Santa Clarita, California
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the third largest city in Los Angeles County, California, United States and the eighteenth largest in the state of California. The city has annexed a number of unincorporated areas, contributing to the large population increase. It is located about 35 miles (56 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and occupies most of the Santa Clarita Valley. It is a notable example of a U.S. edge city or boomburb. Santa Clarita was ranked by Money magazine in 2006 as 18th of the top 100 places to live.
Santa Clarita was incorporated in December 1987 as the union of several previously existing communities, including Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia, all of which are situated on the land of the former Rancho San Francisco. It is bounded on the west by the Golden State Freeway (I-5). The Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) runs northeast-southwest through an irregular east border, and the Newhall Pass is the city's southernmost point.
Santa Clarita is often associated with the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, though the park is located just outside the city limits, and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), located in Valencia.
- History 1
- Wildfires 2.1
- Climate 2.2
- 2010 3.1
- 2000 3.2
- Local government 4.1
- State and federal representation 4.2
- School districts 4.3.1
- Colleges and universities 4.3.2
- Parks and recreation 4.4
- Law enforcement and fire protection 4.5
- Largest employers 5.1
- Enterprise Zone 5.2
- New home development 5.3
- Newspapers 6.1
- Radio 6.2
- Television 6.3
- Freeways 7.1.1
- Bus service 7.1.2
- Train 7.1.3
- Bicycle and walking 7.1.4
- Transportation 7.1
- Notable people 8
- Sister cities 9
- See also 10
- References 11
- External links 12
Santa Clarita was incorporated in December 1987, but its history stretches back several centuries. About AD 450, the Tataviam arrived, numbering around 2,000 at their zenith.
In 1842, Francisco Lopez made the first "documented" discovery of gold in California. The event is memorialized in an 1842 mining claim issued by Gov. Juan B. Alvarado. The discovery was made in Placerita Canyon, an area later used as Hollywood's original back lot.
The community of Newhall is named after Henry Newhall, a businessman who made his original fortune during the California Gold Rush after opening up the H.M. Newhall & Company, an extremely successful auction house in San Francisco. Newhall's next business interest was railroads. He invested in rail companies that would connect San Francisco to other cities and became president of the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad. In 1870, he and his partners sold the company to Southern Pacific Railroad, on whose board of directors he then sat. After railroads, Newhall turned his eye to real estate and ranching. He purchased a number of the old Spanish and Mexican land grants in the state for a total of 143,000 acres (58,000 ha) between Monterey and Los Angeles counties. The most significant portion was the 46,460 acres (18,800 ha) Rancho San Francisco in northern Los Angeles County, which he purchased for $2/acre, and which became known as Newhall Ranch after Newhall's death. Within this territory, he granted a right-of-way to Southern Pacific through what is now Newhall Pass, and he also sold them a portion of the land, upon which the company built a town they named after him: Newhall. The first station built on the line he named for his hometown, Saugus, Massachusetts. Following his death, Newhall's heirs incorporated the Newhall Land and Farming Company, which oversaw the development of the communities that now make up the city of Santa Clarita.
On September 26, 1876, Charles Alexander Mentry brought in the state's first productive oil well at Mentryville, giving rise to the California oil industry. The oil was brought to a refinery at Newhall, now the oldest existing petroleum refinery in the world: It was operational from 1874 to 1888.
The Saugus Cafe, on Railroad Avenue in Saugus, was established in 1887 and appears to be, by far, the oldest still-operating restaurant in Los Angeles County.
Filming in Santa Clarita began shortly after the turn of the 20th century with a veritable Who's Who of actors, including William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Harry Carey and a young John Wayne. Hart and Carey made their homes in the Santa Clarita Valley; today both are operated as county parks.
The Santa Clarita Valley was the scene of the second worst disaster in California's history in terms of the number of lives lost. Known as the "worst civil engineering failure of the 20th century". Shortly before midnight on March 12, 1928, the
- Official website
- Santa Clarita Tourism
- Official Guide
- Santa Clarita Now 3rd Biggest City
- California Department of Finance Press Release
- MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006
- "Tales of the Saugus Cafe, at Santa Clarita Valley History in Pictures (retrieved July 22, 2008)
- "Centenarian (and older) restaurants?" Chowhound (post dated August 26, 2004, retrieved July 22, 2008).
