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| Community | 15 mins ago

Wings over Camarillo Air Show
Thousands of visitors to Ventura County will be looking to the skies this weekend when aerobatic performers fly overhead in an annual air show. The “Wings Over Camarillo Air Show” will draw crowds to the Camarillo Airport this Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 for two days of ground displays, aerobatic flying, aircraft demonstrations, food booths, a custom car show and many other activities.
Sponsored by the non-profit Camarillo Wings Association, the event aims to recognize heroes and astonish visitors with such feats as a group of parachutists jumping out of a transport plane at 8,000 feet carrying an American flag during the air show portion, which runs from 12:00 Noon to 4:30 p.m. The Camarillo Airport is located at 555 Airport Way in Camarillo.
The Air Show gate admission is $15 for adults and children under 12 are free. Military discounts are also available. In addition to all the flying and static displays, the show will offer a VIP Chalet featuring preferred, covered seating in a private hospitality tent. The Chalet is located right on the flight line and provides guests with food and beverages. Show updates are listed on the show’s Facebook and Twitter pages and at www.wingsovercamarillo.com.

With everyone settling into the school schedule again, KHTS and the Valencia Marketplace are inviting parents and students to celebrate. On Saturday, August 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. the sponsors will host an afternoon of music and youth-oriented activities. The event will be held at the Valencia Marketplace Outdoor Amphitheater on The Old Road at McBean Parkway near Noah’s Bagels. KHTS will be giving away a stash of prizes and provide the music. The KHTS 1948 Antique Mack Fire Truck will be there for fun and photo opportunities also. Visitors can check out their favorite stores for back-to-school specials and dance to rockin’ music. There will also be balloon animal magic, prizes and crafts.


News the Kids Way

| Gazette, Student Journals | 20 mins ago

We are excited to have the new school year start! We will have themed journal entries about the start of school, interviews of teachers and important figures of the community.

During the last week of Summer, C.A.R.E Learning Academy visited the California Science Center and the Aquatic Center!

Najeeull Mays

At the California Science Center I learned how to make blue goo! I also learned about water and sound waves. My favorite part of the field trip was the group picture.

Isabella Swanson

My favorite part of the California Science Center was the Endeavor.

Makayla Yera

I learned about and saw the Endeavor Exhibit at the California Science Center. There was also a music room where I danced. I saw fish and learned about the human heart.

Diedre Dioquino

I like the water park at the Aquatic Center because I got a chance to go on the water slide. There was a little water slide too. I went on it and it was fun! My favorite class is Journalism. That’s what I like about Camp C.A.R.E.! The End

A special shout-out to some of our Sponsors: Legal Shield! Worry Less. Live More. Rick Mickelson (310)795-8223 It’s a Geek. Computer and IT Services (661) 513-3529 and HotSpot. Local Media Connection. Thank you so much for helping our school! We are so grateful to have a working computer lab for school assignments, projects and journal time!

News the Kids’ Way is going Online!! The upcoming weeks we will be posting our stories and having a monthly prize for the top three stories.


Non Profit of the Week – Carousel Ranch

| Scene in SCV | 1 hour ago

JuniorCarousel Ranch is celebrating 17 years of providing equestrian therapy to disabled children, creating a unique and individualized program to meet each child’s specific needs and goals.  Utilizing a combination of vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding, the non-profit organization strives to create an atmosphere where every child can and will succeed … a place where therapy is disguised as fun.

This has been an exciting year for the organization as Carousel Ranch literally “Raised the Roof” for the kids! After years of work on a capital campaign and building project, the program’s long-awaited covered arena is finally a reality. As staff and students move forward and enter the next chapter at Carousel Ranch, the number of children with special needs will continue to grow, with expanded services to veterans with disabilities as well.

This weekend the ranch is holding its “18th Annual Heart of the West” event on Saturday, August 23, presented by Princess Cruises Community Foundation, at the Agua Dulce Airport. The public is invited to join the other guests for a night of entertainment that doubles as a benefit for kids. There are live and silent auctions and a meal catered by Salt Creek Grille, as well as the annual demonstration by the kids. Tickets are still available on the ranch website at www.carouselranch.org, where there is additional information and a video on the program.


