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Wendy’s Grand Opening

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | May 9, 2019

Canyon Country has the latest Wendy’s in the area. Where Mi Ranchito was previously located there now sits a new, state-of-the-art fast food restaurant.

“Dave Thomas, the Wendy’s founder, built the restaurant on quality,” said Shane Gray, vice president of marketing for Cotti Foods, which owns 101 Wendy’s locations. “That’s why we don’t use frozen beef; it’s all fresh.”

The Canyon Country Wendy’s is the fifth in Santa Clarita, with indoor seating and Wi-Fi capability. “Santa Clarita has been a great city to work. … We are excited to be part of the Canyon Country community,” Gray said.

The company created 45 new jobs and is committed to investing in local charity work. “We hold community fundraisers at all our locations,” Gray said. “Any charity can come to us and we give 10 percent of receipts to them when they host an event at Wendy’s.”

For the restaurant’s grand opening, they are offering free Jr. Frostys on May 10-11.

“We want to make sure every customer leaves with a smile,” Gray said.

The new Wendy’s is located at 19018 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. It is open 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 9, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

May 10, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Right Side Up                              Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)                        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Seventh Switch                          Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Lance Allyn                                 Classic covers
9–1am                  Doc’s Inn                                    Frankly Speaking                       Rock classics

May 11, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Z – Band                                        Blues, CR,

7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Kik Start band                             Pop rock

8–11pm               Wine 661                                    Ron Suffredini                            Live music
8–11pm                Persia Lounge                           Right Side Up                              Classic rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   No Chasers                                  Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Dole-Humpries                          Folk rock
9 – 12m                Newhall Press Room             TBD                                                 Live music
9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Sean Hughes band                  Covers

May 12, Sun

10a–2p                  Saugus Swap meet                 Urban Soul                                   Live music
12n–4p                  Schooners                                  Miles 2 Go                                    Covers w/fiddle

3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  Sweetwater Gentlemen        Bluegrass
5-9pm                   Amer. Legion Newhall         SCV Blues Society Mother’s Day Blues Jam

May 14, Tues

6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              Tommy Peacock                        Upbeat rock

May 16, Thur

6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                S.R.B.Q. band                             Blues mix
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Alesia XO                                      Blues, soul rk

May 17, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Monkey Bump                           Rock covers
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock

8–11:30p   Vincent Hill Station                 Runaway Train                           Classic rock
8:30-10p               Alchemy                                     One Step closer                         Acoustic pop
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Brett Vogel                                 Acoustic rock



Resource Parents Needed to Foster or Foster-Adopt a Child

| Community | May 9, 2019

May’s National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus attention on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care. The numbers are staggering, with approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California alone. Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children, with 200 foster children waiting to be connected to a family who will adopt.

Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

A current Children’s Bureau family advises potential resource parents “to come into it with an open mind and an open heart. Be prepared to care beyond anything you could have ever imagined.”

Children’s Bureau Resource Parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team. Children’s Bureau welcomes every resource parent regardless of, race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Qualifying families receive training, family assessment, approval and support.

Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping a child in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Children’s Bureau’s Valencia office, located at 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, Valencia, 91355. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 661-208-4212 or 661-272-9996 or email the organization at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An information packet or application may also be obtained by filling out a request form on the website at www.all4kids.org/program/foster-care/.

Children’s Bureau now also offers a fee-for-service Domestic/Independent Adoption Home Study Program for families seeking the adoption of an infant whose birth mother is making an adoption plan for her newborn child. In addition to adoption home studies, Children’s Bureau provides approval of Interstate Compact packets, post placement supervision visits and reports, and finalization services when the birth mother delivers her baby in another state and the family or birth mother is working with an adoption agency.

About Children’s Bureau

Since 1904, Children’s Bureau has been a nonprofit leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. More than 34,000 children and families are helped each year throughout Southern California with services that include school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care and adoption.  Children’s Bureau is one of the largest investors in child abuse prevention in the country and is developing a national model to transform an entire at-risk community through its Magnolia Community Initiative.

Katie Hill Blames ‘Outsiders’ For Town Hall Chaos Recognizes Need for Border Enforcement for Herself, Yet Opposes It For Others

| Opinion | May 9, 2019

By Greg Aprahamian

On April 27, 2019, newly elected California Democrat Rep. Katie Hill Held her first town hall in Santa Clarita, California, and according to news reports, the California Democrat experienced:

“Angry Voters” – CNBC
“Boisterous Crowd” – KHTS
“Disrupted By Unruly Attendees” – Santa Clarita Gazette

The media’s accounts of the town hall were unanimous, claiming that it was loud and unruly. But I would call the town hall chaotic and confrontational.

No doubt Rep. Katie Hill had hoped for and envisioned the town hall to be a venue for a thoughtful and supportive public to quietly listen to her statements, and then listen to her guests discuss the importance of Democrat legislation that spreads more California-style chaos into our elections nationally, and puts more limits on our First and Second amendments, H.R.1 and H.R. 8.

Unfortunately for Rep. Katie Hill, that didn’t happen, and the type of town hall that she envisioned fell into chaos, because some members of the public didn’t share her vision, or follow the customs and courtesies that she probably believed were stereotypical of the party that she opposes.

Katie and her spokes people blamed:

“Mainly out of district people” – Facebook video statement by Katie Hill
“Not from our district” – Facebook video statement by Katie Hill

“Kassie King, a spokesperson for Hill, claimed Monday the majority of those disrupting were outsiders.” – CNBC
Then Hill dropped the bomb shell and called the out of district disruptors: “Trolls” – Facebook

Now that Rep. Katie Hill has personally been negatively impacted by what she calls “out of district people,” Katie and her staff have decided it would be advantageous for them to craft measures to help maintain their quality of life in CA25.

“King said they have considered asking for proof of residency and barring people who don’t live in the district.” – Santa Clarita Gazette

All I can say is: If only Americans could have the exact same thing?

Katie Hill is fine with open border interference when she is receiving $5 million from former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But now that Katie Hill has been negatively impacted by what she is claiming are “outsiders” coming into her district, she recognizes the value and importance of borders and border security to protect her quality of life.

Californians have long been negatively impacted by illegal immigration (“out of district people”), and whenever we complain about the negative impact that it has on our lives, not only are we typically ignored, the illegal “out of district people” are constantly offered amnesty, work permits, sanctuary, chain migration, deferred action, drivers licenses, state-funded student financial aid, in-state tuition, free legal aid for those facing deportation, and in some cities placed on city commission seats and given actual voting rights. These illegal “out of district people” are also constantly paraded through the halls of Congress by the party that Katie Hill belongs to.

