POLITICAL OUTLOOKMayor's & City Managers Monthly Message
Posted on: 02/02/2017 00:00
(By Mayor Cameron Smyth) I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Mayor of Santa Clarita for the third time. For me, this position is like coming home again. I am back on the third floor of City Hall in the same office I had during my first tenure in 2000 and again in 2004, and also the very same office my dad, Clyde Smyth, sat in during his tenure as Mayor in 1997.
When I was first elected to the council, I was in my late 20s. Now I am a father of three, and being a parent has fundamentally changed the way I view the world around me. My priorities and concerns as a father are shared with the majority of our City’s population. Concerns about traffic, public safety and the pressures our kids face on a daily basis will be in the forefront of my mind as I consider the policies and decisions we face in the next four years.
Having had the honor of serving on the California State Legislature as an assemblyman for the 38th District, I bring that valuable experience mixed with deep-seated roots here in the City. I look forward to serving the Santa Clarita community once again and making sure our City is well-positioned to thrive for decades to come, for my children and for all of yours.
As we look toward the future, we are also celebrating our past. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the City of Santa Clarita. Stay tuned for a series of special birthday events, contests and celebrations as we reflect upon three decades of cityhood. For more on our City’s big birthday plans, visit Santa-Clarita.com/30Years.
I look forward to working with the community and I want you to know I believe in having an open-door policy. I do my best to return every email and call. I may not always agree with you, but be assured I will always listen to you.
Feel free to reach out to me anytime at email@example.com.
Mayor Smyth is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the City Manager
(by City Manager Ken Striplin) We are in month two of 2017—and if your New Year’s resolution was to get active, it is not too late to do it! Fortunately for you, the City of Santa Clarita offers an abundance of open space for hiking and biking, and recreation classes for all ages. So you have no excuse for not making 2017 your most active year yet!
For those who like to get their exercise on two-wheels, our bike network now has over 115 miles available for your riding pleasure. That is 30 miles of on-street bike lanes/routes, 38 miles of paved bike paths and for those off-road adventurers—47 miles of natural paths. Our City also boasts 34 parks for a total of 392 developed park acres and nearly 9,000 acres of open space. You can plan your next ride by checking out the mobile-friendly interactive maps at BikeSantaClarita.com. If you like to explore on foot, HikeSantaClarita.com has trail maps, event information and safety tips.
If you prefer more organized activities, check out the robust menu of recreation offerings. The City has classes for all ages and all abilities. Babies and toddlers can get involved in everything from tumbling to hip-hop and karate. Older kids can sign up for Youth Sports including tennis, t-ball or basketball. Adults can get in on the fun with pickleball, basketball, softball, volleyball and much more. For those over 50, Club 50 offers low-impact fitness options including water exercise and walking groups.
We believe everyone should have the chance to be active, and the City offers adaptive classes for participants with disabilities in order to make that possible. These classes feature modified activities that are safe, fun and therapeutic. For a full list of all classes, please visit Santa-Clarita.com/Seasons.
Runners, if you are looking for a unique race, get ready for the Wings for Life World Run – where the finish line catches you. For more information on the May 7, 2017 race, visit WingsforLifeWorldRun.com. It is never too soon to get that marathon training underway. The Santa Clarita Marathon, an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, will be back on Sunday, November 5, 2017. For more information, please visit SCMarathon.org.
Make 2017 the year you get active and enjoy all the natural beauty and recreational activities our City has to offer.
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POEM OF THE WEEK
The Rose Family
By Robert Frost
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose--
But were always a rose.