Council approves homeless shelter lease for another three years

Santa Clarita City Hall

Less than two weeks after Bridge to Home’s Emergency Winter Shelter closed for the season, councilmembers approved a three-year extension to the shelter’s lease agreement at their meeting Tuesday.

“It feels amazing to have the lease extended three years,” Bridge to Home Director DiNesha Jackson said to The Signal.  “We are very grateful to the city. This gives us an opportunity to figure out what we’re going to do next without worry since we don’t have to move each year.”

Additionally, a public hearing was held to allow community members to voice their opinions about adding a “drainage benefit assembly area” in the Golden Valley Ranch development project.

No community members participated in the hearing. There was no protest, thus approving the area.

The area will fund maintenance and operations removing surface water or drain excess ground water, which includes pump stations, observation wells, hydraugers and drainage channels for water runoff.

A position Leslie Knope of hit sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation’ would be proud of, Victor Lindenheim was appointed as Santa Clarita’s new Parks, Recreation and Community Services commissioner.

“It’s satisfying when something you’re interested in and passionate about becomes a reality,” Lindenheim said to The Signal.

Lindenheim will serve until the end of 2018, filling the position predecessor Kevin Korenthal vacated when he moved to Texas.

Senator Scott Wilk and Assemblyman Dante Acosta both wrote letters of recommendation for Lindenheim.

Councilman Bill Miranda nominated Lindenheim after reviewing all applicants, looking for a strong community leader who reached out to the voiceless, a good listener and a collaborative worker, Miranda said.

It will be the commissioner’s job to advise the city council on city park facilities, recreational offerings, programs and classes.

Ten Santa Clarita residents applied for the position, all of whom met the criteria of being a parks enthusiast and at least 18 years old. Applications were open from mid-March until April 3.

Mayor Cameron Smyth declared April 11, 2017 as Arts Day in the city and honored the Santa Clarita Valley Alliance for the Arts. This April marks the inaugural Arts Month in Los Angeles County.

“Today we celebrate the gifts that arts give our community,” Smyth said.

Multiple community members from the SCV Alliance for the Arts told the council they would like an arts center in the valley.

Three residents also spoke in opposition of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill expansion at various times throughout the evening.

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