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Abby Diamond Paper Collage Demo at Barnes and Noble

| Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Abby Diamond will demonstrate the art of paper collage at the meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) on Monday, Aug. 1. This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Taking her inspiration from nature, Diamond creates colorful, unique and evocative landscape collages using torn pieces of magazine paper. Her Torn Paper Mosaics skillfully combines methods and theory learned from oil, watercolor and Chinese brush painting to create pure expressions of color, layer, shape, texture and outline.

“I’m a freelance illustrator and scribbler of things. I use ink and paints to draw monsters, colorful creatures, and beasts with too many limbs,” said Diamond. “After graduating with my BFA in Studio Art, I threw myself into creating art full-time. Album artwork, tattoo designs, and card games are some of the few things I like to illustrate. I hope to become a children’s book illustrator in the future.”

Diamond studied with Dorothy Cannon, a popular Los Angeles children’s art instructor, took sculpture and papier-mâché classes at Every Woman’s Village, and learned numerous arts and crafts techniques thanks to the offerings at public schools and community centers.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. See www.SantaClaritaArtists.org for more information.

The Numbing of America: Trump Allegations Treated As Old News

| Opinion | July 4, 2019

by Dick Polman

In a normal universe, a vivid allegation of rape, leveled at a serially misogynist president, would be a news story worthy of 24/7 coverage. Heck, it would even be bigger than the recent feeding frenzy about Joe Biden touching some women’s shoulders.

But naturally, the details offered on Friday by New York writer E. Jean Carroll – that Donald Trump, in his previous incarnation as a real estate hustler, banged her head against a wall and forcibly penetrated her in a department store dressing room – sputtered in the news cycle. It was barely mentioned on the Sunday morning TV shows. It didn’t make the front page of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, or the Chicago Tribune. On Saturday, 164 stories were featured on the New York Times’ online home page, but there were none about Carroll, a well-regarded advice columnist for Elle magazine, who is now the 22nd woman to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.

That latter fact is crucial. Many Americans – or, more precisely, many in the media – are so benumbed by Trump, so fatigued by the daily evidence of his amorality, that even the freshest, most sickening accusation is treated as “old” news.

But Carroll’s allegation, featured in a new book (confirmed by two Carroll friends who were told of the incident at the time) – and, most importantly, Trump’s response to her allegation – warrants major coverage, because this story, when placed in its proper context, tells the tragic truth about the numbing of America.

Here’s context: Jill Harth, Kristin Anderson, Lisa Boyne, Temple Taggart, Mariah Billado, Cathy Heller, Karina Virginia, Natasha Stoynoff, Rachel Crooks, Mindy McGillivray, Jennifer Murphy, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Summer Zervos, Cassandra Searles, Alva Johnson, Juliet Huddy, Jessica Leeds. Those are just some of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. That list does not include the beauty pageant women who said that Trump barged into their dressing rooms. He has assailed all these women as liars. In 2016, he threatened to retaliate by suing them, but never did. He claimed that some were getting paid to smear him, but never tried to prove it.

This context makes Carroll’s story more important, not less. It’s arguably the most serious accusation of all, because it’s about rape, not groping. Conservative attorney George Conway (husband of Kellyanne) points out: “Carroll’s account is supported by the sheer number of claims that have now surfaced against Trump – claims in which women have accused Trump of engaging in unwelcome or forcible sexual conduct or assault against them.” Indeed, Conway writes, “what Trump described in the (Hollywood Access) video is exactly what Carroll says he did to her.”

Fortunately, Trump has done his best to feed the sputtering news cycle by lying anew. When he denied the rape allegation, he said: “I’ve never met this person in my life…I have no idea who this woman is.” Which was amusing to hear, because Carroll’s article, posted on the New York magazine’s website, includes a photo that shows Trump talking with Carroll at a party.

He also resurrected one of his golden oldies: “There were numerous cases where women were paid money to say bad things about me. You can’t do that. You can’t do that, and those women did wrong things, that women were actually paid money to say bad things about me.” He has never offered a scintilla of evidence that any women were paid to say bad things.

He also claimed that Carroll concocted a fiction “to sell a new book.” Actually, that’s what he did, via his ghostwriter, when he concocted the fiction that he was a business genius. That’s his sole frame of reference. He thinks that everyone else is just like him – blatantly lying for the sole purpose of hyping themselves.

Will this rape allegation move the public opinion needle? Of course not.

But that doesn’t mean this story should slide into the void. It’s too important. It shows how numb we’ve become. It exposes anew the hypocrisy of the Republicans and evangelical leaders who have greeted the story with silence – the same people who once championed “character” and “morality” in our highest office. And it shows, once again, that more than 40 percent of the electorate will reject any and all accusations, not matter how serious, because they perceive that Trump alone is the font of truth.

If this story, placed in its broader context, is allowed to fade away, this nation will have forfeited another slice of its soul.

Copyright 2019 Dick Polman, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at WHYY in Philadelphia and a “Writer in Residence” at the University of Pennsylvania. Email him at dickpolman7@gmail.com.

