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Sheriffs: Ride ATVs Only in Designated Areas

| News | January 15, 2015

After a year of numerous deaths and injuries from off-roading, the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is reminding residents in the community, including the SCV, to be aware of rules and regulations when they ride. Now is often considered the best time of year to ride an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and enjoy the thrill, but remember to only ride in areas designated for these types of vehicles.

Every year the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station receives hundreds of calls for service regarding illegal riders, mainly in the Acton/Agua Dulce area. Many of these riders are individuals who live in these communities. It is a very upsetting situation for residents of Acton/Agua Dulce area, because ATV riding in these two communities is prohibited. The land is either privately owned or owned by utility companies; therefore, riding in these areas is illegal.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station has an off-road team which is funded by a grant through the State and County Department of Parks and Recreation. These deputies are assigned to patrol these areas and look for illegal riders. Generally the team dedicates over 48 hours a month to the Acton/Agua Dulce area and contacts between 10-20 people during each shift. If you are on an ATV and stopped, you will be cited for riding in a non-designated area, pursuant to 15.68.020 of the Los Angeles County Code (LACC) – Off Road Vehicle Trespassing.

Sheriffs are asking the public to refrain from riding in non-designated riding areas. If you would like information on areas that have been designated in Southern California visit the website.

If you have any other questions or concerns contact Jodi Wolfe at 661-272-2520 or email jewolfe@lasd.org.

*Courtesy of www.hometownstation.com

Santa Clarita Family Provides the Gift of Open Space to Public Trust

| News | January 15, 2015

There are many residents of Santa Clarita who are open space advocates and enjoy outdoor sports and recreation. There are few, however, who have the means and generosity to expand its accessibility.

Bob and Wendy Stevenson proved that they are dedicated to the preservation of land last month when they donated two 4.91-acre lots to the City of Santa Clarita creating additional open space. This gift of approximately 10 acres of property is adjacent to the City’s existing Golden Valley Ranch open space.

Rather than building on this property, which is located in Sand Canyon, the Stevensons decided that they wanted to give current and future residents the opportunity to experience the pristine mountains viewable from the two donated lots.
This is the second property donation made by the Stevenson family. In 2007, the couple donated 16.3 acres of land to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC).

The property will add to the City’s continued efforts to preserve open space and provide additional recreational opportunities for residents in the future. Currently the City of Santa Clarita, with the help from funding partners and the passing of the Open Space Preservation District, has preserved thousands of acres of open space for the public to enjoy in perpetuity.

For additional information on the Stevenson’s property donation to the City of Santa Clarita, contact Bob Stevenson at 805-490-2300.

Athletes of the Week – Male – Michael Valencia, Female – Nickey Davis

| SC Living | January 10, 2015

As goalkeeper for the Hart Indians Varsity Girls Soccer team, Nickey Davis played a key role in taking the championship at the Hart Soccer Showcase last week. She made two crucial saves in the penalty kick portion of the championship game of the tournament. The Hart girls won, 5-4 on penalty kicks, against Quartz Hill. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation. Hart won its own soccer tournament for the third time in the past four years, thanks to Nickey’s winning save.

Thanks to Hart High School sophomore Michael Valencia, the Varsity Boys Soccer team brought in its third championship in four years at the Hart Soccer Showcase last week. Michael scored two goals in Hart’s 3-1 win over Valencia in the championship game of the tournament. Hart improved to 10-1-2 and are unbeaten in 10 straight games against Valencia. With team members like Michael Valencia, Hart stands ready to see more of the same.

 

 

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | January 9, 2015

There was a rare charge of kidnapping in the last week. A 29-year-old gardener from Canyon Country was arrested for the crime.

There were several different types of theft in the last week. A 35-year-old contractor from Stevenson Ranch was picked up for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. An unemployed 35-year-old Newhall woman was brought in for forgery/counterfeit of a public/corporate seal. A 50-year-old engineering assistant was charged with theft of personal property. And a 47-year-old unemployed Lancaster man was arrested for burglary.

A 22-year-old Palmdale man was charged with defacing/damaging property valued at less than $400, and an unemployed 25-year-old Santa Clarita man was picked up for defacing property.

A 22-year-old Santa Clarita transient was picked up for trespassing on lands under cultivation.

