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Ocasio-Cortez and the Green Deal

| Opinion | 2 hours ago

by Sean McLaughlin

Today, so say the pundits, we are a “country alarmingly deep in division,” in political crisis, amounting to “civil war.”

I just don’t see it.

The vast majority of millions of peace loving Americans go about their days, working, taking their kids to school, taking care of their families, as they always have, with “good will towards all and malice towards none.”

Our Republic has survived intense political debate and compromise for well over two centuries. Even a Civil War. We can certainly survive vigorous debate and, compromise now, as we always have.

It’s clear that the wealthy Left elite and its contributing big money, have helped fund and whip up hysteria, manufacture crisis, foster foment and discontent among our citizens, providing busses, airplane tickets, a whole lot of organization, and a ton of money.

Leftists are doing all they can to demoralize, muzzle, trivialize, and otherwise silence conservatives in any way they can, because we are all that is standing between freedom and totalitarian domination (the power to force your fellow citizens to do as you see fit). Since 2016, hard working Americans, and even some from “the other half” too, are increasingly speaking up and standing up to elitist Left ambition to “Rule Our World.”

The latest bald-faced example of this?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is the latest “Manifesto” blueprint of a planned government takeover, a totalitarian government, which will manage Leftist aims to force Americans into unrealistic climate change remediation, and, make the world “safe for socialism” while they’re at it.

We’ve heard this dystopian, Gore-ish, didn’t-come-to-pass fiction before.

Our Founders gravely warned us to keep our inheritance of Freedom and Liberty safely ensconced in the hands of the people, to keep Government power and control limited. Therein lies the solution.

Afternoon T

| Community | 3 hours ago

Q: When I fill out job applications, one of the questions asked is “What are your hobbies?” I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t have any. My free time is usually spent watching TV or movies and eating take-out. Does that count as a hobby?

A: No. In fact, every “No!” I have to give, I’m giving to you right now. Screentime and Scarfing Sustenance? Definitely not a hobby. Or is it? We’ll weigh in on that later, but let’s first get down to brass tacks and figure out what we’re talking about. Webster’s Dictionary definition of Hobby is: (noun) An activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. Since you mentioned filling out job applications, this leads me to assume you might not yet have a main occupation. But, for this little exercise, we’re going to go ahead and pretend you do. If you were gainfully employed, you might be clocking 40 to 50 hours a week, which would leave you with 118 to 128 hours to do with as you wish. If you’re the healthy sort that sleeps approximately 8 hours a night (Lucky you!), that would add up to about 56 hours of rest and relaxation. Add all of that up, you’re left with 62 hours to view and chew. I’m the first to admit I’m not very math-y, but even by my calculations there’s plenty of time in there, even if you took a tiny fraction of those hours to find a hobby. With no job yet, you’ve got 60-110 hours a week to find time for another activity.

As to what that might be, start simple: Ask yourself what you liked when you were a kid! Did you enjoy being outdoors? Were you fascinated by wildlife or birds? Maybe you have (or wanted) pets and have always loved cats and dogs. If you nodded your head even slightly there, you might re-discover something you care/d about to find a wee bit of room and add them to your life. If the idea of pets made you smile, perhaps you could volunteer at a pet shelter (very hands on) or a rescue organization (often an office gig). If talk of wildlife or birds makes your heart beat slightly faster, then do it a favor and get out for short walks that could lead to day hikes at a local park or trail in your area or look into birdwatching clubs!

Now, if you want to turn your current free time activities into a hobby, I’d love to see you give online reviews about your favorite shows, movies and culinary choices. If you were to share your opinion and give people an opportunity to engage in conversation with you, it would open up your world and maybe theirs. Why not arrange a monthly or quarterly meet-up/eat-up where you grab a bite before or after a new movie opening or an old film’s revival showing? Feel free to call it View & Chew.
xo – t.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | 3 hours ago

Four individuals were charged with battery against a former spouse, including a 47-year-old painter from Valencia, a 28-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident, a 48-year-old engineer from Newhall and an 18-year-old full-time student from Newhall.

A 23-year-old consultant from Santa Clarita was arrested for possessing obscene matter depicting a minor.

A 31-year-old personal trainer from Palmdale was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. And a 22-year-old student from Santa Clarita was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm on their person/ in a vehicle/public place.

There were several individuals charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant/etc, including a 41-year-old insurance broker from Castaic, a 63-year-old fireman from Valencia and a 28-year-old manager from Newhall.

DUI’s with prior arrests include:

37-year-old mason from Canyon Country
21-year-old caregiver from Castaic
56-year-old self-employed Newhall resident
36-year-old construction worker from Los Angeles
24-year-old workhand from Canyon Country
26-year-old paralegal from Pacoima
26-year-old server from Newhall
27-year-old manager from Saugus
53-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
57-year-old construction worker from Palmdale

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

26-year-old carpenter from Los Angeles
28-year-old carpenter from Los Angeles
24-year-old canyon country resident
49-year-old Santa Clarita resident
38-year-old electrician from Saugus

What of Volcanoes and Sheep?

| Opinion | 6 hours ago

by Stephen Smith

I would like to begin by thanking publisher Doug for allowing me, and those who have a very different world view than mine, a public voice. He is a living example of what Edmund Burke referred to in 1787 as the “Fourth Estate.” With a firm commitment to the First Amendment, he willingly publishes people who both agree and disagree with his traditional American point of view. Unlike leftists on our campuses and some of his critics, he does not seek to silence. He understands the importance of the Freedom of Speech. My goal has always been to inspire people to think about the remarkable gift given to us by our founders. I encourage all to expand their knowledge of our founding principles so they can make responsible decisions in the polling booth.

Today we have far too many people in power who stand in opposition to our founders’ ideas of individual freedom, individual responsibility, morality and public safety. They call the tyranny of the majority “democracy.” They must be challenged. I believe that President Trump in his SOTU address was correct when he warned us about the menace of socialism, attacks on religion, moral issues and politically based investigations. (Sorry Bernie, Democratic Socialism is still tyranny.)

Understanding the dangers that we now face is not new. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, give you the words of French historian Alexis de Tocqueville from his 1835 masterwork “Democracy in America”:

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” (Tyranny of the Majority)

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” (Tyranny of the State)

“I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.” (Danger of Tyranny by the Ruling Elite)

“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” (Liberty)

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (He came to this conclusion after attending church services during the Second Great Awakening. We desperately need a Third.)

