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CITY OFFICIALS SEEK CITIZENS' GUIDANCE.

Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - City officials are beginning their fifth series of efforts to collect information and opinions from local residents to help set priorities for communitywide projects for the next few years.

Formerly known as Share the Vision, the series - conducted every three years - has been renamed The Big Picture and incorporates new techniques to gather information.

``What we're doing this time is expanding the process,'' said city staff spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. ``We set up a hotline with a two-minute window for the public to talk about their concerns. We have an online survey that asks to tell us about the top-two issues in the community. We'll have a speakers bureau go out to 20 or 30 organizations to talk about it. We want everyone, from commuters to soccer moms, to be part of the process.''

There already have been some suggestions for city officials to look at growth and development issues, air quality, traffic and bus service, as well as to consider whether the city should establish its own police and fire departments, rather than contract for these services.

Ortiz said city government has a 90 percent success rate in addressing the community's concerns. Many of the projects now under way have been suggested in the process.

``A number of parks have been built because of the input,'' Ortiz said. ``There's the Sports Complex and teen center. We brought in a Home Depot and a Costco. It's been a successful tool for us.''

The name of the series was changed to The Big Picture because city officials hope residents will focus on the future of the community as a whole, rather than on neighborhood issues.

``We've made it as easy and simple as we could,'' Ortiz said. ``We're expecting a couple of thousand responses.''

Susan Abram, (661) 257-5257

susan.abram(at)dailynews.com

HOW TO HELP:

Access the city's survey at www.santa-clarita.com and click on The Big Picture icon; to participate, attend the community meetings at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., or at 7 p.m Feb. 18 at the Sports Complex Activities Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway; or call (888) 244-7421.

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