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May 3 Star Party at Canyon Country Campus

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 22, 2019

The semiannual spring Star Party is touching down on Friday, May 3 at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus. Students and community members of all ages are invited to attend and take a peek into our solar system.

The topic in focus for the evening will be planets that revolve around stars, known as “exoplanets.” As a part of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Dr. Jessie Christiansen searches galaxies and planets for conditions similar to Earth. Her presentation, “On the Road to a Billion Planets,” will carry attendees on an interstellar journey.

In addition to the fascinating presentation, the event will include interactive demonstrations from college faculty and students, activity tables, and a portable planetarium. Multiple telescopes will also be set up by local astronomy groups and students, allowing attendees to get a closer look at the night sky.

“We are once again looking forward to hosting this popular community event at the Canyon Country campus,” said Anthony Michaelides, dean at the Canyon Country campus. “Our Star Parties allow our students, faculty and staff to showcase the sciences in a variety of ways, and the timing couldn’t be better, with our new science building currently under construction and expected to serve students next year.”

The spring 2019 Star Party will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Canyon Country campus’ Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. The Canyon Country campus is located at 17200 Sierra Highway.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site. Families will not want to miss this stellar event.

For more details about the spring 2019 Star Party, visit the Canyon Country campus website: Canyons.edu/ccc.

Ride the City Shuttle Directly to Dodger Stadium

| Sports | April 19, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita will be providing a bus service for SCV Dodger Day attendees this year. The SCV Dodger Day Shuttle will stop at two pick up locations on May 11. The first pick up location will be the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station, located at 22122 Soledad Canyon Road, with a bus departure time of 3:45 p.m. The Via Princessa Metrolink Station, located at 19201 Via Princessa, will be the second pickup location. The departure time for this stop is 4 p.m.

Depending on traffic, shuttle passengers can expect to arrive at Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m., enough time to collect your giveaway and find your seat before the 6:10 p.m. start time. After the game, passengers will have 45 minutes to make their way back to the bus before it departs for Santa Clarita.

The fare for the SCV Dodger Day Shuttle is $3 each way, and passengers can pay in cash, use a TAP card or pay through the Token Transit mobile app when they board the bus. To purchase tickets for the game, or for more information on SCV Dodger Day, visit SCVDodgerDay.com or contact Elizabeth Arambula at (661) 250-3734.

Doctor’s Diary: Snippets from the Frontline

| Community | April 19, 2019

Staving off Suffering 

I have patents who are in pain.

Some had catastrophic events like motor vehicle accidents, or major illness resulting in immobility. Many are bedridden, requiring house call visits.

They have been on DEA Schedule II pain medication for years, but because of the opioid crisis, rules have been understandably tightened adversely affecting medical management.

A written narcotic prescription requires high-security pads preventing counterfeit abuse (I am not sophisticated enough to use computerized e-prescriptions). Pharmacists assure all medication is dispensed exactly according to law.

As a frontline physician, I must see patients “face-to-face,” and document the need for narcotics with ongoing beneficial effects. Hoops must be jumped through to protect the public.

There have been consequences in this ongoing battle:

renewal of medication must be done every month;
phone orders are not acceptable, with refill delays common;
drug insurance companies have increased “denials” and “prior authorizations”;
pharmacy phone calls to physicians are more frequent and time-consuming;
“extra doses” are rarely allowed should a patient want to leave town or vacation.

Some of my patients endured life threatening problems. Unfortunately, they are forced to jump through more hoops to stave off suffering.

Emergency Locating System Markers Added to City Trails

| Community | April 19, 2019

Trail users in Santa Clarita will now be easier to find during emergencies – even in the city’s vast open space hiking areas – thanks to a new Emergency Locating System recently launched by the City of Santa Clarita. As part of the system, a total of 658 markers have been posted every 1/8 mile on all city trails, including bike paths and hiking trails.
The trail markers provide a quick and easy way to convey a location during an emergency situation. Each marker displays a specific number which designates its location. These numbers correspond to a GIS map that first responders can use to locate the emergency. When a hiker or cyclist provides an emergency operator with the designated number, the operator will be able to pinpoint the location and know where to dispatch emergency personnel.
This new Emergency Locating System will cut down response times during emergency situations. After over a year and a half of planning and design, the system is now in place and ready to be used by residents and visitors who are out enjoying the city’s trails.
For more information on the Emergency Locating System, visit santa-clarita.com/emergencylocator or email gis@santa-clarita.com.

Horses, Cats, People Paintings at Canyon Theatre Guild Gallery

| Entertainment | April 19, 2019

Santa Clarita Artists Association member, Olga Kaczmar, will be presenting a one-woman show at Canyon Theatre Guild (CTG) from May 1 to June 30.