Thank you, Alexis de Tocqueville.

It was not goodness or honest inquiry that I saw in the eyes of our Democrat Representatives at the recent Congressional hearing featuring acting Attorney General Mathew Whitaker. What I saw from the Democrats was seething hatred aimed at a temporarily appointed good and able servant for the simple reason that he had been selected by President Trump. They repeatedly tried to lead him down the primrose path by asking questions and insisting that he only respond with a yes or no answer. Somalian Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, in a foreign relations committee meeting, executed the same abuse when questioning the new nominee for ambassador to Venezuela. This device has been used by magicians, grifters and salesman for hundreds of years in order to obtain a predetermined outcome. In magic, they call it a force. Acting Attorney General Whitaker refused to play along and attempted to give an honest and accurate response. The Dems became outraged and stated that their predetermined answer was the one that he had meant to say. Why even bother with a hearing when you can declare the answer? They are without Love. They do not seek truth. They are consumed by hate. They are tyrants. They are deceivers and the deceived.

I just got back from attending a town hall presented by the Congressman for Los Angeles, Jimmy Gomez. Clearly, he is not the superior man that de Tocqueville referred too. He won the open seat vacated by our now State Attorney General Xavier Becerra. He presented himself as being aligned with the most extreme leftist socialist currently serving in Congress. He declared that no new jobs were created under the Trump administration and that carbon emissions were an assault, specifically on the Hispanic community. He reported that he is a co-sponsor of the “Green New Deal” recently unveiled by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. He does not seek truth and parrots the words of the deceivers. He is a liar. In his “safe” district, he will be able to serve indefinitely.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (and now Rep. Jimmy Gomez) are promoting policies that would be impossible to put into effect and will leave a crushing debt for our children. They are designed to end individual liberty and freedom. They would put an end to the American Dream. Her genius is that it brings them attention power and praise because it is consistent with the leftist agenda.

I have already written on the dangers of her socialist ideas, so I would like to explore the consequences and functionality of the Green Energy part of her version of FDR’s “New Bill of Rights.”
Let’s think about what would happen if all our energy came from the only the clean and renewable solar and wind power:

Solar does not work at night or when it is cloudy. The Mojave Solar Project near Barstow only runs at 28 percent of design capacity. Why? Even in the desert there can frequently be cloudy days dramatically reducing output. To be commercially viable, solar power requires large, flat spaces with an open sky in a place without clouds, dust storms or fog. They are expensive.

Wind power is also unreliable. There are few places that one experiences a steady wind. Wind turbines that produce 2 mega watts cost between 3 and 4 million dollars. From Windustry: “You will likely make most of your profit on the 30-60 days per year that the wind blows over 30 mph at hub height and the turbine generates at close to peak output all day. If your turbine is shut down while waiting for maintenance during several of these days, you could lose significant income.” Maintenance is about $50,000 per year. Expensive to install and expensive to maintain, it requires consistent wind of 30 mph. It’s only financially viable when heavily subsidized by the government. I was recently in Jordan and witnessed wind farms where only 5-10 percent of the units were operational. Environmental impact? Birds do not do very well around them.

Since output is inconsistent, it would require massive battery capability to provide a reliable flow of energy. Batteries of that capacity do not yet exist. Currently, large batteries have negative environmental impact during manufacturing and disposal when spent. Current expected life for batteries to power cars is about 10 years, and then need replacing at great expense. The best we can hope for from these two sources would be supplemental only.

Due to the inconsistency of power, manufacturing would leave the country. Countries such as China and India would fill the void and expand their carbon footprint negating any reductions in the United States.

With the loss of trucking and air transportation, food, goods and services would be highly reduced. Starvation would be likely in urban areas. Expect massive inflation and job losses. Moving to Venezuela would be an upgrade in lifestyle. Thank you, Alexandria and Jimmy.

Some quick random thoughts. If we eliminate CO2, (carbon emissions) where will the food and oxygen come from when all the plants die? If we must begin euthanizing flatulent cows and support late term abortion and infanticide, what are we do to with leftist socialists who pass gas and expel a lot of hot air while speaking? What of sheep? Where is the bill taxing the Creator due to the greatest expeller of greenhouse gases – volcanoes? Tell me how severely damaging all our means of production helps the middle class. Debt? What debt? Don’t worry, I am from the government, and this time we will get it right. Blessings!

Tough Love or Secession

| Opinion | 6 hours ago

Abraham Lincoln sent many to their deaths, by force, to achieve the continuation of the Union. While Lincoln held the field, victory didn’t result in unity. If you’d a rebellious 20 year old, you’d consider “tough love,” telling them to return once they decided to live by family rules of decency. Maybe you’d ask them to rethink cherished bad habits, like child dismemberment. Like idolaters of old, some still feel human sacrifice is justified in seeking a more prosperous life for themselves. Leftist “life-deniers” must now accept being the very “science deniers” they deplore.

Kids aren’t told what abortions really are. German leaders didn’t tell their people what was happening to the Jews, and most didn’t want to know. If the “procedure” was understood, most wouldn’t proceed. Any “privacy” argument is a ridiculous cover for profit and convenience. Supposedly, Germany has repented as a nation. Ours, where Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s work resulted in praise from Germany’s death camp inventors, still carries this poisoned thorn. The racist Sanger thought minorities were inferior and wanted them aborted. This “eugenics” movement included forced sterilizations, right here in America. This idea caught on in Germany, whose ideology we supposedly defeated in WWII. Planned Parenthood receives $500,000,000 a year, from our taxes. The ghouls get to harvest the “parts” for resale, as well.

Defeating an evil is not victory if hearts aren’t changed. After our Civil War, hearts resisted, and Jim Crow laws kept former slaves from the freedoms they were entitled to. Life must be allowed for liberty to exist, and only then is the pursuit of happiness possible. The South has changed, but a century of struggle and violence continued because the values of decency were thwarted by the equal rights deniers who exploited the vulnerable for profit and convenience.

Thank God the minority Christian abolitionists (the “religious right”) prevailed. While the Democratic South misused scripture as their rationale for the selling and mistreating of fellow human beings, what moral foundation remains for the left to pervert in their keeping alive this branch of the final solution?

