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Santa Clarita Dodger Day Ticket Sales to Benefit Saugus Strong Victim Fund

| Community, Sports | February 7, 2020

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the taste of a world-famous Dodger Dog – it must be time for Santa Clarita Dodger Day. The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase tickets now for the 43rd Annual City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day, to see their hometown Los Angeles Dodgers take on their National League West foes, the Colorado Rockies, at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, June 7, at 1:10 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 18, at 8:00 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting SCVDodgerDay.com.

A portion of each ticket purchased through the SCV Dodger Day website will be donated to the Santa Clarita Disaster Coalition to benefit those affected by the shooting at Saugus High School in November 2019.

Ticket prices range from $33 each for Preferred Reserve seats to $80 Loge Box MVP seats. Also available to fans this year are tickets at Field Level, which are $62 each.

A limited amount of tickets are available in each seating tier. Residents will be able to select their preferred seats prior to purchasing tickets. For more information, visit SCVDodgerDay.com or contact Ashley Gurrola at (661) 250-3708.

Coming Soon: Son of Impeachment

| Opinion | February 7, 2020

by Dale Paule
Since “Impeachment; the Comedy,” turned out to be such a smash-hit with its base, the “New Democrat Party,” it has decided to top their success with a sequel entitled: “Son of Impeachment.” They’re convinced it will double their already bursting at the seams popularity with the “important and informed people” who vote.

They’ve already begun auditioning for victims and leakers, which will provide even more exciting “Bombshells” for the production, and add to CNN’s arsenal of asinine assertions. They are certain this time, even the few “MAGA” hat wearing yokel Trump hold-outs still left, will see the light, and join the inevitable “Blue Wave,” and watch Trump being “perp-walked” in shame out of the Oval Office, straight into the jail cell formally occupied be Jeffery Epstein. You can almost hear the orchestra playing, “Ode to Joy” in the background!

The new production, “Son of Impeachment,” will be directed by, whom else, but the guy who earned his “bones” directing the original, Adam Schiff; or as those just out of earshot refer to him, “Pencil Neck!” His Assistant Director, will of course be that same, chubby, “can’t help but want to hug him,” Jolly Jerry Nadler.

Talent like this doesn’t come cheap, but producer Pelosi has promised to cut no corners where spending goes, and wisely plans to use her inexhaustible source to fund it. Her motto is: “As long as we have tax-payers money to spend, the show will go on!” What a little trooper!

The first act of the sequel will begin with showing ballot boxes being stuffed with millions of obviously fake Trump ballots, which when revealed, will prove to voters that Trump has attempted to rig yet another election against a Democrat candidate, and secure his second illegitimate victory!

In the event that doesn’t tip the scales in favor of a Democrat landslide victory, the second act will begin by having certain States declared “unqualified” to vote. This will be justified and necessary, as it’s well known,” the people in those States are heavily influenced by propaganda being constantly spewed at them over the radio by such radicals as, Limbaugh, Hannity, Carlson and Levin, therefore, are automatically presumed radicalized, and poisoned by “Right-Wing” prejudice!

A few examples of States not on that disqualified list, would of course be, California, New York and Oregon, as voters in these States are highly educated and able to think rationally, therefore, certain to make the proper decisions, and vote the right way on complicated future political issues.

For the third act, and “Finale,” they have a spectacular and devastating finish in mind: or, “Koo-Dee-Grass” as they say in those, guns, Bibles, and pick-up-truck driving, disqualified States!

CNN will announce they have conclusive proof that it wasn’t the Russians, or the Ukranians that Trump colluded with, but was in fact, mysterious beings from a distant planet, who have come to take over Earth, and with Trumps help, turn it into an “All-White Supremacist” Planet !”

They offer as evidence, the unusually high number of UFO sightings during the past four-years that Trump has been in office, and are often seen wherever Trump is.

Could it be that’s how they “collude?”

The act will end with clips of, Greta Thunberg, and the endless stream of usual Hollywood celebrity suspects; each pleading to impeach Trump now, before it’s too late to save our planet, followed by, tears, sobs, wailing: the works!

End: act three.

The fantastic enthusiasm following, “Son of Impeachment,” will guarantee the “Mini-Series” is not far away, beginning with: “Impeachment Rides Again,” “Return of the Impeachment,” and “The Ghost of Impeachment!”

Like they say: “There’s no business, like show business!”

Art Gallery to Feature Jessica Wimbley Exhibit

| Community, Entertainment | February 6, 2020

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will feature the mixed media work of artist Jessica Wimbley in her solo exhibition “Belle Jet and Cabinet Cards.”

Running through March 26, the exhibition is a survey of works Wimbley has created over the past six years investigating how identity is constructed through portraiture as well as inherited ideals and beliefs.

Wimbley’s complex and poetic portraits are made up of layers of photographic images of herself, her grandmother, great grandmother, and other relatives dating back to the early 1900’s. She also uses Victorian portraits, pop culture images from black periodicals like JET Magazine, and ethnographic images of Native, African, and African American women.

“I’m so excited to introduce Jessica Wimbley’s artwork to our community and also thrilled that Jessica will be here ‘in-residence’ to engage directly with our students and faculty,” said COC Art Gallery Director Pamela Lewis.

Using poet Audre Lorde’s term “biomythography” (a literary form that blends elements of autobiography, the novel, and personal mythology) as an interdisciplinary approach, Wimbley’s mixed media works merge memory, biology, culture and history to challenge the complexities of race and narrative in the American imagination.

“Through the merging of images, I seek to create a hybrid, which exposed the shifting of identities in relationship to both historical and social political understanding of American history and citizenry,” said Wimbley.

As the Art Gallery’s second artist in residence, Wimbley will be on campus from February 24 to 27.

A free public lecture by the Los Angeles-based artist will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 followed by a reception for the artist from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

More About the Artist:
Based in Sacramento, Jessica Wimbley has exhibited her work in galleries across the nation, including the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, California State University at Long Beach, and Ripon College.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, she completed her M.F.A in visual arts from the University of California, Davis. Wimbley also holds a master’s degree in arts management from Claremont Graduate University.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | February 6, 2020

A 21 year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident was arrested for illegal possession of tear gas with a felony conviction.

