City News

As of April 2, 2020

Santa Clarita Skate Park Closed Until Further Notice

The City of Santa Clarita has announced that the Santa Clarita Skate Park, located at 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway, will be closed to the public as of April 2, 2020, until further notice. The Skate Park closure will allow residents and staff to follow recommended social distancing guidelines and avoid gatherings of people in close contact. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

 

As of March 31, 2020

Statement from the City of Santa Clarita regarding positive COVID-19 Cases with Santa Clarita Transit 

On March 31, 2020, the City of Santa Clarita was notified of three positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among bus drivers with Santa Clarita Transit. Sadly, one of the drivers passed away. The City sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We are working closely with our partners at MV Transportation to ensure buses and facilities are sanitized and deep-cleaned.

Statement from MV Transportation regarding employees serving Santa Clarita Transit who tested positive for COVID-19

  • On Tuesday, March 31, MV Transportation was notified that two of its Commuter operators supporting the City of Santa Clarita Transit tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).  MV is the independent contractor for Santa Clarita’s transit services. 
  • One of the employees, who sadly passed away the same day, last worked Friday, March 27, when driving commuter trips to North Hollywood and Warner Center.  The driver became ill on Saturday, March 28, and subsequently was hospitalized.  The second employee also last worked Friday, March 27, driving commuter trips to North Hollywood and Warner Center. 
  • These two positive tests come one day after another MV worker supporting Santa Clarita tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee, also a Commuter operator, has not driven a City bus since March 17.
  • MV has notified employees who were in close contact with these individuals and those employees have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Additionally, all vehicles driven by these individuals, workspaces, and other areas of the operation have received a deep cleaning.
  • The safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees is the foremost consideration of both MV and Santa Clarita Transit.  To that end, we have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols to include daily cleaning of vehicles with an extra-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant that has been proven to be effective against COVID-19.  Surfaces that customers and staff come into contact with, including but not limited to seats, seatbelts, seat frames, stanchions, doors, bus interior surfaces, wheel chairlifts and controls, floors and the driver’s area are regularly cleaned.  This same cleaner is used within transit facilities.
  • We are not sharing personally identifiable information out of respect for our colleague’s privacy and in keeping with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) protections.  We will not announce every new illness or positive employee diagnosis since that could lead to individuals being identified and could cause other spaces to be mistakenly seen as being without risk.  Additionally, if employees fear their privacy will be compromised, they may not seek needed medical care, which hinders the ability of public health officials to respond.

As of March 30, 2020

Participate in Tuesday Evening’s City Council Meeting via Teleconferencing

To maximize public safety while still maintaining transparency and public access, members of the public can observe and participate in the meeting in a number of ways. Members of the community may observe the meeting via livestream at www.santa-clarita.com/agendas or watch on Channel 20.

For those wishing to provide written comments on an agenda item, please submit an electronic written comment form at: https://www.santa-clarita.com/writtencomment at least two hours before the start time. Comments will be made part of the meeting record, but not read into the record.

For those wishing to speak on an item on the agenda, please submit an electronic speaker card at: https://www.santa-clarita.com/speakersignup *at least two hours before the start of the meeting with your name and the phone number you will be using to call into the meeting.

To participate using Zoom use Webinar ID: 624 974 480 and Password: 1987

For more information please visit the City Agenda page.

 

Building and Safety Online Permit Center – eService Instructional Video

The City of Santa Clarita’s Building and Safety division is available to assist residents with permit applications and more online. To guide residents and builders through the process of applying for permits and submitting forms and other materials, the City has developed the above instructional video.

As of March 27, 2020

Bus Service Reduction

In response to the Safer at Home order, Santa Clarita Transit has experienced significant decreases in ridership aboard the City’s commuter bus services to Century City, Downtown Los Angeles and Warner Center. In an effort to balance the reduced need for public transit with the necessary service for passengers traveling to essential employment, Santa Clarita Transit has reduced the number of trips operating outside Santa Clarita. Please make sure to check SantaClaritaTransit.com to confirm routes. The City has taken extra safety precautions during this pandemic by sectioning off every other row of seats and posting social distancing messaging on all buses. Several weeks ago, we also implemented an enhanced extensive daily cleaning schedule of the entire transit fleet.

