the city’s intergovernmental relations officer, said Santa Clarita officials will travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby for passage of the bill. The legislation would cancel the current agreement with the federal Bureau of Land Management that allows Cemex to mine a staggering 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel from Soledad Canyon, near the headwaters of the Santa Clara River. The aggregate, used to make cement, would help fuel California’s building industry. “The argument that we’ve been making all along on this issue is the negative impact this mine would have on our air quality, the significant increase in traffic on local roads and State Route 14 and the negative impact on overall quality of life in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Murphy said.
Milan Montella’s Milan still striving for perfection after big win Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 05:13 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Milan Austria Wien v Milan Austria Wien UEFA Europa League Despite a magnificent performance against Austria Wien on Thursday, the manager wants his side to aim higher still Vincenzo Montella says AC Milan are continuing to search for the perfect performance after their stunning 5-1 victory over Austria Wien.Andre Silva hit a hat-trick while Hakan Calhanoglu scored and stood out, with Suso also on the scoresheet as the Rossoneri kicked off their Europa League campaign in style.ACM 11/5 to beat Udinese BTTS 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 Despite the fine display, Montella believes there is still room for improvement and wants to see the players strive for it.”We’re not perfect and we’ve still got to look for that,” he said, via UEFA.com. “It’s not going to be easy to get it – if it is even possible.”Milan had been on the wrong end of a 4-1 thrashing at Lazio on Sunday, but the coach was happy with the response in Vienna.”It was weighing us down, the Lazio defeat, for the way it happened, but I was pleased with the way we approached the game today and the spirit we showed,” Montella said.”We played quickly, particularly in the first 20 minutes, finishing the game off clinically.Full Time / Fischio finaleGreat job, boys! #AUSACM 1-53′ @hakanc1010′ 20′ 56′ @andrevsilva1963′ @suso30oficial pic.twitter.com/h9OSUCgTq0— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 14, 2017″We know we still have to work hard, but this was a big win for us. Now we’ve got to put it to one side and prepare for the Udinese game [on Sunday].”Milan’s 3-5-2 formation was particularly effective – Silva and Nikola Kalinic thriving as a partnership – and Luca Antonelli believes a system that suits their new-look squad has been found.”We analysed the defeat in Rome and looked at where we could improve. I think we gave the perfect answer tonight,” Antonelli told Sky Sport Italia.”I really like the 3-5-2 formation, but it’s up to the coach how we play. All in all, though, I think we played a game that showed what we are capable of.”Three quarters of the dressing room has changed [since last season], but I think we’ve built a great team and now it’s up to us to demonstrate it on the pitch.”