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Our View: Recognizing our sense of community

Posted: November 4, 2010 9:36 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The election is over. The tiresome political mudslinging, the misleading ads, the frantic finger-pointing and the victorious crowing of the winners — who seem already to have misconstrued a desperate people’s message as a partisan mandate — are finally behind us.

We on The Signal Editorial Board salute those few who ran clean campaigns, but we don’t feel uplifted or encouraged by the overall experience.

So it’s time to turn attention to that which does uplift and encourage. It’s time to catch up with the goings-on of the people of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Whatever the state of our state or our nation, we have to say that we live in a remarkable community.

It’s a community that cares for its own. A community that crosses ideological and governmental lines to get things done.
A community, more often than not, that is both uplifting and encouraging.

Here’s what’s happened in the SCV while election battles raged here and elsewhere:
Foothill League cross-country coaches, the city of Santa Clarita, Newhall Land Development LLC, the California Onsite Water Association, the William S. Hart Union High School District and the SCV running community pulled together to successfully build and open a stellar cross-country track at Central Park.

Certainly it was a long time coming, and it didn’t happen without some acrimony. But open it did, on a budget of just $20,000. The track is said to rival the famous Mount San Antonio College track.

And it wouldn’t have happened without a coalition of agencies, governments, groups and individuals working together.

Castaic Middle School hosted a two-day workshop for parents whose kids are reaching the age when tagging, drugs, sexual issues, interpersonal violence and other social issues will make their presence felt.

The bilingual sessions were scheduled at the same time as October parent-teacher conferences, and the families of more than 1,000 students were invited to attend.

Make a Difference Day arrived on the fourth Saturday in October. As always, SCV residents turned out in droves to help local services such as the emergency winter homeless shelter, the SCV Food Pantry and Santa Clarita Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Newhall.

Many local businesses contributed to the effort, including Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and grocery stores with the Albertsons, Food 4 Less, Pavilions, Ralphs, Smart & Final, Vons and Whole Foods Market chains.

The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center hosted its 10th monthly job fair at College of the Canyons last month. For laid-off workers such as Debbie White, of Canyon Country, the event provided a lead to a job after eight months of unemployment.

Deputy Pat Rissler and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station hosted the 21st annual Haunted Jailhouse and Carnival on Halloween.

Rissler, who will retire before next Halloween, has orchestrated the event every year since its inception.

The Haunted Jailhouse has become an annual tradition for many SCV families, providing a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating. And it also affords a chance for fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, along with other nonprofits that serve our community.

Our gratitude goes out to every group and individual who helped make our community better during the month of October.
We’re proud of this community’s spirit, whatever the political climate.


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