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Letter: Is Santa Clarita getting better or worse?

Posted: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

I moved here 28 years ago. I was looking for a safe and clean place to raise a family, and Santa Clarita (at that time it was known as Canyon Country, Saugus and Valencia) was appealing.

It had a very low crime rate, things to do for kids and young adults and had a great hospital as well as a low population.

Now, we have a lot of issues. Our community has fallen victim to drugs and theft and is deteriorating at a fast rate.

Let’s look at the issues: Our kids are latch-key kids (both parents work). There is nothing for the young adults to do here because we got rid of the Saugus Speedway for Saturday nights and everything else is a restaurant/sports bar. The skate park is in Saugus and not easily accessible by all of our teens. There are no low-budget theaters and our kids are forced to hang out at the malls and local businesses.

Our kids are getting into bad drugs. There have been four drug-overdose deaths since the beginning of the year.

Now, let’s look at this. The population has grown and we still have one Sheriff’s station and one hospital. We need two of each — one for each side of the valley. And all a lot of people do is complain about why we are expanding Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Look at it this way: If we had these two basic services on each side of the valley, response times would be shorter and quality of care would increase.

We need to make these changes. Give our kids something to occupy their time so they don’t turn to drugs, and improve your quality of life by pushing our city to invest in the right things to support the growth.


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