Focusing on School Safety for the New School Year

| Community | August 15, 2019

This week marks back to school time for all of the elementary districts and the William S. Hart Union High School District here in the Santa Clarita Valley. The City of Santa Clarita would like to welcome students back to class and remind everyone of important safety messages and programs.

“This is an exciting time for both parents and students,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “We want to remind drivers to expect more students in the crosswalks, especially around local schools. Please drive cautiously in these areas and leave early to give yourself extra time to get where you are going.”

The City has also developed a data-driven program to enhance safety for pedestrians and drivers in school areas. The City continuously analyzes traffic data and uses the information gathered to enhance its Crossing Guard program, which provides crossing guards at 39 crosswalk sites in all four school districts within the City of Santa Clarita.

The City is also conducting studies and reviewing designs for its Safe Routes to School program, which will identify walking routes for students and families around schools that minimizes the need to cross busy intersections. A new Pedestrian Scramble traffic signal phase at Seco Canyon Road and Decoro Drive, near Santa Clarita Elementary School and Arroyo Seco Junior High, will modify the existing traffic sequence to allow for all pedestrians to cross at once while traffic is stopped. This modification will be in effect during busy morning drop-off and after-school pick-up hours to enhance pedestrian safety and reduce vehicle back-up.

Another way the City is creating a safe environment on campus is by partnering with the William S. Hart Union High School District to provide school resource deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Not only does our amazing team of school resource deputies help keep school campuses safe, they also help educate students on everything from personal safety and internet safety – to bike and pedestrian safety,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis.

The City’s Drug Free Youth in the Santa Clarita Valley team, or DFY in SCV, has already kicked off the school year, welcoming new students at registration events. At the elementary school level, City staff introduced the message of saying “no” to drugs and alcohol through age-appropriate workbooks, as well as various assemblies that teach about the dangers of drugs and strategies for making positive choices. As kids get older, they have the opportunity to join drug-free clubs and develop a positive peer network in junior high and high school, while also giving back to the community through community service projects.

“It is important to the City Council, and the City as a whole, that these vital programs and enhancements are included in our budget,” said City Manager Ken Striplin. “Our DFY in SCV program has reached more than 55,000 students since it began back in 2012. It has grown and evolved to meet the specific needs of our community. We take the safety and well-being of our residents seriously and want to do all we can to make it a safe and successful school year for all.”

Other City initiatives, such as the award-winning Heads Up! program, continue to reinforce positive behaviors in youth when it comes to traffic safety, pedestrian awareness and making positive choices as a new driver. To learn more about these City programs, please visit santa-clarita.com/headsup and dfyinscv.com.

Community Blood Drive

| Community | August 15, 2019

Did you know approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each day in the United States? The City of Santa Clarita and the American Red Cross invite residents to help save a life this summer at a community blood drive event on Friday, August 16, 2019, at City Hall.

The blood drive will take place in the Century Room at Santa Clarita City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. To schedule an appointment between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., please use the sponsor code “CityOfSantaClarita.”

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment using the location-specific sponsor codes. For questions regarding the August 16 blood drive, please contact Amanda Santos at (661) 255-4923 or asantos@santa-clarita.com.

SCVi, iLead’s Founding School, Hosts Prospective Family Night

| Community | August 9, 2019

Students in Grades TK-12, Community Welcome at Aug. 15 Event

SCVi, iLEAD’s founding school, a free public charter school serving learners in grades TK through 12, will welcome students, parents and interested members of the community to its Prospective Family Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Shakespeare Theatre on campus at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic.

SCVi offers a student-centered approach to education that focuses on project-based and social-emotional learning principles. Its curriculum is designed to equip learners with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century world.

SCVi offers personalized college track planning for every student, features the Santa Clarita Valley’s only International Baccalaureate program and earned a reputation for its rigorous arts and theatre curriculum. The school is both WASC accredited and NCAA approved, with a sports program through the CIF Omega League for athletics. SCVi also provides individualized learning plans, as well as site-based, homeschool, online, and hybrid learning options.

iLEAD Schools empower learners to become conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world, and inspire them to become creative thinkers and leaders with a lifelong love of learning.

