City Offers Free Oak Trees to Residents in Honor of “Oaktober” Now through November 7

October 25, 2014

The City of Santa Clarita is offering complimentary California native oak trees to residents in honor of the community’s annual “Oaktober” celebration. Residents can contact the City through November 7, to order the free trees, which are exempt from the City’s Oak Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance.

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Residents can choose from two varieties of trees, the evergreen Coast Live Oak tree and the deciduous Valley Oak tree. The 15-gallon, drought-tolerant trees will be available in single or multiple trunk forms. The trees require ample room to grow and develop properly, so residents are encouraged to select a spot in their yard with plenty of space for planting.

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Interested residents must pre-order their tree and schedule a pick-up time by calling the City at (661) 294-2567.

The complimentary oak trees are exempt from the City’s Oak Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance, which requires property owners to obtain permits for pruning, encroachments and the removal of oak trees located within the City. Homeowners who order and register the free “Oaktober” trees with the City will be exempt from the ordinance and any required removal permits.

 For additional information about oak tree preservation and maintenance in Santa Clarita, contact the City’s Oak Tree Specialist, Robert Sartain, at (661) 286-4078.

Working Towards an Energy Efficient Home, November 6 Workshop to Provide Tips

October 24, 2014
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The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main St.

The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Community Energy Partnership and Energy Upgrade California, invites residents to attend a FREE Home Upgrade Workshop on Thursday, November 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library.

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The workshop, hosted by The Energy Network, will inform Santa Clarita residents on the benefits of upgrading their homes to be more energy efficient. The meeting will include basic building science, such as the steps to take before adding solar to a home, and the numbers and facts behind the way homes use and lose energy. Additionally, participants will learn about available rebates and financing to help make upgrading easier.

Panelists at the workshop will include contractors with the statewide Energy Upgrade California home upgrade rebate program, who will provide information and tips to help interested residents get started on making money-saving home upgrades. The event will also feature refreshments and the opportunity to win prizes.

Space at the workshop is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to RSVP soon online.

For more information about the Energy Network Home Upgrade Workshop, call (877) 785-2237 or email

Around Town: Drug Free Youth In Town High School Youth Summit

October 24, 2014

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Mayor Laurene Weste speaking to the DFYIT teens at the program.

On Monday, October 20, the Drug Free Youth in Town (DFYIT) program held its annual ‘High School Youth Summit’ at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

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The energy was high at the event which serves as a team building opportunity, as well as informational session.

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Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Captain Roosevelt Johnson was also in attendance and spoke to the teens.

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Mayor Laurene Weste posed for a “selfie” with the DFYIT teens.

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For more information about the Drug Free Youth in Town program, visit

City to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path October 30

October 23, 2014
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The event will be held near the McBean Parkway Bridge, just north of Creekside Road. 

The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita City Council will host a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, October 30 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project.

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Attendees may park in the McDonald’s parking lot located on McBean Parkway just north of Creekside Road, then walk north across the bridge to the event.

The McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project included the widening of the McBean Parkway Bridge to eight lanes to improve traffic flow, the addition of a raised landscaped median and asphalt improvements.

The project also added a dedicated bike path on the bridge to connect the Santa Clara River Trail and the South River Trail, and added a trail connection beneath the north side of the bridge to connect the east and west portions of the Santa Clara River Trail.

To RSVP for the ribbon cutting, contact Jessica Thompson at  For additional details about the McBean Bridge Widening Project, contact City project manager Hoon Hahn at (661) 255-4953 or

City Releases Online Draft to Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan for Public Review and Comment

October 23, 2014
Soledad Corridor Plan Website

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The City of Santa Clarita released the draft Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan today, which will help guide future development and uses within the area’s commercial corridor.  Santa Clarita residents and business owners are invited to view the plan at and provide additional comment using the blog function on the site, before the plan is presented to the Planning Commission later this year.

