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Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | February 23, 2018

An unemployed 19-year-old local transient was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, a firearm. An unemployed 24-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

An unemployed 50-year-old Santa Clarita man, in addition to a 49-year-old truck driver and a 29-year-old nurse, both from Canyon Country, were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 43-year-old Valencia man who is a lead man in the studios was arrested for battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 29-year-old Lancaster woman, an unemployed 30-year-old Santa Clarita woman and an unemployed 21-year-old Canyon Country man were arrested for burglary.

A 37-year-old unemployed Los Angeles man and a 27-year-old laborer from North Hills were arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. A 23-year-old food service worker from Palmdale was brought up on charges of driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for reckless driving.

An unemployed 60-year-old Castaic man was arrested for disobeying a domestic relations court order and a 41-year-old construction worker from Valencia was cited for failure to appear for a traffic warrant.

An unemployed 24-year-old Newhall man was arrested for vandalism with a loss valued at $400 or greater. And a 33-year-old operations manager from Newhall was charged with vandalism.

A 62-year-old maintenance worker from Canyon Country and an unemployed 26-year-old Valencia man were charged with possession of a narcotic/controlled substance. A 20-year-old waitress from Saugus was charged with possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia. And a 37-year-old dog groomer from Granada Hills was picked up for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance included:
28-year-old unemployed Newhall man
20-year-old unemployed Valencia man
37-year-old food server from Valencia
45-year-old unemployed Castaic man

DUIs with prior arrests included:
30-year-old supervisor from Redondo Beach
26-year-old package handler from Northridge
48-year-old welder from Bakersfield
44-year-old cook from Los Angeles
24-year-old crew chief from Rosamond
65-year-old manager from Valencia

Creativity Advocacy – The Dirty Secret of Creativity

| Community | February 22, 2018

by Rene Urbanovich

Some Creativity experts purport that in order to be deemed “Creative” one must be an expert in one’s domain, and then innovate something in that field. Other Creativity teachers push the idea that either angels or magic are behind our inspiration. This concept is nothing new; it came from Greek times when Plato taught that creative genius came from “the muse” and “divine madness.” My research has taught me that Creativity is not for the select few – but just the opposite. Creativity is for everyone and it’s as readily available as the air we breathe. There is absolutely no need to ration our interaction with it, because there’s plenty to go around. That should be a relief for those who’ve assumed that the Creativity fairy had passed them by.

Understanding the phenomenon of Creativity is beneficial not only for posts on Pinterest, but as the key to our own individual happiness. If you think Creativity is for the specific population who pours over screenplays at Starbucks, or the gutsy group who pirouette across the Canyon Theatre stage, or if you feel relegated to the monthly paint-by-number league (cheers for the wine!) then maybe it’s time to explore what true Creativity is.

I have a friend who works at the largest entertainment corporation in the world. She’s around Creative people 9-to-5 year-round. She’s surrounded by painters, animators and writers. The other day she was introduced as “the non-creative administrative type” and her heart sank. She was sick of being excluded from the Creativity Club. During coffee one day, we processed the scope of her job requirements and couldn’t quantify the amount of Creativity warranted by her position as manager of people and producer of programs. Creativity exuded from her all day, every day, but because she didn’t see herself as “one of them” she had been sullied with an underlying disappointment. After challenging that long-held belief, she was met with fresh joy and inspiration.

It takes a Creative act to change our thinking, but that’s exactly how we transform anything in our lives. One thought at a time. Creativity invites everyone to engage, not just the artsy-fartsy talented elite. Once we discover just how Creative we are as nurses and homemakers and problem-solvers and managers, we realize we are drawing from the huge well of human Creativity – the same source that inspired the discovery of life-saving penicillin and that produced the Mona Lisa. Scientists even believe that human Creativity is intrinsically the same as Creativity in nature – the stuff that makes the stars shine and rivers run. When we understand what Creativity is (and what it’s not), we see that we are a part something greater than ourselves; then we can slough off that muddy disappointment. We can begin to see Creativity in everything we do and everywhere we go. I guess that’s why they called it magic way back when. But the dirty secret behind every magic trick is the power of belief. And as for Creativity – well, it’s NO secret.

Rene Urbanovich is a Humanities instructor and a Voice and Creativity teacher, holding a BA in Creativity Studies, MA in Humanities and is state certified in adult learning. Rene loves to write and can sometimes be seen writing alongside her life partner of 37 years at Mimi’s Cafe on Sunday nights.

Their four children, raised in the SCV, are now scattered across the globe, contributing their gifts to others via music, documentaries, activism, and comedy. 

Immigration Policy

| Opinion | February 22, 2018

by Stephen Smith

Once again, immigration policy is being brought to the forefront. Prior to recent years, immigrants coming to the United States were expected to be in good health, be willing and able to provide for themselves and their families. Expectations included immigrants having jobs already waiting for them or families that would take them in until they could get on their feet. By coming to America, they took a great risk uprooting their families and seeking a new life. They were committed to becoming part of the American Dream, that if you just worked hard, studied and with a little luck you would be successful.

Times have changed with the expansion of entitlements and social welfare programs. Even undocumented immigrants can get free medical care, education for their children and a large range of services provided by the government and various non-profits. Whereas before, if they could not make it here they would return home, now with the assistance available, they can afford to stay. This makes it even more attractive for people to brave ICE, and often with little more than the clothes on their back, to decide that “They’re Coming to America.” Often, they are only looking for work and to send money back to the old country to provide for their families. In the case of Mexico, the government intercepts funds sent back home and takes up to 30 percent off the top as income tax. No wonder Mexico supports illegal immigration. It is a Mexican Government cash cow.

