| Sand Canyon Journal | March 12, 2018

The Sand Canyon Homeowners Association acting secretary Ruthann Levison sent out minutes from the meeting, which was held at the Sand Canyon Country Club on February 22, 2018:

The 2018 SCHOA Board of Directors members are: Alyssa Alderman, Jennifer Jean Cacavas, Mark Donaldson, Dave Hauser, John Higby, Ruthann Levison, Dana Martin, Russell Myers, Robb Nelson, Roger Sager, Tom Schurke, Bill Schwartz, Kathie Schwartz and John Sires.

SAND CANYON TRAIL UPDATE: Mayor Laurene Weste said she has been pushing for trails since the 1970s. She reported that 400 acres of open space were acquired last fall, bringing the total to 9,500 acres. The goal is a greenbelt surrounding the Santa Clarita city borders. The Sand Canyon Trail is divided into six phases, some of which are complete. The section at Macmillan Ranch is almost complete. A couple of the remaining phases have some challenges that need to be dealt with, including needed easements and infrastructure costs, which will be dealt with one at a time. She said it is important to get the entire trail completed, since it is a “major emergency safety issue,” as well as the needed connection to nearby open space areas.

SENATOR SCOTT WILK spoke briefly about the continued Sacramento “bipartisan” fight to keep CEMEX from mining on the eastern border of Canyon Country. However, this is now in the “federal” domain – the Bureau of Land Management. He continues to work closely with the City of Santa Clarita on behalf of residents.

LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Captain Robert Lewis has lived in SCV for all of his 53 years, and has seen it grow immensely, he said. There are now 293,000 residents, with 39 deputies on duty any given day. He tracked 42 incidents in which residents helped “catch the bad guy.” The Santa Clarita Valley is divided into eight zones, and Sand Canyon is the eastern part of Zone 8. The best way citizens can help is: “If you see something, say something!”
He said that when reporting an incident to the Sheriff’s Department, you should provide vehicle license plates, a good vehicle description, location, description of person(s) involved and any other pertinent information such as time and date.


The crime total for Sand Canyon so far, in 2018, is zero; for 2017 there were 28 crimes; and in 2016 there were 33 crimes. Capt. Lewis said Sand Canyon is definitely safer than most other areas, but there is always room for improvement. Of course, due to limited resources, the deputies handle the more serious crimes first.

Increased traffic on Sand Canyon was a big subject of concern for residents who request more patrols. The department would like to hire more deputies, he said, but too few individuals have applied lately. Last year, there were 98 citations for speed on Sand Canyon Road. One canyon resident complained about the “Waze” traffic app that detours cars down Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon roads from the 14 Freeway. On one occasion, he personally counted 1,100 cars going through the stop sign at Lost Canyon/Sand Canyon between 6 a.m.-7 a.m. The California Highway Patrol covers 674 square miles and has about 25-30 officers on duty any given day.

John Sires, who is a SCHOA board member and a “commercial security professional,” gave a presentation with safety tips to make your home less inviting. SCHOA provided a “hand out” list of the tips. Highlight from the list included:
– Minimize your risk potential
– Situational awareness
– Motion sensor lights
– Cameras in yard

LA County Fire Dept. Interim Chief Anderson Mackey introduced himself as the new assistant fire chief. He has 30 years on the job and is now responsible for 25 fire stations. He is committed to continuing the relationship established between the LA County Fire Dept. and the Emergency FireSafe Council Executive Command.


Arklin Movie Ranch: Steve Arklin has been in Santa Clarita since the 1950s. He is building an 8,400-square-foot barn/office building (1880s style) on the corner of Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon Roads. The barn will consist of offices, a conference room and hall. All parking will be located on the ranch property. There will not be any increased traffic to the canyon and he is adhering to all the same restrictions that affect other homeowners in the canyon. He is hoping the project will be completed within one year.

Sand Canyon Country Club: Owner Steve Kim gave a short presentation to announce the beginning of his proposed development. He will be inviting everyone to an in-depth presentation in the near future, where he can hear your questions and concerns. Additionally, there will be public meetings as he goes through the development process.
Presentation highlights include:
Hotel – 308 rooms
2,500 sf spa & sauna
2 ballrooms & 8 meeting rooms
4 restaurants
9 hole Par-3 golf course
2 tennis & 4 pickle ball courts
adult & kids’ swimming pools

Sand Canyon Plaza: Tom Clark has been involved since 1985 with the project, which was approved by the Planning Commission in 2017. Details include:
50 acres usable
284 homes (approx 3,000 sf)
312 apartments
140 units of assisted living space
60,000 sf of retail
Grading starting May/June 2018 and completed by end of year.
Possibly 2-3 years of construction

Vista Canyon Ranch: Steve Valenziano and Glenn Adamick reported on the project, started in 2006. Entitlements were received in 2010, and land development began in 2015.
Water reclamation will be done in 2018
First office/retail bldg will be completed Dec. 2018
200-room business type hotel
6-story & 5-story corporate buildings
Metrolink/Bus transit facilities
Bridge over River (construction start 2019 Qtr 2)
Sand Canyon Roundabout (construction start 2018 Qtr 4)
Vista Canyon Park (construction start 2018 Qtr 4) The park will be turned over to the City of Santa Clarita upon completion, and 10 miles of multi-purpose trails are contained within the park and around the development.

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