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The City is also hosting a presentation on Wednesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Public Library at which the draft plan will be reviewed.  Area residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

*Last year, This Week in Santa Clarita covered the City’s plan with the Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan*

Beginning in September 2013, residents and business owners along Soledad Canyon Road, between Camp Plenty Road and Solamint Road, were invited to public workshops to provide input and feedback to help the City develop the draft plan.  The City also sought feedback from the community via an online survey.  The draft plan does not propose any new development, but serves as a planning tool to guide future changes when desired by property owners.

Those unable to attend the presentation can still review the draft document and share comments at the project’s interactive blogging website

Santa Clarita City Council Awards and Recognitions: October 14th

October 22, 2014


On Tuesday, October 14 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, Mayor Laurene Weste and the Santa Clarita City Council proclaimed the month of October to be Hispanic Heritage Month.


The City Council also recognized the Santa Clarita Friends of the Library Volunteers and also proclaimed that last week was the National Friends of Libraries Week.

Santa Clarita WorkSource Center to Host Correctional Peace Officers Recruitment October 30

October 22, 2014
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is partnering with the California Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to host a Correctional Peace Officers recruitment on Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center, located at the College of the Canyons’ University Center in Suite 250.

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The free recruitment will identify cadidates to fill 6,000 available positions over the next three years. Correctional Peace Officers for the CDCR receive excellent benefits including a paid 16-week training academy with a $3,050 monthly salary. Upon completing the academy, officers can earn from $3,774 to $6,389 monthly.


The position is suited to individuals seeking a career in corretions and rehabilitation. Qualified applicants must be U.S. Citizens, have a U.S. High School diploma or GED, and be at least 21 years of age.

Interested candidates must register for the free recrtuiment by calling the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center at 661-799-WORK (9675). For more information about the careers offered, visit

City Acquires Gateway Ranch Open Space, Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held October 29

October 22, 2014


The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, will host a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, October 29 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the City’s acquisition and protection of Gateway Ranch. Attendees may park at Newhall Church of the Nazarene, located at 23857 The Old Road, to board a free shuttle to the event. All interested in attending must RSVP by Monday, October 27.


Gateway Ranch is a 302-acre property located on the northern half of Las Lomas in the Newhall Pass. Once planned for a major housing development, the land is now part of the City’s Open Space Preservation District and protected from development indefinitely.


The grand opening will begin with refreshments at 1:30 p.m., followed by an official dedication and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m., and will culminate with a brief guided hike led by City staff at 2:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

To RSVP for the Gateway Ranch grand opening, contact Vannessa Siria with the Trust for Public Land at or (323) 223-0441. For additional details about the Gateway Ranch property, contact Barbara Blankenship, Open Space Acquisition Specialist for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 286-4046.

Dodge Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls at Halloween Adult Dodgeball Tournament October 25

October 21, 2014
Adult Dodgeball Halloween Edition Flyer

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Registration is still available for residents to sign up for the City’s free Dodgeball Tournament, which will be held this Saturday, October 25, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. Adults (16+ yrs) can dress up and form teams of 6 players per team with 3 games guaranteed at the tournament.

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DFYIT “Dodge Drugs” Tournament

Online registration is still available. Community members can sign up to enter the tournament by searching the keyword “dodgeball” in the City’s Rec 1 registration system.

For more information about the City’s Dodgeball Tournament or to register a team, contact the Adults Sports Office at (661) 290-2240 or

Los Angeles County to Host Free Local Flu Vaccinations Clinics Tomorrow

October 21, 2014

Newhall Community Center

The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will provide FREE flu vaccinations on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Val Verde Park, and on Tuesday, November 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center.

Free Flu Clinic

Inoculations will be available while supplies last, so residents are encouraged to arrive early.

Each year, the City of Santa Clarita partners with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to offer complimentary inoculations to help safeguard residents from seasonal flu symptoms.

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Residents with severe egg allergies or those who feel sick on the day of the clinic are encouraged to check with their doctor before being vaccinated.

Flu vaccines will be provided free of charge and are recommended to anyone six months of age and older, including healthy adults.

For more information, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at (818) 487-0063.


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