Certainly, there have been many problems and divisiveness regarding immigration policy. I will not go into any of that here or doubt the sincerity of the different points of view. It is much more important that we establish a working solution for legal immigration once and for all.

There can be no permanent solution if border security (the wall) is not completed first. Not only is it needed to manage immigration, we need it to keep our citizens safe from those who desire to do us harm and to stop the flow of dangerous drugs into our communities.

Promises alone will just not do it. If you remember the Reagan years, you know why. Politicians just cannot be trusted to keep their word. After President Reagan granted amnesty, legislators failed to provide funding for adequate border security. That is why we find ourselves where we are today. In other words, first build the wall. I do not care who pays for it.

After that, I am fine with President Trump’s proposal regarding passing DACA with 1.8 million future legal immigrants having a pathway to citizenship, ending the lottery and most extended family migration.

I am well disposed to issuing green cards to those who have come here to be educated and received American degrees in areas that would benefit all of us, such as math, science, medicine or business. (Not on medieval poetry, for example.) I think there should be special consideration for those who choose to serve in our military.

I like the idea of merit immigration, but it strikes me as unfair to people who come here who have energy, heart and a love of America. We just cannot know what people can do unless they are given a chance. Therefore, I have a very novel idea.

I want it to be very easy to get a work permit. The length of time for it to be valid would be dependent on circumstances. There would be short length of time for those engaging in temporary or seasonal work and those who are seeking pick up jobs. Longer for those who come with needed special skills or already have guaranteed employment.

This is my radical idea. All immigrant workers would be issued an ATM ID card with photo ID and other biometrics. All income these immigrants receive must be paid directly to the ATM. At the time the deposits are made, a flat rate tax of, say, 15 percent must be automatically deducted from the account. The banks may take a small processing charge. Taxes collected goes to local governments where the ATM card is being used. The money should be used for local services like police, fire, emergency services including county hospitals and education. Local government officials, by seeing where ATM activity is occurring, can better allocate services. Workers would be able to send money home using the card. If for any reason they violate the terms of their work visa, the card would be turned off. They would be required to report to a federal agency to update their status and have it turned back on or face possible deportation.

That’s it. Make getting a work permit easy. Permits would be temporary. All income must be deposited on an ATM/work permit card. All income is taxed at a flat rate and to be spent locally. If they do not comply, turn the card off until problem corrected. By adopting this plan, immigrants would become fully participating members of society and contributing to the funding of local services. Information collected by the ATM system could be used for consideration if they choose to become citizens.

If you like this idea, tell your senator and congressperson.

Oxidation in Wine, the Most Common Wine Fault!

| Entertainment | February 22, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Oxidation in wine is the most common wine fault. It can happen during different stages of winemaking, including while it’s aging in the bottle. It can cause a loss of color; for instance, red wine will develop a brownish tint, like the color of a raisin. Sulfates are added to wine to prevent this.

The Romans used sulfur dioxide in winemaking. They had discovered that burning candles inside empty wine containers kept them fresh and clean from vinegar. Sulfites are even present in unsulfured wine. It will just contain a smaller amount, approximately 10 mg per liter. It is used like an antioxidant, which protects from spoilage. Adding sulfates also controls and minimizes the “volatile acidity,” which is another word for vinegar.

Sulfur dioxide is also an extremely significant compound in winery sanitation. All equipment must be kept clean, but bleach can cause cork taint, which was explained in last week’s article.

A small percentage of people have allergies to sulfur dioxide, so many wineries are trying to lower the quantity used. The legal amount is 350 ppm (parts per million). At Reyes Winery, we currently use 50 ppm. When wine has over 200 ppm, the odor is more predominant.

Sometimes oxidation will start to occur in the bottle before you uncork it; when you do open the bottle and notice that either your white or red wine seems a bit brown, smell it. White wine tends to have a nutty aroma, while red wine will smell like vinegar.

Male Athlete of the Week – Jordan Starr

| Sports | February 22, 2018

A senior and captain of Santa Clarita Christian’s boys’ basketball team, Jordan Starr scored 16 points and 11 assists in the Cardinals’ 83-23 win over Rubidoux in the second round of the CIF SS Divison 5AAA boys basketball playoffs. The win brought SCCS to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

“Jordan Starr is a very special player and has performed at a very high level all year long,” said James Mosley, coach of the SCCS boys’ basketball team. “He is one of the leaders of our team and he really makes the players around him play at a higher level. Jordan is a statistical leader in points, rebounds and assists for our team.”

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SCV Charity Chili Cook-Off Slated for March 20

| Community | February 22, 2018

The WiSH Education Foundation will benefit from the 6th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-Off on Tuesday, March 20. The event will be held at Wolf Creek Brewery in Santa Clarita and include 40 different chilis to taste, a silent auction, photo booth, a live band and dancing.

General admission is $25 and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. For a VIP experience, including early entrance at 5:30 p.m., free valet parking, a swag bag and hors d’oeuvres, admission is $65.

Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. For more information, visit SCVCharitychilicookoff.com.

