Santa Clarita, California
While Santa Clarita is a relatively newly-formed city in the northern region of Los Angeles County, having been incorporated at the end of 1987, it is also known for a number of historical firsts. For example, even though the most famous gold rush in the state of California occurred in the northern part of the state – near Sacramento – in 1849 following discovery of nuggets late the previous year, an earlier discovery of the precious metal occurred around seven years before that in a part of Santa Clarita that is known now as Placerita Canyon, and is the first to be recorded in California’s history. Santa Clarita is also the site of the first of California’s successful oil wells, which was established in 1876 in a place called Mentryville, where it set and continues to hold an unbeaten duration world record for continuous well productivity. Though the well was finally capped in 1990, the world record still stands. The residents of the area had already vacated Mentryville several decades before the capping of the well, and for many years it stood as a ghost town that was often used by the Hollywood studios as a location for movie and television shoots. In 1995, the oil company who owned the land on which the old town stood donated the area to the local conservancy, who has since established it as a state historical site. To date, the movie and television industry continue to use Mentryville as a location.
Because the city was formed in 1987 by uniting several already populous neighborhoods, including Valencia, Newhall, Saugus, and Canyon Country, Santa Clarita has grown to become Los Angeles’s third largest incorporated city. These neighborhoods had grown over the previous decades partly as a result of the flight of people from the nearby San Fernando Valley, which was previously a destination for people who retreated north from the crowded Los Angeles and other cities over the hills to the south. The Valley in turn grew to become a rather crowded, urbanized region in its own right. Employees who worked in the Valley and students who attended college on Valley campuses found housing to be more affordable and life somewhat calmer in the areas that were later to become part of Santa Clarita. The result has been fairly severe rush-hour traffic along the highways that feed south into the Valley from Santa Clarita, the Golden State Freeway, also known as “the five,” and the Antelope Valley Freeway, also known as “the fourteen.” These two freeways form approximately the western and eastern borders of Santa Clarita, though at times the city’s territory escapes these boundaries, especially on the western side. To the west cross the Golden State Freeway is the wealthy community named Stevenson Ranch, and a large amusement park that is technically outside the borders of Valencia, but is unofficially claimed as part of Santa Clarita. That park, which has more roller coasters than any other park in the world, is actually Santa Clarita’s largest employer by a wide margin, followed by the headquarters of one of the premier cruise lines and then by a large hospital, the last of which is the subject of a lawsuit for multiple wage and hour violations, including unpaid overtime and failure to provide mandatory meal periods. Our office, which is about twenty-eight miles from Santa Clarita, initiated that lawsuit. If you feel your current or former employer is violating or has violated your rights as an employee, contact our office for an evaluation of your situation. The consultation is free.