Rep. Katie Hill referred to the “out of district” people that she claims caused chaos at her town hall as “trolls.” I’m wondering if we now have Rep. Katie Hill’s blessing to label illegal aliens as: “Trolls.”

Just for laughs, can you imagine what would happen to a Republican member of Congress if they called an illegal alien, “Troll?”

I shudder to think.

I’m not going to debate the credibility of Katie Hill’s claims about what she calls “Outside people” attending the town hall. Perhaps she should just embrace the whole situation, and call them undocumented attendees. Call it migration, and no human is illegal. After all, that’s what they expect out of us.

Katie Hill and her colleagues are perfectly happy to allow millions of illegal aliens (“out of district people”) to flood our borders annually, without any regard to the negative effects it has on the lives, jobs, safety and health of Americans. But the moment Katie Hill and her supporters and staff are negatively affected by what Katie and her staff calls “out of district people,” watch how quickly she calls for defined borders and border enforcement.

Does Katie Hill understand the meaning of hypocrisy?

After the town hall and in an interview with KHTS, Katie Hill stated: “This is unfair to the folks I
represent — especially those who want to have a thoughtful discussion about the issues that impact the safety and well-being of our family, friends and neighbors,” Hill said.

If Katie Hill really wants to have a thoughtful discussion about the issues that impact the safety and well-being of Americans, let’s start with the chaos that Californians face every day coming from the “out of district people” known as illegal aliens, as they negatively affect our schools and hospitals, overburden our city services, as their gangs and criminal element prey on our people.

Enroll your children in a public school in the San Fernando Valley or almost anywhere in Los Angeles and you know what I am talking about.

Go to the LAPD’s web site and browse through their Most Wanted list and look for yourself, and you will see the chaos that Americans face.

Go to an emergency room almost anywhere in California and you know the chaos.

How about the California DMV admitting that they registered illegal aliens to vote. How about that chaos?

Proof of residency? If Katie Hill wants to require that for a town hall, can we also get that for voter registration?

Go to The Remembrance Project web site and look at page after page, image after image of innocent Americans killed by illegal aliens through open borders. And Americans in California live through this chaos every single day, because illegal aliens (“Out of district people”) are allowed in, enabled, funded and given sanctuary.

Rep. Katie Hill, if you want to protect your quality of life by requiring proof of residency and to bar people who are not from the district, great! Because the people who heckled at your town hall want the exact same thing. Perhaps that’s why they were chanting, “Build the Wall”!

Letter to the Editor

| Opinion | May 9, 2019

I want to thank the Santa Clarita Gazette and reporter Lee Barnathan for the coverage of legal fee reimbursement to Chancellor Dianne G Van Hook from public funds.

There are a number of suspicious circumstances that require an independent investigation of this reimbursement to determine whether it was justified by Dr. Van Hook’s employment contract, and whether policy and procedure was followed by the District Trustees and the college’s administrative staff.

The true reason for the Request for Civil Harassment Restraining Orders (CH-100) was suspect in and of itself. The filing for case (PS018322) in Los Angeles Superior Court was ostensibly to protect Dr. Van Hook from “psychological stress and anxiety as a result of his (Steve Petzold) actions.

However, the filing had many elements of a SLAPP suit (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation). Dr. Van Hook engaged Brian Koegle Esq. as her attorney. At the time, Brian Koegle was the Co Chairman of the Yes on Measure E Committee.

In addition Brian Koegle and Chancellor Van Hook served on the COC Foundation which donated $150,000 to the Yes on Measure E campaign.

It was in the strategic interest of the Yes on E Committee and the COC Foundation to file the suit, and silence me with an emergency restraining order one week before the election.

It is noteworthy that on June 22, 2016 Judge Loomis determined that the video which I placed on Facebook and supposedly caused “psychological stress and anxiety” for Dr. Van Hook was informational in nature and not cause for extending the temporary restraining order.

The question on the table now is whether Dr. Van Hook was entitled to reimbursement from the District for the legal fees paid to Brian Koegle’s law firm Poole & Shaffery.

There is no evidence on record that the Trustee’s prior approved her legal action, and her contract limits the District obligation to indemnification for actions taken against the college or Dianne Van Hook acting in the capacity of the Chancellor.

If Chancellor Van Hook feels that the District was responsible for the legal fee, why didn’t she have Shaffery & Poole submit the bill for $15,099 directly to the District?

Instead Chancellor Van Hook wrote a personal check six months after the billing and applied for reimbursement.

On the Direct Payment Voucher there is a cryptic message Jonathan, “Pls use this as invoice for req. # 0075826 & process ASAP. Thank you. Rosie.” One questions whether this is within the policy and procedure of the college.
It is understandable that someone would not want the billing from Poole & Shaffery scrutinized because it devoid of detail regarding dates, services provided, individuals providing the service, time worked or the billing rate. In my opinion, the amount charged is grotesquely excessive. Poole & Shaffery should have been asked to document the amount charged to Dr. Van Hook and paid by the college.

On July 12, 2017 the reimbursement to Dr. Van Hook of $15,099 was placed on the consent calendar for approval by the Board of Trustees and categorized as “General Institutional Support Services,” seemingly to avoid scrutiny by the Trustees or other interested parties.

The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for expenditures made by the Santa Clarita Valley Community College District.

The taxpayers deserve an independent investigation of this expenditure and the particular circumstances that led up to its approval for reimbursement.

If it is determined that Dr. Van Hook was not entitled to reimbursement for this personal legal expense, and/or that normal procedures for reimbursement were not followed, Chancellor Van Hook should reimburse the District.

Steve Petzold

Commuter Culture Affecting COC Students

| Community | May 9, 2019

by Natalia Radcliffe

Imagine a college where no one talks to each other. The halls are dead silent, as students are caught up in their own worlds while they wait for class. Everyone just goes to their classes, and then goes home, not bothering to interact with their fellow students and teachers.
This environment is a result of a commuter culture mentality.

What is commuter culture?

In short, commuter culture is when a person just goes to class and then leaves campus immediately after. There is no staying after class and chatting with the teacher, no hanging around campus to run into people.

“They just really have this…‘don’t talk to me’ vibe,” said Adam Kaminsky, assistant professor of Communication Studies at College of the Canyons.

Community colleges, such as COC, are places where this mentality has the opportunity to manifest.

