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Frank Ferry: City to toast 25 years at State of the City event

Live from City Hall

Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

This year marks a milestone for the city of Santa Clarita as it celebrates its 25th year of cityhood. Residents who haven’t lived here that long might be surprised to learn that our city has come a long way over the last quarter-century, with 22 new parks, more than 8,000 acres of open space, hundreds of high-quality youth sports and recreation programs, additional law enforcement, numerous beautification projects citywide and new roads like the eight-and-a-half mile cross valley connector road.

The Santa Clarita City Council has had an annual tradition of presenting information to the community at a formal luncheon highlighting what the city is working on, how city funds are being spent and what types of programs and projects are being planned for the upcoming year.

Join me and the City Council as we take a look back at a substantial list of accomplishments and share future goals at the 25th annual State of the City luncheon on Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

The themes is “Cheers to 25 Years: The Best is Yet to Come!” and the event will include updates on current projects such as: the Canyon Country Community Center, hundreds of acres of new open space, the Santa Clarita Public Library, law enforcement milestones, traffic improvements, upgraded landscape media projects and much more. It will also feature a look at up and coming additions including: a new park and ride facility for commuters, adding lights to fields at the Sports Complex and designing two new fields at Central Park.

In addition to these projects, the luncheon will provide updates on how the city is actively working with the business community to assist them during these difficult economic times.

As each member of the City Council delivers a brief introduction on topics of interest, short and informative videos will be shown to help demonstrate the work the city has accomplished in the last year, while giving an overview of future plans.

One of the luncheon high points for me is highlighting the city’s strong, fiscal stability and conservative financial planning. Since its incorporation, the city has consistently maintained a 100 percent track record for an on-time budget with a 16 percent reserve. Most recently, the city of Santa Clarita was notified by Standard and Poor’s that its credit rating had been upgraded to AAA level, which is the highest ranking a municipality can receive. This upgrade represents the third for Santa Clarita in the last five years.

Whether this is your first time attending or you’re a returning guest, the city has a few surprises planned for the annual luncheon. Anyone who lives or works in Santa Clarita is invited to attend and hear from the mayor and City Council about current and future projects. The luncheon event is open to the public. Cost is $40 per person and includes lunch and a commemorative gift.

For additional information, please RSVP online at Santa-Clarita.com or call the city at 661-255-4939.

Frank Ferry is Santa Clarita’s mayor and can be reached at fferry@santa-clarita.com.

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