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City program earns award

Posted: September 21, 2009 9:56 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2009 8:30 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita's efforts to clean up neighborhoods have netted some recognition from Sacramento.

For its extreme neighborhood makeover program, the city received the "innovative program" award from the capital city-based California Association of Code Enforcement Officers.

In summer 2008, the city started holding "block parties" to point residents in the right direction, explaining whom to call to report problems like potholes and graffiti while also surveying neighborhoods for code violations.

The residents in the neighborhoods were given 30 days to spruce up their properties before code enforcement officers went out to enforce.

Community Preservation Coordinator Cruz Caldera has said residents have been very responsive to the call to spruce up their property.

The award was presented to the city earlier this month during the annual seminar for the enforcement officers association.

The "innovative program" award is given to agencies that develop original programs to respond to challenges in their communities, according to a Monday news release.

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