Pumpkin Pandemonium at the Newhall Community Center, Adorable Pics to Get You In the Halloween Spirit

October 31, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Pictured are pumpkins decorated by staff and teens at the Newhall Community Center. 1 2 3 4 5

City of Santa Clarita Announces New Venue for 2015 Cowboy Festival Weekend Activities

October 29, 2014

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The City of Santa Clarita announced that the 22nd annual Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, set for April 18 and 19, will be held in Old Town Newhall.

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Since 1994, the Cowboy Festival’s full lineup has included events with partner agencies throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, while weekend programming has taken place at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio™.  Film contracts between Melody Ranch and a production company make it impossible to host both the production and Cowboy Festival’s weekend activities in 2015.

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The 22nd annual event will provide the same level of music, entertainment, food, and shopping that Festival patrons have come to expect from the world-class event in a new, exciting setting.  Old Town Newhall is part of the City of Santa Clarita’s recently revitalized Arts and Entertainment District, which features historic and film-focused points of interest like the William S. Hart Ranch & Museum and Walk of Western Stars.

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Tickets for the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will go on sale in early January, 2015.

Information about the Cowboy Festival, including dates, ticket availability, events times, prices, venues and more, will be available at CowboyFestival.org in the coming weeks.


Santa Clarita Public Library Seeks Feedback as Part of Three-Year Strategic Planning Process

October 29, 2014

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The Santa Clarita Public Library is currently working on a three-year strategic plan to advance and expand the programs and services at all three branches.  Santa Clarita Public Library users and residents are invited to share their thoughts and feedback with the Santa Clarita Public Library team at an upcoming planning meeting, or online via a six-question survey.

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The Santa Clarita Public Library will host five planning meetings in the next two weeks, providing residents with the opportunity to share feedback and ask questions.  Light refreshments will be served. The upcoming meetings will take place on:

  • Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. at the Canyon Country branch
  • Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at the Valencia branch
  • Monday, November 3, at 5 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall branch
  • Monday, November 10, at 4 pm: Spanish session at the Old Town Newhall branch

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The City of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Public Library take great pride in offering programs and services to meet the needs of residents and business owners.  Feedback is extremely helpful as the Library works to develop new services that are in line with the specific interests of Library users and meet the community’s needs.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Public Library’s three-year strategic plan, contact Santa Clarita Public Library Marketing, PR, and Special Projects Coordinator Robin Hoklotubbe at (661) 799-6135 or via email at friends@santaclaritalibrary.com

Santa Clarita City Council Awards and Recognitions: October 28th

October 29, 2014


At last night’s Santa Clarita City Council meeting, Mayor Laurene Weste and the Santa Clarita City Council recognized Akash Moreno for his winning t-shirt design for this year’s River Rally .


The City Council also proclamed the month of October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and “Domestic Violence Prevention Month” in the City of Santa Clarita.


The City Council also received the highest honor from the League of California Cities’ – the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence – for its “Drug Free Youth in Town (DFYIT) Program.


The City Council also celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the City’s Teen Court program.


The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) also presented the City Council with awards for being the most business friendly city in Los Angeles County .

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to Host ‘Sheriff’s Community Academy’ November 11

October 28, 2014

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The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will host the 10th annual Sheriff’s Community Academy beginning on Tuesday, November 11 through December 16.

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The Sheriff’s Community Academy offers a limited number of community members the exclusive opportunity to go inside the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s and Santa Clarita Valley Station for a unique and in depth look at how deputies serve the community and the inner-workings of community protection.

Participants will learn every aspect of the Sheriff’s Station including: patrol procedures, jail operations, detective bureau investigations, gang and narcotic enforcement, and how they can become involved with helping us protect our community through Neighborhood Watch.  An exclusive field trip is planned to one of the Sheriff Department’s maximum security jails in Los Angeles County.

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There is limited space available and only 30 applicants will be approved and accepted for the upcoming academy.  The last day to submit applications for the academy class will be Monday, November 3.  

Applicants must be 18 years of age before the start of the academy and must live or work in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Applicants must not be involved in any criminal process or have felony convictions.  All applications are subject to approval of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Community Academy, click here. Interested community members should contact Deputy Fanny Lapkin via email at Flapkin@lasd.org.  

City Offers Free Oak Trees to Residents in Honor of “Oaktober” Now through November 7

October 25, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita is offering complimentary California native oak trees to residents in honor of the community’s annual “Oaktober” celebration. Residents can contact the City through November 7, to order the free trees, which are exempt from the City’s Oak Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance.

