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County budget includes Santa Clarita Valley projects

Posted: June 27, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2012 5:07 p.m.
 

 

The $24.53 billion Los Angeles County budget approved by supervisors this week includes funding for several projects around the Santa Clarita Valley — including a new Stevenson Ranch library and grants for a new women’s jail at Pitchess, as well as new exhibits at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

Many of the projects were approved earlier this year, with the county now funding the projects through the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget. The county’s fiscal budget takes effect Sunday.

The county budget includes $100 million in state grant money for a women’s jail at the Pitchess Detention Center.
The county had to approve a resolution saying it would accept the grant money before it could move ahead with the planning stages for the jail, said Lori Glasgow, deputy to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

About $15 million in the budget was allocated for a proposed Stevenson Ranch library, Glasgow said. The county is still looking for a location for the library.

The budget also provides funding for improvements to the Castaic Animal Shelter, including a new spay and neuter clinic, a modular administrative building and other improvements.

The William S. Hart Park entrance will receive $1 million in upgrades, and Castaic Lake will receive $2.68 million to complete a heating and air conditioning project for structures there, Glasgow said.

The budget also provides $1 million for new exhibits at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

The upgrades will be funded with a state nature education facilities grant, said Frank Hoffman, recreation services supervisor for the nature center.

The funding will be used for six new interpretive exhibits in the museum, said Russell Kimura, regional parks superintendent.

The nature center is still negotiating with the exhibits’ designer, but plans include displays that feature both live animals and taxidermy.

The courtyard for the nature center will also see improvements, including a flight cage for birds and improved animal exhibits, Kimura said. The hawk’s cage will feature dirt and trees instead of the concrete base currently in place.

“It should deeply improve what it is today,” Kimura said.

Kimura could not give an estimate of when the new exhibits would open, saying the project is in the beginning stages right now.

“It’s going to turn out to be a fantastic museum once we’ve finished,” Kimura said.

Read more about the Castaic Animal Shelter improvements at http://www.the-signal.com/archives/62121/. Read more about the William S. Hart Park entrance renovation at http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/63753/.

kjonas@the-signal.com
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