The iLEAD learning model promotes individualized instruction, active learning methods and opportunities for self-directed learning. The organization celebrates and fosters each child’s individuality, and supports them in discovering their highest potential in the environment which best suits their learning needs.

For more information visit www.ileadsantaclarita.org.

How to Excel in Business to Save you Time and Money – Part 1

| Community | August 9, 2019

Microsoft Excel is one of the most underused tools business professionals have at their fingertips. If they would just take advantage of Excel’s benefits, they would have more free time to do what they want. People who use Excel save more time and money and gain a competitive edge on their competition.

It is so versatile that it can be tweaked to work with almost any project. It can be used for things as simple as a calculator to something as complex as a full accounting system.

Some of the things Excel can be used for to save you time and money are:

Merging Lists from Different Sources into a Single Spreadsheet
A retail call-center manager needed to monitor employee phone usage and determine if any staff was abusing phone privileges. The manager needed to combine the lists of inbound and outbound calls that he had with the customer phone number information from corporate headquarters. The manager needed to find a faster way to merge the data than manually inputting the information.

TAP Solutions created a spreadsheet using an Excel macro that combined the two sources of information and compared the data. Phone numbers that didn’t match up with the customer list were separated out to determine if the employees were abusing their phone privileges. The new spreadsheet also enabled the manager to see the phone activity in each division. This information allowed the company to balance the call load throughout the call center and saved them overtime costs.

Converting PDF Files into Excel
A manufacturer received client orders in large PDF documents. The company had to print them out, then manually enter the information into the system. The manual process required many hours and contained numerous errors.

Under the new TAP Solutions system, the PDF files were converted into text files that could be read by Excel and turned into spreadsheets. The Excel format enabled the company to directly upload the orders into their processing system. The company could also then analyze the data and import and export the information as needed. Eliminating the manual data entry step resulted in much faster, more accurate order processing.

For more information, contact Warren Schultz at warren@tapsolutions.net or call him at 818-281-7628.

Maintaining Resilience in a Changing World

| Community | August 8, 2019

Reader Andre wrote in to ask how he can handle the changing world we live in. He feels like everything in his life has changed in recent years and he needs to make sense of it all. My thoughts on this are the same today as they were a decade ago; we must be resilient and demonstrate mental toughness at all times to achieve the life goals we want and deserve.

What does it mean to be resilient and have mental toughness?

In order to strengthen resilience, it’s important to understand the concept in depth. Resilience is the ability to move forward by growing through every part of life’s process. Struggling is a natural part of living. What matters is how we react to struggle.

It’s easy to let difficulty keep us down. It isn’t easy to stay afloat when the waters are rocky, and it’s okay to feel that struggle. Resilience is associated with toughness. Part of being tough means admitting to difficulty and working through it instead of ignoring it.

How many times have you heard someone say, “just toughen up,” or something similar? While it is easy to say, what does mental toughness really mean?

At one time being told to toughen up was thought of as being cliché. The view on mental toughness has now changed. Who isn’t leading a more stressful life these days? Life can really throw you a curve ball at any time and it is important to have that mental toughness to deal with any situation. How you deal with a stressful situation is directly related to your level of resilience.

Having resilience and mental toughness is an asset when it comes to all types of situations including: sports, business, facing an emergency, dealing with a major illness or injury and more.

An example of this is how we handle a downturn in the economy. The resilient person will accept what they cannot change and make adjustments to maintain a healthy financial picture for their personal and business affairs.

Research has shown that as a person ages they do become tougher. A senior person may have a weaker body due to their age, but mentally we can be super tough! We also gain wisdom as we age.

On the downside some people who appear to be resilient and mentally tough are often insensitive to certain situations. This may make them seem tough, but in fact they could be lacking in certain skills such as building relationships with people.