“I’m very pleased to be invited to show my work again,” said Kaczmar. The display will include landscapes, florals, people and animal portraits. This will be a new collection in oil, watercolor, and pastel during the run of “Moonlight and Magnolias” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

In her earlier advertising career, Kaczmar created layouts and renderings for patent applications, ads, exhibits and brochures. Her computer-generated famine-genocide posters have been shown in USA, Canada, Ukraine, France, Australia and United Kingdom.

“Moonlight and Magnolias” is an epically hilarious small-cast comedy about the making of a Hollywood epic “Gone with the Wind,” which was inspired by actual events. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is Oscar Wilde’s enduring Victorian comedy about mistaken identities and relationship hijinks, now proved to be a timeless classic.

Kaczmar’s collection of art and styles may be viewed at http://olga-kaczmar.fineartamerica.com.


| Community | April 19, 2019

By T. Katz

Q: Spring means my spouse wants to Mari Kondo our home, which I think is just code for throw out everything we own! I’m not ready to say goodbye to my mementos and collections. Help me make my argument to keep my things?

A: Ah, yes! Marie Kondo and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The whole KonMari movement has been pretty popular since it hit U.S. shores five years ago. People who follow her methods swear by the “joy sparking” that clean living spaces can bring. It’s such a hot topic that Marie has written FOUR books about that very subject (which are meant to be given away and shared, not gathering dust on your bookcase, BTW). While I respect the idea of it all, my heart and hearth are wired a bit more like yours, methinks. I have nooks and crannies all over my home filled with an awful lot of stuff. So much so, that I believe it was best described by my Great Aunt Annie (when she was 105) as a “Shooting Gallery.” Yup. Something to see, everywhere you look. It brings me joy and sparks conversation, so I’m good with that.

The Spring Cleaning bug bites many a household this time of year because it’s only natural to want to have some bright, shiny surfaces once nature sheds her winter wrappings. We want our bodies to trim down for sun and fun, so let’s loosen the lard from our domiciles, too! Studies have shown that order in our living spaces can help promote some healthy life choices. On the other hand, some studies have also shown that physical decluttering can lead to “lower levels of life satisfaction.” Imagine that, something that works for some isn’t something that works for all?! What this means, is that you and your partner need to sit down and discuss this. What’s driving the need for the complete cleaning (if you have 100 hats and 200 mugs from your favorite sports team, let’s be real … it might be justified). Psychologists tell us that there are people who gather loads of stuff because they associate that abundance with a full and satisfied life, which isn’t always what happens. It’s a fine line between collecting and hoarding, so be honest about what you’re holding onto. On the flip side, a crusade to not just clean, but purge – can be more about what’s happening between the ears, not fears of years of concert t-shirts in your shared closet. Your other half may need the reinforcement of having more order and organization at home, because we all know the digital world piled with growing emails, texts and voice messages leaves life feeling chaotic. Maybe once you establish the reason, whether simply the season of tidying or a deeper need for order, control and diminished chaos – then you can work together to find a creative compromise. Maybe think outside the box? (Because I’m all for turning that t-shirt collection into a quilt!)
xo – t.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | April 18, 2019

A 28-year-old Canyon Country resident was arrested for forgery.

Both a 52-year-old self-employed Newhall resident and a 32-year-old secretary from Castaic were arrested for corporal injury on a former spouse/cohabitant/etc.

There were several charges of battery against a former spouse, including a 25-year-old caregiver from Valencia and a 36-year-old vet tech from Valencia.

A 57-year-old roofer from Canyon Country was booked for displaying a false disabled person placard. And a 35-year-old construction worker from Palmdale was brought up on felony charges for a fourth DUI.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

34-year-old unemployed Henderson, Nev. resident
49-year-old supervisor from Vacaville
40-year-old electrician from Tulare
25-year-old sales associate from Saugus
23-year-old unemployed Sylmar resident
23-year-old ride operator from Lancaster
27-year-old electrical contractor from Saugus
32-year-old customer accounts worker from Palmdale
34-year-old in-home services provider from Los Angeles
33-year-old pool man from Canyon Country
40-year-old Newhall resident who listed his/her occupation as “stunt mant”

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

34-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
52-year-old Door Dash driver from Saugus
27-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
31-year-old unemployed La Puente resident
45-year-old unemployed Val Verde resident
49-year-old unemployed Van Nuys resident
53-year-old recycler from Newhall
38-year-old priest from Alta Dena

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 18, 2019

Apr 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery On Tap Band Rock & CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7:30–9:30p Alchemy Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic covers

Apr 20, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall the Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–11pm Alchemy Adam and Wyatt Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go CR w fiddle
9–12m Newhall Press Room Mike Fitzgerald Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ty Parker & friends Folk music

Apr 21, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Urban Soul Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker HonkyTonk Country

Apr 23, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues mix

Apr 25, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Del Fuego Brothers Live music
6:30–9:30p Hyatt Valencia Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Eric Garcia band Blues mix

Apr 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Cinque, Ralles & Fekete Classic rock

8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Brett Vogel Pop, acoustic

Athlete of the Week – Alfred Hernandez

| Sports | April 18, 2019

Alfred Hernandez is 58 and has been in Special Olympics (SO) for eight years. He has competed in soccer, basketball, and now flag football.

