Barger to give vision for SCV at State of the County

Los Angeles County's 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger speaks at her inaugural State of the County address at the Hyatt. County supervisors are looking to change the way L.A. County responds to gun violence, by treating it as a public health issue. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

L.A. County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger is set to address homelessness, public safety and economic development, as well as provide her vision for the Santa Clarita Valley at the 11th annual State of the County event.

Hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by UCLA Health, the update is scheduled Wednesday, May 1, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. This year will mark Barger’s third address in Santa Clarita — the largest city in her supervisorial district.

“We’ve done a lot of incredible work for this community and all of Los Angeles County in the past year, so I am grateful for the opportunity to share more about what we’ve been doing to serve our constituents and tackle some of the most pressing issues we face,” Barger said Monday. “The event will be particularly special because I will be joined by four brilliant Los Angeles County leaders on stage this year, whose expertise in their fields will provide unique perspectives on matters directly impacting this valley.”

Last year, Barger focused heavily on homelessness, calling for “intensive collaboration” between government officials, nonprofits and faith-based groups. Since then, her efforts to address the matter directly in the SCV include grant funds for the nonprofit Bridge to Home to transition operations from seasonal shelter to year-round shelter. She is expected to bring back the topic again this year.

Other topics expected to be discussed include land use, traffic, housing, infrastructure and projects underway in the first portion of the event, followed by topics such as mental health, public safety and the county budget.

County speakers this year include Amy Bodek, director of the Department of Regional Planning; Mark Pestrella, director of the Department of Public Works; Dr. Jonathan Sherin, director of the Department of Mental Health; and L.A. County CEO Sachi Hamai.

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Tammy Murga covers city hall and business for The Signal. She joined in the summer of 2018, previously working in Northern California as an assistant editor and reporter for the Lake County Record-Bee. In 2016, she graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles. Have a story tip? Message her on Twitter or at [email protected]