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City approves lighting contract for Newhall

Posted: August 27, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In this Nov. 2013 photo, Arturo and Ana Dirzo take a photo in front of the 23-foot Christmas tree in front of the Old Town Newhall Library after last year's "Light Up Main Street" event.


Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday night to once again deck Newhall come holiday time.

The council awarded a one-year, $128,045 contract with two, one-year renewal options in the annual amount of $74,305 to Mobile Illumination for the “Main Street Holiday Decoration Program.”

The city approved spending $100,000 to decorate Main Street last year “in an effort to create a unique holiday destination that would help attract shoppers to Old Town Newhall,” according to the council agenda, and this year is expected to include many of the same features.

A main element of the decorating program will be a 23-foot-tall tree, lit and decorated in front of the Main Street entrance to the Newhall Library.

Two skylines will also be installed over Main Street — one near Eighth Street and the other near Sixth Street.

The trunks and canopies of trees along Main Street between Lyons Avenue and Sixth Street will also be decked out in lights, according to the council agenda.

The schedule outlined in the council agenda has the decorations being installed in October, with a “holiday lighting event” scheduled for Nov. 15.

In November and December, the lights will be turned on from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening.

In January, the main tree and skylines will be removed, though year-round lighting is expected to remain in the canopies of the trees on Main Street.
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ricketzz: Posted: August 27, 2014 9:25 a.m.

Lights won't help much in a neighborhood that is not safe after dark. Little white lights in trees went out from over-use in the 1990s.

Unlike most Pavlovian Consumers holiday decorations make me want to hide and not spend anything. All Christians should be appalled at what capitalism has done to their story of humility and Sacrifice. What would Jesus buy?

oldman: Posted: August 27, 2014 10:15 a.m.

"The city approved spending $100,000 to decorate Main Street last year “in an effort to create a unique holiday destination that would help attract shoppers to Old Town Newhall"
Would there be any benefits to the city for spending over $100,000 besides a portion of the sales tax generated by shoppers, more lipstick for the pig.

Unreal: Posted: August 27, 2014 10:45 a.m.

I understand the council trying to keep an area of the city from becoming a worse area than it is. I am not sure how you do that unless you try to attract builders to bring in higher cost housing to pull the area up. I don't have the answers but I guess if you make it look nicer than you can attract more buyers to new housing which might keep it from turning more ghetto.

Too bad but true that lower cost housing almost always means more crime.

BBennetts: Posted: August 27, 2014 10:47 a.m.

I heard there is a great new thrift store that opened. Also, the botanicas store is back in business. Stop in today to buy your magic potions to help you with love or winning the lotto. After, be sure to hang out in front of the liquor store and socialize with the locals that hang out there.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 11:50 a.m.

They've already dropped over $120 MILLION dollars into the pit that is downtown newhall and so far that plan has failed miserably to woo shoppers, nice stores, etc., because...IT'S DOWNTOWN NEWHALL!

Wake up and smell the ghost town city council, it ain't happening and people don't want to go there, and that's not going to change. I cannot believe how much money you've wasted in pursuit of this stupid plan. You would have to literally FLATTEN a huge square of that area and then actually turn it into something people would want to spend time and money at, it's never going to happen.

17trillion: Posted: August 27, 2014 12:43 p.m.

It's not their money, what do they care? The thought of the city spending a 128 thousand dollars on xmas lights is revolting.

OldReliable: Posted: August 27, 2014 1:59 p.m.

Luke and The Signal just couldn't bring themselves to say City approves Christmas lighting contract for Newhall.

The Christmas lighting last year was outstanding!

ScvResident25: Posted: August 27, 2014 3:02 p.m.

