That attitude has been, for most of the city’s 18-year history, almost promiscuously pro-development, with the population nearing 200,000. Activist Teresa Savaikie waved from the tour-bus window at one recently riparian landscape, now gouged out for construction. “They‘re trying to make the place look like Afghanistan.”
The biggest development -- and fight -- is yet to come: the Newhall Ranch project, west of the city, where homes for 70,000 people are planned -- a local residential increase of more than 35 percent. Opponents say there simply isn’t enough water for the project, and Supervisor Antonovich has so far agreed with them.