October is a great month for special events in the City and this year, there is something for everyone! Check out the 15th annual Bow Wows and Meows Pet Fair on Sunday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hart Park. Got kids? Then you won’t want to miss the Child and Family Center’s annual Kid Expo on Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Golden Valley High School.  Want to help the SCV Food Pantry? Participate in the 22nd annual 5K Walk/Run Against Hunger on Sunday, October 25 at 8 a.m. at Central Park. (Visit the City’s community calendar for details and for more great events at santa-clarita.com).

This year marks the City’s 20th anniversary for our annual Marathon.  For two decades, we’ve been bringing a Boston marathon-qualifying race event to the streets of Santa Clarita, along with a host of other fitness-oriented events to help keep everyone healthy. This year’s Marathon is Sunday, November 8. The day will include the marathon, a half marathon, a 5K run, Mayor’s Walk and a Kid K run. All races will begin at 7:00 a.m., with the exception of the Kid K, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. The day before the marathon, (Saturday, November 7) everyone is invited to the free Health and Fitness Expo. In addition to over 30 health and fitness industry exhibitor booths, the event will also feature free prizes as well as running gear and products available for purchase. This is also, the last chance to register for all events (Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K, Mayors Walk and Kid K). For more information, visit SCMarathon.org

If you would like to hear first-hand what is happening in our City, I invite you to attend our annual State of the City Luncheon on Thursday, October 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. Hosted by the Santa Clarita City Council, the luncheon event is open to the public and you can RSVP online at: secure.rec1.com/CA/city-santa-clarita/ under the events tab or by calling 661-255-4939.  The cost is $40 per person.

Thank you for your interest in Santa Clarita. I appreciate your taking time to learn more about what is happening in our great City. Feel free to email me directly with your comments, suggestions and ideas at: kstriplin@santa-clarita.com.


A few weeks ago I met a very special young lady in our community named Sarah who is a 9th grader at Canyon High School.  Sarah has had a difficult life, coming into the world at just 2.31 pounds, and suffering from brain hemorrhage, cardiorespiratory arrest and major neurological dysfunction. In utero she had constant exposure to drugs and alcohol. 

By the age of 18 months, she had already passed through two foster homes and had begun having violent episodes of self-injuring. Her prognosis was poor and institutionalization seemed inevitable. That was until a Santa Clarita couple with five adopted special needs children met her. Sarah’s sparkling eyes stayed with them and ultimately, so did Sarah.

Because Sarah finds it difficult to make friends, she set out on a quest to meet new ones and at the same time, help people understand Autism. She does this by reaching out to people with a wrapped gumball and a small information card, while her mom snaps a photo for her to remember all her new friends. I met Sarah at a summer Town Hall Ice Cream Social held to acquaint residents with the City and City services.  I was so impressed with Sarah and her goals; I invited her to provide an invocation at a recent City Council meeting.

I am deeply touched by this young girl’s spirit, by the love this family has for children and by the amazing people who are part of this community.  Thank you Sarah for being my friend, and for helping to spread the important message of friendship and acceptance in Santa Clarita.

You can reach out to Sarah via her Facebook page at: I’m different, you’re different, let’s be friends or on her YouTube channel: LetsBeFriends. You can reach me via email at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com.