Alfred likes Special Olympics because, “I have made a lot of friends and I like to play sports.”

Alfred lives with his sister Annabelle Hernandez and she said, “SO gives him motivation and he does not forget a practice or game. SO puts me at ease that Alfred is happy. I am so grateful that the coaches and everyone involved are giving their time to volunteer.”

During the week, Alfred works at a local SCV day program.

Special Olympics (SO) Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regions enrich the lives of 1,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education, and athlete health. For more information, visit www.sosc.org/sctv.

Start Your Career as an Entrepreneur Before You’re Under Pressure

| Community | April 18, 2019

Candace wrote in to ask me if now was the right time for her to take the leap from employee to entrepreneur. She’s been under a lot of stress at her job and the thought of being her own boss makes entrepreneurship sound really grand. The truth is, there probably isn’t a perfect time to take the leap, but there are times when it’s most likely going to end up in disaster.

If you are waiting for the right time to start your own business, you’ll be waiting forever. Unless, of course, you are independently wealthy and don’t have a care in the world. However, money isn’t the only object that moves a start-up from concept to success.

Operation: Desperation

Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? This isn’t always the case. Starting your career as an entrepreneur should never be a last-ditch effort to save you from yourself or whatever circumstances you are dealing with in life. In fact, that’s probably the worst time possible.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes planning and research and a dedication like you’ve never experienced before. Your entire life as you know it is going to change the moment you decide to go for it, and more times than not, it gets incredibly harder before it gets any easier.

Failure is Real

Being an entrepreneur comes with a great risk: failure. If you are already in a precarious situation where you feel you’ve failed, having a business idea you’ve brought to fruition fail isn’t the best medicine for your ego or confidence. You need to be in a position to know, and understand, that a failure in the world of entrepreneurship doesn’t mean the end. You have got to have the gumption to get up, dust yourself off and start again.

Too many times folks end up regretting their decision to go for it because they made a rash decision before they were really ready. The consequences could be extreme. It’s a game of skill, determination and… luck. I define luck as the intersection between preparation and opportunity.

Reasons Not to Jump Ship and Start Your Career as an Entrepreneur

•You hate your boss and/or your job.
•You can’t pay your bills.
•You want a more flexible schedule.
•You believe it will be easier to be your own boss.
•You want more play time.

When you make a hasty decision, you will secure a future of more illogical decisions based solely on desperation rather than success. And as far as believing it will be easier to be your own boss, I’ll share with you what I tell the people in my courses and mentor program; you must be the toughest boss you have ever had in order to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Being your own boss is hard enough, so don’t make the mistake of adding another layer of stress to the mix!

When is the Best Time?

The short answer: There isn’t one. But there are better times to start realizing your dreams of being an entrepreneur. It’s much like starting a family. You could be financially stable and the nursery already planned, but are you ready? What have you done to ensure you are capable financially, physically and mentally for the work and commitment ahead of you?

If you are already stressed out, it can be difficult to make sound decisions, and if you want your new business to last, you need to make the best possible decisions. You need to be confident in your direction, not scattered and grasping at straws.

Think about how you will be able to handle the stress when you are everything. You are the boss. You are the employee. You are the research and development team. You are payroll and accounting. You are the very life, and could be the death, of your new company.

So, the long and short of it? It always sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it? To be your own boss and run things the way you want to without having to answer to a single soul. And it is very possible. That’s the beauty of it!

Starting your career as an entrepreneur isn’t a quick-fix, so don’t treat it like one. Just make sure you’re doing this when you have all your wits about you, and not out of sheer desperation.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the internet since 2006. Kids and Money: Teaching Financial Responsibility and Values to Children is her latest book and was released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing in July of 2018. All of Connie’s titles are available in paperback at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, at your local bookstore by request, and also for Kindle. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2019 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com.

Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

Ben Shapiro vs. the Far-Left Goliath

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

by Eric Goldin

I don’t know if the Biblical story of David vs. Goliath ever actually happened, but I do know that we’re facing a very real modern situation akin to this great legend. Social Justice Warriors, the far-leftist fringe of the Democrat party, are gaining political power at a very rapid and horrifying pace. In fact, we should no longer actually label them as a fringe group.

