Month in Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community developments, and awesomeness – April Issue 2018
#9 p.m. Routine
In partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the City of Santa Clarita is joining other public safety agencies across the country to promote the “#9 p.m. Routine,” a social media campaign to raise awareness and promote safer habits among residents to prevent unnecessary thefts from vehicles as well as homes. Residents are encouraged to set a nightly alarm on their smart phone, watch or other device to remind them to do the following:
• Remove valuables (electronic devices, wallets, etc.) from your vehicle.
• Ensure that vehicle doors and trunks are locked.
• Check that all house and property exterior doors and garage are locked.
• Turn on exterior lights.
“These are simple things the community can do, before they go to bed, to partner with us to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime,” says Captain Robert Lewis from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Youth Art Showcase
The City of Santa Clarita hosted a Youth Arts Showcase for Youth Art Month. Many Local youth artists, families and art enthusiasts came to support the event. This year marks the third year of SCV celebrating the creativity and talent of our community’s youth. The event featured visual and performing arts, art galleries, youth art contests (on canvases and pen and paper), art vendors and food trucks. The Youth Arts Showcase is an opportunity to celebrate Youth Art Month and recognize young artists from Santa Clarita.
9th Annual Hart Games
With over 300 special education students from the Hart School District, The Hart Games is a track and field meet that is a combination of achievement and inspiration. The districtwide competition is sponsored by the Adapted Physical Education Department and the Special Olympics with a goal of stimulating an interest in physical activity among students receiving specialized instruction and rewarding those who achieve. Students from La Mesa, Rancho Pico, Rio Norte and Sierra Vista junior high schools will be participating, as well as students from Canyon, Golden Valley and Valencia high schools. The Valencia high school track team is helping with equipment and is providing more than 40 volunteers to ensure the success of this event.
City’s Planning Commissioner Position Open and Accepting Applications
The term will expire on December 31, 2020. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on major development projects, property acquisition, specific plans zoning and other planning matters. The five-member Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years or older and must maintain their principal residence in the City of Santa Clarita during their term of office. Applications may be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office, located at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., or by calling (661) 255-4391. Applications are also available on the City’s website at Santa-Clarita.com/Vacancy. All applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation with their application. The deadline for submitting an application and letters of recommendation to the City Clerk’s Office is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Truck Driver Wins $750,000
Can you imagine just passing trough Castaic and grabbing a couple scratchers and winning big? Cruz Rivas Castro was on his way to the Southland area hauling a truckload of fresh fish for markets located throughout Los Angeles. Inside the Pilot Travel Center, in Castaic, Castro eyed the California Lottery Scratchers vending machine. “Oh my God, I have big money,” Castro said. Overjoyed, Castro continued down the Grapevine to make all his fish stops on time. On the way home, he stopped at a California Lottery retailer in Madera to scan his winning ticket, just to make sure it wasn’t all a dream.
College of the Canyons Awarded Funding for Local Business Training
COC’s Employee Training Institute (ETI) received $647,584 to help their initiative. The ETI was created in 1982 to guarantee that business in California remain competitive with skilled workers. This program is set to provide local companies with specialty training programs that include certifications, new skills and opportunities for growth for their workforce. Through the years they have received over $6 million from this funding source (the Employment Training Panel) which allows our community to have exponential growth. Current executive director John Milburn feels that this award allows COC to give training to many more local businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley.
SCV Prepare for Puddles!
The City of Santa Clarita urged residents and businesses to take extra precautions and stay alert as heavy rains fell last month. According to the National Weather Service, the storm hitting Los Angeles County was expected to be the most significant storm so far this year. Showers were heavy at times, capable of dropping one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain within an hour. Residents had to deal with urban and small stream flooding and hazardous driving conditions. During periods of urban flooding, streets became swift moving rivers. Residents living near the recent burn areas of the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon were at risk of experiencing floods and debris flows and were asked to stay alert to the weather and heed messages from emergency officials.
Coming Soon New Canyon Country Community Center
We have just broke ground on the new Canyon Country Community Center on the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway. The new center will occupy nine acres and will used for various aspects of community support such as, emergencies and disasters, programs for students, technical and career training for residents just to name a few. This new community center will be replacing the one on Flying Tiger Drive as part of the Santa Clarita 2020 plan. About 10 businesses will be relocated to make way for the new center. According to city officials the only businesses to remain are Toppers Pizza and Casa Vieja, which both plan on being incorporated into the new center.
SCV Voted the 16th Happiest City
I don’ know if it’s our close-knit family feel or the constant community support but we are glade to announce that the Santa Clarita Valley has been voted as the 16th Happiest City in the United States by personal-finance website, WalletHub. We ranked in the top 10 in two categories: No. 7 for separation and Divorce and No. 8 for sports participation in events. In other categories, like suicide and depression we ranked 13th for suicide (based on how many we have per year) and 26th (based on how many people reported that they felt depressed). Taking everything into account we were no. 16 out of 182 cities. Great job SCV stay Happy!
“The Shape of Water”
Author Comes to SCV
Daniel Kraus, co-author with Guillermo del Toro of the novel “The Shape of Water,” spoke at a free author event called “Straight from The Oscars: Daniel Kraus,” hosted by the Santa Clarita Public Library and City of Santa Clarita, Daniel discussed about his collaboration with del Toro, the genesis of the story of a mute woman and a sea monster, the feature film, horror books, the Oscars and more. “The Shape of Water” is an original adult novel that both mirrors and extends the story told by the feature film of the same name, which won Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards.
College Jazz Ensemble’s
The College of the Canyons music department and the award-winning COC Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands presented “Jazz It Up for Spring Concert!” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC). Famed saxophonist Ann Patterson, best known as the leader of the highly acclaimed all-female jazz big band “Maiden Voyage,” was the featured guest artist. The performance featured songs celebrating spring and a varied collection of jazz styles, tempos, and arrangements. The Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands are comprised of students from all over Southern California. All of the ensembles performed under the direction of KC Manji.
The Hart District Competes in the Winter Guard Competition
William S. Hart High Schools attended the Winter Guard Competition. Unlike color guard this type of contest is done indoors. The concept was brought about from military ceremonies and veterans organizations. All six schools came out to compete at this event, hosted by Valencia High School. 50 winter guard teams performed a four to five- minute program. Over the past months, the teams have worked very hard in creating and rehearsing these performances. The skills that they build from being contenders are invaluable and necessary for adulthood.
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