header image

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


Today in
S.C.V. History
July 24
1864 - Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]
Joseph Reynier

For all intents and purposes, the Santa Clarita Valley’s Enterprise Zone is a reality. Business owners and operators in the city and county can log on to scenterprisezone.com or call 661-255-4347 to find out if they qualify for hiring tax credits and other incentives the state provides to create jobs and buoy the economy.

But technically speaking, the Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone isn’t a done deal.

In December 2010 the California Department of Housing and Community Development granted conditional approval to the SCV’s 14,000-acre enterprise zone, which includes most of the city of Santa Clarita and 4,700 acres of the unincorporated valley.

As a political division of the state, the county of Los Angeles is the lead agency, tasked with doing the work necessary for final approval.

Then Gov. Jerry Brown came up with the idea of killing enterprise zones and redevelopment agencies as a means of bringing the state budget into balance.

Economists rushed to the defense of enterprise zones and – unlike redevelopment agencies – their death sentence was commuted.

But the Housing and Community Development Department continued to put its enterprise zone approvals on hold as it waited to see how the budget battle would shake out.

Now, according to a county staff report, the state is “ready to move forward with granting final designation status.”

What that means is that the county Board of Supervisors must approve reports – an initial study and negative declaration – showing the creation of the enterprise zone won’t have any adverse environmental impacts. Then it must submit the final paperwork to the state so it can sign off.

County staff is recommending that the supervisors do just that at their meeting Tuesday.

In addition, the county’s community development director, Sean Rogan, is asking the supervisors to approve a memorandum of understanding with the city of Santa Clarita that would put the city in charge of administering the zone for both the city and county.

It’s the opposite approach Rogan is recommending for another enterprise zone Tuesday for the Harbor Gateway. In that one, the county and the cities of Los Angeles and Huntington Park will be responsible for administering the enterprise zone in their respective jurisdictions.

According to Rogan’s staff report, the agreement with Santa Clarita will “include goals to ensure that unincorporated area businesses benefit from this program. The city will fund the administration of the zone with fees generated through the program.”

If all goes as planned, qualifying businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley won’t notice any difference – and the city and county will continue to have state support for their job creation efforts.

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.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1864 - Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]
    Joseph Reynier
    The SCV Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help sort food, stock shelves, fill bags and distribute food to its residents in need Monday through Thursday and Saturday of each week.
    SCV Food Pantry in Need of Volunteers
    College of the Canyons graduating sophomore Jonah El-Farra has been named a California Community Colleges Men's Basketball Coaches Associations (CCCMBCA) student-athlete scholarship recipient for the 2023-24 season. 
    El-Farra Earns Coaches Associations’ Student-Athlete Scholarship
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Chair Lindsey P. Horvath that directs the creation of an independent Ethics Commission and ethics reform measures to improve transparency and create greater oversight in County government.
    Supes Unanimously Approve Creation of Ethics Commission, Reform
    The city of Santa Clarita is inviting artists to submit artwork for consideration for its upcoming “Body & Presence” juried exhibition, which will be on view at the Canyon Country Community Center during the City's annual Business for Artists Conference.
    Aug. 4: Call for Art ‘Body & Presence’ Exhibit Deadline
    Zach Schroeder, the head coach for The Master’s University track and cross country programs, is stepping down to be closer to family.
    After Historic Run, TMU Coach Zach Schroeder Steps Down
    The community is invited to an SCV Senior Center Health and Wellness program lecture “Let’s Talk About Kidney Health” on Wednesday, July 24, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    July 24: SCV Senior Center Wellness Program Lecture on Kidney Health
    College of the Canyons baseball is sending five players to four-year universities to continue their academic journeys and athletic careers following the 2024 season.
    Five Cougars Taking Skills to Next Level
    The Master's University baseball has signed pitcher Mack Skeels to join the team for the 2025 season.
    Pitcher Mack Skeels Commits to Mustangs Baseball
    Drug-related overdose and poisoning deaths plateaued for the first time in ten years in 2023 in Los Angeles County, a new Los Angeles County Department of Public Health analysis of Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner data has found.
    L.A. County’s Drug-Related Overdose Deaths Plateau for First Time in Decade
    As temperatures soar in Los Angeles, so do the numbers of mosquitoes and their relentless, itchy bites.
    Vector Control Launches Summer Safeguarding Campaign
    1982 - Vic Morrow & two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
    Twilight Zone Movie
    Picture this…a cozy blanket laid out on the grass, the warm evening breeze and your favorite film playing on the big screen.
    Ken Striplin | City Cinemas Brings Back Movies Under the Stars
    The California State University, Los Angeles Golden Eagle volleyball team, which included middle blocker Shelby Grubbs from Newhall, was welcomed to the White House on Monday, alongside other national champions from the past academic year, to celebrate their accomplishments as part of NCAA Sports Day.
    Former Hart High Standout Honored at White House’s NCAA Sports Day
    The Friends of Hart Park - in partnership with the Natural History Museum and Los Angeles County Parks - is pleased to announce the return of their signature event “Silents Under the Stars” on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 6 p.m., at William S. Hart Park.
    Sept. 7: ‘Silents Under the Stars’ Returns to Hart Park
    To help students balance education with their diverse work and family responsibilities, College of the Canyons will offer a wide variety of flexible learning options during the fall 2024 semester.
    COC Fall 2024 Offering Flexible Learning Options
    Beginning Monday, July 29, crews will start the construction of traffic circulation modifications on two intersections, part of the federally-funded, Traffic and Pedestrian Circulation and Safety Improvements Project.
    Santa Clarita Announces Upcoming Lane Closures
    Circle of Hope's Annual Tea is one of Santa Clarita’s most anticipated fundraisers bringing awareness of breast cancer and raising funds to help those in our local community fighting this disease.
    Oct. 19: Save the Date for Circle of Hope’s Annual Tea
    The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has released the list of four productions currently filming in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Monday, July 22 - Sunday, July 28.
    ‘S.W.A.T.’ Among Four Productions Filming in Santa Clarita
    The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SCV SELPA) and its member districts actively seek out all individuals with exceptional needs, from birth to age 22, including infants and children parentally placed in private schools.
    SCV SELPA Seeking Children with Disabilities
    The California Department of Transportation announced the right lane of southbound Interstate 5 will be blocked overnight Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26 from two miles north of Templin Highway (near the Whitaker Sand Shed) north of Castaic Lake Hughes Road for paving work.
    Caltrans Announces Overnight Southbound I-5 Lane Closures in Castaic Area
    The Superior Court of Los Angeles County will be closed Monday, July 22, as the Court works diligently to repair and reboot network systems that were severely impacted by a ransomware attack first detected the morning of Friday, July 19.
    Ransomware Attack Closes L.A. County Superior Court
    The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat advisory for the Santa Clarita Valley through Thursday as high temperatures have been forecast.
    Heat Advisory Issued for SCV
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has closed two beaches due to a recent sewage spill.
    Sewage Spill Closes Two L.A. County Beaches