This Week In Santa Clarita provides preview of the City of Santa Clarita’s River Rally.
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The City of Santa Clarita will host the 15th annual River Rally Clean-Up and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 12th from 8 -11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at City’s Newhall Community Center to clean up the area of the Santa Clara river bed located adjacent to the Center.
The event will feature a collaborative River Clean-Up and Environmental Expo, which will provide community members with valuable information on recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation, and wildlife conservation. The River Rally Clean-up is also an excellent volunteer experience for clubs, organizations, students, scout troops, and entire families to help preserve precious local natural resources.
The City of Santa Clarita has launched the second phase of its popular new GreenSantaClarita.com website, offering a online “green store” for residents and businesses to locate goods and services with a green twist. The new additions to GreenSantaClarita.com will include local solar retailers and installers, a green vehicle finder, energy star products as well as an online buss pass purchasing option. Information on the City’s Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), part of the City’s 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, is also included in the second phase of the website.
This evening, the City of Santa Clarita will host a Planning Commission Study Session on local environmental sustainability issues from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include an overview of the City’s new “green” website, GreenSantaClarita.com, and information on rebate programs for photo-voltaic solar systems.
Also, the president of the Green Convergence, Don Schram, will share success stories about “green” elements in developmental projects. The meeting will be held in City Hall’s first floor Century Room.
The City’s Environmental Services Divsion got a new addition recently with the arrival of the 2100 series VACTOR maintenance truck. The new truck represents state-of-the art technology in stormwater drain cleaning and maintenance. Cleaning the 300 plus storm drains in the City is a vital function to keep up with environmental standards and the new equipment allows the City to operate more quickly and cost effective.
The new VACTOR truck allows the operator to pull up to a storm drain, drop in a hose attachment and literally suck up debris. The suction is powerful enough to pick-up a bowling ball from 14 feet away! Other features include an deploy-able camera and high pressure hose to clear blockages. Aquisition of the truck was made possible, in part, by a $25,000 grant from Clean Transportation Funding from MSRC.
Nationwide television broadcasters switched over exclusively from analog to a digital signal last night. Santa Clarita residents probably didn’t notice because the change only affected those getting free reception through antenna, which was already impossible in the Santa Clarita Valley due to topography (we’re surrounded by mountains).
Santa Clarita has three basic ways to receive television service: Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-Verse or one of the satellite dish providers. All three television delivery methods facilitate the digital signal transmission regardless of television type, even without a “cable box.
Even though Santa Clarita residents did not need to ditch their sets for newer models, there are important steps to follow when getting rid of an old television set or computer monitor which are considered “electronic waste.” There is a lot of information on the Environmental Services Division or you can go to erecycle.org for info.
Adding to the shameless plug for the City’s weekly news and information show, This Week In Santa Clarita, segments can also be seen on YouTube.com/CityofSantaClarita.
The City will begin a new street sweeping schedule beginning July 1, 2009. The new schedule will last four years with a one year extension option and will save the City approximately $170,000 while still providing necessary and efficient sweeping services. Residents can find out when their street will be swept by calling the City’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098 or checking out the City’s Environmental Services webpage (with street sweeping schedule) here.
Nearly 300 Santa Clarita workers took a two wheel commute last Thursday, May 14th, to their jobs participating in Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day. The 2009 Bike to Work Day Challenge had 29 paticipating businesses and organizations including the City of Santa Clarita, Hart School District and Newhall School District. Additionally, this year marks the first year the SCV Sheriff’s have accepted the Challenge.
Team Marzocchi USA, above) won the medium category (11-100 employees). Other winners included the SCV Sheriff’s taking first place in the large category (over 100 employees), and Dr. Bruce Hall’s office won the “small business” category (2-10 employees).
More riders descend on City Hall.
Whether you are looking to undergo an “extreme spring cleaning makeover” or just get rid of a few pesky items around the house, the City is offering the ultimate companion to your Spring cleaning efforts. On it’s website the City has solutions for getting rid of everything from bulky waste items, e-waste, old tires, paint and other hazardous materials and even how to safely dispose of secure documents to avoid identity theft. It’s all one place on the City’s website.
2008 marks the 14th year of the City’s River Rally Clean-up and Environmental Expo. This event will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 8 to 11 a.m. It will take place off the Via Princessa Bridge and Wiley Canyon. The river clean-up will involve removing trash from the Santa Clara River, the last natural river in Southern California.
Since 1994, the City of Santa Clarita has hosted the annual River Rally Clean Up, which attracts thousands of Santa Clarita residents who volunteer and participate. To date, over 270,000 pounds of trash and debris from the Santa Clarita River and its tributaries have been removed.
The City of Santa Clarita’s River Rally Clean-up is an excellent volunteer experience for clubs, organizations, students, scout troops, and entire families to help preserve our local Santa Clara River’s natural beauty and variety of wildlife. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is not needed to attend River Rally, but is available online at http://www.santaclarita.com/cityhall/cmo/environment/RiverRally.asp.