Non Profit’s Hero of the Week – Jeffrey Gilbert

| SC Living | February 22, 2018

Jeffrey Gilbert is an oboist, vocalist and an educator within the William S. Hart school district. Currently he is the Music Educator at Rio Norte Junior High, a position he has held for the past 15 years since the school opened. Jeffrey studied oboe and voice at California State University, Northridge, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Performance. Jeffrey also studied Music Education, earning his teaching credentials. He recently completed the requirements of a Master of Music degree also, under the tutelage of Professor Paul Smith, at CSU Northridge. Jeffrey will receive his degree at commencement ceremonies in the spring. A native Californian, Jeffrey hails from Santa Barbara, California and currently resides in Santa Clarita. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Southern California Vocal Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and the California Band Directors Association.

Jeffrey has been an invaluable asset in the success of the Santa Clarita Philharmonic. He started in the oboe section when the orchestra first started rehearsing in February of 2013. When our original Music Director stepped down, Jeffrey volunteered to take the baton to permit the orchestra to continue. Under Jeffrey’s direction, the orchestra has grown and refined its sound. Working with volunteer musicians is a rewarding, but sometimes challenging, experience. The goal is to maintain a professional caliber organization while ensuring that the musicians are having fun and are eager to participate. From his experience working with young teens, Jeffrey has mastered the ability to excel in this arena.

Non Profit of the Week-Santa Clarita Philharmonic

| SC Living | February 22, 2018

By Dr. Mark Elfont

The Santa Clarita Philharmonic, a community orchestra comprised of amateur, retired, professional, semi-professional, and student musicians, is now in its fifth year of presenting concerts. The mission of the Santa Clarita Philharmonic is to preserve the art of orchestral music while providing the opportunity for musicians to have a rewarding outlet for their talent. The Santa Clarita Philharmonic is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in the Santa Clarita Valley and the surrounding communities. The orchestra maintains an open-door policy for musicians to play, learn and perform for others. Through this shared experience musicians realize self-potential, a spirit of generosity and the potential for growth. The orchestra is committed to ensuring that the younger population of the community has the opportunity to experience classical music by scheduling concerts on Sunday afternoons so that families are able to attend.

The Santa Clarita Philharmonic started rehearsing with 20 or so musicians in February 2013. By February 2014 the orchestra presented its first concert with 38 volunteer musicians on stage and an audience of over 275. As word of the orchestra spread through the community, we continued to attract volunteer musicians who provided the orchestra with a fuller sound. Donations and grants have permitted the orchestra to expand by offering stipends to local professional musicians to “fill in” missing parts. At our most recent concert on December 10, 2017, the orchestra had 60 musicians on stage. That concert also featured the 75-voice award-winning Valencia High School Choir.

After four years of concerts at the Hart High School Auditorium, the Santa Clarita Philharmonic moved to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. The move to the PAC has provided the orchestra with a marvelous venue to showcase its presentation of orchestral music.

One of the most rewarding features of the Santa Clarita Philharmonic is our annual Student Concerto Competition. Each season, students from all junior and senior high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are invited to audition for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra at its spring concert. Over the past three years, four talented young musicians have wowed audiences with beautiful performances. Two students will be featured as winners of the Student Concerto Competition at our concert on June 3, 2018.

The community is welcome to join us for our final concert of the 2017-2018 season on Sunday afternoon, June 3, 2018. The concert will feature works by Reznicek, Sullivan, and Schumann, as well as our Student Concerto Competition winners, Samantha Anderson performing the Fantasie Flute Concerto by Hue, and Samea Derrick performing the Cello Concerto by Elgar. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For tickets, go to www.CanyonsPAC.com or call (661) 362-5304. For more information, check our website at www.scphilharmonic.org.

Live Music this Week

| Entertainment | February 22, 2018

Feb 22 Thurs 6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
Feb 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Lance Allyn & Chris Ralles Sinatra to Stones
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Boys Night Out on the patio Blues & classics
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ric (James) – Ilejay duo Live music
Feb 24, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station John & Terri Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 Chad Watson & Pam Loe Country
8–11p Wine 661 Chris Ralles, Al Kim & Steve Fekete Rock mix
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic variety
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloontics Rock tribute
Feb 23 & 24, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Feb 25 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
Feb 25, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Emerald City Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
3–8pm Amer. Legion Varied bands & music Fundraiser for Eric Davis
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
Feb 26, Mon
7–11p Sisely in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Feb 27, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Crooked Eye Tommie Mars Blues & more
Feb 28, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 1, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
7–10p Wine 661 Michael Gabriel Live music
Mar 2, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7 – 10p Amer. Legion Newhall Jim Gustin B-day music Blues & rock
8–11p Wine 661 All Access band Pop, top 20
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go on the patio Classic ez rock

Afternoon T

| Community | February 22, 2018

by T. Katz

Q: I’ve been in a relationship for a bit and I’m not sure if it’s going to work out. Things changed. The romance is gone. This isn’t the first time it’s happened either. Is it even possible to love just one person?

A: I believe the answer to your question is “Yes!” because I know the heart is a remarkable thing, capable of constant expansion – but only when assisted by the even more outstanding brain, making the perfect partnership. These two must work together, in order to truly work out what love is. Most people don’t want to think of love as work, but that’s exactly what it takes. It’s not romantic, but if you really want to find “the one” – it’s the truth.

