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| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

Save the Date: Parent Resource Symposium

| Community | September 5, 2019

Who: Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis, The Way Out Recovery SCV’s Bob Sharits, community members. Members of the Santa Clarita City Council have been invited to attend.

What: The City of Santa Clarita will host its annual Parent Resource Symposium, titled “Head in the Clouds: Truth about Vaping,” in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. An educational resource fair at City Hall will precede a presentation on vaping trends and campus issues in Santa Clarita. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: City Hall – Century Room and Council Chambers
(23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355)
*Parking is available in all City Hall parking spots after 5:30 p.m.

Why: Underage vaping has become a huge problem in Santa Clarita. In an effort to address this issue, the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with local organizations, will provide an informational event for students and parents on the dangers and consequences of vaping. Bob Sharits from The Way Out Recovery SCV will provide parents and students with tools to start an open conversation about the use of tobacco products and consequences of using illegal substances.

For additional information about the Parent Resource Symposium, please contact Yolanda Calderon at (661) 250-3727.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

Sept 6, Fri
6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Val – Great Pacific       Lance Allyn                                  Acoustic rock
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Pop & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Big Coyote, on the patio        Country
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             varied artists                               Acoustic rock
9–12pm                Salt Creek Grille                                      Jay Bolan                                     Classic rock

Sept 7, Sat
6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Dan Parra                                     Folk rock
6:30–9:30             Backyard Grub n Brews        Mojo Filter Blues band           Blues mix
7–10pm                Hyatt Val – Great Pacific       Lance Allyn                                  Acoustic rock
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               The Grateful Dudes                 Bluegrass
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    All Access band                          Rock covers
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   No Chasers Band                       Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Jay Bolan                                     Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             varied artists                               Acoustic rock
9–12m                  Rock Inn                                      Joe Ferraro band                       Blues & CR

Sept 8, Sun
10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 Vendo81                                       Live music
11a–5p                                 Amer Legion Newhall            Battle of the Blues bands      Blues
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–8pm                  Salt Creek Grille patio            Dole – Humphries trio             Folk, rk, Indie
5–9pm                  Amer Legion Newhall            SCV Blues Society Jam            Blues jam
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  Sue Rey & the Runarounds   60’s Classics
6–10pm                Black and Blue                          Gasbarro Riso Quartet            Modern  jazz
Sept 10, Tues
6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Artur Menezes + Celso Salim  Blues mix

Sept 11, Wed
6–9pm                  Route 66 Classic Grill              Various bands                            Live music
6–9pm                  Tomato Joes Cyn Ctry           James Hackett                            Classic rock

Sept 12, Thur
5:30–7:30             Northpark Village Square      Sweetwater Gentlemen      Bluegrass-ctry
6–9pm                  Tomato Joes Cyn Ctry           Daphne Winters                        CR & folk rk
6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Del Fuego Brothers                 Classic rock
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Deep Fried Daddys                   CR & blues mx
8–11pm                Black and Blue                          Dueling pianos                           Piano
Sept 13, Fri
6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Valencia lounge           Various artists                            Live music
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Open Mic Night                         Varied
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Pop & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Runaway Train on the patio  Country rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             Various artists                            Acoustic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Tewks & Beans                         Classic rock
9–1am                  Doc’s Inn                                    Frankly Speaking                       Rock classics

 

Route 66 Classic Grill to Host 9/11 Tribute Night

| Community | September 5, 2019

Route 66 Classic Grill will be hosting a 9/11 tribute again this year. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 11th, from 6pm-9pm, and the restaurant will also be hosting their weekly Bike Night that evening.

The band Rebel Heart will provide musical entertainment. The tribute will begin at 7pm. A bagpiper will begin playing “Amazing Grace” and exit the restaurant via the patio door, marching to the stage. The L.A. County Fire Department will be on hand to raise the flag from the ladder truck, and Millena Hicks will sing the “National Anthem.”

Bob Kellar will take the stage, speak for a few minutes and then introduce Mike Garcia. Garcia will be a great speaker, considering he was one of the first fighter pilots to enter Iran, following 9/11. When Mike is done speaking we have another incredible singer, Tim May, who will sing the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA.” After that song, the bagpiper will begin playing again, and walk back into the restaurant. After about 15-20 minutes, the band will resume their set.

Route 66 invites active duty military, fire fighters and police officers to attend the tribute and enjoy complimentary dinner throughout the evening.

Route 66 is located at 18730 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information call 661-289-1494.

The Gasbarro Riso Quartet takes the Stage September 8th & 22nd

| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

L. A. studio heavyweights Rick Riso and Mark Gasbarro join forces with world-class studio and touring musicians Walter Rodriguez (drums and percussion) and Rene Camacho (bass) to bring you an evening of modern jazz. From the fireworks of swing and Latin jazz, to romantic ballads both standard and contemporary, GRQ draws from the Great American Songbook, modern jazz standards, creative jazz arrangements of pop hits and original material to bring all the joy and invention of contemporary jazz.

