SANTA CLARITA — It may or may not be their mess, but they'll clean it up anyway.
In response to a challenge by Mayor Jan Heidt, the members of the Canyon High School student government adopted a strip of Whites Canyon Road near their school to do monthly litter pickups.
The decision came after Heidt received a letter from an angry resident complaining about the disheveled state of the street and blaming the mess on students at Canyon and nearby Sierra Vista Junior High.
"This community is a living, breathing thing, and we all have to depend on each other to keep it clean," Heidt said. The mayor said she wanted to encourage the students to take responsibility for the problem instead of relying on the city.