Keeping Up with Ken
Q & A with Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin
October, 2023 - Issue #224
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Q: It's fall, which means the annual State of the City event is coming up soon. What can guests expect at this year's event?
This year's event is actually all about events. In particular, the amazing calendar of events that entertain, engage and excite residents year-round. The 2023 State of the City theme is Event Extravaganza and it is taking place on Thursday, October 26 at 3pm at the Canyon Country Community Center. Guests will be treated to presentations from our Santa Clarita City Council highlighting all of the progress and projects that took place over the last year. Councilmembers will also showcase the world-class events our city is known for - from Concerts in the Park and the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival to SENSES and the River Rally. Tickets for the event are $40 each and can be purchased by visiting All attendees will get to hear directly from the city council, receive a commemorative gift, enjoy appetizers, happy hour and more. If you cannot make it, the event will be streamed live on the city's Facebook page and SCVTV.

"In the ever-changing landscape of the creative world, staying ahead and up to date can be a challenge. The BUSINESS FOR ARTISTS CONFERENCE, designed to empower both artists and non-profit professionals, is here to help."
Q: The State of the City Event is a great way for residents to engage with the city council and find out what is going on in Santa Clarita, but how else can they connect with our city?
A fast and easy way to connect with city information, and get your questions answered, is by following the city on all of our official social media accounts. With profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (X) and TikTok, you can find the information you need on the platform you favor. Have a question or concern? Tap into the city's Resident Service Center, where you can submit a support request for everything from graffiti removal to inquiring about bulky item removal and household hazardous waste. You can access the Resident Service Center by visiting Participate in the governance of your city and have your voice heard on issues that affect daily life in Santa Clarita by attending a city council meeting. City council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. In the days leading up to each meeting, you can also view the meeting agenda to see the items that will be discussed by the council. Of course, the City of Santa Clarita's website, the newly redesigned and updated, offers a wide range of information on everything City of Santa Clarita. If you prefer to chat in person, you can always give our friendly staffers a call at 259-CITY.

Q: Santa Clarita is known as a community where arts thrive. Is there a conference coming up to support our local artists?
In the ever-changing landscape of the creative world, staying ahead and up to date can be a challenge. The Business for Artists Conference, designed to empower both artists and non-profit professionals, is here to help. This two-day event, beginning on Friday, October 6 at The Centre, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, extends beyond knowledge and skill-building. Day One focuses on non-profit professional development, with experts sharing insights into marketing, budgeting, program management and fundraising. Day Two - on Saturday, October 7 - turns the spotlight on artists working across the visual arts, music and film industries. The conference offers workshops to hone essential business and career skills. From marketing strategies to financial planning, the conference assures that artists are armed with the tools needed to thrive in their competitive industry. Find out more and register by visiting
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