Those who received a charge of driving under the influence included:
53-year-old Bakersfield man
37-year-old landscaper from Garden Grove
21-year-old food server from Canyon Country
23-year-old salesman from Pacoima
58-year-old unemployed Carson man
25-year-old unemployed Palmdale woman
29-year-old construction worker from Newhall
24-year-old service worker from North Hollywood
21-year-old unemployed Agua Dulce man
46-year-old studio driver from Santa Clarita
34-year-old loading tech from Fillmore
28-year-old unemployed Castaic man
39-year-old maintenance worker from Panorama City
21-year-old waitress from Sylmar

A 34-year-old Castaic man who works at a car wash was cited for carrying a switchblade knife. And an 18-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles. A 32-year-old electrician from Saugus was arrested for illegal possession of ammunition.

An unemployed 37-year-old Lemon Grove man was brought in for assault with a deadly weapon, with great bodily injury, and a 28-year-old Saugus woman was charged with assault with a deadly weapon used on a police officer/fireman, without a firearm, causing great bodily injury.

Charges of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant were brought against:
20-year-old custodian from Newhall
50-year-old unemployed Valencia man
18-year-old construction worker from Valencia
31-year-old loader from Newhall
30-year-old unemployed Van Nuys man

A 27-year-old gardener from Newhall was charged with battery against a former spouse, and a 45-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man was charged with battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. A 48-year-old Valencia construction worker was charged with disobeying a domestic relations court order.

Residents Meet Fitness Goals with Community Center Classes

| News | January 9, 2015

Fitness is at the forefront of people’s minds this time of year, and the City of Santa Clarita is one step ahead of the crowd. Two local community centers have a number of classes slated for this year, open to residents with plans for some healthy workouts .

Community Members of all ages can mix up their fitness routines at affordable prices with the following programs available at the City’s Community Centers:

Canyon Country Community Center (18792 Flying Tiger Drive)
For more information, or to register for the following programs, visit Santa-Clarita.com/CCCC or call 661-284-1480.
CCCC Striders (Adults) – From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning January 5, 2015 – Staff will lead a moderate to fast-paced walk on differing routes.
Dance It Out! (Adults) – From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on January 14, 2015 – This beginner-friendly, follow-the-leader cardio dance class blends a variety of dance styles from Broadway to Bollywood to hip hop and funk.
POUND Rockout Workout (Adults) – From 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays and/or Thursdays beginning on January 12, 2015 – Participants can experience a full body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming.
SMART ProTrainer Circuit (Adults) – From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning on January 6, 2015 – This class combines strength training, explosive plyometric, and speed training, while using the SMART ProTrainer interactive wall. Each exercise option will have modifications for various fitness levels.

Newhall Community Center Fitness (22421 Market Street)
For more information, or to register for the following programs, visit Santa-Clarita.com/NCC or call 661-286-4006
Boxing Fitness (Adults) – From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 13, 2015 – This class teaches fundamental boxing techniques to improve overall fitness while burning calories.
Boxing Introduction – For adults from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and for youth from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 13, 2015 – Learn the basics of boxing mechanics, including skill and technique development, circuit training and drills. Participants must provide their own equipment.
Dance Workout – For adults from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and for youth from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays beginning January 15, 2015 – This class is all about having fun while dancing and burning calories to some great tunes!
Pilates (Adults) – From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning on January 13, 2015 – Learn Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness.
Yoga with Jackie (Adults) – From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays beginning on January 15, 2015 – Jackie teaches basic yoga poses and flows to stretch and strengthen the major muscles of the body, while increasing flexibility.
Zumba Gold Winter 2015 (Adults) – From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays beginning January 15, 2015 – Older adults can enjoy a modified Zumba ® class with the original moves at a lower-intensity.  Zumba Sculpt & Stretch (Adults) – From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on January 12, 2015 – This class incorporates cardio, strength and flexibility taught by a bilingual Spanish-speaking instructor.

*A $5 surcharge may be applied to classes for non-residents of the City of Santa Clarita.

Tilted Kilt Turns Family-Friendly with New Name

| News | January 9, 2015

tilted kiltTilted Kilt Pub & Eatery employees and officials from the corporate office have confirmed the Valencia restaurant is closed, officials said Monday. The restaurant will be re-branded and open as Varsity Draft House.