As leftist state leaders foment rebellion over all that is decent, why not use tough love, and instead of waiting for states to secede for not being allowed to continue defiling our national family, preemptively kick them out of our house? If we can war to keep states against their will, even when they’re rebelling and fighting to leave, shouldn’t we have a right to make them wards of their own state, based on their killing and moral turpitude? Wouldn’t a smaller, but more harmonious and healthier national family be better off in the interim?

No one needs a uterus, or to wear a hat representing a sex organ at marches, to know what a baby is. Now the left says sex organs don’t mean anything anyway, so is this hypocrisy or stupidity? It’s the left that tells women what to do with there own bodies, (no private bathrooms, cheer leaders, beauty pageants, stay at home moms) while conservatives defend rights of women exiting the birth canal, often chosen for abortion due to being female. The left lies about being pro-woman and pro-choice, as the only “choice” they ever promote is death of the most vulnerable, especially the innocent females being born.

They’re not baby jellyfish or kangaroos, but humans, with every right and potential ability we have except self defense. Now, the immoral say even newborns should be able to be killed, too. Two hearts, two brains, and two bodies equal two different people with equal rights. A woman should have the right not to be pregnant any longer, but it doesn’t follow when she can kill, or pay to have killed, another person to accomplish that. They are going to deliver a baby one way or the other – a live baby or a killed one. A woman’s (or anyone’s) right to swing a scapel stops at someone else’s spinal cord.

Our high schools enroll about three thousand kids, the same number of abortions our country performs every single day. When we sacrifice a life for our lifestyle, we’re no different than slave owners, racists, and before them, those who performed human sacrifice so their gods would send rain and good crops. History would predict a different Patton, or Sherman. Or, we could repent.

Today we’re a union on paper, held together by threat of legal sanctions and force of arms rather than a family united by love and shared loyalty with shared values. Values unify – values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in following our hearts with a clear conscience.

Let the leprous states return from quarantine once healed. And when your own children ask if you knew what was going on to our most innocent and defenseless, be able to tell them you weren’t on the side of the racists, but of the God-fearing Americans.

Retired history teacher Richard Hood recommends the “180” movie on Youtube.

Live Music this Week

| Entertainment | 7 hours ago

Live Music this week in SCV!

Feb 22, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Dan Kirkpatrick                           Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)                        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                     Live music
8–11:30                Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos band                        CR, ctry & orig
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Feb 23, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR
7:30-10:30p         Vincenzo’s Newhall               Code Red                                     Classic rock
8–10p                    Double Trouble Wine            The Blue Wails                            Classic roc

8–11p                    The Local Pub n Grill               Max Esparzza                              Live music
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    All Access                                    Rock covers
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Pam Loe & Chad Watson       Country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rk & orig
9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)       Bad Traffic                                   Rock

Feb 24, Sun

10a–2p                   Saugus Swap meet                 The Reign                                     Live music
3–5:30p                Double Trouble Wine            Doc Ventura                                Blues mix
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various

5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   Sue Rey & the Runarounds   Classic rock

Feb 26, Tues

6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Rachel Randall                            Acoustic guitar                                     7–10p                        Bergie’s steakhouse              S.R.B.Q.                                         Blues mix

Feb 27, Wed

7–9pm                  Alchemy                                     Dole-Humphries                        Folk rk & orig

Feb 28, Thur

6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Alan Wright  band                     Blues mix
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Bob Carrillo                                  Blues mix

Mar 1, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7 – 9pm                Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Live music
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Big Coyote on patio                  Country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Jay Bolan                                      Classic rock

UCLA Baseball Begins 2019 Season with Sweep of St. John’s

| Sports | 7 hours ago

by Diego Marquez

The Bruins baseball team got off to a fast start, beginning the 2019 season with three consecutive victories against St. John’s to sweep the three-game-series between Feb. 15-17. The No. 4 ranked UCLA team allowed just three runs over the three-game span, while bringing in 23 runs to cross the plate. Two of those three runs came in the season opener where the Bruins came away with a 3-2 victory. Down 2-0, the Bruins battled back in the sixth and seventh innings thanks to First Team All-American Chase Strumpf and Jake Pries, who each brought in a run in the come from behind victory.

In the second game of the series and the series clincher, UCLA’s hitting woke up scoring nine in the shutout victory for the Bruins. Matt McLain, Pries, Kreidler and Noah Cardenas all finished with RBIs in the second inning to extend the Bruin lead to 4-0. In the sixth inning, Jeremy Ydens singled allowing Kreidler to score to extend the lead to five runs. With the lead, Hart High grad and Bruin pitcher Jack Ralston pitched a brilliant game throwing six shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out seven and walking one. UCLA would score four more runs in the seventh to add insult to injury to secure the series win with one game left.

Missing their season total by one run, the Bruins had 11 batters cross the plate in the final game of the the three-game series with St. Johns in an 11-1 victory. Kyle Cuellar, Chase Strumpf and Garrett Mitchell all finished the game with two RBIs apiece, while Ydens, Toglia, McLain and Will McInery all had one UCLA batter cross the plate. Pitcher Jesse Bergin pitched a six-inning beauty, allowing just two hits while striking out nine batters over the course of facing 21 batters and allowed the bullpen to do the rest of the work.

Just three games into the season, the Bruins are proving to the rest of the NCAA why they should be mentioned among the league’s best programs, scoring 23-3 runs over 27 innings while not allowing any earned runs to cross the plate.

Delicate Mechanism

| Opinion | 9 hours ago

by Dale Paule

Any time children get their hands on anything they’re not mature enough to appreciate, like a fine old tried and true pocket watch, or some other delicate mechanism, they will inevitably play with it until it eventually breaks.

When this happens, the children, having no idea how to make it work again, cry for someone to come and fix it, and after a while, the adults will gather the scattered pieces and put them back together, and once again it will function as designed.

But, if the adults then hand that delicate mechanism back to the children, the same thing will happen, and the crying will begin again, and the adults will once more gather up the pieces and reassemble the broken and abused delicate mechanism.

Each time this happens, however, the adults are only able to find fewer and fewer of the scattered pieces, until one day the delicate mechanism simply will not work.

The children will cry, and the adults mourn its loss, but the delicate mechanism has been played with and broken too many times, and now lays discarded and useless to anyone.

Life may continue without a delicate mechanism like a fine old pocket watch; but, what if it was something of far greater importance? Perhaps some other delicate mechanism, like the Constitution of the United States.