- City of Santa Clarita CAFR
- City of Santa Clarita Website Retrieved 2012-02-29
- "Santa Clarita Valley Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
- Financial Report
- http://www.santaclaritaenterprisezone.com santaclaritaenterprisezone.com
- "Tena, Ecuador" at City of Santa Clarita official website.
- "Sariaya, Philippines" at City of Santa Clarita official website.
- Shawn Barton: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from Saugus High School
- Trevor Bauer: Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Kyle Boller: National Football League quarterback. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Steve Borden: Professional Wrestler. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Tim Burton: Film director, producer, writer and artist. Attended California Institute of the Arts.
- Crystl Bustos: a two-time Olympic gold medalist on the USA Softball team and three-time gold medalist at the Pan Am Games. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Laura Diaz: Los Angeles newscaster now with KTTV-TV. Graduated from William S. Hart High School.
- Anthony Ervin: Winner of two Olympic medals and two World Championship golds in swimming. Graduated from William S. Hart High School.
- Allyson Felix: Four-time Olympic gold-medalist in 200m, 4 × 100 m, and 4 × 400 m.
- Darren Farris: singer/songwriter resides in Santa Clarita.
- Lauren Fleshman: Track and Field athlete. Graduated from Canyon High School.
- Jon Garland: Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Valencia.
- Meagan Good: Actress. Grew up in Canyon Country.
- Jason Gore: Professional Golfer. Attended William S. Hart High School. Resides in Valencia.
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Actor. Attended William S. Hart High School.
- William S. Hart: Silent-era Actor. Lived in Newhall.
- Erik Hiljus: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Bryan Herta: Open wheel race car driver. Attended William S. Hart High School.
- Joe Kapp: Quarterback for the University of California and Minnesota Vikings. Also played in the Canadian Football League and was the head coach at Cal. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- John Lasseter attended CalArts; most notably room A113, a favorite Easter egg among directors
- Taylor Lautner: Actor. Lives in Santa Clarita. Lautner was a junior at Valencia High School for the 2008–09 school year, but tested out of high school and is taking college classes.
- Nate Longshore: Arena Football Quarterback. Graduated from Canyon High School.
- Andrew Lorraine: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Tessa Ludwick: Actress. Graduated from Saugus High School
- Kevin Malone: Former baseball executive and General Manager of the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. Co-Owner of the Santa Clarita Mercedes Benz dealer.
- Buck McKeon: Congressman and first mayor of Santa Clarita after the city incorporated in 1987.
- Matt Moore: National Football League quarterback. Attended William S. Hart High School.
- Eddie Murray: Former Major League Baseball first baseman and hitting coach. Co-Owner of the Santa Clarita Mercedes-Benz dealer. Resides in Santa Clarita.
- Dee Dee Myers: Former White House Press Secretary from January 1993 to December 1994. Graduated from William S. Hart High School.
- John J. Nazarian: Television commentator and private investigator. Graduated from William S. Hart High School.
- Jerry Owens: Major League Baseball outfielder. Graduated from William S. Hart High School. Attended The Master's College and UCLA.
- Kelly Packard: Actress, formerly of Baywatch. Attended Canyon High School.
- Erin Perperoglou: Women's National Basketball Association player. Attended The Master's College.
- Mike Penberthy: Former National Basketball Association guard. Attended The Master's College.
- Tyler Posey: Actor—MTV's Teen Wolf, lives in Valencia.
- Mark Redman: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Attended The Master's College.
- Naya Rivera: Actress. Attended Valencia High School.
- Mackenzie Rosman: Actress. Attended Valencia High School
- Paul Reubens: Actor, aka Pee Wee Herman. Attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), located in Valencia.
- Roger Salkeld: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from Saugus High School.
- Chris Seddon: Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Carl Seel: American politician and a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing District 20. Graduated from College of the Canyons with AA.
- Del Shannon: Singer / Songwriter of 1961 #1 hit "Runaway"
- James Shields: Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Newhall. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Smile Empty Soul: post-grunge/rock band
- Cory Snyder: Former Major League Baseball utility player. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Kristy Swanson: Actress best known for roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Big Daddy, Dude, Where's My Car? & Higher Learning.
- Leonard Termo: Film and television actor.