A Westfield Valencia Town Center official said the location was leased through CBRE.

One employee posted to Facebook, “Yesterday was my last day as a kilt girl… That’s right TILTED KILT IS CLOSING after tonight! I’ve gained so much experience from that place and I’m thankful but I’m also happy I’ll never wear that outfit or those hideous shoes again!! It will be renovated into a new BETTER restaurant bar where I’ll still be bartending so make sure you come check it out in about a week or so.”

Varsity Draft House management took little time to announce its plan to open.

Varsity-Draft-House-To-Replace-Tilted-Kilt-In-Santa-Clarita-620x330“I noticed so many rumors going around and knew we had to make a statement. (Monday) was a very hectic day,” said Varsity Draft House General Manager Richard Moore. “I heard a lot of things, like our rent increased, we were out of business. We had not gone under like a lot of people have been saying — we’re rebranding the pub to separate ourselves from Tilted Kilt.”

The new pub will be more “family-friendly” and the servers will no longer be wearing the “breastaurant-style” garb, Moore said. The new uniforms will be more “casual” with employees wearing jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers.

Management of the bar held a meeting Monday with all of the employees, in which management announced the change and offered employees the option to stay with the new restaurant or have a letter of recommendation to stay at Tilted Kilt.

“We were alerted (Monday) of the unexpected closing at the Valencia pub,” said Kelly McNamara, spokeswoman of Fisherman PR for Tilted Kilt’s corporate office. “We have been well received in the Valencia market since opening in February 2012.”

Management is planning to reopen the pub Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.
“Everyone is very, very excited,” Moore said. “The owners love Valencia. We felt we can better serve the employees and community by rebranding our pub. We’re extremely excited and we hope that the new concept is well received by the Santa Clarita Valley.”

Management plans to have a menu with “lots of burgers and a very big representation of some seafood,” he said, adding that “the selection is going to be very vast.”

“We tried to build a menu that we thought gives something for every taste for whoever to walks through the door,” Moore said. “We’re sports oriented. We have over 50 televisions, 10 satellites. We wanted to make this a place for families.”

“We’re looking at long-term strategy,” he added. “We’re going to be here for the long haul.”

Business of the Week – Securitas

| SC Living | January 9, 2015

Securitas

Offering customized security services to a broad range of business clients, Securitas is able to tailor its service to each company. The Los Angeles management team serves clients in approximately 300 locations, placing security officers in small, medium and large businesses, assisting executives in providing safety with operational efficiency.

Securitas provides security in high rise commercial real estate properties, residential communities, retail stores, and offers both permanent and temporary services. The trusted company contracts with many Santa Clarita locations, hiring only experienced, trained personnel. To contact Securitas, call 213-580-8825 or visit www.Securitas.com.

The Canyon Country Advisory Committee and the year 2015

| Community | January 8, 2015

by Alan Ferdman

With 2015 already upon us, the Canyon Country Advisory Committee will be celebrating its 18th anniversary providing Santa Clarita Valley communities with information and services unlike any other organization in our area. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except December, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mint Canyon Moose Banquet Room, 1800 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. There is no charge for attendance. Presentations provided are video recorded and then loaded on YouTube for those unable to attend.

Last year provided many opportunities for the Canyon Country Advisory Committee to expand services at a level greater than ever before. The first opportunity spotlighted the group’s unique “Meet and Greet” format. This process allows for election candidates to provide short presentations about their qualifications and then follows up with a question and answer session. Questions are directly asked by audience members and answers provided by the candidates themselves.  All 13 of the 2014 Santa Clarita City Council candidates participated in meetings held January through March. Congressional Assembly candidates Steve Knight and Tony Strickland were highlighted at the September meeting, and finally Los Angeles County Sheriff candidates Jim McDonnell and Paul Tanaka took center stage during the October meeting. In addition, information was provided throughout the year on major issues such as CEMEX, Billboards, Measure S, and Chloride, plus much more.
With the majority of future local elections over a year away, 2015 provides the Canyon Country Advisory Committee time to refocus on areas the City of Santa Clarita is doing very well and issues where improvement is essential if we are to maintain our Santa Clarita family-friendly lifestyle.