A High Schooler’s POV

| Community | 10 hours ago

by Analyn May

Here in the good old US of A, we’ll literally kill ourselves before we slow down.

I started thinking about this a few days ago when I was talking with my mom and she swallowed some water the wrong way, causing her to choke. You’d think the first priority when you lose the ability to breathe would be breathing, right? Wrong. Instead, my mom struggled through her sentences, trying to continue her end of the conversation (and apologize for choking) WHILE still coughing trying to get more oxygen. My anxiety kicked in and I begged her to stop talking while she regained her breath.

Obviously, my mom is fine, and the whole ordeal couldn’t have lasted longer than a minute or two. But the unsettling occurrence stuck with me. So rarely do we take a look at our own culture’s obsession with speed and productivity as something dangerous and despicable. We drive above the speed limit because we might be late to work, causing thousands of fatal crashes each year. We take phone calls on vacation because “it might be an emergency” and check our phones in the middle of the night, disrupting our sleeping patterns for fear of missing something. We cut in line, we strain relationships by working late; we dig ourselves into trenches of debt by borrowing money to “buy it NOW!”

Stop. Breathe. We’ve heard it before, but we all need to be reminded— frequently. Mute your notifications. Turn the phone off before bed. Drive safely even if it means arriving five minutes late. (If it happens every day, wake up earlier.) Take Saturday off and make dinner with your spouse or a friend. Eat your food slowly and don’t multitask while doing it. Let yourself breathe.

Do I struggle with this? Absolutely. And being a part of the techno-age makes it immensely difficult to remember that I don’t always have to be doing something, 100 percent of the time, at 100 percent speed. In fact, I tend to be more productive when I’m not.

So I’ll say it again, one more time: don’t let the American culture force you to sprint through the marathon of life. Slow down for a second, let your body rest, and heck, look out at the scenery. You aren’t racing anybody and there’s no rush to get to the finish line; you may as well enjoy where you’re at.

But as always, that’s just my POV. Until next time, this is Analyn May, signing off.

What Effect Can the Rain Have on Grapes?

| Entertainment | 11 hours ago

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, I was watching a movie about a couple falling in love at a vineyard. It was driving me crazy because it had so many false facts about vineyard care. While I was watching this love story, I remembered that this was a sequel to another film that had many misconceptions. After looking on their Facebook page, I saw that thousands of people had already commented what I was thinking. They said that if there’s a frost, that it would kill the entire crop – which can be incorrect. It depends upon what stage the vines and grapes are in. Right now, our vines, just like in the movie, are in dormancy.

As I was sharing my movie experience to a friend, someone else texted me to ask about the weather and how it affects the vines. I looked up the rainfall Santa Clarita has received this year. In January 2019 we received 4.47 inches, and February, so far, received 4.05 inches. Last year in January, Santa Clarita received 2.03 inches, and February got .21 inches for the whole month. What a big difference. Plus, last July through September, we had a heat wave that lasted longer than it should have. With little rain and a lot of heat, we didn’t harvest the big quantity of grapes that we harvested this past year.

When you have too much rain, it means that you’re going to have a lot of grapes; but sometimes, depending upon when the rain occurs, it can affect the flavor of the grapes. So, when it rains while the grapes are growing, too much water will cause the grapes to be a little bit watered-down or have a lighter flavor, compared to less rain then the grapes are more concentrated and have thicker skins. Think about this: When you buy grapes at the market to eat, sometimes there’s no flavor because they overwater them. Too much water will decrease the sugar levels. People who grow grapes to eat grow for the quantity, not necessarily the quality.

When it rains during the growing season, we must prune off a lot more excess foliage. There is concern for diseases and mildew. Plus, it creates destruction and/or compaction of the soil, which creates issues when you drive the tractor in the vineyard.

Finally, wet soil over a long period of time could drown your vines if they are not on well-drained soil.

Right now, the rain will not damage the grapes because they have not started next years’ cycle. We are still in dormancy, so the rain is not hurting the vines. You do need a certain amount of cold for a good harvest the following year, and we are getting the right amount of cold to make sure of that. It would be different if we were not in dormancy. You need approximately 45 days of 54 degree weather or cooler, and we have that. Single-digit temperatures can damage or kill the vines. Fortunately, here in Santa Clarita, it generally is never that cold. Yes, it’s been very cold, and we have seen a few snow flurries, but it hasn’t reached low enough temperatures to be concerned.

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center Hosts 15th Annual Bridal Show

| Community, Entertainment | 11 hours ago

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center will host the 15th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The annual event offers one of the region’s largest gatherings of wedding vendors with close to 100 exhibiters on hand to offer insights, services and products from invitations to wedding cake samples, photography to flowers, decorations to disc jockeys and jewelry to catering services. Many vendors will be offering specials and giveaways only for Bridal Show attendees. Admission is free and parking is $5.00.

The A.V. Fair and Event Center booth will showcase food samples prepared by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair (in-house catering service), and creative ideas for your special event to be held in fairgrounds buildings available for weddings, receptions, Quinceañeras and other special events.

This year’s event will feature a fashion show at 1 p.m., presented by Quinceañeras by R & R, and at 3 p.m. presented by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse led by Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jack Lillian – Photo Mania/Music Mania. Draping for the stage is provided by Amaysn Designs, and floral decor by A.V. Florist. The Fun After Forty (FAF) Ballroom Dance Club will perform on the fashion show stage. Limousine rides on-site will be conducted by Desert Star Limousines. Go to avfair.com for the full vendor list. Drawings will also be held during the show for valuable prizes.

The event will take place at the H.W. Hunter Pavilion, in Gate 1 of the A.V. Fair & Event Center, located at 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536. For all Bridal Show information, contact Linda at (661) 948-6060, ext. 123. For A.V. Fair and Event Center information, go to www.avfair.com. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram @AVFairgrounds.

An Extreme Centrist’s Vision for Achieving Universal Healthcare in America

| Opinion | 11 hours ago

by Ronnie Nathan

Currently, 32 of the 33 advanced nations in the world provide universal access to standard of care healthcare to their citizens. The United States is the lone exception. Of those nations, the United States spends approximately twice as much per capita, with significantly worse outcomes. Approximately 20 – 25 million of our fellow citizens have no medical coverage at all. It’s absolutely true that if you are fortunate enough to have a Cadillac plan, the American medical establishment offers the finest, most advanced medical care in the world. If you are not fortunate, however, your treatment options would be better in Canada and all of Western Europe.

