California School Choice Announces a Special Event in Support for National School Choice Week

| Community | January 18, 2020

On January 25th, California School Choice will announce as part of celebrating National School Choice Week, their campaign for a California State initiative (The Freedom of Education Act) that will enable all parents to enroll their K-12 children in the public, charter, private or parochial school of their choice. Tuition assistance to be provided through individual Education Savings Accounts funded by the State’s education budget. Campaign President Michael Alexander reported that this will be the greatest advancement for our children’s education in the Golden State’s History.

Positive Student Impact:
Many students in California have already benefited from School Choice. Students who have taken advantage of the education provided by charter, private, parochial and home schooling have demonstrated superior academic performance over the public schools in their own neighborhoods. Parents are relieved that they can send their children to schools that better reflect their values. Alternate education focuses more on academics rather than social engineering and SeXXX education. Importantly, the initiative will force all of schools to compete for our education dollars. The free market will encourage higher performance with lower costs.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Community Room
1812 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208

Registration begins at 9AM Program begins at 10 AM. Questions and Answers Panel and lunch at 11:30 AM, ends 2 PM

Speakers will include:

Rebecca Friedrichs author of “Standing up to Goliath” Rebecca recently met with the President regarding School Choice.

Larry Sand, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network speaking on the academic failures of public schools.

Gina Gleason of Faith and Public Policy out of Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills speaking on SeXXX Education and Opt-out petition,

Vicki E, Alger of Independent Institute will be speaking on ESA’s

Michael Alexander, radio personality and president of California School Choice

Register for the event at www.CaliforniaSchoolChoice.org/nscw

For more information on School Choice Event: www.californiaschoolchoice.org

Zonta Club’s Women in Service Nominations Due

| Community | January 17, 2020

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Women in Service nominations are due January 28th. These nominations are for outstanding women volunteers, 16 years or older, who provide services for local non-profit organizations that improve the lives of women and girls in the Santa Clarita Valley and make our community a great place to live. Individuals can be re-nominated if they have not received the Carmen Sarro Award for exceptional service and giving.

Women in Service Recognition Luncheon event to be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Sand Canyon Country Club. Nomination forms and additional information available at www.scvzonta.org.

A Glimpse of the Future – California 2040

| Community | January 17, 2020

Part three of three-part series on what California will be like in 20 years.

By Rob Werner

People vote for taxes for roads that continue to deteriorate. But there are higher priorities — Caltrans and designated union contractors require increasing labor costs and added requirements for any work.

Automated highways with programmed exits were created once government granted liability immunity.

Gun Control
California adopted large taxes on bullets, manufacture liability for misuse and personal insurance requirements for weapon owners, all effectively decreasing ownership.

Cyber Voting
California established cyber voting to insure voter participation. California works with the census insuring everyone is counted. People are not asked about immigration status. Everyone receiving benefits is contacted, and an election aid assists them in electronic voting. It’s better than vote harvesting.

The Homeless
The homeless rate increased when we were at full employment and job openings were everywhere. With our open-door immigration policy, it doubled. When the recession hit, it doubled. When the depression started it doubled again.

The state tried solving the problem via increases in the minimum wage, but this led to more homelessness. Rent control protecting renter’s rights was followed by a decline in available property. Billions spent by Los Angeles, California and the federal governments only temporarily reduce the increase of homeless individuals. This housing has now deteriorated to drug and crime infested ghettoes.

Long ago, California accepted the homeless in public parks then it provided temporary housing. Public parks are now homeless housing zones. Park budgets assist in cleaning parks.

When neighborhood watch groups harassed the homeless and homeowners assaulted them allegedly to protect private property, it was deemed a hate crime. No neighborhood watch group or homeowner’s association can have weapons. Homeowners who infringe on the rights of the homeless face legal action that includes confiscation of property.

Cyber voting has succeeded in perpetually increasing the number of voters who demand redistribution of wealth. Yesterday’s progressives are continually adjusting their policies to meet demands.

Before the last election cycle there was a mass selling of second homes owned by legislators in California. The legislature then passed a law declaring that all California second homes would be confiscated under public domain laws. Such homeowners were given three months’ notice. After that the homes were appraised and sold. This provided a needed resource for the homeless.

Many progressive Democrats lost primary races to New Progressives as the old group was too conservative. There are still too many homeless. Riots demanding a solution occur frequently. The Governor met with new Democrat party leaders and agreed on a final solution to the housing problem.

The Assisted Housing Act specifies it is the duty of every citizen to help insure no one goes homeless. It recognizes everyone’s right to a decent living space. It also recognizes we don’t need mansions. Everyone is entitled to 750 feet of living space and every family is entitled to an additional 250 feet per member. Those owning homes exceeding this allocation are required to share the excess living space. Violations will result in confiscation of the property.

The association President of an upscale walled community said, “If this is implemented it will mean a civil war against the Peoples Republic of California.” The Governor responded, “These radicals have no weapons to enforce these threats and will promptly be punished.”

Inclusive Play Area Grand Opening Set for January 25

| Community | January 16, 2020

Finishing touches are being put on the City of Santa Clarita’s first Inclusive Play Area, which began development in 2019 at Canyon Country Park (17615 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91387). The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to join the City for a grand opening celebration at the Inclusive Play Area on Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A brief speaking program featuring the City Council and project partners will be followed by the official opening of the play area when those of all ages and abilities will be able to explore the variety of elements in the expansive western-themed space for the first time. The Inclusive Play Area includes a number of features suggested by residents throughout the public input process, including a dual-track inclusive zipline, sensory-friendly elements, accessible connections to existing facilities and large shade structures to protect visitors from the elements in the summer months.