Santa Clarita Valley communities continue to grow.  We no longer live in a little town and our “One Valley One Vision” General Plan provides for the future population to almost double. Traffic congestion, water availability and other infrastructure issues are already being felt around the city. Today, as the third largest city in Los Angeles County, working to establish a culture which establishes continuous improvement for all aspects of city processes and services must be a top priority. It is our responsibility to stay informed, keep our eye on the ball and hold our elected officials accountable for the decisions they make. Only then can we be assured Santa Clarita will remain a community where our children and grandchildren will want to live.

To help you stay informed, I invite you to join us at the first Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting of 2015 on Wednesday, January 21, remembering always “Together We Can Make A Difference.”

Congressman Steve Knight Sworn in to U.S. House of Representatives

| News | January 8, 2015

This marks Knight’s inaugural term as a U.S. Congressman, after formerly serving in the California State Assembly and State Senate. Rep. Knight is the first person in history from the Antelope Valley to be elected to Congress, and will serve on the prestigious House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, according to a news release from Knight.
“I am thrilled to start in my new role as a member of the House of Representatives and to begin serving the people of the 25th Congressional District,” said Knight.
As far as his priorities are concerned, Knight says they will begin working on “CEMEX issues” right away.
“I am excited to work with Representative Knight this legislative session,” said fellow California Representative and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “His knowledge and passion for Defense and Aerospace will make him a valuable asset to the committees he has been assigned to.”
Congressman Knight communicated his anticipation in joining the ranks of the newly elected.
The Senate’s website details the actions for a new Congress. After new Senators show their credentials, both newly elected and reelected senators are sworn in by the vice president. One-third of the Senate is elected or reelected every two years.
The Senate is divided into three classes for election purposes, and every two years one-third of the Senate is elected or reelected. It is followed by election of the president pro tempore and other officers.
As January continues, the Senate turns to legislative business. With each new Congress, all pending legislation of the previous Congress expires (with the exception of treaties), so many bills and resolutions are reintroduced.
During the first weeks of the new Congress, most freshman senators mark an important milestone in their Senate careers by delivering their maiden speeches.

Castaic Home Invasion

| News | January 8, 2015

By Perry Smith
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a Castaic home invasion robbery on the 28400 block of Sloan Canyon Road, officials said Monday.

A man reportedly muscled his way into the Castaic home around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, January 7, according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.

Salvador Medrano, 21, of Elkhart, Indiana, was arrested on a robbery charge, according to Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Medrano reportedly knocked on the door late Sunday night, and when the homeowner answered, he was assaulted, according to the report.

The homeowner, Jeff Preach, said his doorbell rang around 10:30 p.m., and when he answered his door the suspect, Medrano, asked for $100 million, he said.

“I just laughed and said, ‘Buddy, you got the wrong house,’” Preach said Monday afternoon.
Then things got hectic, he said.

Medrano allegedly became belligerent and threw at least four punches at Preach’s face, after pushing his way into the home. He landed several blows, but failed to hurt Preach too badly, he said.

Preach, who described himself as a “big guy,” wrestled with the suspect and eventually managed to pin the man after summoning his “high school linebacker” strength, he said.

“I jammed him and I pinned him until we were forehead to forehead in between the sofa and the drywall,” Preach said.

After pinning Medrano, Preach, who had back surgery several weeks ago, yelled for his wife to call the Sheriff’s Station and get Preach’s shotgun. He was concerned the suspect might be able to grab a weapon with his free hand, he said.

After a struggle, the homeowner was able to detain the suspect at gunpoint with a shotgun, with help from his wife and his cousin, who was recovering from an even more recent back surgery, Preach said.

Medrano allegedly remained combative after deputies arrived on scene, he said. Deputies arrested Medrano for robbery and resisting arrest.

Medrano is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He’s due in court Tuesday, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | January 1, 2015

The holidays are often a time with a great deal of theft, and this year was no different. A 52-year-old therapist from Santa Clarita and a 26-year-old unemployed Saugus woman were picked up for theft of personal property, as was a 33-year-old unemployed Lancaster man and an 18-year-old Canyon Country man who works as a host.

A 22-year-old cashier from Rosemead was arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400. Also, a 46-year-old caretaker from Lancaster was arrested for grand theft auto/horse, etc. A 24-year-old unemployed Saugus man was picked up for possession of burglary tools.

