Santa Clarita Councilmember Laurene Weste Provides Testimony in Support of H.R. 1708
Santa Clarita Councilmember Laurene Weste Provides
Testimony in Support of H.R. 1708
Santa Clarita Councilmember Laurene Weste was in Washington, D.C. today to provide testimony in support of House Resolution 1708, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. The testimony was presented at a legislative hearing held by the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. H.R. 1708 was introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) on March 13, 2019, and proposes to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include a proposed Rim of the Valley Corridor Unit, which includes portions of Santa Clarita Valley.
“H.R. 1708 is important to our [Santa Clarita] community because it provides a solid pathway for the federal government to more fully participate as a partner with the City of Santa Clarita and other stakeholders in the region to significantly augment our collective open space, park lands, historical sites and trails,” said Councilmember Weste in her testimony.
Councilmember Weste testified that the bill would enable the National Park Service to better protect natural resources and habitats and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.
“With the availability of state park bond resources and local resources, such as Santa Clarita’s Open Space Preservation District, this bill can lead to leveraging modest federal investments, which will yield high levels of return by creating and enhancing amenities that residents and businesses value in making their decisions to locate in our community and surrounding areas. I urge your support for H.R. 1708,” said Councilmember Weste in her closing words.
A link to a video recording of the hearing can be found online at the Natural Resources Committee website at NaturalResources.house.gov/hearings.
Santa Clarita is home to a flourishing arts scene featuring public art pieces and youth arts education programs. The City administers an arts grants program and provides information and assistance to artists and cultural organizations through the New Heights: Artist Development Workshop. There are four, live theaters in Santa Clarita which regularly educate, entertain and enrich our community through a diverse blend of professional, educational and community programming. From popular musicians and classic plays to art galleries and historic tours, you will find it all in Santa Clarita.
The City of Santa Clarita takes pride in utilizing exhibition spaces to share the talented work of local art organizations, independent artists, and nationally recognized artists. Art galleries enrich our community by bringing new visitors to local exhibit spaces to experience art.
The City of Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission is proud to present the New Heights: Artist Development Workshops, which is designed to assist artists, performers, and arts organization representatives to expand their knowledge and to learn valuable tools to increase their ability to be successful. The series comprises workshops, panel discussions, and art trips that are designed to engage creative individuals, no matter what level of experience.
Public Art is a tool to add to the personality of a community, while also encouraging creative expression and discussion. Many of the Public Art projects are an opportunity for the community to be a part of the construction of the pieces, thus creating truly "public" art.
The City of Santa Clarita is committed to increase opportunities for students in the Santa Clarita Valley to participate in and be exposed to high quality arts experiences, while also increasing the awareness of the value the arts add to the community.