Shop Local for the Holidays and Beyond

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 14, 2016


Let’s face it. Transportation is a necessity for an active lifestyle when you live in sprawling Southern California. Even if you don’t leave the Santa Clarita Valley on a regular basis, the need for personal transportation cannot be overstated.

For many local residents who need a new set of wheels, or who need to service the one they already have, all roads lead to an area of Valencia widely known for a vast range of vehicles: the Valencia Auto Center.

Shift Your Spending
No one denies the internet is a great resource for news and information. But you still need to “kick the tires” before you purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle. In this community, there is a high volume in a small area, which means you don’t need to leave the area to shop for a car, truck, van or SUV. There are 24 brands within walking distance of the “Magic Mile,” where the largest number of new and pre-owned vehicles in Southern California is on display. There were 5,635 vehicles on dealer lots, according to an inventory taken last month. The Valencia Auto Center’s website serves as a portal to all the local dealerships, and features research, car comparisons, trade-in values, financing calculators and request for service appointments.

Supercharge Customer Service
There is little that’s more memorable to shoppers than superior customer service. The aim of the 17 dealers in the Valencia Auto Center is to meet that standard – to provide a level of service that is so high the community takes note. That goes for both the sales and service departments.
Drive the Community
“Buying your next car or truck in Santa Clarita helps make our community a great place to live by keeping sales tax revenue local,” says Don Fleming, president of the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association.

The revenue from those taxes contributes to the public funding that provides residents with more parks, trails, and open space. That supports the venues utilized by families for various activities, city-sponsored concerts, arts and other events.

In the calendar year 2014, new motor vehicle sales represented approximately 18 percent of the city’s annual sales tax revenue, for a total of $5,394,390. That equated to more funds for new roads, road maintenance, sidewalk repair, and bridge expansions.

The Valencia Auto Center will host its second annual Black Friday Sales Event on Nov. 23 -28, 2016. All 17 dealerships representing 24 brands in the Magic Mile will be participating. For more details, visit www.ValenciaAutoCenter.com.

Safer Driving

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 10, 2016


Since 2014, there have been 10 pedestrians struck and killed by automobiles in the Santa Clarita Valley. It’s an alarming trend made even more disturbing by the fact that many of these incidents could have been avoided. Here are a few tips to help reduce the dangers we all face when driving on the roadways:

Watch your speed – We all have somewhere we need to be, and we needed to be there 10 minutes ago. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes.” Driving faster doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get where you’re going sooner than you would if you drove the speed limit. Especially if you end up in an accident.

Limit Distractions – It’s already against the law to use your cell phone while driving, but there are a host of other items that can take your eyes off the road. If you need to adjust the radio, reapply some makeup, or take a sip of your coffee, wait until you’re stopped at a traffic light.
Get Enough Sleep – Falling asleep at the wheel is obviously a disaster, but even if you don’t, driving while you’re too tired can seriously impair your skills. Tired people are more likely to zone out and lose focus on what’s going on around them. Not only does being sleepy have a tendency to dull our wits, but it slows our reflexes too. The last thing you want when you’re driving is to be too slow to notice someone stepping into the street and reacting to it too late.

Watch Out for Others – Just because you’re a safe and conscientious driver doesn’t mean that everyone else is, too. While you don’t need to get yourself too wound up when you’re driving, you should always be prepared for sudden stops, turning without signaling, tailgating, and pedestrians darting into traffic without looking.

These kinds of distractions can happen all the time. If you pay attention to what’s happening around you and always leave yourself an out, you›re far less likely to find yourself in an accident. Most importantly, you will keep yourself, and fellow citizens, much safer.
Robin Sandoval is a California Licensed Bail Bondsman and owner of Santaq Clarita Bail Bonds. www.santaclaritabailbond.com 661-299-2663

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 10, 2016


In September, the City issued 46 film permits, which contributed to 108 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,306,000. The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in September 2016.

Feature Films
A Doggone Hollywood – at Sable Ranch
Girl Followed – at a Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows
American Crime – at a Sand Canyon area home
NCIS – at a Sand Canyon area home

Nissan Leaf – at AM/PM
Walmart – at Walmart

Isopure – at Sable Ranch

Still Photo
Call It Spring – at Mountasia Family Fun Center and Santa Clarita Skatepark

Short Film
Strayed – at a Sand Canyon area home

New York Film Academy “Mike Boy” – at a Sand Canyon area home
Canyon Country Community Center
18792 Flying Tiger Drive

Community Health Fair
This free event will include health screenings, courtesy of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Height and Weight Analysis, Body Composition Analysis, Oxygen Saturation, and Carbon Monoxide Measurement, Cholesterol Test, Glucose Test, Healthy Nutrition & Diet Tips.
Friday, November 18
7:30a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Family BINGO Night
Space is limited.  Membership and registration is required.
Friday, November 18
7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

All branches of the Santa Clarita Public library will be closed Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Visit www.santaclaritalibrary.com/ for more information.