I suppose the first issue is whether universal access to standard healthcare is a worthy goal, whether it justifies taxing everyone to achieve that goal. In my point of view, every government program, from defense spending to Social Security, is a transfer of wealth in the form of taxes. Call it national defense or insurance; if the government takes money from you, it is a tax, and if it spends it on something, someone else benefits. So, why should we tax folks so everyone can enjoy decent healthcare? Because, for me at least, it is a “sanctity of life” issue, no less sacred than the abortion issue. Just as I oppose all abortions, without any exceptions after week 20 (unless the mom’s life is imminently threatened), I think it is immoral and unacceptable that any of our citizens’ lives are at risk because they can’t afford readily available, standard of care treatment.

The next issue is how do we get there? It seems to me that there are three key elements on the roadmap to universal coverage. The first and most difficult is lowering costs, which I address later in this article. The second is separating medical insurance from employment. The third is to make the transition incremental. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), with all its shortcomings, began the process of incrementally moving toward universal coverage. Universal Medicare, which I believe is ultimately the most sensible goal, separates coverage from employment.

Let me be clear. I am agnostic about how we achieve the ultimate goal of universal coverage. If anyone has a better idea, I’m all ears. It just seems to me that since the infrastructure and bureaucracy are already in place and the transition can be incremental, without too many jarring adjustments for individuals, Universal Medicare makes the most sense for America. We can begin by offering folks under 65 the option of buying into Medicare. Then, we can slowly expand the pool of who is eligible for Medicare. I would immediately give every veteran a Medicare card, then gradually lower the age for eligibility until it is universal.

Universal Medicare, as I envision it, isn’t a blanket that covers 100 percent of all medical treatment for all Americans. It essentially functions as Medicare currently does for seniors, with limitations, co-pays and things that simply aren’t covered. As I said, the bureaucracy and infrastructure are already in place. The increase in FICA necessary to pay for it will be offset by the savings in private insurance premiums currently paid for by employers and individuals who are not covered by their employers. Medicaid will disappear. The issues in veterans’ healthcare and the VA will be addressed, as vets will be covered by Medicare, and the VA can focus on the specific needs unique to vets. Those who can afford it will purchase supplemental insurance in the private market, as current Medicare recipients do. The private market can compete with Medicare, as Medicare Advantage plans currently do, but without the subsidies.

Yes, based on fiscal sustainability, medical care will be rationed just as it is now by the private insurance actuaries and Medicare. While single payer and universality are socialist aspects, the system will still be based on private providers who will compete in the healthcare marketplace and sliding scale co-pays, which I strongly advocate, can create incentives for everyone to control costs.

Tort reform is also a key component in implementing Universal Medicare, IMHO, to reduce costs by eliminating the epidemic of unnecessary tests administered simply as protection from lawsuits. If you want that extra test, pay for it yourself! Changing the medical payment paradigm from fee for service to medical outcomes is another huge area for lowering costs. Another huge area for savings, in addition to fraud and abuse, is in end-of-life treatments that are very costly without significant medical benefits. That reform alone would make current Medicare fiscally sustainable long into the foreseeable future. If an individual wants life preserved at all costs or wants a knee replacement at 85, they can either pay for it themselves or pay for supplemental insurance to cover it. Currently, Medicare covers only the oldest and sickest Americans. By expanding the risk pool to every American, the entire system becomes more fiscally sustainable.

I understand and sympathize with those that decry the expansion of government, but that train has already left the station, never to return. By all measures, the government is inextricably bound to the delivery of healthcare in America. Advocating for a system that restores the unregulated free market to the healthcare market is like advocating for the government getting out of the road building and maintenance business in favor of private toll roads. It may be an interesting subject for a parlor game, but it’s never going to happen, and for very good reasons.

Is it perfect? No! But the benefits of every American having access to standard of care healthcare far exceed the costs. Its time has come!

Ask the Expert – Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell Quickly and for More

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 16, 2019

I’ve seen many homes that would sell more quickly and for more money if only the seller spent a little time and money preparing it. I seldom walk out of a home with a buyer who doesn’t have complaints about at least one item that could have been a simple fix to make the home more appealing.

These are the top 10 items that buyers complain about and how to address them:

  1. De-clutter. All extra items should be packed in boxes and stored in the garage. Remove furniture that is unnecessary or too big for the room. Remember, you are moving, so start packing and get those items out of sight. This will make the rooms look larger.
  2. De-personalize. You want to make prospective buyers feel like they can see themselves living in the home. It’s important to remove all pictures of your family, or any personal items.
  3. Paint / touch-up. After living in your home for years, the walls will look worn and your colors may be too bright for the buyers. It is very cost-effective to have a fresh coat of paint in the main rooms. Also, make it a neutral color to appeal to the majority of buyers.
  4. Repair small items. Fix or tighten items that could make the buyer doubt the home was maintained. Make sure all door knobs and locks work. Fix or change faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tighten door hinges and handles and make sure all light bulbs work.
  5. Clean and sparkle. Have a professional cleaner come in, and pay extra attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen. Also, have the floors professionally cleaned. You will be surprised how much better it will look, and the buyers may think it is only a few years old.
  6. Fix that shower. I get the most complaints from buyers about how dirty, gritty and used the showers look. Clean the tile and mildew with a professional product. Also, touch-up the grout and caulk all of the seams. This will help seal the shower and make it look newer. And don’t forget to put in a new shower head. It’s only $50 and will make all the difference.
  7. Lighting. Change those dated light fixtures. Put a fan in the bedrooms and a nice chandelier in the dining room. Small upgrades go a long way to adding value. Also, change out missing or burned-out bulbs, as this will help brighten the room and make it look more spacious.
  8. Open those window coverings. Make sure to open all drapes, blinds, shutters, etc. to let the light in and see outside the home. It makes the rooms look and feel bigger. Also, have the windows cleaned inside and out.
  9. Landscape / curb appeal. Make sure you can see the home by trimming trees and bushes, and make the home look alive by putting in fresh plants and flowers. Also, trim the lawn and add more water a few weeks before listing the home. This will make the vegetation look green and inviting.
  10. Professional walk-through.If you’re selling your home, it is always a good idea to have a real estate agent go through the home to help and advise you on your home’s specific needs. I include specific items on this list at no extra charge.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 15, 2019

In December, the City of Santa Clarita issued 34 film permits, which contributed to 89 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,103,500.
The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in December 2018.
Television Shows:
Are You Sleeping? – Friendly Valley
S.W.A.T. – Bistro DK
Taste – Area home
Untitled Suits Spin-off – Backwoods Inn
Young Sheldon – Area streets
Feature Films:
A Mother’s Deception – Sand Canyon area homes
Butter – Rancho Deluxe
Dell – Sable Ranch
Volkswagen – Area streets
Music Video:
MISSIO – Sable Ranch
Still Photo:
Ford Transit – Vista Canyon


Phase I construction plans are currently out to bid and include the rough grading of the site, Mint Canyon Channel and storm drain improvements.  In preparation for construction, a number of trees that would be impacted by the channel construction have been removed. It is anticipated that Phase I will begin construction in April of this year.

