| Mayor and City Manager give last month’s message for 2021

Reflection on 2021

By Mayor Bill Miranda

It has been a true honor and pleasure to serve as Mayor of Santa Clarita this year. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in 2021. As a city, we have continued to live up to our reputation as a business-friendly, safe and family-friendly community with beautiful parks, open spaces and amenities. .

Speaking of facilities… what a year for the opening of the city’s new facilities and welcoming the public! In April, we cut the ribbon and invited the ice cream community to come back to the Cube. Valencia’s former ice station was rehabilitated, renovated and renamed as the city’s new facility after council heard the public’s call to save the rink. Today, the Cube is home to ice athletes who compete in figure skating, hockey, curling and speed skating, as well as residents who just want to enjoy the experience of sliding on the ice during public skating sessions.

October brought not one but two groundbreaking celebrations. First, the city has partnered with Los Angeles County for the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The new facility has a prison, emergency operations center, dispatch, helipad, vehicle maintenance building, and enough space to house staff from our sheriff now and in the future.

The second ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of the new Canyon Country Community Center. The nine-acre site and community center building are occupied daily now, welcoming children into the after-school program, giving residents a chance to participate in a game of pickleball, offering a variety of exercise classes and a playground. beautiful playgrounds for children to explore and enjoy all the public art pieces.

It has been an eventful year filled with major accomplishments and I want to wish you all a happy holiday season.

Holiday shopping security

By City Manager Ken Striplin

We are in the home stretch of the holiday season. Hope you have a safe plan to celebrate with your family and friends. I would also like to encourage you to keep safety in mind when shopping for that perfect gift for your loved ones.

Whether you are heading into Westfield Valencia city center, the main street of Old Town Newhall, or one of the dozens of great shopping areas in our city, make sure you park in a well-lit area. As your hands fill up with gift packages, bags, and boxes, it can be tempting to walk back to your car and throw them in the seat. However, crooks are looking for an easy catch, and it only takes a second for them to smash your window and run away with your purchases. If you need to store something in your car, lock it in the trunk and out of sight.

Have you decided to skip the stores and do all your shopping online? Make sure you have a safe place to deliver packages. Thieves are known to follow UPS, FedEx or postal trucks to pick up and drop off. Where possible, require a signature for delivery or have packages shipped to your workplace or a neighbor you know is home.

Don’t forget the # 9pmRoutine this holiday season. Each evening, when the clock strikes at 9:00 p.m., make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked. Make sure your porch light is on, and if your car can’t be parked in a garage, be sure to remove all valuables, roll up windows, and lock doors and trunk.

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and be sure to follow the City and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Post on social media for more vacation safety tips.

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