“We save a lot of money in community college, which is one of the biggest benefits to going to a community college, but the problem is there’s this culture where…people are not OK with making friends even (though) they’re just as vulnerable,” Kaminsky explained. “Students just don’t connect because they commute in and commute out.”

This can take a toll on both a student’s education and health, according to the professor.

He should know; he experienced this mentality himself when he was a student at COC.

“When I was doing that 22-minute drive, I lost motivation,” Kaminsky said. “So my first year here, I didn’t do very well because I honestly didn’t come to class as often as I should, and I really didn’t enjoy being here.”

What helped him to regain his motivation was getting involved on campus.

“Before I got involved, I was crazy lonely, my grades suffered. Once I started getting involved, my grades improved and I started meeting people,” Kaminsky explained.
One easy way to become more invested in the college community is to join clubs on campus, according to Chase Longan, a longtime COC student and a former officer of the Associated Student Government.

“Joining organizations where you can meet other people…gives you a reason to stay on campus,” said Longan.

He added that it also helps students with prioritizing time and forming connections, building the networks they can utilize to succeed.

Members of Sigma Chi Eta, the honors program within the Communication Studies Club for which Kaminsky is the advisor, decided to showcase an interactive wall to help people combat the commuter culture mentality.

The wall included different resources the college offered, such as The Learning Center, library, clubs, counseling, and others.

Students could post a note card on the wall with their reasons why they utilize that particular resource, interacting with each other in the process. Upbeat music in the background further contributed to the positive and welcoming environment that Sigma members were trying to create.

“The wall was really just a chance for us to get out there and not just talk about it behind closed doors in our meetings, but really to try to go out there and find the students who are walking around potentially feeling lonely and see if we find a way to help them focus on the fact that you don’t need to be stuck in the commuter culture,” said Kaminsky. “It’s a choice, and as soon as you start getting involved, you can find like-minded people, people you want to be friends with, and that, again, (the) majority of the time, leads to more success, because they have more fun while they are on campus.”

But students do not have to participate in an event to overcome commuter culture. They themselves can start making a difference by learning people’s names, even though it may seem uncomfortable at first.

“If you work on your interpersonal skills and learn to approach people,” Kaminsky explained, “you’ll find people who want to do better, who want to connect and who want to basically feel like they have a family on campus.”

Think Small

| Opinion | May 4, 2019

By Dale Paule

The airwaves are constantly awash with cries of “bombshell,” “blockbuster” and that old reliable, “alert; this just in!” All of which are meant to keep you tuned to that channel or station, listening to a few more commercials before the “Bombshell” event is finally revealed. As long as you stay around for those commercials, it doesn’t matter to them whether the big event will thrill you or send you into a state of political depression, as long as you hang around long enough to catch those commercials and pump up ratings!

On and on it goes; one gigantic “bombshell” after another, begging for our attention.
Unfortunately, the “bombshells” are never followed by any good news which might offer a brief escape from the chaos and misery. Luckily, we, the loyal watchers and listeners, have our own method of escape from the chaos and misery; we simply turn that little knob, or push that little “off” button, and voila! Bye-bye chaos, bye-bye misery!

Unfortunately, while we can escape these big annoyances, there is no escaping the effects of another kind; one impacting an even larger part of our life – the little things.

If you’re somewhere around the middle of life’s yardstick of age, you’ll understand what those little things are that we must endure every day.

It’s those little things, like that little stabbing pain in your back when you try to get up from your easy chair too quickly; or that little four-digit password that you need to access needed information, but you seem to have forgotten three of them.

How about that little print they use now on prescription bottles that you have to see to make sure you’re taking the right pill, at the right time?

And what’s up with those instruction manuals that came with that great new gadget you’re dying to try out, but the print in the assembly manual is too little to read without your glasses? (Which are upstairs—some place!)

Or that strange phenomenon that follows every Thanksgiving dinner, when your pants seem to have mysteriously shrunk a little.

Oh yes, and one of my favorites is shelling $36 bucks for that little parking ticket when my car’s front tire was only a little in the red.

And finally, on a scale of 1-10, my vote for the biggest little annoyance rings ten bells for the Sunday newspaper’s blatant disregard for old eyes.

When I was a kid, a treasured ritual of every Sunday was reading the newspaper, especially the funnies, which, like dessert, were always saved for last. Now, we have to add the new ritual of finding our glasses before beginning the old ritual of reading the newspaper, because the print has grown so darned little.

They’ve added more cartoons, which is great, but instead of adding a page, they shrunk them down to the size of a little postage stamp to fit in the same space. I’m still wondering just what Blondie was telling Dagwood about how that dent got in the family car’s fender.

Now don’t get me wrong; I have no argument with the newspapers wanting to save a little money on ink, considering the rising cost of everything and all, but I wonder what their reaction would be if I suggested they might want to consider charging a little less for their newspaper?

I’m guessing they might have a little problem with that!

Afternoon T

| Community | May 4, 2019

By T. Katz

Q: No matter how good a person I try to be, I feel like good things will never come my way! I’m frustrated watching other people doing and getting the things I’m dreaming, hoping and wishing for. How much longer do I have to go on waiting?

A: Oh, dear. In order to truly address this issue, I have to pluck a few things out of your perceived dilemma. Bear with me, this might sting a little: Watching. Dreaming. Hoping. Wishing. Waiting. Are you familiar with the Snow White song? She sings about wishing, hoping and dreaming and then she laughs. Hahahahaha. Sure, it all *SPOILER ALERT* worked out for her. All whilst she slumbered away courtesy of a poisoned apple taken from a stranger. Such a bad plan Miss White! You know how much of the non-animated population (those not able to converse with animals and have a staff of seven) fares with that kind of really bad plan? Not well. Watching, dreaming, hoping, wishing and just waiting isn’t a solid plan. Nor is eating poisoned food from people you don’t know. Have a better plan!

But, if you’re going to insist on waiting for things/people/circumstances/opportunities/etc. to come your way, then approach your life like the waiting room of your dentist’s office. Why? Well, what do you currently do while in that situation? Do you sit perfectly still in an armchair, dreaming about the upcoming procedure? Are you expending an extraordinary amount of energy wishing and hoping that everything will turn out alright? Are you peering around the corner every time an exam door opens, watching other patients undergo their cleaning or root canal? (Sidenote: If you do any of that, go back to school and enter that profession.) Or, are you just frozen in space, simply waiting?

