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Praise given, questions raised at Saugus town hall meeting

Posted: April 30, 2013 10:09 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2013 10:09 p.m.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, left, takes a question about campaign signs from Saugus resident Jim Soliz, right, during the question-and-answer portion of the mayor's town hall meeting at Rosedell Elementary School in Saugus Tuesday night.

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar fielded an array of questions concerning beautification, traffic and community space from a crowd of about 60 residents at his latest town hall meeting in Saugus Tuesday night.

Many of Tuesday’s questions dealt with ongoing capital improvement projects in the area, particularly the city’s plans at Central Park.

One of those plans is the construction of two additional sports fields at the park along with an expansion of parking in the area, Kellar said.

Kellar also praised the city’s ongoing beautification efforts in the Saugus area, including removal of dead or diseased trees and construction of new landscape medians.

“And folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” Kellar said. “We’re not done.”

But several attendees, including Saugus resident Ellen Blankenship said the city should focus on adding new community space, as well as renovating existing space in Saugus.

“What do I need to do to get a City Council to prioritize this?” Blankenship asked Kellar.

Kellar responded that the city is working toward such efforts, such as a new library facility in Saugus that will include a community room.

“You just don’t snap your fingers and make these things happen,” Kellar said. “But I promise you are going to have it.”

As he has at previous town hall meetings, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Paul Becker also spoke Tuesday to outline some of the services offered by local deputies.

Becker said the Saugus area has seen a 43 percent decrease in part-one crime, which includes offenses such as murder, burglary and grand theft auto, versus this time last year.

Tuesday night’s event was the third of Kellar’s four planned town hall meetings. The fourth will be held on May 8 at 7 p.m. in Valencia Valley Elementary School, 23601 Carrizo Dr.
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