December 19, 2014
The City of Santa Clarita is offering free curbside Christmas tree recycling, from December 26 to January 10. By recycling Christmas trees, residents can help the environment and keep this valuable resource out of our landfills.
Single family residents should place their trees at the curb on their regular collection day during the two weeks following Christmas. Multi-family residents can place their trees adjacent to the trash bins in their complex.
- No flocked, painted, or fireproofed trees
- No ornaments, tinsel, or lights
- No nails, nets, or tree stands
For more information about being green in Santa Clarita, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.
December 18, 2014
In early November 2013, a kitten was found up a tree at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, rescued and subsequently adopted by a member of Santa Clarita city staff.
The cat, officially named Pascal, but affectionately known as City Kitty, resembles very little of the frightened kitten that was photographed stuck up a tree one year ago. See the original post here.
City Kitty has moved on from an early affinity of climbing trees towards an ardent interest in all things having to do with fish and aquariums.
December 18, 2014
Santa Clarita residents can learn life-saving emergency skills by signing up for the City’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. The next seven-week course runs January 15 through February 26 and will teach basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and other life-threatening situations.
Santa Clarita Sports Complex is located at 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway.
CERT classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Canyon Rooms A/B.
CERT is an interactive training series integrating lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations to teach residents important skills needed to act quickly during emergencies. The program focuses on comprehensive emergency preparedness education and emphasizes the importance of preplanning and contingency planning to ensure the safety of family, friends and co-workers during times of crises.
Participants will practice treating life-threatening conditions through a method used by first responders called Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (S.T.A.R.T). By the end of the course, trainees will be able to identify the proper courses of action and organize available resources according to the appropriate disaster situation. The course culminates with a disaster simulation on the final evening.
The CERT program is certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and requires no previous knowledge to participate. Participants must be 18 years or older. Classes are instructed by local fire fighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and City of Santa Clarita staff.
Registration for the CERT program is now open online here. The class includes a $30 equipment fee. For more information on the CERT program, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Emergency.
December 17, 2014
Old Town Newhall Roundabout Assistant Engineer Joel Bareng and Project Manager Balvinder Sandhu accept the award on behalf of the City.
The Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) named the City of Santa Clarita’s Newhall Roundabout the “2014 Project of the Year.” The APWA, which recognizes public agencies for their outstanding projects and programs, presented the award to the project team at the organization’s annual awards luncheon in Lakewood. The project was also recognized as the “Project of the Year” by the APWA’s High Desert Branch at an event earlier this month.
The Newhall Roundabout Project was completed in January 2014 and has greatly enhanced the walkability of Old Town Newhall by providing a pedestrian-friendly link between Hart Park, the Old Town Newhall Library and the businesses on Main Street. The project has also enhanced safety in and around the area by allowing for a smoother transition of commuter traffic, emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists traveling in and out of Old Town Newhall.
APWA is the professional association of Public Works, which represents leaders throughout the United States and Canada. The Southern California Chapter covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
To learn more about the revitalization of Old Town Newhall or for more information about events and businesses in the area, visit OldTownNewhall.com.
December 16, 2014
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Go green this Holiday Season by looking at these helpful tips from the City.
For more information about the going green in Santa Clarita, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.
December 15, 2014
Santa Clarita needs your help! Senator Martin Heinrich has decided to undo 14 years of hard work to prevent mega-mining in Soledad Canyon. A bill sits on the Senate floor that is backed by Cemex and the City of Santa Clarita, at no cost to taxpayers, to prevent a mega-mine from being built on the edge of town.
Santa Clarita citizens can make a difference, and protect future generations from 20 years of environmental devastation, by reaching out to Senator Heinrich to request that he not block the bill which would protect the citizens of Santa Clarita.
The background. On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA-25) was able to secure passage of his H.R. 5742, the identical companion measure to Senator Boxer’s bill. HR. 5742 was passed on a voice vote and sent to the Senate. Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA-30) spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor, signaling strong bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives.
Unfortunately, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) has placed a “hold” on the bill, essentially stating that he does not support the measure. Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein continue to engage senator Heinrich in an effort to secure his support for the bill. It would be helpful Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County unincorporated residents to communicate with Mr. Heinrich and provide him reasons why the enactment of the legislation is critical.
How you can help
TODAY is our last chance to resolve the mining issue this year! We do not know how CEMEX will choose to proceed next year; whether they will continue to partner with the community as they have over the past seven years, or out of frustration with the lack of progress in Washington, move forward to secure their final permits and open the mine! Below, please find contact information for Senator Heinrich:
Senator Martin Heinrich Contact
(202) 224-5521 (office)
(202) 228-2841 (fax)
December 15, 2014
Santa made his grand appearance once again at the 5th Annual ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event on Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.
Over 280 people attended the event throughout the weekend.
After breakfast, families had the opportunity to make create holiday decor to bring back home.
For more information about future events in Santa Clarita, visit Santa-Clarita.com.
December 12, 2014
The City’s news and information show, This Week In Santa Clarita, covered over 100 stories this year; everything from grand openings to beautification projects, arts and events and open space. The 2014 Year in Review features clips of the highlights from 2014.
December 11, 2014
Santa Clarita received an early Christmas present today from Congress when Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s HR 5742 unanimously passed on the floor of the House of Representatives as a stand-alone bill after less than 20 minutes of testimony. McKeon’s bill to cancel gravel mining contracts in Soledad Canyon made it through on the House’s suspension calendar.
Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, seen left with Councilmember Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar in Washington DC, has been working on legislation to prevent mining in Soledad Canyon for many years.
Several years ago, CEMEX purchased the rights to remove 78-million tons of material in Soledad Canyon to produce 56-million tons of concrete aggregates over 20 years but has not yet started doing so.
HR 5742, the Soledad Canyon Settlement Act, seeks to end a long-running dispute between the City of Santa Clarita and the Mexico-based, international CEMEX Corporation by requiring the Federal Bureau of Land Management to cancel the company’s mining contracts in Soledad Canyon and prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from re-letting contracts there. In return, CEMEX would be compensated for the fair market value of the contracts through the sale of 10,000 acres of government land in Victorville.
The passage of McKeon’s House bill is a monumental step towards preventing mining in Soledad Canyon. To fully prevent future mining on the site, legislation in the Senate would also need to be passed. The identical legislation S. 293 was introduced in the Senate on November 18, 2014, as the Soledad Canyon Settlement Act, sponsored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein. For more click here.