Most people are usually doing one of the following a) reading a magazine, b) scrolling through their phone, c) listening to music or d) talking to the person next to them. They’re actively doing something other than just waiting. THAT, right there, is how I want you have to treat your life. Life is a big ol’ waiting room and you shouldn’t be doing nothing but simply watching, dreaming, hoping, wishing and waiting. I’m not terribly math-y, but I know for a fact that doing nothing from nothing is nothing. You want more than nothing! You didn’t say exactly what you’re wanting, but no matter what it is – you can’t just do nothing expecting to get something. That’s not math, that’s logic. Listen: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” So, start making plans. Even little ones. Make plans for breakfast with a friend or someone you admire and want to learn from. Have a checklist of experiences you want to have. Concerts in the Park? Taking 20 minutes a day to walk or read? Trust me, you’ll look back and see that good things did manage to come your way, all while you were waiting.

xo – t.

The Diva Sharks

| Sports | May 4, 2019

Meet the Diva Sharks, the all-women’s Special Olympics basketball team. They play any team they are paired up against – and this is how they became the “Divas.”

Wendy Ellet, Senior Manager Sports and Programs for Special Olympics Central Division, explained how it all began.

“Special Olympics had a women’s basketball team when I started in 2003. Three of our female basketball athletes went to World Games Ireland for basketball. The team dissolved for a few years, but as soon as we had 10 female basketball athletes, we brought it back,” said Ellet.

“When we started the team, Scott Norton was the head coach. I wanted to name the team the Diva Sharks and Scott wanted to name them the Land Sharks. I said, ‘I’ll make you a deal, after the first practice, if you don’t think the Diva name fits, we will call them the Land Sharks.’ Next day, Scott emailed me and said ‘Diva Sharks.’”

The women’s teams compete at SOSC (Special Olympics Southern California) Summer Games every other year. Each player of the Diva Sharks will be highlighted in the coming weeks.


Front row, left to right: Stefanie Silvers, Patty Murdock, Tamara Wilson
Back row, left to right: John Austin (coach) Alli Hill, Valerie Middleton (coach), Kayla Livermore, Darci Price, Tiffany Cross, Jean Garong, Lindsay Kautiainen, Scott Norton (head coach)

Is Moscato the Same as Muscat?

| Entertainment | May 3, 2019

By Beth Heiserman

Every weekend, guests come to our tasting room and request Moscato instead of Muscat. Is there a difference? Yes!

First, the name Muscato is Italian for Muscat. Muscat grapes are grown all around the world. Every country refers to the grape differently. In Italy, it is Muscato D’Asti, Germany has Muskateller, while France, Australia and America have Muscat. France generally only uses the Muscat grape in fortified wines, but can be found in sparkling and a still dry white wine, depending upon the region. Germany grows predominately two varietals of Muscat – Muscat Ottonel and Muscat Blanc. Both are mainly produced as still dry white wines. In Italy, Muscat is usually sweet in either sparkling or still sweet white wine. Australia makes wines called “Stickies,” which are fortified. And of course, in America, you see a variety of everything. At Reyes, we have done our Muscat Blanc differently every year from dry to sweet to fortified.

Come celebrate #WhiteWines at Reyes Winery, because May 3 is World Sauvignon Blanc Day! Social media has hashtags for it: #SauvBlancDay and #SauvBlanc. Join the movement by drinking lots of Reyes Winery Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, we will celebrate #MuscatDay on May 9 and #ChardonnayDay on May 23. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass!

Come taste award-winning #WhiteWine and a petite food pairing with each wine! I have chosen varietals for this special tasting event.

I am preparing for our upcoming #WhiteWine Tasting event on May 18, and I have been brainstorming food pairings for the event. I started with the 2014 Muscat. This is a limited production wine with notes of peaches and honey, followed by a delicious kumquat finish. It’s remarkably delicious on its own, and only 68 cases were produced. It is significantly drier and comparable in sweetness to our 2013 Viognier. It pairs well with spicy tuna rolls, a peach kuchen and many other sweet and savory dishes. Since it is not overly sweet, it can pair with a dessert that is sweeter. I have made this dessert using different honeys and blackberry. It’s sweet and fruity and doesn’t overpower the Muscat wine or vanilla. I served this with dried apricot compote. Enjoy!

2014 Muscat Honey Vanilla Pudding

1 1/3 cups 2 percent milk
¼ tsp salt, kosher
2 ½ tbsp cornstarch
¼ and ½ cup Reyes 2014 Muscat
3 tbsp blackberry honey
2 ½ tbsp butter, unsalted
1/8 tsp vanilla paste

Combine the milk and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
In a cup or small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in ¼ cup of Reyes 2014 Muscat
When the milk begins to boil, stir in the cornstarch mixture, and cook, stirring constantly until it thickens, for about 5 minutes. (If you add the cornstarch without making a mixture, you will have lumps)
Remove from heat, and stir in the honey, butter, vanilla and ½ cup Reyes 2014 Muscat.

Pour into a serving dish, cover, and chill. To keep a skin from forming on the top, place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface.

A Cup of Love From Cobblestone Cottage

| Community | May 3, 2019

By Tracy Klehn

This summer, after 32 years, Cobblestone Cottage will be closing its doors, but not until they perform one more act of love for families in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“When it became clear it was time to close our store, we realized that our decision not only affected us, it impacted our customers, employees, vendors, the many nonprofits that we support and the families that those nonprofits provide for,” Owner Kathy Allie explained. “Assistance League Santa Clarita has been the recipient of our customers’ favorite annual event – The Brighton Handbag Trade-In. When we realized the customers would no longer be able to bring their handbags in to donate to Assistance League, and that Assistance League would not be able to use the money raised from those handbags to help children in need, we really wanted to come up with one final way to be there for them. We also believe that our customers would want that same opportunity.”

Beginning May 1, the community will have the opportunity to own a unique “Cobblestone Cottage” mug for a $20 donation to Assistance League Santa Clarita’s signature program, Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell is focused on providing new school clothing and shoes to students in need and is a program that Assistance League Santa Clarita has participated in for the past 30 years.

This year, over 2,200 children in Santa Clarita Valley public schools in grades K-12 were clothed through the program. Operation School Bell has recently expanded to include an Arts Grants Program to support the arts in schools, along with Fostering Success, which supports students who have aged out of Foster Care and/or are homeless, and icare for kids, which provides students with eye exams and glasses.

Stop by Cobblestone Cottage, located at 24335 Magic Mountain Pkwy in Valencia to help them reach their goal of donating $4,000 towards Operation School Bell. In doing so, you will be able to bring a bit of that “Cottage” feeling home with you long after the doors close.

