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Marsha McLean: Mayoral resolutions for Santa Clarita in 2011

Posted: January 1, 2011 9:38 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2011 4:30 a.m.

Commuters board the 8 a.m. Metrolink train to Los Angeles as it pulls into Newhall Station. According to Mayor Marsha McLean, the city is scheduled to begin construction for the Newhall Metrolink parking expansion, providing additional parking for transit riders and the Newhall downtown area.

 

I am so pleased to be serving again as Santa Clarita’s mayor for 2011. This is a very exciting time for the city of Santa Clarita. I want to share with readers some of the programs and projects we will be working on in the coming year.

n The city will continue construction of the Old Town Newhall library, a vital component of the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan.

n Through the city’s Open Space Preservation District, we will continue to pursue more land acquisitions and partnerships to bring additional acreage into public ownership.

n The city will begin construction for the Newhall Metrolink parking expansion, providing additional parking for transit riders and the Newhall downtown area.

n Bringing new jobs and businesses to enhance economic development is important, but I want to make sure we give equal attention to making sure our existing businesses and older, established neighborhoods are not forgotten. 

 n This year, the city will be focused on the transition and operation of the new Santa Clarita Public Libraries on July 1, bringing our community a first-class library system for the three local libraries.

n We will be working to complete construction of the Lyons/I-5 Gateway Beautification project in partnership with Los Angeles County, adding a beautiful, landscaped gateway to our community.

n The Amgen Tour of California will return to Santa Clarita May 22, and in June, a new event called the Trifecta will be launched in our city.

n In our transit division, we will be introducing a new Senior Ambassador program, using trained senior volunteers to teach other seniors how to use/navigate the fixed-route transit system. 

n I will continue to work to the best of my ability to enhance our Metrolink schedules and to work with the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council, the North County Transportation Coalition and other transportation committees, commissions and coalitions to help alleviate traffic congestion, both within and without our city.

n It is important to me to make sure we remain fiscally sound and able to maintain our strong law enforcement policies to protect our neighborhoods.    

n For the Sheriff’s Department we will continue our excellent arrest record as part of the very successful J-Team, or juvenile team, that has allowed us to effectively address and reduce juvenile crime in the city.

n The unresolved chloride issue is a top priority this year. Our city has implemented many programs and will continue to work with the L.A. County Sanitation District and the Regional Water Quality Control Board and our state legislators to give the most accurate and up-to-date information on those programs. 

While this is a large list, it is by no means inclusive of everything we are working on or will accomplish in 2011.

If you are interested in a more complete list, please visit our website at santa-clarita.com  and take a look at the city’s annual budget.

Sometimes there is information that arrives through e-mail or fliers on doorsteps or through blogs that may include certain kinds of information.

Our residents deserve to be able to hear all sides of each issue and to be able to make up their own minds, and I want to make sure residents know where to find each and every bit of available material. I encourage our citizens to utilize all communication methods for the most accurate and up-to-date information.   

During the next year, we will have the opportunity to determine the way our city grows over the next 50 years.

I have been a community activist for many years, and I participated in workshops and study sessions starting more than 10 years ago that began the process for shaping our next general plan.

It is extremely important for concerned residents to know where and how they can have all questions answered. I know that our council and staff encourage and welcome personal contact, and I hope our residents take advantage of this open communication invitation so that the One Valley, One Vision plan, encompassing the entire 200-square-mile SCV, will be the best it can be for our future.

During my year as mayor, I will be working hard to assure that our community knows how to reach the mayor and the City Council.

The city offers a wide variety of avenues for city information and to be heard, including: public meetings, The Signal’s “Live from City Hall” column, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Seasons magazine. This Week in Santa Clarita (our weekly television  show), monthly magazine messages, online broadcasts, City Briefs (our online newsletter) and good old-fashioned conversations in the grocery store are all great ways to learn about what your city is working on and to have your voice heard.

With your help, I look forward to a year that brings all good things that will continue to make our city one of the best in the nation.

Thank you!

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and will serve as mayor for 2011. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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