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Santa Clarita wins eighth Helen Putnam award

Posted: September 26, 2013 9:32 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2013 9:32 a.m.

A program created to enhance safety and improve communication with residents at the Granada Villa Mobile Home Park in Canyon Country has earned Santa Clarita the highest honor from the League of California Cities, city officials announced this week.

The city received the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence for its Granada Villa Neighborhood Committee, which was created to open lines of communication between residents, city staff and other agencies to address issues such as gang activity, crime and graffiti in the area, according to a news release from the city.

These programs helped provide “positive alternatives to the gang lifestyle,” including job skills and tutoring programs, according to the news release.

The city also stepped up patrols of its Graffiti Task Force in the area.

These programs and outreach efforts helped bring about a decrease in gang-related crime and violence, according to the city.

“The city of Santa Clarita is honored to have been recognized by the League for excellence in developing a program that enhanced the quality of life for residents,” said Mayor Bob Kellar in a news release.

This marks the eighth year the city has won a Helen Putnam award, which are given out to recognize programs on a city level that have improved the quality of life for citizens, made city services and operations more efficient or provided services that respond to the needs of a community.

The city won the award in the “Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics and Community Involvement” category, according to the news release.



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