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Job-seekers, community explore expo

Posted: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Expo participants check out the Mad Dog’s Gamers Paradise truck at the SCV Community Expo at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Sunday.

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Ricky Marenghi and D.J. Lynch went looking for a job at the 27th annual SCV Community Expo on Saturday — and they weren’t the only ones.

More than 100 exhibitors took part in the annual meet-and-greet held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, this weekend.

Hundreds of attendees showed up, making parking in and around the site problematic, with motorists forced from parking lots to dusty unpaved roads nearby.

A shuttle service was offered.

At least a half-dozen young men wearing dark dress pants and crisp white shirts were seen leaving the event carrying promotional bags filled with handout material.

“What am I hoping to get from today? A job,” said Marenghi, 18, of West Ranch High School, as he entered the exhibit hall.

His pal, Lynch, also 18, who attends College of the Canyons and works at a fast-food restaurant, also said he hoped to find a job.

The city of Santa Clarita teamed up with the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce to launch the Taste of Expo to kick off the event Friday night, featuring savory offerings from more than 30 local restaurants and caterers.

The Taste of Expo ushered in the weekendlong chamber-sponsored event, enabling exhibitors to reach out to SCV consumers and fellow business community members.

Inside the Expo, Marenghi and Lynch stopped by a booth manned by Jump Bunch promoting “sports and fitness for kids,” saying they were prepared to work with kids. But Jump Bunch wasn’t hiring.

Eternal Valley Memorial Park had a booth, but it was at the expo to promote its upcoming annual Day of the Dead festival and party.

An audio firm looked appealing, and both young men filled out applications.

At the end of their short tour past exhibitors, they ended up with three hopeful prospects: the audio company, a security firm and a booth promoting jobs expected when high-speed rail comes to the Santa Clarita Valley.



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