Canyon Country Community Center
Teen Night Out (13-18 yrs.)
This evening, we will be joining the iTEENS at the Newhall Community Center to work up a sweat with an evening of dodgeball, Wii or computers in the Tech Room. Bring a friend! Activities will be structured. Membership and participation is required.

Friday, February 22
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Boys’ Night In (8-12 yrs.)
It’s time for the boys to play! This evening will be full of sports like dodgeball, soccer, broom ball, hockey and games using the SMART ProTrainer Interactive Wall. Dinner will be provided.

Friday, March 1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $9 per person

Visit santa-clarita.com/CCCC or call (661) 290-2266 for more information and to view a complete list of activities happening at the Canyon Country Community Center.

Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library

Children’s Programs:

Make a Sweet Treat
Wednesday, February 20
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Have fun making candy sushi!  This free program is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Participation limited to supplies on hand.

Teen Programs:

Chocolate Olympics
Friday, February 15
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate post-Valentine’s Day by joining Chocolate Olympics at the Library! Using different types of chocolate candy, you’ll participate in fun games that test your athletic skills in interesting ways. Compete for prizes!

Adult Programs:

Pencil Me In
Monday, February 25
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us the last Monday of every month to work on your planner, whether it is for work or personal use. Supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Supplies: stickers, washi tape and more.

Visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

February is National Heart Month

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 15, 2019

Did you know that heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States? The American Heart Association wants everyone to become more aware of the factors affecting your heart health.

Heart disease can be minimized through your practices, such as choosing a healthier diet and increasing your level of exercise. American Heart Month creates the chance for individuals and organizations to raise awareness about prevention techniques, both at home and in the community.

Some of the recommendations on the government’s “Health Finder” website are:

  • Families should make small changes, including the use of spices on food, rather than salt.
  • Medical personnel can provide leadership within their communities, speaking out about prevention of heart disease.
  • Schools would be wise to make physical activity an important part of curriculum, preferably every day.
  • Individuals can inform their companies and organizations about healthy practices via newsletters.
  • Hosting community events raises awareness about risk factors.
  • Using social media such as Twitter to spread the word is also effective.

For more information about National Heart Month and other topics, visit HealthFinder.gov.

City Introduces New Fleet of Environmentally Friendly Buses

| Community | February 15, 2019

Through the use of federal funds, a total of seven new vehicles, including three commuter and four local buses, recently began service with the city’s transit fleet. These buses may look similar to existing buses in operation; however they represent the height of modern bus technology including electronic cooling fan systems, web-based real-time engine management systems and near-zero emission engines which are in line with Santa Clarita’s dedication to green transportation alternatives.

In 2005, the city began shifting away from diesel-powered buses in favor of environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, in an effort to reach an entire CNG-fueled fleet. CNG vehicles offer residents the same great transportation options, but with a minimal carbon footprint on the environment. The City has just eleven diesel commuter buses remaining in the fleet of 113 vehicles.

Santa Clarita Transit is already looking ahead to future bus purchases, as the city nears a 100 percent CNG-fueled fleet. Staff is currently in the middle of its Transportation Development Plan, which acts as a blueprint for transit services over the next five to ten years. Staff will present preliminary recommendations at upcoming public workshops on February 7 – 9, 2019 throughout Santa Clarita. Visit SantaClaritaTransit.com/TDP for more details.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita Transit and its fleet, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1287 or email Administrative Analyst Alexander Porlier at aporlier@santa-clarita.com.

Input Wanted for Skate Park Public Art Project

| Entertainment | February 15, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is skating forward with the Santa Clarita Skate Park Public Art Project, which will create a permanent public art piece at the park. The city is asking for community input through an online survey to help determine the look and specific location for the design. The survey can be found at scskatepark.com.

The City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission 2018 Work Plan and Public Art Proposal, identified the Skate Park Public Art Project as a public art project, and in 2018, the Arts Commission gave approval for mural artist Miguel A. Del Real to carry out a skate park community engagement plan in order to create a project proposal.

“I’m looking forward to building connections with Santa Clarita’s skate park riders and listening to their voice. I want to involve them in the process of the design concept,” said Del Real. Del Real will be at the Skate Park on Friday, February 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet and greet the community, and answer any questions about the project.

Along with giving input for the design and location of the art piece, residents will also have the opportunity to sign up for design and paint workshops at the end of the survey. The workshops will be led by Del Real, who will teach attendees about urban art and painting techniques. Based on availability, participants will be able to choose from either Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. until noon, or Sunday, February 24 from noon until 2:00 p.m.
The Skate Park is located at 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway. For more information about the Santa Clarita Skate Park Project, visit scskatepark.com, or contact Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com.

Your Money, Your Children, Your Choice: You Can Do It

| Opinion | February 14, 2019

by Stephen Smith

Politicians do it, educators do it, the 1 percent do it, executives do it and even your favorite Hollywood stars do it.

If the people of School Choice 2020 (sponsored by The California Taxpayers Union) are successful in their next campaign, you will be able to do it, too. What is it that they do? They send their children to the finest K-12 schools available. Their children receive all the advantages a fine education can provide.

With your help and support, your children will not be prevented from attending the same fine schools that the elite do because you live in the wrong zip code. It will not matter if you are working for minimum wage or living paycheck to paycheck. Issues of race, class and gender for admission become irrelevant. It will not matter if that great school you want your child to attend is public, private or parochial. If your student is prepared and willing to do the work, you insure they attend and there is a seat available, you will be able to afford it. Never has access to a fine education been this fair or this accessible, with schools competing to doing their very best to earn your trust and to provide your child the finest education possible.