For more information about Assistance League Santa Clarita, visit www.assistanceleaguesantaclarita.org.

Skye Amber Sweet to Host Live Painting Demo

| Entertainment | May 2, 2019

Community members will have the opportunity to witness an artist in action as Skye Amber Sweet gives a live painting demonstration on Saturday, May 4, at the Old Town Newhall Library. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Skye Amber Sweet is a self-taught artist who enjoys working with a variety of artistic mediums including canvas, film and public spaces. Her early life growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii inspires the use of vibrant colors, patterns and natural imagery in her art.

As an artist, Skye Amber Sweet believes art has the ability to heal and empower. Now living in Los Angeles, she takes it upon herself to give back to her community by funding her own community mural once a year, and by participating as a teaching artist with the Arts Bridging the Gap and Street Art Initiative programs in Los Angeles.

She is also able to support other artists by curating a yearly Dia de los Muertos exhibit in San Juan Capistrano and Vista, California, where other artists have a chance to showcase their talents. Giving is a large part of Skye Amber Sweet’s artistic experience, and Santa Clarita residents will be able to see this first-hand at the live painting demo on May 4.

For information on other art events and exhibits in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaArts.com. For information regarding the demo, contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com or at (661) 290-2256.

A Letter to My Son, Joshua Dyczewski (10/13/1982 – 4/15/2019)

| Community | May 2, 2019

By Thomas Jefferson X

The pain in my heart would be too much to bear, if not for the joy of knowing you are with the Savior.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

Mom always said you were the perfect child; you were. I can’t imagine a better example for your brothers and your sons to follow. Your love, compassion and caring for others was a true example of Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition. But, in humility value others above yourself.” You did.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

There are times I ask God, “Am I having an impact on anyone’s life for Your kingdom? Am I helping to bring anyone closer to You?

My son, I know that while your life was short, your faith in the Savior, your walk with the Lord, will be remembered. You will never know what lives will be changed because of you.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

Josh, I wish I could give you one more hug.

I wish I could tell you I love you one more time.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

I know you are in Heaven now. I know you are with the Lord. I know you are with Jesus. I know you are finally Home. I know I am being selfish wanting you here. OK, I get it, I give in, I will say goodbye.

But only for 20 or 30 years or so. Then, I expect you will be there to greet me. Give me a hug and tell me you love me.

In the meantime, I do not want to miss the opportunity to tell your family and mine how much I love them. So, Josh, this day, I make a promise to you. That I will do the best I can to show my love: to Mom, Sean, Scott, Justin, Nicole, Levi, Christina, Jaron and Timmy. Because you never know if you will get a chance to say goodbye.

Goodbye, my Joshua. I love you. I miss you. You are Home.

The Justice Democrats

| Opinion | May 2, 2019

By Eric Goldin

In the far-left’s madness and desperation to bring down Donald Trump, the Justice Democrats has splurged into existence. If I hadn’t seen the reality of it for myself, I would’ve thought the Justice Democrats were just a fictional super hero faction in a corny Marvel movie; but sadly, they really do exist. The Justice Democrats run/officially endorse candidates for political office who are willing to tow an extreme leftist line. This organization was founded on January 23, 2017 by Cenk Uygur and Kyle Kulinski. Cenk Uygur has been the tsar of the far-left movement for over fifteen years. He founded The Young Turks in 2002, the biggest independent political commentary show in the United States. Cenk has run wild during his career, constantly getting facts wrong, coming to erroneous conclusions and falsely accusing innocent people of racism, sexism and bigotry. Kyle Kulinski first became prominent in the year 2008 when he started his YouTube channel called Secular Talk, which is part of the larger Young Turks network of shows. Both of these men speak like Neanderthals, with a combination of obnoxiously loud voices, foul language, wild histrionics, and nonsensical, riled-up deranged tangents.

The Justice Democrats have distanced themselves from regular and centrist Democrats by advocating for extreme leftist propositions and ridiculous political correctness. The full absurd vision they have for America can be viewed on their website – much of it is absolutely idiotic and detrimental to the United States.

But the worst part of the Justice Democrats is how totalitarian they act. You must have a 100 percent squeaky-clean record as a life-long far-leftist to be a member. If you’ve ever done a single thing in your life that is not in line with extreme political correctness, the Justice Democrats will not accept you into their clique. Actually, that’s putting it nicely – they act like total Stalinists! Remember how I said that the Justice Democrats were founded by Cenk Uygur and Kyle Kulinski? Well, both men are no longer affiliated with them. Why? Because they were unfairly kicked out. If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I would’ve thought the events that transpired was something out of a George Orwell novel. Almost twenty years ago, Cenk Uygur wrote humorous remarks about women that some people regarded as “sexist.” These jokes surfaced on December 22, 2017. I’m not going to argue whether or not his comments were truly sexist, but I do find it absolutely insane that any liberal would hold this against Cenk. He profusely apologized for his words (made almost two decades earlier) and explained that he is not the same kind of person who would make those jokes anymore. Cenk has been the figure-head of the far-left movement for over fifteen years, yet his body of work and reputation wasn’t good enough for the other members of the Justice Democrats. In a Stalinist move, they demanded that Cenk be removed as one of the leaders of the Justice Democrats. Cenk bowed down to their wishes and stepped down. Kyle Kulinski, in an act of protest of how his friend was being treated, also left the Justice Democrats. The two men who put together the Justice Democrats were, in essence, sent to the gulag and exiled from the organization they built from the ground up. Even though I don’t like either of these men, I really do feel sorry for how they were treated.

But despite all of the despicable actions of the Justice Democrats, they’ve had a lot of success. Out of the 79 candidates who they ran/officially endorsed during the 2018 midterm elections, 26 won their primaries; seven of them won their general election (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and llhan Omar). For a group that has only been around for a very short amount of time, they’ve made huge gains.

This is how crazy political correctness has made society. This treachery must be squashed quickly! We must recognize the problems that political correctness and the Justice Democrats pose on society, and we must do what we can to defeat them!

Doctor’s Diary (Snippets from the frontline): Lost

| Community | May 2, 2019

By Dr. Gene Dorio

Evelyn was my patient for 30 years.  She lost her husband, and even a son.  As mobility and vision decreased, she lost her drivers license and independence.

Still, quality of life was sustained by family, friends, faith, and her dog, Toady.

In her late ’90s she faded, and knew she was at end-of-life.  Our past conversations prepared her for this decision, and she was ready for hospice.

Her primary request was for me to remain her doctor, which I agreed, doing housecalls in her final days.  

