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Top 10 reasons to live in the SCV

Posted: July 8, 2008 3:29 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
It has almost been a year since I joined The Signal as publisher and made the Santa Clarita Valley my home once again. During the past 12 months, my family and I have come to love this valley and all the outstanding reasons that the SCV is one of the best places to live in the entire state - we can say this, having lived in many areas from northern California to San Diego.

Yes, the SCV does have some problems - high housing costs, for one - but overall, this valley offers its residents far more than most comparable cities in California.

So for the record, here are my top 10 reasons one would choose the Santa Clarita Valley as his or her hometown:

10) The weather. Yes it can be hot, but so can many other areas of the state, and it cools down at night. We do not have the humidity of northern California, or the big-time heat of Riverside or the Imperial Valley. The sun definitely shines brightly in this valley, but overall, the temperatures are pretty moderate.

9) The rural/suburban mix. We have Valencia and Sand Canyon. We have downtown Newhall and Castaic. We offer a lot for many different tastes in a pretty safe environment. Not many communities can make such statements.

8) Westfield Valencia Town Center. Okay, I had to put this one in for my teenage daughter. Not only do we have a mall, but we have one of the best in the county, region and state, and with the new "Patios" addition coming next year, I think the mall will rank as one of the best in the nation. Now if we could only get a Nordstrom ...

7) Pedestrian friendly. Valencia's paseos and the valley's overall walking/biking trail system are simply awesome. This is something highly unique to this valley. I just wish the system could truly expand throughout the entire SCV.

6) The business community. This valley offers everything one might need. You really do not have to leave the SCV anymore. I remember the line more than 20 years ago when Mervyns opened. Residents rejoiced simply because one did not have to go to the Northridge mall to buy underwear anymore. We have come a long way.

5) Six Flags Magic Mountain. Okay, we all know that we are lucky to have such a large attraction in our own backyards for many reasons. I love the fact that Newhall Land was the smart marketer it was back in the 1960s because ever since the establishment of Magic Mountain, it has been easy for people all over the state to understand where our valley is located. When out-of-area people ask us where the SCV is, all we have to say is simply "Magic Mountain," and instantly they know where to find us. Not to mention it is a pretty cool place to have as a neighbor.

4) The people. We are a sophisticated lot, but we still know how to care for our neighbors or throw a party. After the fires in October, volunteers were there. I do not know of another area that supports so many nonprofit organizations. For this compassion alone, the SCV should be highly commended. Then we have such outstanding events as the Fourth of July Parade. We are a larger community with positive small-town values.

3) The arts. The Santa Clarita Valley definitely appreciates the arts. With an active symphony, master chorale, numerous theater and performing groups, and the wonderful COC Performing Arts Center, the SCV is blessed with an incredible amount of talent and opportunities. I do not know of anywhere else in the state where a community the size of the SCV offers so much and at such a high level of professionalism.

2) The city of Santa Clarita. Obviously, Santa Clarita is one of the most dynamic cities in California. Even with its so-called problems, it still far surpasses the real problems most other cities in the state have. Thank goodness the citizens of this valley voted to go the local control route when they did just 20 years ago. I do not want to imagine what this valley would be like today if that had not happened. Now what would make it even better would be for the entire valley to be part of the city as originally intended.

1) The Signal. Okay, I am the publisher, so you had to know this was coming. This valley supports one of the best local newspapers in the state. Since 1919, the award-winning Signal has been there for the SCV and will continue to be there for many years to come. Vigilance Forever.

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