Category Archives: Santa Clarita

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Brings together LA County Mayors for Mayor’s meeting in Santa Clarita to Discuss Regional Issues

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean   invited mayors from other cities in Los Angeles County. Mayor Garcetti, who holds periodic meetings for mayors of cities in Los Angeles County to meet and discuss regional issues touched on his bid for the 2024 Olympics during his visit. 

City of Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean talks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during a meeting for Los Angeles County Mayors. Santa Clarita serves as the host city for the meeting for the first time.  (Photo, The City of Santa Clarita)
City of Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean talks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during a meeting for Los Angeles County Mayors. The meeting was hosted by Mayor Garcetti in The City of Santa Clarita and held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.   (Photo by The City of Santa Clarita)

Santa Clarita Hosts International Young Authors and Artists Exhibit

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program will host a unique display of art and literary works of students from all over the United States and abroad.  This exhibit features the winners and finalists of Sister Cities International’s (SCI) Young Authors and Artists Showcase 2013.  It is touring the United States for a year and Santa Clarita is proud to sponsor this exhibit in the Valencia Library Community Room from January 23 to February 20, 2014.

The display will highlight an essay written by Santa Clarita’s Ashley Choi, which won SCI’s national grand prize.  It also features an artwork from Santa Clarita’s Sister City in Sariaya, Philippines, which was chosen as one of five international finalists.

The Young Authors and Artists Showcase is part of Sister Cities International’s annual youth programming.  This competition gives students (13-18 years old) the opportunity to express their ideas of global citizenship, cross-cultural communication, and global issues through art, an essay, or a poem. The Santa Clarita Valley International Program (SCVIP), through its Sister Cities Program and in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, offers this unique opportunity to local students.  The 2014 contest in Santa Clarita is currently underway, with entries due to SCVIP on April 15, 2014.

SCVIP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “connect local to global.”  It focuses on the development of sister city relationships and projects that promote mutually beneficial strategic alliances and international goodwill between the people of Santa Clarita and people of international cities/countries.  Santa Clarita has two sister cities – Tena, Ecuador, and Sariaya, Philippines.

For information on this exhibit or on the 2014 Young Authors and Artists Showcase, please call (661) 286-4157 or (661) 255-4317, email scvip@santa-clarita.com, or visit scvipsantaclarita.org.

On location with Santa Clarita’s own Hollywood Story

Filming news from The City of Santa Clarita

Record Year for Santa Clarita Film Office

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Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was another record year for the Santa Clarita Film Office.  The Film Office is proud to report more than 1,000 film days for the first time ever as well as an increase in the economic impact to the local community compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12
  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12

Movie Ranches Annexed into City

With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation in April, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed Sable Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe into the City of Santa Clarita and the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ).  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres were dedicated movie ranch properties.  The City created the MOZ as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Benefits of filming at these movie ranch properties include reduced permit fees, expedited permit processing and no notification required!

Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch

The Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch project received unanimous approval from the L.A. County Planning Commission in June.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.  The project will bring soundstages and new production facilities to Golden Oak Ranch and will create thousands of new jobs and an enormous economic benefit throughout L.A. County and Santa Clarita.

 

( Golden Oak Ranch, Walt Disney Co. / May 22, 2012 )

A close-up view of the fortress built at the ranch for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Cameras are rolling at various locations throughout Santa Clarita each and every week.  Here are some of the productions that have recently been shooting around town and where they filmed.

Commercials:

  • Honda – Canyon Theater Guild, Main Street
  • Toyota – Sable Ranch, Happy Valley neighborhood, Veteran’s Historical Plaza
  • Verizon – College of the Canyons

Feature Films:

Music Videos:

  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:


On Location: The Los Angeles video project. What is your LA?

 

The Santa Clarita Film Office is working with New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers. The Los Angeles Video Project is a multimedia program hosted by NFMLA that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers to act and serve as Ambassadors and share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods. Click through to NFMLA to learn more about how to submit your video and share, What is your LA?

Now Playing/Coming Soon

 

If you live or work in Santa Clarita, chances are you’ll see something familiar next time you go to a movie theater or turn on your TV.  Check out these movies and shows and see if you can spot the Santa Clarita locations!