Wannabe, a Spice Girls Tribute to Kick Off Concerts in the Park

| Community, Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Swing it, shake it, move it and make it all evening long at the first show in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. The show on Saturday, July 6, will feature WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute. Starting at 7:00 p.m., hits from the ultimate ‘90s girl band will get the crowd dancing at this free concert at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Residents and visitors alike can spice up their lives by jamming out to the tunes of Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty and Baby Spice. WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute celebrates the biggest girl band in the world and “recreates the era of Girl Power.” This Canadian girl group will be heading on a United Kingdom tour this summer, but will stop in the States to perform at the City’s Concerts in the Park! Do not miss your chance to see what has been called the world’s top Spice Girls tribute as they perform the Spice Girls’ greatest hits like “Wannabe” and “Who Do You Think You Are.”

Say you’ll be there with your friends and family to enjoy the free show. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can kick back on the grass. Attendees can also picnic at the park with snacks from the different food vendors that will be on site.
For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Canyons Promise Sees Record-Breaking Growth and First Graduates

| Community | July 4, 2019

“I am going to be the first of my family to go to college,” wrote one of the 738 students who were accepted into the 2019-20 Canyons Promise cohort in their application essay. “Being a part of this program will help me succeed in my future and have the ability to transfer to a UC or Cal State University.” Canyons Promise, which waives tuition and fees for new full-time college students during their first year of study, will serve more students than ever when the new cohort enters College of the Canyons in fall 2019.

The program, previously known as First-Year Promise, achieved a record-breaking increase of 111 percent over its launch in 2017, when 350 students were accepted.

“We are excited to see the new Canyons Promise class start this fall,” said Jasmine Ruys, associate vice president of enrollment services. “It has been incredible to witness the program’s continuous growth and its successful impact on students who have participated.”

This college’s recent Commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2019 was the first to include First-Year Promise students.  It included 105 students from the inaugural First-Year Promise cohort, which began in the fall 2017 semester.

The increase in the number of students COC accepted was made possible through a combination of state funds and private donations.

“We are so grateful to all the donors who contributed to the Foundation’s fundraising campaign for the Canyons Promise program,” said Murray Wood, Chief Development Officer at the COC Foundation.  “Their generosity will make a difference to the lives of so many of our students, as their gifts pay dividends for years to come.”

In addition to waived tuition and fees, students also benefit from priority registration privileges and receive a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward textbooks, supplies and instructional materials.

Many courses are offered with the benefits of Zero Textbook Cost materials, peer mentors, and other learning community elements. Students also have access to a parking pass or city bus pass, and free computer lab printing services.

Students are welcomed into the program with a half-day summer counseling workshop during which they complete career assessments and receive academic guidance.

To help students remain on track, counseling and student support are offered throughout the year. Students who maintain eligibility the first year will be eligible for waived tuition and fees for their second year.

A Welcome Day event on Friday, Aug. 9 will help all Canyons Promise students gain the skills needed to be successful. In addition, students new to COC are welcome to attend.

For more information about Canyons Promise, visit the Canyons Promise web page.

 

Pathways Partnership Created with Hart District

| Community | July 4, 2019

In an effort to help prepare students for transfer or for career technical education, College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District have created a partnership that will offer eight college classes at high school campuses during the regular school day during the fall semester.

The College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership will allow 180 Hart District high school students to enroll in up to a maximum of five units per term and provide all course materials, including books and equipment necessary for course completion.

“We are very excited about this College and Career Access Pathways Partnership with the Hart District that will give participating students concurrent enrollment status at COC,” said Joseph Gerda, interim assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at the college. “It will be tremendously beneficial in helping high school students become college and career-ready.”

The five-year agreement, which began in July 2018 and ends in June 2023, is made possible thanks to Assembly Bill 288 (AB 288), which was passed by the state of California in 2015.

AB 288 allows a community college district to enter into a CCAP partnership with a school district “for the purpose of offering or expanding dual enrollment opportunities for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education, with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness.”

Detained Children Are Being Used As Political Pawns

| Opinion | July 3, 2019

by Christine Flowers

When faced with two women who each claimed to be the mother of the same child, King Solomon announced that he would slice the child in two and give half to each claimant.

One woman was pleased. The other wailed in sorrow, and begged the king to give the child to her opponent.

Solomon immediately understood that the woman who wanted to save the child even though it meant she’d lose him was the true mother.

There are no Solomons among us today. Children are once again being used as pawns and commodities in our national immigration debate, and the adults are fighting to gain philosophical and political advantage at their expense. The battles are waged on social media, on the pages of our national and local newspapers, in our homes and, most regrettably, in the halls of Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls the detention centers which hold immigrant children “concentration camps,” evoking the ghosts of millions of dead Jews, and she is rightly criticized by all decent people for that manipulation of history and language. While the literal term “concentration camp” could be stretched to include a facility where people are not able to leave and are held in temporary housing until their legal status is established, the congresswoman’s intention was to equate what is going on at the border with Nazi death camps. This was not lost on the United States Holocaust Museum, whose spokesperson noted that it “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary.”

But the fact remains that children are being held in places where they are not getting enough food, water, clean clothing, blankets, hygienic items and – most importantly – contact with caring humans.

President Trump points to the fact that his predecessor was the one who initiated a program that separated children from their parents, which is technically true. But when you dig a little deeper, you realize that Obama’s plan was sporadic, while the Trump administration made a sustained policy decision to separate families as a disincentive to cross the border.

