Keeping Up with Ken
Q & A with Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin
October, 2022 - Issue #214
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Q: Every year, the city hosts the much-anticipated "State of the City." What can attendees expect for the upcoming event?
The City of Santa Clarita has created innovative new programs, parks and events for our residents over the past 12 months. This year's "State of the City" gives our city council the opportunity to showcase all the work the city has done on behalf of our residents, as well as give a sneak peek into future plans, all while celebrating 35 years of cityhood! This year's theme is Santa Clarita's 35th anniversary, and we will take a look back at milestone events in our city's history. Over the past three and a half decades, Santa Clarita has become a top location to raise a family in the United States. This recognition does not occur overnight and truly speaks volumes to the organization we proudly represent. I'm excited to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the last 35 years.

"The spooky HALLOWEEN-THEMED SENSES will give you a chance to dance the night away to the band Pop Vision while enjoying a drink from the Old Town Junction."
Q: It is October, so that means Halloween is just around the corner. Any fun city events planned?
If you're looking for the perfect night out with friends and family, I encourage all of our residents to visit our SENSES Block Party on Main Street in Old Town Newhall. October 20, starting at 7pm, marks the final SENSES of the season and it is one not to be missed. Grab your spookiest costume and be ready for "Fright Night." The spooky Halloween-themed SENSES will give you a chance to dance the night away to the band Pop Vision while enjoying a drink from the Old Town Junction and satisfying your cravings from one of the delicious food trucks or restaurants in the area. For more information about SENSES and upcoming events within the City of Santa Clarita, visit
Our public safety partners at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station are thrilled to announce the return of The Haunted Jailhouse on Sunday, October 16. This will be the first Haunted Jailhouse held at the new station and will feature mazes for residents of all ages, as well as various vendors, costume contests and games. This event is a great way for residents to engage with station personnel as well as visit our new state-of-the-art station located off Golden Valley Road. Follow the SCV Sheriff's Department on social media for more information.

Q: October also means it is ARTober in Santa Clarita.
What can people expect this year?

The City of Santa Clarita is proud to be the home to many local artists and creative exhibition spaces. In celebration of October being National Arts and Humanities Month, the city also hosts ARTober every year, offering free arts and humanities festivities. The highlight of this year's calendar is the Business for Artists Conference coming up on October 21 and 22. The conference will offer nine different workshops that focus on the development of practical business and career skills for artists, featuring local speakers from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), College of the Canyons and The Master's University, as well as accomplished artists from the Los Angeles area. Our speakers come from a diverse set of backgrounds and arts disciplines such as film, fine arts and music, representing the talent of arts and entertainment that define both Santa Clarita and Los Angeles. You can find out about all the programming for ARTober by visiting
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