Truthfully, love also involves some science. In the 12 to 18 months of a relationship, scientists say there are a lot of chemical components to what we call “love.” I put the L word in quotes, because you need to face reality about what’s going on in this phase of connecting with someone. It ain’t love. What you’re really feeling in that time-period, is “all systems go” – but those systems are on autopilot, meaning, the plane is aloft, but nobody’s really at the controls. Once you get past that stage of flying, bells and buzzers start to go off and the survival portion of the journey kicks in. The turbulence of life is going to demand you employ all critical thinking skills. With the float-y 547 days (or so) behind you, you start to come down from the high. It’s at this point you may notice that things aren’t exactly the way they were when you first started. That’s normal. In fact, you know how flight attendants urge caution when you land, giving a brief speech about how “items may have shifted” during a flight? Apply that logic to your relationship. Honestly, you know an entire trip isn’t ruined by shifting toothpaste in the toiletry bag, right?

Before you travel for business or vacation, do you take inventory of what to pack and, upon your return home, look around to double-check what you need to bring back? Well then, why not employ that same thinking to who you take on your biggest journey of all? Think about what’s truly important to you as you travel through life. Write it down, so you don’t forget it. Then, make a concentrated effort to find someone who has the same core beliefs and foundation as you (that’s important when it comes to a long-term travel companion). Lastly, know that after the high-flying portion of your time together, it’s going to be up to the two of you to build (not rent, not borrow) a vessel worthy of the rest of the trip. Zig Ziglar said, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” Buckle up, Buckaroo. It’s going to be a bumpy life. But, totally worth the ride (with the right person).
xo – t.

Female Athlete of the Week – Alexa Trujillo

| Sports | February 22, 2018

A member of Valencia High School’s girls’ soccer team, senior Alexa Trujillo scored two of the team’s three goals, all of which came in the final 10 minutes of the Vikings’ 3-2 comeback win over Flintridge Sacred Heart in the first round of the CIF SS Division 2 girls soccer tournament. Valencia took on Sunny Hills in the second round of the tournament earlier this week.

“Alexa is a versatile  soccer player with a wonderful attitude and happy to play any position the team needs her to,” said Valencia High School girls’ soccer coach Kevin Goralsky.

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The IMPACT of Santa Clarita

| Opinion | February 22, 2018

by Rick Drew

Most residents of Santa Clarita do not know anything about the Whittaker-Bermite hazardous material clean-up. This massive clean-up has been occurring for the past 25 years. Most residents do not know where the Whittaker-Bermite property is located. And, unfortunately, the majority of residents of Santa Clarita are unaware that their lives have been impacted by Whittaker-Bermite for many years. Most all of Santa Clarita residents, along with their kids, their grandkids and future residents will be impacted by Whittaker-Bermite, because their drinking water has been and will be affected for 30-plus years to come.

Whittaker-Bermite is an expanse of land located in the middle of the City of Santa Clarita. The property consists of 996 acres and is bounded by Soledad Canyon Road on the North, Railroad Ave/ Bouquet Canyon Road on the West, Golden Valley Road on the East, and Circle J Ranch on the South. From the 1930s through the mid-1980s, military munitions and fireworks were manufactured on this property by several different businesses.

Much has been reported about this major clean-up. This is the largest perchlorate clean-up ever in the United States. The process of cleaning the soils of Whittaker-Bermite has been recently doubled in capacity. The projection for the soils clean-up is to be completed by the end of 2018. Finally, when the soil clean-up is complete, the property can then be released for the building of roads and development. There are major roads envisioned in the city’s Master Plan to traverse the Whittaker-Bermite property. Via Princessa, Santa Clarita Parkway, and an extension of Magic Mountain Parkway will help traffic flow around Santa Clarita.

The big impact on all of Santa Clarita is the contamination of Santa Clarita’s groundwater. Santa Clarita’s water is being treated for perchlorate, which was used in the manufacturing of the munitions. Perchlorate can affect the function of adult and infant thyroids. Perchlorate is a salt that dissolves with water and has percolated down through the soil over many years into our water table, the Saugus Aquafer. Perchlorate first affected the water wells along Railroad Avenue. It has been said that it took 40-plus years to move underground from the Whittaker-Bermite property to the areas of these wells. The plume of perchlorate contamination has extended west to the area of the Valencia Blvd./McBean Parkway intersection.

The groundwater clean-up of the Whittaker-Bermite property has begun. The water treatment plant has been constructed along Soledad Canyon Road. This plant treats 500 gallons/minute, 60,000 gallons/week. This plant will have to operate for the next 30 years to complete the clean-up. This plant cleans the ground water of perchlorate and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), which are carcinogenic (cancer causing). What water is not used on the property for the clean-up will be discharged into the Santa Clara River.

The treatment of the groundwater off of the W/B property has only been for perchlorate. Then the treated groundwater is blended with imported state water to make Santa Clarita’s drinking water supply. Recently, VOCs have been detected in the water. The water companies have been working on a plan to start to treat the VOCs. Once the on-site water treatment is completed, the creep of the contamination from the W/B property will slow, then stop. Then the off-site clean-up will be able to wrap up. But that will not happen for at least 30 to 40 years. So, like I said, Santa Clarita will be impacted during your life, your children’s lives, as well as your grandchildren’s lives. This is the reason that Santa Clarita citizens should be aware. It’s here and will be for decades.

The Whittaker-Bermite Citizens Advisory Group is a community group of Santa Clarita residents that are concerned and are monitoring the Whittaker-Bermite clean-up. The CAG meets three times each year to discuss and share information about the continuing clean-up. Our next CAG meeting will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7-9 p.m. We meet in the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Everyone is welcome. This is a meeting that all in Santa Clarita should be aware of and interested in.

