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Council OKs $95,000 holiday decorating contract

Chatsworth firm to be hired to adorn Newhall Library

Posted: September 25, 2013 7:50 a.m.
Updated: September 25, 2013 7:50 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council on Tuesday approved a $95,000 plan to illuminate close to 100 trees and erect a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Newhall Library.

On a 4-1 vote with City Councilwoman Marsha McLean dissenting, the council voted in favor of the plan to spruce up Newhall between Nov. 9 and Jan. 2, 2014.

Following the vote City Councilman Frank Ferry jokingly said, “Bah, humbug,” to which McLean responded: “There’s no ‘bah, humbug’; I love Christmas as much as anyone.”

She voiced concerns over the noise generated by crews in trucks decorating the trees.

“We have so many talented artists in our town. Perhaps they could come up with some holiday Christmas display,” she said. “We need to be creative.”

Specifically, the council approved a recommendation to award a one-year, $95,000 contract to a Chatsworth company called Mobile Illumination, which has provided holiday decorations to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

Chad Zdenek, Mobile Illumination’s CEO, assured McLean the company will use no “noisy” generators to power the decorative lights wrapped around trees, comparing the trucks to street sweepers, which McLean also called noisy.

A presentation of the planned lights showed trees wrapped in decorative white lights, a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with red and silver-colored ornaments and two archway trusses to be erected over two Newhall streets.

McLean called the trusses “really ugly.”
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