Unfortunately, they’ve been able to masterfully brainwash the younger generation into accepting their views and have been able to become mainstream. People like Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez and llhan Omar have been elected to congress. These Social Marxists now have the power in the palm of their hands to create policy that will affect America and the rest of the world for decades to come. The youth has unfortunately fully embraced this Social Justice Warrior nonsense. The future of America has accepted pure foolishness. Make no mistake about it; the politically correct who falsely scream “racism” “sexism” “bigotry” at the drop of a hat have created a monstrosity. Universities have actually legitimized nonsense words like “microaggressions” and “Islamophobia.” These Social Justice Warriors are not only great in number, but they have the complete backing of academia at their disposal. Fighting this is going to be an enormous challenge. On the outside, it looks almost unwinnable. Reasonable people are heavy underdogs in this fight.

Thankfully somebody has risen to the call of duty. A nerdy little Orthodox Jewish man who always wears a yarmulke on his head has come to the rescue. His name is Ben Shapiro. Despite being short and physically unintimidating, just like King David, he uses the weapon he has been blessed with to destroy leftist fools. King David had a slingshot, but Ben Shapiro has something much more potent than that. He has his brain! Ben Shapiro is one of the most intelligent political commentators in America today. When he was in school, he was such a prodigy that he skipped two grades. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science before moving on to study at Harvard, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in law. Ben Shapiro’s motto is facts don’t care about your feelings! He can brilliantly argue the facts about any situation, and he easily wipes the floor with the overly emotional, nonsensical arguments of his leftist opponents. Ben has the capacity to remember tons of facts, data and statistics, along with a plethora of geo-political history, and wrap them all up in an easily understandable, neat little package whenever he’s debating somebody on any particular issue.

Ben first gained notoriety when he debated Pierce Morgan in early 2013 on CNN regarding gun control. Pierce Morgan’s riled-up emotional rhetoric had no substance. Ben easily knocked out Pierce with some simple facts and logic, combined with a little bit of wit and cheek. Many pompous leftists since have tried to bring down the mighty Ben Shapiro. They have all failed miserably. He’s frequently speaking in front of hostile crowds and can effortlessly pick apart the errors of any erroneous claim. With a wave of a hand, he can make someone look like a total fool. In the summer of 2017, Ben even debated Cenk Uygur (founder and main host of the far-left propaganda internet show The Young Turks), a man who looks like a literal Goliath, defeating him with grace.

To view Ben at work, there are numerous clips on YouTube of him engaging in debate with far-leftists, and him completely annihilating them every single time. Many former people who were far-leftists at one point in their life have been brought back to sanity, thanks to Ben.

Poverty: The Nemesis of the American Dream

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

“Lack of power is a universal and basic characteristic of poverty. Poverty is not solely a lack of income but rather a vicious cycle of powerlessness, stigmatization, discrimination, exclusion and material development which all mutually reinforce each other.” – Wesley James Wiles

If you are a working-class Republican and you are frustrated about paying into services to help others in poverty when you can barely help yourself, I get that. I really do.

What I don’t get is why you blame the needy instead of the richest for placing the entire burden on you.

If you’ve worked hard all your life and were successful enough to achieve a relatively comfortable lifestyle in a safe environment for yourself and loved ones, you may want others to have worked just as hard without government support. I understand your ire if you’ve heard that those “others” are just “on the dole,” and “just too lazy to work hard” and you think of them as loners who probably ruined their lives with drugs, alcohol or criminal activity. But being successful is not just based on hard work alone.
According to a recent Ted Talk, it was LUCK if you were born into a family that had no strikes against it. Imagine for a moment you are in a marathon race, and instead of being in the starting front line of runners you are unfortunately lumped with others to start 50 yards behind the starting line. Everyone wants to win, but your unequal starting position places you at a considerable disadvantage.

So it can be with life. If you were born into a racial minority family, say Afro or Latino, you most likely already have a strike against you trying to climb the social ladder to success; discrimination, still dominate, is still a major hurtle in achieving the American Dream. If you are a woman, you’ll have the double unfair disadvantage of fighting misogynous men who disrespect you (and feel you should be in the kitchen); you’ll fight inequality in pay and advancement. Being a single mother with a child to nourish, if you become sick, growth to success stops. Then there are the under-employed, the old, the unemployable, and the mentally challenged; with street people littering the streets, you see a society sliding into impoverishment in need of help from those more fortunate.

Poverty seems to disappear within more social democracies but lingers on in more capitalistic democracies. President Trump preached to make his rich (aristocratic) base richer again. Joe the plumber, thinking the message was meant for him will only find austerity in his future. Recent proposed cuts to social programs will allow Trump’s rich base to further reduce their taxes, and it will force society to cope with the consequences.

His recent budget proposes:

Reductions in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Cuts in food stamps for the poor by a third.
Cuts in Housing and Family Assistance.
Undermining HIV treatment in Medicaid.
Cuts in AIDs Relief.
Cuts in Family Leave Program.
Undermining the Affordable Care Act (to advance Profits for Healthcare.)
Destroying protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
Reduces reimbursements to hospitals.
Cuts in EPA funds by 1/3 to stop work on climate crises.
Closing Disease Control and Protection Centers
Closes the Head Start program.
Cuts in the National Science Foundation search on climate by 1/3.
Eliminates subsidized federal student loans for higher education.
No repayment of student loans.
Undermines Public Education with $4B to Private Schools K-12.