Hospice allowed her to be comfortable and not suffer.  With Medicare red tape, I had to jump through hoops to continue seeing her:

Attend hospice meetings concerning Evelyn’s care with other medical professionals;
relinquish any end-of-life medical decision-making to the hospice doctor;
not manage pain or comfort medication.

I had no problems jumping through these hoops as I had done it many times in the past.  This is difficult for some doctors though, as sometimes patients experience a final loss when they lose their longtime physician because of red tape.

Toady was there when Evelyn passed away.  

So was her doctor.

SCV VegFest Announces Speaker Lineup

| Community | May 2, 2019

The Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) VegFest, presented by The Gentle Barn, is announcing the vegan celebrity speaker lineup for Santa Clarita’s first-ever vegan festival. The festival is set to sprout in Santa Clarita on Saturday, May 4 from noon to 9 p.m. in Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Celebrity and local guest speakers will speak every hour from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The following vegan experts are set to speak at the inaugural SCV Veg Fest on May 4:

•SGT Vegan (@sgt_vegan): Bill Muir aka SGT Vegan served in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic. A vegan since 1992, SGT Vegan adhered to his plant-fueled diet throughout his rigorous training and deployment, despite how incredibly hard it is to eat a vegan diet in the military.

•Julie Piatt (@srimati): Julie Piatt is a best-selling vegan chef and author who has inspired countless people to embrace a plant-fueled lifestyle through her advocacy efforts, podcast, recipes and talks.

•Setareh Khatibi (@setareh.khatibi): Setareh is a celebrity, vegan, social media influencer with 204k Instagram followers and runs her own popular English and Spanish YouTube Channel focused on healthy eating. Originally from Santa Clarita, Setareh is also known for her #PotatoDiet, as well as her appearance on reality television pageant show “Nuestra Belleza Latina” which aired on Univision.

•Ellie Laks (Founder) and Jay Weiner (Co-Founder) (@thegentlebarnla): Ellie Laks founded The Gentle Barn in 1999, which started on a half-acre property in the middle of the San Fernando Valley, CA. In 2003 Ellie and her husband Jay moved The Gentle Barn to a six-acre plot in Santa Clarita. The Gentle Barn has a second location in Nashville, Tennessee, and a third in St Louis, Missouri. Since its inception, The Gentle Barn has saved thousands of animals and been host to over 500,000 people.

•Michael McPherson (@michaelmcpherson) and Makenzie Marzluff (@makenziemarzluff): Makenzie is the founder of Delighted By Desserts and has appeared as a guest on the ABC show “Shark Tank.” All of Delighted By Desserts are crafted using pure ingredients, and are 100 percent vegan and gluten-free. Makenzie’s products have been featured by The New York Times, Self, The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health, and much more. Michael is the founder of Humanity Media and runs an incredible podcast.

In addition to the speaker lineup, VegFest attendees can expect a combination of over 40 participating restaurants, vendors and food trucks, including: Avocadamama, Delighted by Desserts, and Evolution Burger, as well as a variety of local craft beer and wine vendors. Don’t miss the Food Competition Awards Ceremony, as judges pick their favorite vegan dishes from participating local vendors in categories such as “Most Surprising Dish,” and “Most Savory.” General admission includes unlimited pours of beer, wine and kombucha on the festival day (alcohol served from noon to 5 p.m.) and a sampling of various vegan foods.

Along with delicious eats and drinks, there will also be two DJs spinning all day, a lounge and dance area, celebrity vegan speakers, yoga in the park, vegan-friendly merchandise, a children’s play area, and much more. The high-vibes festival is a holistic experience for the senses and will close out with a finale DJ dance party at the main stage, featuring spectacular lights and danceable mixes.

The festival is the brainchild of Jess and Nicole Guidroz, who wanted to create a high-vibe event to promote a happy healthy lifestyle and to prove how exciting flavors can be despite myths about vegan foods.

Proceeds from the one-day outdoor festival will benefit Kakao, Charity Water and local non-profit organizations Bridge to Home, and Family Promise. For more event info, including a full schedule of events, visit www.SCVVegFest.com.

A High Schooler’s POV

| Opinion | May 2, 2019

By Analyn May

As the school year draws to a close, I find myself once again reflecting on the state of the school system. Those of you who have been reading my articles since the beginning will know that the very first article I ever wrote was on a similar topic, and that as both a student and the daughter of a teacher, I feel rather strongly about some of the current educational policies. But there’s one policy that I think, if implemented, would immediately eliminate 90 percent of all existing problems with the system. And it’s not a foreign concept, either. It’s simply this:

Smaller. Class. Sizes.

You know I feel strongly about a subject when I break the rules of grammar to make my point. Currently, the legal “limit” of students per class is based on district averages, meaning some schools may have much higher class sizes than others. To make matters worse, sometimes the limits placed aren’t even enforced, negating the whole purpose of having a limit in the first place. Due to “budget restrictions” (which, in my opinion, are the result of a mis-prioritized budget), most schools cram far more students into a class than the legal cap allows, instead of hiring one or two more teachers and simply letting many other classes enjoy a population below the limit.

Some of you may be wondering why smaller class sizes are such a big deal, particularly if you never had to deal with a 30-something-student class as a kid. There are practically countless benefits, but I’ll list a few. First, teachers are actually humans (unbelievable, right?) and therefore have limited reserves of both time and energy. Simple division means that the more students in the class, the less time and energy they have to spend on each one. Second, kids who are shy or have anxiety are overwhelmed by a large group of peers and will shut down into “quiet mode” if they have a question, instead of asking the teacher for help (and thus stealing time away from the other students). Third, not only do teachers have less time to bond with their students, but students have less time to bond with each other, which makes it difficult in certain situations such as group projects. This may also lead to students forming exclusive “cliques” within the class, due to the psychological need to belong to a “pack.” This in turn leads to a higher chance of outcasts than in a class which is small enough to be a functional “pack” on its own.

I’ve just listed three reasons why smaller class sizes would be beneficial to students and teachers alike, but it isn’t difficult to figure out others. The only thing that’s difficult for me to figure out is why on earth this wouldn’t already be common practice. Sadly, as I mentioned before, it probably all comes down to bottom line. But when the very point of school is to educate the next generation, is sacrificing the actual quality of the education students are receiving worth a couple dollars? I think not.

But as always, that’s just my POV. Until next time, this is Analyn May, signing off.

