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All-America City Competition
Philadelphia 1999

June 1999 — The city of Santa Clarita sent a delegation of 58 civic leaders to Philadelphia to compete for the distinction of being named an "All-America City." Hosted by the National Civic League, it wasn't about patriotism, as the name suggests; rather, the annual award honors 10 cities that have brought together government, nonprofit and business leaders to solve problems. It was the fourth year the young city of Santa Clarita applied and the first time it made the list of 30 finalists.

The trouble was, to the judges' eyes, Santa Clarita didn't have big enough problems to overcome. Recognized as one of the safest cities in America, Santa Clarita didn't hold a candle to (winner) Union City, which once saw its police chief shot and killed; or to (winner) Stockton, which was dealing with fouled waterways and would win several more times both before and after declaring bankruptcy in 2012. Even Fresno, with 73 homicides in a single year (versus 2 gang killings in Santa Clarita from 1995-1999), didn't make the final cut.

Santa Clarita would try one more time in 2000 before moving on to bigger and better things.



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SC9902: Photos by Evan Thomason/City of Santa Clarita and Leon Worden/The Signal; and courtesy of Jim Ventress/SCV Boys & Girls Club. Download original images here.
CITY'S SECOND
DECADE 1997-2006

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10th Birthday 1997

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10th Birthday Party 1997

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All-America City Competition 1999 (Mult.)

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Bridgeport Park Dedication 6/2000

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Newhall Community Center Construction 12/2005

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1987-2007: 20 Years of Success (Book)

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Story of Newhall Redevelopment, 1997-2012

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