Rick Drew is a resident of Canyon Country and the chairman of the Whittaker-Bermite CAG. You may reach him by calling 661-713-0145.

Letter to the Editor

| Opinion | February 22, 2018

After reading Lee Barnathan’s February 1, 2018 column/interview with Congressional candidate Katie Hill one has to wonder if she actually gave any thought at all to the comments she made.

For example she stated that we to “ensure the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as the rest of us do.” Since about 47/48 per cent the people who file tax returns pay no income tax at all (and in fact receive a “refund” called the EITC) does she mean the “wealthy” should pay zero income tax? After all that is the same percentage as the poor pay. Or does she mean that the poor should pay about 35 to 40 percent of their income which again would level the playing field. Or is she advocating for a flat tax, say 15% of all income minimal deductions, which everyone would pay no matter how much you made? Does Ms. Hill even know that the top 1% of income earners in this country pay over 40% of the income tax paid to the federal government? Apparently not.

Of course, as a true leftist, she advocates a single payer health care system, saying that it will be a tax of some sort, but not to worry it will “cost you less than what your healthcare is costing now.” Oh really? Maybe she should call the governor of Vermont. Several years ago, Vermont decided to implement a single payer health care system. After two years of trying to get the system working they gave up because the people in charge could not find a way to do it without bankrupting the state. Mind you this is a state with a population way less than Los Angeles. But she already knows it will work for the 330 million who live in America.

Finally Ms. Hill says she was deeply upset at Donald Trump’s election and tried to make sense of it all. Well join the club Ms. Hill. I and millions of others are still trying to make sense of how we could elect Obama not once but twice. The difference is we didn’t riot, march in the streets wearing pussy hats, or form a “resistance”. We lived with it for eight years and worked to elect someone we could live with. Be a big girl and deal with it. That’s what mature people do.

Finally, Ms. Hill claims that her work with PATH means she can work with anyone. In reality she is nothing more than a hack Democrat who, if elected would be in lockstep with Nancy Peolsi and the extreme left wing of her party.


Campus Chaos

| Opinion | February 22, 2018

by Betty Arenson

*This commentary was originally published on February 2, 2018, 12 days before the Florida school shootings. Is the march still going forth on February 24, 2018?

Is it time to give students and teachers what they want? That would be the total freedom on school campuses that they demand, irrespective of safety. Would it reduce taxpayers’ expenses?

For some history, the Los Angeles School Police Department was established in 1948. In 2016, laschoolreport.com reported this department oversees 664,000 students, and 60,000 employees. As of 2016, that department consisted of 410 sworn officers, 101 school safety officers and 34 civilian support personnel, with any given portion on duty 24/7 in 26 cities.

This is no half-baked operation. There are canine and investigative units, along with a Critical Response Team, an Anger Management Team and Police Academy Magnet Schools. Seven divisions have their own police cars and motorcycles and there is a Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Attack Capabilities (MACTAC) for the obvious: terror threats.

In the summertime, they visit early education and elementary schools, as well as participate in Beyond the Bell programs. There’s more to applaud about this police force, but overall they work hard to build positive relationships with the students.

Are schools safer for students, teachers and other employees? According to Chief Steven K. Zipperman, the answer is a mixed bag, as it “depends on what prism we’re looking through” to gauge safety.

The prisms would be lack of crime overall, number of weapons seized, a feeling of safety coming to school, or is it “the amount of or lack of suspensions or expulsions”?

The LAUSD reported 3,103 incidents for the 2014-2015 year – an increase from 2,425 in 2013-2014, or about 28 percent. Incidence reports included 1,163 sex crimes or inappropriate behavior, 746 of finding illegal or controlled substances with 839 weapons confiscated.

With that background, here’s what’s happening on February 24: a rally to organize students “against the district’s police force” (Daily Wire January 01/29/18). The most prominent co-sponsors are the United Teachers Los Angeles (ULTA), Black Lives Matter, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

I repeat: “against the district’s police force.” Its title is “Making Black Lives Matter in Schools.” The featured speaker is to be police abolitionist, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors. The LAUSD flyer cites: (1) “join the next round of our fight to end random searches and criminalization”; (2) calling for “community schools funding”; (3)”We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Item (1): Review the aforementioned statistics front the LAUSD.

Item (2) is bewildering, considering the California Department of Education cited that for 2014-15, K-12 education and child development cost taxpayers $45 billion, accounting for 40 percent of the state’s budget. More staggering is that, overall, California’s public school spending was $76.6 billion including federal funds and other sources.

Item (3) comes from the honoring of Assata Olugbala Shakur, once part of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army (a famed revolutionary extremist group), and one of the FBI’s “Most Wanted.” With a lengthy criminal history, she was imprisoned for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper. She escaped in 1979 after serving two years and now lives under political asylum in Cuba.

The collective activists’ aim is to end police random searches with some voicing “abolishing policing” altogether. They claim that existing policies are “racist” and “disproportionately” target and “criminalize” non-white students. One district-employed English teacher at the microphone of an earlier protest said, “We’re going to get these cops out of our schools, and we’re going to end these random searches, and we’re going to be proud to be black and brown.”

The claims of police activity being racist and disproportionate are unsupported by surveys from the Census Bureau and American Community Survey (2013). Los Angeles’ ethnic composition was stated at nearly 70 percent non-white. Non-Hispanic whites were 29.4 percent. In 2016, Cecily Myart-Cruz, a vice president for both UTLA and the National Education Association, told a local news station, “It’s about having a movement, not a moment.”

