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Old 09-25-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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I chose Simi. Primary reasons being that it is in Ventura County instead of Los Angeles County, and that it is to the west of the L.A. basin/S.F. Valley. Since the mid-latitudes have a prevailing westerly wind, Simi Valley has a bit less smog than the Valley.

Santa Clarita would be the second choice, but traffic on through the Newhall pass is a nightmare, especially on Friday afternoons. It is better since they finished construction between the 210/5 and 5/14, but it is still awful. They do have a nice bike trail system in Santa Clarita.

The one thing I really hate about Santa Clarita is the traffic. Not much can be done about it due to the nature of the geography. Except for Newhall/Valencia, the whole area is canyons and fluvial valleys. The part where I owned my first home is/was called "Canyon Country". Rush-hour traffic is terrible. At off hours, it isn't so bad.
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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The air quality in the west valley is usually quite good. I took this photo yesterday... Reseda Blvd looking north from near Devonshire St.

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Old 09-27-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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I chose Simi. Primary reasons being that it is in Ventura County instead of Los Angeles County, and that it is to the west of the L.A. basin/S.F. Valley. Since the mid-latitudes have a prevailing westerly wind, Simi Valley has a bit less smog than the Valley.

Santa Clarita would be the second choice, but traffic on through the Newhall pass is a nightmare, especially on Friday afternoons. It is better since they finished construction between the 210/5 and 5/14, but it is still awful. They do have a nice bike trail system in Santa Clarita.

The one thing I really hate about Santa Clarita is the traffic. Not much can be done about it due to the nature of the geography. Except for Newhall/Valencia, the whole area is canyons and fluvial valleys. The part where I owned my first home is/was called "Canyon Country". Rush-hour traffic is terrible. At off hours, it isn't so bad.
Since the OP works in Santa Clarita, he'll have to drive through the Newhall Pass every day if he lives in Simi. If he chooses Santa Clarita, he wont.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:40 AM
 
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Santa Clarita is the best choice. Newer housing stock.
Simi Valley has the stigma of the Rodney King trial and not jailing racists like Stacey Koon, Mark Furhman et al.
Northridge is block by block. Seems becoming like South LA the bad parts.
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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Santa Clarita or Simi Valley would be suitable for you.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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Ah, yes, sorry!
I will be working in Santa Clarita.
I have 3 kids.
I don't have to be close to L.A.
I prefer newer construction.
Santa Clarita.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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^^^^Perfect answer.
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Downtown SS
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Try canyon country for Santa Clarita. Simi Valley is way boring, teenage kids make up stuff to create trouble. Totally recommend Santa Clarita area. Plus you can get Six Flags season tickets. SWEET!!!! Lake Casitas is nearby as is Hunger Valley offroad/camp grounds/state park. Hope the 126 to Ventura which is an awesome city/beach area.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Palmer/Fishhook, Alaska
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The air quality in the west valley is usually quite good. I took this photo yesterday... Reseda Blvd looking north from near Devonshire St.
Air quality now is much better in the SFV than it was during the 1980s....while I was still stuck living there as a teenager.

Still remember the time I paid a visit back to the SFV for my brother's wedding...it was 1989 (by this time I had escaped to Portland, Oregon lol)....the temps hovered in the 100s-110s.....and the visibility was less than three blocks, the smog was that thick.

When I flew back to Portland after that trip and found myself getting off the airplane to a clear, partly cloudy sky and a temperature of 68F....I damn near kissed the ground and vowed NEVER to live in LA County again lol
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Air quality now is much better in the SFV than it was during the 1980s....while I was still stuck living there as a teenager.

Still remember the time I paid a visit back to the SFV for my brother's wedding...it was 1989 (by this time I had escaped to Portland, Oregon lol)....the temps hovered in the 100s-110s.....and the visibility was less than three blocks, the smog was that thick.

When I flew back to Portland after that trip and found myself getting off the airplane to a clear, partly cloudy sky and a temperature of 68F....I damn near kissed the ground and vowed NEVER to live in LA County again lol
Yes, air quality is better now in the SFV, but that would also apply to the surrounding areas, too.
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