Month in Review Snapshots from last month’s most significant news and developments – December 2017
Fallen Warriors Monument Unveiled!
The Fallen Warriors Monument is the result of a longtime collaboration between SCV Veterans Memorial, Inc. and the City of Santa Clarita to honor all known and unknown Santa Clarita Valley residents who have perished in war since World War I. The Fallen Warriors Monument was officially unveiled to the public by local Gold Star families at Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall. A veteran from each era – WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq/Afghan War – then read the names of the Fallen Warriors from their respective war.
Santa Clarita Voted Best Place for “Healthy” Travel
Expedia’s travel blog, Viewfinder, praised Santa Clarita as one of the 15 healthiest places to travel in their “Wellness Report 2018.” Focusing on items such as the quality of parks, outdoor activity spaces, healthy food options for a variety of dietary needs, wellness-focused spas, fitness centers and more, Santa Clarita received a score of 21 out 25. Other cities that received the same score are Honolulu, Hawaii; Aurora, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona. Expedia Viewfinder offers travel advice from experienced travelers, who come from a variety of backgrounds.
COC Hosts a Leadership Forum
College of the Canyons, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (Ret.) presented the Third Annual McKeon Leadership Forum, with a special keynote presentation from Gen. Richard A. Cody (Ret.), Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. The McKeon Leadership Forum is a speaker series aimed at promoting civic engagement through personal involvement. Thought leaders from the world of politics, government, and military were invited to speak at the Forum in order to engage community members into dialog and inspire them to become involved in current issues. The Forum also highlighted the community’s robust economic industries, such as the aerospace sector.
Celebration of Life for Jo Anne Darcy
Last month the SCV said goodbye to Former Santa Clarita Mayor Jo Anne Darcy. A celebration of her life was held at the Newhall Family Theater for the Performing Arts. Many residents came out to celebrate the life of Jo Anne Darcy, who was one of the founding members of our proud City of Santa Clarita. She will be fondly remembered as a pivotal member of the City Formation Committee, a former councilwoman, four-time mayor and someone who made so many vital contributions to the City of Santa Clarita. Her official City work can only be matched by her immense community philanthropy which included launching the Senior Center, Domestic Violence Center, SCV Historical Society and Walk of Western Stars to name just a few.
Cedarcreek Elementary Recipient of the Active School National Award
Cedarcreek Elementary has been recognized by Active Schools, a national movement to increase physical education and physical activity in schools, as the only Let’s Move! National Award winner in the Santa Clarita Valley. The school is one of only 452 nationwide and one of 35 in California. To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement. Honorees receive a congratulatory letter, certificate, and large display banner.
A Water Main Leak in Valencia
A water main leaked on McBean Parkway between Decoro Drive and Newhall Ranch Road. Thousands of gallons of water spilled across the southbound lanes of McBean resulting in damage to the roadway and the closure of all southbound lanes. Valencia Water Company and their contractors worked to repair the broken water line, as well as complete the necessary repaving on the 500 feet of asphalt which was damaged. Residents were encouraged to avoid the area and use alternate routes. Safety officials cautioned drivers to never drive through standing water, as it is impossible to know if the ground is stable underneath.
Spreading Holiday Cheer
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, were lit in holiday style at the City of Santa Clarita’s yearly holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony, Light Up Main Street. Residents were invited to attend an evening of entertainment and cheer in Old Town Newhall. Light Up Main Street, presented by Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Valencia Auto Center, Snow Orthodontics and Re/Max of Santa Clarita, brought community members together to enjoy festive performances from local groups, as well as delicious sweets and treats from Old Town Newhall vendors. Prior to the start of Light Up Main Street, residents participated in the annual “Sip N’ Shop” event put on by the merchants of Old Town Newhall. They visited participating businesses in the area to enjoy great discounts, appetizers and wine during this fun, free event. Non-alcoholic beverages were also available.
Santa Clarita Celebrates Innovation
November is the month of innovation and entrepreneurship. The City hosted events to inspire the doers and self-starters from all backgrounds. Innovate SCV is an annual series of events, hosted by the City of Santa Clarita Business Incubator in partnership with Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, and College of the Canyons, to highlight entrepreneurship and the importance of innovation in today’s global economy. This was a unique opportunity that teamed up developers, designers, marketers and businesspeople for meals, opportunities to network, a keynote speaker, team building, coaching, customer development and rapid-fire startup pitches.
SCV Honors our Veterans at Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Community members joined the Santa Clarita City Council for a special Veterans Day Ceremony to honor local veterans, currently-serving military and their families. The ceremony included a special reading by Robert Heinisch as a sign of respect for those who are missing in action (MIA) or prisoners of war (POW) and an opportunity to hear from World War II veteran Lee Shulman. There was a changing of the flags by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355. Other featured speakers included the Santa Clarita City Council, Chaplain Amos Clemmons, and Ted Olsen, who served as the Master of Ceremonies. The event also included patriotic performances of the “National Anthem” and “God Bless the USA” by Savannah Burrows and “Freedom Guaranteed” by Gil Karson.
Juvenile Charged with Attempted Murder
17-year-old-male of Canyon Country was charged with attempted murder of a 57-year-old male. Mid-November deputies responded to an emergency call where the victim suffered multiple stab wounds and suffered a beating from a baseball bat. He was transported to a local hospital. The suspect fled the scene before deputies’ arrival but after investigation the suspect was revealed. Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with the suspect’s family and a few hours later the father brought him in to the station. The 17-year-old currently awaits trial in Juvenile Hall.
Santa Clarita Marathon a Huge Success!
The 22nd annual Santa Clarita Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars was another spectacular showmanship of endurance. It featured a Half Marathon, 5K run, Mayor’s Walk and a Kid K fun run on the same day. There was a Fitness Expo, presented by Boston Scientific, held the day before the official race. At the expo guests connected with health and fitness vendors. Also, runners picked up their bibs and their official race shirt. The following morning they took to the streets of Santa Clarita for their selected race.
Delegation from Japan to Meet with City Leaders
A delegation from the City of Matsudo, Japan, visited Santa Clarita to discuss potential collaboration in mutual areas of interest, including education and business. The group also explored the possible formation of a “sister school” or “sister city” relationship. The City of Matsudo is a relatively large, residential suburb of Tokyo and is a regional commercial center. The city is located in the Chiba Prefecture, approximately 12 miles from central Tokyo. The delegation met with staff from the City of Santa Clarita and visited City Hall, Central Park and Old Town Newhall. The next day the group visited West Ranch High School and met with former Mayor Carl Boyer, as well as representatives from the Santa Clarita Valley International Program and Sister Cities (SCVIP) at College of the Canyons (COC).
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