Check them out at Black ‘N Blue Restaurant, located at 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 110, in Valencia from 6-9pm September 8th or 22nd. blacknbluelounge.com

Progressives Manufacturing a Recession

| Opinion | September 5, 2019

by Rob Werner
You may have noticed that talk of an expected recession has suddenly become a dominant news story. Such talk, started as a wish list among many progressive Democrats who concluded that a disastrous recession was something the country needed, and something they were willing to stomach, if it would lead to a reemergence of progressive Democrat control over our entire government. Yes, the polls already say that Trump is headed for defeat, but they were wrong last election. A strong recession would guarantee that defeat.

This call struck a chord with billionaires in the anti-Trump crowd as well as China and other nations that thought they might benefit from changes in policy. Stock market, trade and currency manipulation soon followed. All it took was for some analyst to conclude that one of several indications that a recession was on its way, for the media to grab on to the story as a horror in the making by the current President.

So, rather than discussing our booming economy, full employment and the return of manufacturing to our country, the media is discussing the coming recession. They have grabbed onto what they have labeled, “Trumps trade war with China” as a cause of the future recession. The media’s conclusion that prior to Trump there was no trade war with China is evidence that our country’s press is no longer free but a propaganda wing for foreign and anti-American interests. The Chinese have been stealing billions of dollars of our products, billions of dollars of our technology and engaged in currency manipulation and price fixing. They have successfully eliminated many American competitors.

Depressions, recessions, poverty and conflict are needed to engineer the election of progressives, socialists, communists and socialists. These new leaders’ actions increase the poverty and dependence of the people who are constantly given the solution of more government more suppression and more confiscation from others to support the growing demand of those in need.

The last major recession was blamed on Bush but it was engineered by progressives. The final straw causing the recession was the burst of the housing market bubble. But it started during the Clinton administration. The argument was that to extend home ownership to those without financial means, little or no down payment should be required, and credit should be more available. Democrat operatives were placed in charge of the government program. People without financial means were successfully purchasing homes. Because there were not enough homes for everyone, values went up and those acquiring homes without investment were then able to borrow money. It was good while it lasted.

Bush became aware that the bubble might burst and asked congress to act. But by then, Congress was back in the hands of the Democrats who were not cooperative.

Clinton’s progressive wish to increase home ownership ultimately resulted in a reduction of such ownership but it did line the pockets of his campaign supporters.

Back in the 60s the Johnson administration declared a “War on Poverty.” The war resulted in an increase in poverty and made welfare such an acceptable form of income that people would often state, “I’m on the county,” when asked what their job was.

America’s prosperity should not be a partisan issue. It should not matter if our President is Democrat or Republican, we should all rejoice when the country is doing well. As Americans we retain our right of criticism. But this should be tempered by promoting actions that we honestly believe will improve our economy.

Dark & Strange Exhibit Opens Friday

| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

Santa Clarita Artists’ (SCAA) exhibit, Dark & Strange, opens on September 6, 2019. The exhibit will run until October 27, 2019. A free reception to meet the artists is on Friday, September 6, from 6-9 pm.

“Artworks will feature abstracts, odd or interesting, real or imaginary places, animals, objects or scenes that are out of the ordinary,” said Mardio Georgio. “Wall paintings, jewelry, decor items, small and miniature pieces will be available for purchase. Artists will provide live demonstrations on selected days throughout the show.”

Mike Farrell – “This a preparatory sketch for a new piece I’ve started called Falling Fog. Done in pen and ink with a stipple technique, it is a small part of the larger finished drawing.” See www.FineArtAmerica.com/Mike Farrell.
Meryl Goudey – “Fluorescent Rose glows with oil over black acrylic. Red roses have always been my mother’s favorite flower. I was inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s up-close style. My site is meryldenise.artistwebsites.com.”
Cheryl Prather – “Tree at Hart Ranch – This is a collage of an old dead tree which stands twisted and strangely shaped.”
Phil Althouse – “Down Beside Her is a nightmare image inspired by the model, who struck the pose and gamely held it until I got the shot.”
Barbara Blankenship – “This is Flirt. Sometimes the paint has it own intentions, and this acrylic pour painting revealed these coy characters.

SCAA Art Gallery is located at 22508 6th St. in Old Town Newhall, between Railroad and Main. Gallery Hours: Senses Thursday; Fridays 6-9 pm; Saturday 3-6 pm; Sunday, 2-5 pm. Signs along Main Street will announce gallery openings.

SCAA is the only non-profit fine art association in Santa Clarita since 1989. For inquiries, see www. SantaClaritaArtists.org

On the Town with Jason Downs

| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

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 LA Times “The Taste” at Paramount Studios.

My wife, the goddess and wonderful wizard that she is, procured VIP passes to the one and only, not-to-be-missed (if you’re into diabetic comas) foodie events of the year. It did not disappoint, folks.