The play area provides opportunities that welcome everyone, regardless of age or ability, to play, learn and grow together. The result is a place where residents and their children can go to have experiences that promote integrated play for all and develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills.

For more information about the Inclusive Play Area at Canyon Country Park, please contact project manager Elena Galvez at egalvez@santa-clarita.com.

8th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-Off is Getting Spicy

| Community | January 16, 2020

Santa Clarita Valley Charity Chili Cook-off is set to feature 40 amateur chefs to compete for the most prestigious awards of the event.

The 8th annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off, and organizers are looking for sponsors and chili cooker contestants. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 (St. Patrick’s Day) at The Hyatt Regency in Valencia. Chefs will go head-to-head in an effort to take the People’s Choice and Judges Choice awards for the top three chili’s in each category.

The earnings raised this year will be donated to two local charities, FeedSCV and the Wish Foundation wellness centers.

FeedSCV will use the donation for their weekend backpack program from FeedSCV, “Ready To Learn.” The program currently serves The Newhall School District. It provides meals for kids identified as “in need” by the district’s social services, some, classified as homeless. That can include kids staying with relatives (couch-surfing) or living with parents in cars or RVs, or similar circumstances. Each Friday, the kids get to take home a backpack filled with “shelf-stable” single-serving meals for the weekend: Three meals per day and a few snacks as well. Volunteers acquire the food, stuff the backpacks, and deliver them to the schools each week. Currently, the program is nearing capacity and the additional funds will allow increased capacity both in terms of food, and access to a larger assembly site.

The WiSH Education Foundation’s mission is to bridge the gap in state funding; we fund programs that are not paid for by tax dollars alone.  Our goal is to provide the tools for success in the classroom and to benefit as many students as possible with our dollars.  Our funding focus is STEAM with an emphasis on the Arts – we strongly feel that all students, regardless of interest and passion, deserve support to reach their potential.  At this time and given the recent tragedy at Saugus High School, WiSH is focusing attention and detail on wellness across the district.  That directed funding would provide whatever is needed for the mental wellness of our student body across the district which would include wellness centers, a tech-free safe space that offers classes, seminars, self-help and triage for those needing a break any time during their school day. WiSH is also raising funding to renovate the Saugus High quad as a comfortable and social gathering space for the campus.

“We hope to raise more money than ever for these two charities this year,” said event co-founder Nicole Stinson. “It has been humbling to watch this event gain popularity each year, and I am excited with our new celebrity judges so far this year Eve Bushman with Eve Bushman Consulting and Eves Wine 101, Austin Dave an award-winning multimedia journalist and two additional judges to be announced in the coming weeks.

Since 2012, the chili cook-off organizers have donated the proceeds to different local nonprofit organizations.

Those who attend the upcoming chili cook-off will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, silent and live auctions, casino tables and a 50/50 opportunity drawing.

“Opportunities are still available for sponsors, to register to be a chili cooker contestant, and a vendor” said event organizer, Steve Portaro. “So, grab your secret family recipe, get your chili pot out of storage, and get cooking.”

Contestant fees are $125 per person, while general admission tickets are scheduled to be sold online for $25 before Feb. 14 and $30 after Feb.14. In addition, a limited number of advance-purchase VIP tickets are also available for $65, which includes early entry at 5:30, one drink ticket, VIP area access, VIP parking, swag bag and VIP hors-d’oeuvres.

For more information please visit www.scvcharitychilicookoff.com or call Nicole Stinson Estate Realty Group 661-816-4234 or Steve Portaro 310-800-3064.

Doctor’s Diary: Dodging Bullets

| Community | January 16, 2020

He fell and couldn’t get up, requiring hospitalization. A surgical procedure corrected the problem. On discharge, medications were changed including stopping a water pill and potassium.

This 87 year old military veteran faced many combat situations and survived. He followed discharge instructions explicitly, taking blood pressure and other vital signs every day.

The third week post-hospitalization, his wife called and said he was unable to come to an office visit because of weakness and low blood pressure. I did a house call.

Indeed in his daily diary, blood pressure had slowly decreased over the previous 10 days. So did his weight despite unchanging dietary habits.

Looking at his medication bottles from a mail order pharmacy, he was still taking a water pill and potassium. “It came in the mail two weeks ago and I assumed one of you doctors wanted me to remain on them.”

Obviously there is no communication to some outside pharmacies as new changes are not implemented. How many times a day does something like this happen in our country?

He survived combat heading into his nineties. Now he has to continue dodging bullets in an all too often faulty healthcare system.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Spring Auditions Open for the SCV Youth Orchestra

| Community | January 16, 2020

Calling all musicians! The Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra (SCVYO) welcomes musicians who are experienced (minimum one year) with their instruments, from violins to guitars. SCVYO, a non-profit organization, opens its arms to new and returning students starting February 8th at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. Through one encompassing audition to access their prowess, musicians could be given the opportunity to join multiple SCVYO ensembles based on their performance. Ensembles include Novae Sinfonia, Orchestra, Chamber Music, Prelude Strings, Guitar Orchestra, Prelude Winds & Brass and the SCV Brass Ensemble.

Joining SCVYO is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply go online to https://www.scvyo.org/auditions to check your desired ensemble skill requirements, pay the audition processing fee, then choose your appointment time. The audition processing fee is $30, and all auditions are to be unaccompanied. No piano, other instrumentation, teachers or parents are permitted in the audition room for the duration of the audition.

Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra (SCVYO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has served the Santa Clarita Valley Community and surrounding areas for over 50 years, providing a variety of enriching instrumental education programs for students eight years and older. To learn more about SCVYO programs or to donate, please visit our website at www.scvyo.org. For more information contact our Executive Director at info@scvyo.org.

Recent Real Estate Sales

| Community | January 14, 2020

Closed Sales Valencia

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
23835 Del Monte DR #105 01/10/2020 2 2 910 $386,700
23625 Del Monte DR #307 01/08/2020 2 2 1,030 $394,000
24595 Town Center DR #33 01/09/2020 2 2 1,190 $415,000
23401 Abbey Glen PL 01/09/2020 2 3 1,484 $435,000
25757 Leticia DR 01/10/2020 3 3 1,404 $550,000
25818 El Gato PL 01/07/2020 3 3 1,603 $565,000
28151 Castillo LN 01/09/2020 3 3 1,672 $580,000
27128 Manor CR 01/09/2020 3 3 1,714 $585,000
27827 Sunflower CT 01/08/2020 4 3 1,800 $620,000
23811 Via Turina 01/07/2020 3 2 1,336 $625,000
24018 Via Cresta 01/09/2020 4 3 2,356 $670,000
24156 Saint Moritz DR 01/10/2020 3 3 2,157 $700,000
28758 Iron Village DR 01/09/2020 5 4 2,942 $785,000
28128 Anvil CT 01/08/2020 4 5 3,959 $825,000
28319 Chisel CT 01/09/2020 6 6 3,595 $885,000
29366 Hacienda Ranch CT 01/10/2020 6 5 4,005 $960,000


Closed Sales Stevenson Ranch
Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
25112 Steinbeck AV #H 01/08/2020 2 2 1,035 $395,000
25847 London PL 01/10/2020 3 2 1,255 $615,000
26011 Topper CT 01/08/2020 3 3 1,795 $664,950
25830 Bronte LN 01/06/2020 4 3 2,043 $819,000
25669 Moore LN 01/08/2020 5 3 3,076 $850,000

Closed Sales Saugus

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
22709 Sundance Creek DR 01/07/2020 4 3 1,790 $470,000
28014 Newfield CT 01/10/2020 4 3 1,927 $547,500
28780 Kathleen AV 01/08/2020 3 3 2,018 $600,000
27302 Weldon WY 01/10/2020 4 3 2,579 $625,000
20538 Calhaven DR 01/07/2020 5 4 2,461 $630,000
19529 Martellus DR 01/10/2020 4 2 1,943 $669,999
28818 Garnet Canyon DR 01/10/2020 4 3 2,646 $715,000

Closed Sales Castaic

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
30073 Cambridge AV 01/09/2020 5 4 3,400 $685,000

Closed Sales Newhall
Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
26743 Whispering Leaves D 01/08/2020 1 1 666 $212,000
26375 Piazza Di Sarro 01/09/2020 3 3 2,125 $590,000
25023 Everett DR 01/06/2020 3 3 2,083 $649,000
24624 Brittany LN 01/09/2020 4 4 3,196 $810,000
21083 Placerita Canyon RD 01/10/2020 4 4 4,460 $1,100,000

Closed Sales Canyon Country

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
18006 Saratoga Way #511 01/10/2020 3 2 934 $309,000
26877 Claudette ST #104 01/07/2020 3 2 1,001 $370,000
18102 Erik CT #551 01/07/2020 3 2 1,008 $386,000
28911 Marilyn DR 01/08/2020 3 2 1,469 $476,000
17148 Anne Freda ST 01/07/2020 3 2 1,556 $535,000
28351 Winterdale DR 01/10/2020 3 2 1,446 $579,000
27209 Appaloosa RD 01/07/2020 5 6 4,914 $1,500,000

Closed Sales Acton /Agua Dulce

Address COE Date Br Bath Sqft Price
34335 Aspen ST 01/06/2020 4 3 2,625 $674,999
3846 Roberts RD 01/07/2020 5 3 2,685 $850,000

New Year – New You: Reach Your Goals in 2020!

| Community | January 4, 2020

Courtesy of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley 

A workshop, hosted by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will help participants learn how to have a New Year – New You and techniques to Reach Your Goals in 2020! The workshop is designed to provide effective ways to increase feelings of self-worth, sky-rocket toward your goals with tips to follow-through and accomplish your goals. It is easy to make a New Year’s Resolution, but it is sometimes hard to maintain resolutions for a year – 366 days this leap-year. This free LifeForward workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday January 18, 2020, at Valencia Methodist Church located at 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, Calif. 91355.

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Wendy Amara, an Executive Life Strategy Coach, will present the workshop. She has coached thousands of individuals over the past eight years into achieving powerful goals for their lives. Her approach is results oriented – no holding back and she has her clients stay accountable. She has coached many prominent individuals, including numerous CEO’s of large companies and high positioned, appointed and elected officials.

Previous workshops in the series have helped women and attendees learn how to improve relationships and communicate more effectively, select career options and pursue meaningful employment, deal with anger management and stress, set budgets and manage money, valuable income tax information, and advice before, during and after a divorce. Workshops are designed to help participants believe in their unlimited power and potential, build the skills necessary to succeed, and be the powerful women they are meant to be. All are welcome.

