With Great Growth Comes Great Responsibility Celebrating 30 years of successes in the City of Santa Clarita landfills in Elsmere Canyon, or the City’s decades-long fight against a megamine just east of city limits. The City also came together to help one another in the wake The City of Santa Clarita’s proudest accomplishment is not the City’s growth, which has been the inevitable and award- winning result of its success; the pride
this same consistency, choosing to invest in a state-of-the-art senior center, as well as a community center for youth outreach to supplement the City’s parks, pools andmas- sive Santa Clarita Sports Complex. The centers, facilities and
commutes millions of riders through its transit system each year, Santa Clarita main- tains one of the region’s lowest unemploy- ment rates and garners a ranking as one of the nation’s safest cities. Together, these many accomplishments take a concerted effort between City Council, staff and resi- dents, who are regularly sought for input through commissions and meetings held year-round. In just 30 years, Santa Clarita has grown from a small farming community just north of the San Fernando Valley to a thriving place that ranks as the third largest city in Los Angeles County. While the ex- pansion didn’t happen overnight, the City has worked to facilitate the rapid growth by striving for a balance between the need to accommodate a growing population and the need to preserve the beauty and his- tory throughout and surrounding the City of Santa Clarita. From The Magazine of Santa Clarita and the community, we wish the City of Santa Clarita a happy 30th anniversary.
fields all provide a number of activi- ties, meeting halls, practice grounds and so much more for residents that enhance the community with outreach and networking, bringing people together every day. Santa Clarita’s sprawling Central Park is perhaps the best example, certainly the largest, which offers residents everything from the Santa Clarita Youth Grove – a somber, tucked away reminder of lives tragically cut short by dangerous decisions behind the wheel – to acres of play- ing fields that host soccer, football, baseball, softball and a host of oth- er outdoor activities. Creating all of these unique facets while managing a City that
comes in the responsible management of that growth, which has allowed residents to uphold the priorities the City was founded on: preserving the natural beauty of the area, recognizing its rich cultural history and keeping it a great place to raise a family. Santa Clarita has consistently shown an appreciation for these principles the way residents have consistently banded together to preserve the community’s val- ues over and over again throughout the city’s history. It’s no coincidence the City of Santa Clarita is surrounded by parkland to be preserved as such forever by an Open Space Preservation District the City created to keep it so. The people have shown time and again this desire, whether it was sup- port when City leadership spoke up to stop the hillside surrounding Santa Clarita to the south from becoming a massive hous- ing development, to the City’s success end to the construction of the nation’s largest A view overlooking current day Santa Clarita Valley.
of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which left many without homes, some without a water supply and others stranded by the destruction of the local Interstate. The City’s ability to recover and continually strengthen has been the result of its close rela- tionship with residents who enjoy leadership, programs and outreach recognized by numerous Helen Putnam awards, a prestigious hon- or that annually recognizes munici- pal leadership. These values have led the City to create its own library sys- tem, which continues to grow with a new addition planned for Saugus as part of an ambitious, recently ini- tiated Santa Clarita 2020 plan set to add resources all over town. A sev- eral-year agenda, the plan reflects
This photo, dated January 19, 1986, depicts an aerial view of the valley west of Interstate 5 near McBean Parkway, where the Valencia Marketplace sits today.
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