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Event for Connie Worden-Roberts to be held Friday

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 10:17 a.m.

Connie Worden-Roberts


Connie Worden-Roberts, one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most tireless and effective volunteer leaders who served on the city formation committee and on its first Planning Commission, will be honored for a lifetime of achievement Friday at a special event in Newhall.

Worden-Roberts, who helped found or develop local organizations with roles ranging from business advocacy to nonprofit to citizen activist, will receive a Lifetime of Achievement award at Hart Hall, located inside William S. Hart Park, at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“Connie has served so many so well for so long, she deserves to be recognized for her lifetime of dedication to Santa Clarita,” Mayor Laurene Weste said in a statement.

Worden-Roberts personally collected 2,000 of the 24,000 signatures needed for the petition to form the city of Santa Clarita in the 1980s. She recalls the formation committee seeking a 70-mile boundary forSanta Clarita and receiving a 39-square mile city instead.

“We were very proud that when the vote was taken, there was an overwhelming vote to favor the city formation and at the same time, elect the city mothers and fathers for the City Council,” recounts Worden-Roberts in the city’s 20th Anniversary History Book.

She also chaired numerous transportation committees in the Santa Clarita Valley and served on local boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industrial Association, Zonta, Friends of Hart Park and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

She established the Citizen Advisory Group to monitor and hold accountable the environmental cleanup under way at the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site.

The tribute event for Worden-Roberts is free and open to the community. For more information, contact the city at 661-255-4314.


Vtown123: Posted: May 13, 2014 2:05 a.m.

Sounds like a lady that should be very proud of her accomplishments.

CoastalSage: Posted: May 14, 2014 9:48 p.m.

Another oft forgotten contribution Connie made to the Santa Clarita community is that about 16 years ago she and Laurene Weste spent days and days in the offices of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), digging through mountains of files, learning as much as they could about the contamination of Santa Clarita's ground water and air by the former operations of Whittaker Bermite, a munitions manufacturing and testing facility on a 996 acre piece of property in the center of the city.

It was Connie Worden Roberts who was the person who took the initiative to use the DTSC law to form a "Community Advisory Group" to press DTSC and Whittaker to get the contamination of the community's drinking water wells stopped, and the source of the contamination cleaned up. Connie understood how important it was for the community to protect its natural clean water supply.

Connie was the first Chairman of the Whittaker Bermite Community Advisory Group ("CAG"), which began to meet in 1999. Under Connie's leadership, the CAG publicized the facts, and held the state's feet to the fire in terms of prioritizing the clean up of the drinking water wells and enforcement of the toxic clean up laws against the polluter.

It's only fitting that Connie receive this award during the same month the DTSC has announced the technical details of the final plans to clean up the underground drinking water and is calling on the community to come forward to learn about those details.

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