By Metropolis Supervisor Ken Striplin
There was nothing in our lifetime as disruptive to day by day life as the present coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There’s not a single individual within the Santa Clarita Valley who has not been affected, both by having a beloved one fall sick, proudly owning a enterprise that was compelled to shut or altering day by day routines to make money working from home or assist their little one’s schooling by distance studying.
As we hear information from Los Angeles County in regard to extending restrictions, we all know our neighborhood (and our Metropolis Council) is anxious to reopen companies and get again to work. Following final week’s announcement from the county that orders may lengthen by the top of July, there was a loud and powerful outcry from our residents for the Metropolis to take motion.
On the day of final week’s council assembly, Metropolis Corridor telephones had been ringing off the hook, urging a faster path to reopen than what the county had laid out. As well as, the flood of emails we obtained was at a stage I’ve by no means seen throughout my 25 years in native authorities. Throughout a span of only a few hours, we obtained greater than 800 emails, the overwhelming majority of which, asking for the restrictions to be lifted.
The Metropolis Council is with you! On the council assembly on Might 12, the council voted to ship a letter to Los Angeles County expressing opposition to any extra extensions to the safer-at-home orders. As well as, we’re organising a gathering with County Supervisor Kathryn Barger to voice our Metropolis’s considerations.
There was a lot confusion throughout this time in regard to who has the authority to reopen and the place the route comes from for Santa Clarita. On Might 6, Los Angeles County launched its “Roadmap to Restoration,” which lays out a cautious reopening of various sectors of the economic system throughout numerous levels. You will need to notice that the roadmap applies to all cities in Los Angeles County that would not have their very own public well being division. The truth is, of the 88 cities throughout the county, solely Lengthy Seaside and Pasadena have their very own well being departments.
The Metropolis of Santa Clarita falls below the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being and orders from the State of California. Nonetheless, state and county orders at instances differ, with restrictions set by the state being extra lenient than these put in place by the county.
Nonetheless, there isn’t any one-size-fits-all strategy that may work for each neighborhood in California and even Los Angeles County. The Metropolis Council has heard the response to those orders from our residents, together with enterprise house owners, workers, landlords, tenants and extra. The Metropolis is dedicated to participating the county in discussions to instantly ease restrictions on cities like Santa Clarita that meet sure standards, reminiscent of testing availability, hospital capability and coronavirus case discount whereas implementing acceptable well being and security protocols.
As we push for restrictions to calm down, I encourage all of you to assist Santa Clarita companies which can be open. Even with restrictions in place for supply or curbside pickup solely, spending your hard-earned domestically will assist stimulate our economic system. The phrase “enterprise as ordinary” could not imply the identical factor for a while, however collectively we will assist our native organizations to make sure now we have a various enterprise neighborhood providing quite a lot of choices to our residents, now and into the longer term.
To study extra in regards to the Metropolis of Santa Clarita’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, please go to SantaClaritaEmergency.com.
Ken Striplin will be reached at [email protected] The views expressed in his column are these of the Metropolis and don’t essentially replicate these of The Sign.