- Daryn Tufts: Filmmaker. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Ashley Tisdale: Actress. Graduated from Valencia High School.
- Shane Vereen: National Football League running back. Attended Valencia High School.
- Bob Walk: Former Major League Baseball pitcher. Graduated from William S. Hart High School
- Dylan Ward: Washington Ballet Ballet Dancer. Graduated from Canyon High School
- Danny Worth: Major League Baseball infielder. Attended Valencia High School.
- Todd Zeile: Former Major League Baseball third baseman. Graduated from William S. Hart High School.
There are a series of bike trails and walking paths threaded throughout the city. Bicyclists can ride from the eastern end of the city in Canyon Country along a paved path which is independent from automobile traffic all the way to Valencia on the Santa Clara River Trail. This path closely follows the Santa Clara River and Soledad Canyon Road. There are many jumping off points along this route providing access to neighborhoods, Metrolink stations and commerce. Once in Valencia, there are several pedestrian bridges called paseos connected to the bike path network. The paseos keep riders and walkers above and away from automobile traffic. The neighborhoods in Valencia were planned to include an ample amount of walking and riding paths that connect to this overall network. In 2007, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Santa Clarita its "bronze" designation as a "bicycle friendly community."
Bicycle and walking
Metrolink service operates 7 days a week, with reduced service on Saturdays and Sundays.
Metrolink provides commuter passenger train service to the Santa Clarita Valley along its Antelope Valley Line which runs from Lancaster to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, where transfers can be made to destinations in Southern California and the rest of the nation. Metrolink services 3 stations in the city, Via Princessa Station in the Canyon Country community, Santa Clarita Station which is centrally located in the city and serves most of the Valencia and Saugus communities, and the Newhall Station which serves the community of Newhall. All stations have large parking lots to allow commuters to "park and ride."
City of Santa Clarita Transit was formerly known as Santa Clarita Transit.
City of Santa Clarita Transit has installed GPS transponders on its entire fleet, making it easy to track buses. This allows customers to go on the City of Santa Clarita Transit's website to see the arrival time at a particular stop. When waiting at an actual stop, customers can text the stop number or scan a QR code and an arrival time will display on their mobile phone.
City of Santa Clarita Transit operates weekdays from 4:15 a.m.–11:15 p.m., Saturdays from 6:15 a.m.-10:45 p.m., and on Sundays from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Service operates as frequently as every 15 minutes during peak periods to every 90 minutes during off-peak hours. Typically, buses operate every 30 to 60 minutes.
City of Santa Clarita Transit also operates Dial-A-Ride service for seniors and the disabled. Dial-A-Ride service is also open to the general public after 6:00 p.m. The service allows for pick-up and drop-off at any address within the City of Santa Clarita and within a three-quarter mile radius of the nearest fixed route bus stop in unincorporated areas.
On weekdays, City of Santa Clarita Transit operates commuter buses to/from Burbank, downtown Los Angeles, North Hollywood (operates seven days per week), Warner Center, Van Nuys, and Century City. Also on weekdays when school is in session, City of Santa Clarita Transit operates supplemental school-day service with routes and scheduled stops designed around various school sites within the Santa Clarita Valley.
City of Santa Clarita Transit provides extensive bus service within the Santa Clarita Valley and to/from North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. City of Santa Clarita Transit is operated by MV Transportation, Inc. under contract with the city of Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita is serviced by Interstate 5 on the western side of the City. The east side of the City is serviced by State Route 14. State Route 126 terminates at Interstate 5, where it goes west to Ventura, passing through Fillmore and Santa Paula.
There are no commercial over-the-air television stations in the Santa Clarita Valley. The city is part of the Los Angeles media market. Digital signals from the Los Angeles stations are available on local cable television systems, DirecTV, and Dish Network.
All local programming for Santa Clarita is carried on a single public-access television cable TV channel, which is operated by SCVTV, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It is available to Time Warner Cable customers throughout the Santa Clarita Valley on Channel 20 and to AT&T U-verse customers under local programming (Channel 99/Santa Clarita). SCVTV carries public, educational and government programming, including Santa Clarita City Council and Planning Commission meetings, history shows, high school and college news programs, talk shows, football games. and other programs of local interest.
