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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

One of the most important aspects of a successful local government is advanced planning.  Over the years, Santa Clarita has completed several strategic plans, achieving over a 90% success rate for completion of the many action items included in the plans.  Successful work efforts such as creating an open space district, revitalizing Old Town Newhall, becoming one of the safest cities in the nation, preventing a dump in Elsmere Canyon, building a new east-west road through the City (Cross Valley Connector), beautifying the City through landscaped medians, building a new library on the east side of town, adding more off-street trails, and creating a film program are but a few of the many achievements that were part of the City’s community strategic planning.

Through public surveys and community meetings, a new plan is emerging to help the City plan for future needs of Los Angeles County’s third largest city.  Santa Clarita 2020 (www.SantaClarita2020.com) will help our City best plan and budget for small and large programs and projects as identified by the community and the City Council. Everything from a new library and community rooms in Saugus, a new community center in Canyon Country, renovating Old Orchard Park, adding more recreational amenities and partnering to build a new Sheriff’s station will be included in the plan.

Preparing for the next five years and beyond will enable our residents to enjoy a high quality of life well into the future.  Santa Clarita 2020 includes a series of six quality of life themes.  These are: public safety; building and creating community; enhancing economic vitality; community beautification; proactive, transparent and responsive government services; and sustaining public infrastructure.

Each quality of life category contains a “work in progress” list of action items and goals aimed at making sure Santa Clarita is well-positioned to provide for the future needs of its residents. I hope you take a few minutes and check out the website and weigh in on future surveys and workshops for the projects and programs as they are made available.  Our community is a great place to live because our residents; I encourage you to stay involved!

 

Mayor Marsha Mclean:  Volunteer and Make a Difference in Santa Clarita

“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Are you passionate about literacy? Are you a gifted athlete? Do you have a talent for the arts?  Do you like working with kids and with other people?  If you are interested in giving back to your community, the City of Santa Clarita has an opportunity for you!

Volunteers touch the community in many ways.  Today, more than ever, the City of Santa Clarita relies on your willingness and enthusiasm to work together with other volunteers to create and sustain the excellent quality of life we all enjoy.  Volunteers enrich our community every day by donating time, energy, and expertise.  By giving back in your own community, you are expressing a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from a desire to serve and enthusiasm to help.  Volunteers are Santa Clarita.

Santa Clarita volunteers are a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, experiences, and interests, maintaining the vitality of our community and enriching the lives of others through volunteer work. 

In 2014, thousands of community members of all ages offered time and talents to help with various City events and programs, giving thousands of volunteer hours.  Twenty-three volunteers were recognized as Loyalty Club awardees for volunteering over 100 hours each this past year as Youth Sports coaches, paseo patrols, City Hall volunteers, and as members of the Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team.

The City is always seeking volunteers at our two community centers in Newhall and Canyon Country and at our three local library branches.

If you are interested in being a part of the City’s special events, the City also needs volunteers for the many exciting events that occur only once or a few times a year.  This includes Cowboy Festival, Earth Arbor Day, Eggstravaganza, AMGEN Tour of California, Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival, Marathon, and River Rally, to name a few.

Teens are also a big part of Santa Clarita’s volunteer community. In addition to earning school credits and gaining valuable experience, volunteering helps teens connect with others, take on leadership roles, and experience the power of community service.  There are plenty of ways for teens to get involved, including City events and programs such as Homework Help, Friday Night Lights, and as Junior Staff at the Community Center, among others.

Join Santa Clarita’s team of talented and committed volunteers in 2015 and have an impact of your own.  To view and sign up for a variety of ongoing opportunities and upcoming events, visit santaclaritavolunteers.com.

Marsha McLean is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com.