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Neighborhood gets a facelift

Saugus is third community to receive makeover

Posted: January 10, 2009 9:15 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Danny Rospond, his wife, Gina, and their six-month-old son Blake walk through the Extreme Neighborhood Makeover block party in Saugus Saturday. About 130 neighbors were invited to the event.

 
Santa Clarita officials began assisting in the sprucing-up of a third local neighborhood Saturday, with its third Extreme Neighborhood Makeover block party hosted on Cavello Drive in Saugus.

So far, the city initiated the replenishment of one Canyon Country and one Newhall neighborhood, and this will be the first for Saugus, city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said.

Numerous residents of the neighborhood near Seco Canyon Road and Santa Clarita Road turned out for the block party. The residents gathered resources on how to enhance their properties and community and properly follow code restrictions. Many residents were impressed by boards which displayed before-and-after photos of the fixed-up Canyon Country neighborhood.

"(The block party) is so people know we're not the big, bad city coming in to write citations, but we're here to help," Ortiz said.

Starting last August, the city hosted the block parties in Canyon Country and east Newhall.

Individual homeowners are responsible for their own properties and the city steps in to deal with public issues such as cracked sidewalks or potholes.

Jane Ramboldt of Santa Clarita Road said her neighborhood is already nice, but she does not mind the city providing resources.

"This neighborhood looks pretty good overall," said Norm Sieger, a supervising community preservation officer. "There are some areas that need a little help."

One area the city could help is in fixing the sidewalks, said Cindy Pascoe, who lives on Cavello Drive.

"There's a lot of tripping on those," she said.

Gary Peart who lives on Santa Clarita Road said he's wanted to spruce up his home since he moved in three months ago.

"I'd like to do many improvements like tree trimming and redoing the driveway," Peart said.

He said if it weren't for the informative block party, it probably would have taken him a lot longer to look for the proper resources.

Jackie Ramboldt agreed the help is appreciated.

"I think some houses have lost their curb appeal," said Ramboldt, a Santa Clarita Road resident. "A lot of homes have gone into foreclosure and our neighborhood takes care of those houses. We have taken it upon ourselves."

Councilwoman Marsha McLean said one of her goals is to make sure the older established neighborhoods get the same amount of attention as new neighborhoods.

The Extreme Neighborhood block parties and projects are "one way to allow residents to realize the city is user-friendly and accessible to help them keep their neighborhoods looking good," McLean said.

City code enforcement officers will soon notify about 130 residents in the area that the officers will check properties in 30 days from notification for code violations, Sieger said.

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