Five individuals were arrested for robbery, including an unemployed 34-year-old Canyon Country resident, a 21-year-old unemployed Los Angeles resident, a 29-year-old unemployed San Fernando resident, 25-year-old unemployed Sylmar resident, and a 24-year-old unemployed transient.

A 32-year-old Santa Monica resident who works in student catering was booked for refusing to leave a property upon request of the owner. And a 25-year-old gardener was arrested for driving without a license.

A 65-year-old from Los Angeles was charged with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle.

A 22-year-old student from Valencia was arrested for assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
41-year-old pool cleaner from Newhall
29-year-old “card reader” from Las Vegas
30-year-old interpreter from Saugus
34-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
61-year-old personal trainer from Newhall
30-year-old self-employed Sun Valley resident
51-year-old Visalia resident who listed his occupation as “disabled”

DUIs with prior arrests include:
32-year-old customer service agent from Lancaster
24-year-old community organizer from Lindsay
19-year-old student from Santa Clarita
37-year-old bartender from Van Nuys
30-year-old self-employed Las Vegas resident
24-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
25-year-old engineer from Saugus
29-year-old substitute teacher from Santa Clarita

Dodgers Acquire Betts and Price from Red Sox; Trade Away Pederson

| Sports | February 6, 2020

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal three-team deal, that sends Mookie Betts and left-handed pitcher David Price to the Dodgers in exchange Boston would get Los Angeles outfielder Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol, a pitching prospect.

The Minnesota Twins, the third team in the deal, would be getting pitcher Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers.

The move could not have come at a more opportune time as Betts was becoming more of a hot commodity around the league. Betts is coming off a year where he hit .295 batting average/ .391 on-base percentage/ .524 slugging percentage.

Betts was the named the MVP is Boston’s 2018 Championships season.
However, the Dodgers give up Verdugo, a young player that averaged .294/ .342/ .475 last season.

The lefty pitcher, Price is coming off a mediocre year where he won seven decision and lost five other in 22 games played. He struck out 128 batters and walked 32 in 107.1 inning pitched.

Making it two-for-two, the Dodgers agreed to send Joc Pederson to the Angels and would get infielder Luis Rengifo in return. Pederson joins a talented Angels team that features newly acquired Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols.

Rengifo is coming off a season where he hit a batting average of .238, 33 RBIs and seven home runs in 108 appearances for the Angels last season.

The Angels and Dodgers face off in Spring Training on February 26 at 12:05 p.m.

10th Annual Walk to Support Local Kids with Cancer

| Community | February 6, 2020

If you received the unimaginable news that your child had cancer, would you know where to turn? Support exists right here in the Santa Clarita Valley with the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

To help support the foundation and families battling pediatric cancer, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation will host the 10th Annual Walk for Kids with Cancer, on Saturday, March 21,2020, at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. To register, make a donation or find additional information, p go to www.mhf.org. Co-Presenting sponsors of this year’s Walk are Boston Scientific and Scorpion.

The annual fundraiser offers hope to those who may feel there is none. All funds raised from the walk go directly to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and its services. Last year’s event raised $92,000. The Foundation has a goal to exceed $100,000 this year.

“The only way we can help our local families fight pediatric cancer is by joining together,” said Mike Jaffe, Interim Executive Director of the MHF. “Every year, so many generous neighbors from throughout our community come to participate in and support this family fun event. To all of you, we are forever grateful.”

Throughout the year, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation helps families in many ways, including providing gas and grocery assistance, support group meetings, and family outings — aid crucial to families dealing with the emotional and unexpected financial burden of cancer.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for children’s cancer is a public non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation serving children and families touched by pediatric cancer in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys. For more information, contact them at (661) 250-4100 or go to www.mhf.org.

The Beginning Of The Apocalypse

| Opinion | February 6, 2020

by Rob Werner

China’s Coronavirus is threatening the world.

The fatality rate is two percent and the disease could via mutation become more deadly.

Corona Viruses have been in birds and mammals. However, this virus is a first. Its epicenter is the Chinese City of Wuhan, home to China’s most advanced licensed biological weapons center, Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer studied Chinese biological warfare. He links the institute to the disease’s origin.

There’s a “wet market” near the institute. These markets sell freshly slaughtered animals. It’s theorized someone sold a test animal at the market.

It been announced that the Bird Flu virus has reemerged in nearby Hunan. It is deadly to fowl and people. It’s transmitted via consumption of contaminated fowl – spread via wet markets.

The Indian Institute of Technology issued a research paper finding genetic insertions into Coronavirus like HIV1 don’t happen naturally. In response to protests including lack of scientific proof, it was withdrawn.
There never will be proof the disease originated at the biological weapons facility. The Chinese have rejected American involvement in China exploring the origins and treatment of the disease. Communist dictatorships suppress honest investigation. Initial reporters of the disease were arrested for spreading false information.

The U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) stalled until January 30 the declaration that Coronavirus constitutes a World Health Emergency. Its leader continues to praise China’s disease response.
The Coronavirus is the ideal biological weapon. Its more contagious than the flu and takes 5 to 14 days for the infected to show symptoms.

With this disease and vaccine in China’s weapon inventory, it could have established Chinese economic hegemony. It could be covertly spread to the U.S. via influx of migrants. (Much like our country was reintroduced to measles and tuberculosis from boarders being open to those with diseases and without required immunization.)

Had it originated here; we would be condemned for its creation. Our exports halted and our economy collapsed. Ultimately, China would be our salvation in miraculously discovering a cure.

Viewing China’s response, we see the ruthlessness, power, and mismanagement inherent in Communist government. They can isolate a city of over eleven million people but then are compelled to lie about the construction of medical facilities in the city to treat this disease. They ban people from leaving the city but prior to the ban Communist party and economic leaders escape the city. The infected and dead are likely more than reported. The Chinese condemn actions taken by other countries to confine the disease.
Chinese New Year travel is like our Christmas vacation. China failed to ban travel. Then they extended the holiday to cover the gestation period. Now the disease has spread across China.

