Santa Clarita Basic Services – Information for Newcomers

New residents and those planning to relocate to Santa Clarita will need some basic services information, so here is a partial list of emergency and basic services with the necessary contact information. It’s  a boring list but we’ll be providing special information on how to best cut through the red tape in a future post. For a more complete list of services please visit City of Santa Clarita website.

Emergency – In case of emergency – CALL 9-1-1
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department
23740 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Valencia, CA
Non-Emergency (661) 255-1121
Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department Web Page
See the crime mapping tool here.

Santa Clarita does not officially have their own police or sheriff’s department but law enforcement services are provided by the LA County Sheriff’s department. We’re fortunate to have a local Sheriff’s Station right here in town, along with an amazing squad of officers!

Santa Clarita Fire Department In case of emergency – CALL 9-1-1
Fire department services are also provided by the County of Los Angeles. We have numerous fire stations scattered throughout Santa Clarita. See map here.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
23845 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 253-8000

This is the only full service hospital in Santa Clarita and provides 24 hour emergency services as well. There are a number of other Urgent Care type facilities throughout the valley but the hours of operation tend to change. Here’s a link to the Google search page results for the term Santa Clarita Urgent Care.

Trash – Recycling  In SCV
Santa Clarita has made arrangements with Waste Management for all of the residents trash, recycling, hauling and disposal. Currently it costs about $55.00 every three months, but of course that will change as time goes on. The contact information is:

Waste Management Industries
E Mail
Web – Waste Management Industries

Gas and Electric Services
Your Gas will be from Southern California Gas Company and the electricity will be from Edison. In North Valencia we have Valencia Water. When we lived in Canyon Country we had another provider.

Electricity: Southern California Edison 800-655-4555
Gas: Southern California Gas – Online Tool

Water Service
Depending on where you live in Santa Clarita, your water service provider will be different. Currently there are four different providers in our area as follows:

Castaic Lake Water Agency – 661-297-1600
Valencia Water 661-294-0828
Santa Clarita Water Division 661-259-2737
Newhall County Water District 661-259-3610

Television Cable and High Speed Internet Services
There are two companies who currently have agreements with the city and provide cable service for Santa Clarita residents are AT&T and Time Warner. Of course there are other separate satellite type options such as the Dish Network and Direct TV but there is no existing prearranged city contract in place. You can use them, but the pricing is up to the user to negotiate. We have personal experience with DirecTV, Time Warmer and AT&T and they each have their own pros and cons. None of them are perfect and technology continues to change, so which one is best will likely be determined by the functionality desired by the resident!

AT&T: (800) 288-2020
Time Warner Cable: 888-TWCABLE or 888-892-2253
DirecTV: (800) 494-4388
Dish Network: (888) 284-7116

Lots of people like the satellite services of either the Dish Network or the DirecTV, so it’s probably worth investigating, especially if you’re looking for a specific type of service. Our feeling is, it’s getting too expensive to purchase these services and there are a number of less expensive online options available. It just depends on what your family likes to watch on TV.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (Only One in Santa Clarita and it’s no more fun than any other DMV!)
24427 Newhall Avenue
Newhall, 91321

Public Transportation
Yes, we have plenty of buses that will take you throughout SCV and to the neighboring cities.Here’s the link for more information.
Santa Clarita Transit

Santa Clarita Metrolink (We have at least five convenient stations located throughout Santa Clarita)
22122 Soledad Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Public Library (We currently have three City Libraries)
Library Website

Post Office Locations
Locate SCV Post Office Locations