Local Issues

The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) works to provide a high quality of life for the residents by promoting responsible development. We monitor, review, and take action on proposals which would impact or affect the environment, ecology and/or quality of life in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Newhall Ranch Development

We collaborate with partners to educate Santa Claritans about local and regional environmental issues, including, but not limited to, the operation of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and the cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite site.

Chiquita Canyon Landfill

We monitor, review and take action — through advocacy, legal, and other channels — on local proposals would impact or affect the environment, ecology and/or quality of life in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Sand Canyon Resort Hotel

Through discussion and action, we aim to bring together people from all over the Santa Clarita Valley and the region at large in our shared values of promoting, preserving, and protecting the environment.

To Promote, Protect, and Preserve the Environment, Ecology, and Qualify of Life in the Santa Clarita Valley


SCOPE Goals for 2020! 

At our annual January goal setting meeting, SCOPE members decided to focus on plastics again this year and to possibly hold a conference on this issue in the fall. 

  • We will work to support the two pieces of legislation on plastic that did not make it through the legislature last year, SB 54 and AB 1080, the California Circular Economy and Pollution Reduction Act, introduced by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez and Senator Ben Allen. (We urge everyone to write or call their legislator and request that they support these bills) 
  • We will join with Greenpeace locally by “targeting” our Target stores to get rid of their plastic bags.
  • We will form a committee to promote a wildlife bridge across the I-5 freeway in an area where mountain lions, bears and other migrating wildlife have lost their lives to freeway traffic.
  • We will continue our work on Chiquita Canyon Landfill and the Santa Clara River. 

If you would like to get involved with any of these issues, please contact us.