First of all, I love being on a studio lot. Each one (whether it’s Universal, Warner, Disney, Sony/Columbia or Paramount) holds a feeling of history, nostalgia, romance and mystery…redolent with daring dreams and courageous creativity. I love it.

Each of us have a connection to moving pictures in our lives; whether they simply captured our imaginations as kids or we work in the biz, there is something special about walking amongst the stages where the likes of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Spielberg have created so many memorable moments. And there we were in the middle of it all, the entire New York City section blocked off solely to create more memorable moments for our taste buds!

A hundred of the yummiest restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area lined the make-believe streets with booths, just waiting to hand you a scrumptious morsel. A hundred mini saloons doled out cocktail after cocktail. It was an all you could eat, all you could drink bacchanalian buffet of excess in the very best of ways, friends.

My wife and I were joined by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. The consensus was that the Bulleit cocktail won the day as far as aqua vitae, and there was a toss up between the Indian food from Mayura or the amazing ricotta and tomato infused eggplant made by famed chef Nancy Silverton at Osteria Mozza for best dish. Truth be told, I didn’t put a single thing in my mouth that wasn’t scrumdiddleyumptious.

There was music all around us causing folks to bust into spontaneous salsa moves, especially after eating some delectable queso. There were also live demonstrations from well-known chefs around town. They would prepare a recipe and take questions from the audience. Pure heaven for any culinary enthusiast (like my wife, for one). She was giddy all evening, which was easily the best part; aside from perhaps the insanely good pizza from Triple Beam. (Yes, I had to go back for seconds and thirds.)

Anyhow, we returned home fully stuffed and eager for next year. Yet another reason to love where we live, what we get to eat, the places we get to eat them and the people we get to eat them with!

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 appétit!

COC Football Kicks Off their Season this Saturday

| Community, Sports | September 5, 2019

The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2019 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular season games.

Once again, all Cougar home games will be live streamed to fans through a broadcast partnership with SoCalCollegeSports.com. Home games will also be replayed on SCVTV Channel 20 and SCVTV.com throughout the weekend.

In addition, COC head coach Ted Iacenda and the Cougars have announced a series of special free community group invites for each home game.

On Sept. 28, the college will host a 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebration prior to the game vs. Cerritos College. Fans and community members are invited to enjoy pre-game family activities, food and concessions, music, photo opportunities, T-shirt and rally towel giveaways and a special on-field half-time presentation. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with kickoff scheduled at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free for this event.

2019 Schedule:
(home games in bold)

Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All scv school students/staff admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Grossmont College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All first responders admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 21 @ Santa Barbara City College
6 p.m. — La Playa Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. Cerritos College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration. All fans admitted free. Pre-game celebration w/ food, family activities, music and giveaways begins at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Golden West College
1 p.m. — Golden West Stadium
Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Moorpark College*
7 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
SCFA National Division, Northern League Opener
All SCV Youth Football & Cheer Teams Admitted Free of Charge (w/ uniform)

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ East Los Angeles College*
6 p.m. — Weingart Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Ventura College*
6 p.m. — Ventura College Sportsplex

Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. Long Beach City College*
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All veterans and active duty military admitted free (w/ valid ID).

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ Bakersfield College
6 p.m. — Memorial Stadium
*Denotes Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League contest.

General admission tickets to all Cougar football games are $10. Children under 10 and seniors over 60 are $5.

Stay up-to-date on all this season’s action by following College of the Canyons Athletics on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Castaway with Thursdays@Newhall in September

| Entertainment | September 5, 2019

School may be back in session, but the fun doesn’t stop for Thursdays@Newhall in September. Featured events in Old Town Newhall this month include a variety show, salsa dancing lessons, a “Pirates of Santa Clarita” SENSES Block party and more – all for free! Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursday nights from March through October.

Ten performers will take to the stage on Thursday, September 5, at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) for 10 minutes each and dazzle the audience with music, comedy, storytelling and more at the monthly 10 by 10 Variety Show, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performers in September include magic from Glenndalf; storytelling with Oscar Sagastume and Pablo Marz; music with Janine Cooper Ayres and Jim Jeffrey; comedy from Chris Cope, Samantha Hale and Julia Pels; dance by Kalakeke Pacific Island Dance Company; and a screening of the short film “ALOHA.”

Join D’Wilfri Dance Art and Entertainment for JAM Sessions at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street) on September 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to learn to Salsa. Attendees will engage in an exciting exploration of this fun, social dance with local dance instructor Ingrid Blanco, and then put their moves to the test while enjoying live music. JAM Sessions are hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to Old Town Newhall.

Explore 20,000 leagues under the sea but be sure not to walk the plank at the Pirates of Santa Clarita SENSES Block Party on September 19, starting at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate National Speak Like a Pirate Day in true Davy Jones style and follow your treasure map down Main Street for the grandest party on the high seas. Leave the landlubbers at home and sail in early for dinner at the event or from restaurants in Newhall. Eighth & Rail will host the on-street bar at this month’s SENSES.