Pace Bike Share Pauses Service in Santa Clarita

Zagster, the parent company of Pace, announced that bike-sharing services throughout the country will be paused as of Friday, March 27, in an effort to protect its employees, riders and partner communities. As a result, Pace app users in Santa Clarita will not be able to rent a Pace bike until further notice. Zagster has published an FAQ page with more information.

As of March 25, 2020

How to Help during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Los Angeles County officials encourage members of the public who want to help those in the community experiencing hardships to make monetary contributions to reputable non-profit organizations or to the funds listed below, which are supporting COVID-19 disaster efforts.

The California Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund, which supports community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund supports L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.

Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond to the impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus. You can search for Los Angeles County non-profits through this site.

Give a financial gift or life saving blood.

Make an impact on the lives of Los Angeles County’s residents and contribute today.

As of March 24, 2020

City of Santa Clarita Trails Remain Open

The City of Santa Clarita hiking trails are still open for hikers who are maintaining social distancing. There has been confusion as the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles have closed their trails. Please be responsible and keep health recommendations in mind whenever using City parks or trails. For a list of City of Santa Clarita trails please visit HikeSantaClarita.com.

As of March 23, 2020

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND CLOSURES AT PARKS

The City of Santa Clarita is announcing additional closures at City parks to ensure the necessary social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the following park amenities will be closed throughout the City:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Dog Parks
  • Park Restrooms

“It was disappointing to see the number of people who were not following the social distancing orders that are in place to protect our community,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “In order to stop the group recreation that many have witnessed at our City parks, it is necessary to add these additional restrictions. We continue to work to balance the needs of the community with the essential safety measures that must be taken at this time.”

City amenities that are still open include:

  • All sports fields at parks
  • All trails
  • All open space and trailheads

Residents who are utilizing City parks and trails must practice six feet of social distancing.

As of March 22, 2020

SCV Chamber of Commerce Offers Two Business Webinars

The SCV Chamber has two upcoming webinars this week regarding COVID-19 to provide vital information to local businesses.

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 1:00 PM
Cybersecurity: Protect Your Business When Working Remote

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 1:00 PM
Legal & HR: Employment Decisions in the Face of COVID-19

Register here: https://www.scvchamber.com/event_list

As of March 21, 2020

Los Angeles County Announces Additional Restrictions

Effective immediately on March 21, 2020 and continuing through April 19, 2020, all public and private group events and gatherings are prohibited anywhere within the Los Angeles County Public Health Jurisdiction. All persons are to remain in their homes or at their place of residence, except to travel to and from Essential Businesses, to work at or provide service to a Healthcare Operation or Essential Infrastructure, to engage in Essential Activities, or to participate in an individual or family outdoor activity, while practicing social distancing.

As of March 20, 2020

Santa Clarita School Districts Announce Closure Until May 5, 2020

Today all five of Santa Clarita’s school districts announced that the school closure due to the coronavirus would last until May 5, 2020. Here is the announcement from the Saugus Union School District.

As of March 19, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. To read the order please click here.

Los Angeles County Issues “Safer at Home” Order

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has issued a “Safer at Home” order for all of Los Angeles County, including the City of Santa Clarita. The purpose of this order is to limit the gathering of persons and require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County. This order goes into effect tonight, March 19, 2020 at midnight. To read the entire order please click COVID-19_SaferAtHome_HealthOfficerOrder_20200319_Signed.

Westfield Valencia Town Center Temporarily Closes 

Note from Westfield Valencia Town Center – In response to the widespread COVID-19 outbreak and after carefully reviewing the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health authorities’ guidance to practice social distancing and minimize public gatherings, our center will join the collective fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and temporarily close the majority of its operations. Some retailers may still be open so that ‘essential’ retail remains in operation for customers.  While we will endeavor to reflect these store hours on this website, please confirm their hours directly.  If you have questions, please reach out to valencia@urw.com We encourage everyone to stay safe and look forward to reopening soon to support our community.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Conducting Senior Welfare Checks

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station continues to provide the public safety services our community depends on. Specialized teams are upping patrol checks of local retail establishments and businesses. The Crime Impact Team (CIT) deployed teams of deputies to check shopping center areas, particularly ones that sell grocery items, ‘to keep the peace’ —ensuring patrons safety. The Sheriff’s Station reminds residents to check on those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19—our elderly population. They urge you to call your neighbors, family members and make sure they’re OK, and that they have the necessities. If you have an elderly friend or family member in the area and you can’t get a hold of them, and you’re concerned, please call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121, and request a welfare check. Deputies would be more than happy to check on them.

