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Wine of the Week – 2017 Wine Education at the L.A. County Fair

| Entertainment | 3 hours ago

by Beth Heiserman

Last week, I attended a wine education class at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona for Award-Winning Wines of Southern California. They presented our 2013 Syrah, which won a silver award. I was so excited to be there and experience a class that I attend every year which included one of our wines. This was the first time we were included in this class or, for that matter, any class. As I waited in line, people kept looking at me and I kept turning behind me trying to figure out what or who they were looking at. The person checking people in told everyone that I was a representative of the #4 wine they were tasting. They asked me to stand up and share a little about us.

I made my way up to the stage, and the judges thought our 2013 Estate Syrah was one of the best wines they have had. And if I do say so myself, it was definitely the best wine of the night! Even Vince Ferragamo said our wine was amazing and said he wanted to come up and visit. I shared where we are located in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Our 2013 Estate Syrah was aged in French Oak for 23 months and brings blackberry, plum, pepper and fall herbs to your senses. Its silky finish lingers with soft tannins and a touch of smoky oak. It pairs with lamb burgers or a mixed berry trifle. We will be releasing this wine on February 17, 2018 for International Syrah Day, which is February 16. But, I will say, you never know if I might put this on the menu for the “wine of the day” to preview it before its official release date.

Afternoon T

| Community | 4 hours ago

by T. Katz

Q: It seems that some of my friends and relatives can’t handle that I’m trying to live my “authentic” life. I think that is such bull. I’m not hurting anyone!
A: Dumpling, this may surprise you, but I am honestly all for living life on your terms and being true to your own doggone self. I am also pleased to hear that you’re not hurting anyone in the process. But, at the end of your day, would you please kindly put your delicate noggin on your fluffy down pillow and ask if that’s really enough? You’re not hurting anyone (and make sure you clear that with everyone you know and love, BTW) but, are you really helping anybody along your way? If not, I have to waggle my index finger at you and point out that that is what is truly bull. While I’m at it, let me point some other “ble” words: Responsible. Accountable. Reliable. Dependable. There are plenty more, but I’ll stop after this last word: Noble.

You used hashtags in your signature, such as #LivingMyTruth (along with a few others), so I decided to mouse around a bit on the world wide web just to see what likeminded human beans in your circle might be up to, as they’re living and documenting their #truth and authentic selves. Some of your people, I’m genuinely happy to say, are doing mighty nice things! Social media shots of yoga, positive self-care and people actively working toward cleaning up second (or third) chapter acts by eliminating bad habits/addictions. I love that! There were others, though, in pursuit of activities that seemed a bit self-serving and downright selfish. I’m not opposed to giving yourself “permission to say ‘No!’ to anything that makes you unhappy, and/or drains your energy.” That advice won’t fly far where jobs, co-workers, employers or family and toddlers are involved. I’m sure the volunteers mucking through the ruins of natural disasters or your neighbors who roll up their sleeves for the non-profit work they do, do so despite being drained. They’re not concerned with their own happiness, but joy arrives at the end of their duties. And, do I really have to remind anyone that breaking laws/codes/hearts for artistic self-expression isn’t the best way to win friends and influence people?

If your “authentic” life leads you away from people who care about you, you might want to make sure that there’s very little high fructose scorn syrup in that kool-aid you’re drinking. If you’ve ever heard a word I’ve said (or written), you might have noticed that I get somewhat steamed when folks justify bad behavior with bumper sticker platitudes. Again, I’m not against self-reflection, introspection and finding out who you are and what you truly believe. Those are, in fact, a few of the qualities that go into making an Excalibur human being. Once your convictions are aligned with even a handful of the above-mentioned words, yours will be a life worth following. No bull. #truth
xo – t.

Just Imagine

| Opinion | 5 hours ago

by Blair Bess

Imagine that the president, in announcing his candidacy two years ago, had thrown his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination. It’s not entirely impossible that he could have done so.

For more than two decades, most of the president’s campaign contributions went to Democratic candidates, both locally and nationally. He changed party affiliations over that period five times – ping-ponging between both parties and engaging in a brief fling with the Independence Party, in addition to electing to choose no party when registering to vote four years before declaring his candidacy.

In previous years, the president supported many issues near and dear to the hearts of Democrats: a woman’s right to choose; belief in universal healthcare; funding for Planned Parenthood; a ban on assault weapons and longer waiting periods to purchase firearms; and a “huuuuge” one-time 14.25 percent tax on the wealthy. He advocated legalizing not only marijuana, but all controlled substances, believing government efforts to thwart trafficking were ineffective and costly.

As many conservative Republicans stated during the campaign, a person can change his mind. True, but it’s unclear whether the president’s is (to steal some of Barack Obama’s thunder) change we can believe in.

Perhaps the president made a calculated decision to enter the presidential race as a Republican after concluding, along with most Americans, that Hillary Clinton would be the presumptive candidate for the opposing party and his ability to knock her from that mantle would prove fruitless.

As erratic as he may be, the president is an unconventional strategic thinker. Not always right, not willing to admit his mistakes, nor grave errors in judgment, often a dangerous gambler, but a strategist nonetheless. The president recognized something that his opponent, until recently, did not. Democrats were increasingly overlooking the large number of working-class people who had previously been their base. Trump smelled opportunity and took advantage of it.

During the campaign, many journalists and pundits pointed out that the president and Bernie Sanders shared a certain degree of populist appeal. They both spoke to the needs and desires of a broad working middle class who felt that their elected officials had long forsaken them. Sanders, a former “social Democrat,” was not a mainstream member of the traditional Democratic Party. The president was disruptive and opportunistic, recognizing the nation was divided and wagering he could manipulate the electorate to suit his needs, unclear as they may be.

Unpredictable is increasingly becoming the president’s middle name. No surprise. It was clear from the start. Still, last week’s surprise “deal” over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, and the president’s border wall took Washington and the rest of the country by surprise.

Clearly, the president felt compelled to reclaim his self-proclaimed eminence as the ultimate dealmaker, even if it meant enlisting Congressional Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to do so. Ultimately, the president’s actions aren’t based on party affiliation or ideologies, be they Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. The president speaks to, and for, a party of one: the party of Trump.

The president has always done what is best for himself in business and, now, in politics. He does not like losers. He likes “killers” and “winners,” criteria often attributed to himself and other extremely wealthy individuals. The president will discard anyone who proves unsuccessful in their attempts to fulfill promises and pledges, which is why he has effectively “fired” House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and embraced their Democratic counterparts.

The president will do what it takes to look good even if it means alienating the party leaders who believed they could regulate him and the base that supported him. He wants to win “bigly” or “big league,” or however he pronounces it next. If it means working with members of the opposite party, so be it. In some respects, this too is a strategic move. Realpolitik has long been practiced in the Swamp. It truly is the only way to get things accomplished. Maybe reaching across the aisle isn’t such a bad thing … so must the president think. Last week at least; perhaps not today; perhaps tomorrow, or with his next tweet.

