Darcy recalled pitching the idea of Santa Clarita annexing
Val Verde to Antonovich about 12 years ago, but was rebuffed.
Ben Curtis, who operated a smaller mine at the Cemex site for two decades, said he is considering annexing
two miles of riverbed he owns that border the city.
In letters written to the city, the company's lawyers accuse Santa Clarita of trying to circumvent environmental laws by annexing
the land it owns without comprehensive environmental studies.
Santa Clarita then shifted strategy and, in an agreement with the city of Los Angeles, decided to seek a change that would give the city some say over development within the sphere without annexing
or taking jurisdiction of the land.
Santa Clarita tried to stop Las Lomas by annexing
the land before Palmer could join the city of Los Angeles.
Officials with the county Local Agency Formation Commission - an independent agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in the county - have said it will not prevent a community from annexing
to a city if there is majority support.
The new plan involves annexing
27 square miles located west of California City Boulevard and between the existing city boundaries and the Mojave-Barstow Highway (58).