Veterans Day Ceremony
In honor of our veterans and our currently-serving military and their families, you are invited to a ceremony featuring musical performers, speakers, and changing of the flags at the Veterans Historical Plaza. The City of Santa Clarita and the Veterans’ Historical Committee, the SCV Chapter 91 Blue Star Moms, Blue Star Moms of the Canyons Chapter 82, Prayer Angels for the Military, and the Knights of Columbus will honor veterans and individuals serving in the military and their families at a Veterans Day Ceremony.
Friday, November 11
11 a.m.
Veterans Historical Plaza
24275 Walnut St.

Fine Craft Show
For many Santa Clarita residents, this event is a holiday shopping tradition. Visitors can peruse exclusive gifts, while relishing food served from gourmet food trucks in an outdoor setting.
Visit santa-clarita.com/Craft.
Saturday, November 12
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 13
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Old Orchard Park
25023 Avenida Rotella (at Lyons Avenue)

Light Up Main Street
Old Town Newhall will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Saturday, November 19. Holiday performances will begin at 6 p.m. on the stage in front of the Old Town Newhall Library before the lights are turned on at 7 p.m. You can enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks and more. For more information, visit OldTownNewhall.com..Saturday, November 19
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Main Street, Old Town Newhall

Bill Edmiston Peacetime Sailor

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 8, 2016


Navigating the sometimes choppy waters of life has poignant meaning for Bill Edmiston. The 79-year-old has lived in Canyon Country for almost half a century, but prior to that he had adventures on the water as a United States Navy sailor.

Though the U.S. was in between wars (Korea and Vietnam), the draft was in force when a 20-year-old Bill Edmiston enlisted on August 1, 1957. He wanted to be a naval aviator, but candidates had to have two years of college completed, where Edmiston only had one. Never mind he had flown airplanes since the age of 15, a member of Air Explorers Squadron 3 in North Hollywood (unbeknownst to his mother).

He went into the Navy as an airman recruit, “and then from boot camp I went to Norman, Oklahoma, which was a Naval Air Training Center,” Edmiston explained. “At that school they were trying to familiarize you with all of the jobs in the Naval Air Force.”

After graduation from air training, Edmiston was sent to Philadelphia, Penn. for advanced naval air training. There he was trained in catapult and arresting gear. That is the responsibility to shoot airplanes from the deck of an aircraft carrier and catch them in a wire upon landing. Then his orders came in for the location he would call home for three years: Pine Island.

“I thought, ‘Great! I got shore duty!’” Edmiston said, assuming he was headed for Pine Island, Florida.

But his assignment was actually the USS Pine Island AV-12, a seaplane tender.
Edmiston completed three tours of duty to the Western Pacific, operating with various patrol squadrons. His ship was based in San Diego, Calif. and they shipped out for six months at a time, followed by six months at home.

Okinawa was the home port overseas and their job was to patrol the Formosa Straits (now Taiwan). Edmiston would service and maintain seaplanes, seeing numerous countries along the way. Japan was a personal favorite.

“Inland Japan was beautiful,” he said. “I had buddies who, instead of heading to bars, we would jump on a train.”

But Edmiston’s excursions weren’t always joy rides. Some brought him face-to-face with incredibly arresting moments as well.

“One of the most frightening sights was, in 1958, when we went to Hiroshima,” he shared somberly, remembering his visit was only 13 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city. “They had kept it that way. There were shadows on bridges – one had nothing but a black figure … because it had vaporized them.”

It was also 1958 when Edmiston first saw the USS Arizona in Honolulu. Now it is a visitor memorial to the 1,102 seamen remaining underwater, killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. But when he and other sailors walked down a rickety wood pier to view it less than two decades after the attack, some of the ship was still above water. Edmiston still visits the USS Arizona every time he’s on Oahu.

“War is different – you can’t even imagine it,” Edmiston explained. “Keep in mind, I was in peacetime. But there’s no such thing as peacetime when you’re overseas. My last tour over there, we went into Bangkok and had some experiences where they were shooting at us, and it was peacetime.”

Onboard the Pine Island Edmiston was in charge of refueling, involving a sort of “floating gas station.” That means he and his fellow crewmen spent a lot of time in small boats. They often suffered the effects of typhoon season while in Okinawa, and on one occasion they had no notice of the impending storm and were left to weather it when they were off the ship. The men tied themselves together.