But there’s hope. There are more socially democratic, friendly countries in the world which find it morally wrong to capitalize on the less fortunate. The Nordic countries, good examples, all have a lower GDP than the U.S., yet are able to afford their citizens a stable, happy and safe society.

Norway, in particular, being the second happiest society in the world, enacts more social-friendly laws without deterring corporate aristocracy profits. Its tax rate is only around 1 percent higher than the U.S. rate, yet its citizens are afforded free health care, free higher education, and financial security for seniors; people get eight weeks paid vacations and have a higher life expectancy.

It’s ironic that our capitalistic democracy, having the richest aristocracy in the world, cannot muster a steady, happy, poverty-free, unburdened safe society. Dreamers should demand it. Poor Joe may wonder why he’s not achieving the American Dream, but then he simply hasn’t traveled anywhere else.

‘How Do Ya Like Them Apples?’

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

by Dale Paule

Everybody likes apples, right?

I mean, there’s, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” “As American as apple pie,” “Bring the teacher an apple,” “She’s the apple of my eye,” and even “Johnny Appleseed.” And that’s just the short list.

“Apple” in the American lexicon has always been something which equates to something desirable, something wholesome, and just plain good for you.

So I suppose that’s why it’s so disappointing whenever a rotten one appears occasionally; even more so when it happens frequently, as it seems to be lately.

In the past, whenever a rotten apple turned up, it was more often than not someone away from the scrutiny of the everyday public eye; a minor official, or a small-town politician with sticky fingers.

But lately, they’re turning up from all levels of society, from the “usual suspects,” to the “Who would have ever thought?!” crowd.

Is it because we’re only now being made aware of it?

Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying there’s never been a rotten apple or two from the upper-echelon branches of the tree; it’s just that now it’s starting to not be all that uncommon; we’re seeing it on a regular basis, and it’s definitely more than an anomaly that rotten apples are popping up in areas of government from which we formally took honesty and integrity for granted, and attached a great deal of weight to decisions and laws they made and enacted on “We the People’s” behalf.

Could it possibly be then, that the reason for it falls as much on “We the People” as it does upon the rotten apples? If so, then what have we been doing wrong in our selecting of these apples whom we’ve trusted to be the best the tree has to offer?

Perhaps it’s as simple as picking from the wrong tree; maybe it’s time to move to another tree, and while we’re at it, we may want to take a minute, and have a closer look at the quality of the apple in the bright sunlight, instead of just picking and hoping. It seems to me like a better choice than continuing to end up with rotten apples; they leave such a lousy taste in your mouth.

Letter to the Editor

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

With Mike Garcia’s announcement of being a candidate for California’s 25th District last Wednesday and that news pushing up against the Gazette’s time line to go to print, wherein there was a brief mention on the topic, I’d like to elaborate on Mike Garcia’s impressive background.

This candidate graduated from Annapolis, graduating in the top three percent of the class then went onto graduate from Georgetown with a Master’s degree in National Security Studies.

As a result of his outstanding accomplishments in Advanced Jet Pilot Training flying t-45 jets, wherein he set records, he garnered the well-earned and meritorious opportunity to be one of “the first F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy..”

He went on to fly F/A-18E jets after being deployed multiple timed on a nuclear-;powered aircraft carrier; the USS Nimitz. In fact, according to officials, Garcia flew 30-plus “combat missions during Operation Iraqi freedom over Baghdad, Fallujah, and Tikrit”.

Garcia has had experience as a small business owner as well as being an executive for a large corporation. He lives in Saugus with his wife, a small business owner, and their two sons.
Betty Arenson

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 18, 2019

Ranter’s Note: The timing is all wrong. As you’re reading this, the Mueller report should have been released in all its glory, and because of our press schedule, it’s missing this week’s edition. So I’ll ramble on about other stuff and hopefully the crazy bantering with gnashing of teeth in all forms of media, that is surely happening, won’t distract you too much.

This Couldn’t Have Possibly Happened!

I almost fell out of my chair when the Mrs. shared an article with me from the New York Times entitled, “Face it: You probably got a tax cut.”  My first thought was, “Wow, this doesn’t sound like the New York Times, what’s going on?” Then I read from the article, “If you’re an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year. And there’s a good chance you don’t believe it.”

I tepidly went on and was pleasantly surprised to read, “Ever since President Trump signed the Republican-sponsored tax bill in December 2017, independent analyses have consistently found that a large majority of Americans would owe less because of the law. Preliminary data based on tax filings has shown the same.”

This was the part that floored me: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.”  

