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SCV ASKS INPUT ON PROJECTS MEETINGS SET ON 'BIG PICTURE'.

Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - The city is beginning its fifth strategic planning series of public input, which will help officials set priorities for communitywide projects for the next few years.

Formerly known as Share the Vision, the series has been renamed ``The Big Picture,'' and will incorporate new techniques to gather information from the public.

``What we're doing this time is expanding the process,'' said Santa Clarita 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 two top issues in the community. We'll have a speaker's 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.''

Some suggestions that have already come in include requests for the city to look at growth and development issues, whether the city can have its own police and fire departments, air quality, traffic and bus service.

Ortiz said the city has a 90 percent success rate in addressing the community's concerns. Many of the projects presently under way, such as a proposal to build a new community center in Newhall, have come from 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, held every three years, was changed to The Big Picture because city officials hope residents will focus on the future of the community as a whole, rather than 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 GET INVOLVED

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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