There are also several other Internet Based Radio Stations that serve the public in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In addition to KHTS, the City of Santa Clarita and its surrounding communities are indirectly served by a number of major market Los Angeles FM and AM radio stations, though residents often complain that radio reception in the valley is poor due to the surrounding hillsides.
The Santa Clarita Valley is exclusively served by one radio station: AM-1220 KHTS. The commercial radio station, operated by longtime residents and public servants Carl and Jeri-Seratti Goldman, broadcasts from studios located in Canyon Country. The station carries local news, traffic, weather, sports, music and talk shows. The station's transmitter and antennas are located on Sierra Highway between Soledad Canyon Rd. and Sand Canyon Rd. The station has been on the air since October, 2003. Prior to KHTS, AM-1220 was known as KBET until 1999 when the Goldmans sold it to now-Clear Channel Communications, only to buy it back in 2003.
Additionally, Santa Clarita is served by the Los Angeles Daily News. The Daily News primarily focuses on news, sports and entertainment stories in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, but also covers Santa Clarita periodically. Daily News circulation numbers within the Santa Clarita Valley are not known.
The primary daily newspaper, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal was founded in 1919 and enjoys a weekday circulation of 10,454 and a Sunday circulation of 11,598. The newspaper focuses almost exclusively on local news, sports, entertainment and features. The Signal 's offices on Creekside Road serve as the newspaper's newsroom, production office, IT and web design facility, and printing facility.
The City of Santa Clarita and surrounding communities are served by several local media properties.
New home development
The newly designated Enterprise Zone is now the base of operations for several large companies, including True Position Technologies, Salt Creek Grille, Condomman.com, and Trigg Laboratories.
On July 1, 2007, to offer new businesses tax incentives to operate inside Santa Clarita, the industrial and commercial areas in northern and western Santa Clarita were zoned as a federally recognized Enterprise Zone. Additional warehousing and office space was also constructed. Presently, the Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone covers 97% of all commercial, business, and industrial zoned land within the city of Santa Clarita. This zoning allows local businesses to claim hiring, sales and use tax credits.
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Six Flags Magic Mountain||4,500|
|3||Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital||1,400|
|5||The Master's College||800|
|8||California Institute of the Arts||690|
|10||Aerospace Dynamics International||548|
According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, for the fiscal year ending June 2014, the top employers in the city are:
The city contracts with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for fire protection. The agency has eight fire stations in Santa Clarita, but with the increasing growth in the area new stations are planned.
Santa Clarita does not have its own police or fire departments. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Santa Clarita Valley Station in Santa Clarita and provides local police protection for the city.
Law enforcement and fire protection
There are several public and private golf courses in Santa Clarita, including, TPC Valencia, Valencia Country Club, and Vista Valencia. The city is also home to a public ice skating rink called the Ice Station Valencia.
Santa Clarita was picked to be the end of Stage 6 in the AMGEN Tour of California, in 2007. Santa Clarita was also picked to be the end of Stage 6 and the beginning of the final stage, Stage 7, in 2008.
The Santa Clarita Marathon is held annually in November. The race was first run in 1995 and is now a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
Over the past several years, the city has cosponsored a summer concert series offering a variety of music in cooperation with various local businesses. These concerts are free of charge and take place on weekends in Central Park. The city offers a wide variety of fee-based and free classes and programs in a variety of locations throughout the year. These programs are listed in the quarterly magazine Seasons which is delivered to all residences within the city limits via mail.
The City of Santa Clarita's leadership has placed a priority on offering recreational facilities and programs since incorporation. Many youth-friendly activities and diversions exist in order to steer the city's children away from crime and gang activity. The city has established many neighborhood parks and maintains a comprehensive recreation program. There is a recreation center in Canyon Country that includes an aquatic park with wading, diving, and Olympic swimming pools along with a bicycle/skatepark, community swimming pools in both Newhall and Canyon Country and a community center in downtown Newhall. The city's largest park is located in Saugus and is known as Central Park. There are seventeen parks scattered in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Many have lighted tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields. There are over 3,000 acres (12 km2) of open space and 32 miles (51 km) of off-street trails within its boundaries.
Parks and recreation
Colleges and universities
- Castaic Union School District
- Newhall School District
- Saugus Union School District
- Sulphur Springs School District
- William S. Hart High School District
In the United States House of Representatives, Santa Clarita is in .