 “A survey conducted in early April for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey found that only 40 percent of Americans believed they had received a tax cut under the law.” The article stated that 65 percent had actually received a tax cut.

Is this really the Times actually citing the liberals’ misguided efforts to sink one of Trump’s successes? What’s next, Nancy Pelosi’s Dems agreeing with Trump to build a wall?!

This is a good example of how those who only follow main stream media can easily be manipulated into anti-Trump thinking. I commend the New York Times for shining this positive light with professional journalism.

Who is This Guy?

Who is this Mayor Pete guy that has taken the Dem world by storm? (At least for this week.) One thing’s for sure, I’ll never remember how to pronounce his last name (Buttigieg), but that’s beside the point. The point is I can’t get a grasp on what he’s trying to say.

Maybe you can help me here: “That’s why I’m here today – to tell a different story thanMake America Great Again’ because there is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back.” What myth is he talking about? Hasn’t he seen the EVIDENCE of record manufacturing and record-low unemployment, along with other positive economic facts? What clock is he talking about turning back?

“First comes freedom: something that our conservative friends have come to think of as their own. Let me tell you: Freedom doesn’t belong to one political party. Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey.” What the heck is he talking about? Freedom as our own, us conservatives care about freedom, but we only make it part of the journey?

“They only see freedom from, as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree. But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree.”  What freaking neighbor is he talking about that can make us unfree?  (In fact, my spell check doesn’t even recognize the word unfree.)

Geez, even when Uncle Bernie speaks we know what he’s talking about. It’s scary as all get out, but at least we can comprehend what he’s saying.

Hypocrisy Watch:

Wenever anyone would criticize President Obama about an issue or policy (that criticism never came close to the personal attacks Trump endures) the outcry was always the same –RACISM – because he was a president of color. Fast forward to the present, and when one of the rookie Congressional ladies of color is lambasted for their ignorant statements, her fellow rookies come to her defense with the same cries of racism.

Now we have Herman Cain, who is a man of color, ran for president and an intelligent, successful business person who President Trump wanted to nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The protests against his nomination came fast and furious from both sides of the aisle. The concerns were for different issues they had with Cain’s nomination, and for all I know, those concerns could be legitimate.

But, do you hear Mr. Cain crying racism? Or other people of color in or out of congress yelling from the rafters that Cain’s detractors are doing so only because of the color of his skin? No we don’t! So why is it different with Obama and the lady rookies of color?  Why do they scream out blanket accusations of racism, when it’s left-leaning minorities whose qualifications are questioned? Why isn’t the reaction the same for an African American named Herman Cain?

Don’t get me wrong. It would be wrong to play the race card regarding Cain, just as it was and is to use it for the aforementioned people. But you know what Herman Cain did? He quietly and gracefully withdrew his name for consideration like any human with class would do.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Academic seen explaining how Muslim men should beat their wives  (Headline)

*Rut-row, I wonder if Ilhan Omar has seen this, and how would she spin it? (Me)

“I guess we as a nation are basically ignoring that a Somali Muslim grabbed a 5-year-old white kid from his mother and threw him off a 3rd story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota. I only mention ethnicity here, because if a white guy had done it to a Muslim child, it would be every headline everywhere for the next 2 months. Why is this? (Facebook post)

*What does Ilhan Omar have to say about this? Wait, I haven’t heard a word from her on this, have you?

“Without question, it is more difficult today to come out as a conservative than it is to come out as gay. Conservatives today are treated with the same social stigma as gays were in the 80’s.”  (Candice Owens)      

*Yikes, what if you’re a conservative and gay? (Me)

Eric Swalwell announces 2020 campaign, says nation is in quicksand (Headline)

*The dude has been watching too many Tarzan reruns. The nation is actually soaring and flying high above quicksand, just like Tarzan did on those tree vines.  (Me)

“Your paycheck will feel the Bern.” (Diamond and Silk)

*Should we enjoy our tax breaks while we can?  (Me)

Mueller Report to be released to public Thursday morning.

Kudlow: Economy ‘booming, absolutely booming’

Mnuchin: Keeping IRS from weaponizing against Trump.

Top European diplomat praises president, hits Obama-era ‘lecturing’

*Those headlines could be titled “As Trump’s World Turns” (Me)

 Mayor of Yuma Arizona declares emergency over migrant situation (Headline)

*Reading this and seeing the video of hundreds of illegals walking right into our country (near Yuma) where a border wall should be (but isn’t) makes me bat-crap-crazy. All while Dems dismiss all of this as MALARKEY. Un-be-freaking-lievable! (Me)

“No Collusion, No Obstruction!”  (President Trump)

*We should all know if this is true by the time you read this.  (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Gazette: Great paper. Very interesting, insightful editorial comments. Doug’s rant–really great in-depth writing-all good. I read cover to cover, you are our voice in the SCV. Please keep up the excellent job.  John

Ranter’s Note 2

This week’s rant is dedicated to my Mom, Susie Sutton, who passed away peacefully this past Tuesday at the age of 85, after a long battle with dementia and a recent stroke. While she wasn’t boisterous about her political views, and even voted for Democrats on occasion (which I forgave her for), she and my late Dad laid a solid foundation for me and my brothers that included hard work, conscientiousness, accountability, follow-through with commitments, and a loving family. Rest in peace, Mom.