“A tropical storm came in unexpectedly. We were in boats in the bay,” Edmiston said. “Seaplanes took off and the ship had to leave the area. Six of our boats sank. That was frightening.”

There were lighter sides to working on the smaller boats. “We’d take floor boards and water ski out there,” he said. “What could they do? If they punished us, we couldn’t work.”

When an aircraft carrier pulled into Buckner Bay, Okinawa, now called White Beach, it unleashed about 5,000 men on the island. The Navy men had an ongoing friendly rivalry with the Marines based there, which sometimes elicited bar fights.

He considered staying, possibly transferring to the Army. It was an ambiguous warning from some Navy pilots that gave him pause. There was something brewing that suggested to Edmiston that it wouldn’t be the best course of action. He didn’t know it at the time, but that storm was the Vietnam War.

Edmiston says he has a “love-hate” relationship with the military.

There were definitely some rough waters to the experience, besides the general hardship of the military. For instance, after years of successful take-offs and landings Edmiston personally directed, there was a dark day, when a Coast Guard helicopter came in for an emergency and exploded upon take-off from the ship. It was the testimony of a crash survivor that convinced the high-ranking captains on the Naval Investigation Board the loss had nothing to do with Edmiston.

bill-badgesDedicated to his work, Edmiston managed to move up to E-5 in 2 yrs and 10 months of service. In fact, he earned his third stripe – first class – just before he was discharged from the Navy.

bill-and-friendHe kept in touch with a friend from boot camp, Mike, who also got assigned to Pine Island (and who also thought the assignment meant he was staying stateside). His friend lived in Wisconsin, and came to California once, when he and Edmiston could get together. Mike died of Leukemia before they could meet again.

Edmiston keeps in touch with some of his fellow explorers and he’s never lost his love of flying. He continued until about three years ago and is a member of a group of flying aficionados called the Association of Naval Aviation Two-Block Fox. They host speakers such as Jimmy Doolittle’s daughter (of the famous Doolittle Raid which followed the Pearl Harbor attack).

A lot has changed. White Beach, Okinawa is now a tourist place. Waikiki has more than three hotels.

But Bill Edmiston continues to sail, through still waters and storms.

bill-and-joline2He and his wife, Joline, lost a grandson, who volunteered to serve. His name was James Patrick Muldoon, killed in Afghanistan on June 29, 2006. He was 24.

“That’s the men I really respect,” Bill Edmiston said. “He paid the ultimate price.”

He gets emotional when he talks about Vietnam veterans, and those having trouble navigating the challenges of the VA medical system.

But Edmiston never regretted enlisting. He thinks every young man should go through boot camp. “It’d teach them discipline and it’d teach them respect,” he explained.

A retired senior technician from Western Electric, then AT&T, and later Lucent Technologies, Edmiston describes his 37-year career with his go-to term: “love-hate.”

He loves corvettes, his wife, and their four children and four grandchildren.

As for his military experience, he calls himself “an average navy sailor.” But most would argue that Edmiston’s example – overseas and at home – is way above average.

New Business – The Edge Martial Arts

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 7, 2016


The newest business to move into the Sand Canyon center near Vons is seeking to give locals an edge, both physically and psychologically.

The Edge Martial Arts opened last month, bringing to the area a unique set of self-defense skills. The new business holds classes in Tang Soo Do, a traditional Korean form of martial arts.

“Fit body – sharp mind” is the tagline for the new studio. “Unlike Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do is much more focused on practical self-defense,” said Patrick Prager, who owns The Edge with his mother, Mary Ann Cummins. “The classes are all under the American Tang Soo Do banner, but it’s a versatile program that incorporates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga, which is the Israeli military self-defense system that people brought over to the U.S. It’s more of the martial and less of the art.”

Education is the focus of the family-owned business. Patrick Prager’s wife is a teacher at a San Fernando Valley charter school and Mary Ann Cummins is the former associate vice president for student access and support services at California State University, Northridge.

“Where Tae Kwon Do is more like Olympics martial arts, we’re geared more towards practical self-defense, not sports,” Prager explained. “I want all these martial arts lessons to be applicable for school and for adults in the workplace. It’s a mission of mine that if any of my students find themselves in a dangerous situation, they don’t try anything they learn from me and find it isn’t useful or practical.”

The 29-year-old Prager has been practicing martial arts since he was 10 and teaching since he was a teenager. Jiu-Jitsu is one of the forms he mastered while training at a studio in the San Fernando Valley. He participated in mixed martial arts fights and competed in tournaments, but more recently concentrated on instruction. A “Fifth Dan Black Belt,” Prager has been dreaming of running his own studio for years.

