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August 29, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sales tax revenues here rose 12.5% during the first three months of this year, compared to the first quarter of 1994, city officials announced Monday. "We attribute that to Santa Clarita's consistent strong retail base," said Steve Stark, director of administrative services. The increase in revenues, which amounts to $317,000 for the city, points to a growing local economy, Stark said, and is markedly higher than the 3.3% increase that Los Angeles County experienced during the same period.
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December 29, 1998 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It could be called "Hollywood North," if that nickname weren't already taken--ironically enough, by Vancouver. Santa Clarita, less than 30 miles from Tinseltown's hub, emerged in the 1990s as a major film-production center, home to "Melrose Place," "Jag," "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and other television fare, plus commercials and feature films. Today, business is booming.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This city's 1996 election will be held within two weeks of the presidential primary, costing Santa Clarita up to $175,000 in added election expenses. Other municipalities statewide have delayed their local election dates in the wake of a decision by state legislators to move the primary to March 26, 1996, which is expected to give California more clout in choosing presidential candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sales tax revenues here rose 12.5% during the first three months of this year, compared to the first quarter of 1994, city officials announced Monday. "We attribute that to Santa Clarita's consistent strong retail base," said Steve Stark, director of administrative services. The increase in revenues, which amounts to $317,000 for the city, points to a growing local economy, Stark said, and is markedly higher than the 3.3% increase that Los Angeles County experienced during the same period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the third time, negotiations between the city of Santa Clarita and the Castaic Lake Water Agency over millions of dollars in future tax revenues have dissolved into harsh words, making it likely that the battle will be resolved in court. The matter started in Superior Court last year when the agency sued to stop the city from implementing its planned $1.1-billion improvements program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than a year after authorizing a $1.1-billion redevelopment plan, City Council members have now defined much of how it will be governed. The council Tuesday night approved creation of a nine-person commission whose members will serve two-year terms and receive a stipend yet to be determined. Five members will be appointed by individual council members, and four others are to be chosen by the entire council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Following a short cease-fire in the war of words between city and water agency officials, the feud seems to be back in full force, fracturing a 2-month-old agreement that was to settle a lawsuit against Santa Clarita's $1.1-billion redevelopment plan. The battle concerns millions of dollars in expected tax revenues generated over the next 30 years as property values rise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials announced plans Monday for a community survey and a series of hearings to gather public comment on a multimillion dollar recovery plan to be funded by future tax increases. The council passed Santa Clarita's sweeping, 30-year Community Recovery Plan for earthquake repairs, disaster preparation, economic development and affordable housing after the Northridge earthquake. Officials also hope to gather suggestions from the public on additional projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although faced with a tight fiscal budget that includes few new programs and no cost-of-living raises for city employees, Santa Clarita once again is offering $75,000 in grants for nonprofit agencies. The city's Community Services Grant Program was established in 1990 and has been offered annually--except in 1992. During that year, the funds were used for recreation activities at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Developers would have to pay additional fees of up to about $4,000 per housing unit under a proposal by the cash-strapped city of Santa Clarita this week to help raise money for new roads, parks and other improvements. Builders reacted angrily Tuesday to the proposed fee increase, saying it would force them to raise the price of housing in a recessionary economy.
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August 28, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Clarita Valley Small Business Center, whose mission was to provide training, information and technical assistance to local merchants, will shut its doors Thursday for the same reason that has plagued many of its clients: no money. "It's the swan song of a great experiment," said Bob Hawkes, the center's executive director for the last three years. Hawkes and other advocates say Santa Clarita is losing a valuable resource that provided impartial expertise that is unavailable elsewhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entering into a long-running fray, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors sided with the Castaic Lake Water Agency on Tuesday in its legal dispute with the city of Santa Clarita over tax revenues. The board's vote directs the county's counsel to file a legal brief in support of the water agency as part of the agency's lawsuit against the city. Santa Clarita officials want to use more than $1 billion in future property taxes over the next 30 years to fund a redevelopment agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sales tax revenue for the city in 1994 jumped 15% from the year before, with much of the increase attributed to earthquake-related construction activity, officials said Tuesday. City businesses generated $12 million in sales tax revenues last year. Although city finance director Steve Stark said much of that is due to earthquake reconstruction, other categories showed increases as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the third time, negotiations between the city of Santa Clarita and the Castaic Lake Water Agency over millions of dollars in future tax revenues have dissolved into harsh words, making it likely that the battle will be resolved in court. The matter started in Superior Court last year when the agency sued to stop the city from implementing its planned $1.1-billion improvements program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will buy more than 3,000 acres of land--the largest single acquisition of acreage in its history--from Chevron Corp. for $4.9 million, officials of the nonprofit agency and company announced Monday. The 3,035-acre parcel of land southwest of Santa Clarita is situated along the northern slope of the Santa Susana Mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than a year after authorizing a $1.1-billion redevelopment plan, City Council members have now defined much of how it will be governed. The council Tuesday night approved creation of a nine-person commission whose members will serve two-year terms and receive a stipend yet to be determined. Five members will be appointed by individual council members, and four others are to be chosen by the entire council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1993 | CHIP JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City officials are reviewing a proposed lease agreement that would allow them to maintain and operate Bouquet Canyon Park in Saugus, one of more than 20 Los Angeles County parks scheduled to be shut down because of budget cuts. Rick Putnam, director of parks, recreation and community services for the city, said city officials have not ruled out annexing the park, which sits outside the city limits, but are exploring the lease agreement to keep the park open until a decision is made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This city's 1996 election will be held within two weeks of the presidential primary, costing Santa Clarita up to $175,000 in added election expenses. Other municipalities statewide have delayed their local election dates in the wake of a decision by state legislators to move the primary to March 26, 1996, which is expected to give California more clout in choosing presidential candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials here are riding tall in the saddle over their second annual Cowboy Poetry Festival, which has generated brisk ticket sales and is expected to sell out before its three-day run starting next month. They hope the strong sales will mollify critics who complained that Santa Clarita leaders were horsing around with taxpayers' money when they launched the event last year.
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