Considering crime data, it’s hard to fathom the concept of “over-policing” on our campuses.

College Accredited for Robotic Arc Welding Testing Center

| News | February 16, 2018

Because of a recent accreditation from the American Welding Society, the local community college stands apart in both the state of California and the United States. Now an Accredited Testing Center for Certified Robotic Arc Welding, or CRAW, College of the Canyons has the only program of its kind in California and is one of seven programs in the United States

CRAW certification demonstrates that an individual possesses the technical knowledge required to perform robotic arc welding in an efficient, economical and safe manner. Individuals seeking CRAW certification can choose to become a Certified Technician (CRAW-T) or a Certified Operator (CRAW-O).

“We are definitely ahead of the curve,” said Tim Baber, department chair of welding technology at the college, who became CRAW-T certified in 2017. “As automation and robotics becomes more prevalent, the need for highly skilled and trained robotic welding technicians will increase.”

Individuals seeking CRAW certification must pass a closed-book written exam based on various welding codes, welding processes, specifications, and robotic kinematics, in addition to performing a robotics programming and operation performance exam.
In order to become an ATC, a facility must prove that it has the necessary facilities, equipment and support personnel. A certified CRAW-T is required to administer the CRAW test and conduct the necessary destructive testing of the hands-on test sample.

The college’s first CRAW certification test administration is expected to take place in fall of this year.

For more information about the college’s welding technology program, visit https://canyons.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87cfd625d53ba10c856940996&id=8914a503a0&e=8667e484d1.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | February 16, 2018

A 22-year-old caretaker from Reseda was arrested for burglary. A 23-year-old construction worker from North Hollywood was arrested for grand theft of money/property.

A 21-year-old transient from Santa Clarita was arrested for theft of personal property. A 38-year-old transient from Palmdale was picked up for petty theft.

An unemployed 46-year-old Visalia woman was arrested for receiving known stolen property. A 22-year-old unemployed Castaic man and a 20-year-old Saugus woman who works for a temp agency were charged with shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

A 35-year-old landscaper from Lancaster was charged with making/possessing/uttering fictitious instruments.

A 22-year-old server from Stevenson Ranch was charged with possessing driver’s license/ID card to commit forgery.

An unemployed 25-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for terrorizing /causing fear. A 42-year-old travel agent from Newhall was arrested for causing harm/death to an elder/dependent.

A 24-year-old transient from Sunland and a 26-year-old unemployed Saugus man were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

An 18-year-old auto painter from Saugus was charged with reckless driving.

An 18-year-old clerk from Canyon Country was picked up for possession of marijuana/cannabis on school grounds.

An unemployed 21-year-old Santa Clarita transient was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A 40-year-old mechanic from Visalia, a 30-year-old San Fernando man who works in flooring, a 26-year-old unemployed Castaic man and a 38-year-old transient from Newhall were cited for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
29-year-old mechanic from Newhall
24-year-old caregiver from Canyon Country
18-year-old server from Canoga Park
23-year-old unemployed Granada Hills woman
19-year-old unemployed Newhall man
27-year-old contractor from Newhall
26-year-old unemployed Valencia man
29-year-old driver from Long Beach

DUIs with prior arrests included:
38-year-old tire technician from Newhall
33-year-old Valencia man who works in merchandizing
34-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles
30-year-old fabricator from Lancaster
23-year-old kitchen staff from Valencia
50-year-old unemployed Palmdale woman

Tickets on Sale for Santa Clarita Dodger Day

| Community | February 16, 2018

Locals can cheer on “the boys in blue” and benefit schools and local non-profits at the same time. The 41st Annual City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase tickets to watch the reigning National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. Ticket prices start at $25 per person and can be purchased online by visiting SCVDodgerDay.com.

A portion of each ticket purchased through the Dodger Day website will be donated back to local non-profits and schools. Attendees will be able to specify which charity or school they want to support during their registration. Youth organizations that sell 25 or more tickets will be able to have their group line up on the track before the game to be featured on DodgerVision.

Prior to facing the Reds, the Dodgers will hold their annual Alumni Game, where two teams of Dodger legends will take the field to show off their timeless skills. Fans in attendance will also receive a special Los Angeles Dodgers 60th Anniversary Cap, while supplies last.

“Dodger Day is a time-honored Santa Clarita tradition and a great way to enjoy a game with your neighbors. In addition to a day of fun at the ballpark, Dodger Day is also a way to support our schools and non-profits,” said Patrick Downing, arts and events supervisor for the City of Santa Clarita.

Preferred Reserve seats are $25 and Loge Box MVP seats cost $75. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets in the Coca-Cola Right Field Pavilion, which includes unlimited Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coke products and water. A limited number of tickets are available in each seating tier. Each school and non-profit group that sells more than 10 tickets will receive a rebate. For more information, visit SCVDodgerDay.com or contact Patrick Downing at (661) 250-3783.


| Opinion | February 15, 2018

I must admit that I am frequently baffled and at a loss to understand why people who otherwise appear to be reasonably intelligent and moral, will choose one branch of science to dis-believe in. It often happens when some scientific findings have a negative effect on their pocketbooks, in one way or another. Although it is usually climate science that falls victim to this phenomenon, as heeding to the truths resulting from this field of study might have some financial cost, I wonder whether there are other sciences without believers.