List of Current Locally Based Shows

The Santa Clarita Film Office is pleased to welcome a new locally based show Chasing Life(formerly Terminales), a one-hour drama series being added to ABC Family’s roster of original programming. The series starts production in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.

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SANTA CLARITA ANNEXES FIRST THREE MOVIE RANCH PROPERTIES INTO MOVIE RANCH OVERLAY ZONE

The City of Santa Clarita welcomed its first three movie ranch properties into the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ), including: Sable Movie Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe. Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres are dedicated movie ranch properties.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed its first three movie ranch properties into the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ), including: Sable Movie Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe.  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres are dedicated movie ranch properties.

The City created the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Filming on these properties will benefit from reduced cost permits and expedited permit processing time.

“Filming is one of Santa Clarita’s top industries because it continues to employ thousands of residents and generates millions of dollars for our local businesses,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The Movie Ranch Overlay Zone is one more incentive to increase filming within Santa Clarita, thereby increasing the economic benefit to our community.”

Of the cities located in the 30-Mile Zone, Santa Clarita is the first to create this zoning designation.  The MOZ reinforces confidence in the pro-filming emphasis of the City, guaranteeing Santa Clarita’s commitment and stability to the film industry.  It also provides an incentive for film productions to relocate to Santa Clarita and creates additional film-related jobs.

Santa Clarita is one of the most filmed Southern California film communities in the 30-Mile Zone because of its film-friendly practices and policies, as well as its film infrastructure, which includes nearly 10 movie ranches in the area.

The City of Santa Clarita works to balance the needs of film production with those of its residents and businesses.  This includes implementing consistent and fair filming practices, which are the foundation of the City’s filming ordinance and the new Movie Ranch Overlay Zone.  The MOZ was approved by the City Council on November 8, 2011 and officially went into effect on December 8, 2011.

Saddle up for Santa Clarita’s 20th Annual Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Dust off those boots and kick up your heels for the 20th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Melody Ranch ™ Motion Pictures Studio.Recently awarded the “2013 Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West Magazine, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is the perfect Southern California destination to enjoy live Western music, poetry, entertainment, authentic Cowboy treats like the famous Dutch oven cobbler, activities for all ages, shopping and more.
“Each year the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors from all over the world. This one-of-a-kind event delivers a weekend full of show-stopping music and poetry, tasty treats, and Western attractions that visitors of all ages will enjoy,” commented Mayor Bob Kellar.crowd.pngMelody Ranch Motion Pictures Studios opens to the public during the Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita. Photo by John VincentTo celebrate 20 years of Cowboy fun, the Festival has brought back many beloved performers, including: Riders in the Sky, Baxter Black, Hot Club Cowtown, Sons of the San Joaquin, Don Edwards, The Saddle Cats, Ginny Mac and Sourdough Slim. Newcomers Kristyn Harris and The Haunted Windchimes will also appear in the 2013 lineup.

This year’s Festival will also feature a mix of attractions, including: panning for gold and leather working for children, trick ropers, the best in Western designer fashions, and living history exhibits. Additionally, guests will be able to walk the streets of the historic Melody Ranch ™ Motion Picture Studio, which has served as the backdrop for hundreds of films and television shows since 1915, including Quentin Tarantino’s academy award-winning film, Django Unchained.

A one day pass to the Cowboy Festival is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. Two day passes are available as well at $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. The City also offers a limited number of “Friends of the Festival” packages for $150.00, which includes preferred seating at the Melody Ranch Theater for all shows, VIP shuttle service to and from Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and all weekend access to the VIP Bunkhouse at the Ranch.

For more information on the 2013 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival including tickets, events times, and other partnering events, visit CowboyFestival.org or call the Box Office at (661) 250-3735.