“I’ve had various jobs, but the goal was always to open a school,” Prager said. “I looked around in various communities, but Santa Clarita seemed like the perfect place. Basically, I wanted a space with room to grow, a space with not too many martial arts in the area. … There are no martial arts serving (this) particular community.”

The Edge offers two daytime classes for adults: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Classes for kids, including “Little Dragons” (age 4-6) and “Juniors” (age 7-12), begin after school and are offered through the evening. Adult classes are held almost every night at 7 p.m. On Saturdays, Prager teaches morning classes to kids and one at noon for adults. Fridays are reserved for private, one-on-one instruction.

The owners are offering a special, including six weeks of classes for $79, with a free uniform and belt.

“When we get people in to try it out, I know they’ll love it and stay,” said Prager.

The Edge Martial Arts is located at 16622 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Call (818) 294-8810 or visit http://www.theedge-martialarts.com/.

Be Prepared

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 6, 2016

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You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to appreciate the value of preparation for the possibility of disasters or other unforeseen circumstances. This month, Sand Canyon residents are invited to two meetings addressing some of those.
Fire Aftermath
All Sand Canyon residents are urged by the FireSafe/Emergency Council to attend a meeting held by Los Angeles County. Robinson Ranch will host residents on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Post-Sand Fire Mud & Debris Flow Meeting will cover the aftermath of the Sand Fire and the probability of serious mudflows. Even slight rain can bring down tons of mud and debris. Well over 100 homes in Sand Canyon will be directly impacted by mudflows.These residents have been contacted directly by L.A. County Public Works.
Everyone in Sand Canyon will be impacted, however, because roads may be rendered impassible. Residents may need to be evacuated, or for those not in the direct mudflow path, to have enough supplies for both humans and animals to last until the streets are cleared. Also, with heavy rain, bridges are at risk – at Sand/Placerita, Sand/Iron Canyon, and Sand/Lost Canyon.
Discussion at the meeting will include the potential threat, mitigation efforts, emergency response plan, and agency coordination. The affected communities including Sand Canyon/Placerita Canyon/Agua Dulce. Agencies participating include: L.A. County Office of Emergency Management; California Highway Patrol; Red Cross; LA County Animal Care & Control and several others.
Robinson Ranch is located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information, call Stephanie English, community services liaison at (661) 250-2710.

Disaster Preparedness
Church of the Canyons is holding a Disaster Preparedness Workshop on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Discussion topics will include:
Practical disaster preparedness
Developing your family emergency plan
Disaster supplies
What to do before, during and after disasters

The workshop is free to attend. Residents can sign up on the church’s website: Churchofthecanyons.com or call (661) 252-1600 for information. The church is located at 28050 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

Debris Removal in Iron Canyon

The L.A. County Public Works, on behalf of the L.A. County Flood Control District, will install two temporary debris control structures below the Iron Canyon Crib Dam. Trapped debris will be periodically removed and hauled offsite. L.A. County Public Works has obtained the necessary permits from the regulatory agencies and others to complete the project. Debris Control Structure installation will take approximately three weeks to complete and is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 7, 2016. County crews will perform construction from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Residents are advised to avoid parking their vehicles and storing materials in areas that might obstruct access to Flood Maintenance facilities. If you have questions, call Araik Zargaryan at (818) 896-0594 between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Azargar@dpw.lacounty.gov.

Sand Canyon Traffic

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 4, 2016


Canyon Country Magazine recently polled residents of the Sand Canyon area via email regarding commuter traffic. We were not surprised at the many responses from people who find the increased traffic both a headache and a danger. But what was surprising was the volume of common thoughts about solving the problem. Here we present to you a brief look into what the neighborhood is saying. It is clear that respondents would like to see something done. What follows are excerpts from the numerous responses, worded the way we received them:

*I feel like I take my life in my hands when I try to turn onto Sand Canyon from our street, Alamo Canyon. I’m positive when this road was put in the designers never would have imagined the amount of traffic and the speeds.

*We suspect an internet traffic routing app is to blame for this sudden increase in vehicle numbers. A sharp increase in cars illegally passing multiple vehicles on this curvy canyon has the potential to lead to deadly head on collisions with residents.
commuters coming off the 14 treat Sand Canyon like a freeway. I frequently see cars tailgating cars in front (who are going the speed limit) then getting frustrated and cross the double yellow lines to speed past them…often dangerously into oncoming traffic.

*This has created a very dangerous situation for drivers and takes away from the country atmosphere that brought us to Sand Canyon and has turned Sand Canyon into the likes of a busy freeway!