Also on September 19, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its Second Annual Photo Competition by the Community Hiking Club. In the last few years, California has been hit with several destructive wildfires, including the Sand, Station, Woolsey, Thomas and Camp Fires. Most people know fire by the destruction left in its wake. But fire can have a different side as well. In the photo exhibition, you will see the starkness of the devastation, the beauty of the recovery and a few of the magnificent fire followers. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet the photographers from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Note by Note music night on September 26, wraps up the month’s schedule and will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The MAIN. Note by Note is a free night of music that delights 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 September include The Los Angeles Fifes and Drums, Heather Lockie, Melonie Carroll Dolci and Lilia Bogoeva. 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.

New Passport Acceptance Facility Opens in Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library

| News | September 5, 2019

The Santa Clarita Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of its third Passport Acceptance Facility at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road. The first available appointments started on Wednesday, September 4.

With the opening of the third Passport Acceptance Facility, community members can now visit any of the three Santa Clarita Public Library branches, located in Valencia, Old Town Newhall and Canyon Country, to receive convenient passport services.

Passport services are offered by appointment only. To make an appointment, library customers can visit the Passport Services website at SantaClaritaLibrary.com/passport-services.The website also features information, including what to bring to your appointment, hours of operation and services the facility offers, which include:

First-time passports
Passport renewals for passports issued before the applicant was 16 years of age
Renewals for expired passports issued more than 15 years ago
Replacements for lost, stolen or damaged passports
Passport photos

The Santa Clarita Public Library is proud to provide convenient passport services to the Santa Clarita community and encourages residents to visit the newest facility. For more information about the Santa Clarita Public Library, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

Assembly Fiscal Committee Gives Green Light to Wilk Legislation

| News | September 5, 2019

Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announces the following Wilk bills were approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee:

Senate Bill 153 (SB 153). SB 153 ensures California is well positioned to begin the cultivation of industrial hemp, an agricultural product used in 25,000 different products. The bill would revise California’s provisions regulating the cultivation and testing of industrial hemp to conform to the requirements for a state plan under the federal farm bill.

Senate Bill 202 (SB 202). SB 202 provides more flexibility to the rules on animal blood donation, allowing for more loving and humane treatment of animal blood donors by expanding legal donation from the current two companies to include community based donation opportunities.

The legislative session ends on September 13. SB 153 and SB 202 will be heard on the Assembly floor prior to the end of session.

The World Famous “Love Ride” Returns to Los Angeles for its 33rd Motorcycle Charity Ride.

| Community | August 30, 2019

On November 10th Oliver Shokouh and Robert Patrick bring back the world famous LOVE RIDE® from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita. The Love Ride is the single largest one day motorcycle event in the world and it is all done for charity, not only in the riding community but in the greater community of Los Angeles as well, raising over 25 million in a span of 30 years with the Love Ride and The LOVE RIDE Foundation.

After a four year hiatus, The Love Ride Foundation has decided to recharge the Love Ride with a smaller exclusive event, limited to 800 attendees. Participants will enjoy BackBeat BBQ cooked by the one and only Dave Grohl (Nirvana,Foo Fighters,QOTSA), beer will provided by 805, and there will be a performance by Chevy Metal, Robby Krieger (The Doors) and many more special guests. All the proceeds will go to The Love Ride Foundation which supports donations to multiple charities like USO, Wounded Warrior, and MDA, just to name a few.

This event will be taking place on November 10th, 2019 starting at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, located at 3717 San Fernando Rd., in Glendale, 91204, and ending at Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita, located at 21130 Centre Pointe Prkwy. In Santa Clarita, 91350.

You can get free admission through our Eventbrite Link. For more information to go www.loveride.org.

City Seeks Community Feedback on Proposed Justice Assistance Grant Application

| Community | August 30, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking community feedback on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. All public comments must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

The City of Santa Clarita is eligible to receive $24,219 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s JAG program, which is aimed at enhancing public safety. JAG allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime, based on local needs and conditions. Funds may be used for hiring, training and maintaining personnel as well as for equipment, supplies and more to improve overall crime prevention.

“JAG funding allows the City and the Sheriff’s Department to continue successful crime prevention programs and explore new ways to further enhance public safety in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Marsha McLean.

Proposed operations and strategies for the 2019 JAG program application will focus on a compilation of purchases to improve traffic safety and enforcement, evidence collection, less-than-lethal intervention tools and active shooter training.

For more information on the 2019 JAG program application or to comment on the proposal, contact Rebecca Widdison at (661) 284-1407 or via email at rwiddison@santa-clarita.com.

SCV Water Responds to the California Division of Drinking Water’s Decision to Lower the Notification Level for PFAS Chemicals

| Community | August 30, 2019

The State Water Resources Control Board (Board) has announced updated guidelines for local water agencies, including SCV Water, to follow in detecting and reporting the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in drinking water. The updated guidelines are part of the Board’s comprehensive effort to assess the scope of contamination of statewide drinking water supplies by PFOA and PFOS.