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

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

Doctor’s Diary (Snippets from the Frontline): Dissecting Life Expectancy Statistics

| Community | January 3, 2020

By Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Life Expectancy for Americans is decreasing. This is a trend.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) publishes data annually along with interpretation blurbs pointing blame at social problems. Most recently, the opioid crisis and suicide led the way.

Hidden and overlooked in the pile of numbers is significant data contributing to another CDC Life Expectancy decrease: Those 85 years and over are dying at a higher rate than in the past.


A contributing factor may be manipulation of hospice by hospitals, insurance companies, and HMOs. Almost every older adult admitted is approached and pressured by doctors, nurses, case managers, social workers, and discharge planners to utilize palliative or comfort care (which are code words for hospice). This coercion is sometimes financially self-serving.

Once a patient or family member is convinced, the patient is shuffled out of the hospital typically to a nursing home, where treatment is supportive but not curative. This saves money augmenting burgeoning administrator salaries.

Patient death certificates do not reveal they were under hospice care, so this piece of information is not available to the CDC.

Carefully dissecting Life Expectancy statistics might uncover a covert threat to older adults.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Santa Clarita Encore Chorale Spring Semester

| Community | January 2, 2020

Santa Clarita Encore Chorale, a non-profit choir program for seniors, is inviting adults age 55 or more to join their spring 2020 semester. The music theme will be “Encore Goes to the Theater,” with favorite Broadway and movie songs from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mamma Mia,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Sound of Music,” “The Greatest Showman” and “West Side Story.”

Rehearsals are on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., starting Jan. 10, 2020. The 14-week semester finishes with a free public concert on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals and the concert are at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road. A modest semester tuition of $150 helps cover music and facilities costs. The first rehearsal is free with no obligation to continue. Auditions are not required. New singers will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2020.

Santa Clarita Encore Chorale debuted in 2015 as an affiliate of the National Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest, fastest-growing choral program for adults over age 55 in the nation.

Those interested in more information can contact Cheri Walters at 661-313-6526 or cheri.walters@gmail.com or Roberta Kessler at 661-296-5085 or rkessler1367@gmail.com.

Recent Real Estate Sales

| Community | December 30, 2019

Closed Sales Valencia

Address                                    COE Date       Br Bath Sqft               Price

23515 Lyons AV #272            12/19/2019      2   2          987         $290,000

25725 Hogan DR #D5            12/19/2019      2   2          948         $325,000

26535 Big Horn WY               12/17/2019      2   2          1,025      $428,900

28206 Canterbury CT             12/16/2019      2   3          1,377      $439,000

26504 Tahoe DR                   12/19/2019      2   3          1,176      $460,000

23608 Big Horn Walk #57       12/20/2019      3   3          1,334      $495,000

26129 Bella Santa DR            12/18/2019      2   2          1,374      $500,000

25794 Covala CT                  12/17/2019      2   2          1,119      $505,000

28511 Pietro DR                   12/19/2019      3   3          2,090      $540,000

24619 Montevista CR             12/20/2019      3   3          1,694      $545,000

27464 Coldwater DR              12/20/2019      3   3          1,858      $552,000

27795 Summer Grove PL        12/18/2019      3   3          1,866      $555,000

27453 Pamplico DR               12/19/2019      4   2          1,624      $565,000

23308 Preston WY                 12/18/2019      3   3          1,548      $619,000

23331 Preston WY                 12/18/2019      3   3          1,548      $620,000

25365 Cariz DR                    12/18/2019      3   2          1,540      $635,000

23715 Greystone CT              12/20/2019      3   3          1,713      $657,000

27920 Brookhaven PL             12/18/2019      4   3          1,763      $665,000

25451 Via Escovar                 12/20/2019      4   3          2,431      $685,000

28037 Liana LN                    12/20/2019      4   3          2,348      $693,500

27440 Briars PL                    12/20/2019      4   3          2,499      $749,000

24123 Back Bay CT               12/19/2019      4   3          2,415      $770,000

24607 Garland DR                 12/20/2019      5   4          3,791      $942,500

Closed Sales Newhall

Address                                          COE                            sq ft          proce

25207 Fourl RD #4                  12/18/2019      2   2          935          $349,000

25261 Wheeler RD                   12/18/2019      3   2          1,378       $510,000

25076 Vermont DR                  12/17/2019      3   2          1,813       $655,000

19623 Ellis Henry CT                12/20/2019      5   4          2,744       $739,999


Closed Sales Acton/Agua Dulce

Address                                    COE Date       Br Bath        Sqft               Price

2303 Hawk Free CT                  12/20/2019      3   2          2,109      $399,000

34651 Ellenan AV                     12/20/2019      2   2          1,188      $439,900

34509 Goldridge AV                  12/18/2019      4   2          2,108      $525,000

3245 Dwight Lee ST                  12/18/2019      4   2          1,766      $560,000

33643 Tradepost RD                  12/16/2019      4   3          2,294      $580,000

3832 Sourdough RD                  12/17/2019      3   3          2,628      $695,000

Closed Sales Canyon Country

Address                                    COE Date       Br Bath        Sqft               Price

