Timeline 2008 - 2015

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City of Lancaster 2008 - 2015 OUTLook Timeline 


Joint Anti-Gang Task Force Established with L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol

City Institutes Advanced Technology-based Traffic Control Measures

Lancaster Sheriff’s Launch the Burglary Suppression Team

City and Sheriff’s Deploy the Truancy Car in Partnership with High School District

Lancaster Criminal Justice Commission Established                               

City Launches Facebook Site

City Adds Online Graffiti Reporting Feature to Website

eSolar Launches Sierra SunTower Plant, First in United States

Mayor Appoints Lancaster’s Section 8 Commission

City Expands Water Conservation Efforts to City Parks, Allocates $297K in Grant Funds for Improvements

Lancaster wins International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle Award for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Lancaster Secures More Than $250,000 in Federal Funding to Fight DUI Injuries and Deaths

City Implements New Water Urgency Ordinance

City Launches New “Positively Clear” Brand Initiative

Lancaster Community Shelter Expands

City Adopts Nuisance Property Ordinance

Lancaster’s Part 1 Crime Rate Down 11.3%, 25% Drop for Fourth Quarter*

New “Buy Lancaster” Campaign Launches


Serious Crimes Fall 10% in the Antelope Valley

Lancaster Tops List of Least Expensive Cities to Do Business In

Mayor Parris Declared Newsmaker of the Year by AV Press Poll

City Adopts Dangerous & Vicious Dog Ordinance

Lancaster’s Sheriff’s Station Established as LA County’s First Research & Development Station

Southern California Association of Governments Recognizes City’s Downtown Lancaster Specific Plan with the Furthering The Regional Vision Award

American Public Works Association Honors City Outstanding Project Award for Division Street Corridor Recycled Water Project

Piute Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

Division Street Corridor Recycled Water Project Completed

Southern California Association of Governments Honors City with Compass Blueprint Award for Downtown Lancaster Specific Plan

City of Lancaster/LASD Launch Parole Fugitive Apprehension Team

City Adopts New General Plan Update

City, County, Sheriff and AV Human Relations Task Force Partner to Offer Free Mediation Services

Trend Wellness Home Opens

Lancaster Ranks at the Top for Crime Reduction in LA County

City Wins 3CMA Silver Circle Award for Economic Stimulus Program

City Hosts First Annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix & Street Festival

City Launches Destination Lancaster

Trend Neighborhood Impact Home Grand Opening

City of Lancaster Hosts First Annual BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival

Grand Opening & Dedication of W. J. Knight Veterans Home of California

City of Lancaster and SolarCity Announce One of the Largest City-Initiated Solar Projects in California


Vicious Dog Ordinance Contributes to 45% Drop in Violent Gang Crime

City of Lancaster Cracks Down on Illegal Massage Operations

City of Lancaster Establishes Building Incentive Stimulus Program to Create Jobs, Encourage Developers

City Breaks Ground for MOAH

City Breaks Ground for The BLVD Transformation Project

BLVD Transformation Project Enters Phase II

Linda Verde Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

City of Lancaster Breaks Ground for Downtown Cinema, Bookstore and Café

Lancaster Crime Rate Drops for First Six Months of 2010, Violent Crime Rate Down 12%

City Announces Plans to Partner with SolarCity to Launch Solar Lancaster

City of Lancaster, BYD and KB Home Provide a Look into the Future of Energy Efficiency

Phase One of The BLVD Project Fully Completed

Desert View – Indian Sage Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

Desert View – Kingtree Avenue Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

Lowtree Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

City of Lancaster Adds Patrol Deputies to The BLVD

Desert View Wellness Home Opens

City Launches Annual UNITE Lancaster Program

Lancaster City Council Approves 25-Acre Lease to Morgan Solar

City Council Adopts Wind-Energy Amendment to Zoning Ordinance

City of Lancaster Featured at International Sister Cities Conference in Tianjin, China

