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CEMEX

cemexOver the past 16 years, the City of Santa Clarita and CEMEX have been in dispute over a proposed 56,000,000 ton (net) sand and gravel mine, to be located in the Soledad Canyon area, immediately east of the City of Santa Clarita.

The proposed CEMEX mining project in Santa Clarita involves the surface mining of 56 million tons of aggregate over 20 years on a 460 acre site at the City's eastern boundary, east of the Antelope Valley Freeway and directly adjacent to the Santa Clara River.

According to various studies conducted over the years on the impacts of this project, we can expect significant negative effects on the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

On August 28, 2015 the Bureau of Land Management canceled the two federal mining contracts originally approved for CEMEX. The City is actively continuing efforts to support the prevention of the Soledad Canyon Mine.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Secure administrative action by Department of Interior and/or enactment of legislation to cancel mining contracts and withdrawal of site from mineral entry

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Secure administrative action by Department of the Interior and/or enactment of legislation to cancel mining contracts and withdrawal of site from mineral entry
  • CheckBox-2020Continue to pursue and track legislation and lobbying efforts to bring about resolution

Visit the Stop the Mine Website
BLM's Letter to CEMEX
Representative Steve Knight's Letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Customer Service Training Program

Customer ServiceThe City is committed to expanding customer service training to contract service providers and part-time seasonal employees with the City to ensure their practices are consistent with City values and service levels.  This includes sheriffs, firefighters, building inspectors, landscape maintenance workers, bus drivers, librarians, lifeguards and more.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Customize the City's Customer Service training to meet the needs of contractors, including addressing specific needs, issues, or concerns

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Create specialized customer service training for City contract service providers
  • CheckBox-2020Create schedule and begin conducting training

Progress Updates:

  • Staff has provided three Customer Service and Emotional Intelligence training sessions for LASD staff.
  • Staff has met with part-time/seasonal supervisors to understand service needs and met with Leadership Team to gather feedback on appropriate trainings; three trainings are currently being developed

General Fund Operating Reserve

This City is working on increasing the General Fund operating reserve to 20%.

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Increase the General Fund operating reserve to 19% in Fiscal Year 2015-2016, reaching a total reserve of $15.8 million by the end of the fiscal year

Visit Santa Clarita's Budget Website


High-Speed Rail

high speed rail mapThe California High Speed Rail Authority Project is a high speed rail system approved by voters in 2008. The estimated $68 billion project will connect from San Francisco to Los Angeles at speeds up to 200 miles an hour.

In 2012, the CHSRA Board of Directors designated two alignments through Santa Clarita. The City Council has taken a formal position in support of an appropriate, fully underground East Corridor direct alignment as the desired preferred alternative, as such alignment will bypass the City of Santa Clarita.

Acting on a request from Supervisor Mike Antonovich, which is supported by the Santa Clarita City Council, the CHSRA is looking at several potential alignments within the East Corridor, providing a more direct route between proposed high speed rail stations in Palmdale and Burbank. The East Corridor alignments propose to tunnel under the Angeles National Forest.

The City Council has taken a formal position in support of an appropriate, fully underground East Corridor direct alignment as the desired preferred alternative, as such alignment will bypass the City of Santa Clarita.

Most importantly, an appropriate, fully underground East Corridor alignment would eliminate risks to Sulphur Springs Elementary School, Pinecrest Elementary School, Church of the Canyons, homes in the Sand Canyon neighborhood, and the mixed-use Vista Canyon Project, which remain vulnerable to the initial surface and tunnel alignments.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Secure selection of an appropriate fully underground alignment as the preferred alternative in the Draft EIS/EIR, slated for release by CHRSA during Winter 2016-17

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Secure selection of an appropriate fully underground alignment as the preferred alternative in the CHSRA EIS/EIR 

The City Council adopted a 2016 Legislative Platform in November of 2015

Visit the High Speed Rail Website
City Council's Position on the Project
Letter to Chairman Dan Richard


Legislative Platform

The City annually reviews its Legislative Platform to further the interests of the City and employ an active advocacy program.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Develop the 2017 Legislative Platform for the City Council to consider in November
  • Actively advocate on behalf of the City Council's positions regarding various federal and state bills

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Establish an Annual Legislative Platform for the City Council to consider in November

Read the City's Legislative Platform


Organization-Wide Succession Plan

The City is developing an organization-wide succession plan.

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • Create updated job descriptions for director and division manager level positions, and create knowledge transfer plans for critical classifications

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Create updated job descriptions for director-level positions and create knowledge transfer plans for each classification

Visit the Santa Clarita Jobs Website


Organization-Wide Technology Assessment

The City is conducting an organization-wide technology assessment to improve overall efficiency and customer service.

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • Evaluate technology assessment data and develop a plan to address any deficiencies identified

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Implement an internal survey on the usefulness, performance, and reliability of existing technology

Performance Measurement Plan

The City is implementing a Performance Measurement Program to create goals and accurately assess programs and projects put in place.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Create annual performance measures for each of the programs/projects outlined in Santa Clarita 2020
  • Identify and report quarterly on performance measures
  • Provide timely and accurate data on performance measures to the public and include with each fiscal year budget

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Create goals/desired outcomes for programs/projects outlined in Santa Clarita 2020
  • CheckBox-2020Identify and report quarterly on accurate measures
  • CheckBox-2020Provide timely and accurate data to the public with each fiscal year budget

Public Engagement Plan

publicIn order to further the City's Public Engagement Plan, there is relevant and regular trainings to ensure staff are informing and educating the public with timely and relevant information, and providing a variety of communication tools and formats for civic engagement.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Schedule training and track participation on City's Public Engagement Plan
  • Continue to utilize all appropriate social media formats to educate the public. Increase following across all main social media platforms by 5% (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook)

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Schedule training and track participation on City's Public Engagement Plan
  • CheckBox-2020Use feedback, public involvement evaluations, and increased public participation to ensure public is knowledgeable on civic engagement tools and formats
  • CheckBox-2020Continue to utilize all appropriate social media formats to educate the public

Resident Service Center
Social Media
City Briefs
eNotify


Santa Clarita 2020 Plan

Annually, the City reviews and evaluates the Santa Clarita 2020 Plan to ensure continued relevancy and address changing needs in the community.

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • Maintain processes for quarterly tracking, monitoring, and reporting on action items

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Establish quarterly tracking, monitoring, and reporting on action items

Visit the Santa Clarita Home Website


Training and Development Plan

The City is expanding its training and development program to increase competence, maintain a high-functioning organization, and advance the organization's commitment to change, trust, teamwork and customer service.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Develop and implement a training series for Admin and Support Staff
  • Develop and implement Customer Service Training
  • Conduct courses offered as part of the City's Professional Development Series for Trade Specialists

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Conduct a needs assessment and training re-design
  • CheckBox-2020Facilitate teamwork discussions with management and divisions and complete organization-wide roll out of teamwork training
  • CheckBox-2020Create and implement customer service training