State and federal representation
|City Manager||Ken Striplin|
|Assistant City Manager||Frank Oviedo|
|Deputy City Manager / Director of Administrative Services||Darren Hernández|
|City Attorney||Joe Montes|
|Director of Community Development||Tom Cole|
|Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services||Richard Gould|
|Director of Public Works / City Engineer||Robert Newman|
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
According to the city’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $176.5 million in Revenues, $162.0 million in expenditures, $1,053.4 million in total assets, and $103.9 million in total liabilities.
|Council Member||Current Position|
|Bob Kellar||Mayor Pro-Tem|
The City of Santa Clarita is a general law city and as such is governed by a Council/Manager form of government. The city council is made up of five council members elected to four year terms. Each year the council selects a member to serve as the Mayor, a largely ceremonial position.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $79,004, and the median income for a family was $91,450. Males had a median income of $53,769 versus $36,835 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,841. 6.4% of the population and 4.7% of families were below the poverty line. 6.7% of those under the age of 18 and 5.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
There were 50,787 households out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.38.
As of the census of 2000, there were 151,088 people, 50,787 households, and 38,242 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,159.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,219.6/km²). There were 52,442 housing units at an average density of 1,096.5 per square mile (423.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.02% White, 20.50% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 8.54% from other races, 5.24% Asian, 3.89% from two or more races, 2.07% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander.
According to the Census Bureau, Santa Clarita had a median household income of $82,607, with 9.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
There were 62,055 housing units at an average density of 1,175.7 per square mile (453.9/km²), of which 42,335 (71.1%) were owner-occupied, and 17,172 (28.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.0%. 124,532 people (70.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 50,378 people (28.6%) lived in rental housing units.
In terms of age, the population included 46,180 people (26.2%) under the age of 18, 17,565 people (10.0%) aged 18 to 24, 47,788 people (27.1%) aged 25 to 44, 47,936 people (27.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 16,851 people (9.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The census reported that 174,910 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 1,281 (0.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 129 (0.1%) were institutionalized. There were 59,507 households, out of which 24,677 (41.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 34,126 (57.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6,888 (11.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3,322 (5.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 3,134 (5.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 484 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 11,634 households (19.6%) were made up of individuals and 4,335 (7.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94. There were 44,336 families (74.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.37.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Santa Clarita had a population of 176,320. The population density was 3,340.6 people per square mile (1,289.8/km²). The racial makeup of Santa Clarita was 125,005 (70.9%) White (56.1% Non-Hispanic White), 5,623 (3.2%) African American, 1,013 (0.6%) Native American, 15,025 (8.5%) Asian (3.4% Filipino, 1.7% Korean, 0.8% Indian, 0.8% Chinese, 0.6% Japanese, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.9% Other Asian), 272 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 21,169 (12.0%) from other races, and 8,213 (4.7%) from two or more races. There were 51,941 people of Hispanic or Latino origin, of any race (29.5% of the population).
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Santa Clarita is one of the top areas in the nation for wildfire activity. Recent fires in and around the city of Santa Clarita include the Stables (2001), Copper (2002), Bouquet (2002), Simi (2003), Verdale (2003), Foothill (2004), Buckweed (2007), Ranch (2007), Magic (2007), Sayre (2008), Station (2009), Powerhouse (2013), and Valley (2014).
Santa Clarita is situated near the San Fernando fault zone and was affected by the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, also known as the Sylmar quake. The city was also affected by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and many commercial and residential buildings were devastated by its aftermath, including the nearby Newhall Pass, the Valencia Town Center, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. The 38 story tall Sky Tower at Magic Mountain swayed six feet in each direction during the Northridge earthquake with only minor damage.
Santa Clarita, according to the United States Census Bureau, has a total area of 62.16 square miles (161.0 km2), of which 62.10 square miles (160.8 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (0.099%) is water.
After numerous failed attempts to form a city and at least two failed attempts to form a separate county, the people of the Santa Clarita Valley finally succeeded in incorporating the City of Santa Clarita at 4:30 PM on December 15, 1987 after voting in favor of incorporation by a margin of two to one in that year's general election. The other proposed name for the new city, which was narrowly defeated, was "City of the Canyons."