For example, are there people who disparage medical science? Perhaps they think the prescribed treatment could cost more than they are willing to pay, so they will not accept that it is a true science. Therefore, they will neither receive treatment, nor follow any of the recommendations that might be provided, as they believe the study and practice of medicine to be a false science. Or, perhaps they would never even seek medical assistance in the first place.

Or how about weather science. Are there those who believe no forecasts, no hurricane or tornado warnings, no rain or snow advisories, and just go about their business without a care, while their world is literally being blown asunder, because they are weather science deniers?

How about those who might not believe in aeronautical science, for example, and refuse to fly in an airplane as they distrust the science that makes flying possible? False science!

Do you suppose that there are a number of folks who do not believe in the science that makes telephones and cell phones possible, so will not use these utilities? Hmmmm. Must say, I haven’t seen too many folks without a cell phone attached to their hand at one time or another.

The scientific method is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as: “a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

Since the scientific method is utilized in all branches of science, it is quite difficult to determine why thinking people, in particular those in positions to make decisions that will affect many people besides themselves, would choose to deselect any important field of science, just to suit their personal idiosyncratic beliefs and economic preferences, and completely ignore scientific data.

This is quite a conundrum; and it is equally confounding that these “science de-selectors” seem to persist only in the United States, with virtually no report of disbelief existing in other first world countries around the world. Could it be something about the American DNA, do you suppose?

I have a challenge for any reader of this letter: Should you come across anyone, anywhere, who is a denier of any branch of science, other than climate science, please write a letter to the paper describing in detail what you discover. That should be terribly interesting!

In the meantime, let us hope that our local, state and federal representatives take a good look at what the scientific method is, and also read again their oath of office, and consider their commitment to doing what is best for the people they represent, not the corporations who, sadly, fund them. We need to be represented by people who understand this commitment, and actually act to carry it out. We need strong representation; our very lives depend upon it!

Sally White

Male Athlete of the Week – Luca Robinson

| Sports | February 15, 2018

This senior and member of the William S. Hart High School boys’ basketball team scored 24 points to go with 10 rebounds, as the Indians defeated Saugus High 79-62 last week. Hart won the Foothill League title outright, which allowed the Indians to redeem themselves, having lost to the Centurions 86-74 earlier in the season. Hart played host to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks this week in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs.

“Luca was phenomenal vs. Saugus and a kid who plays the game with a lot of passion,” said Hart boys’ basketball coach Tom Kelly. “He’s a pleasure to coach and is a great teammate.”

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Cork Taint, One Of the ‘Wine Faults’

| Entertainment | February 15, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine and gotten a whiff of a strange odor? Last week, as I removed the cork from a bottle it smelled like a wet dog! I took a small sip to make sure, and then I knew the bottle had “Cork Taint.” I put the cork back in the bottle and went to open another bottle. As the day progressed, every time I walked past the bottle I could smell the odor (definitely not a desirable odor).

Have you ever wondered why people first look at the cork and smell it before sampling the wine? Then they actually pour a full glass? I sometimes can tell if there is a problem with the wine by the color of the cork. It usually has a look of blue cheese veins, which is the growth of mold. That is the origin of the wet dog or wet cardboard odor.

What is “Cork Taint”? Why does it happen? Its official name is “2, 4, 6-Trichloroanisole,” or TCA. There is an antimicrobial agent that is used when processing the cork that interacts with the phenols and fungi (mold), creating a chemical reaction. It is a bacterium that gets transferred from the cork to the wine that causes this “wine fault.” The “C” in TCA – chlorophenol – is an industrial pollutant that is found in pesticides and wood preservatives. It can occur in the chlorine when sterilizing the corks. Now they use peroxide instead. TCA occurs in about 7 percent of all bottles.

Female Athlete of the Week – Selasi Mawugbe

| Sports | February 15, 2018

Now a senior at Canyon High School, Selasi Mawugbe, a forward on the Canyon girls’ basketball team, scored 10 points, and corralled 15 rebounds, including 13 offensive rebounds, last week. The Cowboys defeated Valencia 45-37 and with the win, Canyon claimed the Foothill League title outright, after splitting the crown last season with the Vikings. Canyon will host St. Anthony of Long Beach in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs this week.

“Selasi has been an integral part of our success this year,” said Jessica Haayer, Canyon High School girls’ basketball team coach. “She is one of the most consistent players on our team, always giving 100 percent on both ends of the floor. She has an amazing motor and is so fun to watch.”

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Local Teens Model Sportsmanship

| Sports | February 15, 2018

By Harry Parmenter

If your spirit flags from the endless drumbeat of troubles and tragedies in the news every day, and you just need an uplifting dose of true American fun, spend a night at a local high school basketball game. This is what the country is all about.

I recently attended a clash with particularly important stakes, Hart at Saugus for the Boys’ Foothill League Championship. It was the last game of the season, preceding CIF playoffs for those teams fortunate enough to qualify, but it’s all about pride when the league title is on the line.

A friend whose son plays for one of the teams invited me, and while I felt a bit awkward being there at first, I quickly embraced the intense atmosphere or, should I say, it embraced me. Naturally I entered on the side of my friend’s team, paid eight bucks, grabbed a soon-to-be-much-needed Gatorade, and took a seat in the top row of the bleachers.