A 31-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests:
51-year-old construction worker from Pearblossom
22-year-old server from Newhall
39-year-old electrician from Castaic
36-year-old stuntman from Canyon Country
36-year-old cook from Newhall
35-year-old framer from Canyon Country
28-year-old disability examiner from Winnetka
36-year-old unemployed Los Angeles man
42-year-old builder from Canyon Country
44-year-old grip from Littlerock, Calif.
50-year-old teacher from Saugus
29-year-old disabled Newhall woman

A 45-year-old account manager from Valencia and a 37-year-old Canyon Country man who refused to provide an occupation were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, etc. A 58-year-old computer engineer from Saugus was arrested for battery against a former spouse.

Also, a 43-year-old preschool teacher from Saugus, a 36-year-old cement finisher from Canyon Country and a 36-year-old Canyon Country man were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 50-year-old Newhall woman was brought in for battery against a former spouse.

A 28-year-old Canyon Country man who works at Taco Bell was picked up for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger on his person.

A 19-year-old Santa Clarita man who works in customer service was arrested for sexual battery/touching an intimate part of another.

Drink of the Week

| SC Living | December 28, 2014

photoRosemary lemon drop martini.
Fresh lemon juice, citrus vodka and rosemary infused simple syrup.

 

 

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Volunteer of the Week – Jim Gray

| SC Living | December 26, 2014

Every organization has THAT volunteer – the person you can always count on, day or night. Over the past several years, Jim Gray has been that volunteer to New Leash On Life. As a nonprofit, the organization relies on volunteers and donations to help keep the organization afloat. With a 13-acre property to look after, which includes a three-story house, there are bound to be projects here and there that will pop up at a moment’s notice, just as with any home and property. The best thing about Jim is that he can fix just about anything that is thrown his way! Leaky faucets, busted air conditioning, vehicle maintenance, or even construction projects, are just a few of the tasks that Jim has taken on.

NLOLHeroThere’s no task too big for Jim and he’s happy to volunteer his time and resources. But, even better, Jim is also a baking enthusiast! Our staff and volunteers are constantly provided with home-baked goodies, including cakes, cookies, brownies, and lots of other treats, sometimes at staff requests. Jim is a one-in-a-million guy who truly cares about New Leash On Life and its mission to save homeless pets. Every non-profit organization should be lucky enough to have its very own Jim. The NLOL staff is so grateful to have him helping them be the best rescue facility possible. For New Leash On Life, Jim is the hero who has saved the day countless times and they are forever grateful!

Agua Dulce Winery – Wine of the Month

| SC Living | December 24, 2014

Wine of the Month
Agua Dulce Winery 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Holiday Time with family and friends deserves the Best of the Best. Enjoy!

Agua Dulce Winery
9640 sierra Hightway
661-268-7402
10am to 5:30 pm daily
www.aguadulcewinery.com

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | December 23, 2014

In the last week, an unemployed 41-year-old Newhall man was charged with contempt of court/disobeying a court order.

An unemployed 19-year-old Lancaster woman and an 18-year-old Lancaster woman who works in tax filing were charged with conspiracy to commit any crime.

A 20-year-old server from Valencia and a 27-year-old retail manager from Sylmar were charged with theft of personal property. And an unemployed 42-year-old Valencia woman was picked up for petty theft.

An unemployed 20-year-old Van Nuys man was picked up for defacing/damaging property valued at less than $400.

A 31-year-old bartender from San Fernando was picked up for using an expired/forged/revoked access card valuing more than $400.

A 23-year-old Canyon Country cashier, a 35-year-old IT worker from Canyon Country and a 25-year-old chef from Covina were arrested for burglary.

A 22-year-old personal stylist from Canyon Country and an unemployed 20-year-old Saugus woman were charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Charges of Driving under the influence (DUI) included:
29-year-old notary public from Pasadena
43-year-old server from Ventura
22-year-old cook from Van Nuys
37-year-old driver from Northridge
28-year-old make-up artist from Valencia
A 56-year-old veterinary technician from Canyon Country was charged with a DUI combined drug and alcohol influence.

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:
60-year-old mechanic from Saugus
57-year-old unemployed Valencia woman
37-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man
30-year-old waitress from Newhall

A 20-year-old chef from Canyon Country was picked up for possession of marijuana for sale. Also, a 35-year-old Agua Dulce painter and a 27-year-old telemarketer from Canyon Country were charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale.