27240 Luther DR #515           12/20/2019      1   1          652         $255,000

18142 Sundowner WY #11       12/17/2019      3   2          934         $311,500

18149 Sundowner WY #93       12/20/2019      3   2          948         $320,000

26770 Claudette ST #410        12/17/2019      2   2          1,007      $325,000

18102 Erik CT #554               12/17/2019      3   2          1,155      $360,000

19009 Nearbrook ST              12/16/2019      3   2          1,350      $489,000

19208 Drycliff ST                  12/19/2019      4   2          1,144      $500,000

15834 Cindy CT                    12/16/2019      4   3          1,610      $500,000

18602 Hilton CT                    12/16/2019      3   3          1,790      $515,000

19329 Cedarcreek ST             12/17/2019      4   2          1,600      $545,000

17824 Silverstream DR           12/20/2019      4   3          1,680      $570,000

26730 Madigan DR                12/20/2019      3   3          2,349      $615,000

20303 Aurora LN                   12/20/2019      4   3          2,476      $630,000

26893 Cherry Willow DR         12/17/2019      4   2          1,898      $645,000

16344 Mountain LN                12/19/2019      4   3          3,039      $648,500

16101 Live Oak CR                12/17/2019      5   5          3,890      $1,500,000

Closed Sales Castaic

Address                                    COE Date       Br Bath        Sqft               Price

27588 Onyx LN                       12/20/2019      3   2          1,392       $387,000

29303 Plymouth RD                 12/19/2019      2   2          990         $485,000

27620 Elkwood LN                   12/16/2019      3   3          1,503       $491,000

31346 Cherry DR                     12/19/2019      3   2          1,308       $535,000

29924 Shadow PL                    12/20/2019      3   2          1,809       $620,000

28119 Springvale LN                12/18/2019      3   2          1,809       $620,000

Closed Sales Saugus

Address                                    COE Date       Br Bath        Sqft               Price



Carousel Ranch to Receive Black and White Clydesdale from Express Employment Professionals

| Community | December 26, 2019

Carousel Ranch announced the upcoming donation of a black and white Clydesdale named EX Decker’s Nash that will join the equestrian team of therapy horses at the ranch in early January 2020. The donation was made possible by the Express Employment Professionals Santa Clarita franchise. In addition, the local office facilitated a $10,000 cash donation from the corporate office to the nonprofit earlier this month.

A team of eight black and white Express Clydesdales will participate in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day and Equestfest on Dec. 29, 2019, an event that allows people to get up close to the 2020 Rose Parade equestrian units. Local residents will have the opportunity to meet the award-winning Express Clydesdales at a free event on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Express Employment Professionals Santa Clarita, located at 28111 Avenue Stanford, Santa Clarita. Guests will enjoy photo opportunities with the horses and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Carousel Ranch. Food will be served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The equestrian team visited Santa Clarita last year in connection with their appearance in the 2018 Hollywood Christmas Parade.

“The community welcomed Express Santa Clarita with open arms and our business has flourished in the short four years we have been open,” said Yvonne Rockwell, owner of the Santa Clarita office. “Due to our local success, the purchase of Express Clydesdale EX Decker’s Nash was made possible. We truly feel blessed to be part of this wonderful community and to be able to give the gift of EX Decker’s Nash to Carousel Ranch where he will be of service to so many children.”

There is a rich history behind the Express Clydesdales. In 1998, Bob Funk, owner of Express Ranches and president and vice chairman of Express Employment Professionals, traveled to the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan. While visiting, he met and fell in love with the rare and beautiful black and white Clydesdales. Funk saw an opportunity to bring something entirely new and different to his home state of Oklahoma, steeped as it is in its own rich equestrian history. The Express Ranches Percherons are another breed of horses that compete at some of North America’s most prestigious draft horse shows.

From the Oklahoma ranch, the Express Clydesdales travel the country visiting local Express Employment Professionals’ offices. Four-year-old EX Decker’s Nash will part from the team after the Santa Clarita visit and start a new career as a therapy horse at Carousel Ranch.

Carousel Ranch is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Through both equestrian therapy and vocational training programs, they strive to create an atmosphere where every student can succeed.

“EX will live out his days as a therapy horse on the ranch in Agua Dulce,” said Denise Redmond, executive director of Carousel Ranch. “This gentle giant will enjoy a great life and be loved by our students as he participates in our equestrian therapy sessions disguised as fun.”

“Express prides itself on a culture of servant leadership and investing in the community is a huge component of that,” said Bill Stoller, CEO and chairman of the board of Express Employment Professionals. “We are proud that Yvonne Rockwell and the office staff have partnered with Carousel Ranch to make a difference.”

Over the past several years, Express Santa Clarita has been working closely with Carousel Ranch and its Ready to Work vocational training program, bringing students into the employment office for interview experience, as well as the employment on-boarding process and paperwork.

“This has been an amazing real-life experience that is priceless for these young adults with special needs,” said Redmond, pointing out that Rockwell has also given several students an opportunity for paid work within Express.

Rockwell explains, “Express Employment Professionals is on a mission to put a million people to work! The work we are doing with Carousel Ranch has allowed us to be so much more inclusive, assisting in the employment process for those who may otherwise have barriers in the process. It takes the concept of employment to another level for us. This partnership has been very rewarding for our local team.”

Drifters Toy Drive

| Community | December 26, 2019

In their 12th year, Drifters donates toys during the holidays, a tradition that began with former owner Dennis Marazzito Sr. and was continued by his brother Joe and son Dennis Jr. after he died.

Santa Clarita Partners with Local Waste Haulers to Recycle Trees During Holiday Season

| Community | December 26, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita has partnered with its local waste haulers, Waste Management and Burrtec Waste Industries, to offer free curbside Christmas tree recycling from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11. Single-family residents should place their trees at the curb on their regular collection day during the two weeks following the Christmas holiday. Multi-family property residents can place their trees adjacent to bins within their complex.

