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Marsha McLean | A Letter for the 2020 Time Capsule

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The following commentary is a planned submission to The Signal’s 2020 time capsule: signalscv.com/2020/05/santa-clarita-covid-19-digital-time-capsule-to-be-created/.

This is a personal account of my experience with COVID-19 and also what is being done in general to sustain the city of Santa Clarita.

It is 2020 and we are in an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down our economy. Businesses large and small have been shuttered. People’s lives have been upended. We are told to stay in our homes. Toilet paper has become a commodity that in the early days of the pandemic was hoarded to the point of ridiculousness. Families who always get together for birthdays and holidays now see each other only via Zoom or social media. Drive-bys have become the norm where there are balloons and honking horns to celebrate a special day for those from young children to Grandma and Grandpa or to celebrate a milestone anniversary or to honor our veterans.

Yet, some aspects of life must go on. Those who contract the disease must be treated. Mail must be delivered. Groceries and personal products must be available. Those elected to public office must be available to their constituents. Government services must be continued. Public safety must be a priority. Homelessness must be recognized and dealt with.

In November 2019, while I was serving as mayor, we had a tragic shooting at Saugus High School. Two of our precious children were killed, several other students were injured before the shooter shot himself. My granddaughter was at the school and waiting to find out she was safe was an agonizing time. The outcome for the parents and families of those injured and the two lives lost forever is still with us in........

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