State of the City Luncheon planned for Oct. 25

FILE PHOTO Mayor Cameron Smyth puts on his old letterman's from Hart High School at the end of the State of the City Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

The role of the arts in Santa Clarita will be at the forefront during this year’s annual State of the City Luncheon, scheduled Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

For $40, residents can RSVP to the event, themed “City of the Arts.” A ticket includes entry to the luncheon and a commemorative gift, according to a statement released by the city.

Residents can pay $400 to reserve a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 661-255-4939 or by emailing [email protected]. RSVP and payment are required in advance.

This year, the luncheon is planned again to feature the City Council members: Mayor Laurene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean, Councilman Bob Kellar, Councilman Cameron Smyth and Councilman Bill Miranda.

“These luncheons are very special,” McLean said. “We try very hard to provide information in an interesting format. And so I’m very much looking forward to this next one. We always plan little surprises to make them fun.”

Last year, the State of the City luncheon consisted of an ‘80s themed dance in celebration of the city’s 30-year anniversary — complete with Rubik’s Cubes, neon lights and a “Footloose” music video starring dancing City Council members in ‘80s garb.

“I don’t know what we’re doing yet this year,” McLean said. “But we always try to make them informative about what’s going on in the city. All of the different programs and areas and projects, those are all presented, letting people know what we’ve done for the past year and what we plan to do.”

“The state of the city is a great event to update the community about what’s happening within the city, and what’s on the horizon,” Smyth said. “We try to do it in a lighthearted manner, where we can sometimes make fun of ourselves but also highlight the great things happening in Santa Clarita.

“The only thing I can promise is I won’t be breaking out my letterman jacket again like last year,” he said.



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