If Republicans in Washington hope to move forward with their legislative agenda, if they truly desire to retain control of the White House in 2020, they may consider falling to their knees and praying that the president, yet again, switches party affiliation and, next time, runs as a Democrat. It may very well assure them of winning both the electoral and popular votes by a landslide.

Female Athlete of the Week – Grace Ferguson

| SC Living, Sports | 5 hours ago

This Saugus High School senior is a middle blocker for the Centurions’ girls’ volleyball team. She had 14 kills and five blocks last week in the Centurions’ 3-1 win over West Ranch. Saugus’ victory marks the first time they have defeated the Wildcats since October 14, 2014.
“Grace is a steady force at the net for Saugus volleyball this year,” said Zachary Ambrose, coach of the Saugus High School girls’ volleyball team. “Her ability to read the play helps her score with powerful kills and soft shots when needed. Her blocking forces opponents to change their shots, making the court smaller, helping the defense pick up more balls.”

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Should You Begin Planning for Required Minimum Distributions in Your 60s?

| Community | 7 hours ago

by Arif Halaby

The federal and state governments give Americans an opportunity to delay paying income tax on money earned from years of working. These accounts go by the names: IRA, 401k, 403b, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) or Deferred Compensation (457). Each of these plan names refer to where the regulations are found in the IRS code. So then, what happens at the age of 70 ½? The governments now want their tax money.

This is called a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD. By being forced to pull out money from your retirement accounts, your taxes and tax bracket can increase. So much so, that as much as 85 percent of your social security income can become subjected to your current income tax bracket. I have seen this reduce retirement by more than $500 per month to a retiree!

Solution: A Roth IRA is exempt from the RMD rules. Consider converting some of your retirement accounts to a Roth IRA each year leading up to retirement. Meet with your tax advisor and financial professional and ask how much you can convert each year without paying huge amounts in taxes. You may be able to use business write-offs, child tax credits, or other credits that allow you to absorb some or all of your tax liability.

When you reach the age of 70 ½ your RMD is only calculated on the non-Roth IRA values. This means when you withdraw money from your Roth, it is NEVER subject to state or federal income tax again, under current law. This includes all the growth since you converted the account. There was an attempt in President Obama’s last budget submitted to Congress (quickly declined) to change this rule. Remember that the political wind may change this benefit out of your favor, so you may want to act sooner, rather than later.
Your goal should be to have a “team approach” towards this issue so that your best interest is the center of focus, which is why we help clients with this process by working with their CPAs and tax preparers. The sooner you begin to plan, the more prepared you will be financially.

Arif Halaby is a Certified Estate Planner in California and President/CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial and insurance services company in Santa Clarita with offices extending to San Fernando, Simi Valley, and Antelope Valley: 661-753-9683

Wolf Creek Brewery benefits the Senior Center in September

| Community | 7 hours ago

Every month, Wolf Creek Brewery hosts its Community Pints Program benefiting a non-profit every Tuesday with donations from its total sales. This month, the SCV Senior Center is receiving 10 percent of all sales at the brewery on Tuesdays in September, plus proceeds from the purchase of Golden Eagle Ale at Wolf Creek’s Restaurant.

Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, will host live music and special food on the following Tuesdays in September:

Sept. 26—Jackie Beckwith Easy Rock/Swami Sandwiches
The brewery is open from 4-9 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m. Ten percent of all Tuesday sales go to the SCV Senior Center.

The Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company, located at 27746 McBean Pkwy in Valencia, will donate 50 cents from every pint of Golden Eagle Ale purchased on Tuesdays this month.

For more information, call 661-294-9977 or visit Wolfcreekbrewingco.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | 7 hours ago

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!  There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Sep 21, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton John & Terri Live music

7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thur Chocolate Factory theme & G-3 Band

Sep 22, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Another Time Around SRBQ – Fogerty, Orbison & more

7–10p Backyard Grub n Brews Alan Wright band Blues & rock

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Red Rock on the patio Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic rock, surf to pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP band Party rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Contemporary & rap style

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Sep 23, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country

8p–12m VFW 6885 Sound Waves Surf music & more

8:30–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci & Paul Angers Soft rock classics

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Barfly band Rock radio hits

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Live music

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Sep 22 & 23, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Sep 24, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet the Splinters Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes Rock & originals

2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duoClassic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm VFW 6885 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock  4–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam   Large dance floor
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Sep 26,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins Classics & originals

Sep 27,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Eli Locke Live music

7–9p MJ’s Tap House Sheldon Botler Live music

Sep 28, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z Band Classics rock, blues, etc

8–10p +/- Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock

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Sep 29, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Stunt Road w/special guest Carl Verheyen of Super Tramp

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Mystic Posse on the patio Eclectic rock

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles Rock & pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads Rockin’ dance music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock

9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic rock

Non Profit of the Week – Bow Wows & Meows Pet Fair

| Community | 7 hours ago

People who are looking to adopt a new four-legged family member or enjoy a day of free family fun can head to Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption at the 17th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair. This year’s fair, sponsored by Animal Medical Center, Ingolstadt West German Auto Specialists and Valencia Veterinary Center, kicks off at 11 a.m.

Since it began in 2000, the Valencia-based non-profit Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc. has adopted out close to 2,300 pets at its annual fairs, which draw more than 10,000 people each year. All breeds of leashed, well-behaved dogs that are up to date on their vaccinations are welcome to attend with their humans — there is no breed discrimination at the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair.

“Adoption is the most humane way to bring home a new best friend and it’s the most cost-effective too,” said Yvonne (Allbee) Hanson, founder of Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc. “Many of the adoptable dogs and cats at the fair were once part of a family, so they acclimate really well to being in a home again.”

All seven Los Angeles County Animal Shelters will be offering discounted adoption fees of just $30 and their veterinary team will be on hand to answer questions from new county adopters. Every county pet is spayed or neutered, immunized and microchipped, and ready to go home immediately. Adopters receive a special, complimentary “I’ve Just Been Adopted” bag for their new family member, compliments of Bow-Wows & Meows sponsors and vendors. Additional adoptions will also be available from private rescues (adoption fees and policies vary).

In 2016, Bow-Wows & Meows adopted out more than 180 dogs and cats, and Hanson hopes the fair exceeds that number this year. “Our goal is to send all the shelter trucks back empty at the end of the day,” she said. “With the community’s help, we can make that happen.”

