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Frank Ferry: State of the City luncheon to open ‘New Chapter’

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Posted: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Please join me and the Santa Clarita City Council for the annual State of the City luncheon on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia.

This year’s theme, “A New Chapter,” will include updates on current projects, such as: the new 30,000-square-foot Old Town Newhall library currently under construction; two new parks in the city; new trail segments, traffic improvements and the upgraded landscape media project on Soledad Canyon Road; and hundreds of acres of new open space, our new libraries and law-enforcement milestones. 

Hosted by Mayor Marsha McLean, the event will also feature a look at what is up and coming including: a new park-and-ride facility for commuters, expanded parking at the Newhall Metrolink station, new landscaping projects, the new Smartboard at the Sheriff’s station and the iconic roundabout and art project at the end of Main Street.

As each member of the city council delivers a brief introduction on topics of interest, informative video vignettes will be shown that help visually show the work the city has accomplished over the last year, while giving an overview of future plans.

Santa Clarita residents, business and property owners benefit from the city’s conservative financial planning and fiscal stability.

The city has a 100 percent track record for an on-time and balanced budget with a 15 percent reserve fund. The City Council’s mantra for budgeting has always been: The decisions we made in good times are more important than the decisions we made in bad times.

What this means is that, when the economy is riding high, we are consistently careful to spend below our means and never pay for new programs or projects with one-time monies that require an ongoing funding source.

We’ve got a few surprises planned for the annual luncheon, just to keep things interesting. Anyone who lives or works in Santa Clarita should attend the luncheon and hear from our mayor and City Council about what the city is working on for our community. 

The State of the City luncheon is held annually in as part of the city’s effort to provide information about what the city is working on, how city funds are being spent and what is planned for the upcoming year.  The luncheon event is open to the public.

Everyone is invited to attend and the cost is $40 per person, which also includes a commemorative gift. Please RSVP online at www.santa-clarita.com/sotc11 or call the city at: (661) 255-4939 for additional information.

Frank Ferry is a Santa Clarita city councilmember and can be reached at: fferry@santa-clarita.com.

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