City Launches Financial Reporting Platform

July 6, 2015

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The City of Santa Clarita has launched a new online financial reporting platform that enables easy access to the last few years of the City’s economic data, including the City’s budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The online platform will increase transparency on how the City spends and receives its money; it does so through easy to understand analysis and visualization tools. Residents can access this new platform by clicking on the Financials icon at http://www.santa-clarita.com/opendata.

The new financial platform makes the City’s finances—which currently provides information from fiscal year 2012/2013—more manageable and understandable. Residents can explore years of historical revenue and expenditure trends over time by way of interactive graphs. They can drill down to more specific financial details by further filtering the data by fund, department, project, or revenue type, in just a few clicks.

The City’s new financial platform is powered by OpenGov, a web-based financial analysis and visualization software for state and local governments.  For more information about the City of Santa Clarita, please visit http://www.santa-clarita.com.

New Art Exhibit Entitled ‘Bazaar’

July 6, 2015

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The City of Santa Clarita has a new art exhibit entitled Bazaar on display beginning Wednesday, July 8, through September 3 at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. This art exhibit examines “the marketplace,” where goods and services are exchanged in different cultures. Historically, and today, it is an important hub – an energetic center of essential activity.

A free public reception for the Bazaar exhibit will be held Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the art space at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Guests will be able to meet the artists and curator, enjoy light refreshments and live music as they explore the exhibit.

For more information about this art exhibit or others, please visit arts.santa-clarita.com.

City Closures for the 4th of July

July 2, 2015

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The City of Santa Clarita would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day. In honor of 4th of July, Santa Clarita City Hall will be closed Friday, July 3. Normal hours will resume on Monday, July 6.

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All branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Sunday, July 5.

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The Aquatic Center hours will be Friday, July 3 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. the lap swim and water exercise classes will be canceled.

2015 Santa Clarita 4th of July Activities and Traffic Information At-A-Glance

July 2, 2015

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Santa Clarita residents are invited to celebrate Independence Day with a series of patriotic events taking place throughout Santa Clarita on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

July 4th will bring a full day activities for Santa Clarita residents.

  • 6:45 a.m.  – Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast hosted at Roger Dunn Golf Shop, located at, 24200 Main Street.
  • 7 a.m.  – Independence Day 5K & 10K  at Newhall Park. The 10K race begins at 7 a.m., Kids K at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K race/walk takes off at 8 a.m. Participants must register at scrunners.org.
  • 9 a.m. –  The Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. This year’s parade, themed “Santa Clarita: Living the American Dream,” will feature longtime parade organizer Leon Worden as the Grand Marshall in addition to horses, floats, music, classic cars, military presentations and more.  For more information, visit scvparade.com.
  • 9:15 p.m. – The Fourth of July Fireworks Show will begin at 9:15 p.m. at the WestfieldValencia Town Center. KHTS AM 1220’s live soundtrack will complement the ambiance of the event as dazzling fireworks light up the night sky. Due to the popularity of the event, guests are encouraged to arrive early.

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Many roadways will be closed in preparation of the Annual 4th of July Parade, limiting travel within the Newhall area, the following streets will be impacted:

Newhall Avenue, between Lyons Avenue and Railroad Avenue, will be closed after 5:00 a.m.

  • Market Street, between Cross Street and Newhall Avenue, will be closed after 5:00 a.m.
  • Main Street, between Newhall Avenue and Lyons Avenue, will be closed after 5:00 a.m.
  • Westbound Lyons Avenue, between Railroad Avenue and Orchard Village Road, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Eastbound Lyons Avenue, between Orchard Village Road and Railroad Avenue, will be reduced to a single lane at 6:00 a.m., and will be closed at 7:30 a.m.
  • Orchard Village Road, between Lyons Avenue and Wiley Canyon Road, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Dalbey Avenue, between Orchard Village Road and Newhall Avenue, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • 16th Street, between Orchard Village Road and Newhall Avenue, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Avenida Ignacio, between Dalbey Avenue and 16th Street, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Newhall Avenue, between 15th Street and 16th Street, will be closed at 6:00 a.m.
  • Railroad Avenue, Wiley Canyon Road (Via Princessa) and Newhall Avenue, south of Railroad Avenue, will remain open during these events.All roadways will begin to open after completion of the parade is concluded and all attendees and parade participants have been cleared.

To accommodate the 4th of July Fireworks show, the following streets will be impacted:

  • McBean Parkway will be reduced to one lane on the northbound approach to Valencia Boulevard, and southbound approach to Magic Mountain Parkway beginning at 5 p.m.
  • McBean Parkway will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway beginning at 6:45 p.m.
  • Eastbound Valencia Boulevard and eastbound Magic Mountain Parkway will be reduced to one lane between Citrus Street and McBean Parkway beginning at 7:15 p.m.
  • Westbound Valencia Boulevard and westbound Magic Mountain Parkway will be reduced to one lane between McBean Parkway and Citrus Street beginning at 8 p.m.
For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s 2015 Fourth of July festivities, please visit arts.santa-clarita.com/fourthofjuly or contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Watch Real Time Expansion of Golden Valley Road Bridge

July 2, 2015

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The City launched a live webcam where residents can watch the construction progress of the Golden Valley Road Bridge widening project. The Golden Valley Road Bridge Widening Construction Cam is available 24/7 on the City’s website.

