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 .

Around Town: 3rd Annual Santa Clarita Youth Sports JetHawk’s Day

September 11, 2014

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On Saturday, August 30, the Santa Clarita Youth Sports program partnered with the Lancaster JetHawks to host the 3rd Annual Youth Sports JetHawks’ Day.

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Fans in attendance watched the Lancaster JetHawks take on the Inland Empire 66ers at JetHawk Stadium.

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Santa Clarita resident Autumn Anderson had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch, while other fans took part in many different game day festivities.

For more information and future events about the City’s Youth Sports Program, visit Santa-Clarita.com/YouthSports .

Santa Clarita City Council Awards and Recognitions: September 9th

September 10, 2014

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At last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Laurene Weste and the Santa Clarita City Council recognized the City’s Purchasing Division for their Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.

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The City Council also recognized Jackie McKnelly who was in charge of the Celebrity Waiter Auction.

Around Town: Mayor Weste and Mayor Pro Tem McLean Acknowledge Jim Ventress

September 10, 2014

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Recently, Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean presented Jim Ventress with acknowledgements representing his services as Executive Director of the Santa Clarita Boys and Girls Club.

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Along with a key to the City, Ventress was presented with a certificate from Senator Feinstein’s office and a personalized letter from President Barack Obama.

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At the June 10th Santa Clarita City Council Meeting, the City Council recognized Jim Ventress on his years of dedication and retirement from the SCV Boys & Girls Club.

9th Annual ‘Evening of Remembrance’ Held Tonight at Central Park

September 10, 2014

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The City of Santa Clarita will host the 9th Annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance tonight beginning with the inaugural Walk of Rememberance at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance at 7: 15 p.m. at Central Park.

The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance honors Santa Clarita youth 24 and younger who lost their lives on the road, and serves as a powerful reminder about the importance of safe driving.

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For the first time, the Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance will begin with the Walk of Remembrance.  The entire community is invited to take part in the walk to show support and walk alongside friends and neighbors who lost loved ones behind the wheel.

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The Santa Clarita Youth Grove was created in 2005 by the City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The half-acre memorial is home to 91 individual pillars, each with a plaque bearing the name of a young life lost in a traffic-related incident. The pillars surround a central monument urging the community to “Know More” about safe driving habits and to pledge that “No More” young lives will be lost behind the wheel.

For more information on the 2014 Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance or the inaugural Walk of Remembrance, contact the City’s Community Services Division at (661) 250-3727 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/BlueRibbon . 


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