A 22-year-old Valencia cashier was charged with transporting/selling a controlled substance, as was a Long Beach couple – she is an unemployed 26-year-old and he is a 22-year-old painter.

A 20-year-old unemployed Los Angeles man was charged with transporting/selling/furnishing marijuana.

An unemployed 43-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with possession of narcotics/drugs/alcohol/drug paraphernalia in jail.

A 34-year-old coach from Agua Dulce was arrested for making criminal threats.

A 37-year-old Valencia man who works in an automotive department was picked up for assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, and an unemployed 22-year-old Canyon Country man was picked up for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm with great bodily injury.

A 54-year-old manager from Saugus and an unemployed 57-year-old Valencia man were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

Sheriffs Called Twice to Same House

| News | December 23, 2014

In one week’s time, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department received two emergency calls to the same Canyon Country home for different incidents. Last week a resident held a gun to his head, threatening to kill himself. The armed standoff ended and more than one resident was detained for narcotics violations.

This week Sheriff’s Deputies were once again called by a neighbor, this time reporting that a man was standing on the roof of the same house, located on the 29400 block of Abelia Road. Other residents in the neighborhood report numerous visits by law enforcement to the home in the past.

“We got a call at 8:12 a.m. that an 18-year-old man wearing camouflage was sitting on the roof with a gun/pellet gun. Deputies believe it was a pellet gun,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to KHTS AM 1220 news staff. “When we arrived, we determined a crime had not been committed.”

Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim

| News | December 20, 2014

Every year, a certain number of local residents choose to start the year in the coldest fashion possible. The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to welcome the New Year at the Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015. The free event will be held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center Waterslide Pool located at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.

The Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim allows residents to ride down the chilly Aquatic Center waterslide and splash through the unheated pool. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided to warm up swimmers after they take the plunge. All participants will receive commemorative gift and photo opportunities with the life-size Polar Bear Swim mascot.  Spectators are welcome.

“The Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim is an exciting and popular tradition in Santa Clarita and a great way to start the New Year off with a splash!” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Aquatic Center doors will open at 8:45 a.m. The Aquatic Center Waterslide Pool will not be open for recreational swimming on January 1 and will close immediately following the Polar Bear Swim.

For more information on the Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim, call Santa Clarita Aquatics Program Specialist Taryn Flatt at (661) 250-3763 or visit santa-clarita.com.

Non-profit of the week – Senior Center SCV

| SC Living | December 19, 2014

A longstanding non-profit group in the SCV, the Santa Clarita Senior Center offers older residents the chance to congregate for support and entertainment all year long. Located in Newhall, the Center attracts crowds to many of its regular programs, such as health and wellness seminars, yoga classes, square dances and line dancing, bridge and chess clubs, and much more.

Its operations are run by the Santa Clarita Committee on Aging (COA). The tagline is “Independence/Dignity/Quality of Life,” which stands behind the foundation’s mission to keep seniors in their own homes for as long as possible. One of the main support programs of the non-profit organization involves a fleet of trucks taking home delivered meals to homebound seniors. It also provides assistance with day care and handyman work needed at the homes of individuals.

Annual fundraisers are attended by hundreds of local residents and have become newsworthy events. The Celebrity Waiter Dinner is a favorite, sporting a different theme each year, always involving costumes. In the past, guests participated in such unusual event themes as “Beyond the Sea” and “Journey Through Television.”

The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. The foundation is always in need of more resources. To contact the non-profit group regarding donations or activities, visit www.scv-seniorcenter.org.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | December 19, 2014

Valencia brothers were brought up on assault charges last week. One is an unemployed 21-year-old and was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury. The other brother is a self-employed 23-year-old charged with assault likely to produce great bodily injury. Two others had similar charges. A Valencia man, a 23-year-old who is self-employed, was brought up on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury. A 27-year-old Castaic custodian was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

A 23-year-old massage therapist from Val Verde was arrested for sexual battery/touching an intimate part of another.

An unemployed 30-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

A 22-year-old server from Newhall was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, as was a 31-year-old Canyon Country cook. And a 51-year-old pool cleaner from Canyon Country was arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 23-year-old laborer from Newhall was brought in for theft of personal property.

A 26-year-old truck driver from Castaic, a 67-year-old Sylmar woman, and a 21-year-old field worker from Orosi, Calif. were brought up on charges of transporting/selling a controlled substance.

