SANTA CLARITA — Residents who try to go to City Hall today will be out of luck--and not because it's Friday the 13th.
Instead, this is the first closure of city offices under Santa Clarita's new operating schedule, modified so employees can work 80 hours over nine days and not 10. One of the reasons: The city has about 185 employees and must adhere to South Coast Air Quality Management District standards that call for agencies with 100 or more workers to reduce car trips.
City employees previously worked a modified schedule with half of them off Mondays. Department heads said that after two years half-staffing days had not proved productive and asked to shift the schedules so all workers had the same day off.
Non-administrative tasks, such as maintenance work or emergency services, will still be conducted every day of the week as necessary.
City offices are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on alternating Fridays.