Due to construction at City Hall, the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission meetings will be held at the Newhall Library, Community Room, during the months of April through October.
Dianna Boone, Chair
Term Expires: 2014
Dianna Boone worked in Parks, Recreation, and Community Services for 24 years, both for the City of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita. She was one of the first recreation employees hired by the newly incorporated City of Santa Clarita in 1989. During Dianna's years of service, she supervised the following program areas: Child Development, Youth Sports, Adult Sports, Fields and Facilities, Marketing, Day Camps, Registration, Contract Classes, Inclusion, Cultural Arts, Special Events, Parkmobile, Anti-Gang Task Force, Human Relations Forum, Community Center, Graffiti Removal, Youth Employment, and the Cowboy Festival.
Dianna retired from the City of Santa Clarita in April 2009 and is deeply pleased to have the opportunity to utilize her knowledge and experience in Parks, Recreation, and Community Services as a Commissioner. Dianna moved to Santa Clarita in 1994. She treasures the fact that her three sons are growing up in a community where people take pride in where they live and partner with a city that values excellence. This combination is the reason Santa Clarita is a great place to live, work and play!
Dianna believes that we need to maintain and expand our beautiful parks and trails, increase our open space, continue to provide positive skill building and socialization opportunities through recreation programs, and maintain our focus on prevention, intervention and educational programming for at-risk youth and their families. Dianna invites you to attend Commission meetings on the first Thursday of each month in Council Chambers at City Hall, at 6:00 p.m. in the evening, to share your concerns and ideas regarding Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.
Ruthann Levison, Vice Chair
Term Expires: July 2014
Ruthann Levison knows that Santa Clarita is the best place to live and raise a family. She and husband Mike moved to Canyon Country in 1983. They have two children and four grandchildren. Son David attended Canyon High School and CalArts, is married to Nicole, and they have two children. Daughter Deanne and son-in-law Chuck (retired head baseball coach at Canyon High School) have two sons.
Ruthann's first community involvement was to encourage trails and open space. She was very involved in helping to bring about Golden Valley Ranch as open space and as a result was also actively involved with the City’s successful Open Space Initiative. This led to her becoming active on the Santa Clarita Valley Trails Advisory Committee (SCVTAC). Ruthann served on the Site Selection Committee for the College of the Canyons facility in Canyon Country and currently serves on the Canyon Country Educational Center Advisory Committee. She has also focused her attention on emergency preparedness as a Board Director in her Sand Canyon Community, and works closely with the City and LA County Fire Department to coordinate with them on emergency events.
Ruthann became a Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commissioner in 2006 and served as Commission Chair in 2009. She is very proud of all that the City has accomplished for the benefit of all our citizens in these past years.
As a Commissioner, her scope has broadened from “rural” to “urban.” She realizes there is still much work to be done for our growing community and looks forward to continuing to do her part in the process for the City that she loves.
Chris Fall, Commissioner
Term Expires: 2014
Chris Fall believes that the City of Santa Clarita is the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family. After working in the community since the mid 90’s, he and his family were afforded the opportunity to move to Valencia in 2006, where he currently resides.
Chris and his wife Jayne have been married for 24 years and have four children, Alyssa, Drew, Blake and Makenna. Alyssa graduated from Quartz Hill High School, in the Antelope Valley, while Drew graduated from Valencia High School and currently attends College of the Canyons. Blake attends Rio Norte, and their youngest daughter, Makenna, attends Charles Helmers Elementary.
Chris is the CFO of Advantage Disposal & Recycling Service and donates much of his time to local nonprofits as well as youth sports.
Chris was Chairman of the Board for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and currently sits on seven nonprofit Foundation Boards or Advisory Boards. Whether it is for Children’s Cancer, our local Senior’s, or our Community Hospital, Chris feels blessed to be in a position to give back to such a wonderful community.
As a new Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner, Chris looks forward to serving the community in a way that is different and much less traditional for him.
Michael Cruz, Commissioner
Term Expires: 2016
Michael and his wife Isadora have been married for 18 years and have two children: Amanda, who attends Canyon High School, and Brandon, who attends Pinetree Elementary School. Michael and his family moved to Santa Clarita in 2002. Prior to that, Michael’s great-grandparents, grandparents, and his mother lived in the Santa Clarita Valley during the 1940s and 1950s.
Since moving to Santa Clarita, Michael has been very active in the community including serving on the board of the SCV Jaycees, a founding member of the Community Hiking Club, and a member of the National Hispanic Environmental Council. In addition, Michael is a graduate of SCV Leadership and currently serves on the Canyon Country Advisory Committee’s Board.
As the newest member of the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission, Michael looks forward to not only working with the City but the residents as well to continue to make Santa Clarita an even better community for our families.
Duane R. Harte, Commissioner
Term Expires: July 2016
Owner: Academy Addressing and Mailing
Duane moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1974. He and his wife, Pauline, have lived in Canyon Country, Valencia, and Newhall where they raised their two daughters Donna and Denise. Duane is the owner of Academy Addressing and Mailing, a direct mail and printing service in Sun Valley, and retired in 1990 as Senior Chief Petty Officer from the US Naval Reserve after 23 years of service.
Duane was honored as the SCV Man of the Year in 2003. He has always been very active in the community and has served in many capacities in the following organizations: Friends of Mentryville, SCV Historical Society, currently is President of the SCV Veterans Memorial Committee, Past Chairman of the SCV Chamber of Commerce, SCV Committee on Aging, Founding President of the SCV Senior Center Charitable Foundation, Past Chairman of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, SCV Historical Veterans Plaza Committee, Friends of the Libraries of the SCV, Canyon Theatre Guild Board of Directors, and the Vice-Chairman of the Santa Clarita Parade Committee. Duane is a 12-year volunteer for the Zonta Rent-a-Santa program, and served twice as Chair of the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission.
“As a 38-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, I have seen the population grow immensely. During my first term of office on the Commission from 1999 to 2002, I was very pleased to be part of the expansion of our park and recreation facilities, but I was also aware of the deficiencies that still existed. During my current term of office, I hope to be able to continue working with my fellow commissioners, City staff, and City Council in an endeavor to erase our park and open space deficiencies and provide the residents of Santa Clarita with the parks, recreation, and community services they pay for and so richly deserve.”
If you have any questions or comments, the commissioners can be reached by email.