*There are many blind turns and dangerous locations along both Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon that restrict the visibility of oncoming traffic, road conditions and the ever important ability to navigate the endless sea of bicyclists. Add to the burden of these existing hazards, the need for local residences’ to merge from side streets and blind driveways and we find ourselves living in a community that no longer has the feeling of safety and a rural homeliness. 

*Don’t really know just why now it is happening, although I suspect it’s a combination of factors, especially the traffic congestion on Soledad

*The stop sign can slow them down, but with the Sheriff waving people through,it makes it hard for me to turn onto Sand Canyon.
*The majority of the non residents are speeding and some regularly are passing over the Double Yellow illegally to pass people that are driving the speed limit. We used to see fairly regular CHP presence on Placerita Cyn between Sand and the 14 which helped a little, but they have not been visible for a couple of years now.

*I would rather see restrictive measures put in place before there is a bad accident caused by these unsafe drivers that do not belong here in the first place. Our Canyon is not a Freeway or Highway. It is our neighborhood and needs to be treated as such.
Sometimes I literally wait five minutes before somewhat pulling out in front of someone!

*The wear and tear on both Sand Canyon and Placerita  Canyon are negatively impacted by the additional traffic.  Potholes on Placerita have become a big issue, the other day six vehicles were pulled to the side of the road with flat tires due to a new overnight pothole!  I barely escaped a flat but it damaged my cars alignment.

*The traffic does affect us with noise, pollution, danger to our kids who have to get to school.  We are very discourages with how the increased heavy traffic is affecting the whole canyon area. 

*Yes, we support restricting use of Sand Canyon Road during rush hour!  I cannot for the life of me imagine why deputies are posted to wave traffic through.  It is nearly impossible for my family and me to make the necessary left-hand turn onto Sand Canyon off of our street because there is no break in the traffic …

*One morning when I was finally able to enter the lane on Sand Canyon, the car behind me was so irate at my speed limit of 45 that he passed over the double yellow lines, swerved in front of me and ran me off of the road, causing myself and the car behind me to be forced into the dirt.

*The other concern is the speeding and overtaking above the posted limit.I can only imagine what it will be like when the new development is completed at the end of Lost Canyon with an additional 11,000 homes to impact that early morning traffic. We definitely need more law enforcement around at that time of day. Traffic lights would slow everyone down. However Sand Canyon residents moved to the area to get away from that type of thing. We really hope someone can come up with a good suggestion.

*At 6:00am average speed 60 to 70 mph! Lots of dangerous passing

*Amazing traffic….a line of cars racing toward Placerita longer than you can see, bumper to bumper hell bent on getting through to the 14 via Sand Canyon, as fast as they can.   They honk at cars that respect the speed limit, race around them across the double yellow lines, at speeds that exceed 65 mph. God forbid some person would walk their dog during that time.

*We only moved here 2 years ago, We love the neighborhood, but had no idea about the traffic on Sand Canyon when we moved here.

*Though, I do feel restricting the commuters would help. I feel much stronger and concerned about safety during school hours, children/parents drop-off and pick-up directly on Sand Canyon which adds to the congestion. , this intersection when is school is getting out or in. There is no crossing guard so the kids and parents just keep streaming across the street and never giving cars a chance. That is why the traffic backs all the way across the wash and passed the church on the south side.

*Our quiet, secluded and safe little Canyon has become congested,  open to the public, and a traffic hazard.

*The families that live in the Sand Canyon area moved there to get away from the rush of the city only to have the city come to them. This is small community and it is now the cut off for thousands coming in from the Antelope Valley areas.  Not proportionate in any way. Finally because of the increased traffic Placerita Canyon road is taking a heavy toll and the condition of the road is deteriorating quickly. Will those commuters pays for the use?  

*Let’s also mention that when you follow the speed limits set these outsiders race around you with no care of your life, the wild life, or anybody else.

*The problem is with the city, It seems to me that they only go as far as the west side with with their street widening or cross valley connector and no further.  Again Canyon Country is being treated like the red headed step child of the area. Also why hasn’t the city of for that matter the county pushed the state of California to improve the 14?

Solutions Suggested

*I believe one answer would be to install Stop Signs at Live Oak Springs, Condor Ridge and Iron Canyon This would Discourage people from cutting through from the 14 and would slow everyone down so we would be saving lives in the future and at all hours Day and Night.

*Speeding tickets will slow cars so cross traffic will have a chance.

*Perhaps a gated arm at Lost Canyon and Sand Canyon?  For residents or visitors only?