The Chinese have tremendous power to shape world opinion. Facebook announced it will take down “misinformation, “conspiracy theories “and anti-Chinese views. Google and Twitter followed suit. The claim is that they only want proven information from reliable sources – namely WHO. Based on these requirements they could ban the dissemination of this article.

If the apocalypse does not happen and if we are successful in containing the disease, then the Chinese may have created their own economic disaster which could lead to dependence on the U.S and ultimately an end to Communist China. However, we may also get collapse of the stock market and intentional transmission of the disease for political purposes.

On The Town with Jason Downs

| Entertainment | February 6, 2020

Greetings fellow Santa Claritans and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town! We’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world. Join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!

Here’s what I got up to this week: A Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown, a stroll down Olvera Street, and a struggle through my daughter’s first high school dance with a boy!

The Metrolink down to Union Station is a breeze if you ever plan to visit downtown L.A. for a little excursion. Easy peasy…and an unlimited day pass for the train is a bargain at ten dollars. The museums and music halls are only several blocks away, and Olvera Street and Chinatown are even closer. It’s a wonderful and convenient day trip that requires little to no planning. I recommend it! We were there to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with some friends from the Rotary Club who’d booked us tables at the Ocean Seafood Restaurant overlooking the parade. And let me tell you, folks, stepping into this restaurant we may as well have been in Beijing.

Wall to wall red carpets, floor to ceiling mirrors covering every surface, and crystal chandeliers (all faded with time and wear) gave an overall authentic effect. Especially the giant aquarium tanks in the foyer filled with live lobster and foot long fish, right next to the hostess station. Talk about fresh seafood.

First we were brought our own individual plates full of appetizers and desserts. The apps comprised of an assortment of dumplings containing pork, red beans, shrimp…and the desserts included an egg pastry and a coconut jello. All different consistencies and flavors. It was a whirlwind for the taste buds. They were beautifully put together.

My favorite was the warm Bao Dumpling in the middle.

The main courses were served family style and consisted of Chinese broccoli, beef and noodles. All delicious! But I barely had time to finish before the Golden Dragon Parade was underway. The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti kicked things off, waving to the crowd and exploding confetti poppers from the back of an antique pick-up truck (there were a lot of confetti poppers going off all around us) followed by other LA politicians and top law enforcement, including Sheriff Villanueva. It was nice to see so many elected officials participating in this wonderfully cultural event.

The Golden Dragon was at least a hundred feet long, celebrating the
Lunar New Year in Chinatown.

Several marching bands and dance troupes, a few martial arts dojos doing demonstrations, and beauty queens on ornately decorated floats all went waving by. The Chinese have endured a lot to make their mark in this country, and they have certainly done that and more. I was honored to stand among them to celebrate their culture and the start of a new year. Here’s hoping the effects of the coronavirus will be contained quickly and an antidote developed to put an end to the tragic toll the disease is having in China currently. However, the Chinese Americans I was standing beside and walking past were not wearing masks, no, they were unafraid and undaunted. They are a strong and resourceful people; they will continue to endure and continue to make America a better (and tastier) place while doing it.

And if you’re in Chinatown for lunch (on your next trip), then you may as well have a yummy Mexican dinner on Olvera Street on your way back to  Union Station. You can walk from Shanghai to Tijuana in a matter of minutes. Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a marketplace right out of a romance novel. The street is only a block long which has been divided into two narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined, fountain bubbling market aisles replete with old structures, colorful stalls, street vendors, quaint cafes, authentic restaurants and all kinds of gifts and trinket shops.

On Olvera Street, you completely forget you’re downtown Los Angeles.

Back at home, it was back to reality. A reality that still has my head spinning: My daughter of fourteen going off to her first formal high school dance…and first formal dance with a boy! One thing about my daughter, she plays it pretty cool and no nonsense. She met this young man as part of a Student Action group after the tragedy at Saugus High School (where he attends). He’s polite, respectful, conscientious, and they have a lot of similar interests. So, she decided to ask him to the Hart formal (she was very proud to be the one doing the asking). My wife had met him, as they’ve gone to a movie or two since meeting, and gave her approval. So, there we were, pacing the living room awaiting the arrival of a young man. (Cue the ominous music.) It seems a blink since I was helping her learn to walk across the living room. (Cue the sappy music.)

“Don’t give him a hard time, dad,” my daughter said, referring to her date who up till then I had yet to meet.

“Yes, probably best if you don’t open your mouth at all this time around,” my wife added, “we don’t want to frighten him.”

Swell. I’ve been given the gag order. But all was well when he showed up in a three piece suit, brimming with genuine excitement and sincere joy to be escorting my lovely and amazing daughter. They were adorable. When I dropped them off at the school, the young man thanked me and my daughter said, “Love you, dad.”

I couldn’t help but smile (and cry a little on the inside) as I said, “Be smart, be safe, and have fun, babe…love you too.”

And off they went to make a memory of ‘firsts.’ Ain’t life beautiful. Especially when you have a daughter like mine.

So, there it is for this week, friends. Always feel free to let me know what you like doing around town so I can check it out and write it up. (reachjasondowns@santaclaritagazette.com)

Until next time, bon voyage, break a leg, and bon appetit!

Love, and Wine, Is In the Air…

| Entertainment | February 6, 2020

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Every year we host a winemaker dinner in the barrel room of Reyes Winery for Valentine’s Day. We always feature classics and favorites of Robert Reyes, owner and winemaker of the Winery. This year is no different. Every February, the tasting room features our award-winning Syrah wines, including all the events we have.

Valentine’s dinner is a four-course wine pairing experience. Guests will start to arrive between 5 and 6 pm and be greeted by our tasting room staff with assorted appetizers and a glass of wine. At 6 pm, we will invite all the guests to join us in the barrel room. Here we will start off with a salad and another glass of wine to pair. Then, all the guests will be able to help themselves to a buffet dinner with a glass of wine from a choice of specially picked offerings for dinner. Finally we will finish off the night with dessert and a choice of our white delight, or Aqua Dulce delight.

