Decked out in jerseys, Santa Clarita City Council members and the community celebrated the opening of The Cube Ice and Entertainment Center Monday morning.
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings president and hall of fame player, joined Mayor Bill Miranda to recognize the culmination of the grassroots movement in Santa Clarita to save the ice rink.
“We wouldn’t be here without the passion, the commitment and the grassroots movement of all the people here and more beyond here that said: ‘We can’t let this Ice Station go away,” Miranda explained.
The mayor added thousands of people contacted the City Council to save the center, which is the second most-used facility in the Santa Clarita Valley, more than the community center, parks or libraries.
Since taking over the facility, the City has made a number of improvements, including rebranding and improvements to the ice.
Robitaille presented Miranda with a signed Kings jersey with “Santa Clarita” proudly presented on the back.
“Thank you so much for saving this building,” Robitaille said. “Everybody that comes in this facility is going to have a great experience.”
The former hall of famer spoke to the young members of the crowd at the ceremony saying “this is for you,” adding some of them might become future professional hockey players or Olympic figure skaters.
Other members of the Kings organization joined the ceremony virtually via a video on the screen outside the building including play-by-play announcers Alex Faust and Nick Nickson.
Robitaille joined members of the City Council and City staff for the ceremonial first shot to officially open The Cube.
Once the facility was opened, dozens of young players from across the Santa Clarita Valley enjoyed the ice for the first time in over a year.
The Valencia Ice Station closed on March 25 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the former operators said.
In response to the groundswell of community support to “save the rink” the City Council approved the acquisition of the facility in August of 2020.
The council then unanimously voted in February to award a five-year contract to the L.A. Kings, along with American Sports Entertainment Centers (ASEC) which operate 23 sports facilities across the country, according to the City of Santa Clarita.
Larry Bruyere, who managed the former Ice Station, is returning to the facility after working at the former Ice Station and bringing a “hometown feel” to the upgraded complex.
“There was a lot that needed to be done, but they seem to be tackling everything head-on,” Bruyere said in a previous story. “I am excited to see the transformation.”
In addition to sports, the facility is also an event and entertainment space as well.
Banquets, mixers, conventions, concerts, charity galas, sporting competitions and more can take place on covered ice, said City officials.
For more information on The Cube Ice and Entertainment Center, visit here.
Santa Clarita Gears Up For ‘Bike to Work Challenge’
The City of Santa Clarita invites local businesses and their employees to participate in the annual Bike to Work Challenge.
The week-long challenge begins Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14. Residents are encouraged to take the online pledge to be entered into a raffle for free prizes.
The Bike to Work Challenge is a competition among Santa Clarita businesses to rally their employees to bike to work and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Businesses that are registered to participate and have the most participation in their size category will win a free lunch to a local restaurant of their choice, according to the City.
Interested businesses are required to designate a “lead rider” who will act as a point of contact for the organization in addition to registering their businesses for Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Challenge.
Lead riders should register online here and must submit a list of those at their company who participated by May 17 to Laura Jardine, City event coordinator for the Bike to Work Challenge, at (661) 255-4376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In place of pit stops, the City has extended the challenge to a week-long format, giving residents more opportunities to participate and win prizes, including cycling gear, gift certificates and more.
To encourage participants with longer commutes to participate, Santa Clarita Transit will be offering free local rides to anyone with a bike and/or helmet, according to the City.
Third Free Catalytic Converter Etching Event To Be Hosted By SCV Sheriff’s Station
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is set to host a third free catalytic converter etching event this month after increased thefts in the area.
For the third installment of the event, organizers are offering more dates and an additional location are being offered so that more vehicles can be serviced, according to Deputy Natalie Arriaga, spokesperson for the station.
The SCV Sheriff’s Station, in partnership with Reeves Complete Auto Center and Canyon Muffler in Canyon Country and RG Brake & Alignment in Valencia, is scheduled to host the event on May 11, 18, 25, 26 and 27.
“Help #GuardThatAuto by getting your vehicle’s license plate etched onto its’ catalytic converter,” station officials said in a statement. “Doing so helps deputies locate its original owner in the event it is stolen and recovered.”
In March, over a dozen people were arrested and 250 catalytic converters — valued at about $750,000 — were recovered in an operation on Wednesday, stemming from an investigation in Santa Clarita.
In a proactive approach to lower catalytic converter theft, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Impact Team (CIT) led a search warrant operation on March 10, centered in the City of Los Angeles, according to Arriaga.
“Theft of catalytic converters has been a growing trend in 2020, with a 400% increase throughout Los Angeles County, and a significant increase in the Santa Clarita Valley as well,” Arriaga said at the time.
Catalytic converters are attached to the exhaust system of a vehicle. They contain precious metals and can be “scrapped” for a quick profit, according to the spokesperson.
This event is offered to Santa Clarita Valley residents by appointment, with limited availability, based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those interested in booking an appointment are encouraged to contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Borbon of Community Relations at email@example.com.
Appointments will only be scheduled by Deputy Borbon and not by the auto centers, according to station officials.
L.A. County Public Library To Reopen 30 Additional Locations On May 10
Los Angeles County Library announced this week it will reopen an additional 30 of its 85 libraries for select in-person service beginning May 10, as the county nears the “yellow” tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The scheduled reopening will raise the total number of reopened libraries to 60 across L.A. County at 75% capacity, while also maintaining six feet of physical distance for customers.
“In preparation for reopening additional doors to the public, LA County Library is working diligently to ensure safety protocols are met and appropriate preventative measures are in place,” officials said in a statement.
The additional libraries that are scheduled to reopen are part of a phased reopening plan that prioritizes library openings based on geographic location, building availability, and the ability to accommodate physical distance guidelines and Public Health protocols. The library has placed an emphasis on equity with special consideration for reopening libraries in underserved areas where residents prioritize in-person services.
The additional libraries that are scheduled to reopen starting May 10 include Acton Agua Dulce Library, Castaic Library and Topanga Library, among others.
Additional libraries across the county will be added to the library’s reopening plan.
On April 19, L.A. County Library reopened its first 30 locations including Stevenson Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley, as well as Lancaster, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.
Outdoor programming for a limited number of participants will begin in early summer 2021 and will be available at select libraries.
Sidewalk service and book drops will remain available at participating libraries. L.A. County Library continues to offer enhanced digital offerings, including a temporary digital library card to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, online classes and more.
To view the current list of reopened libraries, visit the library reopening page here.
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