*Speed bumps to slow down the rush traffic.  I hate them but the traffic coming thru is purely commuter.  The speeds are scary.
*Traffic Throttles (pinch points) The narrowing of a two-way road over a short distance to a single lane. Sometimes these are used in conjunction with a speed table and coincident with a pedestrian crossing.

*Mini-roundabout (traffic circle) Small roundabouts situated at an intersection. Some have raised centers, others are just painted circles on the road. 
*Entry Treatment Across Intersections Surface alterations at side road intersections, generally using brickwork, setts or other textured surface materials. Level of the road may be raised to the level of the sidewalk. 

*Textured Surface The use of nonasphalt surface such as setts, brickwork, paving or cobbles to reinforce the concept of a traffic restricted area. 

*Reallocated Road Space for bicyclists Many of the unsafe conditions to our roads can be attributed to motorists and bicyclists using the same road space. 

*My personal feeling is there should be a traffic light – plain and simple – at that intersection. Placerita should always be an alternative for when the 14 has a problem, but that intersection at Lost Canyon is a mess because of the STOP sign.

*Not have the sheriff there relieving the congestion on Lost Canyon.  I know it’s a hassle but if the commuters realize that    Sand Canyon is not a good alternative, they will stay on the fwy. Put a sheriff on Sand Canyon and slow the speeders down

*Install stop signs at Live Oak Springs and Iron Canyon

*The police need to be out every day writing tickets!!!!! Not directing traffic thru at Lost canyon.
?  Make this a gated community – have a gate with something equal to a Fast Pass – where residents can pass through without stopping.
Also, we need improvements (additional lane) on the SB14 Fwy between Sand Canyon and the 5 Fwy,

*There should be a traffic break in the middle of sand canyon.  Either a light timed to activation during the high volume times in the am and pm, or at least a stop sign

*Try speed bumps every ¼ mile (that would be a non-labor intensive way of discouraging traffic and speeding), a gate at Lost Canyon, cameras that take pictures of speed violators, or how about police actually enforcing the law ?  What a concept.

*My view is that the City of Santa Clarita should 1), erect a sign at the Golden Valley exit from the 14 Southbound indicating that is a way to get to the 5 northbound in order to relieve pressure on the 14; 2) install traffic sensors to adjust traffic light timings on Soledad Canyon Road when the 14 is congested; and 3) build bus pull-ins on Soledad Canyon Road Westbound in order to avoid lane blockages and lane swapping whenever the bus stops.

*The cost of signs, sensors, and pulls-ins could be paid for by stopping the program of rebuilding the median every two years

*If we can’t eliminate the Antelope Valley commuters from cutting through then how about adding more stop signs to slow them down? Or maybe adding speed bumps like they have on the lower section of Placerita Cyn.

*A barrier like is at the top of Calgrove/Valley in Newhall, allowing entrance only from one side to non-residents

*I do think we should restrict motorists who don’t live in the area. This has been done off Balboa where the same issue occurred, along with other residential areas throughout Los Angeles

*More stop signs along Sand Canyon starting at Live Oak Springs Canyon Rd and continuing south on Sand Cyn, placing them on other busier cross streets.  It would break up traffic flow and give drivers an opportunity to turn onto Sand Cyn.  It may possibly discourage the commuters who would then have to contend with all of the stop signs and for sure it would slow traffic down, in general improving safety overall.  

*“heavy, but selective” enforcement is all it takes. Enforce for everything from “no front license plate”, expired licenses, no turn signal, no seal belts, to cell phone usage, to 5 miles over, tinted windows, and so on. Make it very inconvenient to travel the canyon (Placerita and Sand)

*We would support ideas that would restrict traffic on Sand Canyon as a thoroughfare for Hwy 14 — and maintain our Canyon Road to be safe for residents and animals.

*Let’s make Sand Canyon a gated community.

*Installing gates that are closed and secure at SAND CANYON AND LOST CANYON, then installing signs at the start of the bridge stating “SAND CANYON RESIDENTS ONLY, NO THROUGH TRAFFIC.” We can even include a Specific Time Frame on the Signs, Bel-Air, Hollywood Hills and other Cities have this.

*Placerita has a gate at one end of the canyon to prevent cross through traffic. Why can’t Sand Canyon?

*Reduced speed limits on Sand during the 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. timeframe with enforcement present.

The following is the response we received from Santa Clarita city officials upon forwarding a summary of residents’ feedback.

There are a number of factors that account for the recent increase of traffic volume occurring in this area. Since November of 2015, Vasquez Canyon Road has been closed due to a landslide which made the road unsafe for motorists. … The County is working diligently to get the road reopened. Unfortunately, while it is closed, motorists often use Whites Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road, and Sierra Highway as a detour. … Another factor is the proximity of Soledad Canyon Road to the State Route 14 Freeway. As heavy traffic congests the freeway, motorists will again seek alternate routes and use our streets, adding to the existing traffic. This is occurring more often with the popularity of traffic apps like WAZE.

