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Santa Clarita honored for successful East Newhall outreach

Posted: September 6, 2012 2:47 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2012 2:47 p.m.

The city of Santa Clarita received the League of California Cities’ highest honor this week during the league’s annual conference in San Diego.

Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Services Team and Outreach Program received the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the area of enhancing public trust, ethics and community involvement.

The 2011 city-designed program involved city staff, law enforcement and local service agencies reaching out to the East Newhall community in a bid to enhance community involvement.

While city code enforcement officers worked within the area, deputies, city staff and other public workers met with community members and collaborated on issues such as crime, gangs, graffiti and blight.

The results were a 34 percent decrease in serious crimes including homicide, robbery and grand theft. Crimes such as vandalism, illegal substance abuse and weapons charges decreased nearly 19 percent.

More than 80 percent of East Newhall residents who received citations came into compliance with city codes during the outreach program, compared to previous efforts, which resulted in less than 40 percent compliance.

“The city of Santa Clarita is honored to have been recognized by the league for excellence in developing a program that enhanced our community’s quality of life,” Mayor Frank Ferry said of the award. “When we develop a program that not only helps Santa Clarita but can also help other cities facing similar challenges, our efforts are that much more rewarding.”




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