[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
87°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 22
1923 - Newhall Chamber of Commerce organizes community cleanup day [story]
cleanup day


The former Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center building on Market Street could become the new hub for both local veterans and community arts, Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger said Wednesday.

Since the opening of the new Bella Vida senior center in April, the former facility, a county asset that housed the nonprofit for 40 years in Newhall, has remained vacant. Barger made the announcement during a joint meeting at City Hall with the Santa Clarita City Council to discuss topics ranging from homelessness to transportation and public safety.

“I believe we have the opportunity to do a collaborative effort that’s going to benefit everybody,” she said. “When you look at the talent coming out of the Santa Clarita Valley, we have a unique opportunity to enhance and provide opportunities for young people to get into the arts … But we also have an opportunity to work with the veterans. I think we can look at doing both. It should not be an either/or. I’m committed to that.”

Her comment followed after Councilman Bill Miranda provided an update on what the city has accomplished for the local arts scene in collaboration with L.A. County.

“(The Market Street building) would be ideal as a site that’s located in the city’s Old Town Newhall arts and entertainment district,” he said. “Since the senior center has already been relocated, we’re hoping there is an update regarding the concept of having the old site serve as the arts center.”

Some members of the Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative, which serves as a one-stop referral for resources, services and support to local veterans, asked Barger to consider using the building for their growing needs.

“We have requested that the county community center provide the Collaborative with partial space for veterans but to date, that request never came to fruition,” said Elliot Wolfe, president of the Collaborative. “However, a large number of veterans are currently attending our local veterans center on Lyons Avenue because it is the main location in this valley for one-stop shopping for all veterans and their families.”

Wolfe emphasized that the Collaborative’s current locale is not large enough to service the number they see daily, which ranges anywhere between eight to 12 individuals on weekdays and up to 20 on Saturdays.

“Due to the ages of my wife and I, we are unable to continue to finance this project forever, but our primary request at this time is for assistance in obtaining a larger space so that we might improve the number and quality of our services,” said Wolfe.

The SCV has the highest number of veterans per capita in California, with an estimate of about 8,000 to 12,000 individuals, plus their families, according to Wolfe.

Barger said county staff members have walked the building and are looking into “what can and cannot be done,” as any activity must comply with the Public Park Preservation Act, which states that any real property used as a public park cannot be used for any nonpark purposes.

“The answer is a simple, ‘Yes.’ That is the direction we are moving. I talked with staff and it is doable so let’s just figure out how to get it done,” said Barger.