It is important to note the City has been working in partnership with the Sheriff’s Station to address the rise in traffic volume and the unsafe driving behaviors on these roadways for the past few months.

The City’s Traffic division has recently installed two electronic speed feedback signs on Sand Canyon Road. One is located at Valley Ranch Road for southbound traffic, and the other is located at Sultus Street for northbound traffic. … The City will also be performing an evaluation of the current vehicle speeds and traffic volume along Sand Canyon Road. … Unfortunately, speed humps are not intended for use on all streets. Speed humps are appropriate for residential streets with 25 mph speed limits. Sand Canyon Road is classified as a secondary arterial and has a speed limit of 45 mph; therefore, it is not an appropriate candidate for the placement of speed humps. In addition … Sheriff’s Deputies have been and will continue to provide strategic patrols to aggressively target illegal driving behavior. … Furthermore, the Sheriff’s Deputy placed at the intersection to help move increased congestion has been advised to allow more breaks in traffic moving forward to minimize the impact to residents.

These efforts together will hopefully provide much needed relief in the area and we sincerely appreciate the ideas and suggestions and welcome the open communication from residents as we work to resolve these issues.

Canyon Country Magazine will continue to follow the traffic situation and solutions. Check back next month for an update!

House Flipping

| Canyon Country Magazine | October 15, 2016


Most would agree the popular industry of flipping houses recently did a flip of its own. Remember the early 2000s, when you couldn’t go to a neighborhood cocktail party without hearing about everyone’s massive successes buying, fixing-up and selling homes?

Then came the advent of reality TV shows like A & E’s “Flip This House.”

And now, after years of homeowners being upside down, we’ve entered a new era of house flipping (and with it, more shows, like HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” “Property Brothers” and “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens”).

Well, you don’t need to turn on your TV to see that Canyon Country has an uptick in home flips too. Sand Canyon resident Eddie Polanco and his brothers, who also live in Canyon Country, have a real estate business with a healthy share of fix-it-up-and-sell-it properties. He recently bought and sold more than one house on Clearlake Drive alone, and currently has at least one listing in Robinson Ranch.

One of his most recent house flips saw changes that included brand new wood flooring, a bathtub installation and appliance replacements. Business is good, and it’s picking up.

According to Fortune Magazine, home flipping, which means buying a house and selling it within a year, is now at a two-year high. RealtyTrac analysis showed that 6.6 percent of all single-family and condo sales in the first quarter of this year were house flips.

If you see signs that say “Dean Buys Houses,” they’re referring to Santa Clarita resident Dean Glosup. A “serial entrepreneur” by his own admission, he really just flips houses as a sideline.

How does he decide which homes to purchase?
“I judge it on circumstances, mostly,” Glosup said. “My first question is why haven’t you listed the house with a broker? My assumption is they want best price.”

Sometimes the houses have problems, such as liens on the property, a divorce, or perhaps the owner is deceased and the family members live too far away to handle the details. Glosup has real situations like the late owner had “a 5-pack-a-day cigarette habit and was a hoarder” as examples.

“In order for me to purchase the house at a substantial discount, there must be a problem,” Glosup said.

He finds out what is owed on the house and what they expect to receive from the sale. Glosup said he works to get “as much as I can possibly get for it, as fast as I possibly can.”

The entrepreneur has had his broker’s license since 1981, but actually hires a broker for certain stages of his process. Glosup bought and sold one house without even touching it, except for an initial walk through before he purchased it. He bought it and hired a broker to sell it – all without ever returning to the property.

And Glosup does not always pay cash for houses. “Maybe I give you enough to move out (in cash), then pay the rest after the house sells,” he said.

Sometimes he makes payments on the loan they have while he’s making improvements. At times, he negotiates favorable terms on a lien payoff. “It’s something that can be done, but it requires a bit of expertise. You need to know what to do,” he explained.

The name of Glosup’s company is actually GFC Investments, but “Dean Buys Houses” is a moniker for his house-flipping expertise. In most cases, the homeowners he does business with have a similar situation in regard to the house they’re selling: “It’s either an albatross around their neck or a monkey on their back.”

