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Message from Santa Clarita City Manager, April 2009

Posted: April 6, 2009 7:24 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 5:52 p.m.
 
This is a difficult year for many and the economic news doesn't seem to be getting better quickly. I want you to know that our city is doing everything we can to help our local economy, our residents and our businesses. I have assembled an inter-departmental team of city staff to track and apply for the wide variety of stimulus funds that are becoming available.

Our goal is to assure that Santa Clarita receives as much funding as possible from the stimulus funding. For businesses in the city, the Enterprise Zone is a terrific way to realize amazing tax savings. Our economic development staff is working directly with business owners to make sure that they are taking advantage of the Zone and saving money.

The city is also working to make sure that businesses that are already here are receiving the assistance they need to grow and to succeed.

I hope that you and your family are able to attend the upcoming Earth Day Festival/20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration being held on Saturday, April 18  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park. Themed zones at the Earth Day Festival will include an Energy, Community, Ecological, Water Conservation, Children's and Green Car Zone.

Notably, the Energy Zone will feature a full solar array which will produce power to be utilized by the entire Festival. Kid-friendly entertainment is scheduled for the Children's Zone where kids will be able to pick up an Earth Day passport to get stamped as they travel around the Festival learning about global warming, solar energy, water and pollution. Visit www.santa-clarita.com or call the Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 for more info.

Also in April, the city will host the 16th annual Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch and Motion Picture Studio. The festival runs from April 25-26. This exciting western festival is an amazing opportunity to visit a real, working movie ranch located right here in our community.

For the annual Cowboy Festival, the city brings in the best cowboy poets, singers and performers for a weekend of fun for the entire family. You will also enjoy amazing peach cobbler, cooked outdoors in a Dutch oven by the Cowboy Cultural Committee. For ticket information, log on to www.cowboyfestival.org or contact the ticket office at (661) 286-4021.

As always, if you would like more information, we are available via phone at (661) 259-CITY or by visiting www.santa-clarita.com.

If you would like to receive regular e-mail updates on a variety of topics, sign up for our "e-Notify" program on our Web site. Thank you for taking the time to know what is happening in our city.

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