The City of Santa Clarita was formed on December 15, 1987, and became the 85th city in Los Angeles County. Santa Clarita was the biggest area incorporated in California’s history. The formation placed Santa Clarita as the second largest city in size within Los Angeles County, and the sixth largest in population, with approximately 130,000 residents.
The movement for cityhood started in 1969, when an editorial written in The Signal newspaper urged readers to unite and become a city. It took many years to convince residents that becoming a city would provide them with more voice in the Los Angeles County’s decision making processes. At the time, the County of Los Angeles was providing supervision for the community since this area did not have a local representative.
The number-one concern residents had was whether they would have to pay more taxes if the Santa Clarita Valley formed into a city. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAC), a government body that oversees the formation of cities, served as an advisory agency during this process. A committee made up of local residents showed residents that the City’s area was generating more money than Los Angeles County was spending in it. The logic was that if the city formed, then residents’ taxes could be spent in the community.
Originally, the proposed size of the city was 95-square miles. The final set boundaries included Newhall, Saugus, Valencia, and part of Canyon Country.
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