Keeping Up with Ken
Q & A with Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin
September, 2023 - Issue #223
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Q: With the rise of fentanyl-related deaths across the nation, what are some local resources available to parents and caregivers to help protect our children from the dangers of drugs, especially now that school is back in session?
The health and safety of our children is of the utmost importance to us at the City of Santa Clarita and with drug-related deaths steadily increasing every year, it is imperative we are proactive in educating our youth about the dangers of these substances. As a father myself, I understand how tricky it can be to navigate these difficult conversations with our kids. That is why I urge you all to join us for the annual Parent Resource Symposium held at the Canyon Country Community Center at 18410 Sierra Highway on Thursday, September 28, beginning at 5:30pm. This event is hosted by the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, with this year's theme being, "Fake and Fatal: The Truth About Fentanyl." Parents and teens will have the opportunity to explore the resource fair where 12 local vendors will be available to answer any questions and provide resources and services for addiction support and much more. Following the fair, a panel discussion will be held featuring law enforcement, medical and counseling professionals. An anonymous phone line will be set up to text any questions to the panel during the Q&A portion. This event is free to attend and will also be live-streamed on the city's Facebook page for those who are unable to make it in person. Together, we can help bring awareness to the dangers of drugs and keep our community safe and substance free.
"Now available to residents are free, docent-led tours at the newly-annexed Tesoro Adobe Historic Park, where nature meets history. Get ready to learn more about Santa Clarita's history, as well as our DEEP FILM AND WESTERN CULTURE."

Q: As we wrap up the summer season, what are some ways residents can enjoy the outdoors?
Boasting 37 beautiful parks, our city has something for everyone. If you haven't already, take the kids to the Inclusive Play Area at West Creek Park, equipped with a sunshade to provide hours of fun, no matter what time of day. Now available to residents are free, docent-led tours at the newly-annexed Tesoro Adobe Historic Park, where nature meets history. Get ready to learn more about Santa Clarita's history, as well as our deep film and Western culture. For tour times and more information, please visit If you want a challenge, try tackling the new 172-step exercise staircase at Central Park with a friend or grab your paddle and get out onto one of the pickleball courts located throughout the city. For those looking to go the extra mile, sign up for the 2023 Hiking Challenge. This year's challenge is based in the Rivendale Park and Open Space with four trails to conquer between September 23 to December 31. Each trail offers unique views of this open space, varying in length and difficulty. Participation is free and the first 50 participants to complete this challenge will receive a prize. For more information about the Rivendale Park and Open Space, including an interactive map of the trails, please visit

Q: School is back in session! Are there any programs available to help students that might need additional back-to-school resources?
By visiting the Santa Clarita Public Library, students across the city can have access to a wealth of tools, resources and support to help them succeed throughout the school year. After signing up for a free library card, students can utilize computers and printers, access digital databases, make use of the HelpNow live tutoring program and much more. Another great resource offered is the Library's Parent-Teacher Resource Center. With a collection of materials aimed at enriching the education experiences for children from birth through 12th grade, the Center is an excellent go-to for parents and students. Not only does the library card offer services to any of the three library branches across the city, it also allows for 24/7 access to the eLibrary catalog. While going back to school can be exciting for many, some students may find themselves overwhelmed with the uncertainty the new year might bring. Each library branch offers mental health and wellness kits filled with books, activities and resources available to everyone. There are kits specifically made for adults, teens and children. For more information about these wellness kits, or to learn more about back-to-school resources, please visit
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