A Piru couple was picked up for similar charges – she was cited for possession of a controlled substance and he, a mechanic, was charged with transporting/selling a controlled substance.

The following individuals were charged with possession of a controlled substance:
28-year-old Santa Monica woman
33-year-old radiologist from North Hills
18-year-old Valencia man who is a delivery worker
29-year-old Sacramento man
57-year-old handyman from Canyon Country
53-year-old subcontractor from Valencia
25-year-old unemployed Los Angeles woman

DUIs
29-year-old salesman from Stevenson Ranch
25-year-old sales representative from Saugus
38-year-old therapist from Canyon Country
23-year-old server from Van Nuys
23-year-old student from Saugus
47-year-old construction worker from Duarte
27-year-old chef from Canyon Country
24-year-old web designer from Newhall
22-year-old server from Hawthorne
27-year-old metal fabricator from Palmdale
45-year-old manager from Los Angeles
30-year-old travel agent from Playa del Rey
20-year-old student from Newhall
24-year-old ticket salesman from Castaic

Grants From Kaiser Go to Eight Local Non-Profits

| Community | December 18, 2014

Every year, a number of Santa Clarita non-profits get a boost from Kaiser Permanente. With an aim to “improve health locally,” the company’s Community Benefits Grants Program chooses to give money to charity groups that meet that criterion.

This year, the benefits totaled $62,626 and Santa Clarita’s lucky winners were:

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley received $10,000 to support “Triple-Play,” a three-pronged (mind-body-soul) comprehensive health, fitness, and wellness initiative for at-risk youth at their club locations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Bridge to Home received $9,626 to support a Health Navigator to coordinate healthcare for uninsured, homeless individuals and families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Carousel Ranch received $4,000 to support equestrian therapy and exercise for lower-income children with physical disabilities at risk for obesity in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Child & Family Center received $15,000 to support the expansion of a school-based mental health program for lower-income, at-risk youths and their families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Samuel Dixon Family Health Center received $7,000 to provide access to extensive dental services for lower-income, uninsured families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center received $5,000 to support case management, health and wellness programming and screenings, and chronic disease education for lower-income seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Single Mother’s Outreach received $7,000 to support case management to help address the social service and mental health needs of low-income single mother-headed households in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Special Olympics Southern California received $5,000 to support year-round sports, health, and fitness programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities at risk for obesity in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The organizations chosen need to show a commitment to expanding access to care for lower-income and uninsured individuals, improving education, prevention, early detection, treatment of chronic diseases, and efforts to promote healthy eating and active living to combat increased obesity rates through medical, environmental, and social changes.

“Our physicians and employees in the Santa Clarita Valley are proud to support our local non-profit organizations with these grants,” says Physician-In-Charge David Wong, MD. “Through partnerships with these groups, we are working to benefit the community at large by addressing issues and concerns that affect its overall health.”

To learn more Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program visit: http://community.kp.org/ or follow @KPCommBenefit on Twitter.

About Kaiser Permanente Santa Clarita and Panorama City Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City serves more than 200,000 members in the East San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The care the medical group provides to members and patients is focused on total health and is guided by each patient’s personal physician, specialists, and team of caregivers. For more information, go to: kp.org/santaclarita and follow us on Twitter @KPPanoramaCity.

Hart District Has New Principal and Announces Open Enrollment

| News | December 13, 2014

While Mike Kuhlman has only been the principal at Canyon High School for a few years, his recent promotion to the William S. Hart School District assistant superintendent post means that Canyon will have an even newer principal. Jason d’Autremont was appointed to the position of Canyon High School Principal at the regular Hart District Governing Board meeting held on Dec. 10, 2014. Both d’Autremont and Kuhlman will begin their new jobs on December 22, 2014.

Golden Valley High School, West Ranch High School and Placerita Jr. High School have been identified as open enrollment schools for the 2015-2016 school year. Open Enrollment forms will be available at the registrars’ offices beginning January 12, 2015. Any transfer requests for 2015-2016 to schools that are not identified as Open Enrollment should be made through the Intra-District Form available online beginning January 12, 2015. ​Contact the District Office at www.hartdistrict.org or call (661) 259-0033.

