Old Town Newhall Roundabout Named ‘Project of the Year’ by American Public Works Association

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.

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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.

Go Green to Make the Holiday’s Season Brighter!

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.

Santa Clarita Needs Your Help Today! End Mega-Mining in Soledad Canyon, Contact Senator Heinrich

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.

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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)

Around Town: 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa at the Santa Clarita Activities Center

December 15, 2014

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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.

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Over 280 people attended the event throughout the weekend.

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After breakfast, families had the opportunity to make create holiday decor to bring back home.

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For more information about future events in Santa Clarita, visit Santa-Clarita.com.

This Week in Santa Clarita 2014 Year in Review: VIDEO

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.

Congressman McKeon’s Cemex Bill Passes Through House of Representatives in Landmark Day for Santa Clarita!

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.

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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.

Around Town: City Completes Canyon Country Monument Sign

December 11, 2014

Located at the southbound off-ramp of the 14 Freeway at Sand Canyon.


Recently, construction of the Canyon Country Monument Sign has been completed. Landscape improvements including five, 48-inch box trees, adjacent landscaping and up lighting were installed as part of this project.

For more information about the City’s Special Districts, visit Santa-Clarita.com.

Marsha McLean Sworn in as Santa Clarita Mayor for 2015

December 10, 2014


Mayor Marsha McLean was sworn in by the City Clerk, Kevin Tonoian, at last nights City Council meeting.


Mayor McLean was joined by family and friends for the ceremony.


Outgoing Mayor Laurene Weste was presented with a memento for his service as Mayor in 2014 by City Manager Ken Striplin.


The Valencia High School Chamber Choir performed for the City Council.


To view all of the photos from last night’s meeting, visit the City’s Flickr page.


Donate Blood at City Hall December 17

December 9, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 17, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Century Room at City Hall.

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Residents interested in signing up to donate blood at the Community Blood Drive should go online  and sign up for a donation time slot.  On donation day, participants should go directly to the Century Room on the first floor where they will be greeted and evaluated to ensure they are eligible to donate.  All participants must have a valid ID to donate.

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All Community Blood Drive donors will receive a coupon for a free Cold Stone Creamery, two tickets to the Laugh Factory, two tickets to the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live and a voucher for two discounted tickets to an L.A. Kings or Anaheim Ducks game.

For more information about the Community Blood Drive, contact Amanda Santos at (661) 255-4923 or ASantos@santa-clarita.com.

Around Town: Local Teens Honored as SCV Teen Heroes

December 8, 2014


On Thursday, December 4, the City of Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Empowerment Safety Team (NEST) and the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission honored 8 teens as SCV Teen Heroes.


Each teen received a recognition certificate presented by the Commission.

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Since 1991, NEST (formerly known as the Anti-Gang Task Force) has worked to discourage gang activity, lessen the appeal of gangs, and reduce gang crime in Santa Clarita through partnerships, proactive programming, and networking.

For more information about the City’s Outreach and Neighborhood Services, visit Santa-Clarita.com.


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