City's Economic Stimulus Program Earns Prestigious Helen Putnam Award

Lancaster Wins Two 3CMA Savvy Awards for Website and OutLOOK Magazine

Lancaster Hosts First Annual Celebrate America on The BLVD

Piute Wellness Home Grand Opening

BLVD Businesses Get Holiday Push with "The B Card"

Clear Channel Stadium Installs New Energy-Efficient Lighting System

Antelope Valley Chevrolet Opens for Business in Lancaster Auto Mall

City of Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Completed

Mariposa Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

City of Lancaster Hosts First Annual Magical BLVD Christmas


Lancaster Crime Rate Lowest in more than 15 Years

Antelope Valley Subaru Grand Opening in Lancaster Auto Mall

City's Anti-Graffiti Team Nets More Than a Dozen Suspects

Joshua Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

10% Crime Rate Drop in First Quarter Proves Lancaster is on the Right Track

JetHawks Open Season in Nation’s Most Energy-Efficient Minor League Baseball Stadium, with 340 Kilowatt Solar System

UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities Launches National Program in Lancaster

Joshua Wellness Home Opens

City of Lancaster Launches Crime Mapping Website

Lowtree Wellness Home Grand Opening

Downtown Facade Improvement Program Begins

City Receives American Planning Association’s Award of Merit for Planning Excellence recognizing the Downtown Lancaster Specific Plan

APWA Honors City with Outstanding Public Works Project Award for The BLVD Transformation Project

APWA Honors City of Lancaster Facility Solar Shade Structure Project with Best Use of Technology Award

City of Lancaster and KB Home’s Partnership Launches AV's First Solar Standard Community

Lancaster Partners with Taiwan-based US Topco Energy Inc.

City of Lancaster Wins Prayer Case

The City of Lancaster Pronounced a HEAL City

Mariposa Wellness Home Grand Opening

New Laemmle Cinema Brings Hollywood Flair to The BLVD

Farmers' Market Brings Increased Business to The BLVD

BLVD Banner Heroes Unveiling

Cedar Center Grand Opening

City Wins 3CMA Savvy Award for the BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival

The BLVD Listed as One of the "Top 10" Prettiest, Coolest, Most Charming Main Streets along US Route 6

Mayor Parris Presents to SB70 Green Technology Forum

Lancaster Unveils New Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System

Graffiti Incidences Down16% for 2011

El Dorado Neighborhood Impact Home Opens

City of Lancaster Launches “Project Get Fit” at Five Wellness Homes


Lancaster Wards Off Crime with BLVD Birdsongs

Mayor Parris Addresses World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mayor Parris Presents to Transforming Cities – Establishing Sustainable Communities

City’s BLVD Transformation Project Earns EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

Lancaster Records Lowest Crime Rates in 20 Years

City’s BLVD Transformation Project Receives Award of Excellence from the California Redevelopment Association

Linda Verde Wellness Home Grand Opening

Lancaster Museum of Art & History Opens Hollywood Style

Lancaster/Parris Declare War on Bloods Street Gang

Lancaster’s Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System Goes Live

California Downtown Association Recognizes City with Award of Excellence for Physical Impact – The BLVD Transformation Project

Lancaster Receives the World Energy Globe Award for Solar Achievements

City Wins Helen Putnam Award for Innovative Community Health & Wellness Program (Neighborhood Impact & Wellness Homes)

City of Hope Breaks Ground in Lancaster

City Launches 2012 Shop More in Lancaster Campaign

Anti-Shoplifting Plan Instituted to Crack Down on Retailers & Shoplifters


KB Home Builds 1,000th Solar Home in Lancaster

First Annual Lancaster Corporate Challenge

Mayor Parris Speaks at Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference

Mayor Presents Asthmapolis to Local Healthcare Providers

City and Lancaster School District Partner to Launch Lunchbox Pilot Program

City Receives International Downtown Association’s Pinnacle Award for The BLVD Transformation Project

Mayor Parris Hosts California Energy Commission

City Wins Outstanding Public Works Project Award from APWA for the Solar Lancaster Program

City Wins APWA’s Best Improvement for Public Safety Award for Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project

City Partners with Local Hotels to Form the Lancaster Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)

