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Block Party can only make a good neighborhood better

Posted: June 26, 2008 12:06 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2008 5:03 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Canyon Country Advisory Committee have been collaborating on proactive code enforcement issues for the last two years. Questions relative to what ordinances should be targeted, how enforcement policies should be set and how we can assist our neighbors who may require help coming into compliance, have all been on the table.

Starting in lower North Oaks seemed to be a reasonable decision. Jim Holt's article ("City planning a block party," June 23) implied that we are the opposite of beautiful, or that our neighborhood is sliding, or we need someone to make us great again. But we are a neighborhood approaching its 50th birthday. We realize that as neighborhoods mature they require increased attention and maintenance. I have lived on the same street, on the same corner, in the same house in lower North Oaks for the past 43 years. I have stayed there all this time, not because I had too, but because I choose too. Why, because my house is comfortable, my neighbors are great, and it is an area where it is safe to walk the streets day or night.

Over the long tenure in my home, I have seen this area rise and fall. But for the last 15 years, I have observed the area getting better and better. I attribute that to two major factors. First, the city of Santa Clarita has kept our streets in good condition, has implemented projects repairing sidewalks at city expense, provided several rounds of parkway tree planning, and is answering the call to remove graffiti quickly. Next, with the run-up in real estate prices, as houses have changed hands, higher-income families have moved in and many homes have been renovated.

With that being said, do we have some properties in disrepair? Certainly we do. Tell me what neighborhood does not? Is there room to improve? Absolutely!! That is why I support the city of Santa Clarita's Extreme Neighborhood Makeover proactive code enforcement program.

Just think about it. For years, east side residents have held on to the perception that City Hall has forgotten them. It has been thought that the city of Santa Clarita was always paying attention to some other area. Well here is today's city answer. Not only does city government want to help make Canyon Country a better place to live, it is going to kick off the activity with a block party. Council members and senior city staff along with the sheriff's and fire departments will be at the event. When have you ever heard of the city doing that before? How can we not like the reason the city choose our street?

For those of us, living in this first phase of the Extreme Neighborhood Makeover, the block party represents a great opportunity. At the event we can meet all those city officials that we have read about in The Signal and discover the city-sponsored programs that will help improve our neighborhood. For city officials, the block party represents an equally important opportunity. At the event they can become more aware of what support and services our local neighborhood requires. It is a win-win situation that we should all be happy to participate in.

I hope to see you there. Stop by and introduce yourself.


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