SANTA CLARITA — The city wants to extend its influence on open spaces outside its boundaries by joining a state-created agency to preserve wildlife and recreation areas.
The city and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy agreed in June to form a joint agency to secure open spaces. That agency, the Santa Clarita Watershed Recreation and Conservation Authority, has scheduled its first meeting at 2:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
"It'll have tremendous impact here, not only on residents of the Santa Clarita Valley but also in the L.A. Basin," said Rick Putnam, director of the city's parks and recreation department.
Putnam said Santa Clarita will have greater input regarding areas beyond the Golden State Freeway, the city's western boundary, and help for its efforts to preserve the Santa Clara River within city limits. He and City Manager George Caravalho will represent Santa Clarita while conservancy chairman Jerome Daniel and member Anton Calleia will represent their organization.