Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

The Formation and Organization of the Largest Newly Incorporated City in the History of Humankind

... from the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, Saugus Train Station, Hart Park, Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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   About the Authoriv
      Tables Concerning Canyon County Formationxiii
   List of Volunteer Petitionersxvii
Chapter 1."Up With Soreheads"1
Chapter 2.The New County Movement22
Chapter 3.Los Angeles Kills the New County Movement40
Chapter 4.Representing the Valley60
Chapter 5.Through the Doldrums80
Chapter 6."A Dixie Cup Instead of the Holy Grail"98
Chapter 7.The Home Stretch109
Chapter 8."Let Pete Keep His Horses"126
Chapter 9.Organizing Government140
Chapter 10.Finishing Year One150
Chapter 11.More Issues to Handle160
Chapter 12.Completing the Short Term172
Chapter 13.Dealing with Growth186
Chapter 14.First Term as Mayor200
Chapter 15.Mayor Jill Klajic217
Chapter 16.Relative Calm229
Chapter 17.Rudely Awakened239
Chapter 18.A Welcome Routine248
Chapter 19."Kylen, I'll Still Be Your Grandpa"263
Chapter 20.Inside Elsmere Canyon273
Chapter 21.Inside Porta Bella297
Chapter 22.Stepping Down302
Chapter 23.A Lame Duck316
Chapter 24.A City's Achievements, with More Planned333
Chapter 25.Questions About our Future342
Appendix A.Revising Our County Charter349
Appendix B.Early Participants in Cityhood Efforts351
Appendix C.Self-Government Activists, 1973-1976352

About the Author.

(From the Second Edition)

Carl Boyer, 3rd, born in Philadelphia in 1937, was educated at Nether Providence High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Maryville College in Tennessee, The Edinburgh University in Scotland, Trinity University in Texas (B.A. in history), the University of Cincinnati (M.Ed. in secondary education), and other graduate schools.

He married Chris Kruse in 1962. They have three children, Michèle, Denise (married first to the late Scotty Plummer, second to Russ Johnson, and mother of Kylen Plummer), and Danielle (mother of Riana and Aidan Vermillion).

He taught forty years in public schools in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and California, including thirty-five years at San Fernando High School (1963-1998). In 1969, as a result of serving the Del Prado Condominium, he became interested in forming a local government. It was not easy for a small population in what was then a rural area to communicate with the staff of the largest county in the world.

During the 1960s he was encouraged by his mother-in-law and her family to research and publish "Slade-Babcock Genealogy," which was the first of about a dozen distinct titles in the field of genealogy. All were self-published, and profitable. As he is descended from Count Boso IV of Arles, he can say with a straight face that he is from "a long line of Bosos."

He has spoken at a number of genealogical seminars throughout the western United States, and was the American Key Speaker at the World Mayors' Conference in Jaipur, India, in 1998.

He served as a member of the Governing Board of the Santa Clarita Community College District from 1973 to 1981 (as president from 1979-1981), as a director of the Castaic Lake Water Agency from 1982 to 1984, and as a member of the City Council of Santa Clarita from the time of the city's formation in 1987 until he retired in 1998, having completed his third term, which included two one-year terms as Mayor.

The Boyers were involved in hosting the first group of Soviet high school students visiting Southern California in 1990, and arranging college scholarships for some of them. At that time he was one of the founders of the Santa Clarita Valley International Program.

With his wife Chris, who did most of the work, he was active in caring for children brought to the United States for donated medical treatment by Healing the Children. Kids from Colombia, Guatemala, Russia, Mexico and Ecuador have recuperated from open-heart surgery and other operations in the Boyers' home before being reunited with their families. In addition, he has served as a gofer for an openheart surgery team in Ecuador, and for a team which has traveled repeatedly to Estelí, Nicaragua, to do eye surgeries.

Since his retirement in 1998, he has continued to push to get Santa Clarita more involved in the world. He has visited more than one hundred forty countries (many of them as a chaperone of student groups) and both of Santa Clarita's sister cities, Tena in Ecuador and Sariaya in the Philippines. He has served as a volunteer consultant to Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bandung Regency, Indonesia.

He is convinced that many governments are too big for us to manage.



Santa Clarita at 30



• G. Reynolds Story


Press Kit 10-14-1985


Membership Form ~1985


Cityhood Application 12/17/1985


Boundary Map 1/2/1986


Cityhood Petition #1, 1986


Pre-Cityhood Chamber Meeting ~1986


Formation Committee Logo 1987


First Public Forum 1/13/1987

Poll Results: Cityhood (Feb. 1987)

The Case for Cityhood (Presentation to LAFCO, 2-25-1987)


Arthur Young Report 9-18-1987


Cityhood Campaign Office

Storyboard: TV Commercial 1987


Inauguration Program 12/15/1987


Audio Recording of First City Council Meeting 12/15/1987


Incorporation Night Slide Show 12/15/1987

Post-Election Voter Registration Drive 12-1-1987


Jo Anne Darcy | Legacy


Carl Boyer | Legacy

History of the Push for Self-Government, Connie Worden-Roberts, 1999

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