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City planning a block party

But you might not like the reason they chose your street for the festivities

Posted: June 23, 2008 1:31 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The City of Santa Clarita is having a block party.

Before you start putting your barbecue in the trunk and your drinks on ice, however, be aware that the party is open only to those who live in a particular neighborhood, specially chosen by City officials.

It's not a rich or beautiful area, quite the opposite.

The block party, which city officials hope will be the first of many, will take place June 24 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Lower North Oaks area along Walnut Springs Avenue between Stillmore and Nearbrook streets.

The program is called the Pro-Active Code Enforcement - not exactly a fun name for a party - but it's the hope of the city that the experience will make everyone happy in the end, particularly Canyon Country homeowners concerned about property values diminishing due to houses in disrepair.

"What the PCE plans to do is go into sliding communities and try to do something," said city Management Analyst David Peterson, describing how the block party will enable residents to bring their homes up to building code standards.

Peterson spoke Wednesday to a packed room at the George A. Caravalho Activity Center Banquet Room, fielding questions from residents concerned about many things - from businesses cluttered with signs to abandoned shopping carts.

"We want to make that neighborhood great again," he told members of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee.

Food, drink and "all sorts of things" are expected to be brought to the party by half a dozen city code enforcement officers. All members of the CCAC are invited to the party.

"We'll have a representative from every city department on hand to answer questions and talk to the community," Peterson said.

By community, he identified "people who haven't painted their homes, maybe fences are falling down, or old inoperative vehicles are in their yard.

"Our attitude is, let's talk to them and tell them ‘These are the issues going on with your property.' We're going to send a notice to the community that says ‘The City wants to invest in your neighborhood.'"

Peterson said he wants to reach out to homeowners who may feel the city has forgotten about them.

"We have pride in our community, let's work together," he said.

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