The world today has evolved into a busy and stressful environment. It is important to have a certain degree of resilience just to survive. On the upside we have developed into a society that is not afraid to speak out. People are encouraged to discuss their stressors and are able to find help more easily.

Life is something that you can either go through, or grow through. Resilience requires the willingness to grow and adapt. Life has peaks and valleys. It is always changing. If you’re able to accept this, you’ll find that you’re more motivated to get curious about the lessons of each moment. You’re not born with resilience or mental toughness, but you can develop these skills.

It can appear difficult to implement new habits, especially when they involve making big changes in your life. Keep in mind that you can learn something from every situation you encounter, and this is a good opportunity to learn something that will improve your self-worth and enthusiasm for life.

Keeping a journal can help you get your thoughts out so that you don’t have to store them in your brain. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to have so many thoughts swirling around like a whirlpool. Writing it out can help ease that feeling. Set a timer for ten minutes and write whatever comes to you, even if it doesn’t make sense.

One of the skills you’ll learn emphasizes the importance of building community. You can use this skill to implement changes you want to make by asking for accountability. Having people around you who know the changes you’re trying to make will help remind you of your goals.

As your self-awareness improves, so will your ability to maintain a positive outlook on your progress. If you can look back at the work you do and are proud of yourself even if you were not perfect, you will be more confident in your ability to grow.

Part of resilience and mental toughness is facing difficult things head-on. Become a problem solver at every turn. Focus on the positive aspects of your life and continue to move forward.

Connie Ragen Green lives in Saugus and has been working exclusively on the internet since 2006. Local Business Marketing: Making the Phone Ring for Businesses Everywhere is her latest book and was released by Hunter’s Moon Publishing in June 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.

College of the Canyons Fall 2019 Job Fair

| Community | August 8, 2019

You are invited to participate in College of the Canyons’ Fall 2019 Job Fair. The event is widely promoted throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas including social media outlets. The job fair is open to COC students as well as community members. This ensures attendance by a large and diverse group of job seekers with a wide variety of skill levels and backgrounds.

The JOB FAIR is designed for employers to recruit qualified candidates for paid employment opportunities.

Registration to attend begins with posting your job openings on MyJobs – our online job board. Posting your jobs allows us to promote your jobs through COC departments and directly to students in programs of study related to your hiring needs. It also allows job seekers to prepare their resumes and apply for your open positions prior to meeting you at the Job Fair.

College of the Canyons – Valencia Campus
Friday, October 4, 2019 from 9AM – Noon
Location: Gymnasium
This is an indoor event
Limited to 80 employers
Registration Fee: $75, non-refundable
Fee includes 1 table, 2 chairs
Event Website: www.cocjobfair.com

Register Early to Attend:
Access “MyJobs” at https://www.myinterfase.com/canyons/employer/
You will be directed to the “Employer Login”
If you registered for a job fair in the past or previously posted a job opportunity, you already have a login and password. If not, select “Click here to register” located at the bottom of the page
Once you have logged in, select “Career Fairs and Events” then “Career Fair.” Select the fair(s) you want to attend and “Register Now”
In the “Positions Available” field, list the job titles you hope to fill. You will receive a confirmation email with event information and an invoice

If you have any additional questions or need additional assistance with registering for the JOB FAIR, please contact Lonnie Davis at (661) 362-3394 or Lonnie.Davis@canyons.edu.

Local Photographer to Display New Exhibit at Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library

| Community | August 8, 2019

Visit the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library to view a new art exhibit titled “The Ground Beneath Me; Not Above Me, So Enjoy Life…” by local photographer Mel Carll. Residents and visitors can view the exhibit from now through December 3 at the library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.

Despite enduring difficult times battling cancer and going through radiation treatment, Carll chooses to find the bright side of situations. During his treatment, he did not allow his illness to discourage his practice of, or dedication to, his art. “The Ground Beneath Me; Not Above Me, So Enjoy Life…” represents hope and is a reminder to all to stay positive, have a good attitude and continue to love life.

