POLITICAL OUTLOOK

Message from the Santa Clarita City Manager and Mayor

Posted on: 08/06/2018 00:00

(August 2018) A lot has changed in our City since the 1970s, including a population jump from around 60,000 to nearly four times that, and the move to become our own City. As a result, we have built parks, roads, amenities and preserved thousands of acres of open space, to name a few of many accomplishments. However, one piece that has not changed is the facility that houses the hard-working men and women of our Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station – a concrete building that stands adjacent to the Valencia Library and Court House. This building opened 46 years ago and our public safety partners have long since outgrown the space.

I am thrilled to say that change is coming in the form of a 46,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, centrally located, brand new Sheriff’s Station. We recently broke ground at the site on Golden Valley Road, between Centre Pointe Parkway and Robert C. Lee Parkway. This new facility, which is a joint project with Los Angeles County, will offer the space and resources necessary for our deputies, detectives and other station staff to protect and serve the Santa Clarita community now, and into the future.

The new Sheriff’s Station will feature a 4,000-square-foot vehicle maintenance facility for on-site vehicle repairs, a heliport, 9-1-1 dispatch center, jail and enough space to house all of the resources needed to provide public safety in Santa Clarita. With a price tag of over $62 million, this is the most expensive project the City has taken on. Grading is now underway at the site, and we expect the new facility to be in operation by the end of 2020.

While we look forward to our Sheriff’s Station becoming a reality, we are encouraging all of you to do your part to prevent unnecessary thefts. By now you have seen the advertisements for the Stolen Collection either online, in magazines or at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. There has been much buzz about what the ads mean. With men dressed in black posing with high-end handbags and luxury items, you may think the ads are promoting a new boutique coming to town. In actuality, the campaign’s goal is to encourage you to protect your own valuables. Often people who are victims of theft find themselves in that position because they forget to lock their doors, did not roll up car windows or left valuables in plain sight.

Fortunately, our City is continuously placed on the top of safest cities lists by a variety of organizations. Just recently, Reviews.org ranked Santa Clarita as one of the top 10 cities nationwide, with the least property crime, based on FBI statistics. Together, we can keep Santa Clarita the safe community that we all love to call home.​​

Best Regards,

Ken Striplin

 

Mayor Laurene Weste Monthly Message

August 2018

​There are many things that make our City the unique and special place it is. Over 9,000 acres of pristine open space preserved for future generations to enjoy, a thriving arts community, top-notch amenities, programs and events. However, did you know that Santa Clarita has delivered a balanced and on-time budget every year since incorporation? Your City Council places a strong emphasis on being fiscally responsible and conservative. That is why during the economic downturns of the past, our services remain high and our finances rock solid.

For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the City has once again adopted an on time and balanced budget, while maintaining our AAA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s and a healthy 20% operating reserve. Totaling $203 million, this budget provides for the continued implementation of the action items in our strategic plan, Santa Clarita 2020.

Public Safety continues to consume the largest portion of the General Fund budget at 23 percent, or nearly $26 million. Some of the items under the Public Safety theme include funds for sheriff staffing, and overtime operations and training, all working to keep us safe. Our successful and award-winning Drug Free Youth in Santa Clarita Valley (DFY in SCV) program will be able to reach even more students thanks to budgeting for an additional program specialist.

One of the most exciting, and expensive, projects is beginning work this fiscal year- the new 46,000 square foot Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station. We broke ground in July at the location on City owned property on Golden Valley Road, between Centre Pointe Parkway and Robert C. Lee Parkway. This project will move our hard working deputies and Sheriff staff to a more central location in the City. The total contract will be approximately $60 million.

The next phase of the Santa Clarita 2020 quality of life theme, Building and Creating Community, totals approximately $2.3 million. It will improve roadway circulation and efficiency of the City’s traffic signal network by enhancing the existing adaptive signal system performance; thus providing real time data to the City’s traffic management center and eliminating gaps in the City’s fiber optic interconnection system.

Our annual budget includes allocations for services, projects and programs that are also part of the City’s five-year plan, Santa Clarita 2020. You can view the plan at www.SantaClarita2020.com.

If you are interested in reviewing the budget in its entirety, including budgets for past years, visit the City’s website, www.Santa-Clarita.com.  

We look forward to serving our residents and bringing continual improvements to our quality of life.

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