Archive for May, 2010

250 Riders Participate in Santa Clarita Bike to Work Day

May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 20, the City of Santa Clarita teamed up with Metro, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Newhall Bicycle for Bike to Work Day. Overall 20 businesses formed teams, totaling over 250 employees who participated in the event. The City of Santa Clarita had a total of 37 riders.

The City served as one of the pit stops around town where riders could get refreshments, cycling information and giveaways.



Cal Arts formed one of the teams participating in the event.

Marzocchi USA (above), a local bike & motorcycle suspension company, had 9 out of their 10 employees ride to work.

The Challenge Team winners were:

Small Business– Dr. Bruce Hall’s Office – 100% participation.  Prize-  $75 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon

Medium Business – Factory Effex- 35% participation. Prize – $150 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon

Large Business – L.A County Sheriff – 12% participation. Prize – $250 gift certificate to restaurant of choice and Golden Spoon

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To find out the cost and air quality benefit of commuting to work click on Metro’s Bike to Work Calculator.

Town Center Art Space Hosts New Exhibit

May 27, 2010

This Week In Santa Clarita covers the new exhibit by Santa Clarita artist Scott Brucker now showing at the Town Center Art Space at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Safe Routes To Schools

May 26, 2010

This Week In Santa Clarita gets an update on the Safe Routes to Schools program from City of Santa Clarita Senior Traffic Engineer Ian Pari and Principal of Meadows Elementary School, Chad Rose.

White Ribbon Week Begins Today

May 26, 2010

White Ribbon Week is recognized beginning today, Wednesday, May 26, through Friday, June 4 when all Santa Clarita high school graduations occur. The White Ribbon Campaign began in 1998 in response to concerns over the number of local teens who lost their lives in vehicular collisions as a result of someone’s bad decision to drive recklessly or while impaired.

A Santa Clarita Sheriff’s deputy speaks at each senior assembly in the local high schools and distributes the white ribbons for the students to wear on their gowns during graduation.  These white ribbons serve as a reminder to celebrate commencement in a safe and sober way and to remember local teens lost to reckless driving.  The ribbons are attached to cards with the names of four local youth who lost their lives in traffic collisions in the past five years.  It is hoped that sometime soon, there will be no more names on these cards.

Santitation District Meeting Date Changed To June 2

May 26, 2010

The Sanitation District meeting that was calendared for Thursday, May 27, 6:30, in Santa Clarita City Council Chambers is being moved to Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 in the Santa Clarita City Council Chambers in order for Supervisor Antonovich, as a member of the Sanitation District Board to be able to attend.

Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean will attend and represent the City as members of the Sanitation District Board.

The public hearing regarding a proposed Sanitation District rate increase and the handling of chlorides in the Santa Clara River is being held at the request of Mayor Weste, so that residents of the Santa Clarita Valley can have an opportunity to participate in a local meeting on the subject. For more information or to review the public hearing agenda, contact the Sanitation District.

Santa Clarita Continues to Wipe Out Graffiti, Make Arrests

May 26, 2010

The City’s Graffiti Task Force continues to conduct a number of outreach efforts to help wipe out graffiti and keep Santa Clarita clean and beautiful. In the months of March and April, the Task Force received more than 855 calls and e-notify requests from community members reporting graffiti or gang-related tagging activity in the City.

Community volunteers are a significant recource in the war against graffiti.

The Sheriff’s Department arrested 33 taggers during March and April. Two prolific taggers were arrested for over $30,000 in damages to City property and another significant arrest was made for taggers responsible for over $130,000 in damages to City and Saugus High School property.

The total 2010 year-to-date arrests of graffiti vandals are at 57 which is a 92% increase compared to 2009

Santa Clarita Sister City In Need of Help

May 26, 2010

Santa Clarita's Sister City, Tena, Ecuador is in serious need of help.

Tena, Ecuador, one of Santa Clarita’s Sister Cities, is in crisis due to the areas worst flooding in 50 years. The flooding destroyed streets, houses, bridges, and crops. More than 1,200 families have been left homeless in Tena. The flood did not make international headlines, but Tena is in need of help. Any Donation big or small will make a difference to help those families affected by the crisis.

The Sister City International Program is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities.  Currently the City of Santa Clarita has two international Sister Cities, one with Sariaya, Philippines and the other with Tena, Ecuador. 

Funding is desperately needed for the area to provide basic services and neccessities. For more information or to donate click here.

2010 Concerts in the Parks Preview

May 25, 2010

This Week In Santa Clarita previews the 2010 City of Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park series with festival director Mike Fleming. The series will run each Saturday at Central Park starting at 7 p.m. from July 10 to August 28.

Volcom Stone’s Wild In The Park Returns to Santa Clarita June 5

May 24, 2010

Volcom Stone’s Wild in the Parks skate competition returns to the City of Santa Clarita on June 5. The entry to compete is free of charge and there will be free food provided. The divisions are: 14 and under, 15 and over and a Pro Am division. Registration is at 10 a.m.

Skaters under the age of 18 need to bring a parent. Sign ups are available online or on the day of the event. Top skaters will be invited to the Wild in the Park Finals Championship in Phoenix October 2. Park rules are enforced which means skaters are required to wear helmets and pads.

To see the video promoting the 2009 Wild in the Parks event click here.

Around Town: Community Center Boxing

May 24, 2010

The City of Santa Clarita hosted a boxing event in early May. The City of Santa Clarita’s Community Center Boxing Team has won numerous awards in competition. The follwing are pictures from Saturday May 8.

Posing here are winners from the day along with coaches and staff.

Bout winner Yeicatl Sosa.

The thrill of victory.



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