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Residents can choose from two varieties of trees, the evergreen Coast Live Oak tree and the deciduous Valley Oak tree. The 15-gallon, drought-tolerant trees will be available in single or multiple trunk forms. The trees require ample room to grow and develop properly, so residents are encouraged to select a spot in their yard with plenty of space for planting.

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Interested residents must pre-order their tree and schedule a pick-up time by calling the City at (661) 294-2567.

The complimentary oak trees are exempt from the City’s Oak Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance, which requires property owners to obtain permits for pruning, encroachments and the removal of oak trees located within the City. Homeowners who order and register the free “Oaktober” trees with the City will be exempt from the ordinance and any required removal permits.

 For additional information about oak tree preservation and maintenance in Santa Clarita, contact the City’s Oak Tree Specialist, Robert Sartain, at (661) 286-4078.

Working Towards an Energy Efficient Home, November 6 Workshop to Provide Tips

October 24, 2014
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The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main St.

The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Community Energy Partnership and Energy Upgrade California, invites residents to attend a FREE Home Upgrade Workshop on Thursday, November 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library.

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The workshop, hosted by The Energy Network, will inform Santa Clarita residents on the benefits of upgrading their homes to be more energy efficient. The meeting will include basic building science, such as the steps to take before adding solar to a home, and the numbers and facts behind the way homes use and lose energy. Additionally, participants will learn about available rebates and financing to help make upgrading easier.

Panelists at the workshop will include contractors with the statewide Energy Upgrade California home upgrade rebate program, who will provide information and tips to help interested residents get started on making money-saving home upgrades. The event will also feature refreshments and the opportunity to win prizes.

Space at the workshop is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to RSVP soon online.

For more information about the Energy Network Home Upgrade Workshop, call (877) 785-2237 or email homeupgrade@theenergynetwork.com.

Around Town: Drug Free Youth In Town High School Youth Summit

October 24, 2014

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Mayor Laurene Weste speaking to the DFYIT teens at the program.

On Monday, October 20, the Drug Free Youth in Town (DFYIT) program held its annual ‘High School Youth Summit’ at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

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The energy was high at the event which serves as a team building opportunity, as well as informational session.

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Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Captain Roosevelt Johnson was also in attendance and spoke to the teens.

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Mayor Laurene Weste posed for a “selfie” with the DFYIT teens.

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For more information about the Drug Free Youth in Town program, visit DFYITSCV.com.

City to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path October 30

October 23, 2014
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The event will be held near the McBean Parkway Bridge, just north of Creekside Road. 

The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita City Council will host a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, October 30 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project.

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Attendees may park in the McDonald’s parking lot located on McBean Parkway just north of Creekside Road, then walk north across the bridge to the event.

The McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project included the widening of the McBean Parkway Bridge to eight lanes to improve traffic flow, the addition of a raised landscaped median and asphalt improvements.

The project also added a dedicated bike path on the bridge to connect the Santa Clara River Trail and the South River Trail, and added a trail connection beneath the north side of the bridge to connect the east and west portions of the Santa Clara River Trail.

To RSVP for the ribbon cutting, contact Jessica Thompson at jethompson@santa-clarita.com.  For additional details about the McBean Bridge Widening Project, contact City project manager Hoon Hahn at (661) 255-4953 or hhahn@santa-clarita.com.

City Releases Online Draft to Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan for Public Review and Comment

October 23, 2014
Soledad Corridor Plan Website

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The City of Santa Clarita released the draft Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan today, which will help guide future development and uses within the area’s commercial corridor.  Santa Clarita residents and business owners are invited to view the plan at SantaClaritaCorridorPlan.com and provide additional comment using the blog function on the site, before the plan is presented to the Planning Commission later this year.

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The City is also hosting a presentation on Wednesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Public Library at which the draft plan will be reviewed.  Area residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

*Last year, This Week in Santa Clarita covered the City’s plan with the Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan*

Beginning in September 2013, residents and business owners along Soledad Canyon Road, between Camp Plenty Road and Solamint Road, were invited to public workshops to provide input and feedback to help the City develop the draft plan.  The City also sought feedback from the community via an online survey.  The draft plan does not propose any new development, but serves as a planning tool to guide future changes when desired by property owners.

Those unable to attend the presentation can still review the draft document and share comments at the project’s interactive blogging website SantaClaritaCorridorPlan.com.


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