Every year the menu changes due to seasonally fresh ingredients that are hand-picked from a local farm. Every course will have something that is either red, pink or purple to celebrate this romantic holiday. Come and enjoy a wine infused dinner with your special someone at Reyes Winery in our payroll room this year!

To view the menu or purchase tickets, go to our website www.ReyesWinery.com/events. Reservations are required. Hope to see you for the special occasion!

SCV Elks Roast

| News | February 6, 2020

Join us once again in a very worthwhile event that will benefit the California-Hawaii Elks Major project which assists handicapped children, the SCV Veterans Memorial Committee and the SCV Veterans Collaborative: the 2020 Santa Clarita Valley Elks Lodge #2379 Charity Roast.

The SCV Elks Charity Roast will kick off at 6pm February 22, 2020 at Elks Lodge #2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country.

Tickets are $60 or a table of ten for $600. Call our Lodge office phone number 661-251-1500 for reservations.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be City Councilman Bob Kellar, who managed to somehow convince Cmdr. Rob Lewis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. to volunteer as our Roastee this year (obviously a weak moment for Cmdr. Lewis)(. Already his roasters are researching the National Enquirer for the Cmdr.’s plethora of dirty laundry, which you will witness at the Roast. Oh, you think you’ve heard fake news before!? Just wait…

We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner catered by NECA Catering, adult beverages galore, and an exciting live auction featuring items such as an exhilarating three hour airplane ride over the Santa Clara River Valley, Gilchrist Farms party package and a professional advertising package from SCVTV. Other items to be announced.

Tax Season Workshop: Understand The Basics

| Community | February 6, 2020

A workshop, hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will help participants understand guidelines for filing State and Federal taxes to include any updated requirements. You will be able to “Understand the Basics – Whether you Prepare Your Own or Not!”

This workshop is presented by Laura Troost, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Laura Troost specializes in income tax and accounting for individuals and small businesses; she has over 19 years experience and expertise to share with you and help you understand common errors and omissions that could be costly. This workshop is very timely and important and will include updates concerning 2019 tax changes.

This free LifeForward workshop is scheduled from10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Valencia Methodist Church located at 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.

Previous workshops in the series have helped women and attendees learn techniques about how to identify and accomplish life goals; improve relationships and communicate more effectively; select career options and pursue meaningful employment; empower children; deal with anger management and stress; set budgets and manage money; and advice before, during and after a divorce. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, build the skills necessary to succeed, and be the powerful women they are meant to be.

Zonta offers nine free LifeForward workshops, on a monthly basis (dark during June, July and December), in collaboration with Single Mothers Outreach, Child & Family Center’s Domestic Violence Program, Returning Women Veterans and Veterans’ Wives, and the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services serving foster mothers and youth. KHTS AM-1220 is a co-sponsor of the series with Zonta.

Workshops are organized by topics developed from surveys and inquiries showing expressed interest and needs. Flyers and a schedule of upcoming workshops are posted on www.scvzonta.org for individuals who are interested in a particular topic. Participants are not required to register in advance, however free childcare is available through Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) and the number of children must be registered at least one week in advance by calling SMO (661) 288-0117.

The Constitution Needs a Few Small Changes

| Opinion | February 6, 2020

by Dale Paule

Sometimes the hardest part of being an adult is tolerating those who refuse to act like one. Typically, it’s those “woke” type out there who make up the Conga-line of protesters against whatever they’re sent out to protest, without ever questioning why. The main point of their protesting seems to simply be demanding “change!”

A primary target to change is the U.S. Constitution, because they have been convinced it’s unfair, as it was written way back in ancient times, and totally out of date for our modern, and politically enlightened “woke” generation.

So, in a “roll over and I’ll scratch your belly,” bi-partisanship spirit, allow me to address a few of their grievances, and suggest one or two, “tweeks” to the Constitution for your consideration, as follows:

That First Amendment thing seems the most egregious, by offending those who can’t tolerate hearing any speech which opposes their point of view. Well, we can’t have that, so we’ll just slip in a little language to correct that flaw, and make it; “Any speech not conforming to those offended by said speech, shall be deemed as, ‘Hate Speech,’ and banned; with severe penalties for second offenders.”

The Second Amendment comes in a close second in “offending.”

It’s that one that’s all about “guns,” and who should, and who shouldn’t be allowed to have them. It frightens those in the offended crowd, who actually know little or nothing about guns, or care to for that matter.

I suggest limiting ownership of the nasty things to only those who are in the country illegally, to include members of the “MS-13” gang.

Anyone who is a law abiding U.S. citizen already has our police force for their protection, and therefore has no need for a gun.

Illegals, including MS-13 gang members, however, need protection from being harassed by the “racist” police, so they shall have the privilege of keeping their guns.

In truth, since they are not U.S. Citizens, and not afforded our protection, we have no right to restrict their ability to possess a gun anyway.

“Innocent until proven guilty”
The Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, while not specifically spelling it out, adheres to “Common Law,” the concept within the “Magna Carta” document, written 800 years ago by a bunch of, most definitely not “woke” old guys, way over there in England: need I say more?

Just imagine all the time and money being wasted, going through those boring and bothersome court trials to find out if someone is guilty of committing a crime.

Everybody already knows if someone is guilty or not, so I suggest leaving those kind of “no-brainer” decisions to some committee who has the time to deal with such trivial stuff.

And lastly, just to add a leaf to my “olive branch of peace,” and to prove how sincere I am about alleviating the discomfort, anger and feelings of suppression imposed on you by our old and outdated laws which offend you–our treasured, enlightened generation–may I offer, that instead of referring to the head of our government as president, we just call them, “Daddy,” and the First Lady, “Mommy.”

I’m sure it would help to ease tensions and make amends for our past mistakes, and hopefully make your life a little less stressful, and a lot more comfy.

Note: In the future, when a woman is elected president, these terms would be reversed. It is likely that there may also be a time when, “Mommy—Mommy” would be more appropriate.