In the exhibit, viewers will find a beautiful portrayal and appreciation of nature. The natural subjects of Carll’s photographs exude his love for life and allow others to see through his optimistic lens.

For more information about current and upcoming art exhibits in the City, please visit santaclaritaarts.com.

Another Fantastic Fiscal Year for Location Filming in Santa Clarita

| Community | August 8, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita had another fantastic year of location filming in the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year with the Film Office recording 526 film permits and 1,380 film days, which generated an estimated $33.4 million in economic impact to the local community. These statistics represent an increase in the estimated economic impact when compared to the previous fiscal year.

This is the sixth consecutive fiscal year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded over 500 permits and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from productions filming on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit.

“The reason we see so many movie trailers and crews working around the City is because we are in the magic 30-mile zone,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Not only do these local productions enhance our economy – they also provide jobs to our residents. In fact, some 6,000 Santa Clarita residents are employed by the entertainment industry.”

More than half of the filming days for FY 2018-2019 were attributed to television production alone, many of which were from local Santa Clarita based shows including “Bless This Mess,” “Future Man,“ “Goliath,” Good Trouble,” “Holey Moley,” “Mayans MC,” “NCIS,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Santa Clarita Diet” and “Pearson.”

Other television shows that filmed on location in Santa Clarita last fiscal year included “9-1-1,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Are You Sleeping,” “Atypical,” “Barry,” “Baskets,” “The Baxters,” “Criminal Minds,” “Drunk History,” “Euphoria,” “GLOW,” “Good People,” “For All Mankind,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Light as a Feather,” “The Masked Singer,” “Medical Police,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “SEAL Team,” “Shameless,” “Station 19,” “Straight Up Steve Austin,” “Timeless,” “Too Old to Die Young,” “Top Dog,” “Trading Spaces,” “Unbelievable,” “Veronica Mars,” “Young Sheldon,” “You’re the Worst” and many more.

TV shows weren’t the only productions taking advantage of Santa Clarita filming locations. Multiple movies and feature films were shot in the City last fiscal year including “Ad Astra,” “Annabelle Comes Home,” “Badland,” “Call of the Wild,” “Deadwood: The Movie,” “Headshop,” “Lucy in the Sky,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Palm Springs,” “The Spongebob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge” and more, in addition to numerous commercials, music videos, online content, still photo shoots and student projects.

Santa Clarita is consistently one of the most filmed places in California because it’s located within the industry’s well-known 30-Mile Zone and offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double for almost anywhere in the world. Santa Clarita also has more than 25 sound stages, over ten movie ranches, a one-stop shop Film Office and some of the lowest film permitting fees in the Los Angeles area.

Several other factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s own Film Incentive Program and Movie Ranch Overlay Zone. In addition, the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program is working very successfully to keep plenty of production in the Golden State, and right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view to filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).

Mayor Marsha McLean Joins California Film Commission Executive Director for Santa Clarita Film Tour

| Community | August 2, 2019

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Mayor Marsha McLean joined California State Assemblywoman Christy Smith, representing the 38th District, and State of California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell and Deputy Director Eve Honthaner for a Santa Clarita Film Information Tour. Mayor McLean and the Santa Clarita City Council have been, and continue to be, committed to attracting and retaining film projects in the community.

During the tour, Mayor McLean and attendees met with City staff to receive an update on the state of filming in Santa Clarita and the role of the City’s Film Office, learning more about the value of incentives offered to productions that film in the City. Following the information session, the group toured Santa Clarita Studios with studio President Mike DeLorenzo.

“The City of Santa Clarita is a premier film destination that is home to more than 20 soundstages and ten plus movie ranches. We are proud to say that more than 6,000 Santa Clarita residents currently work in the film entertainment industry,” said Mayor McLean. “Additionally, filming in Santa Clarita is a great revenue generator that enables the City to provide residents with a high quality of life.