Entrance to the family-friendly fair is free and activities include:
The Fun Dog Show, with categories ranging from “Best Vocalist” to “Mystery Mutt” to “Pet/Owner Look-alike” at 1:30 p.m.
70+ Pet-Related Vendors (items and services)
Huge “Super Raffle” with prizes, at just $1 per ticket
Food Truck Court with delicious dining options (including vegan and vegetarian)
Shopping opportunities ranging from premium pet food to pet accessories
Low-cost vaccines from TAGS (free rabies shots)
County pet license renewals
Free community parking will be available in the neighborhoods surrounding Hart Park (including the Metrolink parking lots located behind the train tracks). Local pet lovers can help the fair succeed by spreading the word about Bow-Wows & Meows via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BWMPetFair), Instagram (BowWowsPetFair), or Twitter (@BowWowsPetFair). Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave. in Newhall.
“Social media makes a big impact by bringing more adopters to the fair, helping us save as many lives as possible,” Hanson said.
For more information, visit www.BowWowsAndMeows.org or email info@BowWowsandMeows.org.

Male Athlete of the Week – Cameron Ravenell

| SC Living, Sports | 7 hours ago

A senior at Golden Valley High School, Cameron Ravenell is a defensive end on the Grizzlies football team. Last week he tallied 13 total tackles, four for a loss, and three sacks in the Grizzlies’ 26-13 win over Crespi. The victory comes a week after Golden Valley suffered a 26-19 loss to Crescenta Valley High School. The Grizzlies play Fullerton High School before opening conference play against Saugus on October 6.

“Cameron had one of the best performances from the defensive end position I have ever seen,” said Golden Valley High School Football Coach Dan Kelley. “His size and athletic ability has many colleges looking at him.”

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Fall Fundraisers

| Community | 7 hours ago

Oct 14
The Brittany Foundation’s A Day in Their Paws
The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce, Calif., will bring volunteers and their animals together for “A Day in Their Paws” on October 14, 2017. Volunteers have committed to spend 24 hours in a kennel at The Brittany Foundation Animal Sanctuary with the homeless dog of their choice to raise awareness about how shelter dogs live day after day. Participants will take breaks only to eat and use the restroom, and the kenneled volunteers will raise money for the non-profit organization by having sponsors “buy their freedom” at $1 per minute.

The Brittany Foundation will also host an open house from 12 noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, so the public has a chance to tour the sanctuary and meet their adoptable dogs. Refreshments, raffles, contests, silent auction, and a bake sale is part of the action that day.

The Brittany Foundation is located at the corner of Sierra Highway and Anthony Road in Agua Dulce. Follow signs to the sanctuary. For more information, call (661) 713-5240, email brittany_dogs@yahoo.com or visit www.brittanyfoundation.com. The Brittany Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible.

Oct 18
The Carole Hunt Memorial “Bingo or Bust”
It’s a night of Bingo celebrating 15 years of a special fundraiser benefiting the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. The community is invited to buy in for $35 (pre-paid) or $45 (at the door) to enjoy two Bingo cards and an evening of refreshments.

Bingo or Bust will be held on Wednesday, October 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Henry Mayo Education Center, 23803 McBean Parkway in Valencia, in 1st Floor Rooms 4 – 7.

Additional cards may be purchased at the event, and are $5 each, or 3 for $10. Seating is limited and will sell out fast! Visit https://www.henrymayo.com/foundation/programs-and-events/events/event-list?&eid=13.

Oct 28
Hoedown BBQ to Benefit The Painted Turtle
The North Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board is hosting the annual fundraising BBQ to benefit Paul Newman’s camp, The Painted Turtle, on Saturday, Oct. 28. It begins with cocktails and camp tours at 3:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m., and includes live music from The Hit Machine and both a silent and live auction.

The event is for adults age 21 and older and proceeds support camp programs and services for children with serious medical conditions and their families. The event will be held at The Painted Turtle, 17000 Elizabeth Lake Road in Elizabeth Lake. For more information, contact Brianne Sheldon at 310-451-1353 ext. 112 or email Briannes@thepaintedturtle.org. Visit Thepaintedturtle.org/hoedownbbq.

Oct 30
Thank-a-Vet Golf Tournament
The event is sold out, but sponsorships are being sought for the Thank-a-Vet Golf Tournament. The mission of the Thank-A-Veteran Golf Foundation is to honor and embrace the spirit of the dedication and sacrifices of our military and their families by:

Organizing and implementing fun, enriching, and community-connecting events, the major event being our annual Thank-A-Vet Golf Tournament.To be able to provide a meaningful monetary contribution to organizations that benefits our local military veterans.

This year, Thank-A-Vet’s annual 18-hole scramble format golf tournament will be returning to TPC Valencia Golf Club on Monday, October 30, 2017. As expected, it is sold out, but hole sponsorships, silent auction, and raffle donations are still available. At the event, veterans are treated to a boxed lunch while on the course and a catered dinner when play is complete. The event is capped off with prizes awarded to winning teams and sponsor recognition ending with the silent auction and raffle. For more information about this golf tournament, to make a donation, or to obtain more information about the Thank-A-Vet Foundation (a 501-C-3 organization), contact Nancy Butler at thankavetgolf@gmail.com. Look for them on Facebook as well!

Always Advocating Alan – Canyon Country News Sunrise Rotary’s Alternative Vehicle Expo

| Opinion | 7 hours ago

by Alan Ferdman

I’m in the process of resurrecting my 44-year-old jet ski boat. The project started with taking the Oldsmobile motor out and getting ready to install a very well-built big block Chevrolet. There is always a process of determining the parts required, locating suppliers, placing the orders, and then having to sit and wait for everything to arrive, so finishing the project is going to take a while. At the start of the initial teardown stage, my neighbor came out to ask what I was doing and then made a comment I have heard many times: “You are just an old school gearhead.”

Well, I guess it is true. Starting back in the day when I was 16, I would buy two old cars to make one I could drive. There always seemed to be something magical about collecting a bunch of parts, bolting them together, and then listening to the sound of the engine revving. Even more remarkable was putting the transmission in first gear, letting out the clutch (no automatic transmissions in those vehicles) and driving down the roadway in something I had put together myself.

It got to the point where I was building cars and engines to run at San Fernando Drag Strip, and became acquainted with businesses like Valley Street Clutch, Sherman Oaks Auto Parts, R&B Muffler, Tony Nancy Auto Upholstery and many more. If you remember any of these guys, you grew up in the San Fernando Valley too.

Then, I switched to off-road racing and motorcycles. Open my tool box even today and you will still find Whitworth tools for working on old English bikes, complete sets of metric tools for Japanese and European bikes and, of course, SAE tools for keeping my Harley Davidsons running. I learned about both 2- and 4-cycle motors, transmission repair, electrical system modifications, as well as how to braze, gas weld, stick weld and wire feed weld. Nothing seemed more exciting to me than hearing the sound of the motor and exhaust, feeling the pulse of the machine below me, and hanging on as the bike came too life, accelerating for all it was worth.

But times change, and with the goal of providing transportation without using fossil fuels, alternate energy vehicles are in our future. It looks like, over the next 20 years, “old school gearheads” will be completely replaced by electrical engineers working hard to continue improving electric vehicles, which will operate better than our current trucks, cars and motorcycles by performing more efficiently, with greater reliability and at lower cost.

