City to Host Bidders Meeting for Community Services and Arts Grants Program

September 18, 2014

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The City of Santa Clarita’s Community Services and Arts Grants Program will once again make funds available to Santa Clarita Valley-based nonprofit organizations in 2014 and 2015. Grant applications will be released at the Grant Bidders Meeting, which will be held on Monday, September 22, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

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The Community Services and Arts Grants offer local non-profit organizations the opportunity to support innovative and crucial programs and projects that serve residents. The Bidders Meeting will provide information about the available grants, as well as applications, tips and guidelines for applying for grant funding. No RSVP is required to attend.

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Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory in order to apply for funding. Grant applications and information will be available online for download on Tuesday, September 23.

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This year, the Santa Clarita City Council has made $150,000 in funding available for the Community Services and Arts Grants program to help support one-time projects, program enhancements and pilot programs. Past grant funding has been awarded to assist with equipment upgrades, after school enrichment programs, facility renovation projects, community art projects and performances at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

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For more information on the City’s Community Services and Arts Grant Program, including required materials, submission guidelines and more, contact Hope Horner, Community Services Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 250-3718 or visit Arts.Santa-Clarita.com .

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the ‘Emerald City’ Themed Senses Block Party this Thursday

September 17, 2014

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Santa Clarita’s favorite block party SENSES, presented by Galpin Subaru, will be this Thursday, September 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The free Emerald City-themed event will take attendees down the yellow brick road and over the rainbow into the Land of Oz with whimsical décor and live performances by Savannah Burrows and the Skinny Little Twits.

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Adult beverages and food from the Grilled Cheese Truck, The Garbage Truck and Sweet Arleens will be available for purchase.

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For more information about the 2014 Thursdays @ Newhall events, contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787 or visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com .

Around Town: City Recognizes Volunteers with Pool Party at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center

September 17, 2014

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On September 10, the City of Santa Clarita held a Volunteer Recognition Pool Party at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

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Over 160 community members attended the event with friends and families.

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This annual appreciation is for the volunteers who have lent their time to two or more City events or programs.

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City leaders were on hand to thank the volunteers, including Councilmember Dante Acosta (center) and Assistant City Manager Frank Oviedo (far right).

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Twenty-three volunteers were honored with the Loyalty Club award, given to those who volunteered for 100+ hours in Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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They received the special Loyalty Award pin and a certificate of recognition from Mayor Laurene Weste.

For more information about volunteering for future events with the City, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Volunteers.

Business Owners Enouraged to Attend Free Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone Seminars this Wednesday

September 16, 2014

Business owners, general managers, HR managers, and accountants in Santa Clarita are encouraged to register for one of two FREE Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone seminars being hosted this Wednesday, September 17.  The Enterprise Zone program officially ended in 2013, but there is still time for local businesses to claim tax credits through December.

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Space is still available for the breakfast seminar, which will take place from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., and for the lunch seminar, which will take place from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Both seminars will be hosted at the College of the Canyons University Center on the first floor in room 107.

The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles are hosting the seminars to share information about how business owners can earn tax credits of up to $37,000 for employees hired through December 2013.

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For more information on the Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone seminars, contact (661) 288-4400 or email SCVEDC@SCVEDC.org . 

City of Santa Clarita Ranked 21st Among Top 100 Retail Markets in California

September 15, 2014

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The City of Santa Clarita moved up a spot to 21st place in the recently released 2014 California Retail Survey’s “Top 100 Retail Markets of California Cities.”  The City ranked 22nd of 100 in 2013, and this year was one of only 29 cities with a retail market above $2 billion.  Santa Clarita ranked higher than Beverly Hills, Burbank, and Glendale, among others in the 2014 survey.

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Santa Clarita, now Los Angeles County’s third largest City, continues to attract top retailers, like H & M, BevMo!, Lorna Jane, Free People, specialty restaurants, and is home to Southern California’s largest auto center – the Valencia Auto Center.  In the last year, the City of Santa Clarita has seen a steady increase in retail sales as new businesses open.  Sales tax numbers for the first quarter 2014 were up by 3.6 percent when compared to first quarter 2013.