The updated state guidelines lower the current notification level from 14 parts per trillion (ppt) to 5.1 ppt for PFOA and from 13 ppt to 6.5 ppt for PFOS. These new guidelines would apply to all SCV Water wells tested moving forward. Under these levels, an additional three wells would fall within notification levels, added to the eight identified during the first round of sampling in May. One well was removed from service in May when it exceeded DDW’s interim response level of a combined 70 ppt for PFOS and PFOA. The response level is expected to be reviewed by the Board this fall.

For perspective, one part per trillion is a microscopic measurement for something in the water or air and would be equal to four grains of sugar in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

“While we did not find more PFAS in our water, today’s new requirements from the State Water Resources Control Board have established lower notification levels for all California water agencies,” stated SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “Our customers come first, and we continue to vigilantly monitor our water quality and implement new strategies as needed to safeguard our water supply,” noted Stone.

Notification levels are a non-regulatory, precautionary health-based measure for concentrations in drinking water that warrant notification and further monitoring and assessment. When SCV Water samples water that is above the notification level, it is reported to the State Water Board, as well as the SCV Water governing board, the Santa Clarita City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

SCV Water will continue to monitor groundwater, and is proactively sampling all 44 groundwater wells in August 2019. In the interim, SCV Water will adjust its systems’ operations and will rely on its diverse water supply portfolio, including imported and banked water sources, in order to minimize any supply impacts to its customers. Additionally, SCV Water encourages customers to continue to use water efficiently in their homes and on their landscapes.

In light of the changes, SCV Water has also proactively begun evaluating treatment options to remove PFOA and PFOS chemicals and has created a staff-led team dedicated to developing a plan to address the issue.

SCV Water is one of more than 200 water systems and over 612 groundwater wells in California required to sample for PFAS and PFOA chemicals this year.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of manmade chemicals that are prevalent in the environment and were commonly used in industrial and consumer products to repel grease, moisture, oil, water and stains. These chemicals enter the environment through treated wastewater discharge, landfills and areas where the substances were used outdoors. Exposure to these chemicals may cause adverse health effects.

For more information and resources on PFAS, visit yourSCVwater.com/pfas.

History of PFAS Regulatory Levels In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Lifetime Health Advisory (LTHA) recommending that the concentration of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, either individually or combined, should not be greater than 70 parts per trillion (ppt).

In June 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board – Division of Drinking Water (DDW) and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) established interim notification levels (NL) of 13 ppt for PFOS, 14 ppt for PFOA, and a Response Level (RL) of 70 ppt for PFOS and PFOA individually or combined.

About SCV Water: The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 72,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018, when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.yourSCVwater.com

Letters

| Opinion | August 29, 2019

Thank you for the recent “Doug’s Rants”.
…This is a lot going on politically.
The Progressive Left’s century long push to end the American republic and turn it into some weak kneed democracy like UK or France or Spain or Venezuela has ALMOST succeeded. We are now in a POST Constitutional phase of our Republic. [yes, i am a big believer in Roman history pointing the way to modern day developments]
The Left, and its allies, have politicized everything from kindergarten teaching to pro sports, in some effort to turn off its conservatives opponents into a self induced exile from the political arena.
How can Leftists lose if they control all the cultural levers of power such as Academia, Big-Media, Hollywood, Big-Entertainment, and the populace of the big cities?
They can still lose in this American republic if the majority or even a strong minority opposes them.
Hence the BIG PUSH to silence any OPPOSITION.
First it was Political Correctness, or silence your selves please, starting in the late eighties.
Then it was Dems are the victims, because Kerry lost in Florida.
Then relax and go to sleep and don’t oppose us, because we got this savior of America, President Obama.
Didn’t i hear that Pennsylvanian voters who didn’t go along with program, get called out for ‘clinging to their guns and Bibles?’
And then, we got called ‘deplorables’ if we dare vote for an alternate candidate from the anointed successor.
So it should be no surprise that given the few political setbacks the Left has had, new marching orders have come down from the ultimate think tank, The New York Time/Washington Post.
Follow Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals. Use all the methods to intimitate and silence opposition. Use everything to identify, personalize personal attacks on ALL opponents from the usual leaders to the lowest strata, you know, those guys weedwacking their yards in Agua Dulce.
Hence, we are all now ‘racists’ for following Trump. We are hypocrites for not pulling him back from his Tweets or grandiose speeches. We are not LIKE other Americans because we are ‘white supremacists’.
Such is the level of political discourse in our time.
And speaking of time, forgive me for going to long.
I only did mean to thank you for pointing out the OBVIOUS.
-Carlo

Christy Smith, who swore an OATH to defend our Constitution, has shown her true Anti-American values by wanting to be able to say whatever SHE wants, while attempting to violate the Constitutional rights of others, namely Doug Sutton’s, by trying to destroy this publication. This is so hypocritical as to make one wonder about the level of contempt she holds for the opinions of citizens that elected her, and should disqualify her from being a representative. Recall? Here is my prayer for the followers of Christy Smith, who represents citizens of a country she neither appreciates nor understands.

