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Hart District Expected To Announce 2017 Opening For Castaic High School

| KHTS AM 1220 | 2 hours ago

The Hart district could be opening Castaic High School in 2017-18, two years later than originally anticipated, according to district officials, who expressed concern over the permitting process. The discussion came during the regularly scheduled updates on Castaic High School at the regularly scheduled board meeting. “Right now, it’s appearing to us that 2016 is not going to happen, we’re working with the county right now on updating that date,” said Gail Pinsker, Hart district spokeswoman, noting the concerns were brought to light at Wednesday night’s board meeting. While commending the job of Ben Rodriguez, chief operating officer for the district, board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine mentioned bureaucratic obstacles, which have been frustrating school officials.

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Band of the Week

| Gazette, Scene in SCV | 3 hours ago

Members are (pictured L to R): Janice Brown - keyboard; Barbara Leoni - guitar; Elizabeth - lead singer; Shellie Doorman - bass player; and Trish Lash - drummer.

Lead singer/founder Elizabeth Cervantes named the group in memory of her father, who always supported her passion for music. The band of six women brings dance music to a new level, with a notable energy embracing a range from cumbia and Latin Rhythm to classic rock, disco, and now hit pop songs.

The group appears almost every weekend in dozens and dozens of venues in greater Los Angeles, both public and private events and fundraisers, but mostly in night clubs. While Elizabeth Cervantes could be seen in bands for 12 years, the group of six has been together almost a year. Members are (pictured L to R): Janice Brown – keyboard; Barbara Leoni – guitar; Elizabeth – lead singer; Shellie Doorman – bass player; and Trish Lash – drummer. Not pictured is saxophone player Rachelle Romeo.

Romeo plays with the group “Canned Heat,” and Lash was the drummer for “Climax,” a group in the 1980s. The performers have each traveled the world, says Cervantes, adding, “The girls are well-rounded.”
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Santa Clarita Deputies Talk Social Media, Sexting, Parental Concern At City Hall

| KHTS AM 1220 | 3 hours ago

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials spoke with parents for two hours Wednesday night at Santa Clarita City Hall, discussing sexting, social media, cyberbullying and other online activity children take part in

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Hear International Leadership Experts At Real Life Church During Leadercast

| KHTS AM 1220 | 4 hours ago

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Real Life Church will screen the international Leadercast conference in May, broadcast from Atlanta, Ga. Leaders from around the world, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate, and Laura Bush, former First Lady, will be speaking.

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UPDATE: Canyon Country, Gorman, Stevenson Ranch Crime Reports Are In

| KHTS AM 1220 | 4 hours ago

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The first crime reports have been released for April 14 through 20 in Canyon Country, Castaic, Gorman, Saugus and Stevenson Ranch. Know what's happening in your community.

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We’re in Your Corner with Sylvia Turner

| Scene in SCV | 5 hours ago

Supporting small business is a little bit like recycling. Everybody’s “for” it – nobody’s really “against” it. But not everybody does it.

How many conversations have you had this week where you used the words “Wal-Mart” or “Petco,” … or even “Starbucks”?

How do we stop supporting big box stores and reach out to the local small business community? What about prices?

When a vast number of residents are reeling from the recession, how can we persuade them to break their budgets (already unbalanced, in many cases) and expect them to – just out of the principle of the thing – support the little guy. What if that means paying $2.50 per roll of toilet paper vs. $1.87 per roll (admittedly, when you buy a package containing 873 of them)?

What luxury businesses are learning is simple: when people are spending the bulk of their paychecks on groceries and gas, and the last of their paychecks on school tuition and cable TV packages, there is little left for more.

Well, let’s look at what’s draining the small business person’s budget? Why can’t they compete? Maybe landlords need to get more reasonable when setting rent prices. Maybe the City of Santa Clarita needs to brainstorm ways to reduce expenses for the small businesses.

If you’ve never owned a small business, you may be glazing over right now. This may not interest you. Except for one thing: you are the one paying the price. The small business simply has to share the love via higher prices.

