March 11, 2014
Central Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s in the Westfield Valencia Town Center can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Central Park. Macy’s will then match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
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Central Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” program this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations can go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks.
March 11, 2014
Captain Roosevelt Johnson was recently promoted and named as the new Captain for the Santa Clarita Valley station, bringing nearly 23 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to his new post.
Roosevelt Johnson was named as Santa Clarita’s Police Chief, replacing Sheriff’s Captain Paul Becker who retired in February. Becker served as the Chief of Police for the Santa Clarita Valley station since 2010.
The Century Room is located on the first floor at City Hall at 23920 Valencia Blvd.
The City will host an Open House Meet and Greet for the community to meet Captain Johnson on Wednesday, April 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall Century Room. The event is free and open to the public.
As a Deputy Sheriff, Captain Johnson held assignments at Pitchess Detention Center-North Facility and Century Station, West Hollywood, Custody Administration and the Training Bureau. Captain Johnson was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and assigned to Lennox Station, Custody Operations Division headquarters – Chief’s Aide and Internal Affairs Bureau. In August 2009, Captain Johnson was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to North County Correctional Facility, Altadena Station and North Patrol Division headquarters – Executive Aide.
Captain Johnson holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
For more information about the meet and greet with Captain Johnson, contact Corrina Knudson at 661-255-4939.
March 10, 2014
Santa Clarita residents looking to learn life-saving emergency skills can sign up for the City’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. The seven-week course will take place on Thursdays nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on April 3 at the Transit Maintenance Facility.
CERT is an interactive training series integrating lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations to empower residents with 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 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.
Registration for the CERT program is now open, with a $30 per person equipment fee. Residents can register online until spaces are filled at Santa-Clarita.com/Seasons.
For more information on the CERT program, call (661) 250-3708 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/Emergency
March 10, 2014
Mayor Laurene Weste spoke to local business owners about working with the City.
On Thursday, March 6, the City of Santa Clarita invited local business representatives to a vendor outreach workshop to learn more about doing business with the City.
Business representatives learned everything they need to know about competing for City business, including details about the City’s purchasing policy and shop local preference, proper completion of bids, quotes and proposals, and details about receiving and properly responding to electronic bids through the City’s Planetbids service.
The City currently works with thousands of local, regional and national companies when doing business, but is continuously looking for ways to increase awareness at the local level.
For more information about working with the City of Santa Clarita, visit WorkSantaClarita.com.
March 7, 2014
Daylight savings is March 9.
With clocks moving an hour ahead March 9 at 2 a.m., daylight savings serves as a reminder to be prepared for an emergency.
City Hall smoke detector pictured.
Always be prepared for an emergency, check emergency supplies when changing clocks for daylight saving time. Replace any supplies that are missing or have expired or have been damaged. Always have extra drinking water for the family and pets.
For more information about being prepared for any emergency, visit Santa-Clarita.com.
March 6, 2014
Thursdays at Newhall is officially back with Art Slam happening tonight until 10 p.m. Go Betty Go is currently rocking Main Street amidst the backdrop of great art being created by renowned female artists.
March 6, 2014
The City of Santa Clarita has begun construction to replace the existing pedestrian timber bridge crossing Del Monte Drive, between El Paseo Drive and Benito Ct, with a pre-fabricated steel truss bridge.
On Friday, March 7, during the removal of the existing bridge, a full road closure 300’ east of El Paseo Dr and 50’ west of Benito Ct will be required. Another full road closure in early April will be required during the installation of the new bridge. Temporary lane closures will be necessary during construction.
The pedestrian bridge is expected to be closed for 10 weeks with construction hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The new bridge is anticipated to be open early May.
For more information about the construction of the new paseo bridge, contact Engineering Consultant Monica Heredia at (661) 255-4332.
March 6, 2014
Local artists are invited to transform an everyday curbside recycling cart into a work of art for the City’s cArt aRt Competition. Residents, families, school groups, clubs, teams, church groups and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the competition, which is open now through Monday, March 24.
All cArt aRt submissions will be on display at Earth Arbor Day on Saturday, April 12. Winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories:
- Grand Prize $200
- Most Creative $100
- Best Local Flair $100
- Best Green Theme $100
- Fan Favorite $50.
Artists must provide everything used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling cart, which can be painted or left natural.
Participants must complete an entry form before receiving a FREE container from Waste Management. Containers that once held hazardous waste products cannot be used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil pesticides, cleaning products and chemicals.
All entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Environmental Services booth at the City’s Earth Arbor Day event. The 2014 Earth Arbor Day celebration will be hosted at Central Park on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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For more information on the cArt aRt Competition or to obtain an entry form, please contact Laura Jardine in the City’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 255-4376.
March 5, 2014
Residents interested in joining the City of Santa Clarita’s team of dedicated water safety professionals are invited to attend lifeguard tryouts on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. All candidates must complete and submit an online application form in advance in order to be considered.
Interested applicants must be able to tread water for one minute while holding a 10-pound object above the water, and swim continuously for 400 yards in under 7 minutes and 30 seconds. All candidates must be 16 years of age or older by Wednesday, May 28, and bring proof of age in order to be considered for employment. A parent or guardian must accompany any candidates 17 years of age or under.
The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center is located at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.
The original deadline to apply and test to become a Santa Clarita lifeguard was scheduled for March 1. However, due to inclement weather experienced over the weekend, the City of Santa Clarita opted to extend the deadline and host one additional tryout session.
For more information, call (661) 250-3761, or visit Santa-Clarita.com/Aquatics.