The city is holding its annual Street Art Festival this weekend and painting over parking lines to accommodate chalk artists who will create their masterpieces on the asphalt. “It was the perfect time to try it,” Ortiz said. “We have to repaint anyway.” [email protected] (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I did a pretty good job this time, didn’t I,” Cabrera said, recalling less-successful attempts when the system was new. “The hard part is when you stop in the street to back in, you have to make sure nobody’s too close behind you.” The back-in parking spaces were painted at the end of June, approved by the Santa Clarita City Council at the recommendation of the consulting firm helping draft redevelopment plans. The advantages included the easy exit forward into traffic and the safety provided children blocked by an open car door from heading toward the street rather than the sidewalk. “There were questions about it, but the council thought `Let’s give it a try,”‘ Ortiz said. “They tried it, it doesn’t seem to be working out and they recognize that.” If the council agrees with a staff recommendation to change to head-in parking, restriping the spaces will cost $60,000 – money that would have been spent anyway, Ortiz said. NEWHALL – It appears Santa Clarita is backing out of backing in. The City Council is poised to vote tonight to eliminate back-in diagonal parking through downtown Newhall, the target of a redevelopment effort that included the unusual parking pattern. Motorists don’t like it, even though merchants along the newly renamed Main Street – formerly San Fernando Road – got a few chuckles watching drivers try to negotiate the new system, said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. Danny Cabrera’s pickup truck was neatly aligned Monday in a space outside Tresierra Market.