The City Council wholeheartedly supports this vital industry.”

The California Film Commission administers the Film & Television Tax Credit program, which provides tax credits for qualified expenditures for eligible productions produced in California. This program allows filmmakers to recoup up to 25 percent of their spending (up to the first $100 million) on crew salaries and other qualified costs.

Combining this with the City’s Film Incentive Program, which was approved by the City Council in 2009, filmmakers choose to shoot in Santa Clarita due to the ability to receive subsidized permit fees and reduced costs for on-set safety personnel. The City is an active member of the Film Liaisons in California and has historically worked closely with the California Film Commission to follow industry best practices.

Since the Film Incentive Program was approved in 2009, more than $525,000 has been refunded to projects approved under the CA Film & Television Tax Credit program. At the same time, the local community has received an estimated $114.8 million in positive economic impact from these incentivized productions.

To celebrate the City’s place in film history – both modern and historical – the annual State of the City event on Thursday, October 24, will be titled “Lights! Camera! Santa Clarita.” Learn more about the City of Santa Clarita’s annual State of the City luncheon and purchase your tickets by visiting santa-clarita.com.

Residents can also discover the rich history of filming in the City by visiting filmsantaclarita.com. Filmmakers wanting to explore the Film & Television Tax Credit program can visit the California Film Commission website at film.ca.gov.

Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women

| Community | August 2, 2019

The community now has awareness of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) and Zonta International (ZI) initiative to address violence against women locally and worldwide. Zontians walked in the 4th of July parade through downtown Newhall and Valencia as they chanted “Zonta says No to Violence Against Women!” They were followed by the upcoming 2020 Zonta International President – Sharon Langenbeck –riding in a vintage Ford Mustang and Zontians riding in the balloon and banner decorated City Trolley.

The crown waved, cheered and raised ‘thumbs-up’ to our message of awareness about stopping “violence against women” worldwide. “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women” was launched in 2012 by ZI to raise awareness of the issue; the campaign has evolved to address human trafficking, one of the most widespread human right’s violations in the world. Ending Child Marriage is a ZI project designed to promote local and national governments and community commitment in 12 countries that will change attitudes to hopefully end child, early and forced marriage – one of the worst obstacles girls are facing globally and a severe human right’s violation.

Locally, the Zonta Club strives to empower women through service and advocacy. LifeForward Workshops, Stemming the Tide of Human Trafficking, Domestic Court Advocacy and Girls’ Robotics programs are designed to assist women and girls in the community. Scholarships help women who strive for further education and Grants help organizations with projects that improve the lives of women.

For information about Zonta go to www.zontascv.org or call Phyllis Walker at 661-251-1172.

New Students Invited to Welcome Day at College of the Canyons

| Community | August 1, 2019

For many college freshman students, the first day of school can be a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. To better assist its incoming class of freshman students, College of the Canyons will host Welcome Day on Friday, August 9.

The one-day event will welcome new students and their families with more than 25 conference workshops — held in English and Spanish — on a variety of topics such as financial aid and how to be a successful student.

“It is our hope that this new event will help better prepare incoming students for the college experience,” said Jasmine Ruys, associate vice president of enrollment services.

Students will also be able to meet fellow students and professors, explore majors, take campus tours and learn about the campus environment and support programs.

Welcome Day is scheduled 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Honor Grove, located at the Valencia campus.

This free event is open to new and prospective students, as well as their families. Parking will be free in all college lots for the duration of the event.

For more information email: outreach@canyons.edu or call (661) 362-5891.

Friends of Library to Host Special Book Sale

| Community | August 1, 2019

Book Donations for the Sale Being Accepted at the Valencia Library Starting August 1

You’re invited to attend the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library “Half-Price Huge Book Sale” event at the Valencia Library on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a chance to discover some great summer reads at a bargain price. The sale will take place inside the Community Room of the Valencia Library, located at 23743 W. Valencia Boulevard. Proceeds from the book sales will be used to support programming for the Santa Clarita Public Library. No reservations are required to attend.