Congress dithers about solving the crisis at the border, with one side insisting on pouring money into a wall and refusing to engage in good-faith solutions for legalization, while the other side calls their opponents racists, evoking imagery of Nazi camps. And then, when the House finally reaches a consensus about funding to provide the detained children with the necessities we regularly give to prisoners and accused terrorists at Guantanamo, only a handful of Republicans voted in favor of the bill because the package didn’t include anything for border security. Then late Thursday, the Senate’s version of the bill was signed onto by a reluctant Nancy Pelosi, guaranteeing that some money and support will reach the children.

And this is where I realize that neither side in this debate has any incentive to find a solution to the crisis that is ripping this country to shreds.

This controversy is deep and wide and burning, echoing the rift our ancestors confronted over slavery, and it is already leaving scars that will not fade even with the therapeutic balm of legislation and reconciliation. The detained children are the canaries in the coal mine of our national morality, and seeing them in this sustained state of crisis and neglect says some troubling things about who we are content to be.

It is fair to worry about the larger, overarching policy issues when discussing immigration. But this moment is not about partisanship. Our recent historical past shows that there is enough blame to go around. And when we start pointing fingers at one side and give the other a pass, the immigrants are the ones who end up suffering.

There should be no question that a country that turns its back on children for political gamesmanship is not the type of country any of us should be proud to call our own.

Copyright 2019 Christine Flowers. Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

SCAA Presents ‘This Is America’

| Entertainment | July 3, 2019

This is America, a brand new Santa Clarita Artists Association exhibit, will open starting July 5. The exhibit will run until September 1, 2019. A free reception to meet the artists will take place on July 5, from 6-9 p.m., and the public is invited.

“Artworks will feature various people, cultures, cities and landscapes found in America,” said Mardio Georgio. There are many beautiful wall paintings, jewelry, decor items, small and miniature pieces for purchase. Some artists will provide live demonstrations on selected days throughout the show.”

The following artists will be showcasing their work:

• Chrystal Walker: “A Little Luck – Sometimes life throws us a huge storm but there are little clouds of luck nearby. Right place, right time and a good omen driving through; this shot was taken near the Utah Salt Flats. Photography has been a first love of mine.”

• George Goldberg: “Small Town Picnic is a childhood memory from growing up in small-town America.”

• Olga Kaczmar – “9/11 Never Forget depicts the tragedy of September 9, 2001 and the heroic response of the New York Fire Department. Almost 3,000 people were killed.”

• Mardi Georgio – “California Gold represents the golden grasses and eucalyptus typically found in California.”

The SCAA Art Gallery is located at 22508 6th St. in Old Town Newhall, between Railroad and Main.  Gallery Hours are during Senses Thursday, in addition to Fridays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays from 2-9 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. Signs along Main Street will announce gallery openings.

SCAA is the only non-profit fine art association in Santa Clarita and has been around since 1989. For inquiries, visit www. SantaClaritaArtists.org

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 3, 2019

Three individuals were arrested for battery with great bodily injury, including a 27-year-old cashier from Bakersfield, a 19-year-old student from Bakersfield, and a 35-year-old custodian from Santa Clarita.

A 40-year-old songwriter from Newhall was charged with evading arrest. And a 54-year-old North Hollywood resident was arrested for burglary.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

25-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
27-year-old financial advisor from Canyon Country
24-year-old patient transporter from Palmdale
23-year-old gardener from Newhall
33-year-old marketer from Santa Clarita
23-year-old babysitter from Palmdale
35-year-old Jack-in-the-Box employee from Canyon Country

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

34-year-old Shadow Hills resident
31-year-old tow truck driver from Newhall
23-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
29-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
33-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
37-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
42-year-old self-employed Los Angeles resident
45-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
30-year-old stylist from Newhall
32-year-old nanny from Agoura Hills
25-year-old laborer from Saugus
25-year-old unemployed Sunset Beach resident

Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Passes Away

| Sports | July 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Angels Baseball organization received devastating news that their left-handed pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, 27, died in a Southlake, Texas hotel on Monday. The Angels were scheduled to play the Texas Rangers, but the game was postponed as a result of the day’s events.

Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene after police received a distress call of an unconscious man at a hotel room. There is no foul play suspected and an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” said the Angels organization in a statement. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time. There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”

It was a somber scene at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark as both teams arrived and left before either clubhouse were open and no players or coaches made any comments to the media before leaving the stadium.

Skaggs was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft with the 40th selection out of Santa Monica High School. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the 2010 season and made his MLB Debut with Diamondbacks on Aug. 22, 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels after the 2013 season.

There will be a moment of silence held before today’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Raging Moderate – A Rash of Lies

| Opinion | June 28, 2019

by Will Durst

President Trump has been called many things. A short-fingered vulgarian. Mister Misdirection. The Cheater-in-Chief. Vlad’s ventriloquist dummy. Boss Tweet. Herr Gropenfuhrer. The Oval Office Oompa Loompa. But the most apropos moniker to throw at him is, the King of Lies.

According to the Washington Post, the former New York City real estate developer is closing in on 11,000 lies since taking the Oath of Office. Which occurred approximately 900 days ago, averaging out to a bit more than 12 lies a day. And that’s in public. We have no idea how many lies he tosses towards staff or family or himself.

And yes indeed, you are correct, sir: ”liar” is so pejorative. Let’s call him a serial fibber. A fabricator. Deceiver. Falsifier. Prevaricator. Pseudologist. But whatever you call it, Donald Trump is the undisputed heavyweight champion of lying. Holds the Guinness Book World Record for making stuff up. Orange-man speak with forked tongue.

Some lies are political, ie; claiming he was against the Iraqi War when multiple examples of him saying the opposite exist. Some lies are just to pump the brand such as when he said the head of the Boy Scouts called to say he gave the best speech ever at a national gathering, something the Head Scout said never happened. Some lies are pure animal instinct. To maintain and move on. Going to release his tax returns after his audit. Longest… audit… ever.

Others are inexplicable. What reason would he have to say his father was born in Germany when the man was born in New York? Nobody cares. But he keeps saying it. Perhaps simply a little self-delusion to reinforce his love of sauerkraut?

He lies and then he lies about lying and then he lies about lying about lying. Even if he said he were lying, he’d be lying. Which is metaphysically difficult. He lies to the press and then believes what he reads. Since it’s him being quoted, it must be true.

He lies because it is his nature. He lies because he’s good at it. He lies to stay in practice. He lies to keep opponents off balance. He lies because he is never held accountable or forced to suffer a consequence by either the Republican Party or his base. He lies because he can.

If ever caught in a lie, he just denies it. Even though there’s tape of him saying it out loud. In a press conference after Helsinki he said he didn’t see any reason why Vladimir Putin would interfere in our elections and after everyone, including his own staff, flipped out, he said, what he meant to say was, “he didn’t know why he wouldn’t have,” which doesn’t make any sense.

In a recent interview with George Stephanopoulos he said he didn’t see anything wrong with accepting dirt on opponents from foreign powers and that he would do it again. The very day after the interview aired, he said he never said that.

The man is responsible for more bad lies than all of his golf courses put together after a month-long strike by the groundskeepers. He goes so far beyond pathological liar, psychologists are going to name a new condition after him. Karma mandates it be something that comes with a nasty rash.

Copyright 2019, Will Durst, distributed by the Cagle Cartoons Inc. syndicate.

Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed columnist, comic and former sod farmer in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For a calendar of personal appearances, including his new one-man show, “Durst Case Scenario,” please visit willdurst.com.

Obamacare and You 2014/2015

| Opinion | June 28, 2019

by Jim Lentini

At the end of 2014, there was an article in The Signal that was a recap of Obamacare, and it discussed comments from local providers and doctors regarding what healthcare under Covered California meant to us locally.

When Obama created this law in March of 2008, he said the insurance companies were making too much money, building big buildings, and it was time for all Americans to have “affordable” health insurance. Most of us who represent the healthcare industry didn’t agree with his evaluation and realized he did not understand the industry he was “changing.” Or he did, and was following his agenda as instructed by those who wanted a different order and control of our economy and services by government. This is proven by the events, costs, and mistakes by those who are implementing the “Affordable Care Act” or ACA.

First, health insurance companies are mandated by federal and state law to make a profit to remain solvent to pay future claims. Health care rates are controlled by the State Insurance Commissioner and require any insurance company that needs to raise rates on a block of business must first prove there is a loss ratio of at least 80 percent or better of premiums collected. That means that an insurance company has to operate on 20 percent gross profit, pay all of its overhead, pay commissions, and make a profit of 3-5 percent required by federal mandate to remain viable and able to meet future claims. This has not changed in 100 years!

To the best of my knowledge, and with 55 years of experience in financial planning and insurance, there is no private company on earth that can function and work for such a minimal gross profit other than the insurance industry, which is overseen by the state and federal government. So, the question is, why would the government want to take over an industry that affects all Americans and is 1/6 of our present economy? Obama’s camp blames insurance companies for the mess, but why has a buddy of Michelle Obama, a Canadian, received the contract for the website that doesn’t work and paid him over 600 million of our taxpayer dollars, when an American group in Silicon Valley said it could be done for 1 million and would work? And, it would be secure!

Since 1993, here in California we have had AB1672 that guarantees anyone who is turned down for health insurance can obtain coverage guaranteed through the MRMIP (Major Risk Medical Insurance Plan) program underwritten by most of the insurance companies licensed to do business in California. Now, today, we see government and leadership not addressing the healthcare issues properly and now admitting to making mistakes, and lying to the American people! Americans who pay for their insurance and pay taxes are assured of increases in premiums and reduction of benefits and tax increases like never before!

And, now Obama is making changes to the law, 14 to date within last 4 months, which may be illegal. The cost of “The Affordable Care Act” is going to be far greater for all Americans whether coverage is provided by an employer’s group or an individual plan. Both employers and individuals will pay more for their coverage and benefits, and services are going to be reduced! So, what is really the meaning of the title, “Affordable Care Act”?

As a certified agent to help guide our agency clients that are required to make changes on their healthcare coverage, I have helped two or three individuals that had medical issues that the subsidy and guarantee issue through Covered California is a benefit for them. But, that is only two out of over 1000 clients, just the tip of the iceberg, and benefits only a few individuals not covered by an employers group. Remember, it wasn’t the tip of the iceberg, but the iceberg under the surface that sank the Titanic.

And now the latest news as of May 2015, we have major medical providers not accepting any insurance plan written under the ACA rules for Healthcare. And, when full implementation of Obamacare was done in 2016, the first thing done was to charge insurance companies 30 percent of their gross profit to cover the added cost of unnecessary more government regulation, reducing gross profit to 14 percent. This resulted in agents receiving 90 percent less commission and working five times more helping insureds to deal with unnecessary and excessive communication and paperwork. Plus, all insureds who are taxpayers and pay for their health insurance are now paying more than 300 percent more and receiving less benefits than before Obamacare. And, providers both doctors and hospitals have more paperwork and receive less benefits. Send a thank you to Obama!

Pray that we get corrected leadership that benefits the American way of life, and those of us who pay for healthcare.

Have a good day!

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | June 28, 2019

A 59-year-old retired Canyon Country resident was arrested for indecent exposure. And a 24-year-old server from Canyon Country was arrested for rape by force/fear.

A 31-year-old painter from Castaic was arrested for Vandalism. And a 26-year-old transient from Newhall was arrested for identity theft.

An unemployed 66-year-old Los Angeles resident was charged with battery.

Two individuals were arrested for illegal speed contests, including a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident who works in transportation and a 21-year-old Canyon Country merchandiser.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

44-year-old plumber from Santa Clarita
38-year-old salesman from Canyon Country
23-year-old assembler from Northridge
33-year-old server from North Hills
28-year-old bagger from Newhall
19-year-old Santa Clarita resident
40-year-old self-employed Oxnard resident
52-year-old clerk from Valencia

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

51-year-old construction worker from Long Beach
36-year-old Saint Francis resident
25-year-old actor from Palmdale
29-year-old self-employed Palmdale resident
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Bookstores: Is this the End?

| Community | June 27, 2019

by Natalia Radcliffe

Shopping in a bookstore is a unique experience.

When you walk in the door, your nose is bombarded with the smell of fresh ink and pages not yet opened.

You enjoy quiet music in the background, a complementing element to the almost reverent silence that you would hear in a library.

Your eyes see rows upon rows of bookshelves stuffed full of books, just waiting for you to approach and become lost in them.

As you meander down the isles, your fingers graze over book covers of all shapes, sizes. Some are smooth, like glass, others are rougher, each one with a different story to tell.

For people growing up in the late 1900s early 2000s, bookstores were a common sight to behold.

In the Santa Clarita Valley alone, Barnes and Noble, Open Book, and Borders were all open and available to the public, full of books from every subject you could think of.

Nowadays, the Borders in the Valencia mall has gone out of business and Open Book moved from its large place in the Valencia mall to a smaller location in Canyon Country.

You can’t help but wonder: are bookstores going to become a thing of the past?

Though print books still remain the most popular form of consuming books, the use of digital media to consume books, such as reading e-books or listening to audiobooks, has been steadily growing more popular in the past few years, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January of 2018, found in the article “Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks,” written by Andrew Perrin.

It revealed that in 2011, 71 percent of people read a print book, in the previous 12 months, with 17 percent of people reading an e-book and 11 percent listening to an audiobook.

By contrast, in 2018 67 percent of people read a print book in the previous 12 months, while the consumption of e-books rose to 26 percent and audiobooks to 18 percent.

In the past decade or so, Barnes and Noble launched its own digital reading device, the Nook, to compete against its rival, Amazon’s Kindle.

What does this mean for bookstores?

Well, it is a matter of supply and demand.

If the consumption of e-books and audiobooks continues to increase in years to come, the demand for physical bookstores would most likely decrease, as people would turn to digital media to obtain their books.

Another factor to consider with regards to the fate of bookstores is the growing popularity of online shopping. Though the consumption of print books will probably still be popular in decades to come, the places where people buy those books might change.

About 79 percent of people make purchases online, according to another Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2015 between November and December, featured in the article “Online Shopping and E-Commerce,” written by Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson.

Smith and Anderson also revealed that, though brick and mortar stores are still popular with many people, 65 percent will compare the product’s price online vs. the store, and choose whatever is the cheapest.

In the case with books, as a general rule bookstores which sell new books, such as Barnes and Noble or Borders, are often more expensive than their online counterparts, such as Amazon.

To counter the possible growth in popularity with online shopping, bookstores are making an effort to bring in foot traffic by holding events, creating a unique experience for those that participate.

For example, Open Book as holds open mic sessions every month and Barnes and Noble has story time for kids every week as well as other book-related events. The store also offers online shopping with pickup at the store as well, to keep up with its competitors while still encouraging foot traffic into its stores.

As of now, the destiny of bookstores is still unknown. Though the consumption of digital media and online shopping has grown, there are still people who prefer to invest in brick and mortar stores.
So, to answer the question: is it the end of bookstores?

Only time will tell.

Santa Clarita Receives Finance Award For 2019-2020 Investment Policy

| Community | June 27, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita has received an Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada for its Fiscal Year 2019-20 Investment Policy.

This year marks the 25th consecutive year that the City has received the nationally recognized Certificate of Excellence Award from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada for its success in developing a comprehensive written investment policy.

In order to receive certification, investment policies must be carefully reviewed by the association’s Investment Policy Certification Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 public and private sector volunteers from across North America. For a policy to receive certification, it must be approved by all reviewers on 18 areas spelled out in the Model Investment Policy. This policy includes elements the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada deems essential to a written investment policy such as policy, scope, delegation of authority, ethics and conflicts of interest.

For more information about the Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award, contact Brittany Houston of the City’s Finance division at bhouston@santa-clarita.com or by phone at (661) 255-4996.

City’s Jakes Way Neighborhood Program Receives National Recreation and Parks Association Award

| Community | June 27, 2019

The “2019 Innovation in Social Equity Award” from the National Recreation and Parks Association is awarded to one Parks and Recreation agency in the entire country, and this year, the City of Santa Clarita took the award for their Jakes Way Neighborhood Program in Canyon Country. The award recognizes an agency for leading an innovative project that improves access to local parks and recreation for everyone in the community, no matter the color of their skin, age, income level or ability.

The Jakes Way Neighborhood Program began in 2013 after the area was annexed into the city. With approval from the property manager, city staff from the Community Services team converted a vacant apartment in the Park Sierra Apartment Complex into a mini-community center to serve residents with limited access to parks and facilities due to transportation, language, financial and cultural barriers.

City staff and neighborhood committee members work alongside volunteers, school representatives and non-profit staff to create ongoing recreational and educational opportunities, including an after-school program, summer camp, English classes, workshops, family events and more. Additional supportive services are weaved into recreation by bringing in local school staff, sheriff’s deputies, health nurses and other service providers.

“The multipronged approach the program uses creates a safe and encouraging environment that makes children more likely to participate in recreation activities and avoid negative pressures. In the end, the biggest benefit is, it enhances the overall quality of life for families in the neighborhood,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

In fact, part one crime and graffiti are down in the immediate area this year by 25 percent and 20 percent respectively, compared to 2018. The positive community response to this program continues, as 45-60 children are currently participating in the drop-in summer program held in the playground area of the apartment complex Monday through Friday through mid-August.

“We are extremely proud of this program and so happy that it is receiving the attention and accolades it deserves. We hope it serves as a great example and encourages other agencies to implement similar programs,” said Mayor McLean.

The City of Santa Clarita will be recognized at the 2019 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland on September 25.

For more information about the National Recreation and Parks Association award or the Jakes Way Neighborhood Program, contact Janine Prado, Director of Recreation and Community Services at jprado@santa-clarita.com.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Prepared to Take on France

| Sports | June 27, 2019

by Diego Marquez

In a highly-anticipated 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup match, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will take on France in the quarterfinals in Paris at 12 p.m. on Friday.

The USWNT has picked up some detractors along the way, because of how they beat their first three opponents in the group stages, beginning with a 13-0 thumping of Thailand, a 3-0 shutout against Chile before rounding out with another shutout against Sweden, winning 2-0.

Then, in the Round of 16, the USWNT conceded its first goal of the tournament, defeating Spain 2-1 in what most would call the Americans’ first real test to advance to the quarterfinals.

“Hopefully a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus,” said Megan Rapinoe in a postgame interview with USA Today’s Nancy Armour about the match with France. “I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted.”

Similarly, France has defeated all four of its opponents thus far, beating South Korea 4-0 in the opening match of group stages before defeating Norway 2-1 and Nigeria 1-0 in the third group stage match.

Drawing Brazil in the Round of 16, France came away with a narrow 2-1 win in extra time to defeat the South American nation and advance to play the USWNT on Friday. If the USWNT were to defeat France, they would match the World Cup record of 15 straight games without a loss set by Germany over the course of games played between 2003-11.

Officially Old

| Opinion | June 27, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

“Call me Damien,” I thought I heard him say. Young, lanky cheeks that looked like they had felt the rough caress of the wind exploring the watery part of the world; a toiler on the sea, perhaps, chasing the elusive white whale.

“May I take your order, sir?”

Of course he wasn’t a sailor, you Barnacle Boob, I told myself. Somehow thoughts of Melville’s “Moby Dick” had momentarily clouded my sinking ship of a brain. He tugged at the bill of his Abel’s Bagels cap. “Sir?”

I mumbled something about how much cheese the parmesan mayo on the Breakfast BLT contained. He leaned forward, trying to catch my drift. His supervisor, an older guy at the next register, mercifully intervened. “Just hit ‘light mayo,’ Damien.”

I paid cash, took my receipt and backed away into the thick Saturday morning crowd. What kind of a stupid question was that, Parmenter? Clearly I was about to lapse into a coma, senility or both. Maybe I’d been thrown off my game after parking in an empty corner of the parking lot only to be accosted as soon as I got out of my car by a Hispanic guy asking for money for some L.A. homeless church.

I mean, I JUST GOT OUT OF THE CAR. Is there no escape? For instance, I seldom go to Whole Foods but every time there’s that same guy in the red and white Sgt. Pepper outfit offering a warm greeting, laser guilt eye contact and the inevitable solicitation. People with money go to Whole Foods ergo they will feel bad and cough up coin on the way in or out. Given that I think I’m the only guy who pays cash in there Billy Shears can’t be having a lot of luck unless it’s Christmas time and people are contractually obligated to be in a charitable mood.

Come to think of it I hadn’t actually GOTTEN out of my car, having just swung my feet onto the concrete and this guy’s on me like brown on rice. Look, I’m a nice guy. Forty years ago my buddy and I rolled out of the Vista Theatre at Sunset & Hollywood one midnight summer eve and were approached by a man with his wife and family, three or four kids, penniless but dignified, not begging, clearly Latin American refugees, probably illegal in retrospect. We crammed them into my car and took them deep into the 1981 Valley where, after an odyssey of wrong turns and dead ends, we dropped them off at their shadowy destination.

Now, however, I have my own dependents, my own problem child and have learned a lot about the homeless addict epidemic which is more about drug treatment than a free place to crash. I gave church man a succinct summary of my situation and proceeded to destination bagel.

So I’m standing there waiting for Abel to raise cane with the parmesan mayo and I glance at the receipt Damien handed me and there…it…is: “Senior Discount -0.66.”

SENIOR DISCOUNT!

Despite possessing the same teenage wasteland attitude I’ve had since I was 15, I am 60 years old. But I take care of myself. I go to the boring gym. I do hot yoga. I eat healthy. I avoid fried food since it “angries up the blood” as sage Satchel Paige put it. Still, I was a punk before you were a punk. I am NOT a senior discount.

I eyed Damien from across the restaurant. Couldn’t be more than 22. Has never heard of “Moby Dick” let alone read it, is unfamiliar with the quest for the white whale nor its metaphor; hell, he probably doesn’t even know what a metaphor is if he went to California schools (no offense, Damien), but he sure knows an old man when he sees one: ME! A senior citizen getting a senior discount with his sagging senior face and inane senior question about parmesan senior mayo!

I ducked into the men’s room to see what he had seen. Ok, my (full!) head of hair had yet to field a brush that morning, thus inheriting a trapezoidal slant from the night’s sleep, the bags under my eyes could potentially exceed the airline weight limit while my general visage was in the same zip code as Nick Nolte’s mug shot but hardly identical. Looking in the mirror I personally saw more Dorian Gray than senior discount.

So what’s the big deal? You’re 60, what do you expect? AND you saved 66 cents.
The issue, my fellow Americans, is this: I have no problem asking for a senior discount at Denny’s (although I always forget to, another sign the end is near, let alone the check) or the movies (Ooh, fifty cents off!), if it is ME doing the asking, ME admitting I am officially old, ME, Senor Senior. And when I do I secretly want Denny’s/Regal cashier person to look at me kindly and say, “Oh, Mr. Parmenter, you don’t look a day over 50.” This bagel debacle was the first time some one had looked at me and thought: old person slash senior discount. The young whippersnapper probably hadn’t read The Great Gatsby or The Last of the Mohicans either but who cares? What matters is he sized me up at a glance and thought, what, 55? 60? 65???!!! I bet Cain actually killed Abel over a senior discount.

Returning to my car with, thankfully, no sign of Mr. Help the Homeless, I immediately drove to a batting cage and hit a hundred fastballs at 60 mph (I got the senior discount from 65 mph). I hit one line drive after another (well, I whiffed a few) and it felt good, darn good.

“The Beginning of the End” by Eddie and the Hot Rods has taken on a whole new meaning now. A clean cut, hard working kid named Damien has broken the seal on my old manhood. Damien. The name of the satanic child in “The Omen,” who, among other playful acts, guillotines the great David Warner with a flying sheath of glass. Decapitated like the Headless Horseman who, despite being vanquished by Ichabod Crane, never suffered the unkindest cut of all: the senior discount.

Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend Cherry Jam

| Entertainment | June 27, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I’m sure everybody has seen how abundant and beautiful the cherries are at the market this year. This week I decided to buy some cherries and make some jam. And of course, like always, I infuse wine into everything, so jams and jellies are no different. When I think of cherries, there are a couple wines that come to mind, but the one that I thought of most was 2014 Reyes Julia’s Blend.

Julia’s blend always screams “summer” to me, and of course, July Fourth. This is an amazing red wine blend for summer. It’s bold but dry, and can go with so many versatile summer dishes, so it’s the perfect Fourth of July barbecue wine. Many years ago, my mom worked with someone that made a barbecue sauce from grape jelly. I always think how tasty that sauce was on top of chicken and even cocktail meatballs. She just mixed a pot barbecue sauce with grape jelly and added a few herbs to it. I of course have updated and changed the recipe to my style, which is a little bit more homemade. But there’s nothing wrong with substituting sometimes.

My recipe for cherry jelly is a great alternate in this barbecue sauce recipe. You can find my barbecue sauce recipe on our website, Reyes Winery.com/blog. This sauce works really well with barbecue chicken or ribs. I also have many other recipes for different jellies and jams, and another one that would work really well is my plum jelly, in which I use Robby’s blend. It would give it more of an Asian twist. Here is my recipe for the cherry jam.

Ingredients

4 ½ cups cherries, chopped and pitted
4 cups of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
4 star anise
1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin
1/3 cup of Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend

Directions

1. Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
2. When sugar starts to melt and the sides of pot look caramel-colored, add cherries, lemon juice, star anise and pectin.
3. When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
4. When the back of the spoon looks like it is sticking (take a finger and go down the back of the spoon, if you make a line and it feels thick, it’s done) turn off the heat.
5. Remove the star anise.
6. Add Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend.
7. Chill and then serve.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 27, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!
June 28, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone band Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Tom Nolan band Town Ctr
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Fulcos, on the patio Classic rock
9–11pm Alchemy The Grizwalds Pop, rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Ken & Rob Review Rock + roll
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic
June 29, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z – Band Country
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews Future X Husbands Classic rock
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band Country
8–10pm the Local Pub n Grill Max Esparrza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 TBD Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie ountry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Covers

9–12m Newhall Press Room Laurie Melan & Tommy Matranger
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues/rock
9–1am Mabel’s Road House Catch 22 Rock covers
June 30, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnite Crisis Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Open Mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grill TBD Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds 60’s C.R.
5:30 – 8:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone Lite Acoustic
July 2, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse John Davis Experience Blues CR
July 3, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
6–10pm Acton Park Boys Night Out CR, ctry, blues
July 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Susie Hansen band Town Ctr
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote on the patio Country

Wilk’s Doggie Donor Bill clears first Assembly Committee

| News | June 27, 2019

Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announced recently that Senate Bill 202 (SB 202), his “Doggie Donor Bill,” has passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee. SB 202 allows for an improved, more humane method of collecting blood donations from animals.

“Pets across California run the risk of no available blood when they are in crisis. Our shortage of animal blood has resulted in many people losing a pet simply because blood was not available when the animal was in need,” said Senator Wilk. “This is something that can be remedied and should be. My bill will go a long way toward relieving the shortage, while at the same time providing for a much more humane way to collect blood from animals.”

Veterinarians rely on products provided by animal blood banks to perform transfusions and other life-saving operations in their practices; however, California’s restrictive regulatory framework has limited available options in the state resulting in only two commercially licensed blood banks leaving California pet owners and veterinarians with a limited supply of blood. In addition, animals in these ‘closed-colony’ facilities are caged for years at a time in these facilities to draw blood.

The solution provided in SB 202 is simple: expand the pool of available animal blood donations by allowing for volunteer donations from pets – not unlike how people give blood. This practice, referred to as “community blood banking,” is allowed in every state but California. SB 202 would require community blood banks to be commercially licensed and meet health and safety standards set by the state.

“Animals should be able to go home after they donate blood, just like people do,” said Wilk. “Allowing for this compassionate method of collecting blood is the right thing to do for all our furry friends. I’m thankful to my colleagues for their support, and I look forward to continuing this work going forward.”

SB 202 is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and has support from a number of veterinary medicine and animal advocacy groups, including the California Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Board, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. SB 202 will now be heard in the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.

Senator Wilk represents the 21st Senate District which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Victor Valleys.

Special Olympics

| Sports | June 27, 2019

The Special Olympics Southern California’s 50th anniversary celebration began June 8 with the 49th annual Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. More than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons in five summer sports, including athletics, basketball, bocce, flag football, and swimming.

Santa Clarita brought home the gold in basketball, swimming, flag football, athletics and bocce ball.

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Coaches: Tyler Burns, Cliff Penick, John Muse
Athletes: Bodey Waldeck, Jonah Stacey, Leon Wilson, Shawn Kuder, Chase Hubbard, Jason Muse

Pictured are the coaches and athletes of the Santa Clarita Valley Sharks, a first-year flag football team, who brought home the gold from their first Summer Games competition. Congratulations to all!

Spaces Still Available for a Family-Friendly Summer Beach Excursion to Ventura

| Community | June 27, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is inviting residents and their families to register for a fun day-trip to the picturesque beach city of Ventura, taking place on Saturday, July 13. The low-cost summer beach excursion will allow individuals and families to explore Ventura Harbor Village and Harbor Cove Beach. To register, visit santa-claita.com/CCCC.

Leave the driving to us and hop on a bus for a mini getaway to coastal Ventura. Young children will enjoy playing in gentle waves along the protected shoreline of “Mother’s Beach.” For lunch, shopping or to take in the sights of docked boats, make the short walk to the Ventura Harbor. With no set schedule, participants are free to plan their very own day at the beach.

Registration is $10 per person and includes transportation by bus to Ventura Harbor Village. Attendees are encouraged to bring spending money for food and shopping while in Ventura. An adult must accompany those under 18 years of age.

Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive, for a prompt departure at 8:30 a.m. The bus will depart Ventura Harbor and head back to Santa Clarita at 2:30 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. arrival.

Reserve your spot today. Space is limited. Register by Wednesday, July 10, at 4 p.m. online at santa-clarita.com/CCCC or in person at the Canyon Country Community Center.

City Creates New Illegal Firework Reporting System

| News | June 27, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is now offering residents a new way to report firework use in the City. Through a new “Illegal Fireworks” category in the City’s Resident Service Center RSC), community members can pinpoint and submit exact locations where fireworks are being set off, and include incident-specific details. The Resident Service Center is accessible on the city’s website and through the Santa Clarita Mobile App.

As the Fourth of July approaches, residents can begin submitting locations that have been problem areas for illegal fireworks in past years. This information will be automatically transmitted to the Sheriff’s Department so they can enter it into their database and know where they should focus their patrols. This information gathered will be used to “predictively” map out problem areas of concern for law enforcement efforts. Reporting illegal fireworks through RSC will not result in an immediate response from the Sheriff’s Department.

“Fireworks can be hazardous to people and pets, and create unnecessary danger in our already fire-prone environment,” said Captain Lewis of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “This new feature will assist our crime prevention team and patrol deputies to plan out proactive enforcement and patrols in the days leading up to, and after the Fourth of July and other times of increased fireworks usage in the community.”

When residents search for the “Illegal Fireworks” category in the Resident Service Center online or through the mobile app, they can access the correct form by using search terms “fireworks” or “illegal fireworks.”

To access the Resident Service Center, visit santa-clarita.com or download the Santa Clarita Mobile App.

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