By Ken Striplin
Top 12 Reasons to Love Santa Clarita!
- #1 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County as named by BizFed.
- Two community centers filled with enriching activities for all ages.
- Three Santa Clarita Public Library Branches offering holiday festivities, books, eBooks, events and even passport services to make your 2019 vacation planning even easier.
- Four plus 30 parks, for a grand total of 34 parks for playing, exploring, picnicking and enjoying the beautiful outdoors Santa Clarita offers.
- 537 smart irrigation controls in landscaped medians and parks, which have collectively saved more than 2 billion gallons of water.
- Six new and upcoming projects that will have a positive impact on our community. The new Old Town Newhall Parking Structure; the almost complete Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project; the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, which is currently under construction; the new Canyon Country Community Center, which we will break ground on in the Spring; the city supported Senior Center that is taking shape, and the new and permanent Fire Station 104.
- Seven dedicated Crime Prevention Unit zone leaders and the entire Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station team, working hard every day to protect our residents and their valuables.
- An 88% excellent or good rating for Santa Clarita as a place to raise a family. The results from our 2018 Public Opinion Poll also showed that the city earned high marks as a great place to live (85%) and was rated excellent or good overall for quality of life in the city (83%). This is a tremendous indication of our overall impact in the City as perceived by our residents!
- 91% of construction and demolition debris from City projects has been recycled, totaling over 115,000 tons.
- More than 10,000 acres of beautiful, pristine and preserved Open Space, where the community will be able to hike, ride and explore for generations to come.
- $11 Million to ensure that our City streets are smooth and safe as part of our annual slurry seal and overlay road preservation project, which improves roadways and extends their life.
- Drug Free Youth in the Santa Clarita Valley – better known as DFY in SCV, was launched in 2012. The program was formed to help address the growing drug epidemic and has engaged thousands of local students in a community wide, united fight against teen substance use and abuse.
All of these programs, projects and amenities add up to our amazing city.