Yet today, we are already seeing alternate fuel and electric vehicles capable of meeting some of our community members transportation needs. There is nothing wrong with learning about what is available, even if you are an “Old School Gearhead” yourself.

To that end, the Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary club is hosting their 2nd Annual Alternate Vehicle Expo, featuring individual exhibitions of trucks, buses, cars, motorcycles and bicycles using electric power, hybrid configurations, alternate fuel and special high mileage configurations. In addition, some of our local auto dealerships will be there to let you see their alternate fuel vehicle offerings, as well as other vendors, and a band to keep things lively. The show will take place this coming Saturday, September 23 in the Route 66 Classic Grill parking lot, 18730 Soledad Canyon Rd in Canyon Country. Show time is between 12 and 4 PM. If you have a vehicle that matches the criteria and you want to show it off, bring it on down. For more information call Colene Riff at (661) 755-8204.

Looks like even “old school gearheads” may have to get used to listening to the whine of an electric motor. Hope to see you there, so we can learn about what is available today and what is coming in the future.

Sand Canyon Plaza Brings Upscale Dining, Retail, Housing and an Assisting Living Facility to Canyon Country

If you drive down Soledad Canyon Road and cross Sand Canyon Road, you may have noticed the northeast corner looks barren and unkempt. Most residents just consider it an eyesore. But as of last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, it is all going to change. The Sand Canyon Plaza project was approved, bringing 580 housing units, 60,000 square feet of upscale lake front dining and retail, road improvements to both Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road, along with an 85,000-square-foot assisted living facility. This project will provide the first, and only, assisted living facility on the east side of our city. I believe Sand Canyon Plaza is a high-quality project, which now even includes a park and a parking structure to ensure adequate parking is available.

Getting to this point has been no easy task. The southernmost part of this project’s footprint was a manufactured home park. You may remember a few years back when Vons had planned to build a supermarket on the site. To accommodate the change in use, the developer, Tom Clark, purchased all the manufactured homes in the park and moved them off the site. But corporate mergers put end to the plan and Vons enlarged the store on the southwest corner instead. Manufactured homes were now purchased by the developer and moved onto the site to be used as rentals. Recently, in anticipation of this project, tenants were notified and compensated, prior to again emptying the site. In short, the project has been in the works for 32 years to get to where it is today.

Mr. Clark presented the project to the Canyon Country Advisory Committee twice, most recently in January of this year. Although it shows the project prior to the Planning Commission requiring an increase in retail density and enlargement of the assisted living facility, it still represents the basic layout and shows the project’s upscale amenities, which have been longed for by residents in Canyon Country. Mr. Clark’s presentation can be viewed online using the following link: https://youtu.be/kJE2_WtqK2k

What is Malware and How can We Prevent It?

| Community | 8 hours ago

by Tina Louise Penn

Malware is an abbreviated term meaning “malicious software.” This is software that is specifically designed to gain access or damage a computer without the knowledge of the owner. There are various types of malware including spyware, keyloggers, true viruses, worms, as well as any type of malicious code that infiltrates a computer.

Generally, software is considered malware based on the intent of the creator rather than its actual features. Malware creation is on the rise due to the sheer volume of new types created daily and the lure of money that can be made through organized Internet crime. Malware was originally created as experiments and pranks, but eventually led to vandalism and destruction of targeted machines. Today, much of malware is created for profit through forced advertising (adware), stealing sensitive information (spyware), spreading email spam or child pornography (zombie computers), or to extort money (ransomware).

Various factors can make computers more vulnerable to malware attacks, including defects in the operating system design, having all of the computers on a network run the same OS, giving users too much permission, or simply using the Windows OS (due to its popularity, it gets the most malware written for it).
The best protection from malware continues to be the usual advice: Be careful about what email attachments you open, be cautious when surfing, stay away from suspicious websites, and install and maintain an updated, quality antivirus program.

Take Action Now – CCleaner Hacked!
Detected on 13 September 2017, the malicious version of CCleaner contains a multi-stage malware payload that steals data from infected computers and sends it to attackers’ remote command-and-control servers.
The malicious software was programmed to collect a large number of user data, including:

*Computer name
*List of installed software, including Windows updates
*List of all running processes
*IP and MAC addresses
*Additional information, such as whether the process is running with admin privileges and whether it is a 64-bit system.

How to Remove Malware from Your PC
According to the Talos researchers, around five million people download CCleaner (or Crap Cleaner) each week, which indicates that more than 20 million people could have been infected with the malicious version on the app.
“The impact of this attack could be severe, given the extremely high number of systems possibly affected. CCleaner claims to have over 2 billion downloads worldwide as of November 2016 and is reportedly adding new users at a rate of 5 million a week,” Talos said.

Piriform estimated, however, that up to 3 percent of its users (up to 2.27 million people) were affected by the malicious installation.

Affected users are strongly recommended to update their CCleaner software to version 5.34 or higher, in order to protect their computers from being compromised. Take action and reach out to your IT departments and local PC store for assistance, and always do your research when signing up or downloading anything into your network … Think Before You Click!

Contributors: Norton,Hackernews.com

Tina Louise Penn is a cloud technology specialist and VoIP certified technician. You can reach her at 661-210-9222 or visit Cloudplusservices.com. WBENC # 2005125700

Be The Light Charity Run/Walk to Benefit Local Charity

| Community | September 15, 2017

Santa Clarita non-profit addiction support center A Light of Hope will benefit from the 4th Annual Be The Light 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run later this month. Registration is open for community participation in the fundraiser, sponsored by Firehouse Subs and held Saturday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at West Creek Park in Valencia. Online registration will be available on-site up until 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit A Light of Hope, which supports individuals ages 14-26 who are battling addiction, as well as their family members.

New to the event this year is the addition of a 10K run, which will begin at 6 p.m. as a lead up to the 5K, which will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Both events follow the San Francisquito Creek Trail and begin and end at West Creek Park. At the conclusion of the 5K run/walk there will be an awards ceremony at the park for both runs.

The main 5K run/walk, which drew nearly 1,000 participants in 2016, is open to competitive runners, novices and walkers, with place medals awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line. Runners can also sign up as teams, with trophies being awarded to the top three finishing teams. Only participants registered as “runners” will get chip-timed results.
The competitive 10K run is open for participants registered as “runners” with a minimum pace of 10 minutes per mile. All participants will get chip-timed results.

The nighttime run/walk is unique in that hundreds of community members are adorned with glowing lights that create a dazzling spectacle as they move through the night. A goody bag will be provided and some glow lights will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners are asked to bring a small flashlight or headlamp to safely navigate the trail while showing their support for those battling addiction.

The course will follow a loop along both sides of the San Francisquito Creek Trail, between Copper Hill Drive and Decoro Drive. The run/walk starts where the trail adjoins West Creek Park, located at 24247 Village Circle Drive. The route will head south along the trail, cross the Decoro Drive bridge, head north on the trail, and cross the Santa Clara River along Copper Hill Drive. Participants will then continue south along the San Francisquito Creek Trail before ending with a dramatic nighttime finish at West Creek Park.