Should the plans move forward, the next use of the property would ultimately require approval from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Sep 20, 2019
Sept. 28: Gran Fondo Community Cycling Race
The city of Santa Clarita will host the fourth annual Gran Fondo community cycling race, presented by Santa Clarita Velo, on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20850 Centre Point Parkway.
Friday, Sep 20, 2019
Reveles Sentenced to 364 Days for Vehicular Manslaughter
John Reveles, convicted last month of vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed his 7-year-old daughter, Sophia Bella Cano Reveles, and David John Kelly, a 75-year-old man from Green Valley, was sentenced to 364 days in jail.
Friday, Sep 20, 2019
Air Quality Monitors at Chiquita Canyon Landfill Due Late November
Air quality monitors at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill are expected to be up and running by late November or early December, according to Los Angeles County planning officials.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1923 - Newhall Chamber of Commerce organizes community cleanup day [story]
cleanup day
1974 - COC's new Cougar Stadium opens for first game of football season; Harbor beats COC, 26-21 [story]
Cougar Stadium
The Master's University senior Dylan Bielanski made it four consecutive matches with a point Thursday afternoon when his second-half goal added some insurance in a 2-0 victory over Marymount California University men's soccer at TMU.
Mustangs Score in Each Half, Shut out Marymount California
The Master's University's Stephen Pacheco, named the NAIA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, has been focusing lately on Proverbs 21:31.
TMU’s Stephen Pacheco Named NAIA Runner of the Week
The effort Eric Martin and Luke Brueckner exerted over the summer didn't take long to pay off in the fall.
Practice Pays Off for Martin, Brueckner in TMU Golf Season Opener
College of the Canyons was able to stop a four-game skid with an exciting come-from-behind victory over No. 12 state-ranked Moorpark College on Wednesday.
Volleyball: Cougars Rally for 3-1 Victory Over Moorpark
College of the Canyons' men's soccer team struck first and eventually played to a 1-1 draw vs. visiting No. 5 Fresno City College.
Cougars Strike First, Draw with No. 5 Fresno City
The city of Santa Clarita will host the fourth annual Gran Fondo community cycling race, presented by Santa Clarita Velo, on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20850 Centre Point Parkway.
Sept. 28: Gran Fondo Community Cycling Race
"Beware the Dark Realm," a free, award-winning walk-through haunted house in Santa Clarita, will open its castle doors for five spooktacular nights during the 2019 Halloween season, starting Saturday, October 12 and open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
Oct. 12: ‘Beware the Dark Realm’ Halloween Haunt to Open Gates
As part of its 50th Anniversary year of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons invites the community to a special Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, September 28 at Cougar Stadium in Valencia.
COC Invites Community to 50th Homecoming Sept. 28
John Reveles, convicted last month of vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed his 7-year-old daughter, Sophia Bella Cano Reveles, and David John Kelly, a 75-year-old man from Green Valley, was sentenced to 364 days in jail.
Reveles Sentenced to 364 Days for Vehicular Manslaughter
Air quality monitors at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill are expected to be up and running by late November or early December, according to Los Angeles County planning officials.
Air Quality Monitors at Chiquita Canyon Landfill Due Late November
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed 11 additional mosquito samples positive for West Nile virus, or WNV.
11 More Mosquito Samples Test Positive for WNV
California will become the first state to require smog tests for heavy-duty diesel trucks and tractor-trailers under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Smog Tests for Big Rigs and Diesel Trucks Coming to California
Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) sent a bicameral letter to President Trump on Friday signed by 45 members of the California Democratic delegation, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, condemning the administration’s recent threat to criminalize individuals experiencing homelessness across California and putting forth evidence-based and effective solutions.
Katie Hill Leads Reply to Trump’s California Homelessness Statements
Escalating a battle over states’ rights and against climate change, California and 22 other states filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration for revoking a Clean Air Act waiver that allowed the Golden State to set emissions rules that are stricter than the federal government.
California-Led Coalition Sues Trump Over Clean Air Act Waiver
If Idaho native Lacey Borland could describe what Cali Lake RV Resort in Agua Dulce offered her and her family, she would say: “home.”
RV Resort Residents Concerned After Violation Notice
Residents can now walk down Santa Clarita sidewalks and find poetic inspirations laid out in front of them, literally, thanks to the city's Sidewalk Poetry project.
Santa Clarita Unveils 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Project
Two women from neighboring valleys were booked on burglary charges Thursday morning following a break-in at a Canyon Country storage facility, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials reported.
Out-of-Towners Busted on Burglary Charges in Canyon Country
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors has concurred with staff recommendations for the Preferred Alternatives for the high-speed rail routes in Northern California.
High-Speed Rail Board Adopts Preferred Alternatives in NoCal
1954 - C-46 cargo plane crashes at Saugus Drunk Farm; Civil Air Patrol chaplains parachute to safety [story]
chaplains
West Ranch improved to 4-0 with a 44-21 win over Royal High School of Simi Valley.
Photo Gallery: West Ranch Still Undefeated Thanks to Decisive Win Against Simi
LOS ANGELES - Supervisor Kathryn Barger applauded California Treasurer Fiona Ma and members of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee for their decision to approve $300 million in private activity, tax-exempt bonds to XpressWest (now Virgin Trains USA) for their proposed high speed rail line that will connect Las Vegas to Victorville.
Barger Lauds State Approval of Private Funds for Vegas-to-Victorville Rail Line
A second case of whooping cough has been reported in a Santa Clarita Valley school, this time at Valencia High, according to officials.
Second SCV Student Reported to Have Whooping Cough
%d bloggers like this: