Hoefflin Foundation Hosts 22nd Annual Fundraiser

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | August 15, 2015

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Chris and Sue Hoefflin

Chris and Sue Hoefflin

For 22 years, Chris and Sue Hoefflin of Canyon Country have turned the loss of their son to cancer into a celebration attended by hundreds of local residents. This year, the 22nd annual “An Evening Under the Stars” will be held on September 19, 2015 at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country.

In addition to a formal dinner, guests will hear the Kelly Rae Band, country performers from Southern California who play at such venues as Disneyland. The gala always includes a large number of silent auction items and a live auction for guests.

A reverse raffle will be held, where only 200 tickets are sold, and the winner will earn a 15-day Hawaiian Islands cruise for two, donated by Princess Cruises. The raffle tickets are $100 each.

Attire is called “garden elegant” and many of the guests will kick off their shoes and dance by evening’s end. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.

Robinson Ranch Golf Club is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. To attend An Evening Under the Stars, call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 15, 2015


citysantaclaritaDunkin’ Donuts, located at 27125 Sierra Highway, had its grand opening celebration on August 5 and is now open for business.

A revision to the Five Knolls project was approved in July, and will include an expansion to the YMCA, a senior center and 154 senior, single-family detached condominiums. The extension of Golden Valley Road running through the development is set to open in late summer.

The Toppers Pizza currently under construction at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway is nearing completion, and is expected to open this fall.

A groundbreaking ceremony for Vista Canyon was held July 9 near Sand Canyon Road and Lost Canyon Road. Grading of the site has begun for the first phase of development, which includes for-lease multifamily homes, retail stores, a parking structure, an office building and a community water reclamation facility.

A 2,800-square-foot Crazy Otto’s restaurant is expected to open at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road this fall.

City of Santa Clarita officials held a second public workshop July 15 to discuss the master development plan for the Canyon Country Community Center. Project consultants and City staff discussed the planning process to date, and attendees were given the opportunity to rate different locations for the building and proposed on-site amenities.
The following productions were filming in
Canyon Country in June 2015:

Feature Films:
“Fallen” – at a Sand Canyon area home
“Stalker” – at Sand Canyon area homes
“Time Toys” – at a Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:
“Tales of the Odd” – at Rancho Deluxe

“Takis Xplotion” – at a Sand Canyon area home
Untitled Rocket Jump Series – at Action Factory

Still Photo:
“Love Magazine” – at Sable Ranch

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Registration Underway for COC Fall Semester & ‘Weekend College’

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 14, 2015

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Registration is currently underway for the fall 2015 semester, with College of the Canyons providing students and community members with access to more than 1,700 class sections in a wide range of academic subjects and disciplines.

Canyon Country Campus

Canyon Country Campus

The majority of class sections will be made up of courses that most students need to either graduate, transfer to a four-year school and/or meet prerequisites. The schedule also features a number of elective and exploratory courses.

Students will once again have the option of enrolling in courses offered at both the college’s Valencia and Canyon Country campus, as well as online.

“There’s no better time to take advantage of these educational opportunities,” said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at the college. “This is one of the most robust class schedules we’ve had, and there are still plenty of open seats available.”

Canyon Country Campus

Canyon Country Campus

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 24, and run through Saturday, Dec. 12. As in years past, College of the Canyons will also offer a number of late start and short-term courses designed to meet the needs of working adults. Those courses are scheduled to begin throughout September and October.

Weekend College Program Returns for Second Year
The COC “Weekend College” program is set to return to the Canyon Country campus for the fall 2015 semester, with interested students encouraged to enroll now.

Weekend College is a program that allows students to earn college credits in an accelerated learning community. It’s an ideal program for recent high school graduates, working adults, returning students needing to complete general education coursework and students who simply prefer to take classes during the weekend, as opposed to a traditional schedule.

Students enrolled in Weekend College enjoy the full benefits of a learning community — including integrated instructional and student services programs — while taking classes with a cohort of fellow students they’ll have the opportunity to interact with throughout the school year.

Another benefit to the Weekend College program is the ease and clarity in class scheduling. Due to the program’s format structure, students will automatically know which classes to take and when, and are able to register each semester with the certainty of knowing that those particular classes will be offered as part of the program.

Weekend College consists of either in-person, online only or hybrid courses in English, psychology, political science, anthropology, counseling and math. Students who successfully complete the one-year intensive program will complete many of the general education requirements needed to earn an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year school.

To begin the enrollment process, students are encouraged to apply to the Weekend College program and complete an online orientation session by visiting www.canyons.edu/Offices/DistanceLearning/WeekendCollege. Once orientation results are received, students will be flagged as members of the Weekend College program, allowing them to register for those specific class sections. Seats for Weekend College are limited. Interested students should complete an orientation session and begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Enrollment fees at all 113 California Community Colleges will remain at $46-per-unit, as mandated by the State of California.

For more information about how to become a student at College of the Canyons, contact the Admissions & Records Office at www.canyons.edu/Offices/admissions.

Royal Rider Carollann Scott

| Canyon Country Magazine | August 14, 2015

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by Martha Michael

photo by Larry Smith

photo by Larry Smith

More than halfway through her reign as Miss Rodeo California, Carollann Scott of Agua Dulce has been in and out of the saddle quite a bit this year.

The daughter of Ben and Tracey Scott of Agua Dulce, Carollann has enjoyed meeting hundreds of new friends while visiting dozens of rodeos since January 1, 2015, when she began her statewide reign.

“I have really been able to do a lot of fun things, but the most memorable parts have been the people I have met,” said the 23-year-old. “As I travel, I often get to teach people about rodeo and encourage young girls to become rodeo queens. Recently I learned that one girl who just won a queen contest only ran because I had told her how great an experience it is. It is so rewarding knowing that I have helped another girl, and hopefully more girls, step out of their comfort zone and become ambassadors for our sport.”

Being a rodeo queen involves more work and commitment than the “royal” reputation for just sitting and waving from comfortable rides.

“The pageants are very extensive and include speeches, interviews, impromptu questions and horsemanship,” said Carollann. “Then the job of a rodeo queen is to travel to rodeos and promote them and work throughout the rodeo. Often times I would arrive a couple of days early and begin promoting the rodeo by going to sponsor barbecues, media interviews, school visits, and then stay for the rodeo, where I would be active during the rodeo performances. My days would start with early mornings to help with extra events and ride in parades, then attend lunch and afternoon events, and end the day with a rodeo performance. All of the work is very rewarding, but it is a lot more than one might think.”

Like her brothers, Wyatt and Paul, Carollann was born to parents who both competed in professional rodeo and spent a lifetime

Carollann Scott of Agua Dulce Miss Rodeo California  photo by:Shawna Nelson

Carollann Scott of Agua Dulce
Miss Rodeo California
photo by:Shawna Nelson

in the saddle. She competed in rodeo since the age of four, so she was always involved in rodeo organizations, including California Junior Rodeo Association and California High School Rodeo Association. She was crowned Miss California High School Rodeo in 2008-09.

Carollann attended K-12 at Santa Clarita Christian School, and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association. The seasoned rider is currently a member of the United States Team Roping Championships and the American Cowboy Team Roping Association and competes in the World Series of Team Roping. She is also a member of the West Coast Barrel Racing Association, the Wine Country Barrel Racers and the National Barrel Horse Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and is pursuing a career working in the media within the western industry. “I also hope to be competing in barrel racing at the professional level on one of the horses my family has trained and continuing to team rope competitively,” said Carollann.

Her father is a stunt coordinator and several members of her extended family work as stunt actors, but that is not a part of Carollann’s plan. She rides approximately four or five horses a day and continues barrel racing and team roping.

“I compete as much as I can, and when I am not being an ambassador, I go to either a barrel racing jackpot or team roping jackpot every weekend, sometimes more than one in a weekend,” she said. “I am constantly working to improve as a rider and a competitor.”

Her barrel racing horses are named Parker (Fit to Race) and Smarty (Smart Cash’s Vanity), and she ropes on a horse they call TC. As Miss Rodeo California, Carollann rides a horse named Bullitt.

Santa Clarita Valley residents can see Bullitt and Carollann in a few months. “October 16-17 is the California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds,” she said, adding that it “is a really important rodeo for California and is sure to be a great time.”

Making Hungry Residents Happy

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 16, 2015


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The eighth Crazy Otto’s Diner in the U.S. is opening here in
Canyon Country.

Currently, you have to head to Acton to bite into the popular restaurant’s brelogo-CrazyOttos akfast specials (including HUGE omelets), or for one of its slow roasted prime rib dinners. But, in a few months, you only have to drive to the Food 4 Less center, where El Chaparral was located. The original Crazy Otto’s was opened in the Antelope Valley in the early ‘70s, and the restaurant’s motto is “If you leave hungry, it’s your fault.”

Restaurateur Jin Hur, already an owner of two Lancaster locations, the one in Acton and one in Rosamond, will team up with two partners in the Canyon Country venture. Hur is currently waiting for the permit process, so opening is several months away.

“The landlord is a really picky person about his tenants,” said Hur. “They came to our restaurant before we turned in our application to the realtor. The landlord sent a comment to the realtor that they are really impressed with my restaurant. It was perfect timing.”

Hur’s partners, Adam Finley and Sean Chainy, already work with Hur at other locations. Chainy is Hur’s partner in the Acton location and
Finley currently serves as a

“We’ve been working together for so long; we know each other so well,” said Hur.

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Multiple franchise owner Lars Ottosson will open the latest uber successful Dunkin’ Donuts store. It’s slated for opening early next month, when residents can storm the doors at the venue on Sierra Hwy near Manoushee and Chi Chi’s for its signature fresh out of the oven baked goods. Ottosson is a seasoned food business executive, already running several Dunkin’ Donuts businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.

Hearing Loss: KHTS AM-1220 Leaves Canyon Country for Old Town Newhall

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 16, 2015


The latest development in local radio is not music to the ears of Canyon Country residents.

After a quarter of a century in Canyon Country, KHTS AM-1220 (formerly KBET) moved from its familiar location on Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty to Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

When you think about it, the irony strikes you. Owners Carl and Jeri Goldman moved the station into the old Newhall Hardware, which opened in 1947, bringing with them progressive, upgraded equipment that reflect the revolutionary changes in 21st century media.

The forward-thinking of the facility is a bridge to the future, ironically placed in Old Town Newhall, a self-proclaimed bridge to the past.

“All of our equipment is digital. The new technology is amazing. There is so much more we can do with it,” said Carl Goldman.

The move was, in fact, a good opportunity for the owners to update their operation.

“It is different in every way. First, the studio is right on the street. We created a fish bowl effect, with glass on all four sides,” said Carl. “We are renting space to the folks who own Coffee Kiosk. They are also a local husband and wife team. They are going to put a small coffee shop attached to our studios, so customers can watch our broadcast while sipping their latte(s).”

KHTS will now have three studios, the main on-air studio, a production room, which will also serve as a separate on-air studio, and they are building a news studio.

“We will have video cameras set up in our studios to video our radio shows and we expect to have plenty of audience interaction as people walk by or have a cup of coffee,” said Carl Goldman.

One of the radio station’s long-term talk show hosts, Arif Halaby, who owns Total Financial Solutions, is moving his office next to KHTS. Arif and his wife, Pam, have gone into partnership with the Goldmans on the Newhall building.

“Our programming will basically stay the same, although we intend to add three or four new shows once we are settled in over the next few months,” said Carl. “We want to bring back ‘Coffee with the Mayor,’ since we really will have a coffee shop adjacent to our studio. We also want to add an acoustic local talent music show tied in with Coffee Kiosk. We have several other shows we are planning to launch in the fall.”

In one more stroke of irony, the Goldmans – longtime residents of the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley – are taking the business west, just as Canyon Country is beginning its largest commercial renaissance ever. Vista Canyon, which just broke ground, is a Sand Canyon area development that will include a hotel, movie theatre and train station, among many other changes.

“We are really excited about the Vista Canyon project,” said Carl. “Jim Backer (developer of the project) has an incredible vision for Vista Canyon and we know that will become an awesome addition to the east side of our valley, but our heart has been with Old Town Newhall and wanting to assist in turning that neighborhood into the vision the City is creating for it.”

The Goldmans, who first purchased the radio station – as KBET – in July, 1990, sold it to Clear Channel in 1998 and re-purchased it five years later.
“We have been interested in moving to Old Town Newhall since we first re-purchased KHTS radio in 2003,” said Carl. “We were close to purchasing a few properties over the years, but we are glad we waited, because the old Newhall Hardware building is exactly the location we were looking to land.”
When the couple purchased AM-1220, it was located on Sierra Hwy and Soledad Canyon Rd and the station had been on the air for a year. The transmitter site and property is on Sierra Highway, next to the Halfway House on the edge of Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. When they re-purchased the station from Clear Channel in 2003, they rented the offices on Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty roads, where it has been located for the past 12 years.

While Canyon Country residents will sense the loss, not seeing the brick-and-mortar radio station in town, they can still be part of the listening audience, of course, not to mention the myriad ways KHTS has added to its social media repertoire. But, another thing that hasn’t changed is the Goldmans’ dedication to the business of radio, and the couple’s commitment to the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Jeri and I love this Valley and the ability to make a difference in our own community,” said Carl. “We love the challenges and excitement of all the new digital technology. We believe radio will always be an important component in the media mix. We’ve been able to use the strength of our station to create the most read website in our Valley with www.hometownstation.com and we continue to explore ways to deliver our message to our Valley and for our advertisers.”front of khts

More Than Just a Drop in the Bucket

| Canyon Country Magazine | July 16, 2015

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If there are any possible impediments to the smooth visit by Special Olympics athletes later this month, hydration won’t be one of them, if Marie Hamilton has any part in it.

The Canyon Country 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout began a project two months ago to be sure there is enough water available to the athletes.

“I’m raising money … to give to the Special Olympics so the athletes have water during their training,” said Marie. “I saw it online and I wanted to help the community by making the athletes feel welcomed.”

The athletes Marie is anxious to welcome are the four delegations of international teams who will arrive in Santa Clarita prior to the Special Olympics World Games. Many Los Angeles area cities have become host towns, providing meals, accommodations, transportation and sports training for the 150 competitors. The games will be held in Los Angeles from July 25-August 2 and Santa Clarita will host athletes from El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Malaysia and the Philippines from July 21-24.

“I wanted the people coming to feel welcomed to our community and to stay hydrated while they’re training,” said Marie.

The Golden Oak Community School student has gone to friends, family and local events to ask the public to donate money or water for the cause.

“We went on Facebook and we found … one of the things I could do was raise money for gallon jugs of water (for the Special Olympics),” said Marie.

Beginning as a Daisy Girl Scout in kindergarten, Marie advanced to Brownies until last year, when she joined the Junior level of scouting. The water donations are part of her “Bronze Award” project, which is the highest honor a junior can achieve. Marie plans to continue with scouting, earning her Silver and, eventually, the Gold Award, which is the Girl Scout equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award.

This year, in Marie’s troop, which meets at Golden Oak Community School, she has learned such skills as knot tying and making safety bracelets. Her troop does a lot of camping, including her favorite activity yet – a Hawaiian camp out.

The troop also has an emphasis on service. The community will be reminded of it when the Special Olympics comes to town and athletes are practicing their sports – fully hydrated.

It is also a reminder that when it comes to volunteerism, every drop in the bucket counts.gsmarie2 LA2015_Primary_Lockups_4_color-01_webready

Vista Canyon The View from La Veda

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 24, 2015

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As the wheels are in motion on the Vista Canyon project, questions come up, such as, “What happens to the homes on La Veda Avenue?” (That is the one lone street off of Lost Canyon Road next to Sulphur Springs Community School.)
Whereas a lot of developments incite clashes between residents and developers, meetings between Vista Canyon developers and residents of La Veda have, so far, seemed smooth as silk.

photo 2 photo 3First of all, residents on La Veda who attended meetings held at the home of Jim and Susan Lentini learned that they will not lose their homes due to the project. When Jim Lentini was asked if he is satisfied that JSB Development heads have given them adequate information and preparation for the project, he answered: “Yes!”

Jim Backer of JSB Development said that meetings have been held on La Veda during different phases of the project.

“When we first started going there, we went to get their input on the project, and we originally had some houses backing up to their street. Through the course of discussion, we made the park larger and got rid of the houses,” said Backer. “The park will be a nice amenity for them.”

The project will likely affect the neighborhood in about 18 months, when construction begins on the west end of the Vista Canyon acreage. Lentini and his neighbors are most concerned about construction dust and traffic, though there have been years of gridlock during peak hours at Sulphur Springs and Pinecrest schools on Lost Canyon.
“We’re going to deal with the streets – it’s going to look a lot nicer than it does now. I’m going to keep the rural character. It’s urban and rural … suburban’s in there too,” said Backer. “It’s really good for their properties.”

The residents of La Veda Avenue are likely to be nearest to the train station and hotel on the Vista Canyon property, but there will be a park cushion between the homes and project development.

“Maybe one of the most rewarding aspects of it is that some things we decided to do early on are starting to come together, like the water reclamation plant. Glenn Adamick has been the one on our team to deal with the permitting for that. It’s one of the more redeeming features of the project,” said Backer, who added that the project’s plan to run Metrolink through Vista Canyon is “on its way to happening.”

As for homeowners, there’s always the bottom line to consider. Lentini and his neighbors are assuming their properties will increase in value, due to more services in the area, rather than requiring travel to the west side of the Santa Clarita Valley. As they watch and wait, Vista Canyon moves into the homestretch.

“I’ve been working on this for 10 years,” said Backer. “This is such a big deal that it’s kind of worth waiting for.”

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 22, 2015


The first phase of land development at Vista Canyon, which will include more than 600 multi-family residential units, is expected to occur within the next two months. The developer is in the process of implementing required measures related to habitat restoration, including the translocation of alkali rye. An application has been submitted for the formation of a Community Facilities District for the purpose of financing a public parking structure and a portion of the transit station. Site and architectural plans for the water treatment facility are expected to be submitted for review this summer.

An application for a mixed-use residential/commercial project at the Sand Canyon Plaza at the northeast corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road has been submitted. The proposal is for 580 single-family and multi-family residential units, including apartments, and 116,000 square feet of commercial floor space. Studies for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are currently underway, and a community scoping meeting for the EIR was held May 27.

The City of Santa Clarita hosted a public workshop May 9 to discuss the proposed Canyon Country Community Center at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway. Attendees were given an orientation and tour of the property and participated in a discussion regarding community needs, placement of the center at the site and overall design of the public space. RJM Design Group has been retained to develop a site master plan, and City staff and the consultant are currently completing a site analysis and boundary survey to establish site opportunities and constraints.

The City of Santa Clarita has plans to widen the Lost Canyon Road Bridge over the Santa Clara River near Pinecrest School. The proposal includes widening it by 16 feet on the north side of the bridge and adding two travel lanes, two shoulders and a multi-use pathway for future trail connection possibilities to Sand Canyon Road. For more information, contact Project Manager James Tong at (661) 255-4366 or jtong@santa-clarita.com.
The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in April 2015:

Feature Films:
Behind the Mask – at a Sand Canyon area home
Television Shows:
“Airplane Repo” – at Rancho Deluxe
“America’s Next Top Model” – at Sable Ranch
“Blood Relatives” – at a Sand Canyon area home
“Camp Cut Throat” – at Sable Ranch
“Grand Marquis” – at a Sand Canyon area home
“Hit the Floor” – at Rancho Deluxe
“The Hotwives of Las Vegas” – at a Sand Canyon area home
“Togetherness” – at Rancho Deluxe
Television Movies:
“The Carpenter’s Daughter” – at Sable Ranch
AT&T – at Golden State Storage
Honda – at Robinson Ranch Golf Club
Panera Bread – at a Fair Oaks area street
Walmart – at Walmart on Carl Boyer Drive
Music Videos:
Bea Miller – at Rancho Deluxe
Still Photo Shoots:
Pop Evil – at Sable Ranch

Venice Pizzeria

| Canyon Country Magazine | June 22, 2015


For nine years Canyon Country residents have had Esteban and his staff putting together favorite lunch and dinner items at Venice Pizzeria. This family owned and operated restaurant opens as early as 10 a.m., putting together the day’s sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, breadsticks, pasta, subs, and their most popular order: pizza.

The special that gets everyone in the neighborhood talking is the Venice Pizzeria $5 deal. It’s for take-out only (you pick it up), and includes one topping. The eatery sells a lot of those and the most popular is the pepperoni pizza.

Venice Pizzeria also delivers orders to homes in a three-mile radius. There are three sizes of pizza: the large, a 14-inch pizza with eight slices; the extra large, a 16-inch pizza with 10 slices; and the jumbo, an 18-inch pizza with 12 slices.

Pastas include lasagna, ravioli, manicotti and spaghetti, and the chefs at Venice have some original pizza combos. The “al pastor” pizza is topped with marinated beef with spicy green sauce, cilantro and onion. The al pastor and the carne asada pizzas blend the Mexican tastes with the Italian style. A favorite sandwich offered by Venice is the “hot deluxe sandwich,” with sausage, meatball, cheese and pepperoni.

Venice Pizzeria is located at 17806 Sierra Hwy in Canyon Country; (661) 298-0157

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