“We’re excited to add a 10K for the competitive runners in Santa Clarita who have already been so supportive of the event,” said race organizer Mark Montoya. “Combine that with the momentum that has

built up for the 5K, and we’re expecting quite a lively crowd!”

Aside from participating in the race, community members can show their support for the Be The Light 5K in other ways. Race presenters are looking for approximately 60 volunteers and supporters who can sponsor a participant or donate directly through the website at BeTheLight5k.org. Runners can also fundraise individually or as a team.

“Certainly this event supports a great cause, as most of us have been affected by addiction in one way or another,” said A Light of Hope President Tim Traurig. “But, it’s also an exhilarating way to share in the unbelievable community spirit that we have here in Santa Clarita. We expect over 1,000 participants glowing through the night, which is something truly special to be a part of.”

The Be The Light 5K, presented by Firehouse Subs, is also made possible by Gold Sponsors: Sunpower by Green Convergence, Verizon and Rapid Rentals, along with support from AMR, the Santa Clarita Runners Club, Castaic Lake Water Agency and the City of Santa Clarita.

COC Launches Payload to Trap Interplanetary Cosmic Dust

| News | September 15, 2017

A recent flight from New Mexico successfully launched a College of the Canyons payload designed to pick up Interplanetary Cosmic Dust Particles, or IDPs. On Monday, Sept. 4, NASA’s High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, sent up the payload, which was developed by Astronomy & Physics Club students.

It’s the second year in a row the college was selected for the HASP program, and College of the Canyons is one of only five community colleges ever chosen during the program’s 11-year history.

The team of 12 students improved upon last year’s prototype designed to collect IDPs in the upper stratosphere, but the payload experienced some in-flight challenges when its enclosure was activated during the flight. However, the team, led by COC student Daniel Tikhomirov, worked together to troubleshoot the problem and found a way to keep the payload’s enclosure open as a passive collector.

“We will not know for months whether the box captured any dust particles,” Tikhomirov said. “Maybe we’ll capture some particles, but it is unlikely that they will be collected on the payload’s copper plates. Luckily, the optical dust sensor did not fail to give us interesting data on the detection of dust particles.”

The team’s second HASP experience has given the team of COC students invaluable hands-on experience and insight into the fields of science and physics.

“These students are getting graduate student-level project experience at the community college level,” said Teresa Ciardi, a physical science professor at the college who, along with Greg Poteat, an adjunct manufacturing instructor, served as co-advisor on the project. “They are getting real skills that will help them as they move forward in their education and careers.”

In the fall, Tikhimirov will be designing and controlling prototype vehicles for Mars navigation as a Student Independent Research Intern (SIRI) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

As the author of last year’s accepted proposal to HASP, Tikhomirov submitted another proposal in December 2016 to send an improved version of the team’s payload on the HASP platform, which is carried aloft by a scientific balloon. The balloon, measuring 79 feet in diameter, traveled to an altitude of 108,000 feet.

The proposal was accepted in January 2017, which is when the team began to work.

When the final payload launched, a camera was attached to the science balloon, which allowed the team to view the launch and the scene from above during the flight on the NASA HASP webpage.

After the science balloon’s launch, the NASA HASP recovery team followed the team’s specific checklist to retrieve, detach, pack, and send the team the box that was designed to trap IDPs. The team will analyze the box at a clean room at COC.

Funding for the payload, clean room cleaning and equipment for payload testing was provided by the COC Foundation. The HASP program is run by Louisiana State University and the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility.

Wine of the Week – Celebrate One of the Oldest Wine Varietals … Tempranillo

| Entertainment | September 15, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Tempranillo ripens earlier than other varietals. It grows around the world, but is mainly grown in the Rioja region of Spain. This varietal has been growing since Phoenicians settled in the Iberian Peninsula somewhere around 1,000 BC, when the wine trade was flourishing. The Phoenicians had created a widespread wine trading network around the Mediterranean Sea ports at the time. It is possible that they started trading around 800 BC when they founded Carthage in 814 BC. They also founded Málaga, Spain in 770 BC, which is on the southern coast. From there they went inland and spread winemaking throughout Spain.

In 1905, Frederic Bioletti brought Tempranillo to California, but it did not get a great response from people due to the pre-Prohibition era. But also, the hot, dry climates made it difficult for the grape to flourish.

Later, in the 1980s, Californian Tempranillo started to increase when it was found that growing in rocky areas suited it best.

Tempranillo is considered neutral in flavor and is often blended with other grapes, like Grenache, and aged in oak for a longer period of time. It tends to have fruit flavor notes of strawberries, cherries, figs or plums. Sometimes it can have earthier notes of cedar, leather, tobacco or vanilla.

Oso’s Blend was aged in French Oak for 18 months. It is crimson in color with soft aromas of blackberry, cassis and leather. On the palate, notes of cherry, plum and ripe tomatoes with a hint of vanilla and clove can be perceived. This is a blend of 54 percent Merlot and 46 percent Tempranillo. We sourced the Tempranillo from Alonso Family Vineyards in the Sierra Pelona Valley and the Merlot is estate grown. Last Sunday, we opened a bottle to celebrate Oso, who passed away on July 27, 2017. He was the gentle giant German shepherd at the winery, where he grew up and spent his life in the freedom of the vineyard. Oso’s Blend will be released October 14-15 for a Vertical Merlot Tasting to celebrate “Merlot Month.” It will be one of eight merlot wines being featured and the community is invited to celebrate Oso’s life at Reyes Winery. You can make reservations at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

 

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 15, 2017

A 28-year-old manager from Newhall was arrested for indecent exposure/illegal entry to an occupied dwelling. A 46-year-old driver from Long Beach was arrested for defacing property and an unemployed 27-year-old transient was charged with vandalism. A 30-year-old shop foreman from Lancaster was charged with obstruction/resisting an executive officer.

Authorities picked up a 21-year-old receptionist from Montebello for failure to appear for a traffic warrant. And a 22-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man was picked up for violation of felony parole.

A 32-year-old construction worker from Valencia was arrested for rape by force/fear.

An unemployed 59-year-old Santa Clarita woman was arrested for battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. A 34-year-old construction worker from Stevenson Ranch was picked up for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 32-year-old machinist from Castaic was cited for carrying a loaded firearm on his person or in his vehicle in a public place. And an unemployed 26-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger on his person. Also, a 44-year-old cashier from Los Angeles was charged with possession of a switchblade knife in his vehicle or a public place.

A 26-year-old manager and three clerks were charged with embezzlement of property valued at more than $400 by an employer: a 25-year-old Saugus woman, a 32-year-old Palmdale woman and an 18-year-old Canyon Country woman.

A self-employed 21-year-old Newhall man was arrested for theft of personal property. A 32-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for robbery.

A 34-year-old landscaper from Castaic, an 18-year-old student from Oakland, an unemployed 26-year-old Bakersfield man and two construction workers from Sylmar were arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. And three Bakersfield residents were arrested for receiving known stolen property worth more than $950: an unemployed 19-year-old man, a 23-year-old janitor and a 21-year-old cashier.

A 37-year-old plumber from Lancaster and a 30-year-old nurse from Lakeview Terrace were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. An unemployed 21-year-old Saugus woman and an unemployed 26-year-old Valencia woman were picked up for possession of a narcotic/controlled substance. A 35-year-old construction worker from Chula Vista was picked up for selling/offering to sell or transport marijuana.

A 30-year-old Canyon Country man whose occupation is listed as professional skater, a 22-year-old heating and A/C technician from Castaic and a 29-year-old unemployed Sylmar man were cited for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

A 56-year-old flight attendant from Valencia was charged with a DUI of a combined drug and alcohol influence.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
33-year-old mental health worker
37-year-old location scout from Valencia
42-year-old probation officer from Lancaster
31-year-old Valencia man
23-year-old machinist from Palmdale
27-year-old self-employed Buena Park man
33-year-old unemployed Visalia man
59-year-old banquet manager from Palmdale

The Society Improv at The Main in Newhall

| Entertainment | September 14, 2017

They say that laughter is the best medicine — so this Friday, trade in your life-saving medications, dump your insurance plan and trade it all in for a night of comedy with The Society improv troupe at The Main in Newhall at 8 p.m.

The Society Improv Troupe has been Santa Clarita’s resident comedy crew since 2006. Once a month these 10 seasoned performers get together and perform family-friendly comedy in front of strangers, all on the spot.

Comedy improv is a performance style that involves making up scenes without preparation, and begins with a single suggestion from the audience. The Society notes that this style is similar to that of the hit show “Whose Line is it Anyway,” except that they “don’t force you to listen to Drew Carey.”

Tickets are available online and at the door for the show on Friday, September 15, 2017. The Society highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults, with a 20 percent discount for seniors and students.

For more information about The Society or to purchase tickets to the event, visit their website at www.jointhesociety.com. To order tickets at the box office call 661-290-2255. The Main is located at 24266 Main Street in Newhall.

The Most Dangerous Man in the World

| Opinion | September 14, 2017

by Blair Bess

The most dangerous man in America – perhaps in the world – right now is not Donald J. Trump; it might not even be Kim Jung Un. The most dangerous man in this country is Steven K. Bannon, former White House chief strategist and self-anointed visionary of the Alt-Right.

In between gritting his teeth and clenching his jaw during an interview with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes” last Sunday, Bannon vowed to “take the fight to the people we need to take the fight to.” He didn’t quite define who the “we” are; presumably, he and the purveyors of “real news” he oversees at Breitbart News. Nor was he clear about what the fight is or who exactly the people he wants to take his fight to are.

Are they White Supremacists, anti-Semites, Neo-Nazis? While not the president’s sole constituency, they are among the base who embrace the president’s nationalist philosophy. Or is it Steve Bannon’s philosophy? Bannon is unclear. During the course of the “60 Minutes” interview, he condemns racists and Neo-Nazis, stating that he and the president appeal to “an American people. Working class people in this country.”

When candidate Trump stated he was “the least prejudiced person you’ll ever meet,” he may actually have believed it, just as he is able to convince himself of so many of the untruths he spouts. It seems, however, that the now-president may have torn a page from the Book of Bannon, the apocalyptic tome that incites people to rise up in the streets and take back “their” country. Bannon says “the mainstream media can call me an anti-Semite, a racist, a nativist. They can call me anything they want.” Because, he says, he isn’t any of those things. He denounces and condemns all hate groups.

To paraphrase a line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Bannon “doth protest too much, methinks.” This is the same Steve Bannon who objected to enrolling his twin daughters in a private girls’ school in Los Angeles because, according to court documents, he didn’t want them attending classes with “whiny brat” Jews.

I come to bury Bannon, not praise him (there goes that Shakespeare guy in me again). Bannon says he holds the people in Washington in total and complete contempt. That they’re idiots. Bush, Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Obama, former Director of National Security James Clapper, the whole lot of them. He says he wants to go to war with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. He didn’t like it when McConnell told the president he needed to back off the “drain the Swamp” thing to get things done. While McConnell may have been myopic in his belief that he could exercise control over this president, he did have a point.

The president and Congress needed to work together to pass a legislative agenda that included repealing and replacing healthcare (hah-hah), cutting taxes, and providing funds for infrastructure. McConnell and Ryan knew and know this. Whether we like the institutions of government or not (Bannon loathes them), a sense of equilibrium must be maintained to get anything done. Clearly, that balance doesn’t exist, because nothing is getting done in Washington.

Bannon blames the swamp and “the elites” for these failures. Funny, the president has filled the swamp to the brim with just the sort of swamp rats and elites he and Bannon proposed ridding it of. In fact, despite Bannon’s self-described working class Irish-Catholic roots, he himself holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Georgetown, and Harvard; sounds elite to me.

Bannon made millions on Wall Street, first at Goldman Sachs (former home of two other administration elites, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the president’s chief economic advisor Gary Cohn) and then at his own boutique investment bank. There, he specialized in financing media ventures. Interesting that he made even more millions from the media he professes to loathe. Bannon is not just a former resident of the swamp, he appears to be a contrarian Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Getting back to Bannon’s disdain for the mainstream media. He claims that it is responsible for the president’s inability to get things done, what with their focus on all those nasty allegations of collusion with the Russian government and questionable business deals with Russian oligarchs and organized crime figures. Bannon says in the “60 Minutes” interview that there’s “nothing to the Russia investigation … it’s a waste of time … a total and complete farce.” Darn that “fake news,” they get it wrong every single time.

Bannon says the narrative of the swamp-ridden mainstream elitist media is “dead wrong.” Because in the world of Steven K. Bannon and Breitbart “News,” only their narrative is right, accurate and truthful. Because it fits with their so-called populist, nationalist, nativist agenda.

This is Steven K. Bannon’s narrative. This is what is true to Breitbart readers and the web-based aggregators who spew Bannon’s distorted perception of reality. Steve Bannon loves chaos. He believes it is an agent of change. He believes he’s a tough street-smart fighter who, through his attempts to spin and wrest control from the elites and swamp dwellers, will return this country to its “citizens” and make America great again. With the president’s help, of course.

Steven K. Bannon believes our government and political institutions must be torn down in order to rebuild this country in his image from the ground up. That’s the kind of change Bannon believes in. It’s the kind of change that borders on anarchy. The kind we saw in Charlottesville. Tread lightly, America.

