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Luncheon to focus on top city issues

Live from City Hall

Posted: August 23, 2008 7:27 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
What are the most important issues facing our city?

Over the years, residents have weighed in on this question in a variety of surveys and community meetings. While the ranking order of this list may alter through the years, the issues themselves pretty much remain the same.

They include (not in order): traffic, growth, more open space, more parks and recreation, public transportation, green practices (improving air quality, reducing water use, recycling); graffiti abatement, law enforcement, teen substance abuse and the revitalization of Old Town Newhall.

The city of Santa Clarita has worked hard over the last two decades to address each of these issues through various programs, projects and partnerships.

At the upcoming State of the City luncheon on Sept. 17, attendees will get a first-hand account of what the city is doing right now regarding these issues and what future plans are in the works to further deal with them.
The State of the City luncheon will be held at the Valencia Hyatt at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend; the cost is $30 per person, which also includes a commemorative gift.

Earlier this year, the City Council formally adopted its new budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. The city’s new budget is projected at about $87.3 million for the general fund, with 37 percent being derived from sales tax.
The city allocates about 26 percent of its budget for parks, recreation and community services; 23 percent for public safety; and 20 percent for pubic works.

This new fiscal year, the City Council added more law enforcement officers, as well as funding for the expansion of the Sports Complex and design funding for a new expansion at Central Park.

Millions are being spent to improve our streets, get rid of graffiti quickly and offer high-quality entertainment and recreational opportunities for our residents.

More transit buses, along with additional commuter service, are also on the horizon, along with plans for a new community center in Canyon Country — and so much more.

Bob Kellar is mayor of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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