City Manager's and Mayor's Monthly Message

Posted on: 11/04/2017 00:00

(by Mayor Cameron Smyth) “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” -George Washington

Our first president has long been revered as a great leader and a brilliant general who took into consideration not only victory, but also those who would sacrifice for it. Long after the battle had ended, Washington found a calling for himself, and many of those he served with, to continue to engage and be leaders for their young country.

Our Santa Clarita veterans are most definetly owed our debt of gratitude, but we should also look upon them as the valuable resource they are. They should be appreciated for the strong qualities they possess which were honed under some of the most dire of circumstances. They are leaders in our community and are willing to give back.

I invite all of you to come join us in honoring our veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, at 11 a.m. at our beautiful Veterans Historical Plaza. This moving event honors local veterans, currently-serving military personnel and their families.

This year’s event will be extra special because there will be a new addition to Veterans Historical Plaza. On the northwest corner of the park, along a circular path near Newhall Avenue and Market Street, will be the newly completed Fallen Warriors Monument. This important undertaking, spearheaded by community members and the City, rightfully honors Santa Clarita Valley residents who have lost their lives serving our country. The public is invited to an unveiling ceremony which will take place prior to the Veterans Day event, on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 a.m.

In Santa Clarita, we believe that every hero should be honored. We do this several times a year in the form of our nation’s flags flying proudly from street poles throughout the City and even more importantly, through our Hometown Heroes Military Banner program. The City of Santa Clarita’s Hometown Heroes Military Banner program honors SCV heroes with streetlight pole banners in Canyon Country, Valencia, Saugus and Newhall. Each three foot by six foot double-sided banner includes the military member’s name, photo, branch and rank. Honorees must be actively serving in the military and either be a current Santa Clarita resident or an immediate relative of someone who currently does. Sponsorships are available for the program. For more information, please visit santa-clarita.com/heroes.

I personally want to thank all of our hometown heroes, veterans and their families for their bravery, devotion and sacrifice. Thank you for your service.

Mayor Cameron Smyth is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at csmyth@santa-clarita.com.

Message from the City Manager

by City Manager Ken Striplin

There are many ways you can find out what’s going on in your community. One of the easiest comes right to your mailbox in the form of the quarterly Seasons City Information and Recreation Class Schedule. Jam packed with activities, events and valuable City information, it is your one-stop spot for all the happenings in Santa Clarita.

The winter edition is out now and on the cover you’ll see local children from one of our many City programs standing in the shape of a 30, to honor our City’s big birthday! Inside the pages you can find information on classes for everything from dog obedience to spice blending and little musketeers fencing to video game design. I encourage you to try something new, learn a new skill, or just enjoy being active in our community.

Speaking of being active, the Santa Clarita Marathon will be running through town on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The day will include a full 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 8:00 a.m. To kick off the Santa Clarita Marathon and get in the racing spirit, the City will host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  The free Health and Fitness Expo will be held at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall on Town Center Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will feature dozens of health-related vendors and information booths. 

The fun continues this month with our premiere holiday event – Light Up Main Street! On Saturday, November 18 come to Old Town Newhall for shopping, snacking, live entertainment and the beautiful illumination of thousands and thousands of holiday lights! The festivities start at 2:00 p.m. with the Old Town Newhall Sip N’ Shop. Participating merchants will offer promotions, treats and unique, beautiful holiday gifts. Then head over to the Old Town Newhall Library where a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree will stand near the stage where local groups will sing and dance you into the holiday spirit. At 7:00 p.m. the Santa Clarita City Council will officially turn on the lights to illuminate overhead displays on Main Street, thousands of twinkling lights and the Christmas tree. In addition to the lights and entertainment, food trucks will line Main Street offering savory and sweet options, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.

Make sure you keep your copy of Seasons handy so you will have all the information on other upcoming events like the Fine Craft Show, Holiday Lights Tour, Polar Bear Swim and much more. We are proud of all the fun and unique offerings the City of Santa Clarita provides to our residents. I look forward to seeing you around town enjoying all the wonder 30 years of cityhood has provided us!

Best Regards,
Ken Striplin

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