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Proposed Santa Clarita budget includes new hiring

Posted: May 8, 2014 6:40 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2014 6:40 p.m.

Art Slam, an event hosted by the city of Santa Clarita as part of its "Thursdays@Newhall" series, featured art of the human figure on May 1. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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In addition to funding for capital improvements and services, the proposed Santa Clarita city budget includes funding for a number of new positions, city officials said this week.

The spending plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which was discussed Tuesday during a joint study session between Santa Clarita City Council members and city commissioners, includes funding for some new hires: arts and events coordinator, groundskeeper, street maintenance worker and vehicle maintenance technician, according to city spokeswoman Gail Morgan.

“We are requesting these positions because they are needed,” Morgan wrote in an email.

It’s been several years since the city has seen this level of new hiring activity, according to Morgan.

Ingrid Hardy, Santa Clarita’s community services superintendent, said an additional arts and events coordinator is needed to help out.

“Essentially the motivation is to help manage the existing workload that we have in Arts and Events,” Hardy said Thursday. “The number of events we have has grown significantly.”

Some notable city events throughout the year include the “Thursdays@Newhall” series, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the Santa Clarita Marathon and the Concerts in the Park series.

“We have a tremendous amount of arts and events and you desperately need another person there,” Mayor Laurene Weste said Thursday.

The city is also in the process of filling two existing positions: human resources manager and city clerk, according to Morgan.

The city’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is $191.5 million, according to City Manager Ken Striplin.

Striplin said earlier this week that city general fund revenues are back to pre-recession levels.

“Everybody has worked really hard to make sure that we were not only conservative but ultraconservative, to make sure we did not end up in the situation other places have,” Weste said.

Several California cities declared bankruptcy during the Great Recession.
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ricketzz: Posted: May 9, 2014 6:59 a.m.

I get email from the city. Why wasn't I informed of the job openings? Will this be more "we had the best candidate for the job right here the whole time" situations? Does the city violate hiring rules for entities receiving Federal money?

ElizaS: Posted: May 9, 2014 8:29 a.m.

ricketzz: This is a proposed budget with proposed new positions. The Council hasn't approved the budget yet and thus these positions do not exist yet until approved.

IamNewHere: Posted: May 9, 2014 11:43 a.m.

A lack of reading comprehension is how misinformation is propagated through the interwebs.

bbcalvin: Posted: May 9, 2014 2:46 p.m.

For the existing City Clerk and Human Resources Manager position, they are using a recruiting firm. You can find the job openings here:

lars1: Posted: May 9, 2014 3:10 p.m.

bbcalvin, that web site is sickening!

ricketzz: Posted: May 10, 2014 5:52 a.m.

RE: reading comprehension; there are 2 times jobs are mentioned. Once in the new budget and "The city is also in the process of filling two existing positions: human resources manager and city clerk, according to Morgan."

I presume by "in the process of filling..." means an active search is theoretically under way. Don't be so quick to lash out, it makes you look hostile.

ricketzz: Posted: May 10, 2014 5:54 a.m.

It beats hiring somebody's cousin because Benghazi.

IamNewHere: Posted: May 10, 2014 9:33 a.m.

My comment was actually much more subtle though. You went from "I get email from the city. Why wasn't I informed of the job openings?" to "Does the city violate hiring rules for entities receiving Federal money?". Thats a pretty big jump in logic based on the article above. Your comment focuses more on inciting people and getting them to buy into conspiracy without providing evidence to back up your claim. Stating your suspicion in that manner is hyperbolic and degrades the discourse in this forum. Of course, if you have some proof of the city performing some wrong doing in violation of rules pertaining to the use of federal funds, please post. That was what I meant by a lack of reading comprehension leading to misinformation being propagated through the interwebs. Its a subtle point, I should have been more explicit. That being said, I am sorry if you felt I was lashing out you. Not my intention.If you are interested in the two jobs, they are here: --edited.

My2cents: Posted: May 12, 2014 10:20 a.m.

ricketzz...ElizaS is correct. The new positions are yet to be approved by the new budget therefore, they are not posted yet. And if you want a job so bad with the City, why don't you just try looking on their website...or bettet yet, sign up specifically for their job notifications. It's out there....try looking.

lars1: Posted: May 12, 2014 3:22 p.m.

the city will have a hard time filling these positions. other city's listed positions give housing stipends and car allowances totaling a few hundred to more than a thousand each month. that is in addition to a salary north of $100K per year.

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