City Council votes to support five pieces of legislation in Sacramento, Washington

Santa Clarita City Hall, as pictured on February, 26, 2020, is located on the 23900 block of Valencia Blvd. Dan Watson/The Signal

Covering everything from state franchise taxes, to theme parks to electrical grid improvements, the Santa Clarita City Council voted to formally show its support for five pieces of legislation drafted at both the state and federal level on Tuesday.  

In support of Six Flags Magic Mountain, the City Council voted to support Assembly Bill 420, which would express the intent of the Legislature to have Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office modify the county COVID-19 tier framework for the reopening of amusement parks. The opening would occur at Tier 3, or at a moderate tier. 

Additionally, the council voted to support Senate Bill 533 by state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Malibu, who represents western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley. The bill would require electrical service providers to replace, harden, and/or underground any electrical infrastructure that experiences recurring de-energization events, such as in Canyon Country.  

In the same vein as Stern’s bill, the council has showed its support for SB 341, which would require the California Public Utilities Commission to develop and implement regulations that require telecommunication service providers to maintain at least 72 hours of backup power to 

telecommunication infrastructure. 

With regard to small businesses in Santa Clarita, the council also stood behind AB 91 by Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita. AB 91 would reduce the minimum state franchise tax for small businesses and microbusinesses.  

On the federal level, the council stood behind a bill proposed by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and sponsored by Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, House Resolution 1075. Schiff’s resolution would propose the expansion the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the proposed Rim of the Valley Unit. 

Of this legislation, Councilwoman Laurene Weste said it was imperative to keeping this area of land “and protecting our irreplaceable public lands, natural resources, and some of our nation’s most iconic wildlife.” 

All five pieces of legislation were a part of the consent calendar, meaning the council voted to adopt each piece of legislation as part of a block with a 5-0 vote.  

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