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The 2014 California Retail Survey ranks the largest cities in California based on dollar volume, growth rates, and sales per outlet.

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For more information on the 2014 California Retail Survey, visit CaliforniaRetailSurvey.NetFirms.com.  For more information on Santa Clarita’s growing business climate and retail market, visit Santa-Clarita.com.

FALL INTO FUN AT THE CANYON COUNTRY COMMUNITY CENTER

September 15, 2014

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Santa Clarita residents can stay active this fall with several free and low-cost offerings at the Canyon Country Community Center. Registration is now open for a variety of programs, including a new circuit training fitness class and the return of a popular swing dance event.

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Local adults 40 and older can wear their best dapper duds and dancing shoes for an evening at the Big Band Dance on Tuesday, September 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Canyon Country Community Center. Attendees will be able to jump and jive while listening to the music of the big band era. Admission is free with membership to the Canyon Country Community Center.

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Registration is also available for the Canyon Country Community Center’s new SMART ProTrainer Circuit class for adults. On Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 30, attendees of all fitness levels will burn calories with strength training, explosive plyometric moves and speed training incorporating the Community Center’s SMART ProTrainer interactive fitness wall. The SMART ProTrainer Circuit is available at $5 per class.

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The Canyon Country Community Center offers a variety of activities.

A free membership to the Canyon Country Community Center is required to participate in the above activities, and is currently being accepted.

For more information about fall programs and events at the Canyon Country Community Center, please call (661) 284-1480, visit santa-clarita.com/cccc, or visit the Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive.

‘Scoops for Safety’ a Sweet Deal for Santa Clarita Youth

September 12, 2014

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It’s back to school in Santa Clarita, which means local youth will be riding bikes, scooters and skateboards and more to school. To promote community safety, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will be out in full force to issue free ice cream coupons to kids and teens wearing appropriate safety gear. It’s all part of the City and Sheriff’s Department’s new Scoops for Safety operation, presented in partnership with Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour.

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Throughout September, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputies will be on the look-out for Santa Clarita youth who are wearing helmets while riding bikes, skateboards, scooters and more. Each safety-equipped kid spotted by Sheriff’s Deputies will receive a coupon for one free scoop of ice cream at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Santa Clarita.

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The “Scoops for Safety” operation is the culmination of the City and Sheriff’s Department’s Bike Safety Campaign, launched in May 2014 to help reduce collisions among bikes, cars and pedestrians on Santa Clarita streets.

For more information about the “Scoops for Safety” operation, contact Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at JDDubin@LASD.org or (661) 255-1121 ext 5802. For more information about the City and Sheriff’s Department’s Bike Safety Campaign, visit BikeSantaClarita.com .

It’s Hot, Officially: LA County Declares Heat Alert for Santa Clarita

September 12, 2014

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The Los Angeles County of Department of Public Health has officially declared a heat alert for Santa Clarita through Monday, September 15. Santa Clarita residents can seek refuge from the heat at City facilitiesCommunity Centers,  or any one of the Santa Clarita Public Library branches. County cooling centers are listed here.

Schools, day camps, and non-school related sports organizations or athletes should take extra precautions during extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor activities should be scheduled for very early or very late in the day in order to limit the amount of time spent in the sun and heat.

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Those working outside should take special care to avoid heat stroke.

Additional tips for those who must work or exercise outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.
  • Pay attention to signs of dehydration which include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. Individuals with these symptoms should be moved to a cooler, shaded place, and given water or sport drinks. More severe signs of heat-related illness may include diminished judgment, disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing.
  • Coaches, teachers, and employers should seek immediate medical attention for those exhibiting signs of heat-related illness.
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous exercise during peak sun hours, if you are outside or in a non-air conditioned building.

More information is provided by the County Department of Health here

Looking to Renovate or Relocate Your Business? New Online Video Explains All

September 11, 2014
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Looking to locate a business into a new location or renovate? Navigating the process just got a whole lot easier.

The City’s Building and Safety Division explains the building permit process step-by-step in a new informational video, which also provides valuable information which explains how to obtain a building permit as expeditiously as possible.

For more information about the City’s Building and Safety Training Video, visit Santa-Clarita.com .


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