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Bob Kellar: State of the City luncheon to discuss top issues

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Posted: September 24, 2009 10:34 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Do you know what your city has been working over the last year?

Do you know how to get the information you need to address local issues of interest? Are you aware of the most important issues facing Santa Clarita?

Over the years, residents have weighed in on these questions in a variety of surveys and community meetings.

While the ranking order of this list may alter through the years, the issues themselves pretty much remain the same.

They include (not in order): roads, traffic, growth, additional open space and trails, parks and recreation, public transportation, neighborhood preservation, green practices (air quality, reducing water use, recycling); graffiti abatement, law enforcement issues, teen substance abuse and the revitalization of Old Town Newhall.

The city of Santa Clarita has worked hard over the last 21 years to address each of these issues creatively through various programs, projects and partnerships.

At the upcoming State of the City luncheon on Oct. 5, attendees will get a first-hand account of what the city is doing right now regarding these issues and what plans are in the works to further deal with them and other issues.

As each member of the City Council, led by Mayor Frank Ferry, delivers a brief introduction on topics of interest, video vignettes will be shown to help demonstrate the work the city has accomplished while giving an overview of the future.

This year's luncheon theme, "Steering a Course for Stability," is mindful of the national recession and its impacts locally. Santa Clarita has not been immune to the national economic downturn and as a result has seen a 16 percent decline in its general fund revenues this fiscal year.

Due to this reduction, the city cut back its base budgets to maintain a balanced budget and align service delivery and expectations within new and lower revenue levels.

This included delaying some capital projects and implementing a hiring freeze with 20 frozen positions across all departments.

Earlier this year, the City Council adopted our 21 Point Business Plan for Progress, which focuses local money and federal stimulus funds to bring about innovative and fast-starting programs and projects aimed at both jump-starting the local economy and helping position and strengthen local businesses for the future.

Some of these include a new film incentive program, key business district improvements, a use tax incentive for business expansion, and construction of key infrastructure projects in the city.

By attending the State of the City event, luncheon-goers will learn the results of these efforts that have already started to benefit Santa Clarita.

As a city resident, business person and a community leader, I highly encourage you to attend this important event.

Hosted by the mayor and City Council, the luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia in Santa Clarita at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 5. Everyone is invited to attend and the cost is $35 per person which also includes a commemorative gift. Please RSVP online at or call (661) 255-4939 for additional information.

Bob Kellar is a Santa Clarita City Councilman. His views reflect his own and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" runs Fridays in The Signal and is provided by the city of Santa Clarita.


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