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 6, 2020

Feb 7, Fri
7–9pm Alchemy Valencia Monaco’s happy hour Piano
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt/Greater Pacific The Fulcos Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Folk, alt, pop
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas on the patio Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Acoustic CR

Feb 8, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
6:30-9p Pocock Brewing Kirk Lane Live music

7–10pm Hyatt/Greater Pacific Connor Cherland Indie-folk, soul
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Right Side Up Classic rock
8–10pm Double Trouble WinesDoc Ventura band Blues mix
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Colin CR, ctry, bl
8–12m VFW 6885 Debra Ortega Country
9–12m Rock Inn Robert Heft band Blues mix
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Acoustic CR
9–12m Eighth and Rail PULP Rock & Roll
9–1am Doc’s Inn Route 69 band Rock & Roll

Feb 9, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet TBD Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 U.S. 99 Trio Blues, Rock
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society Jam Blues Jam

Feb 11, Tues
6–8pm Alchemy Valencia Monaco’s happy hour Piano
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)Jack Lelah Acoustic
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse JD Experience CR, blues
Feb 12, Wed
6–9pm Tomato Joes in CC Guitar Jack Classic rock

Feb 13, Thur
6–9pm Tomato Joes in CC Daphne Winters Live music
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Bri Sarikcioglu Pop, Soul
7–9pm Wine 661 Vinyl & Sheen duo Jazz, pop covers
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Robert Heft band Blues mix

Feb 14, Fri
7–9pm Alchemy Valencia Monaco’s happy hour Piano
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Valencia lounge Dole – Humphries duo Rk, R&B, ctry
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Folk, alt, pop

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock

9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Acoustic CR
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics


| Opinion | February 6, 2020

Who’s the Real Radical?

Josh Heath’s commentary titled “Mike Garcia, Too Radical for the 25th District” could not have been more off-base.

Heath recites Mike’s response in a podcast interview some weeks ago with his opinion of government providing for the needs of the people versus the private sector. Here’s the quote:

“Here’s where I land on all the programs. There should be safety nets, but I don’t want the federal government to be the safety net. I want the churches, I want the local community nonprofits, I want our neighbors to be the safety net because a dollar that’s spent at the federal government level on food stamps – by the time it gets to the level where someone’s actually using those stamps and getting merchandise as a result of that – the inefficiency lost through that whole process is staggering.”

In response, Mr. Heath said “In no instance were they (charities) able to provide the level of progress that the public sector has”. That response has a significant degree of accuracy however Mike Garcia’s words were misconstrued.

Garcia did not say governmental assistance should be abolished; he simply made the point that stepping up charitable assistance provides a better safety net for the needy because it does not have the layers of money-grabbing the government tiers foster.

Mr. Heath cites the Social Security and Food Stamps (like the SNAP program) as good things. That’s arguable; and being arguable does not transcend to being bad things. In the realm of ineffective levels of “government oversight” for such programs, the amount of fraud and abuse must be considered.

In April 2018 Forbes reported SNAP fraud in 2012 was $367.1 million and grew 61% to $592.7 in 2018 (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture). Keep in mind, SNAP is but one food program.

As for Social Security, its history since 1935 is long and convoluted. Americans are ingrained in it now, but like it or not, it is the blueprint of a Ponzi scheme. “If we look at life expectancy statistics from the 1930s we might come to the conclusion that the Social Security program was designed in such a way that people would work for many years paying in taxes, but would not live long enough to collect benefits. Life expectancy at birth in 1930 was indeed only 58 for men and 62 for women, and the retirement age was 65” The article continues with various models of “if” situations”.

In view of the government’s own data, perhaps Mike Garcia is onto something.

After citing Social Security and Food Stamps as good things, Mr. Heath accuses Mike Garcia of either being “ignorant” of history or being “well aware of it and (he) simply doesn’t value the progress that has come from government activism during the past century”. Worse, Heath caps that off with Garcia “not intellectually qualified to hold a set in Congress or “his morals are in question”.
That asperity can be dispelled with a multitude of facts.

Mike Garcia graduated from the United States Naval Academy, i.e. Annapolis, in the top three percent of his class. He then earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. For anyone to accuse this Navy veteran (of 18 years of service including flying over 30 combat missions) of being ignorant of history and lacking intellect, it shines the spotlight on a thought process that’s so thoroughly asinine, it’s insuperable.

As for the “morals” subject; Josh Heath broaching that topic is pretty astonishing coming from someone who wholeheartedly supported the scandalous befallen Katie Hill.

Mike Garcia is anything but radical and that comment alone discloses that Josh Heath has never had a conversation with Mike Garcia or studied him. I would suggest reading the
7-article series of “Who is Mike Garcia”. Unlike politicians and phonies, he tells you exactly who he is and why he is a candidate for California’s 25th District.

Garcia and his views are not radical; Heath and his perceptions are.

Betty Arenson


So sad to see letter writer Denise Larson support a write-in campaign for the disgraced coward Katie Hill for the next election. She is proud of her woman’s march (where there were over 95% white women). They screamed against our great President Trump for no good reason. Maybe they forgot that women’s unemployment is at its lowest level ever in history thanks to this President. Bet they didn’t know or care about that important fact. I am sure they missed the President’s state of the Union where he ran off great things that have happened to woman and minorities since he became President. And reading the laughable Josh Heath column where he actually tries (and fails) to make a great candidate for the 25th District, Mike Garcia as being to radical, yet he supported the leftist radical and foolish Katie Hill. So sad.


Local All-Conference Athletes

| Canyon Country Magazine | January 31, 2020

Four College of the Canyons students who are athletic standouts went to high school on this side of the Santa Clarita Valley. Soccer players Emily Perez, who graduated from Golden Valley High School in 2019, and Celia Franco, a 2015 Canyon High School graduate, were first team selections for the All-Western State Conference, South Division. There were seven athletes from the COC women’s soccer team who gained honors following a season in which the Cougars led the Western State Conference in goals and qualified for the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year.
Perez is a freshman midfielder who finished the season with seven goals, including two game winners, and an assist, while serving as one of the team’s captains. Franco, who also served as a captain, scored three goals from her defensive position.

