City of Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste sat down with KHTS last week to discuss the ongoing campaign to recall current Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and to talk about summer entertainment around the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday, June 30, Mayor Weste went into detail on the current crime prevention efforts and the people working to protect residents of the Santa Clarita Valley during an on-air interview with KHTS.
“Our highest priority here is to keep you safe,” said Weste.
A 31.95 per 1,000 residents is the number that looms over Los Angeles residents and in the Santa Clarita Valley that number sits lower at 23.4 per 1,000 residents, according to the City of Santa Clarita.
With the 2022 election creeping up on residents, Gascón is likely up for recall this coming November after a long-term campaign for his removal that has made his name known across the nation.
Gascón has remained under fire since his election in 2020 for a series of policies that critics term “soft on crime,” with detractors including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, several members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Santa Clarita itself.
“We want to see this election, remove him from office and get a district attorney that will uphold the law,” Weste said.
Both the SCV Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santa Clarita announced votes of no confidence in Gascón in March 2021, becoming the first of 37 cities to do so.
Weste remains hopeful that if Gascón were to be removed from office, all prosecution of laws that were affected by his policies should be able to be reversed fairly quickly.
“You’d have to have the new district attorney put back in place the laws that were allowing your officers to put forward to the D.A. prosecution, and that probably wouldn’t take that long,” said Weste.
After talking about the recall election, Weste transitioned into something more family-friendly.
A new roller rink is scheduled to open its doors in 2025 at the Canyon Country Sports Complex and it is currently in the design phase, according to Weste.
Weste expressed her excitement for the new roller rink as it will bring a whole area for people to host get-togethers and all new friendships to be made.
“It’s something you can do and enjoy and be active socially,” said Weste.
This new roller rink is scheduled to be the closest one for Santa Clarita residents because the closest one is in Glendale. The nearest roller rink used to be in Northridge but ultimately ended up shutting down due to COVID.
As for Summer entertainment, Concerts in the Park is also set to make its triumphant return on Saturdays starting July 9 through Aug. 27, 2022.
For more information about Santa Clarita events click here and if you would like to watch the entirety of the interview click here.
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