Go For a 1Up at Thursdays@Newhall this May

| Entertainment | May 2, 2019

Avoid red shells and banana peels as you navigate your way through a month of free Thursdays@Newhall events in Old Town Newhall in May, featuring the Super Nintendo SENSES Block Party. Each week, take advantage of opportunities for fun and entertainment with offerings such as JAM Sessions and Note by Note music night. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

JAM Sessions will take place on May 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. D’Wilfri Dance Art and Entertainment, a local dance company, will teach participants the steps of the Cha-Cha, a happy, carefree and fun Latin dance. Following the free lesson, put your new skills to the test as you enjoy live music from the Bobby Cuba Band. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.

The SENSES Block Party takes on a Super Nintendo theme on May 16 starting at 7 p.m. Race through Main Street with Mario and Luigi and be sure to come dressed as your favorite Nintendo character. While you are there, take time to get lost in far off worlds thanks to a gaming truck and a selection of virtual reality games from the Old Town Newhall Library. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic video games while you visit the on-street bar from The Junction.

The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Unstill Life,” from artist Ralph Massey. Massey has been creating art for more than six decades and his pieces have been widely collected by celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews and Queen Elizabeth II. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Massey from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Unstill Life” will be on display at The MAIN from May 15 to June 14.

The Note by Note music night wraps up the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 23. Note by Note is a free night of music delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. Featured performers in May include Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra- Guitar Orchestra, Christopher Ramirez, and Austin Jons and the Immortals. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Nudist Colony to Open in Santa Clarita

| Opinion | April 27, 2019

by Harry Parmenter with a bit of satire

When the foolishness of April springs into the first and then last days of May, June arrives, and with it, Summer. And this year, Santa Clarita will raise the heat index by welcoming its first ever nudist camp!

“Grin and Bare It” will open its kimono Memorial Day weekend to create mamm, er, memories for the young at heart of all ages. Embracing diversity and inclusion in a big way, the camp will be staffed by craftsman, servers and entertainers spanning the hottest gender trends, from cis, cishet, trans, non-binary and, of course, yahoo (see Travels, Gulliver’s). However, those who identify as simply “man” or “woman” will also be encouraged to join the fun and take a bite out of Adam’s apple at the camp’s own Garden of Eatin’, among other attractions.

“It’s going to be a safe place for anyone who can leave their inhibitions, not to mention their clothes, behind,” says Elke Winter, co-owner of “Grin and Bare It.” Her business and life partner, Pierre Cellars, concurs: “We decided to take a shot in the dark and open our doors, minds and bodies to the inviting Santa Clarita Valley, from Generation A to Z.”

“Grin and Bare It,” (or GABI, as Elke and Pierre like to call it), will be nestled deep in the rich foothills of Haskell Open Space (or HOS, as Elke and Pierre like to call it). The 35-acre compound formerly known as Spawn Ranch, home of the legendary 19th century Manzin Clan, will feature a dining room, a common room, an uncommon room, a meditation room, a pool, a pool room, a bool room (where people can bare their souls and shoot the bool), a fire pit, a picnic area, and a wide assortment of outdoor activities including ping pong, pickleball, chess, checkers, horseshoes and Erica’s Mahjong corner.

The sprawling grounds will also feature special sections devoted to various demographic groups such as Gen Z’s “We’re Kind of a Big Deal,” Millenials’ “We’re Kind of a Bigger Deal,” a unique gender sing-along room called LGBTQRXSTUPALLADOCIOUS and a very special Baby Boomer sanctuary, “It’s Definitely Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

“We just want everyone to feel they belong, to get in touch with themselves,” said Pierre, “but preferably not others,” interrupted Elke. “Me too,” Pierre quickly added, speaking from his stand-up desk at GABI HQ. “Everything we are doing will be designed to amplify the message of inclusion and diversity, even down to the music that plays in the park. Pierre is the DJ,” Elke added, beaming. “I am what I play,” he said.
Pierre’s privates, as he likes to call the camp’s rotating soundtrack, will include a song mix sure to leave a trail to the camp, including Puffy Daddy’s “Locker Dem Clothes Up,” “Nekkid Came the Yeti,” by John Boston and the Honby Hogs, “Nude, Noodge, Nod Off,” by the Jewish Muthas, The Kardashian Sistahs’ “Unlike a Virgin,” and absolutely nothing by Kate Smith.

Naturally, news of “Grin and Bare It’s” opening has sparked controversy in the SCV. Saugus resident Seymour Evitall commented, “I just think it’s wrong, getting naked and such. The birds and the bees stick together, or nest, or whatever, by themselves, I think,” he said. “A ‘meditation room,’ really?” said Lord of the New Church pastor Hans Reenging. “And I’ve heard about ‘pickleball’ thank you, no. It’s the devil’s dill-iberate attempt to spread this Green Plan I’ve heard so much about. Next thing you know they’ll be pairing off for Yahtzee.”

“Look, we know a lot of folks aren’t comfortable in their skin,” Elke said decisively, clad only in a pair of flip flops. “Clothes make the man, but when nature calls, everyone answers,” said Pierre, thumbing through a copy of Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

“Grin and Bare It” will have a soft opening the week before Memorial Day but the owners expect word of mouth to spread like suntan lotion as the temperature rises. “Some like it hot,” said Tony Lemmon, GABI gender general, “and we expect folks from Calgrove to Canyon Country to put on their happy birthday suits and come on down.”

The camp will have an age requirement of 21, with a senior discount, ample parking and therapy dog access. Tobacco smoking is verboten, but medicinal marijuana will be available at “The Roundup Weed Canteen,” which is apparently a killer. BYOB is left to your imagination.

“We wanted to launch the first of April but ran into local politics,” said Pierre as Elke shushed him. “Oh never mind that, Pete,” she said, winking at a writer who averted his eyes throughout the interview. “Let’s just say a little Indian with a big Tomahawk named Doug got his bow bent when he heard about us … that rant of his gets people all lathered up!”

“We got to know the City Council on a first name basis,” added Pierre. “We extended them a free pass for Memorial Day weekend,” said Elke, slipping her sunglasses on. “That would certainly send a Signal to the local community, now wouldn’t it?”

COC Art Gallery to Present 23rd Annual Student Art Exhibition

| Community | April 26, 2019

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will present the 23rd Annual Student Art Exhibition, an eclectic collection of artwork created by the college’s talented student artists.

The 23rd Annual Student Art Exhibition will run from Tuesday, May 6, through Thursday, May 30. A reception for the artists will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

The works on display will include drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, graphic design, animation, and 2D and 3D design.
“This exhibition is always a highlight of the Art Gallery’s exhibition season,” said Pamela Lewis, COC Art Gallery director. “I’m looking forward to celebrating our students’ creativity and artistic achievements.”