The Start of Trick-or-Treat

| Canyon Country Magazine | October 14, 2016


by Reena Newhall

How did the trick-or-treat tradition get its start? Two thousand years ago in the area now known as Ireland, Great Britain and northern France, the New Year was celebrated on November 1. On New Year’s Eve (then October 31) it was believed that ghosts of the dead returned to earth – and the Celts wore costumes to commemorate their return.

chorus3In the mid-1880s, America was flooded with new immigrants, particularly millions of Irish fleeing the potato famine of 1846. Taking from the Irish and chorus-stempunkEnglish traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house-to-house on New Year’s Eve, asking for food or money, a practice that eventually has become trick-or-treat.

Today, A Chorus Line Dancewear & Costumes in Valencia is helping Americans carry on this Hallow’s Eve tradition. As a member of the National Costumer’s Association (NCA), A Chorus Line gets an early read from NCA members across the country of what will be “hot” for this Halloween. So, here goes!

Harley Quinn & Joker, from the movie “Suicide Squad,” is in demand, along with Pokemon Go & Friends, which has become a popular pastime for teens and ‘tweens.

Early indications show that the Fad-Tastic Day-Glo ‘80s has overtaken the Happy Hippie ‘60s, the Glitzy “Disco” ‘70s, and even the Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘50s, as the dress-up decade for 2016.

Superheroes and villains for both males and females of all ages (including babies) are always “in.” Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman, Cat Woman and Spider-Man are always at the top of the list. Also included are Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Iron Man and Thor.

Zombies, vampires and ghouls will be back with a vengeance, thanks to the proliferation of zombie-inspired TV series and recent popular movies.

Another interesting theme is “steampunk.” It is a unique combination, where adventurers are set in a Victorian-inspired, post-apocalyptic fantasy world which employs steam. It’s akin to “‘Wild, Wild West’ meets the Industrial Revolution.”

chorus1Always in style are Roaring ’20s flappers, mobsters and other “Great Gatsby” characters.

Not as big as last year, but still prominent, are pirates, wenches (with corsets ,of course), Roman gladiators, Grecian goddesses, harem girls, belly dancers – and assorted personalities, such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Elvis Presley.

Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren have joined the pack of perennial “Star Wars” favorites – Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clone Troopers, and have inspired group costuming.

Disney characters are not to be left out. They are always popular and very much in demand.

Reena Newhall is the owner of A Chorus Line Dancewear & Costumes, which carries an extensive collection of upscale costumes. The store’s costume stylists are dedicated to giving attentive, personal service. They take pride in creating a “unique look” for each customer. Between now and Halloween, A Chorus Line is open every day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays. Visit the store’s website, www.achorusline.net, or call 661-253-0300 for special Halloween hours and for any costume questions.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | October 12, 2016

Film-reel web

La Cocina Bar and Grill, at 19915 Golden Valley Road, is now open and a plethora of new businesses will be joining The Plaza at Golden Valley.

Citywide Film Statistics

In August, the City issued 43 film permits, which contributed to 96 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $2,417,500.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in August 2016.

Feature Films
Fatal Defense – at a Sand Canyon area home
Little Rituals – at a Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows
Back to the Bars – at Cajun Belle
Blood Relatives – at The Drifters Cocktail Lounge and Sand Canyon area homes
Hand of God – at Alliance Gas Station
Three Days to Live – at an area home

Ford – at area streets
Halos – at Sable Ranch

Go Ruck – at Rancho Deluxe
Yak Project – at an area condominium

Music Videos
David Hallyday “As Before” – at Sable Ranch
The Kills – at Sable Ranch

Saddleback College “Salton Sea” – at Canyon Breeze Mobile Home Park

Upcoming Events

Santa Clarita Public Library

Behind the Scenes – Season 1
This series features film and television industry experts and provides attendees an opportunity to learn about various aspects of the field. Join Jerry Rhodes for a presentation on “Lighting the Scenes for the Big Screen.”
Wednesday, October 19
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Canyon Country Adult Book Club
Adult readers meet monthly to discuss books from all different genres and styles. This month’s selection is “Brother, I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat. Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk.
Tuesday, October 11
6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

When I Grow Up (for Teens and ‘Tweens)
Teens will have the opportunity to listen to community members speak about their careers. Presenters will share their job experiences and answer questions.
Wednesday, October 12
5:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Canyon Country Meeting Room

Scavenger Hunt (Children and Families)
Solve riddles and find the answers for a treat. Also enjoy some spook-tacular stories and other surprises.
Monday, October 31
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library

Visit www.santaclaritalibrary.com/ for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening, including fall programming for children and teens at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

Canyon Country Community Center

The Canyon Country Community Center offers a variety of activities and events for youth and families monthly.

Visit santa-clarita.com/cccc or call (661) 290-2266 for more information and to view a complete listing of activities happening at the Canyon Country Community Center.

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