Connie Worden-Roberts (8/26/14)

It is with heavy hearts that we adjourn tonight’s City Council meeting in honor of a dear friend, mentor, and champion of our great City.

Connie Worden-Roberts was one of the most pivotal people in Santa Clarita history. With hard work, a big heart and unstoppable determination, she helped shape our City into what it is today.

It is impossible to fully describe the enormous impact Connie made on this City. Simply put, she was the greatest volunteer in the history of Santa Clarita.

When Connie moved to Santa Clarita in 1970, she immediately got involved. She dedicated countless hours to this community and helped set the foundation for the high quality of life we all enjoy.

Santa Clarita is a City partly because of Connie. She was one of nine names listed on the petition for Cityhood sent to the LA County Formation Commission.

She personally gathered more than 2,000 of the 24,000 signatures needed to put that petition to a vote.

Connie’s work for Santa Clarita began long before Cityhood. She became known as Santa Clarita’s “Road Warrior” for her tireless efforts to improve local roadways.

She led the campaign for better connectivity and helped build countless roads throughout our valley, including the Cross Valley Connector.

Connie’s greatest gift was her ability to bring people together. She understood when we work as a team, the impossible becomes the inevitable.

Connie fought for hundreds of local causes. She was a founding member of the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Hart Park, and the first woman elected to the Boys & Girls Club Governing Board.

She served on countless boards, including the Hart School Board of Trustees, the Valley Industrial Association, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and many more.

She was also appointed to the City’s first Planning Commission and helped launch the clean-up of the Whitaker-Bermite site.

Santa Clarita is one of the best Cities in the state because of Connie Worden-Roberts.

Connie’s passion for this City and its people was unmatched. Now, it’s up to us to continue her legacy.

Connie passed on Tuesday, August 12 at the age of 83. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

We will be forever grateful to Connie for her lifetime of service, and the priceless contributions she made to our community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and all those who loved her.

God bless you, Connie, and thank you.

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