Steve Yeager to Speak at Local Temple

| Community | September 14, 2017

A local Jewish congregation is inviting the community to meet baseball great Steve Yeager this weekend at a free event. On Sunday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the public has the opportunity to get an inside look at the Dodgers’ 2017 season when Congregation Beth Shalom of Santa Clarita hosts a conversation with Dodgers’ 1981 World Series MVP Steve Yeager. In his 15-year career of major league baseball, Yeager caught 1,230 games and played in four World Series. His career has kept him with the Dodgers as their major league catching coach, where he instructs the next generation of catchers. He also spends time with the minor league catchers during spring training.

Yeager was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6, 1967 in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft. Known as a strong defensive catcher, Yeager first played in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972. During his tenure, he commanded a pitching staff that included Mike Marshall, Steve Howe, Jerry Reuss, Fernando Valenzuela, and Don Sutton to World Series appearances in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981. He led the National League in Caught Stealing Percentage in both 1978 (46.7 percent) and 1982 (43.1 percent). After the 1986 season with the Seattle Mariners, Yeager retired and decided to teach the next generation of future baseball stars.

In 1991, Yeager converted to Judaism. He will speak about his experience and motivations behind this moment in his life, as well as his relationship with his father-in-law, who was an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor.

Yeager will also offer an insider’s view into the Dodgers’ historic run, their successful pitching staff and young talent, Kershaw’s return, and the upcoming playoffs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, take photos or have memorabilia signed. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to congregation members and nonmembers. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. For more information, contact Hal Dash at (661) 312-7086 or hal@cerrell.com, or David Simon at (818) 512-7295 or david.simon@cbs-scv.org.

 

Male Athlete of the Week Colton Mitchell

| Sports | September 14, 2017

A senior at West Ranch High School, Colton Mitchell is starting the season strong as quarterback for the Wildcats’ football team. Last week he threw four touchdowns and rushed for another as West Ranch throttled St. Genevieve 39-12.

“Colton is a tremendous addition to this squad — he has been nothing but hard working,” said Christopher Varner, coach of the West Ranch High School football team. “He is the type of athlete that other players gravitate to, as he leads by example. His goal is to throw himself into a college scholarship and with his potential, along with stellar grades, I have no doubt that things will work out for him in the future.”

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Worried About the Financial Wellbeing of Your Children? Never Leave Them Money!

| Community | September 14, 2017

by Arif Halaby

For many years, Americans have wanted the next generation to be better off than they were. Perhaps that means having a better life, less worry, becoming more educated, with a better job and a nicer neighborhood, and so on. However, the biggest mistakes I have seen over the years is in the exchange from one generation to the next. Is the goal to hand your children a better opportunity for a better future, or is it to just hand them money?

Currently we live in a relatively free society. There is opportunity for anyone and everyone to finish high school, and even college, plus nearly everyone has food and clean water. So, what’s left? It seems the next thing a maturing society can do is give their offspring money.

After over 21 years sitting with thousands of people in my practice as a financial professional, I have only seen this work out a handful of times. It may work for a short while, but if the foundation of sound money principles has not been taught, children will lose the house, lose the business, and eventually lose the MONEY.

Solution: If your goal is to give your kids a head start, then begin as early as possible. Teach them how money works, not just what it can buy. Have them start a business at an early age so they understand expenses, cost of goods, and taxes. Yes, taxes. Take money from them and give them what your income tax gives you. Have them experience failure when a great idea in their head turns out to be crummy in real life. There are books designed to teach kids how to manage wealth rather than just being consumers of “stuff,” and great electronic and board games giving kids a chance to save, invest and plan.

If your children are older, consider the idea of allowing them to inherit money after they prove themselves, meaning their age is of little significance, but their accomplishments are meaningful. A wealthy friend of mine has two children. Financially speaking, they couldn’t be more different. When he dies, he will likely leave behind anywhere from $50-$100 million. The only way either of his kids will see a dime is to show up at the end of each year with the tax forms and show the trust executor the numbers. If one of them earns $100,000 on her own, that’s what she receives from the trust. If the other one only earns $25,000, that’s what she gets. My friend is not worried about this phony thing called “being fair.” Instead, he is requiring respect for the money that he sacrificed to earn throughout his life.

You may not be able to leave your child millions of dollars when you die, but any money or possessions you do leave behind will never hold the same amount of respect in the mind of your kids as it did in your life. After all, it took you a lifetime to earn it and they received it in a moment. Go ahead, attach some strings to it.

Arif Halaby is a Certified Estate Planner in California and President/CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial and insurance services company in Santa Clarita with offices extending to Simi Valley and Antelope Valley. 661-753-9683

Can we survive another Obama-type “Red Line” with North Korea?

| Opinion | September 14, 2017

by Joe Messina

The Facebook foreign policy experts and the Left news are going nuts trying to protect Clinton and Obama. It now seems the North Korean nuclear deal was just a “framework” that the international community could build on. What does that mean?

According to then President Clinton, the North Korean agreement was a GOOD deal for the United States because the deal would freeze and then (dismantle) their nuclear arsenal. (That worked out well, now didn’t it!)

South Korea and others in the area would be better protected and the entire world will be safer by slowing these guys down. Clinton also said South Korea and Japan agreed to help North Korea find an alternative way to generate power, eliminating their need for nuclear power. The United States and international inspectors were to CAREFULLY monitor North Korea and ensure it was living up to the agreement. (Sounds like Iran, and that’s working out fine, right?)

North Korea admitted to starting its nuclear program to simply create nuclear weapons in 2002. President Billy Bob knew about this before his speech. He also knew that the reactor being built was not connected to the power grid and had NO intention of being used for power.

Interestingly enough, Clinton structured the deal in such a fashion that it didn’t require ratification by the Senate. (Obama used this same strategy for his Iran deal).

Bush entered the scene perceiving there was a serious issue here and “paused” the agreement in order to make a new, REAL deal. Intelligence agencies determined that North Korea was moving full steam ahead. North Korea later admitted they started up operations four days after they made the agreement. (Sounds again like Iran!)

Bush froze the delivery of fuel, as agreed by Clinton. North Korea kicked out the then-useless UN Inspectors (they caught nothing) and went full bore into developing their weapons. They even helped Syria develop a nuclear facility. Thanks to our friends in Israel that project was “terminated.”

The Obama Administration considered it a lost cause and spent no real time on it, calling it “Strategic Patience.” How did that work out? While he was strategically being patient, the North Koreans perfected its nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment and missile technology.

Some insiders from both the Obama and Clinton administrations say they knew North Korea was cheating but planned to “use the information for leverage at the UN.” I don’t even know what that means.

For your reading pleasure, included in Billy’s speech were phrases like:
“This agreement will help to achieve a longstanding and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.”

Or this gem! “This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world. It reduces the danger of the threat of nuclear spreading in the region. It’s a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community” or “Today, after 16 months of intense and difficult negotiations with North Korea, we have completed an agreement that will make the United States, the Korean Peninsula, and the world safer.”

