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Bob Kellar: Live from City Hall

Posted: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Providing a wide variety of avenues for residents to communicate with their city has long been a hallmark of Santa Clarita.

Regular public meetings and hearings, a variety of workshops, articles, focus groups, block parties, pancake breakfasts, an interactive city website, email, newsletters, along with study sessions and special meetings have always been facilitated by the city to provide easy access and input to local leaders.

The city of Santa Clarita will continue the tradition of an open and inclusive local government as we begin a series of local town hall meetings.

The town hall meetings are aimed at both providing information to the community and providing a mechanism for listening to ideas and concerns expressed by residents.

The town hall meetings will be held in the four communities of the city — Canyon Country, Newhall, Valencia and Saugus — beginning this month and continuing through May 2013 at local elementary school multi-purpose rooms.

Each meeting will be geared to the particular community in which the meeting is held. Participants will receive a short presentation by the mayor, city manager and police chief about issues the city is addressing in their neighborhoods.

Following the presentations, attendees will enjoy a workshop format whereby several tables will be set up with information and city staff on various topics of interest including: parks, recreation, the arts, drug education, law enforcement, traffic, roads, street maintenance, transit, code enforcement, graffiti, open space, trails, bike paths, economic development, and filming.

The first town hall meeting will be held in the Newhall community on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Newhall Elementary School, located at 24607 N. Walnut Street.

The second town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Canyon Country community at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School multi-purpose room, located at 26933 N. Silverbell Lane.

The third meeting will be held in Saugus on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Rosedell Elementary School, located at 27853 Urbandale Avenue.

The final town hall meeting will be held in Valencia on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Valencia Valley Elementary School, located at 23601 Carrizo Drive.

A local government founded by the people and for the people was never more applicable than in Santa Clarita, where the people of the Santa Clarita Valley succeeded in forming their own award-winning government just 25 years ago.

The result was the much-acclaimed city of Santa Clarita, the largest area in the state ever to incorporate. Dreams of local control, locally generated tax dollars spent here, locally elected City Council members and having a voice in our own destiny were the fruits of cityhood, and are still enjoyed today.

Public participation provides an important link for residents to not only be heard by their elected officials, but to also influence the decision making process.

While public participation does not ascertain that every decision will result in a consensus, it does provide the opportunity for an open dialogue in a visible manner with opportunities throughout the process for the public to influence the outcome.

The town hall meeting program is an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about what the City is working on in their neighborhoods as well as provide input on issues of importance.

For more information about upcoming town hall meetings, contact the city’s Communications Division at (661) 255-4939.

Bob Kellar is the mayor of Santa Clarita and can be reached at bkellar@santa-clarita.com.

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