Canyon graduates Madison Martinez and Kyra Titner picked up honors for their volleyball performance at College of the Canyons. Martinez, a sophomore, and Titner, a freshman at COC, picked up All-WSC Honorable Mention accolades.

Martinez was fourth on the squad with 116 kills while playing from the outside hitter and opposite spots. Titner, a middle blocker, finished the regular season with 84 kills and ranked third on the Cougars with a .385 hitting percentage. She also recorded 45 total blocks.
For more information about College of the Canyons sports, follow the College of the Canyons Athletic Department on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Film Festival, Theatre and More at the Main Tickets on Sale Now for Shows in February

| Entertainment | January 30, 2020

A mix of laughter, horror and reflection will be on display in a variety of events at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are on sale now for film, theatre, comedy and music shows taking place in February. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

The MAIN will welcome Open Wings Theatre Company for its production of “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. This poetic reimagining of the Orpheus myth is a retelling in Eurydice’s point of view. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. The play is a fresh look at a timeless love story with contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and beautiful, visual metaphor. Shows are scheduled for February 14, 15, 21 and 22, at 8:00 p.m. and February 16 and 23, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.

In collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, The MAIN will participate in the inaugural Newhallywood Silent Film Festival by featuring late-night film screenings. On Friday, February 14, at 11:00 p.m., The MAIN will host Silent Screams, late-night screenings of the horror masterpieces “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “The Golem” with live accompaniment. On Saturday, February 15, at 11:00 p.m., enjoy Abstract Cinema Late Show, a late-night party featuring contemporary silent films by CalArts students. Grab your friends for an evening of silence. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase and both evenings are free to attend.

On February 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy a free art reception featuring the newest exhibition at The MAIN, titled “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” by The Brush and Palette Guild Artists. The concept of “home” suggests images and ideas of many different things to different people and other living things. Whatever the interpretation may be, the item or location can make one think of safety, warmth, relaxation, comfort, inspiration, relief, shelter, creativity or significant events and memories. The Brush and Palette Guild Artists have captured images for this exhibit that reflect their interpretations of the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” Attendees at this reception will enjoy light refreshments and have a chance to meet the artists.

Presented by the City of Santa Clarita, “You’re The Best” is the newest event to join the monthly lineup of shows at The MAIN. Its debut in January proved that this is not your average community talent show. Hosted by wacky local celebrity Even Steven, this free event is outrageous and ridiculous, entertaining and fun, and full of mayhem sure to delight audiences of all ages. The audience is encouraged to let their hair down and expect the unexpected. “You’re the Best” performances will include comedians, dance groups, magicians, animal acts, singers and more. Monthly winners will receive a $50 gift card and will have an opportunity to win $500 in the grand finale show at the end of the year. The competition is open to all levels of experience and all ages, so come share your talent or be an active member of the audience. This event is held every fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and will take place on February 27.

To learn more about these events and purchase tickets to shows, visit AtTheMain.org/tickets.

Take a Trip to Santa Clarita’s Past at the Newhallywood Silent Film Festival Silent Film Screenings and Exhibits on Display February 14-16

| Entertainment | January 30, 2020

Step into the early days of filming in Santa Clarita and explore some of the first motion pictures made in the region at the inaugural Newhallywood Silent Film Festival, scheduled for February 14-16 at venues in Old Town Newhall. In partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts, come take advantage of a unique opportunity to experience some of the entertainment industry’s defining productions.

In addition to screening some of the most famous silent films made in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Newhallywood Silent Film Festival will also allow attendees to see various props, costumes and memorabilia from the time period that are rarely on display for the public.

The festival begins on Valentine’s Day with a pair of special ticketed events. On Friday, February 14, at 10:00 a.m., ticketholders can climb aboard “Bustour” Keaton, which will take them on a one-of-a-kind tour of dozens of sites in and around Hollywood that hold special significance in the history of silent films. Tickets for “Bustour” Keaton can be purchased for $55 per person and include the bus tour and lunch.

That night at 7:00 p.m., celebrate the 100th wedding anniversary of Hollywood’s First Power Couple: Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. A romantic dinner at William S. Hart Park will also include a special screening of the technicolor film “The Black Pirate,” which stars Fairbanks. Tickets for the Valentine’s Dinner event are $60 per person or $100 per couple.

The Newhallywood Silent Film Festival’s public screenings begin with late-night showings of horror classics “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “The Golem” as part of “Silent Screams” at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) in Old Town Newhall. Silent Screams is a free event and begins at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14.

The festival will continue through the weekend on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, with the screening of more than a dozen films at venues throughout Newhall, including The MAIN and the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts. Attendees can also visit William S. Hart Park to see a Pickford and Fairbanks pop-up exhibit, as well as the William S. Hart Museum and comedies being shown as part of “Slapstick Junction” at the Saugus Train Station.

For a full schedule of events taking place during the Newhallywood Silent Film Festival, visit NewhallywoodFilmFest.org.

On the Town with Jason Downs

| Entertainment | January 30, 2020

Greetings fellow Santa Claritans and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town! We’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world. Join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!

Here’s what I got up to this week: The wonders of Hogwarts at Universal Studios and a bit of magic that happens on all the movie lots around town…especially when I get to work there!

As our main gift for the family this year, my wife and I decided to spring for the annual Universal Studios pass. One of the nicest things about it is the luxury of popping down to the park for an evening; no pressure to see and do everything in a single day. Since we’ve also got a houseful of Harry Potter fans, we especially wanted to see Hogwarts while it was still dressed up for the winter. Whether you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series or not, it’s a treat to get lost in the interactive, fully immersive world that’s been created by some brilliant designers and artistic minds.

The snow-capped rooftops of the quaint little “Hogsmeade” village, the cobble stone streets, the countless children dressed in the robes of wizards and wielding wands captures the very best of what Hollywood can do — Make us believe. Particularly at night when the veil of darkness can allow your imagination to make the extra leap.

Hogwarts all lit up during the spectacular light show.

They even have a dozen spots where your wand really works! Wave your wand in the pattern of a given spell and poof, a burst of flames will spew from a chimney top. There are alleyways you can feel are all your own. There are specialty shops to wander in and out that perpetuate the illusion, a chorus of bullfrogs performing in the town square, butter beer by the barrel, and of course, the school of witchcraft and wizardry itself.