As of March 18, 2020

New Cases Reported in L.A. County, Santa Clarita Number Holds at Three

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 46 new cases of coronavirus today, for a total of 190. There are still only three positive cases reported from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than the other.  Everyone should continue to practice social distancing and good public health hygiene.

As of March 17, 2020

Blood Drive – Urgent Need! 

The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, rise in the U.S. On Wednesday, March 18, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital will partner with the American Red Cross and host a blood drive at the Henry Mayo Education Center, located on the hospital campus at 23803 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355. For more information please click here.

Local Restaurants Offering Take-Out or Curbside Service

feedSCV has created a web page listing Santa Clarita restaurants currently offering take-out or curbside service during the COVID-19 outbreak. To view the full list of restaurants please visit http://feedscv.org/covid-19-restaurant-tracker/

Disaster Loan Assistance

Those in need can now apply for Disaster Loan Assistance online through the U.S. Small Business Administration. These Federal Disaster Loans are available for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For more information please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Los Angeles County Court Houses Closing for Three Days

In response to the substantial need to control and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County, Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced that, Tuesday March 17, 2020, every Los Angeles Superior Court courthouse and courtroom will be closed to the public from March 17-19, 2020, for a total of 3 court days. The Los Angeles Superior Court will reopen on Friday, March 20, 2020, for the limited purpose of hearing or handing essential or emergency matters, in Criminal, Civil, Probate, Family Law and Dependency/Juvenile cases.

Recommendations for Dental Offices

The California Dental Association strongly recommends that dentists practicing in California voluntarily suspend non-urgent or non-emergency dental care for the next 14 days. As always, it is expected that dentists will continue to be available as needed for emergency care and services. https://www.cda.org/Home/News-and-Events/COVID-19-coronavirus-Updates

As of March 16, 2020

LA County Announces Closure of Restaurants, Bars, Gyms and Theaters

Supervisor Kathyrn Barger announced this afternoon that the County of Los Angeles is ordering the full closure of all restaurants, except take out. The County is also ordering the full closures of entertainment facilities including movie theaters, gyms and bars. There are now 94 positive cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County. Three of those were people who tested positive here in Santa Clarita.

Meals for Students

Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency (School Day Café) will provide student meals to all children at any of the designated locations. You do not need to be an enrolled student in order to receive meals at any of these locations. One bagged/boxed lunch per child (18 years and younger) will be provided. For more information and a list of locations please click here.

As of March 15, 2020

Home Isolation for Seniors

The Governor of California has recommended those 65 and older, or vulnerable to #COVIDー19, must practice home isolation. Bars, night clubs, wineries and breweries should close throughout the state. Restaurants should focus on takeout services for those isolating. There have now been three positive cases of coronavirus for those tested at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. 

As of March 14, 2020

Local Cases of Coronavirus

Today Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported the second local case of coronavirus here in the Santa Clarita Valley. There is a lot of concern and anxiety surrounding these local cases and who may have been exposed to coronavirus. Once a test is positive, the results are sent to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH then investigates the cases and notifies anyone who has been in close personal contact with these individuals, so they can then be assessed and monitored for the signs and symptoms of the illness. Confirmed cases are being isolated and those who have been in close contact with them are quarantined. Please know DPH will notify you if you have been in close contact with one of these confirmed cases. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, it is normal to feel anxious and show signs of stress. For tips on what you can do to help cope, read “Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” on the Public Health website. For help, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at (800) 854-7771 or call 2-1-1.

As of March 12, 2020

COVID-19 State of Emergency

On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Pursuant to this Executive Order, through May 11th, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official’s imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.

Taxpayers may request assistance by contacting the CDTFA. Requests for relief of interest or penalties or requesting an extension for filing a return may be made through online services. Taxpayers may also request assistance in writing by sending a letter to the address below or by email. Or call the Customer Service Center at 800-400-7115. This includes assistance if you are unable to make a timely tax payment.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Return Analysis Unit, MIC 35
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0035