The girls’ varsity game between both schools was underway. The Saugus side of the stands was already packed, the Hart side getting there. People stood in the cement aisle behind me and on the edges of the court against the wall as the drama unfolded. The place was hot, raucous and righteous. The partisanship rose with the thermostat, but without a shred of hostility or invective directed at the opposing side or, refreshingly, the officials. There was red, white and blue everywhere, yet not a hint of politics anywhere. The girls’ game went down to the wire with Saugus, led by a young lady knocking down long, three-point shots, edging the visitors. An orderly post-game line of hand slaps between the two teams’ players and coaches concluded the contest.

Immediately thereafter (no TV timeouts or wasted moments), five young men from the Saugus team walked to one end of the court, each with a bouquet of flowers in hand. It was Senior Night and this was their last hurrah. Each boy was introduced and met his family near half court. An announcer recited the player’s name, family members and accomplishments as they were photographed together, flanked by school color arches.

Following warm-ups, the starters were introduced. Each player ran through a line of cheerleaders, exchanged their own patented ritual with a team spirit leader, then shook hands with the opposing coach and the referees. By this time the Hart student body had arrived in full force on their side of the bleachers, turning their backs to the Saugus team as they were introduced. It was just so innocent, so good humored, it made me smile. No animus, just animation. Both sides roared as the players took to the court, the duel cheerleading squads going through their acrobatic exhortations.

The game began and fans cheered every play, every moment, with chants of “Airball!” if the opposition’s shot failed to draw iron. The first half was close, but Hart established dominance on the backboards at both ends of the floor. The eight-minute quarters zoomed by, as did the halftime break. Despite terrific individual skill levels on both sides, Hart moved the ball, executed their plays and, as we used to say, took it to the rack – relentlessly. They gradually pulled away, avenging an earlier loss to Saugus on their own home court.

The game ended with more sportsmanship, handshakes and mutual respect between the players despite the fire in their bellies and the heat and intensity of the gymnasium. There had been no taunting, no showboating, no political correctness. The national anthem was rendered by the Saugus band as the whole crowd stood, hats removed, many hands over hearts. And, by the way, it was a diverse crowd on and off the floor, with little kids playing in the bleachers, families and educators united without a trace of jingoism or exclusion. It was just a basketball game on a Friday night somewhere in America, and it was the real deal.

So remember, the news isn’t always bad. You just have to look in the right places.

Non Profit of the Week – Canyon Country Little League

| SC Living | February 15, 2018

By Frank Rodriguez, CCLL Treasurer

Tucked into a corner of the hills off Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road, the Canyon Country Little League (CCLL) has been serving the community for more than 50 years.

A small league that offers area youth the opportunity to play baseball and softball from the ages of 4 to 15, CCLL represents the only path in Santa Clarita to Williamsport and the Little League World Series.

Its designation as Non-Profit of the Week, however, is based not on its affiliation with Little League International, but rather the role that it plays in the community. CCLL has been the pathway for thousands of youngsters to get started in baseball or softball, and many of the area’s high school, college and professional star players got their start here.

CCLL is not a large league, with 300-400 players playing there each spring and fall, but it plays a vital role in the community of providing a structured place to learn the game in an environment that teaches the game the right way, in a family setting, without the hyper-competitiveness of larger leagues.

CCLL recognizes that baseball is an expensive game to play, and many parents and children are discouraged from picking up the game because of the cost. One of the goals of the CCLL Board has been to lower entry costs for parents, with a full spring season costing as little as $250 through the junior leagues (ages 13-15), inclusive of umpire and field costs. This is more than 50 percent lower than competing leagues in the Santa Clarita Valley. In fact, while costs everywhere are going up, CCLL has been able to lower its registration costs the last two seasons, while offering payment plans and scholarships for families in difficult financial circumstances.

Additionally, CCLL offers the only opportunity for youngsters with special needs to play organized baseball in the spring, with its free Challenger program, in which the players compete with local police officers and firefighters, as well as players in the core program.

A second goal of the CCLL Board has been to make capital improvements to the complex, resulting in the installation of an artificial turf infield on one of the fields, installation of two new scoreboards and plans to improve the snack bar and restroom areas. To this end, a fundraiser Poker Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at the Moose Lodge at 18000 Sierra Highway and the public is invited (for more information and to register, go to ccll.org).

The success of any non-profit is based on the selfless efforts of many volunteers, and CCLL is no different. From its managers, coaches, umpires and team parents to its board members and League President Jorge Diaz and his wife, Melissa, who spend 20 hours per week at the complex during the season, many people are responsible for making CCLL a fun place to play. One person these last few months has gone even beyond that, and is deserving of the title “Hero of the Week.”

The Canyon Country Little League Fundraising and Sponsorship Chair Kimberlee Castro has worked countless hours to help stabilize and promote the league. Kim has knocked on every business door along Sierra Highway asking for donations and sponsorships. Along the way, she’s picked up major donations from Galpin Mazda and Take One Movie Productions for new scoreboards, as well as large donations from Excel Pest Management, Lowe’s, and others.

Kim is currently working on Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 3. She has secured former L.A. Dodgers player, coach and manager Bill Russell to throw out the first pitch. In addition, radio personality Valentine will be announcing the parade of teams and catching the first pitch, and local country star Savannah Burrows will be singing the national anthem.

None of this would be possible without Kimberlee, and CCLL is indebted to her service and dedication.

Goings On at CCLL – Everyone’s Invited!

Opening Day: Parade of teams, carnival, bake sale, games – Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

First Games: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Fundraiser Poker Tournament – Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country

Hosting District 40 Softball Tournament of Champions – June 2, 2018

Hosting District 40 Softball All Stars – June 23, 2018

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