Those attending the bag sale are asked to bring their own bag for shopping. The community is invited to donate books for the sale by dropping off donated materials at the Valencia Library starting Thursday, August 1, 2019. Opportunities to volunteer are also available; more information can be found at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com.

The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library support the library through advocacy, volunteer service, supplemental funding and fostering a close relationship between the library and the community. All proceeds from three bookstores and fundraising efforts support programming for the Santa Clarita Public Library.

For more information, please visit SantaClaritaFOL.com or contact the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library by email at friends@santaclaritalibrary.com.

Volunteer Registration is Officially Open for 25 Annual River Rally

| Community | August 1, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to officially open volunteer registration for the 25 Annual River Rally Clean-Up and Environmental Expo which will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. This year, volunteers will clean a portion of the Santa Clara River behind the Newhall Community Center, at 22421 Market Street, in Old Town Newhall. Community members are invited to be part of the solution for a better environment by helping to preserve the river’s natural beauty and wildlife.

Families, clubs, scout troops, churches and businesses interested in volunteering must pre-register at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com. In addition to the river clean-up, volunteers can sign up to help with volunteer check-in, water and gloves distribution, arts and crafts, riverbed watch and biologist training line control.

To further help the environment, volunteers are encouraged to carpool, walk, bike or use public transportation and bring their own reusable water bottle. The event features an Environmental Expo where participants can learn about everything green from recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation and wildlife conservation.

For more information about volunteering for the River Rally and other volunteer opportunities with the City, please contact Gabby Vera, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at volunteers@santa-clarita.com or (661) 250-3708.

Bridge to Home Secures Year Round Funding for 60 Beds

| Community | August 1, 2019

LAHSA Contract Covers 75% of Expanded Operations – Fundraising Underway

Bridge to Home, the primary homeless services provider in the Santa Clarita Valley, is excited to announce that they have secured a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) contract in the amount of $840,000 which will fund 60 beds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This means those experiencing homelessness in our community will now have access to shelter and resources year round by September 15th.

The funds from this new contract cover 75% of the cost of the expansion. Therefore, Bridge to Home is launching a significant fundraising campaign to fill the gap and provide the services and resources needed in Santa Clarita. There is an immediate need for $100,000 now and an additional $150,000 in the next few months – for a total of $250,000 by September 30, 2019. If you, or your organization, can help fill this need, please visit btohome.org to donate now.

“This is a critical time, when we have the potential to make a true and lasting impact on homelessness in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Bridge to Home Executive Director Michael Foley. “These funds, awarded by LAHSA, are the boost we needed. I urge all of you, whether you are long term supporter or looking to give back to your community, to consider donating to Bridge to Home. Your support will make an enormous difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Until this year, Bridge to Home operated a 60 bed emergency winter shelter that was only open overnight. Beginning this March, thanks to funding from Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Bridge to Home was able to keep their doors open and provide 45 beds. Now, thanks to this contract, as of September 1, 2019, Bridge to Home will never need to close their doors again and will be able to provide 60 beds for 60 individuals in our community who need assistance and resources to get back into permanent housing. Bridge to Home will accept people in crisis situations who need immediate shelter, as well as those who are already on the path to secure permanent housing.

“I want to say thank you to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, her staff, the Santa Clarita City Council and staff, and all of our community volunteers for supporting Bridge to Home,” said Board President Peggy Edwards. “This truly has been a community-wide effort to reach this point and the Bridge to Home Board extends their deepest gratitude to those who made our goal of a year round shelter a reality.”

There are many ways to donate to Bridge to Home. You can sign up to be a Bridge Builder and donate on a monthly basis, make a one-time donation or sign up to be a Power Sponsor and take advantage of the high profile opportunities to highlight your business while supporting Bridge to Home. For more information please visit www.btohome.org.