FilAm Stage Musical at Canyon Theatre Guild

| Community | 1 hour ago

Photo Credit: ©Joel Javan, 2014

Photo Credit: ©Joel Javan, 2014

The FilAm Association of SCV, Inc. is proud to present a musical play of “Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang” (The Stories of Grandmother Basyang), an anthology of short stories by Philippine literature’s most iconic storyteller, author Severino Reyes.

The musical production will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

Co-sponsored by Morton Manufacturing and AFC Corp, in cooperation with Kababayan LA18, and media sponsor The Magazine of Santa Clarita Magazine, “Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang” will feature value-driven folktales showcasing local talents, singers, colorful costumes, and unforgettable Filipino cultural dance numbers by the popular Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts.

“We are so delighted to bring Lola Basyang, one of the Philippines’ most beloved storytellers. This play will entertain you, will teach values and will surely captivate you,” says FilAm of SCV President, Zenaida Justiniano.

The evening will delight you with two fascinating and enchanting stories, “Ang Sultan Saif” (The Sultan Saif), played by new stage actor, Joe Maglalang, along with Dexter Tucay as Chamberlain Abdul and Art Rivera as Minister Lour; and “Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin” (The Magical Violin), in which Rodrigo will be played by young, up-and-coming stage actor Paolo Arguelles, with actor and singer Joseph Sese to play Mr. Ahab. The alluring Miss Zeny Benitez takes the loveable role of Lola Basyang. A colorful ensemble of various characters will be played by various members of the association.

The play is being directed by experienced stage actor and director Myra Miranda along with co-director Verna Arguelles, an experienced stage director.

“Being able to translate these two timeless stories in a production play is such an honor. This is just another one of FilAm of SCV’s efforts to continue to promote and preserve our beautiful and colorful Philippine heritage,” says Myra Miranda.

Seats are limited so tickets may be reserved now. General admission tickets are $30 and reserved center stage VIP seats are $50. For ticket reservations, for ads and sponsorships on the show’s playbill, contact Zeny Justiniano at (661) 294-0181 or Linda Crawford at (661) 296-1234.


City Hosts “Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction” Symposium

| Gazette, News | 2 hours ago

As awareness grows that prescription drug abuse is a bigger killer than methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine use combined, the City of Santa Clarita is hosting a symposium with a timely topic. Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The event will begin with a resource expo at 6:00 p.m., followed by the symposium at 6:30 p.m.

Known as the “silent killer,” families in many different communities, including the SCV are facing the consequences. These dangerous prescription medications are often readily available in home medicine cabinets and can easily lead to addiction when misused or taken inappropriately.

“For so many Americans, the door to the medicine cabinet can lead to addiction and death. Prescription medication poses the same threat as heroin, yet it is even more dangerous because most families already have it in their homes,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “The Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium will help equip attendees with knowledge and prevention tips to safeguard our community from the harmful effects of prescription drug abuse.”

The Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium will proactively address drug issues among young people by providing attendees with important prevention advice and the tools needed to identify the signs of abuse. A resource expo will be held prior to the symposium to provide additional information from addiction and recovery experts.

A panel of experts and special guests will be on hand at the symposium, including Mayor Laurene Weste, City Manager Ken Striplin, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department Captain Roosevelt Johnson, William S. Hart Union School District Superintendent Rob Challinor, Child and Family Center psychiatrist, Dr. Ernest Rasyidi, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital emergency physician, Dr. Darrin Privitt, and Total Care Pharmacy owner and pharmacist, Mahesh Patel.

The Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium is the fourth in the Heroin Kills series, and is free and open to the public. A live Spanish translation will also be available for bilingual attendees.

The Santa Clarita Activities Center is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. To learn more about the Pills Kill: Prescription to Addiction Symposium, contact Janine Prado, Human Services Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 250-3708.  For more information regarding heroin and prescription drugs in Santa Clarita, visit HeroinKills.org or the Heroin Kills Facebook page at FB.com/HeroinKillsSCV.