PRAY FOR THE . . .
Free speech-hating
Truth-phobic
Reason-despising
Race-obsessed
Gender-denying 
Science-denying
Anti-Semitic
God-hating 
Life-hating 
America-despising
Family-phobic
Male-phobic
Bible-phobic
Bill of Rights-hating
Constitution-ending
Mis-educated
Hypocritically projecting
Ungrateful,Totalitarian
LEFT

Richard Hood,
Retired history teacher

As expected, the haters who do not believe in the 1st Amendment, Assemblywoman Christy Smith supporters who also act on her behalf, posted the contact information on all of the advertisers in the Gazette. Thank you very much; it saves a lot of us a huge amount of time.
To each and every advertiser: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ADVERTISING IN THE GAZETTE! It is the intention of many of us to contact each of you personally but for the moment, THANK YOU. We now know an elected representative is anti- 1st Amendment AND her unbridled cruelty to financially harm her very own constituents and voters. It is nothing less than wonderful she exhibited it for us….her constituents. Further, her followers doubled down and underlined her core beliefs with their actions.
Evidence and proof vividly handed to us. – Betty Arenson

Social Security’s Looming Shortfall

| Opinion | August 29, 2019

“Sometimes I worry that if I ever can retire and do get Social Security payments, they’ll be a lot less than what I’ve been promised,” I said to my CPA, Louie the Number Cruncher.

“There is some reason to worry, Tommy. According to the Social Security trustees’ latest report, the two trust funds that support the program will run out of reserves in 2035. If that happens, beneficiaries like you will get only 80% of the benefits they’re owed.”

“But I thought Social Security was an insurance program, not a typical government program!”

“Well, Tommy, when FDR signed it into law in 1936, it was considered an insurance program. Workers contributed money to it through income taxes. When they retired, they drew money out.”

“So how can the government arbitrarily cut my benefits?”

“The Supreme Court ruled long ago that policymakers could change Social Security’s benefit formula to reflect shifting conditions. They can cut benefits anytime, and they’ve done so many times.”

“But that’s not fair! I’ve been self-employed for a long time, and I know I’ve paid big money into Social Security every year.”

“That’s the breaks, Tommy. Millions of baby boomers are retiring. The ratio between people paying into the program and people drawing out is shrinking fast. In 1950, 16 workers paid in for every person drawing out. Today, just 2.8 workers pay in for every person drawing out.”

“But Social Security has run surpluses for years! Surely there’s some huge pile of dough that the government can tap when I retire.”

“The Social Security trustees do report a nearly $3 trillion surplus. But as surpluses have rolled in, the government has used the money to purchase special Treasury bonds, then used that money to fund other programs.”

“The government borrows from itself?”

“No, Tommy -the government borrows from you! Look: In 2035, reports The Motley Fool, baby boomers will have mostly retired, with only 2.2 workers paying into the system to fund each beneficiary. To cover the shortfall, the government will need to cash in those bonds. Guess where it’ll get the money to pay off the bonds.”

“Future taxpayers?”

“Correct, Tommy. The government will need to cut benefits or raise taxes -and will likely do both. As the trustees say, benefits would have to be cut in 2036 to 80% of what’s promised unless taxes are increased.”

“I read that since 1936, Congress has raised Social Security taxes more than 40 times.”

“Correct again, Tommy. The trustees say a tax increase of 4% -half paid by employers, half by employees -would stave off the shortfall. Others are floating ideas to expand the Social Security program.”

“Expand a program that’s struggling for funds, Louie?”

“Democrats in the House have introduced the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase both benefits and taxes. Today, workers pay Social Security taxes on income up to $132,900. This bill would have high earners pay additional Social Security taxes on income of $400,000 or more.”

“That’s a big ‘Ouch!’ for high earners.”

“Tommy, the sooner our Social Security challenges are addressed, the better off the program will be. People are living longer. Many retirees rely on Social Security to pay their bills. It’s time for Congress to get cracking.”

“Well, Louie, knowing Congress, I’m not holding my breath. But I think I’ll add some names to my Christmas list -the 2.2 workers who’ll be funding my benefits when I retire!”

Copyright 2019 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,” a humorous memoir available at amazon.com, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. For info on using this column in your publication or website, contact Sales@cagle.com or call (805) 969-2829. Send comments to Tom at Tom@TomPurcell.com.

Faster Hamster, Fastser

| Opinion | August 29, 2019

by Dale Paule
They are like hamsters, running faster and faster on that little wheel inside their cage, never realizing they’re going nowhere. That’s what all the current democratic candidates look like as they seize each moment to appear on television and belch out one bombshell revelation after another which their handlers convince them will be the one that will spotlight their image and separate them from their opponents, awarding them with the ultimate prize: Presidency of the United States of America.