Thoughts?

It’s worth having the conversation … because we want to be “in your corner.”
Tell us what you think – go to www.santaclaritagazette.com and comment on this article.

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Santa Clarita Plans Cycling Events To Kick Off Amgen Tour Of California

| KHTS AM 1220 | 5 hours ago

In less than a month, the Amgen Tour of California will ride into the Santa Clarita Valley. In the week leading up to the race, the city has several family-friendly cycling events planned, including a community bike ride and the annual Bike to Work Day.

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A New and Dangerous Drug on The Streets: “Bath Salts”

| Gazette, Police Blotter | 6 hours ago

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On Monday, April 7, LASD deputies responded to a report of a knife attack at a West Hollywood apartment building. When they arrived on the scene, they encountered two men running out of the apartment – one with a wound to his neck that was bleeding heavily. The deputies opened fire, and one of the men was hit and killed. When they entered the apartment, the deputies witnessed a man, Alexander McDonald, choking another individual and tearing at his face. McDonald was taken into custody and charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of torture.

According to reports, the men were all hanging out together at the apartment earlier, when McDonald suddenly turned violent, brandishing a knife and holding the men hostage. Law enforcement officials are currently awaiting toxicology reports, though they suspect McDonald may have been doing cocaine that was laced with a relatively new, and particularly nasty, drug known as “Bath Salts.”

Bath salts haven’t been around for very long, compared to other drugs such as heroine or cocaine. They typically consist of one (or more) man-made chemicals engineered to act like Cathinone, a natural stimulant found in the Kath plant. The chemicals in bath salts were originally intended to produce euphoria and alertness in those who ingested the drug. However, it has become increasingly apparent that there are unintended and dangerous side effects which individuals may experience, such as paranoia, agitation, hallucinations or extreme violence.

One of the better-known cases of violence resulting from the use of bath salts is an incident that took place in Florida in 2012. Police witnessed a homeless man chewing the face off of another individual. When officers demanded that he stop, the man did not comply and the officers had to use lethal force to subdue him.

Because bath salts are a stimulant, users have been rushed to the emergency room on numerous occasions due to racing heart rates, high blood pressure and chest pains. Not much is currently known about the long-term effects on individuals who abuse bath salts, though preliminary studies on rats have shown that the abuse of the drug can cause dependence, kidney failure, breakdown of skeletal muscle and extreme dehydration.

In 2011, the DEA put three of the most common ingredients used to make bath salts under an emergency ban. One year later, legislation was passed that made two of the substances permanently illegal. The problem with making the ingredients in bath salts illegal is that companies can alter the chemical structure of the drug slightly, creating a “new” chemical that produces the same effects, and circumvent any bans or legal issues.

Currently, bath salts (and their various chemically-similar counterparts) can often be purchased on the street, and sometimes in head shops. As the name “bath salts” becomes more and more synonymous with the negative side effects of the drug, the names under which it has marketed have been evolving. Today, bath salts can be purchased under monikers like “Cosmic Blast” and the tantalizingly hard to resist “Jewelry Cleaner.”

Robin Sandoval is a California Licensed Bail Bondsman and owner of SCV Bail Bonds. Robin writes blogs and articles to help increase community awareness of the bail industry. SCV Bail Bonds is located at 23734 Valencia Blvd., #300 in Santa Clarita. If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, email robin@scvbailbonds.com, visit www.scvbailbonds.com or call 661-299-2245.

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Sheriff’s Deputies Seek Help In Identifying Suspect In Pickpocketing, ID Theft

| KHTS AM 1220 | 6 hours ago

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies are seeking the public's help in identifying a pickpocketing and identity theft suspect

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Sheriff’s Deputies Seek Help In Identifying Suspect In Pickpocketing, ID Theft

| KHTS AM 1220 | 6 hours ago

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies are seeking the public's help in identifying a pickpocketing and identity theft suspect

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