Band of the Week – Vinyl Gypsies

| SC Living | December 12, 2014

Band 848

Based in Southern California, the Vinyl Gypsies is a classic rock band blending musical favorites with its own original style. The uniqueness of the talented group is that the members can perform their entire set list with both acoustic and electric guitars. They guarantee that each and every Vinyl Gypsies show will be different from the last.

The band is made up of four core members – Lisa Meegan on lead vocals; Ed Rigg on guitar and vocals; Chuck Standish on drums, percussion and vocals; and Shawn Richkind on bass. In addition, there are always several experienced musicians joining the Gypsies on stage incorporating piping hot saxophone, ripping lead guitars and smoking keyboards, as well as a bevy of other musical instruments. The Vinyl Gypsies pride themselves on providing endless entertainment for any occasion, whether it is for a quiet, relaxed environment or a loud, rocking party experience. They aim to please, and their extensive song library and diverse style can deliver musical bliss to any crowd.

The Vinyl Gypsies will be playing this Saturday, December 13 at The Valencia Wine Company (24300 Town Center Dr, Valencia) starting at 9 p.m. Spend the evening with this group and hear a wide range of classic rock hits, hard rocking and soft rocking! You will surely find yourself dancing the night away to their melodic sound.

For more information on the Vinyl Gypsies visit the website at www.vinylgypsies.com.

Photo credit: CW Rockin photos

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | December 12, 2014

There was plenty of drama in the SCV, according to this week’s police blotter. Santa Clarita Sheriffs this week brought in a suspected fugitive from justice, a 31-year-old Newhall man. Also, a 51-year-old maid from Granada Hills and a Sun Valley couple, both aged 25, were charged with theft of personal property.

An unemployed 23-year-old Saugus man was arrested for second-degree robbery. An unemployed 54-year-old Val Verde man was picked up for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 48-year-old Canoga Park woman who works in homecare was charged with getting credit/other’s ID. An unemployed 50-year-old Newhall woman was cited for entering/occupying a property without consent.

A 42-year-old Santa Clarita man who works in the concrete business was picked up for destroying/concealing documentary evidence.

An unemployed 31-year-old Canyon Country woman was charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 53-year-old mover from Sun Valley was arrested for battery with great bodily injury.

A 55-year-old retired Canoga Park man was picked up for having a firearm with narcotics, and a 36-year-old security stuntman was charged with carrying a loaded firearm on his person or in his vehicle in a public place. Also, a 20-year-old carpet installer from Los Angeles was charged with manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles.

A Victorville man and a Porterville man were charged with transporting/selling/furnishing marijuana.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
44-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man
20-year-old Mission Hills student
27-year-old Newhall man who works in framing
26-year-old Santa Clarita transient
42-year-old teamster from Canyon Country
30-year-old salesman from Canyon Country
31-year-old self-employed Sun Valley man
36-year-old Pacoima man who works in operations

A 33-year-old truck driver from Sacramento was picked up for driving a commercial vehicle with a .04 blood/alcohol level.

DUIs this week included:
35-year-old Lancaster man who owns an online smoke shop
26-year-old manager from Riverside
21-year-old Redwood City electrician
38-year-old nurse from Santa Clarita

Jaso vs. Doug – A Differing Opinion What a Difference a Day Makes

| Opinion | December 12, 2014

When an anticipated movie comes out, we run to see it on opening weekend. When a new restaurant opens, we promptly visit the new establishment to try the cuisine. When the latest iPhone hits the market, we have reserved it online before it is even available!

But, when there is a real need, we—“we” no longer referring to you and me, but to world leaders—tend to “plan” talks or perhaps organize a conference.

What is it about peace that is so elusive, so optional? Do the consequences of “planning peace talks,” or worse, “delaying peace talks” occur to world leaders? We’ve all heard the news report that “peace talks will resume on ….” When was the last time we heard that “peace talks will conclude” or that “peace begins

now” (as opposed to “The ceasefire commences at midnight on …”)?

Saying that peace talks will resume implies complete failure. After all, we (still referring to those world leaders) are really saying that we will accept even more preventable human death for the moment. Someone’s close loved one is going to die between now and when we resume peace talks. Someone’s mother, father, child, sibling, or all of them will be killed in an attack or in battle while we plan our peace talks.

Let’s get it together and go after peace like it’s the last damn iPhone on the shelf.
Peace now,
Jaso

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