And in another Clinton moment akin to “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” he ends with; “Today all Americans should know that as a result of this achievement with North Korea, our Nation will be safer and the future of our people more secure.” The above words should terrify you!

Nothing in this North Korean agreement happened. NOTHING! The North Koreans, the Russians, and Iranians may be the most dangerous trio on the planet!

Now this gets better because Clinton didn’t do this all alone. He asked someone, who at that time had the biggest failed presidency in U.S. history, Jimmy “The Racist” Carter to go negotiate with them to back off the nukes.

Jimmy gave them $5 billion in aid and 2 new reactors for power! Clinton hailed this as one of the greatest achievements in assuring peace on the Korean Peninsula, so much so, that Mr. Carter was given a Nobel Peace prize for it!

An interesting note… The Left makes a VERY big deal of the fact that President Trump said he would be “honored” to meet Kim Jong Un. But had no problem with EX-President Jimmy Carter saying that “Kim II Sung wanted my respect and I am going to give it to him.” Remember he got a Peace Prize!

Enter President Obama who said he would “Never accept a nuclear North Korea.” I guess, as all the loons on the Left claim, this crisis has come about ONLY while Trump has been president. Wow! The North Koreans have come all this way in 8 months!

Let’s see how many of you Obama worshippers can be honest with yourself. Among his many lies, you know, you can keep your doctor or your policy or well, most everything. He promised. After saying he wouldn’t accept a nuclear North Korea and after they launched many missiles and after they tested many nuclear bombs, what did he do?

What effective action did Obama take against North Korea? If you said NONE you would be correct! It’s been escalating since 2015 and I’m sure he prayed to himself that no bombs would be lobbed until he was out of office!

So to tie it all up … since the days of the North Korean and Iranian agreements:

They have continued to enrich uranium. Not supposed to.
They have continued nuclear testing. Not supposed to.
They have continued missile testing. Not supposed to.
They have continued to lie and deceive us. Not supposed to.
And we have continued to do nothing of substance.

The eloquent and ever-wise Congresswoman Maxine Waters states her concern that if North Korea launches a nuclear attack on the U.S. she’s afraid Trump will get us in a nuclear war! As if that statement isn’t scary enough, she wants to run for president.

We have tried diplomatic measures for years. We have paid them. Given them FREE fuel. And much more, to no avail.

North Korea’s actions show a total contempt for anyone or anything but North Korea. To allow them to continue along the path they have chosen would mean we allow them to, at minimum, hold the whole area hostage to the whims of their sick, little dictator. Remember … he believes himself to be a god!

President Trump was elected to conduct business in a different way. To actually protect us. To actually speak for the people.

I’m thinking a new Great Lake is in the making. Lake North Korea!

The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

Advanced Technology Careers Event with Star Power

| Community | September 14, 2017

An event next month entitled “Careers in the Making” is open to William S. Hart Union High School District students, parents and the rest of the community as well. There will be a speaker panel and displays about careers in advanced technologies at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (COC) from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 12.

The event covers “design, engineering, fabrication, and more,” according to a press release. Celebrity host, Titan Gilroy, will be the keynote speaker. He is the owner of TITANS of CNC, an elite aerospace CNC Machine shop in Northern California. He is also the executive producer and star of the television series TITANS of CNC (formerly TITAN American Built).

Representatives from local advanced technology companies will discuss career paths in manufacturing and advanced technologies, along with displays and activities explaining opportunities in design, engineering, fabrication, robotics, and distribution.

The William S. Hart Union High School District, College of the Canyons, City of Santa Clarita, SCV Economic Development Corporation, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting are presenting the event.

“Advanced Technologies represent a significant industry sector in Santa Clarita with job growth in highly skilled, high-wage careers,” said Dr. Mariane Doyle, director of Career & College Readiness and Adult Education for the Hart School District. “Our business partners are working closely with education so we can provide a pipeline of well-prepared future employees who appreciate the Santa Clarita quality of life while enjoying a career in an exciting industry. High school and adult students alike will benefit from participating in our celebration of the national event ‘Manufacturing Day.’”

During the day following this public event, students currently in the Hart School District’s Advanced Technologies Pathways will attend a second presentation by Gilroy, and see displays and experience activities conducted by many SCV advanced technology partners, including Advanced Bionics, Aerospace Dynamics Inc., Car Lights & Sounds, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, FMI Aerostructures, LSL Instruments (guitars), Remo Drums, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, and Technifex. Students will meet current robotics competitors, NASA HASP (High Altitude Student Payload), and have hands-on engineering and fabrication activities in COC’s FabLab and MakerSpace.

Admission and parking are free, but you are asked to reserve seats with an RSVP on the site: www.scvedc.org/mfgday.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 14, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV! 

Sep 14, Thurs    6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn                         Classics, rock–jazz & more

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Sep 15, Fri       6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Dead to the Core              Grateful Dead tribute band

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Overdrive on the patio   Live music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Lance Allyn                   Classics, rock–jazz & more

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Copycats                      Stones to Radiohead

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Jimmy Long                  Live music

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Sep 16, Sat       12–2p               49er Saloon in Acton     Rebel Heart – rock         Fundraiser & motorcycle ride finish

5–12m              Agua Dulce Women’s Club    A.D. Country Fair          Chili, games, live music, etc
4–5pm              Davenport Rd to Darling Rd   A.D. Fair Parade                       temp. street closures

6–10p               Vincent Hill Station        Michael Gabriel             Contemporary, stirring

7–11m              Backyard Grub n Brews Right Side Up               Classic rock

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Generation Gap             Classic  50’s to 70’s

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Sean Hughes                    Rock & originals

9p–12m                        Valencia Wine Co          Vinyl Gypsies                Classic rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Rick Berthod band        Blues & Rock

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Sep 15 & 16, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and  Sun 5–8pm     Salt Creek Grille           Live music

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Sep 17, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       the Saloonatics             Live music

10a–1:30p         TPC Valencia                Lance Allyn                   Classics, rock–jazz & more

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Alan Wright band           Blues & rock

2:30-5:30p         Valencia Wine Co          Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo   Classic rock, blues & jazz

5–8p                 TPC Valencia                Robert Heft blues band Blues & classics

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Cold River band                        Country

4–9pm              American Legion 507     Blues Jam                      Large dance floor

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Sep 19,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Big Coyote                   Country & originals

Sep 20,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Miles 2 Go                    Classic rock

Sep 21, Thur       6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        John & Terri                        Live music

6:30-9:30p         Casa de Pizza               Jimmy Carnelli               Sinatra style traditionals
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

7-10pm             Downtown Newhall        Senses, 3rd Thur              Chocolate Factory theme & G-3 Band

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Sep 22, Fri        6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Another Time Around      SRBQ – Fogerty, Orbison & more

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Red Rock on the patio   Live music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Ron Suffredini               Classic rock, surf to voodoo

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          PULP band                   Rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Matt Loewy                   Contemporary & rap style

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