They’re being told they are running circles around the rest of the would-bes, when in fact, they’re simply running around in circles. In the end, only one of them will be deemed fit for the grueling race ahead against the current holder of that esteemed office, and the rest….well, eventually it will dawn on them that the only title they will hold is, “also ran.”

Then again, simply having run for President of the United States does offer another benefit. It serves as a nifty and unique resume enhancement should they ever choose to run for some other public office; say for instance, dog catcher in some small town…some very small town.

But what of the winner? Who will be the one finally chosen to defeat the incumbent? What (perish the thought) if they too fail to achieve the “dream,” and also have to exit through that door marked, “Loser Exit?”

Fear not fair voter, you may rest assured their status will be politically elevated to an even higher level, and their options for public office are much greater than that of a mere “also-ran.” It would seem likely they might seek the governorship of a state that stood by them throughout their race for president.

A couple of states immediately spring to mind: New York and California. New York would be a natural because its residents appear to have developed a knack lately for picking losers to run their government, so I’d be willing to lay two-bucks to win on that one. California’s a bit trickier, the current governor seems to be just itching for a shot at being President so he can declare America a “Sanctuary Country!”

Rumor has it he already has a closet full of winter clothes just right for those Washington D.C. winters at that big white house. So, whoever chooses California to run for the role of governor in is certain to have our current governor’s full support in return for a heavy dose of Quid Pro Quo when the time comes around.

Thankfully, we don’t have all that long to wait to find out if anyone ran fast enough to win that all-expense paid “vacation” to the White House for the next four exciting years. But politics has always been an unpredictable animal, so round and round the hamster’s wheel goes, and where it stops, nobody knows. There’s another big question which nobody seems to be asking though; who’s going to clean up that big mess left in the hamster cage after it’s all over?

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 29, 2019

Two men from Santa Clarita, 39 and 29 years old, were arrested for forgery of checks/bonds exceeding $950. A 29-year-old marketing manager from North Hollywood was taken into custody for identity theft with a prior arrest for the same crime. A 55-year-old unemployed man from Newhall was arrested for terrorizing and causing fear. A 72-year-old from Canyon Country was taken in for a hit and run causing property damage. A 33-year-old mother was arrested for using offensive language in public.

DUI arrests include:

39-year-old systems engineer from Saugus
53-year-old Santa Clarita resident who works in sales
28-year-old loss prevention worker from Tujunga
34-year-old customer service rep from Sylmar
24-year-old RN from Acton
25-year-old audio engineer from South Gate
46-year-old actor from Toluca Lake
37-year-old from Palmdale who works in barbeque and seasoning
25-year-old carpenter from Los Angeles

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

58-year-old welder from Newhall
35-year-old manicurist from Palmdale
49-year-old roofer from Canyon Country
28-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
35-year-old windshield installer from Fillmore
30-year-old equestrian instructor from Los Angeles
34-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
43-year-old recycler from Pacoima
38-year-old CVS worker from Santa Clarita
23-year-old landscaper from Castaic
41-year-old maintenance technician from Valencia
42-year-old window installer from Newhall
34-year-old transient
37-year-old electrician from Canoga Park
25-year-old therapist from Castaic
49-year-old from North Hills who works in sales
52-year-old property manager from North Hills
26-year-old carpenter from Canyon Country
59-year-old chiropractor from Canyon Country

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | August 29, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

A few weeks ago, my doctor put me on a special diet for 30 days. I’m prohibited to eat certain fruits and vegetables, such as plums, apples, cauliflower, onions and several other things that I generally do eat. I was also asked to remove wheat, lentils and kale. I will say when you must omit something from your diet it’s harder than you think it is.

So, my meals lately have been a little different than I am used to. For instance, one dinner this week was ground chicken sautéed with butternut squash, peas and corn in a chipotle tomato sauce. I can eat rice and mashed potatoes so either one of the two would be a great accompaniment to this dish. This ended up being a shepherd’s pie with a bit of spice. Instead of traditional mashed potatoes, I had sweet potatoes and instead of parmesan cheese, I sprinkled cotija on top. The doctor did tell me I can have oranges and other citrus along with grapes, which includes wine. And since wine was included in the list of things I can eat and drink, I am good.

I paired this dinner with our 2016 Rosé of Merlot. It’s fruity and pairs well with something a bit spicy. Three years ago, when we were harvesting our Merlot, we brought the grapes in four hours after we harvested. In that time, it created a very dark rich color that I didn’t quite want for this rosé. Typically, other rosés are much lighter than ours.

That same year, we brought grapes in from Lake Los Angeles which included the Viognier, the other white wine. I blended a little bit of the Viognier with the Merlot and thus we have our 2016 Rosé of Merlot. For that year, the remainder of the Viognier went into our Rosa’s Choice Rosé.

