Certificates commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster were issued to the City of Santa Clarita in March 2018
by California Assembly Members Tom Lackey (36th District) and Dante Acosta (38th District).
ASSEMBLYMAN DANTE ACOSTA
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
City of Santa Clarita
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER COMMEMORATION MONTH
I want thank the City of Santa Clarita for recognizing March as
St. Francis Dam Disaster commemoration month.
The failure of the dam in March, 90 years ago, is
one of the worst civil engineering disasters in
California's history. It is important we continue
to be mindful of the gravity of the disaster and
remember those that perished.
Assmblyman, 38th District
By the Honorable Tom Lackey
36th Assembly District; Relative to commending the
Community Hiking Club and
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society
Whereas, The year 2018 marks the ninetieth of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, which occurred on March 12, 1928, when the St. Francis Dam, located north of Saugus in the County of Los Angeles, breached at 11:57 p.m. and, during the morning hours of March 13, flooded through the Los Angeles County and Ventura County communities in the Santa Clara River Valley; and
Whereas, The flood waters raged through the flood plain, resulting in the loss of an estimated 431 lives, destruction of residential, business, and agricultural property, and loss of livelihood; and
Whereas, The disaster is the second-largest disaster as far as loss of life in California, being surpassed only by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, and is considered the worst civil engineering disaster of the twentieth century; and
Whereas, In response to the St. Francis Dam Disaster, the State Legislature created an updated dam safety program, passed legislation to regulate civil engineering, and created the State Board of Registration for Civil Engineers, now the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists; and
Whereas, It is appropriate at this time to pay homage to those who were killed, injured, maimed, and/or dislocated and those who lost family members, their possessions, and/or their livelihood as a result of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, and to educate the public about this historical event in a concerted effort to secure a safer and more sustainable future for all Californians; and
Whereas, In commemorating the ninetieth anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, the Community Hiking Club and Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host and support a series of events to help people better understand the causes of the disaster, honor those who lost their lives, remember the survivors, and reflect on the response and resiliency of the communities that were impacted; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by Assembly Member Tom Lackey, That, upon the ninetieth anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, he recognizes March 2018 as St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Month, and commends the Community Hiking Club and Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society for their invaluable contributions to educating the public in order to ensure that such a disaster never occurs again.
Members Resolution No. 558
Dated this month of March, 2018
Honorable Tom Lackey
36th Assembly District
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Presented to City Of Santa Ctarita
In recognition of
90th Anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster
It is my honor to commemorate the 90th Anniversary
of the St. Francis Dam Disaster. This monumental
event in the Santa Clarita Valley and the scope
of disaster is second only to the 1906 San
Dated the 12th of March
Two Thousand and Eighteen
Assemblyman, 36th District
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