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Frank Ferry: Live from City Hall

Posted: March 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

"Government, at its core, is about doing together what we can’t do alone. It’s why we believe that citizen engagement is vital. ..."

— Tim O’Reilly

One of the many benefits to being a resident of the city of Santa Clarita is having local government representatives who are responsive, accessible and want to provide high-quality municipal services.

In a city of more than 203,000 residents, each of our community members can play an active role in shaping the quality of life in Santa Clarita.

Public participation is an essential way for residents to not only be heard by their elected officials, but to also to influence the decision-making process.

While it does not guarantee that every decision will result in a consensus, our democratic system does provide the opportunity for an open dialogue during which the public can influence the outcome of a project or a program.

The City Council knows that in today’s fast-paced world, we need to provide a variety of avenues for residents to communicate with their city, which has long been a hallmark of Santa Clarita.

We want to continue the tradition of an open and inclusive local government and hear ideas and concerns from our residents.

That’s why we’ve launched a series of local town hall meetings for community members to learn more about what the city is working on in their neighborhoods as well as provide input on issues of importance.

The next town hall meeting will be held in Canyon Country on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School, located at 26933 N. Silverbell Lane.

Another meeting will be held in Saugus on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Rosedell Elementary School, located at 27853 Urbandale Avenue.

The last town hall meeting will be held in Valencia on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Valencia Valley Elementary School, located at 23601 Carrizo Drive.

Each town hall meeting is tailored to the specific community in which the meeting is held. Participants will receive a short presentation from the mayor, city manager and police chief about issues the city is addressing in their neighborhoods.

Following the presentations, attendees are welcome to interact with city officials in an informal setting set up workshop-style.

Attendees will find several tables of information that will be set up on various topics of interest, including parks, recreation, the arts, drug education, law enforcement, traffic, roads, street maintenance, transit, code enforcement, graffiti, open space, trails, bike paths, economic development and filming.

In addition to the upcoming town hall meetings, the city offers a variety of ways for residents to provide feedback to local leaders. Community members are always welcome to offer ideas and engage with us at City Council meetings, public hearings, study sessions, special meetings or workshops, as well as connect with us online, by email or through social media.

For more information about upcoming town hall meetings, contact the city’s Communications Division at 661-255-4939 or online at

Frank Ferry is a Santa Clarita City Council member and can be reached at:


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