California Penal Code 422 PC – “Criminal Threats”

| Gazette, Police Blotter | 3 hours ago

robin sandovalThe internet is an interesting place, to say the least. Its proliferation over the past two decades has changed life for multitudes of people on earth for the better – and in some ways for the worse. The vast amount of information available, quite literally at one’s fingertips, has allowed anyone to find out about anything they want. It’s allowed instant communication with people all over the globe. Some of those communications, though, are not very nice.

Harassment and/or threats of violence over the internet are nothing new. The ability to harass someone anonymously, more or less, with little to no fear of reprisal, has emboldened individuals to do so who may not normally make that choice. Just ask anyone who plays online video games the kinds of things the players say to each other and you should have a pretty vivid picture of just how bold some of these people can be.

While harassment can be irritating, there is a line from simply exhibiting obnoxious behavior to acting downright criminal. Such a case has just unfolded right here in Santa Clarita last weekend, when Sunday at 9 a.m., deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested a Canyon Country teenager after he allegedly posted threats online, where he threatened to shoot other teenagers.

The threats came via an Instagram account, and consisted of photos of firearms and included threats of a “huge shooting soon.” After investigating the photos, SCV detectives are pretty sure that the images are just stock photos that can be found online, and that the Canyon Country teenager didn’t actually have access to the firearms.

According to law enforcement officials, a Criminal Threats report was filed immediately once the SCV Sheriff’s Station detectives were notified about the posts.
So, what are criminal threats? Criminal threats are detailed in California Penal Code 422 PC as making a threat to harm another person with the intention of causing them fear.

Basically, if you threaten to harm or kill another person verbally, in writing, or via electronic communication (as in the case above) with the intention of instilling fear in them, then you may be guilty of violating California Penal Code 422 PC. It’s important to note that the person doing the threatening doesn’t necessarily have to intend to carry it out.

If a person is charged with violating California Penal Code 422 PC, it could end up being a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and the individual’s prior criminal history. Misdemeanor convictions might include a penalty of up to $1,000 and up to a year in county jail. Felony penalties, on the other hand, include fines of up to $10,000 and up to three years in state prison.

Suffice it to say, law enforcement officials take threats like this very seriously. No matter how angry a person can be, making these kinds of threats is never the right path, regardless of whether or not one has the means and the conviction to carry them out.


Hobby Lobby To Open Santa Clarita Store In Valencia In 2015

| Gazette, News | 4 hours ago


By Perry Smith

Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based craft store chain involved in a controversial Supreme Court decision, recently signed a lease on a Santa Clarita Valley property, according to a real estate site.

“Hobby Lobby has signed a lease for the former 52,000 square foot Orchard Supply Hardware space at the Bouquet Canyon Shopping Center,” according to a news release from Cypress Retail Group, which posted the information on its site.

The location is slated for the Saugus shopping center at Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road, according to the Cypress site.

The hobby and craft store will neighbor OfficeMax and a vacant storefront available next to a Best Buy.

The Hobby Lobby location is part of a 200,000-square-foot shopping center that includes Best Buy, Trader Joe’s, Petco, Office Max and Sola Salon as tenants.

Hobby Lobby is scheduled to open its doors in early 2015. The lease was announced in July.

Related: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

In the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled June 30 that federal law gives for-profit businesses owned by a small group a right to refuse, for religious reasons, to provide birth control methods and services for their employees, according to a SCOTUS blog post by Lyle Denniston.

The 5-4 vote gained national attention for the craft store’s policies, which ran counter to “Obamacare” regulations as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The court found: “As applied to closely held corporations, the regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employers to provide their female employees with no-cost access to contraception violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” according to the blog post.


Patricia Joann Garland 1931-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | 4 hours ago

Patricia Garland portrait picPatricia Joann Garland, 83, passed away at home on August 17, 2014. Born on June 7, 1931 in Torrance, California, she has been a resident of Santa Clarita for 45 years.