Whether you like the jerky ride and flashing lights of the new amusement park coasters, I highly recommend simply waiting in line for the “Forbidden Journey” to experience the incredible feeling of being inside the castle and seeing the amazing attention to detail at every twist and turn of its corridors. The illusion is quite astounding and satisfying.

My son performing one of many spells with his magic wand.

And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I also recommend dining at The Three Broomsticks. Food is something I would generally avoid at a park like this, other than a treat of some kind. It’s overpriced and notoriously unhealthy. However, we were utterly surprised by the tasty and wholesome fare these wizards cooked up in their cauldrons in the kitchen! It was a home cooked meal with roasted chicken, steamed vegetables, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, green salad…all fresh, hearty and delicious!

And speaking of studios, I love taking the tours and learning the history (I’ve been to all the biggies, particularly noteworthy is Universal and Warner), but there’s no feeling quite like being summoned to one of the lots as an actor…for an audition, yes, but especially for work. To give you some of idea of the feeling, I’ll refer you to the popular phrase from Titanic, “I’m the king of the world!”

The Frank Capra Building and Sony rainbow beyond.

For someone who has grown up with a true love and respect for the hard work, skill, creativity and LUCK that goes into each and every TV show and film we watch, walking among the very stages where Hitchcock, Kubrick and Spielberg have created some of their masterpieces is both humbling and thrilling. Marlon Brando stood in this spot, I say to myself at the entrance of one the huge stages at Warner Bros where A Streetcar Named Desire was mostly filmed. And the list goes on and on.

After I was cast as snarky Brit in a Disney show, aside from being thrilled with the work, the show was shot on the same stage where I Love Lucy was filmed for all those years. Crazy! I was cast as a nefarious professor recruiting terrorists in NCIS: Los Angeles at Paramount right next door to a stage where It’s a Wonderful Life and Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed. This sort of thing inspires all kinds of feelings in me, ranging from nostalgia to gratitude to awe.

These past few years, most of my time on a studio lot is spent at Sony/Columbia Pictures where I record weekly background voiceover for the ABC sitcom The Goldberg’s. You cross paths with many stars in passing or sitting at the coffee shop. For instance, Jim Carrey stepped out of the booth I was about to enter after finishing up an ADR session himself.

Simply walking past the giant stage doors and getting a peek of the sets is exciting. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have been shooting there forever, side by side on the lot. Shark Tank is a more recent favorite that’s recently hit a decade of shooting there. So many creative folks in one spot is exciting. I often wonder if they’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking: How lucky I am to be working in this incredible place. Sure, all work, even work you love, has its downsides. But I’ll take it any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I pass the famous Ghostbusters mobile on my way to work.

As I make my weekly trek to the recording booth, I pass the Audrey Hepburn building where Bryan Cranston had a reserved parking spot for Breaking Bad. All the buildings and offices are still named for the stars that occupied them during their heyday. I walk past the Frank Capra building, the Barbra Streisand studio…it’s such an honor to be working in some of the same rooms where the greats made their mark. It inspires me to strive for that same greatness.

So, there it is for this week, friends. Always feel free to let me know what you like doing around town so I can check it out and write it up. (reachjasondowns@santaclaritagazette.com)

Military Decisions Saving Millions

| Opinion | January 30, 2020

by Rob Werner

Britain and France had several opportunities to stop Hitler and prevent WWII. Courage and preparation can save millions of lives and billions of dollars. They could have intervened when Germany exceeded treaty limits on weapon production. They could have stopped Germany when it marched into the Rhineland in1936, when it annexed Austria in 1938 and when it annexed part of Czechoslovakia. The Western “peace loving” liberals let the monster be.

Before WWII started, the Soviet Union partnered with Germany to take half of Poland. Then it assisted Germany with materials and French Communists to defeat France. The U.S.S.R. became a western ally solely due to Germany’s attack. America’s liberal response was to pretend Russia had always been against Hitler. The Soviet Union would have collapsed and not have been able to engage in conquest had the U.S. provided limited arms and strong conditions.

Rather than remembering Russia’s past aggression and ideology of world conquest, the sympathetic liberal Presidents Roosevelt and Truman essentially ceded them Eastern and parts of Western Europe. This made Russia the real victor of WWII, gaining all of Poland, Hungry, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria in addition to Eastern Germany. The Russian’s then enslaved the captured Germans. Had we not allowed Communist expansion; the Cold War may never have occurred. Billions would have been saved from defending against Soviet aggression.
The next Democrat President, Kennedy, knew Castro as Communist and not liberator of Cuba. Castro was more repressive and more ruthless than his predecessor. Rather than giving token support to the Bay of Pigs invasion to oust Castro, courageous action would have yielded major benefits. Castro was still weak when Kennedy learned he was a Communist. Kennedy could have succeeded in his ouster. Had he done so, there wouldn’t have been a Cuban missile crises and Cuba would not have exported Communism to South America.

President Johnson, not wanting to see another Castro in our hemisphere, inserted U.S. troops in the Dominican Republic to stop a Communist takeover.
The next Democrat President, Carter, could have put off or even stopped the advance of Jihadism and saved billions of dollars and thousands of lives resulting from terrorism had he supported a strong American ally, the Shaw of Iran. He could have boosted the Shaw and his followers in the face of the Iranian revolution.

When the Republicans took back the presidency with Reagan, he adopted a policy to defeat Communism. Like Johnson, he intervened to save Granada from becoming Communist. His investment of American resources to bring an end to the Soviet empire ultimately liberated Europe, saved the nation billions of dollars and calmed the souls of our people for decades by reducing the fear of a nuclear holocaust.

President Trump has a similar decision. He can choose to step in to liberate Venezuela while there is support for the overthrow of the Communist dictator, or he can do nothing and allow Communist countries to shore up the regime and force its citizens to give up hope of returning to a free society.

The key thing to remember is that short periods of intervention can stop major wars.

