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New security installed at Santa Clarita City Hall

Posted: November 28, 2012 5:54 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2012 5:54 p.m.

Santa Clarita beefed up security measures at City Hall this week, restricting access to the upper floors where the City Council offices are and to some ground-floor rooms.

“We have been very lax on our security measures at City Hall,” city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said Wednesday. “We’ve had no real security other than a locked door when we’re not here.”

Ortiz said there have been several incidents over the past few years in which people who could pose security issues, such as citizens who appear agitated or unstable, were allowed to roam unchecked through the building.

The new precautions, which took effect Monday, were put into place after the city worked with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to examine ways to increase security in the building, Ortiz said.

The measures are in place during regular City Hall business hours. Citizens who wish to access the second and third floors of the buildings, as well as parts of the first floor, will need to either be escorted by a receptionist or greeter or have someone come down and meet them in the lobby, Ortiz said.

But implementation of the key-card system did not take place until many of the services residents use the most were moved to the first floor of City Hall, where they could be easily accessed during normal business hours.

Over the last two to three years, the city has moved offices for permitting, personnel, human resources, building and safety, purchasing and the city clerk to the first floor, according to Ortiz.

“So for 90 percent of the reasons people would come to City Hall, they wouldn’t need a card key,” Ortiz said.




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