A 1949 graduate of Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif., Patricia was a sales associate for K-Mart and also a homemaker for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Garland of Santa Clarita, Calif.; her daughter, Gloria Garland (Jon Bock) of Oakhurst, Calif.; her son, Steven Garland (Susan) of Santa Clarita, Calif.;  her sisters, Jeanne Cameron of Everett, Mass., Becky Campbell of Corona, Calif., and Kathleen McCarthy of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and her granddaughters, Stephanie Robinson (Daniel) of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Shawna Garland of Santa Clarita, Calif.

Patricia was preceded in death by her mother, June Jessome of Torrance, Calif. and her sister, Nancy Herman of San Diego, Calif.

Services will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, Chapel of the Oaks, at 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA  91321).

“Patricia will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.”  Donations can be made in Patricia Garland’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.
She will be greatly missed.


Doug’s Rant!

| Doug's Rants | 4 hours ago

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I Rant, You Decide

Water Confessions of a Ranter:

As I was reading coverage of  the new mandatory watering restrictions, I was struck with the same thought you probably were: who’s gonna police this stuff? Then I read: “Local water officials hope customers will police themselves and report instances of violations.” Huh? Could this be true? They think people will call in and report themselves for breaking the water conservation rules? What are they smoking?

As I continued to ponder this, I was suddenly struck with guilty horror as I realized I’m already violating some of  the restrictions! How can I live with myself? How can I look at myself in the mirror each day knowing I’m not the honest person I tried to teach my kids to be as they were growing up? Who can save me from this ravaging guilt? I know God forgives me, but that’s not helping my guilt, what a wretch I am!

Then, I realized I must confess to cleanse my soul, even if it means risking fines of $500 per day with a limit of $5,000 total (now that makes me feel better). So, here goes:

-Because I have an odd numbered address, I’m supposed to  water on Friday and not on Saturday. Sadly, I water on Saturday and not on Friday. I’m hoping for leniency, as I have cut my watering back to three days a week, but not on the schedule I’m supposed to follow. (As a side note, now my grass has freaking brown spots on it, while the neighbors’ lawns look perfect, making me look like a lazy slob, but I digress.)

-I have a dog that will only go on the concrete outside of the doggie door at night. Lo and behold, I have to spray off the cement each morning to avoid major stinkage. My lame defense for this one is the dog is almost totally blind, so she won’t go far from the house during the night. Is that a good justification for violating that restriction? Gosh, I really hope so!

-Lastly (whew, I feel much better!), we bought this house several years ago and the front lawn and landscaping are on a downward slope towards the street. Even with a little bit of watering, there is no way to avoid the illegal run-off. The law of physics just won’t prevent it! (I figured this out even though I flunked that class). What can I do? The only way to avoid this restriction is not to water at all, but then everything would die and the value of my home will plummet, and could affect my neighbors’ house values. So, what do I do? Risk the huge fines or have my neighbors hate me? (One of them already hates this rant!)

-I’m  not saying, just saying, but the neighbor who hates my rant is always violating the new water restrictions and the address is 275… aw, never mind!

Who Ever Heard of Ferguson Before Last Week?

-I’m so glad I had the need for my confession, otherwise I would have gone ape crap crazy on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. (Maybe something like this should happen in Santa Clarita so we can become famous like that obscure town. On second thought…)

In fact, it had me so riled up on my radio show last week (The Gazette Radio Hour with Doug & John), I made a fool of myself yelling at a  guest we had on the show, who had a different opinion than I did. (Jim, if you’re reading this, I apologize.)

There are many aspects about this situation that drive me absolutely nuts, but the biggest are:

*Over last weekend in New York and Chicago, many African American kids were shot, and some died – it happens every weekend! Where is the outcry over that? There isn’t, because it doesn’t have potential for political gain. Have you ever seen Eric Holder going to those cities to launch an investigation like he is doing this week in Ferguson?

*And then there is the dog and pony shows of the racist mongers, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who only want to bring attention to themselves. In fact, there is a report that Al Sharpton wanted money from the family of the victim for what he did in Ferguson at their request. It’s not surprising, as Mr. Sharpton is millions of dollars in debt to the IRS.