You might be thinking, “Hold on a minute – my child is going to a great school and I am very happy with the education they are getting.” Congratulations, you are fortunate, indeed, and there is no need for you to make any changes. Unfortunately, many in our public schools systems are not faring as well. In many of our schools the graduation rates are poor, and if they do graduate, they need much remedial work before they will be prepared to embark on a college education. Poor reading and writing skills are common for many new college enrollees. The California Department of Education has just reported that 110 of LAUSD schools need comprehensive improvement and outside help. Shockingly, 56 are in the bottom 5 percent. Call it the worst of the worst. The state or the LAUSD have not offered solutions or advice on what actions the parents should take. Overwhelmingly, these schools are in minority and impoverished neighborhoods. Historically, some of these under-performing schools have been referred to as “failure factories.” Interestingly, students in the same neighborhoods who have been fortunate enough to attend a parochial or charter school have very high graduation rates and college admission levels. Under our current system, where money for education follows the zip code, the students in these failing schools are left without options and have a dim future. Some parents may be concerned about their child’s safety or may prefer an education that includes teaching moral values. Without wealth, or if they are low-income, they are trapped. Many of our schools are failing in achieving the proper role of education. Their students are not graduating or being prepared to face a complex world. The problem is not new.

In his “Report for University of Virginia” (1818), Thomas Jefferson explained the proper role for public education:

“The objects of… primary education [which] determine its character and limits [are]: To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; to enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts in writing; to improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; to understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; to know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains, to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor and judgment; and in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed.”

The solution is to come up with a system where all children can have the same options and opportunities as those who are more blessed. The goal is to achieve that standard of education for your children, which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently laid out for us. That solution is what School Choice 2020 is seeking to achieve.

The solution begins with a very simple idea. Tax money being allocated for education follows the student and does not stay in the zip code. It supports the idea that IT IS YOUR MONEY to spend on YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION and YOUR CHOICE how and where it spent. If you love your local public school, great. Spend it there. If you like the challenges and parental involvement of a Charter School, spend it there. If you wish your child’s education to include moral and spiritual development, spend it on a religiously sponsored school. If you wish to give the challenge of a classical education as advocated by Thomas Jefferson to your children, you may do that, too. This will force all schools both public and private to improve and compete for your educational dollar. The only losers will be the “failure factories” and educators who care more about themselves than your child’s future.

A Call to Action

Michael Alexander, president of The California Taxpayers Union and co-sponsor of School Choice 2020 has put together a team to draft legislation for an initiative to provide educational options for the people of California. Getting an initiative on the ballot will take a massive effort to obtain signatures of registered voters in order to qualify for the ballot. This is your opportunity to effect dramatic positive change that will make education in the Golden State truly golden.

Please consider registering on the website to be kept up-to-date on progress and what you can do to make it happen. (Be patient, as the site is new). This idea has long been a dream of mine, and I hope that the more you learn and think, it will be a dream of yours, as well. What would do with your $15,000 per-child share of the educational budget?

Please help “Make the Dream Happen” by registering at https://www.schoolchoice2020.org, or https://www.californiataxpayersunion.org. Michael Alexander can be heard on “Radio Free Los Angeles” AM Radio 870, The Answer at 8:00 p.m. every Sunday night.

Amy for America

| Opinion | February 14, 2019

by Peter Funt

There are many metrics for what makes a good president, but being able to deliver a speech in falling snow and mid-teen temperatures without hat or gloves for nearly a half hour isn’t one of them.

Fortunately for Americans, there’s more to Amy Klobuchar’s candidacy than Sunday’s wintry scene on the shore of the Mississippi River. The Minnesota Democrat is the real deal.

Entering a crowded field of presidential aspirants, Sen. Klobuchar is not yet a front-runner. Much will transpire over the next 600 days in what is likely to be the most brutally fought and tediously analyzed presidential election since – what? – 2016.

Back in November I suggested that two Democrats have the best shot at winning the presidency: California’s freshman Sen. Kamala Harris, and Minnesota’s three-term veteran Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Both women have since formally declared their candidacies and each has gotten off to a smooth start. I’m most impressed by Klobuchar.

Face it, the process of picking a president drags on for too long. Incessant polling is pointless. Cable-TV’s obsession with daily minutiae is boring. And, yes, early analysis by thumb-sucking opinion writers is often underwhelming.

But, and it’s a big but, this campaign is different. Donald Trump rewrote the rules in 2016 and his victory shocked the nation. The Trump presidency is an embarrassment; worse, it is dangerous. To say that 2020 might be the most important election of our lives is not an exaggeration.

So, it’s vital that politicians, pundits and the public engage right now.

Amy Klobuchar is a progressive, but drifts closer to the center of liberal politics than, say, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and, to a slightly lesser degree, Kamala Harris. For example, Klobuchar favors repairing the Affordable Care Act and lowering the prices of prescription drugs, but stops short of “Medicare for all.” She acknowledges the need for immigration reform, but doesn’t advocate abolishing I.C.E. as some progressives have.

Klobuchar seeks to aggressively combat climate change, favors automatic voter registration when people turn 18, and demands mandatory background checks and other measures for tighter gun control.
Candidates with more extreme positions tend to be effective in primaries but not so much in the general election. Democrats would have to go back to 1972, when George McGovern was the nominee, to find a candidate with positions significantly left of center. McGovern won only Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and lost in the Electoral College 520-17.

If ever there was an election in which Democrats need to rally, early, around a somewhat more centrist candidate, this is it. The singular goal should be retaking the White House.

One negative that has already surfaced in Klobuchar’s campaign is the senator’s demanding, at times harsh, treatment of her staff. This troubles me, as it should all voters.

Klobuchar concedes that she has been tough. Several reporters, including CNN’s Dana Bash, who is well connected on Capitol Hill, note that women in elected office often feel the need to push their employees – and themselves – harder than their male counterparts do. Bash also asks, as many observers have, if a male candidate would be subjected to the same type of scrutiny that Sen. Klobuchar has.

I don’t think this will ultimately be a barrier for Klobuchar. She’s positioning herself as a Midwesterner with “grit.” I like grit, but I don’t like a public persona that is contradicted by behavior in private – so I hope we’ve already heard all there is to hear about Klobuchar’s “baggage.”