Last Friday, I drove out to Lake Los Angeles to test sugar on this year’s Viognier. It was so sweet and delicious. It was harvested this past Thursday and I am so excited to have another vintage. In September, our tasting menu will include our 2013 Viognier, which is almost sold out. It has won a gold medal and received 91 points from the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, a silver medal and 88 points from the 2016 Toast of the Coast, plus a bronze from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

This wine has intriguing aromas of white peach and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate you get delicious notes of white peach and lychee with this refreshing lingering long finish. The crisp fruitiness and acidity in this wine make it delightful to pair with many foods. There are eight cases left. Then, I will be able to release our 2017 that we bottled this past January. I can’t wait to share this fabulous wine with you soon.

For more information please visit www.reyeswinery.com.

Senator Scott Wilk to Present Workshops at College of the Canyons

| News | August 29, 2019

State Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) will present two College of the Canyons Foundation Chancellor’s Circle workshops on Friday, September 20th that will focus on how businesses leaders can influence and affect change with policymakers and local legislators.

“Success in a legislative or regulatory environment involves knowing what to do and who to talk to,” said Wilk, a former member of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees. “These workshops will help business owners understand how the process really works, what techniques can help them move the ball forward, and how best to communicate in this environment. They will walk away with first-hand knowledge of how best to navigate the system and ensure their voices are heard.”

The business community is invited to attend either workshop: 7:30 to 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshops include a Q&A session with Wilk.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. for the morning and afternoon workshops, respectively. Both workshops will be held in Canyons Hall Room 201, located at the college’s Valencia campus located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

“Senator Wilk has been a longtime supporter and believer in College of the Canyons,” said Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “His in-depth knowledge and experience as a legislator in Sacramento is invaluable to those interested in business advocacy.”

Tickets for the “How Business Leaders Can Advocate Change” workshops are complimentary for Chancellor’s Circle members and $20 for non-members. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Friday, Sept. 13.

“We are thrilled to offer local business leaders the opportunity to hear from and interact with Senator Scott Wilk,” said Jill Mellady, chair of the foundation’s Chancellor’s Circle Committee. “The senator is one of the most thoughtful and important lawmakers in the state of California. If you are a business owner who wants to know more about the business climate in our state, and what you can do to influence public policy, you won’t want to miss this workshop.”

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact the COC Foundation at (661) 362-3434 or email cocfoundation@canyons.edu.

Summer Watercolor Workshop with Renowned Artist, Fealing Lin

| Entertainment | August 29, 2019

The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) will hold a 2-day workshop, Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th, 2019 at Stevenson Ranch Library.

Demonstrator Fealing Lin is one of the country’s highly rated watercolor artists. Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings.

Where: 25950 The Old Road; Stevenson Ranch CA 91381; (Valencia Marketplace; near Chili’s; next to Montessori School)

Times: 9- 4:30 PM
Cost for SCAA members: $65; Non-members: $85

Subject matter will include: Portraiture /Landscape/Cityscape and Floral Still life.

To register: www.santaclaritaartists.org/workshop–fealing-lin.html or call 661-312-3422. For inquiries: Zony Gordon 661-312-3422

To read about Fealing Lin: www.fealingwatercolor.com/links.php?59847

Mike Kuhlman Named Superintendent-Elect of Hart School District

| News | August 29, 2019

The William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Governors unanimously voted to appoint Mike Kuhlman the superintendent-elect of the District.

Mr. Kuhlman will move into the new position once current Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht retires. Her contract expires June 30, 2020.

Entering his twenty-fourth year in public school education, Mr. Kuhlman has been with the Hart School District for 22 years. He began as a history teacher at Saugus High School in 1997 before becoming an assistant principal at Canyon in 2001. After a brief stint as the interim principal opening Rancho Pico Junior High School, Mr. Kuhlman became the principal of Placerita Junior High in 2006. Six years later he transitioned to principal of Canyon High School before moving to the district office in 2014 as assistant superintendent of Educational Services. In 2018 he was elevated to Deputy Superintendent.

“The future of the Hart District is one that presents both challenges and opportunities and I am optimistic and hopeful about what we are going to be able to do together,” Mr Kuhlman said. “Because of the wonderful people that we have, from students to the teachers to the administrators to my colleagues to the Board, all give me hope for a positive future in the Hart District.”

The Governing Board pointed to the success the District has had in recent years as the reason why they wanted to “elevate from within.” The district is one of only 18 districts in the state of California to be named an “Exemplary District,” and has placed all six of its comprehensive high schools (Canyon, Golden Valley, Hart, Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch) in the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“The Hart District Governing Board is extremely pleased that Mike Kuhlman will now be serving as the District’s Superintendent-Elect,” said Governing Board President Bob Jensen. “Mr. Kuhlman is very passionate about providing the utmost in opportunities for all students. The commitment and dedication he has for public education will be of great value to the district’s stakeholders and the entire community of Santa Clarita.”

Mr. Kuhlman graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1994, earned his teaching credential from UC Irvine in 1995, and his Master’s degree and administrative credential from the University of La Verne in 2001. He and his wife Cindi and their sons live in Santa Clarita.

The Hart School District consists of 17 schools and serves over 22,000 students in grades 7-12, plus an adult school.

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