Letters to the Editor

| Opinion | January 30, 2020

I want to commend the Santa Clarita Gazette for it’s in depth coverage of the Measure US school bond in the Sulphur Springs District.

In reporter Lee Banathan’s article from last week “The Law-Breaking and Rule-Breaking within Measure US,” , Superintendent Kawaguchi failed to directly answer the question about her involvement in authoring and filing the Argument For and Rebuttal to Argument Against.
I do not dispute that the district may engage in filing lawful official documents required to place the measure on the ballot. Section 9 of Resolution No R 19-55 specifies that the Clerk of the Board shall file the Resolution with various government agencies .

The ballot “Argument For” and the “Rebuttal to Argument Against” are not part of the required package for filing. They are not required for the measure to be on the ballot. They are intended to ADVOCATE for the bond measure and include argumentative language.

In an effort to keep a level playing field, Education Code 7054 prohibits the use of district services, facilities , and equipment for ballot measure advocacy. We have no idea who authored or created the language meant to influence the voter. We do know that Superintendent Kawaguchi was the designated filer and contact person for the advocacy document. This is prohibited activity by an employee of the public agency.

Section 11 of the bond resolution, Ballot Arguments reads, “As provided in the Elections Code 9501, any and all members of this Board are hereby authorized to act as an author of any ballot argument prepared in connection with the election , including a rebuttal argument”.

There is not a single name of any Board member , (elected Board members are not considered district employees) on the argument or rebuttal. Why didn’t the Board members fulfill this responsibility ? I can only surmise that it was much easier to ignore the law and just let others do it.

No one will ever know, right?

The voters in Sulphur Springs voters deserve honesty and transparency when placing a bond measure on the ballot. Measure US lacks both.

I urge all voters to vote NO on Measure US, the massive ($78,000,000) bond measure that will increase taxes on all property owners.

More information is available at www.caltaxsos.com

Steve Petzold
Principal Officer
The Center for Truth in School Bond Measures ID # 1408280

Much Support for our “Katie Hill Write-In Campaign”
Saturday at the Women’s March in down-town L..A., my three friends and I had ‘WRITE-IN KATIE HILL FOR CONGRESS” signs. All the comments we received were 100% positive. Lots of women still suport you, love you, and want to show their thanks for your service Katie!
Denise W. Larson
Agua Dulce

Gazette Ticket Giveaway!

| Entertainment | January 30, 2020

Win 4 Tickets to See the Renowned Tommy C and the Black Widow Grease Band

Special Guest: The School of Rock All Stars

The seminal rock ‘n’ roll sax player Tommy C has been rocking crowds around the country and globe since 1979. He and his new outfit, The Black Widow Grease Band, perform high octane rock n’ roll. Tommy C has performed with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Smokey Robinson, Four Tops, Temptations, Freddy Cannon and Charlie Pride. He was musical director for Chubby Checker for 10 years.

February 21st, 7pm
Newhall Family Theatre, 24607 Walnut Street, Newhall

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California: The Land of Milk and Honey

| Opinion | January 30, 2020

by Dale Paule

Well, I guess if you happen to have a cow and some bees it might be; but for most of us, those times for the once “Golden State” are long gone.

As a magnet attracts steel, so gold does to people. The Gold Rush of ’49 proved that by drawing hoards of them to California, and earning California its motto, “The Golden State.”

Along with those who came to take the gold, others came to create booming communities and discovered plenty of cheap land to grow and keep it booming!
You need only to Google a few sites on the internet to verify what a beautiful and truly “Golden State” looks like.

So, what happened to that “golden” place? Why, after all those decades of unequalled, civilized advancement, have we now come to the point that, in spite of collecting the highest property, income, sales, and gasoline taxes in the country to maintain them, do our cities, once the envy of the world, resemble something out of a crumbling third world?
One glaring reason is because we now have far more takers than providers. We’ve carelessly elected politicians who instinctively seized the opportunity to get their hands on the golden goose and gathered its eggs as fast as it could lay them. And to insure they’d be re-elected, they took those golden eggs and spent them buying future votes by allowing those from third world countries to come here illegally – no questions asked! Many of which are given free housing, health care, and free college tuition, which will eventually create a huge, wholly dependent population of guaranteed loyal voters – forever!
The result has been disastrous – decaying cities, and major depletion of the state’s wealth by ignoring the golden rule: you have to feed the golden goose if you expect golden eggs, and that goose just keeps getting hungrier.

This brings us to our photogenic Governor, the former mayor of San Francisco, Gavin “8 x 10 glossy” Newsom. You needn’t look very hard to find his track record of “leadership”; just take a gander at San Francisco – or what’s left of it – after he served as mayor.

San Francisco began its decline in the ‘60s, when that now familiar, and still growing, radical, socialist ideology movement took it over. But when Newsom became it’s mayor, instead of attempting to reverse the decline and heal that city’s ailments, he upped the dosage of poison and made it worse, to the point of handing visiting tourists a map, indicating dangerous areas inhabited by what they antiseptically refer to as, “Homeless Areas,” and are cautioned to avoid them because the sidewalks are littered with human feces and piles of hypodermic needles, discarded by drug addicts.

But instead of treating the plague of drug addicts and the mentally ill, they apparently view it as just another tourist attraction! It wouldn’t surprise me if they named it “The Feces Festival,” and made a fortune selling the stuff as souvenirs!
Mayor Newsom’s track record in San Francisco should serve as a scary preview of what his plans for Los Angeles are now that he’s California’s governor.

So here we are, Californians; at the crossroads of decision. Do we flee, or do we fight?

There’s no denying that an attitude of hopelessness hangs over our golden state.
Many feel Governor Newsom and all his little Newsom-s are too well-entrenched and too powerful to be thrown out of office; and I won’t disagree that it’s going to be a heavy lift! But we still possess the means to evict this kind of ancient tyranny; it’s “The Big X,” and if enough of you who are ready to throw in the towel on our golden state will just take a deep breath, and use that “X” wisely come next election day, we can tell Newsom and his followers to hit the exit door and take their “souvenirs” with them!

Until then though, watch where you step in Los Angeles.

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