The perfect Democrat to defeat Donald Trump is a center-left, middle-aged, limited-baggage, experienced woman from Mid-America. Like it or not, age and sex are important this time around. The nation needs a somewhat younger president and it needs to break the glass ceiling once and for all.

Lou Grant, the fictional news director, once said to Minnesota up-and-comer Mary Richards: “Mary, you’ve got spunk.”

Then, he added, “And I hate spunk.”

Well, Minnesotan Amy Klobuchar has spunk. And it says here that Americans are going to like it.

A list of Peter Funt’s upcoming live appearances is available at www.CandidCamera.com.

Peter Funt is a writer and speaker. His book, “Cautiously Optimistic,” is available at Amazon.com and CandidCamera.com. © 2019 Peter Funt. Columns distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons, Inc., newspaper syndicate.

Hyatt Showcases SCAA Artists

| Community | February 14, 2019

Local artists of the Santa Clarita Artists Association have been invited to display fine art in the newly remodeled Hyatt Regency Valencia! Reception is on February 28, 6-8 pm.

“Santa Clarita Artist Association members’ art is showcased throughout the newly renovated Hyatt,” said Laurie Morgan, Hyatt Venue Chairperson. General Manager Mark Kirsch, assisted by the SCAA committee, Laurie Morgan, Zony Gordon, and Bruce McFarland, selected from nearly 100 pieces of artwork that conform to the hotel’s theme and motif.

All artwork may be purchased and includes a wide variety of themes and styles. All mediums are represented in the selection: acrylic, oil, watercolor, dry media, photography, mixed media, giclées and sculpture. The following artists are represented: Laurie Morgan, Zony Gordon, Bruce McFarland, Sandy Fisher, Olga Kaczmar, Meryl Goudy, Naomi Young, Tony Hanna, Joseph Jasik-Drdol, Bonny Butler, Gary Friedman, Lynda Frautnik, Pat Thayer, Dody Rogers, Mike Farrell, Lynne Albright, Jane Mick, Gloria Cassidy, Therese Verner, Jackie Cleveland, Charlotte Mullich, George Goldberg, Bill Duquette, Carrie Duquette, and Sheri Carlson

“The Hyatt is a lovely gem in our town and we invite the public to stop by for a drink or a meal and view the art in the lobby, restaurant and on the walls along the downstairs corridor, ” said Laurie Morgan.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | February 14, 2019

A 22-year-old car washer from Santa Clarita was arrested for false imprisonment. And a 57-year-old unemployed Castaic resident was charged with attempted burglary.

Two individuals were arrested for theft of personal property, including a 35-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident and a 31-year-old unemployed transient.

A 40-year-old peace officer from Stevenson Ranch and a 20-year-old Santa Clarita resident who works at the Hollywood Bowl were arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 50-year-old construction worker from Saugus was arrested for battery.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

30-year-old software technician from Canyon Country
69-year-old retiree from Valencia
49-year-old soccer coach from Valencia
40-year-old cook from Canyon Country
53-year-old “medical rec” from Canyon Country
18-year-old screen installer from Shafter
25-year-old unemployed Rosamond resident
43-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
25-year-old San Francisco resident who refused to state his/her occupation
32-year-old Newhall resident who works in irrigation
26-year-old technician from Los Angeles
21-year-old student from Newhall
63-year-old pharmacist from Saugus
50-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
46-year-old unemployed Anaheim resident

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
52-year-old unemployed Shadow Hills resident
31-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch resident
28-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country
48-year-old Pasadena resident who works in movie production
29-year-old painter from Valencia

Reyes 2009 Syrah Leg of Lamb

| Entertainment | February 14, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I am probably writing for the last time about the award-winning 2009 Syrah, since we only have a few cases left. This has been one of my favorites since I started to work at Reyes Winery. I thought I would focus this week on a Syrah again, since it is International Syrah Day on February 16th. Last year for our annual Winemaker Valentine’s Dinner, I prepared a leg of lamb and served it with the 2009 Syrah. Currently, I have started to have a fond liking for the 2012 Syrah. When I was creating the label for it, I remember continuously smelling so I could write about its aromas and kept getting black apricots. That is one of my favorite fruits. Robert asked me what a black apricot was, so I went into my office and pulled one out. He couldn’t believe I had one, but I love them so much that when they are in season I eat them every day. This year, I am preparing a prime rib roast and pairing it with 2012 Syrah.

Our 2012 Syrah has started to become a favorite of mine. This estate wine won a Double-Gold medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2017 and received 94 points. Plus, it also won a silver medal and 87 points from the 2016 Toast of the Coast; a second silver medal from the 2017 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition; and a bronze from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Our 2011, 2012 & 2013 Syrahs have won Double-Gold Medals from the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Our 2012 Syrah is layered with complex, sweet-smelling nuances of Black Velvet apricots, figs and blackberries. This delicious wine was aged in French oak barrels, which provide the elegance to balance its robust structure. It pairs with prime rib roast with a black apricot glaze, rosemary braised lamb shanks or roasted and caramelized apricots with Greek yogurt and lemons.

I was thinking which recipe I should share between the leg of lamb and the prime rib, so I decided upon the leg of lamb. This is one of my favorite dishes. Growing up, my mom made lamb chops about once a week. I couldn’t wait until dinner was ready. Most people serve lamb with mint. I am not a big mint fan with my lamb, so I wanted to find something that would pair well with lamb. I then went to Reyes 2009 Syrah, since it pairs perfectly. I picked out the nuances, like blackberries, and decided to match them together. Between the wine, blackberries and Reyes 2009 Syrah you would think they were meant to be together.


5 lbs of boneless leg of lamb
3 tsp of olive oil
2 cups Reyes 2009 Syrah
1 cup Blackberry Jam
2 tsp garlic, chopped
5 sprigs of rosemary
1 ½ tsp of kosher salt
2 tsp of seasoned pepper


1. In a Dutch oven, heat the pan and add the olive oil.
2. Sear the leg of lamb on both sides.
3. Salt and pepper both sides of lamb.
4. Add Reyes 2009 Syrah, garlic, blackberry jam and sprigs of rosemary.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours, covered. (30 minutes per pound)
6. Uncover and cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. (12 minutes per pound)
7. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice.
8. Serve.

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