Event with International Bestselling Author Larry Loftis

| Community | August 1, 2019

Community Invited to Attend One-Of-A-Kind Author Meet-Up at the Old Town Newhall Library

On Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, a free event will be held with Larry Loftis, author of the best-selling nonfiction books “Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond,” and “Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy.” This one-of-a-kind event is presented by Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library.

Larry will discuss his two novels, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. “Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond” is an international bestseller and tells the story of Dusko Popov, a globe-trotting double agent during World War II who inspired the character of James Bond. “Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” covers the extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II. Copies of both books will be available at the event for purchase or could be purchased at your local Barnes & Noble.

The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library support the library through advocacy, volunteer service, supplemental funding and fostering a close relationship between the library and the community. All proceeds from three bookstores and fundraising efforts support programming for the Santa Clarita Public Library.

The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main Street in Newhall. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. No reservations are required to attend.

For more information, please visit SantaClaritaFOL.com or contact the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library by email at friends@santaclaritalibrary.com.

Wilk Honors Las Brisas as the August Small Business

| Community | July 26, 2019

Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, honored Las Brisas in the Village of Apple Valley as the August Small Business of the Month at a community celebration. Their family, customers, and the community surrounded owners Gus and Linda Alfaro as Senator Wilk presented them with the award.

“It is really a pleasure to recognize a business that is clearly loved by its community,” said Wilk. “The Alfaro family has treated Apple Valley like family over the years, and I can tell today that the feeling is mutual.”

Established 28 years ago by Gus and Linda Alfaro, Las Brisas is a go-to in the High Desert for delicious food and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Always quick to help out with space or food when the community is in need, Las Brisas is an integral part of The Town of Apple Valley.

A true family-owned business, Gus and Linda are there every day. Maria, Gus’ sister, has worked there since day one. The Alfaro children – Omar, Jordan, and Brisa – grew up working in the restaurant and still take time every day to come by to say hello or visit with patrons. They are also the first to help on the packed holidays.

For many years, Las Brisas provided free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need and still offers complimentary meals to uniformed military and public safety officials.

“One of the many great things about living in a small community like Apple Valley is the people,” said Wilk. “The Alfaro family treats their customers like family and in return, the community loves them. Congratulations to you on a well-deserved award.”

Small businesses, like Las Brisas, are the backbone of California’s economy. They employ 6.7 million Californians and comprise 49.6% of California’s workers.
“It is an honor to be recognized for doing what we love,” said Gus. “Making great food, serving up my famous Cadillac Margarita’s and enjoying the good company of my community is just what we do. The fact that our family – and I mean our children, my sister, our employees and the people of Apple Valley – are here with us today makes this even more special. Thank you.”

City to Hold Smart Gardening Workshops at Local Libraries

| Community | July 25, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to partner with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to host a series of Smart Gardening Workshops that promote environmentally friendly ways to maintain your garden. Multiple workshops will be held at two local library branches – the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library and the Valencia Library.

For gardeners just starting out, beginner workshops will cover the basic techniques of composting, worm composting, water-wise gardening and grasscycling.

For advanced gardeners with a green thumb, the advanced workshops will include tips on organic gardening, landscaping with native, drought-tolerant plants and integrated pest management.

Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library – 18601 Soledad Canyon Rd
Beginner Workshop – Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Workshop – Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Valencia Library – 23743 West Valencia Blvd
Advanced Workshop – Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information about the Smart Gardening Program, including instructional videos on gardening tips and a full list of workshops, please visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

Preparing for Emergencies

| Community | July 25, 2019

Television viewers worldwide are enraptured with drama series featuring harrowing medical emergencies, disasters, traumas and rescues. A-list shows include “Shortland Street” (New Zealand), “Trauma” (Canada), “Holby City” (United Kingdom), and in the United States, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Chicago Fire.” But succumbing to sudden chest pain or fighting off floodwaters approaching your own home is not a fictional drama. Real-life emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. Are you prepared?

Emergencies of all types can occur, from health crises to natural and man-made disasters. Sudden or severe physical symptoms can be life threatening, particularly for the senior who lives alone and cannot summon immediate help. Living in an at-risk area where the fury of Mother Nature unleashes tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards or other weather-related events calls for being prepared – before the emergency erupts.

