According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 19,000 fires are started by fireworks each year across the United States. This year, California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history and after a dry winter, much of the brush that grows on our surrounding mountains and hills has become increasingly dry and brittle. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, I want to urge all of our residents to never light fireworks or explosive materials. Not only can this lead to catastrophic damage to our homes and community, but the noise alone can cause anxiety for veterans and lead pets to run away from their homes in fear.
“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!” The opening line to poet Katharine Lee Bates’ “America the Beautiful” not only describes the vast natural beauty of our great country – it also instantly swells your chest with pride for all that has been accomplished in the United States, as well as all that will be accomplished when we work together as one.
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As we move into the hot, dry months of summer, make sure you are doing your part to conserve water during the drought. According to our partners at SCV Water, we are facing a historic multi-year mega-drought and the Governor has called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by up to 20%. This may seem daunting, but there are several simple things you can do around your home to help save water.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and Pedestrian Scramble Projects Earn Top Honors. Earlier in 2022, the City of Santa Clarita received a pair of awards from state agencies recognizing the achievement of two projects that enhance traffic and pedestrian safety. The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Project and the “Pedestrian Scramble” signal phase near Santa Clarita Elementary and Arroyo Seco Junior High earned top honors for their innovative solutions to complex issues.
City Staff and Volunteers Spent the Day Beautifying Saugus!. On Saturday, June 4, City staff and dozens of residents participated in the inaugural Graffiti Removal Day. Volunteers worked with the City’s Graffiti Removal Team to paint a large-scale beautification project in the Saugus neighborhood. Volunteers walked down into the Bouquet Canyon Creek and used 285 gallons of paint to cover a concrete wall that is visible from the street and sidewalk. Altogether, volunteers and staff successfully painted approximately 527 feet of wall.
Dance and Sing the Nights Away at Concerts in the Park. Small-town girls, City boys and everyone in between have much to look forward to this summer in Santa Clarita as the annual Concerts in the Park, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, return in July and August. On Saturday nights from July 9 through August 27, make your way to Central Park (27150 Bouquet Canyon Road) for a FREE concert featuring some of the most iconic music in history. All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.
After two years of virtual and hybrid programming, I am pleased to welcome residents for the return of the 2022 Summer Reading Program, which will be held in person at our Santa Clarita Public Library branches and our local parks. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” which invites the community to read and go beyond the pages of their books and explore nature in our local parks and trails.
SANTA CLARITA PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER READING PROGRAM. As the summer season begins, the Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to announce the kickoff of the annual Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”—encouraging residents to combine reading with camping, adventure and skill development. The Summer Reading Program offers our residents not only a variety of online book challenges but also incorporates outdoor crafts, storytimes, hiking, scavenger hunts, days out in our local parks and so much more.
With so many wonderful events and engaging programs happening throughout our City this summer, Santa Clarita Transit can take you where you need to go, all for an affordable price. Whether it’s using GO! Santa Clarita, the new bike lockers or getting ready for the Summer Beach Bus, we have something for everyone.
SUBMISSION PERIOD OPEN FOR YOUTH GROVE AT CENTRAL PARK. Release forms Due July 31 for Inclusion in 2022 Evening of Remembrance Event. The City of Santa Clarita is now accepting names of Santa Clarita youth, ages 24 and younger, who lost their lives in traffic-related incidents, to be added to the Youth Grove in Central Park (27150 Bouquet Canyon Road). To be considered for addition to the Youth Grove, youth must have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley or attended a local school.
U.S. DISTRICT COURT VACATES CRUCIAL CEMEX DECISIONS. Ruling Indicates Mining Contracts for Soledad Canyon Have NOT Been Terminated or Expired. A ruling by the U.S. District Court on May 25, 2022, vacates both the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) Decision made in 2019 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Decision made in 2015. As a result, BLM no longer has a valid decision indicating that the mining contracts are expired or terminated.
THE SUMMER TROLLEY TO SIX FLAGS RETURNS TO SANTA CLARITA!. Free Rides To and From Local Tourist Destinations Beginning May 27. The City of Santa Clarita’s FREE Summer Trolley will make its grand return to Santa Clarita, offering rides to visitors and residents beginning Friday, May 27, through September 11. The Summer Trolley will provide service to premier hotel properties and tourism destinations, including Westfield Valencia Town Center, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor.
Honoring Our Local Heroes and Veterans this Memorial Day. The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is a great time for many to fire up their barbecues, jump in the pool and spend the long three-day weekend with their family and friends. The beautiful weather and surrounding landscape of our City of Santa Clarita offers the perfect backdrop for the kick-off to a wonderful summer ahead. But during your time of relaxation and celebration, I encourage our residents to remember the true meaning behind the Memorial Day traditions and what they mean to the freedoms we enjoy.
The City of Santa Clarita is excited to announce the winners of the 18th annual Bike to Work Challenge, which took place Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 20, 2022. Local employees took to their bikes and visited five pit stops located throughout the City on Thursday, May 19. A total of 15 business teams participated in the event, totaling over 153 reported employees! As a result of combining riding days for all riders during the week-long challenge, an estimated total of 505 commuter vehicle rides were removed from the road.
Join our Graffiti Removal Team to Beautify Our Community!. Sign-up to volunteer today for the City of Santa Clarita’s 1st Graffiti Removal Day on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (locations TBD). Volunteers will get the opportunity to work with our Graffiti Removal Team and beautify our City. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com, as there is limited space available.
Discover a Summer of Entertainment and Enrichment in Seasons Magazine. There are three telltale ways to know that summertime has arrived in Santa Clarita: the weather is warm, the days are long and the newest edition of Seasons Magazine has landed in your inbox! Start planning out your summer of fun and enrichment by registering for a program or contract class offered through Seasons, beginning on May 24.
With summer just around the corner, our Community Centers are ramping up for their annual Summer Programming. Starting on June 13, this eight-week, fun-filled adventure will offer so much to families across Santa Clarita. At the Newhall and Canyon Country Community Centers, youth and teens can join in on a...
Join the Free, Self-Guided Bicycle Riding Event for Families in Santa Clarita. Get on two wheels and explore the City of Santa Clarita’s extensive bike trail system during the 2022 “Hit the Trail” Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free, self-guided bicycle riding event is for individuals and families throughout Santa Clarita, and anyone can join – just hop on a bike!
Explore Your Local Fire Stations Across Santa Clarita!. After being on hiatus for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is excited to bring back the annual Fire Service Day for Santa Clarita residents. On Saturday, May 7, community members across the City will have the unique opportunity to go to their local fire stations and receive guided tours, meet with fire personnel, climb into the fire trucks, learn more about their equipment, as well as get a free blood pressure test.
CITY OF SANTA CLARITA TO DEDICATE ROOM AND ART INSTALLATION TO FORMER MAYOR CARL BOYER. The City of Santa Clarita is proud to dedicate a room and art exhibit in memory of former Mayor and City Founder Carl Boyer. The room dedication and art unveiling will be held on May 2, at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall, in the former Century Room.