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’S TONY POTTS SET TO EMCEE SCV YOUTH PROJECT’S 2ND ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’S TONY POTTS SET TO EMCEE SCV YOUTH PROJECT’S 2ND ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT - OCTOBER 27, 2008

Written by Margie Anne Natalie Clark
Editor-in-Chief, City Life CommunicationsVALENCIA, Calif. – Hollywood celebrities and Santa Clarita mover and shakers alike will be anteing up for a good cause when the SCV Youth Project hosts its second annual “Hold ‘Em, Not Hassle ‘Em Poker Tournament on Nov. 1, at the Tournament Players Club Valencia.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Access Hollywood Host, Tony Potts, (pictured above) will be joining in on the fun, while serving as emcee for this year’s star-studded event as he lends his support to the SCV Youth Project.”I have been a resident of Santa Clarita for five years and I am honored to be involved with the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project.” Potts said.In addition to Potts, additional celebrity guests include KABC’s AM790 Talk radio commentator Larry Elder. As a supporter of the SCV Youth Project, Elder emceed the SCV Youth Projects inaugural Poker Tournament last year. Other celebrities expected to attend include: April Scott (Author, Actress, Model, Deal or No Deal), Mark and Brian and co-host, Preva (KLOS), Dave Foley (Actor, NewsRadio, A Bugs Life, Kids in the Hall), Sean Valentine (Radio Host, KBIG 104), Trichelle (MTV’s Real World, Dr. Steve O, and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Wrestling) and John Ziegler (Talk Show Host/Film Producer).”We are thrilled to have Tony Potts and our special celebrity friends as guests at our fund raising event,” Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project said. “We expect this event will once again be a sell out at the TPC and are confident that our guests will enjoy a night of fun, which will hopefully mean big money for the Youth Project.”A non-profit organization, the SCV Youth Project provides confidential counseling to youth facing such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, grief/loss, suicide, depression and other problems facing teens today.

Proceeds will benefit the SCV Youth Project, a non-profit organization which serves teens on six local high schools and five junior high campuses of the WilliamS.HartUnionHighSchool District.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with check-in and a silent auction as guests enjoy mingling, food and beverages and a cigar bar. The tournament kicks off at 6:30 featuring fun and banter throughout the evening.

Sponsorships are still available ranging from $500 to $5, 000, with $125 Individual buy-ins for the tournament and event. Spectators are also welcome to attend by purchasing a $40 viewing and silent auction option.

The SCV Youth Project was founded in 2000 with the concept of providing hassle-free and confidential counseling to teens. To participate in the SCV Youth Project’s second annual Poker tournament call 661-257-9688 or email Kim Goldman at kim@helpnothassle.com and visit the www.HelpNotHassle.com.

Photo of Tony Potts, courtesy of NBC Univseral.

SMYTH NAMED SCV YOUTH PROJECT CHAIRMAN EMERITUS -SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

SMYTH NAMED SCV YOUTH PROJECT CHAIRMAN EMERITUS -SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

SCV Youth Project Heralds in a New EraWritten by Margie Anne ClarkVALENCIA, Calif. – As part of its continuing legacy of providing on-campus support to the valley’s young people, the SCV Youth Project recently named California State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth as its Chairman Emeritus. The bustling and well-attended cocktail reception was held at Poole and Shaffery, LLP in Valencia on Sept. 10.

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John Musella, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Kim Goldman Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Smyth, a past two-term mayor and life-long resident of Santa Clarita, lauded the work of the SCV Youth Project for its stewardship to youth who face such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, suicide, grief/loss and depression.

“The SCV Youth Project plays such a critical role in our community, particularly in our school system,and I am just proud to be associated with such an amazing organization,” Smyth said.

Having served on the board of the SCV Youth Project for more than five years, Smyth expressed his thanks to the leadership of the non-profit organization for its continued dedication to helping youth achieve their full potential in life.

“While it is with great pride that I accept the title of ‘Chairman Emeritus,’ the true credit belongs to the entire board and staff who work so hard on behalf of the young people of Santa Clarita,” the 38 th district assemblyman added.

Presenting honors to Smyth were Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project, and John Musella, board present of the SCV Youth Project. Also in attendance were SCV Youth Project board members along with local dignitaries and business leaders.

Musella, who recently succeeded long-time SCV Youth project board president Stacy Miller, said that he is looking forward to helping to meet the needs of the valley’s youth as the organization and the community continues to grow.

Founded in 2000 with the concept of providing hassle-free and confidential counseling to teens, the SCV Youth Project, has gone on to expand its program to include peer counseling to the high schools in the William S. Hart District and is currently expanding to include the district’s junior high schools

For more information, about the SCV Youth Project, call (661) 257-9688 or visit the website at www.HelpNotHassle.com.

Margie Anne Clark is a local journalist/event photographer and government liaison residing in the Santa Clarita Valley.