Archive for August, 2010

Celebrating YOUth Sports Festival

August 10, 2010

The Celebrating Youth Sports Festival will take place at Central Park on Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The festival will feature food, enterainment and a mulitude of free activities for kids of all ages. This Week In Santa Clarita has the story.

‘Suggested Routes’ Help Santa Clarita Residents Find Their Way Back-to-School

August 9, 2010

Click to go to directory of Suggested Routes to School.


Santa Clarita students are mere hours away from beginning the new school year and the City of Santa Clarita has an online resource of “Suggested Routes to School” to help get them there safe.  The City has 24 maps which are downloadable as pdfs. 


To see how the City is working with the schools to help make the in-town commutes to school more safe, click on the video above (previously posted).

California Cash For Appliances Still Available

August 9, 2010

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The California Cash for Appliance Rebate Program is still going strong. As of August 9, over $10 million remains available according to the California Energy Commission. Santa Clarita residents are encouraged to take advantage of the program that offers rebates to assist in swapping out old energy inefficient home appliances for new, Energy Star qualified items.

Three residential appliance categories are eligible to receive rebates as part of the program: clothes washers ($100 rebate), refrigerators ($200 rebate), and room/window air conditioners ($50 rebate). Appliances must be ENERGY STAR-listed and certified to the Energy Commission as meeting all state and federal appliance efficiency standards to be eligible for rebates.

Stay Informed with Emergency Text Alerts

August 9, 2010

Click image to go to go to sign-up page.

Whether you commute outside of Santa Clarita or spend the majority of your time in town, signing up for the City of Santa Clarita’s Emergency Text Alerts will ensure you’ll be notified of emergency situations as they happen. 

All residents can subscribe to automatically receive emergency related text alerts (eAlerts) from the City by simply texting the term “SCEMERGENCY” to 41411 from any mobile phone device and mobile service provider. You can also click on the image above to go to the sign-up page.

The service is free to receive alerts, but as with any type of texting system, residents are reminded that standard texting fees apply and will be charged by their mobile phone provider. Residents can also opt-out at any time by texting “STOP” to 41411.

Meet Captain Paul Becker at Community Open House

August 9, 2010
Community members are invited to meet Santa Clarita Police Chief Paul Becker on August 19 at City Hall.

The City of Santa Clarita holding a special open house event to the public on Thursday, August 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Santa Clarita City Hall to meet the new Sheriff’s Captain Paul Becker. Captain Becker brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience to our community and was named as the new Chief of Police following an interview process involving members of the City Council, the City Manager, and various community leaders in March of this year.

Captain Paul Becker

Captain Becker is a Santa Clarita resident who has committed much of his life to community service and helping others. Captain Becker is a Santa Clarita resident who has committed much of his life to community service and helping others. Prior to his new assignment as our chief, he served as a lieutenant for the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, overseeing the gang task force, unsolved murder team, and an active murder investigations team. The open house will be held at Santa Clarita City Hall, at 23920 Valencia Boulevard, in the first floor Century Room.

City to Offer Scuba Diving Class

August 6, 2010

For those considering scuba diving, the City of Santa Clarita is offering beginning classes starting August 19 with a free orientation. If residents decide scuba is not for them, after attending the orientation, there’s no cost at all. Classes are held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

For those continuing past orientation the class fee is $100, which includes scuba equipment. Course materials cost $150. Additionally, students must provide their own mask, fins, snorkel, boots and trip expenses to Catalina. For more information click on the Scuba flyer or contact Lance O’Keefe at or call 661-250-3767. 

Around Town: Bison at Hart Park

August 6, 2010

The following pictures were taken of Bison grazing at Hart Park in July.

SCV Sheriffs ‘National Night Out’ Against Crime

August 5, 2010

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita, will host a National Night Out Against Crime at Central Park on Saturday, August 7th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. National Night  Out Against Crime will run in conjunction with the City’s Concerts in the Park event featuring Zuit Suit Revue.

Sponsored for the past 26 years by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is a nationwide event in which over 10,000 communities participate to promote community safety.  National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local crime prevention efforts and programs, and send a message that our neighborhoods and residents are organized and vigilant. 

This year’s event will feature the Sheriff’s Posse; Station’s Command Post Trailer; Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Search and Rescue Team; the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, crime prevention brochures, and child fingerprinting services.  Residents, business leaders, community representatives, and media professionals are invited and encouraged to attend the event.

For additional information regarding the event, contact Sergeant Gregg Lewison at (661) 799-5158.

Wayward Hawk Hits City Hall

August 4, 2010

 Under the category something you don’t see every day, Wednesday afternoon during lunch time a loud thump was heard coming from a third floor window at  City Hall. The noise came from Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin’s office, who was not at his desk at the time. Investigation revealed feathers stuck to the outside of the office window. 


City staff further investigated the grounds near the entrance to City Hall and found a dazed hawk tangled in the bushes. Animal control was called, but after about 10 minutes the hawk became more alert and managed it’s way out of the bushes and flew away. The hawk appeared fine as it flew away, but could not be reached for comment.

I-5 Traffic Update: All Lanes Open NB I-5

August 4, 2010

Earlier in the day a small fire along the northbound I-5 freeway resulted in lane closures and heavy traffic. All lanes are now open and traffic is moving. Information updated at 4:30 p.m.


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