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Santa Clarita City Manager's message, Jan. 2009

Posted: February 10, 2009 6:25 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2009 12:00 p.m.
Happy New Year!

As we begin the new calendar year, I am excited to tell you about some of the things our City is working on that will benefit the entire community.

At the Sports Complex in Canyon Country, we are nearing completion of the new and expanded Skatepark. Designed in tandem with the local skating community, the new Skatepark will be four times the size of the original, with a whole lot more fun and action. Look for the grand opening early this spring.

Also this spring, the AMGEN Tour of California will bring the drama and excitement of a professional bicycle stage race to the California coast and to our City! The world's top professional teams will compete over an eight-day, 700-mile race on a route that includes the California redwoods, wine country, the Pacific Coast, and in 2009, legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong!. Santa Clarita is proud to host the start-line of Stage 7 on February 21, 2009, from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. For more information, please visit

I am thrilled to invite you and your family to the City's first annual Santa Clarita Earth Day/20th annual Arbor Day celebration. It will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Central Park, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This interactive event, celebrating the earth and helping to promote a sustainable community, will include a variety of fun and educational activities for the whole family. Specially-themed areas will include: an Energy Zone, a Water Conservation Zone, a Community Pavilion, an Eco Zone, a Green Car Show, a Children's Zone and so much more. If you are interested in more information, I encourage you to check out our website at or call us at 661-259-CITY.

In the area of transportation, we will be working this year to complete the last phase of the Cross Valley Connector, linking Golden Valley Road with Bouquet Canyon Road over the river. On January 26, 2009, at 3 p.m., we will hold a groundbreaking event for the project, which will kick-off a 14-month countdown to completion of this important roadway!

Finally, you probably heard that Santa Clarita was selected as the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Economic Development Commission. While we are very proud of this award and the recognition of what we have accomplished, I want you to know that we are striving to be even better and will continue to do everything we can to make Santa Clarita a great place to do business. Some of these efforts will include improving our permit processes, increasing communicating with our businesses and listening to your thoughts and ideas.

Should you have any suggestions or comments, or should you wish to email me, you can do so at


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