Katie Hill Demonstrates Prejudice and Hypocrisy

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

by Nickolas Dwork

The congresswoman for CA district 25 (including Saugus, Newhall, Canyon Country, Simi Valley, and Palmdale) is Katherine (Katie) Lauren Hill.

Ms. Hill recently took a picture with members of the Alzheimer’s organization and posted it to her Facebook account. But she also co-sponsored legislation making it more difficult to conduct research to benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease. (Her legislation, called the KITTEN Act, makes it more difficult to conduct experiments on cats. In published research entitled “The domestic cat as a natural animal model of Alzheimer’s disease,” Chambers et al. show that cats are especially well suited for studying Alzheimer’s. All animals are already protected extensively by laws preventing their abuse for research purposes; Ms. Hill specifically strengthened laws preventing research that could help Alzheimer’s patients.)

Ms. Hill claims to be an advocate for civil rights. But she voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which provides a different educational system for girls. Defending her vote, Ms. Hill claimed that women earn $0.80 for every dollar earned by men. Research shows that this is not the case. Most recently, results published by Bolotnyy and Emanuel of Harvard University show that for the same job, women take home 89 percent of what men take home annually only because the genders tend to make different choices (men are more likely to work overtime and take less time off using the Family Medical Leave Act). Ms. Hill, then, shows that she desires wages where women are unilaterally paid more per hour than men. Moreover, whereas previously an accuser would have to demonstrate prejudice in order to have a rightful claim, the Paycheck Fairness Act puts the onus on the employer to show that pay discrepancies are not based on gender.

Ms. Hill voted for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The original act was called repugnant to the US Constitution by the American Civil Liberties Union for its extreme punishment before conviction. Moreover, the entire act is sexist. By specifically highlighting the atrocity of violence against women, Ms. Hill is condoning violence against men.

In an interview for thelily.com, Ms. Hill called a fellow congressman “One Minute Man.” And when the congressman (who Ms. Hill would not identify) tried to make light of her obvious gaffe by saying, “I can also be Mr. five-minute man,” she accused him of sexism and told him that it was his behavior that was not OK.

Ms. Hill is working for a world where cats are more considered than those suffering from disease, where a separate and unequal educational system is standard, where women get paid more per hour than men, and where employers are guilty until they prove themselves innocent. I share in the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior; I also dream that one day, each of us will be judged solely by the content of our character. And I hope that Ms. Hill’s tenure in congress ends soon in order to bring that dream closer to a reality.

Nicholas Dwork was born and raised in Canyon Country. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with work specialized in medical technologies from Stanford University in 2019.

Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast Returns in May

| News | April 18, 2019

The 2019 Mayors Prayer Breakfast, presented by The Diako Group, will take place in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2 at 7 a.m.

Writers and Producers Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, known for God’s Not Dead, will be present at the event and discussing the topic of prayer in Hollywood. Their faith-based production company Believe Entertainment aims to produce films which “honor God and strengthen family values.”

Also present at the event will be special guest Niamani Knight, a local teen who founded the nonprofit organization “S.T.R.E.A.M” while she was in high school. She will be discussing her faith as it relates to her success in reaching thousands of young people through her nonprofit.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with the event beginning promptly at 7 a.m. Breakfast is included with ticket purchase. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit www.scvmpb.net.

The Diako group is a 501c3 nonprofit working to help young people take their place as community leaders, movers and shakers.

Wine of the Week: Agua Dulce Delight

| Entertainment | April 18, 2019

Yesterday, we began to bottle our 12-year-old port. It took eight of us and two days to complete. I know many people have waited patiently for this special release, so stay tuned for the release date.

Reyes Winery’s 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight is a tribute to craftsmanship. After a decade of care and slow oak maturation, we bottled this amazing example of elaborate flavors and artistry port-style dessert wine. This is for those who appreciate the quality and complexities of wine. It has aromas of fresh figs and orange blossom honey. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah was aged in French oak barrels, where over time it acquired its sophisticated notes of caramel, dates, and a hint of chocolate. This exceptional wine has a smooth, silky texture, with subtle oak nuances that deliver a long elegant finish. What I would suggest as a pairing with this spectacular dessert wine is a fig cake or a blue cheesecake. I also would suggest a port-soaked chocolate cake with a cocoa mascarpone cream filling and fudge frosting.