I'm sure that all of you that are complaining and whining about our city's hard work to improve and modernize Old Town Newhall attend City Count Meetings on a regular basis to express opinions and concerns, correct? Or is posting anonymous comments on a small newspaper blog all you do?
I love that our City Council cares so much about the historical parts of our city. I have lived in Santa Clarity my entire life and I have seen how much work the City of Santa Clarity has done to modernize the Newhall neighborhood and still keep its authenticity. From an individual's perspective 100k for lighting is a lot of money, but for a well-managed city like Santa Clarita, it should be nothing. I hope that all of you and your families come out to support and enjoy what our City has done for all of us. I look forward to seeing my children's faces when they see the great lighting work Mobile Illumination does for Old Town and I look forward to seeing all you as well, whomever you are.

Unreal: Posted: August 27, 2014 4:26 p.m.

If don't care so much about the "historical" side of it. But I do know that the worse an area gets the more issues for the surrounding areas. SCV is a small city and we can't allow an area to fester without the rest of the city being affected.

ScvResident25: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:04 p.m.

According to the LA Times, the daily crime rate in other SCV neighborhoods is 2x higher than that of Newhall's. So Mr.Unreal, you're saying that the older part of the Santa Clarita is to blame for the higher crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods? Hmmmm....I disagree. I have a gut feeling that you don't know what you're talking about.
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chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:08 p.m.


HA! You're funny. There is no such thing as improving or modernizing downtown newhall unless you blow it up and start from scratch.

Authenticity? Defunct back in parking and forcing out the only businesses there that were ACTUALLY successful? Yeah, right! 100K for lighting isn't what everyone is freaking out about, it's 100k to light DOWNTOWN NEWHALL that is the issue. Nobody wants to go there and look at the lights while their car gets burglarized or risk getting mugged. Good luck with that though, hope you enjoy it.

Btw, your comment about the "well-managed city" is almost vomit inducing. Our city council is freaking ABYSMAL and some of them should probably be in jail for being so crooked.

oldman: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:14 p.m.

I like chefgirl358

lars1: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:18 p.m.


How about lights for Saugus? Valencia mall? Canyon Country?

How much do the private businesses of Newhall give to Newhall residents weste and mclean to get public funds?

ScvResident25: Posted: August 27, 2014 6:48 p.m.

I like Chefgirl358 as well. She's such a Negative Nancy. I love reading all of her rants about every Signal story. Funny thing is that I can't find ONE positive post that she's ever done.

SReilly12: Posted: August 27, 2014 7:42 p.m.

I think the city is stuck in the "If you don't succeed, try, try again mode". Trust me City Council, we really won't hold it against you if you give up! Think I'll keep with tradition and go the Grove!

Before87: Posted: August 27, 2014 7:54 p.m.

" Or is posting anonymous comments on a small newspaper blog all you do?"

So your name is ScvResident25

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 27, 2014 8:05 p.m.

Newhall isn't the WORST part of SCV, it's that area around Soledad Canyon and Sierra Hwy.

Why don't we see useless traffic rounabouts there, lights, big overpriced fancy libraries. Most of the violent crimes are happening there.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 11:40 p.m.

Scvresident, not true. I often say positive things about people/children/pets who are sick, and a handful of other comments, it's true most are negative, but let's face it, negativity is all anybody remembers anyway. If I said nice things half the time (which I don't), you still wouldn't remember that.

Before87, funny!

BBennetts: Posted: August 28, 2014 1:23 a.m.

It appears we have a new city employee, or at least one that changed user names, commenting on the signal board. What department do you work in SCVResident25?

Checksum: Posted: August 28, 2014 9:59 a.m.

Poll the residents of Santa Clarita, asking "Where can the city best spend $100,000?" and see how many say "Temporary lights in Newhall."

oldman: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:41 a.m.

"The council awarded a one-year, $128,045 contract with two, one-year renewal options in the annual amount of $74,305 to Mobile Illumination for the “Main Street Holiday Decoration Program.”
I'm wondering if this contract went out for competitive bids.

cms96: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:52 a.m.

The city is spending this money to lure residents into downtown Newhall. The more people that visit this area during the holidays, the more it justifies the city dumping more money into it.

cms96: Posted: August 28, 2014 3:40 p.m.

SCVResident, You mentioned that you love how the city preserves its history. What about the city authorizing to tear down the historic building in Newhall to make way for the townhomes?

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