Trees must be free of any ornaments, tinsel or lights in addition to nails, nets and tree stands before being placed curbside. Trees that are flocked, painted or fireproofed will not be eligible for recycling and will be disposed of as trash.

Recycled trees benefit the environment and are kept out of landfills, in addition to being repurposed into soil amendment, compost or mulch. Residents can visit GreenSantaClarita.com to learn more about the Holiday Tree Recycling Program in addition to green holiday tips to keep homes and businesses environmentally friendly.

Bowman Student Dani Dominguez Honored with Award

| Community | December 26, 2019

Bowman High School student Dani Dominguez was recently presented the top award from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Every Student Succeeding luncheon, which honored over 70 students from the Southern California region.

The award honors students who overcome challenges, be those physical, emotional, or in some cases from a difficult home life.

For Dani, it was her home life. When she was three her mother tried to change her name and give her away. She then moved from family member to family member, never feeling the stability of a good home life. She was moving so often that by the time she got to Bowman it was her eighth high school.

“I’ve always had a lot of negative people around and I always hated that and didn’t want that to be me,” Dani said. “The people at Bowman really showed how they cared about my future. They told me to work hard for myself. I never really felt comfortable asking for help until I got to Bowman. When I needed money for the bus, someone gave me a dollar. When I needed a job someone helped me get a job. The stability helped me and I was finally able to enjoy my high school experience.”

Dani got involved with ASB at Bowman and started working harder to earn extra credit. As a continuation school that focuses on getting students the credits they need to graduate, Dani was able to work hard for extra credit and is on track to graduate at the end of January. In essence, Dani will graduate a semester early and then enroll at COC.

“She has become a strong leader on campus,” said Bowman Principal Eran Zeevi. “When you see her, you always see a smile and a great attitude. She radiates positivity all around.”

Dani was presented a check for $600 at the ACSA luncheon, and she will receive an additional $1,000 as she will be a state representative next fall at the ACSA Leadership Conference in San Diego. She is also representing the region as one of 19 finalists for the state award this spring.

Six Flags Shines in Seasonal Spirit

| Community, Entertainment | December 24, 2019

The holiday season will be over before we all know it. With the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind us, why not treat the family to one last seasonal surprise with a trip to Santa Clarita’s very own six Flags Magic Mountain. Now through January 5, the popular theme park has transformed itself into a glittering wonderland of lights and holiday decor. It’s a great way to round out the holiday season and welcome in the New Year.

My family and I visited a number of theme parks for the holidays, and Magic Mountain was easily on the top list of our favorites. Living in Santa Clarita we find it easier than most to visit the park throughout the year, but if you’ve never experienced it during the holidays it really does undergo a transformation that is nothing short of magical.

During the day the park is adorned with holiday trees, wreaths, ornaments and other holiday decorations, but it isn’t until the sun goes down that the park really comes to life. Various areas have been adorned with thousands and thousands of holiday lights that brighten the night sky with whimsical Christmas spirit. You will be left in awe as you walk through this shimmering land of lights reminiscent of everybody’s glimmering trees or lighting menorahs.

Our beloved characters are there, helping to spread the cheer, and there are plenty of new seasonal eats and snacks available for tasting. Why not enjoy a churro, tamale, festive soup and a number of other holiday treats while covered in a canopy of Christmas lights?

All of the rides are open during this magical time, so when your 8-year-old nephews let you take a breath, make sure you give yourself a moment to take in all the beauty.

“Six Flags: Holiday in the Park” runs through January 5th. For more information, please visit www.sixflags.com.

Sleep and Eat Your Way to Better Brain Health

| Community | December 19, 2019

As we near the end of the decade, I thought it would be helpful for me to share some ideas with you about brain health and optimization. I always thought if I avoided risky behaviors and did not experience injuries or illnesses that affected the brain, I would be alright. But it turns out there is much more to it than that. It’s the combination of eating the right food and sleep health that makes the difference.

Did you know that cognitive decline can begin as soon as your late 20s and early 30s? A University of Virginia study published in 2009 discovered “top performances in some of the tests were accomplished at the age of 22. A notable decline in certain measures of abstract reasoning, brain speed and in puzzle-solving became apparent at 27.” We can improve our brain’s function based on our life choices.

Nutrition is the very basic foundation of all health, including brain health, so making wise choices in what foods to eat not only helps your body stay healthy and trim, but also helps improve your brain function.

Add these Superfoods to Your Diet

Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach, and Swiss chard all contain vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta-carotene, which combat inflammation, improve cognitive function and reduce neurodegeneration. If you’re not a fan of salads, adopt the habit of drinking a green smoothie daily for breakfast.
Berries. Blueberries especially contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been shown to improve cognitive function. When you’re craving something sweet, reach for some blueberries instead of sugar-filled snacks, or add a serving of blueberries to sweeten your green smoothie.
Avocado. Your brain needs healthy fats to function, and avocados are filled with monounsaturated fats. Avocados are also important to your overall health because they help balance your LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio, which in turn increases the blood flow to your brain and reduces the risk of stroke.
Cauliflower and Broccoli. Both are filled with choline, which helps prevent memory loss and cognitive decline as we age. Check out Pinterest for simple yet tasty ways to prepare cauliflower and broccoli or add some raw pieces to your salads.
Turmeric. A yellow spice often used in Indian foods, turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that can also help improve memory. Its main compound, curcumin, is thought to increase the presence of BDNF, a growth hormone in the brain. Add turmeric to your foods or take a supplement daily.

Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Brain

Another simple way to keep your brain healthy is to get enough sleep. Without sleep, your brain can’t function properly. Your reflexes are slower, you’ll have difficulty focusing on tasks and you’ll have difficulty learning new things. Sleep is also extremely important to your brain’s neurons and their ability to communicate with each other.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says, “Research shows that a chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.” Therefore, it makes common sense to do anything possible to avoid these catastrophic health issues.

Unplug from electronics one hour before bed. The blue light that reflects off the mobile phone or television screen reduces the amount of melatonin produced in the brain, which is necessary for a good night’s sleep.
Meditate. Coupled with unplugging from technology, meditation is a peaceful way to calm down after a long, stressful day.
Set an earlier bedtime. Instead of falling asleep on the couch watching your favorite television show, set the DVR and go to bed earlier. Adults need a solid 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance the next day.
Increase your light exposure during daytime hours. Your circadian rhythm is the biological time clock that tells the body it’s daytime or nighttime. Increasing your light exposure not only increases your daytime energy, it also prepares your body for a good night’s sleep. Get outside when the sun is out.
Turn your bedroom into a peaceful oasis. To improve your sleep quality, eliminate clutter, add some room darkening shades or curtains, and charge your electronics elsewhere. Clutter causes stress in our brains, which is the last thing you want when it’s time for sleeping.

Email me for a comprehensive report on brain health and optimization.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Plum Canyon and has been working exclusively online since 2006. “Authors! The Quick Book to Business Method: Turning Your Book into an Ongoing Revenue Stream” is her latest book and was released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing in August of 2019. All of Connie’s titles are available in paperback at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, at your local bookstore by request, and also for Kindle. Find out more by visiting http://HugeProfitsTinyList.com and download an audio recording for 2019 at http://NewRulesforOnlineMarketing.com.

Questions? Email Connie at crgreencrgreen@yahoo.com and be sure to put Home Business Question in the subject line. Your question and answer will be included in a future article.

City Reacts to Bureau of Land Management’s Decision Regarding CEMEX

| Community | December 12, 2019

More than $25 million — that is how much the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims it is owed by CEMEX Corporation. In a pair of decisions sent to CEMEX on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, the federal agency states that for each of the two mining contracts, no actual production has occurred, and no annual payments in lieu of production were made. Annual in lieu of production payments were due on or before the anniversary date of the execution of the contract. To date, CEMEX has not paid any of these payments.

The decisions state, “CEMEX has a contractual and legal obligation to produce material or to make annual payments in lieu of production … CEMEX’s failure to comply with the terms and conditions of producing mineral material or making timely in lieu payments is contrary to the terms of the contract and in violation of federal regulation.” If CEMEX fails to respond to the notice within 30 days, “BLM will consider CEMEX to be in breach of contract, and the contract will be canceled or terminated for default.”

“Hearing the words ‘canceled’ or ‘terminated’ in regard to CEMEX is always good news,” said Councilmember and CEMEX City Council Ad Hoc Committee member Bob Kellar. “We will remain vigilant and see how this most recent development plays out, but this is definitely another win in what has been a two-decades-long battle to prevent mega-mining in our community.”

For the initial 10-year contract, which expired in 2010, the BLM states that the total amount owed to the United States in lieu of production payments is $7 million. For the second contract, set to expire on July 31, 2020, the BLM asserts that the contract is now in its ninth year, meaning that nine payments in lieu of production are due, totaling $18.97 million. Combined, the BLM is requesting a total of $25.97 million in payments from CEMEX.

“This is another major advancement in ensuring that our beautiful, natural landscape is not ravaged by mega-mining,” said Councilmember and CEMEX City Council Ad Hoc Committee member, Laurene Weste. “This fight is not officially over, and we are dedicated and committed to seeing this battle to conclusion. This community has worked for many years with strong leadership to prevent this mega-mine from becoming a reality in our Valley. We will continue to protect our air and water quality, as well as the health and high quality of life our residents appreciate.”

This recent development is the latest in what has been a 20-year-long battle over mining rights in Soledad Canyon. The City of Santa Clarita has been fighting to prevent mining in Soledad Canyon since the CEMEX contracts were issued by the federal government in 1990. The CEMEX contracts would have allowed for the mining of 56 million tons of sand and gravel from Soledad Canyon, which would have added up to 1,164 truck trips a day to local roads and freeways. Opponents of the project argue this would have caused air quality issues and potential negative impacts to the Santa Clara River, the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and wildlife corridors connecting the Angeles National Forest, as well as fish, wildlife and plants in the area.

All Aboard the Holiday Light Tour! See the Most Festive Decorations in Town

| Community, Entertainment | December 12, 2019

Take in the sparkling and shining sights of some of Santa Clarita’s most festively decorated neighborhoods in comfort and convenience on board a classic wooden Hometown Trolley or a Dial-A-Ride (DAR) bus for Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour. The popular service returns again this year, offering trips beginning Thursday, December 19th through Saturday, December 21st. Passengers can board at the McBean Regional Transit Center located at the corner of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. The Holiday Light Tour trips depart every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Tickets are first-come, first-served and can be purchased upon boarding for $3 per person or ride for free with the donation of canned food or other essential items for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

Visit www.SantaClaritaTransit.com for a link of suggested donations. Last year residents donated over 3,000 pounds of food and goods.

For more information about Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour and tour updates, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1BUS (1287) or visit www.SantaClaritaTransit.com.