Recently, I bought some goat cheese filled with figs, and I was thinking about crackers that I have had many times which also have dried fruit in them. To put a little bit of the goat cheese on this cracker would be such an amazing pairing; even brie with fig jam on top. It has such delightful caramel notes that I would even suggest having salted-caramel ice cream with a touch of this dessert wine on top. Robert keeps mentioning that German chocolate cake would be the best paring. I think it’s because he’s partial to the coconut and the milk chocolate. German chocolate has the same texture as this magnificent 12-year-old port-like dessert wine. He thinks of German chocolate cake as having a moist frosting that just melts in your mouth, and would pair really perfectly with this wine.

After all these years, the wine is so fruity. In spite of its age, the wine has preserved its original fruitiness. This one will be available in two sizes, 375 or 750 mL. You never know when I will pre-release it in the tasting room and have it as the wine of the day. Keep reading our blog for our official release date.

Emergency Locating System Markers Added to City Trails

| News | April 18, 2019

Trail users in Santa Clarita will now be easier to find during emergencies – even in the city’s vast open space hiking areas – thanks to a new Emergency Locating System recently launched by the City of Santa Clarita. As part of the system, a total of 658 markers have been posted every 1/8 mile on all city trails, including bike paths and hiking trails.

The trail markers provide a quick and easy way to convey a location during an emergency situation. Each marker displays a specific number which designates its location. These numbers correspond to a GIS map that first responders can use to locate the emergency. When a hiker or cyclist provides an emergency operator with the designated number, the operator will be able to pinpoint the location and know where to dispatch emergency personnel.

This new Emergency Locating System will cut down response times during emergency situations. After over a year and a half of planning and design, the system is now in place and ready to be used by residents and visitors who are out enjoying the city’s trails.

For more information on the Emergency Locating System, visit santa-clarita.com/emergencylocator or email gis@santa-clarita.com.

Speculation About the Future

| Opinion | April 18, 2019

What would this world be like, in about ten years from now?
Would this author, on life’s stage, have made his final bow?
Technologically, our future will be incredible and fantastic.
However, other areas of our lives will be harsh and drastic.

So-called “experts” may disagree, jumbling both opinion and fact.
They don’t seem to consider how most of the world would react.
All the greatest technological advances will be right before our eyes.
Wonders will never cease, every day there’ll be a new surprise.

We will have conquered all diseases; our health will be the best.
Yet, there’ll always be the elite, and also the oppressed.
Flying cars and trips to the moon will become a reality.
But I’m afraid we will have not found a cure for poverty.

We won’t be able to get along. I’m sure there’ll still be war.
We will always disagree; it’s a human trait we can’t ignore.
Our ability to think and learn will be impaired by technology.
All motivation will disappear, we’ll have lost curiosity.

Our state of mind won’t be sound; we will be ruled by insanity.
We’ll have forgotten about the past and repeat the horrors of history.
Incentive will no longer exist; we’ll have to do what we are told.
We’ll be enslaved in our mental jails, with all our thoughts controlled.

Our dream about the future is being misshapen into a worrisome nightmare.
And yet there may only be a few of us who will really seem to care.
And what about the rest of the world? It’ll be full of aggression and hostility.
I wish I had some better news, but we’re in need of more peace and tranquility.

We’ll never reach utopia. As an imaginary land, it will always remain.
No matter how hard we try, it’s a place we can never attain.
I may sound pessimistic about the future; you might even call me naive.
It’s obvious history always repeats itself. It’s something I believe.

Copyright 2019, William Tozzi, Golden Pen Writers Guild, Santa Clarita, CA

Placerita Nature Center Programs

| Canyon Country Magazine | April 17, 2019

If it’s been awhile since you’ve communed with nature, or maybe just visited the local experts at Placerita Nature Center, the annual Open House is a good time to go. On May 11, 2019 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the public is invited to see animal presentations, take hikes, pan for “fool’s gold” and participate in hands-on nature crafts. There will also be live music, caricatures, and the gift shop is open.

The annual event is free to attend and many families pack a picnic lunch for the day. The Placerita Nature Center has weekly events as well.

Every Saturday they hold a Family Nature Walk at 11 a.m. and a Native Live Animal Presentation at 1 p.m.
Every second Saturday of the month there is a docent-led Bird Walk starting at 8 a.m. for beginning to advanced birders. Bring binoculars, a field guide and water.

Every third Saturday of the month there is a Twilight Hike. The following is the Twilight Hike schedule:

April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

June 15 at 8:00 p.m.

July 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Every third Sunday of the month there is a Community Nature Education Series held at 2 p.m. with a different topic each month. Check the website calendar for the current schedule.

Every fourth Saturday of the month there is a “Blooms of the Season” wildflower walk from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Every second Saturday of the month there is a “Nature Tots” program for children 3 to 5 years old from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pre-Registration is required.

Placerita Nature Center is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall. Call 661-259-7721 or visit Placerita.org.

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