*As I’ve ranted before, why hasn’t the President ever made a public comment himself regarding the decorated Marine who risked life and limb for this country and has been held in a Mexican jail, unjustly, for many months? Why does he feel compelled to publicly remark on crap he shouldn’t stick his nose into, while ignoring this poor guy?

Late addition: News is breaking as the Gazette goes to press with reports of solid proof that the police officer in Ferguson was assaulted by the victim before the shooting, suffering a broken eye socket with other facial injuries. If this is accurate, it brings a whole new perspective to this thing, and magnifies the ridiculousness of calling this “news,” compared to what’s going on all over this country and the world!

Sometimes You Gotta Do Something You Don’t Wanna Do!

I readily admit I wrote in this space that I didn’t think we should lift a finger in Iraq when ISIS first started their terrorizing. I was thinking they should take care of their own mess and we shouldn’t get involved. But, after realizing the danger this ruthless bunch of maniacs pose, I’m changing my opinion. It’s horrible enough the terrible things they are doing to people over there, let alone the long-term ramifications of  the potential havoc they could raise over there, and even here! Don’t think they are a threat on this side of the ocean? Think again; thousands of people from over there have passports and could easily enter this country. These guys are powerful and have a lot of money. Combine that with their madman type thinking and it has the potential for 9/11 all over the world! Unless, of course, we stop them in their tracks. The only way to do that is kill ‘em all!

The problem is, I don’t think it can be done with air strikes alone. We must engage them with ground power, because if we don’t, it could be as if we had let Hitler go unabated, and that wouldn’t have been good. Having a son in Afghanistan for nine months makes me qualified to know and hate what war is, but can we afford to take the chance of this group doing the unspeakable? As much as I hate it, and the majority of Americans will hate it, we need to move and move quickly! The problem we’ve got is, it will take a tragedy to get our President to even consider going full blast after these guys, and then it could be too late!

Recent Headlines Catching My Attention:

Jobless Number Up In the City:  And small businesses here are really feeling it!

Mitt Romney: Obama Is Just Managing Our Decline: Just like the captain of the Titanic!

Head Of Fraternal Order Of Police Slams Obama Over “Excessive Force” Comment: See what I mean about sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong?

Voters To Congress: Do Something! Anything! On Immigration: I have the exact same thoughts on the economy!

ISIS Claims To Have Beheaded American Photojournalist: See last section of rant.

Quotes of the Week:

“Mental illness can undermine logic and overwhelm good intentions. Madness carves its own reality, no amount of love can cure madness or unblacken one’s dark moods. Depression is more than sadness or bouts of melancholy. You are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding, and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened and you’re frightening.” (Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University)

“I had an opportunity to speak with Reverend Sharpton a couple months ago at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and said, ‘We want the same kinds of things, but we have very different approaches to achieving them. What do you think about a public debate to talk about various ways that we can get this done?” (Dr. Ben Carson)

“Al Sharpie is not intellectually equipped to debate Ben Carson. You cannot compare someone who actually thinks for a living to someone who singsongs third grade rhymes and riddles. However, Al is capable of running and hiding from someone who is far superior, so there won’t be any debate.” (Michelle, internet blogger)

“Yeah, I don’t think Sharpton will actually have the cojones to debate anybody unless they’re bound, gagged and constantly called a racist by the audience of only Sharpton supporters.” (Doc, internet blogger)


Selfies and Crime

| Gazette, News | 17 hours ago


Selfie1A victim of a residential burglary last month found “selfies” of strangers on her “cloud” service a few days later. Police are seeking help identifying the couple in the photograph, pictured above, who are considered persons of interest in the case.

The Santa Clarita resident reported that when she returned home her front door was unlocked, the interior of her residence was ransacked and the mesh screen on her kitchen window had been cut out. Missing from inside the residence were electronics, U.S. currency, and other property belonging to the victim.

Within the next few days, the victim logged on and accessed her “cloud” account and noticed that the unidentified photographs were uploaded to the “cloud” after the burglary occurred.

Detectives assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station would like to speak to the people shown in the attached photographs. Anyone able to identify the couple shown in these photo, or know their whereabouts, are asked to call LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org. You may also email Detective Dow at BRDow@lasd.org.


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