The webcam displays a new photo of the construction site every 30 minutes and is positioned to view the City’s Golden Valley Road Bridge project site at State Route 14.

The project will add an additional two lanes of travel in each direction, as well as a dedicated left turn lane to access the southbound State Route 14 and two left turn lanes to access the northbound State Route 14.

The webcam is live and will remain in place for the duration of the construction, which is expected to be completed by July of 2016.

For more information on the Golden Valley Road Bridge widening project, please contact Project Manager Harry Corder at (661) 290-2290 or gvr@santa-clarita.com.

To receive email alerts on the Golden Valley Road Bridge widening project and other construction projects in the City, sign up at Santa-Clarita.com/eNotify.

Happy Social Media Day

June 30, 2015

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Happy Social Media Day! You can stay connected with all Santa Clarita happenings on our many social media platforms.

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New Location for the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market

June 30, 2015

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The recently refreshed Old Town Newhall Farmers Market, formerly held at the Newhall Community Center, has moved to the corner of Lyons Avenue and Railroad Avenue for greater accessibility to residents. The year-round market will continue to be held every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, July 4, 2015 the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market will be open along the 4th of July Parade route and will also feature Kona Ice, Go Fusion N Grill, Zodiac Grill, Le Croissant and Romolos Italian Cuisine food trucks for parade goers and market shoppers.

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For more information about the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market, visit OldTownNewhall.com or call the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Thursdays@Newhall’ Series Continues in July

June 30, 2015

The City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Galpin Subaru, continues in July with its fifth installment of the 2015 season.

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Main Street in Old Town Newhall will come to life each Thursday evening with a variety of things to see, including a live spray paint artwork, ceramic art demos and drum performances, a custom and classic car show, and Christmas-inspired block party.

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ArtSLAM returns to Old Town Newhall this Thursday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. which will feature local artist Pablo Cevallos, plus ceramic demos from CASI Ceramic Artist Studio, Inc. At 7:30 p.m. participants can take part in JAM Sessions, hosted by Ford Theatre Foundation, as Christopher Ramirez leads a rhythmic drum circle.

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Revved Up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, will feature imports, tuner and modified import vehicles including body kits and sound systems.. The event will also include music, food trucks and adult beverages. Local residents interested in submitting an automobile for consideration in Revved Up can apply online.

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SENSES returns from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, when Main Street is closed down for a “Christmas in July” inspired block party. The evening will feature holiday tunes, holiday-themed activities, Santa Claus and specialty adult beverages.

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The July lineup of Thursday@Newhall events finishes on Thursday, July 23 with the ARTree Speaker Series, presented in partnership with the CalArts Community Arts Partnership and the City of Santa Clarita, and SCVTV presents the OutWest Concert Series.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s 2015 Thursdays@Newhall events, visit OldTownNewhall.com/ThursdaysatNewhall or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

DFYIT: Golden Valley High School Campus Mural

June 29, 2015

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DFYIT (Drug-Free Youth in Town) program students at Golden Valley High School created a colorful mural with the support of Logix Federal Credit Union.  Junior Mariah Linear drew the concept and artist Randall Williams worked with her and other students to create the new campus mural. Golden Valley High School held a contest to find the image that best represented the DFYIT program.

“We are so happy that Logix Federal Credit Union was able to sponsor our DFYIT mural,” Golden Valley High School teacher and DFYIT advisor Carmelo Flores said. “The professional artist shared his techniques and knowledge with our students. They are enthusiastic about the program and now, they’re passionate about the artwork and what it stands for.”

DFYIT is a peer-based anti-drug program focusing on education and prevention of drugs and alcohol.

For more information about the DFYIT program, visit DFYITSCV.com.

Registration for Santa Clarita Marathon

June 29, 2015

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 The City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome the Santa Clarita Marathon presented by Parkway Motorcars, for its 20th-anniversary event on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The challenging racing events, including a marathon, two-person marathon relay, half marathon, 5k run, Mayor’s Walk and Kid K Fun Run, are open for online registration on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

To kick off the event, the City will also host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo presented by Boston Scientific on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. The free Expo will feature various health-related vendors and information booths.

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Registration for the Santa Clarita Marathon will be available online and also offered at the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Boston Scientific. There is no day-of registration for any racing events.  Participants who register online will save $10 on processing fees and can pick up their race bibs at the Expo.

For more information on the Santa Clarita Marathon, including course details, pricing, tips and registration, visit scmarathon.org.


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