Some student art exhibition works become part of COC’s permanent student art collection and are displayed at the college’s Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

The annual showcase exhibition also acts as an educational and professional experience for students. Works are submitted for review and a guest juror selected from the greater Los Angeles arts community traditionally curates the exhibition.

This year’s juror is Los Angeles artist Devon Tsuno. His abstract paintings and social practice projects are exhibited widely, and his work can be found in many public and private collections. It is Tsuno’s mural “California Seedlings,” that currently graces the exterior of the Art Gallery’s Mentry Hall location. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University, BFA from CSU Long Beach and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University Dominguez Hills.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 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.

On Impeachment, Will Democrats Put Country Over Party?

| Opinion | April 25, 2019

by Dick Polman

Just suppose, for the sake of argument, that a Democratic president had acted as a doormat for Russia, indulging and amplifying an unprecedented soft invasion of America via its electoral process. Just suppose, after having benefited from the cyber-invasion conducted on his behalf, that same Democratic president had sided with Russia against his own intelligence agencies, and had systematically lied and obstructed a years-long federal investigation.

If that were ever to happen, what are the odds that an aggrieved and unified Republican party would be demanding the president’s impeachment and removal, hammering the public 24/7 with hearings and hashtags?

As if we need to ask.

See, here’s the asymmetric difference between Republicans and Democrats: One party (guess which one) instinctively revels in the exercise of power, busts boundaries without apology, and triples down on what it believes, even if it means defending a cult leader and trashing the rule of law. The other party (guess which one) instinctively quakes in its shoes, fearing that if it stands up for what it believes, the opposition and some of the voters will get very mad.

That’s what we’re seeing now. Robert Mueller has teed up the House Democrats to do their job – to act on a report that has exposed a breadth and depth of presidential perfidy that dwarfs Water-gate – and yet they hesitate. The swing voters in 2020 swing states might not support an impeachment process, they say. The House process would be futile because the Republican Senate will never remove Trump, they say. So their instinct is to unilaterally disarm, to abet the normalization of authoritarian lawlessness.

This is no time for dereliction of duty. Instead of fretting about an anti-impeachment voter back-lash in 2020, they should heed what Mueller wrote in his report about Trump’s multiple obstructions of justice: “The Constitution does not authorize the President to engage in such conduct, and those actions would transgress the President’s duty to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’” If House Democrats flex the power that voters granted them in 2018 – if they hold hearings and move toward impeachment if and when the evidence warrants – they can move the needle on public opinion. It’s called leadership. It’s about standing up for American values and the rule of law.

And if the Republican Senate refuses to convict and remove Trump, fine. Put the GOP on record. Make the GOP own their amorality. Make that an issue in 2020 – along with health care and other kitchen-table fundamentals. Democrats should be fully capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

Fortunately, there are glimmers of hope that House Democrats might be strengthening their spines. Last week, Elizabeth Warren called on the House to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump, by far the strongest comments of any 2020 candidate.

The impeachment standards were firmly established in 1974, by the House Judiciary Committee’s legal counsel, six months before Richard Nixon quit. John Doar, a registered Republican, outlined a wide range of impeachable offenses, including many that resonate today: “…undermining the integrity of office, disregard of constitutional duties and oath of office, arrogation of power, abuse of the government process, adverse impact on the system of government…conduct seriously in-compatible with either the constitutional form and principles of our government, or the proper performance of constitutional duties.”

And we can add serial lying to that list: “Lying to the American people is a betrayal of trust. The pattern of deception and dishonesty that acts as a bodyguard to this president strikes at the very core of his ability to lead. Either the president chooses contempt or complete disregard – or his conscience is so diminished as to leave him unable to discern the truth from his lies.” So said Re-publican John Thune, on the House floor in 1998, citing his reasons why Bill Clinton should be impeached.

Today, Thune is a high-ranking member of the Republican Senate – one of the craven Trump enablers who refuse to put country over party. It’s up to the Democrats to put country first and act in the national interest.

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.

Registration Now Open for 2019 Howard Fisher’s Cougar Basketball Camp

| Sports | April 25, 2019

The College of the Canyons men’s basketball program invites boys and girls in third to eighth grade to participate in the 2019 Howard Fisher’s Cougar Basketball Camp, with two sessions running this summer.

Open to players of all skill levels, each four-day camp session will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to learn new techniques and strengthen current skills.

Camp meetings will be led by COC men’s basketball head coach Howard Fisher, his staff of assistants and intercollegiate players from the eight-time Western State Conference champion men’s basketball program.

All major areas of basketball will be covered in detail, including: shooting, passing, ball handling, individual offense, defense, rebounding, and team play. Each camp session will be highlighted by fundamental instruction, skills contests, guest speakers and team competition.

Taking grade and age into account, each camper will be evaluated on the first day of camp and placed into groups that will allow them to maximize their opportunity to improve.

“This event is one of my most enjoyable responsibilities as a coach,” said Fisher, who just completed his 19th season at the helm of the COC men’s basketball program. “The Cougar Basketball Camp provides a fun, fast-paced environment for young people to learn the game, as well as meet new friends. Our staff strives to instill confidence in every camper, while making sure the sport of basketball is always fun.”

The 2019 Cougar Basketball Camp will run during the following dates and times:

July 8-11 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (M/T/W/Th)
July 15-18 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (M/T/W/Th)

All camp sessions will take place in the college’s East P.E. gymnasium, located on the COC Valencia campus. A $225 per-player registration fee applies to each session. Campers that register prior to the May 15 early registration date will save $25 per camper (registration must be received by 5 p.m. PST Wednesday, May 15, 2019).

Families with more than one camper can receive a discount of $20 for each additional child that registers by entering the promo code “Cougar2” at checkout.

All campers will receive a camp T-shirt. A written player evaluation and camp photo will also be provided at the end of the weekly session.

Campers are encouraged to bring their own lunch, but may also purchase a box lunch at an additional cost. A Jersey Mike’s box lunch option can be added for an additional $30 per camper per session (includes lunch for all four days of camp).

All proceeds directly support the COC men’s basketball program. To register for the 2019 Howard Fisher’s Cougar Basketball Camp, visit the COC Athletic website and complete the online registration form. Space for this year’s camp is limited.

For more information, contact COC men’s basketball head coach Howard Fisher at (661) 362-3201 or howard.fisher@canyons.edu.

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