Showtime Network Features Mayor Parris in Climate Change Interview

City Launches the Downtown Lancaster Property-Based Improvement District (PBID)

California Resource Recovery Association Recognizes City’s 24-Hour Recycling Center as Most Outstanding Household Hazardous/Universal & E-waste Waste Program

Mayor Gives Keynote at Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Conference

The BLVD Transformation Project Garners International Downtown Association Award

Mayor Parris Addresses Net-Zero Irvine Conference

Morton Manufacturing Grand Opening

City of Hope Grand Opening

Lancaster named “Most Business-Friendly City in LA County for Second Time”

The BLVD Recognized by Author of “Completing our Streets”

City of Lancaster Hosts First Annual Field of Drafts Beer Festival


Lancaster Becomes First City to Mandate Residential Solar Energy

Mayor Parris Addresses Solar Power Generation (SPG) Conference

KB Home Introduces Zero House 2.0

Lancaster City Park's Recycled Water Project Completed

City of Lancaster Appeals to PUC regarding Water Rates

Mayor Parris Address Ahwahnee Conference Attendees

City and Antelope Valley Partners for Health Announce Welcome Baby Program

City Launches OneLINC Program

City of Lancaster Hosts Los Angeles County Air Show

San Fernando Valley Business Journal Awards BLVD with Best Redevelopment Project

City of Lancaster and sPower Showcase Upcoming 17 Megawatt Summer Solar Facility

New 100-Acre Solar Farm Breaks Ground

Mayor Parris Talks Solar Power at Getty, Addresses LA Business Council Sustainability Summit

California Governor Jerry Brown Helps BYD Showcase its Breakthrough Battery Technology During Unveiling of State’s First Ever Long-Range Electric Bus Factory in Lancaster, California

City of Lancaster Adopts Ordinance to Establish Community Choice Aggregation

High Desert Regional Care Center Opens New Doors

City of Lancaster Welcomes New Marriott TownePlace Suites Hotel

City Refurbishes JetHawk Stadium Plane

Mayor R. Rex Parris Honored with Prestigious Awards at 2014 Spiritual Leadership Conference

City of Lancaster Offers Housing Assistance Grants to Disabled Veterans

Mayor Parris Speaks at Intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco

City of Lancaster City Council Approves SASH Program

Chinese Consulate General Tours Lancaster

Grand Opening of Restored Cedar Center for the Arts

Mayor Parris Speaks at California Adaptation Forum in Sacramento

Mayor Parris Featured on Future of Energy National Teleconference

BYD Lancaster EBus Unveiling in Houston

City Launches Communitywide You Only Live Once “YOLO” Campaign

State-of-the-Art Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices Grand Opening

City Announces MOAH EV Charger & Storage

USC Stem Cell Treatment Clinical Trial Announced

City’s 24-Hour E-Waste Recycling Program Launches

City of Lancaster and JetHawks Announce New Club Ownership

Mayor Parris Presents Keynote to WEST (Water, Energy, Smart, Technology) – Net Positive Call to Action

City, County, Metrolink and Metro Regional Rail Partner to Enhance Lancaster Metrolink Station Security

City of Lancaster Reels In Two American Public Works Association Awards, Including “Best Environmental Project”

City Promotes Sustainable Developments with Better Built Home Program

City of Lancaster Reaches 54% of Net Zero Phase One Goal

American Heroes Dog Park Opens

Mayor Parris Addresses Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference

City and County Partner to Collaborate with Local Entities in the Transformation of the Old MACC into a Homeless Services Facility


Murders down 20 percent last year in Valley

Administrative Citation Program Launched

Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes Lancaster as a Green Power Partner

Award Winning Documentary, “The Future of Energy” Goes On Air

Lancaster Jobless Rate Declines to 10.7%, from 12.5% a year earlier

Mayor Parris Welcomes Foreign Investors at Garcetti Gateway to the USA Event

Second Los Angeles County Air Show Returns to Lancaster, CA

City Rollout of Lancaster Choice Energy to Municipal Accounts       

City Rollout of Lancaster Choice Energy to Residential and Commercial Accounts