Mike Murphy recently retired from the City of Santa Clarita where he worked as the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Manager for almost two decades. In this capacity, he racked up numerous successes including working to secure over $78 million in federal transportation appropriations, the defeat of a landfill project that threatened a critical wildlife corridor and the integrity of the Angeles National Forest, enactment of and legislation related to transportation, environmental protection, water resource management and retention of municipal authority, and building numerous coalitions to successfully support federal and state legislation, just to name a few.
Murphy served as project manager for City’s successful opposition eﬀort to a proposed 56 million-ton sand and gravel mine. He was able to help secure congressional approval of appropriations language preventing re-issuance or extension of prior federal mining contracts, signiﬁcantly limiting long-term value and viability of contested mining contracts. He then directed legislative eﬀorts to prevent sand and gravel mining adjacent to the City of Santa Clarita, ultimately leading to administrative cancellation of contracts by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Murphy led the City’s efforts to obtain enactment into law of landmark state legislation to prohibit use of self-regenerating water softeners within the Santa Clarita Valley in an eﬀort toward achieving local compliance with Regional Water Quality Control Board chloride mandates.
Murphy also helped the City secure $20 million in congressionally directed spending for road arterial connecting Interstate 5 and State Route 14; the Cross-Valley Connector and also led the city’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding eﬀort, resulting in the award of over $21 million in formula based and competitive grant allocations.
Murphy has deep roots in Ventura County, having lived in the county for over 30 years. Furthermore, he served as Chairman of the Simi Valley Uniﬁed School District’s Facilities Committee charged with identifying pupil growth trends and facility needs.
He is a Past President of the Simi Valley Uniﬁed School District’s Special Education Advisory Committee; working with district staﬀ, parents and stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities for enhancing educational opportunities for special needs students. He served as Board President (2006) and Member of Board of Directors (2002-2010) of Ride-On Therapeutic Horsemanship, which provides equine therapy lessons to disabled children and adults. Ride-On has locations in Chatsworth and Thousand Oaks.