City Urges Residents to be DUI Safe This Holiday Season

| Community | December 12, 2019

With the holiday season — and its various celebrations — well underway, the City of Santa Clarita is working to prevent drunk driving. The city and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are teaming up for the latest iteration of the Heads Up traffic safety campaign. With the help of residents and businesses, they hope to put an end to DUIs in Santa Clarita once and for all.

Alcohol-impaired fatalities make up more than a quarter of all crash fatalities, which is why it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel after having a drink. In fact, over the past five years, an average of 300 Americans died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day alone, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Santa Clarita, collisions caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are up 13% from January through September 2019 compared to the same time frame in 2018.
To curb this dangerous trend, the city is calling on local restaurants and bars to pledge to be a Heads Up business this holiday season. To sign up, business owners can visit santa-clarita.com/headsup and click on the “Drunk Driving” tab. There they can add their name to the list of local businesses committed to the safety of their patrons and the community as a whole. A Heads Up business pledges to:

  • Educate staff and patrons on the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • Follow all applicable laws regarding alcohol sales.
  • Never overserve.
  • Help patrons find a safe ride home.

Heads Up businesses will join the city in offering rideshare vouchers to patrons in need and will also display the Heads Up signage in their establishments through the use of window clings and bar coasters. Patrons can encourage their favorite establishment to sign up as well.

Santa Clarita Named a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community

| Community | December 6, 2019

Santa Clarita is One Of Six Cities in The Nation to Move Up to a Silver Designation

The League of American Bicyclists honored the efforts of Santa Clarita to build better places to bike with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, being one of the six cities in the nation to move from a bronze-level to a silver-level recognition during this round of judging. The award recognizes the City for its commitment to creating transportation and recreational resources that benefit residents of all ages and abilities while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices.

“Santa Clarita is among the few cities that are leading the nation when it comes to important livability factors that people want where they call home, like safe and accessible places to bike,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “Santa Clarita joins 53 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities as part of the movement toward more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected places. Our nation and the globe are facing complex public health and road safety challenges, and we’re proud that Santa Clarita and communities like it are embracing bicycling.”

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America sets the standard for how communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and accessibility while allowing them to benchmark progress toward making biking better. With this latest round of 53 new and renewing awardees, there are currently 488 Bicycle Friendly Communities throughout the nation. The silver BFC award recognizes Santa Clarita’s commitment to improving conditions for cyclists through investments in infrastructure, education programs and bike events.
“We are fortunate to live in a community where opting to ride a bike for transportation and enjoyment is safe and easy,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “In addition to the City’s expansive trail system and numerous safety enhancements designed to make biking even safer, we will continue to develop and improve the bicycling experience and look forward to continuing to receive honors as one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the nation. We are proud of this incredible honor.”
More than 850 communities have applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program, which provides a roadmap to making biking better for communities of all shapes and sizes. While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other efforts are considered including education, encouragement and enforcement. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.

The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards and community-driven best practices.

To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community. To learn about all things biking in Santa Clarita, please visit bikesantaclarita.com.

State Sen. Wilk Gets High Marks for Voting Record on Animal Welfare Bills

| Community | December 5, 2019

State Sen. Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, has received an “A” grade from PawPAC, an organization dedicated to the passage of humane laws and the election of humane legislators.

“Thank you to PawPac for being a steady advocate for issues that protect our animal population. PawPAC’s engagement on these types of issues makes a difference,” said Wilk. “As the parent of two four-legged, furry kids, it is hard to fathom someone intentionally hurting or endangering them, but sadly that does happen far too often. As an elected official, I am proud to stand for common-sense legislation that will protect our animals from harm.”

Wilk has carried legislation to crack down on animal abusers (Senate Bills 1198 in 2018 and 580 in 2019). He has also carried legislation to expand the pool of animal blood donors in California (Senate Bill 202 in 2019) and improve conditions for animals that donate blood.

“PawPAC does good work for the animals of California,” said Wilk. “I am one human that is honored to have my efforts recognized and will continue to advocate for policies that support the humane treatment of animals.”

Founded in 1980, PawPAC was the first organization dedicated to the election of candidates for state office in California who are committed to the well-being of animals. PawPAC’s state legislator scorecard can be found on their website.

Help Keep Siblings Together

| Community | December 5, 2019

Children’s Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption

Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. Children’s Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children’s Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.

“Children’s Bureau focuses on keeping siblings together whenever possible,” said Amy Heilman, Children’s Bureau’s Director of Foster Care and Adoption. “The sibling relationship is a strong and important long-term bond in the life of a child. We see that children adjust better and find more success in life when they join a family with their siblings. It takes away that worry about the safety of their brother or sister. The child can then focus on adjusting to the family they have joined and their new environment.”

Although we find loving families for more than 300 at-risk children and finalize 100 adoptions annually, the need continues for more individuals and families to become resource parents, especially ones who are able to accept siblings. Resource parents (foster and adoptive) are concerned about the well-being of children and their families. Resource parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team.

Children’s Bureau welcomes every individual regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for children. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey.

Children’s Bureau now also offers a fee-for-service Domestic /Independent Adoption Home Study Program for families seeking the adoption of an infant whose birth mother is making an adoption plan for her newborn child.

Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping children in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM to Noon at Children’s Bureau, 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, Valencia, CA 91355. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please call 661.208.4212 or email us at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An application may be downloaded from the website.

Licenses: Magnolia FFA 197805422, Palmdale FFA 197800281, Adoption (all) 197805428

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