As a member of the City Council, it is a great honor to serve the people of Santa Clarita. I’m also honored to be chosen as Mayor for 2022, and I look forward to working with you to develop policies that will benefit our city’s inhabitants.
The global community has experienced unprecedented hardships in the last two years, and now is the moment to come together to foster better understanding so that we can move forward into a healthier and more prosperous 2022. We can ensure that our collective path continues in a favorable way by working together, listening to one another, and being accommodating. In the long run, this will enhance both our mental and physical health.
The City of Santa Clarita has a lot to look forward to this year, starting with a number of projects that will improve several of our local parks. The final phase of the Central Park Buildout is now underway and is projected to be completed by late summer. This much-anticipated project will include four sports fields, a restroom, additional parking spaces, a 150-step fitness stairway, and enhancements to the Central Bark Dog Park.
Residents have given the City positive comments since the Inclusive Play Area at Canyon Country Park opened in 2020, and plans are underway to build a new Inclusive Play Area at West Creek Park as well. Additionally, city staff is planning improvements to David March Park, working to enlarge Canyon Country Park, and exploring for ways to extend our park system.
We’re also working on bringing a second bike park to Santa Clarita, as well as the much-anticipated outdoor roller rink. Staff is also looking into the possibility of building an outdoor amphitheater, and a Saugus branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library is something I hope to see in our neighborhood soon.
These improvements, as well as the acquisition and preservation of the thousands of acres of open space that surround our city, improve the quality of life for all Santa Clarita residents. Within our approximately 12,000 acres of open space, we will continue to expand trail connections in 2022. This will not only provide additional recreational options, but it will also contribute to the preservation and protection of our area’s key wildlife corridors and natural resources, as well as the passage of the Rim of the Valley Preservation Act.
As Mayor, I will continue to fight vehemently against any attempt to suffocate what we love about living in Santa Clarita. I’ve been doing this for years as a City Councilmember in opposition to the proposed Cemex mega-mine in Soledad Canyon, and I’m also opposed to incarcerating high-risk offenders at Camp Scott in Bouquet Canyon because of its location in an area prone to natural disasters, making safe and efficient evacuating of prisoners nearly impossible.
My particular goal is to safeguard the Santa Clarita Valley’s extensive historical sites, such as the Pioneer Oil Refinery, Heritage Junction, and Mentryville. By preserving and restoring these important sites, we will be able to stay linked to our forefathers and future generations will be able to learn about the rich history that our town was founded on.
These are just a few of the many possibilities we anticipate in 2022. I’m looking forward to working hard to see them through, as well as continuing the collaboration between the City, citizens, and local organizations to ensure that Santa Clarita remains one of the best places to live in the country. We can accomplish a lot if we work together.