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Marsha McLean: Thank you for a fantastic year, Santa Clarita

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Posted: December 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

As my year as your mayor comes to a close, I wanted to share with you some of my reflections and memories of 2011.

When I chose to run for City Council, I did so because I wanted to make a difference in the community I call home. I wanted to do whatever I could to help make Santa Clarita an amazing place to raise a family. I wanted to make sure that our city was a leader in preserving the environment, improving traffic and transportation, keeping our residents safe, building infrastructure and creating jobs. As I look back at this year, I am pleased with the accomplishments our city has made on behalf of our residents.

My term was filled with myriad events, speeches, dedications, meetings and other duties, and I loved every minute of it.

From visiting with scout troops and leading City Council meetings, to attending community events and serving on various boards and commissions, I enjoyed serving my community in this capacity.

In reviewing my list of goals for the year, I am pleased that we were able to achieve the majority of them. Whether it is our 100 percent track record for a balanced and on-time budget with a 15 percent reserve fund, our many capital improvement projects that continue to beautify our older established neighborhoods in Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia, the community gardens at Central Park, obtaining new open space, honoring our service men and women with the Fallen Warriors Memorial bridge at Golden Valley or our new Santa Clarita Public Libraries, our city, working in concert with our community and our partners, has achieved a great deal.

Our city has an open, accessible government and I want to make sure our residents are aware of that fact. One of my goals this year was to increase our two-way communication with all of you. I receive many emails every month and work hard to answer them all in a timely manner. Communication with your city is important to me and to the City Council, and I’d like to encourage you to reach out, whether you have an issue, a suggestion or you just want to chat.

Our city website at www.santa-clarita.com is one of the most popular in Santa Clarita, receiving tens of thousands of hits every month. The website is updated regularly and offers a wide variety of ways to communicate with your city. Residents can use it to report an issue of concern to you, such as a pothole or graffiti, and you can learn about the City Council’s next agenda.

You can sign up to receive regular email alerts on topics of interest to you such as job openings and emergency alerts; all with the click of your mouse.

The city has its own blog called “City Briefs,” which is updated daily with information about what is happening at your city. The blog is a great way to stay connected to what is happening in Santa Clarita. You can check out city briefs at: www.santaclaritacitybriefs.com.

Our city has been using a variety of social media tools with great success. Just this year, we’ve seen a 70 percent increase in people communicating with us through social media. These options include Facebook and Twitter and you can access them on our city’s home page (www.santa-clarita.com). Of course, the good old-fashioned telephone number (661) 259-CITY still works great, and you are welcome to call ahead for an appointment with any member of the City Council if you wish.

For several years, I have represented our city and our region on a variety of transportation-related committees and boards aimed at improving mobility. This year, I was appointed to the Southern California Association of Government’s High Speed Rail Committee. I also serve on SCAG’s Transportation committee. Another regional transportation organization where I represent our city is as a member of the board of directors of the Orange Line Development Authority. Locally, I serve on the SCV Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee and the city’s High Speed Transportation Ad Hoc Committee. I am also a longtime member of the North County Transportation Coalition.

My goals with participating in these many transportation organizations and in bringing new opportunities for mass transit and carpooling is to make sure that Santa Clarita’s needs and interests are represented in all of the planning and ultimately the projects that come out of these organizations.

I would like to thank you, our community, for your support of our city. Santa Clarita is a great city because of the amazing people who live here. Thank you!

Marsha McLean is the mayor of the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

 

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