“Far too often we hear of the tragic loss of life in emergency situations,” said Doug Dickstein, President at Burbank. “Older loved ones with health conditions or mobility issues are some of the most vulnerable who cannot readily seek urgent assistance or leave their homes for safety. Fortunately, there are a number of easy-to-follow steps to help protect the health and safety of everyone during an emergency.”

Dickstein suggests the following resources on emergency preparedness any time of year.

Establish a plan for emergencies.
Identify a circle of people who can offer hands-on assistance in emergencies , family members, friends, professional caregivers, relatives, neighbors and business associates.
Work with this support network to create an agreed-upon emergency plan. Important details to highlight in the plan include emergency medical treatment options, relevant emergency documents/health information, home escape routes, transportation needs, community response and evacuation plans, and family/friend communication contacts.
List safe places to shelter in the home, and note where to secure safe lodging within the community and outside the area.
Select a main contact person who will check on you during an emergency. Consider means of communication (knock on door, etc.) if telephone service is down.
Determine an action plan for those with health limitations who may need physical assistance during an emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, “If you have medical, transportation, or other access needs during an emergency, consider signing up for SMART911, Code Red, or your local county registry, depending upon which service your area uses to help first responders identify people who may need assistance right away.”
Safeguard copies of important documents such as insurance and financial records, birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports and wills in a fire-protected container or at a separate location.

Organize an emergency supply kit.
Be aware that in an emergency, you may not have time to collect essential supplies. Basic services such as water, gas, electricity and communications may be disrupted. Grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies may be closed or overwhelmed with lengthy lines.
Prepare your own emergency supply kit now before any medical alert or disaster situation arises.

Assemble and place the following preparedness items in a seal-tight plastic bin, waterproof duffle bag or wheeled carrier that is easy to transport:
First aid kit and first aid manual.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
Adequate supplies of water, nonperishable food, medications, hygiene items, etc. for a minimum of three days.
Hearing aids, eyeglasses and/or supplies for contacts, and other assistive devices.
Blankets, and if room, a sleeping bag.
Extra clothing and comfortable walking shoes or warm boots.
Cash and coins since ATMs may be inaccessible.
Cellphone with charger.
Supplies for pets or service animals.

Keep the emergency supply kit in a handy place, and be sure to include your identification and contact information for family and friends.

Stock a vehicle supply kit that includes jumper cables, a tire repair kit and flares. In summer, your vehicle supply kit should include sunscreen, shade-providing hat and extra water. A wintertime kit should include tire chains, ice scraper/snow brush, and warm clothes, gloves and boots. Review the supply kit’s contents and update supplies every six months or with seasonal changes.
Identify community resources.
Emergency warning systems – It is pertinent to know how your community will warn you of an impending disaster and stay in contact with you during and after an area emergency. Local authorities may use a Reverse 911 call system to warn of dangers, and you will need to register in advance for this free community communication system. Also, find out which local television and radio stations will broadcast emergency messages via the Emergency Alert System. You can also get emergency alerts via smartphone with the Wireless Emergency Alert, or receive SMS (Short Message Service) text or email alerts from the National Weather Service. Check in advance which community first responders (fire, ambulance services, etc.) will go door to door with emergency warnings and evacuation orders.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards – The NOAA offers a 24-hour network of VHF (very high frequency) weather radio stations that will send out the earliest warnings of hazardous weather and other disasters and civil emergencies in your area. Contact your local National Weather Service office or visit nws.noaa.gov/nwr for more information.

Local hospitals – As communities expand and offer more medical facilities, you may not realize which hospital or freestanding emergency clinic is closest to you. To find a nearby hospital, visit the U.S. Hospital Finder at ushospitalfinder.com.

Government support services – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can provide disaster assistance for individuals and businesses. FEMA also offers specialized support for those with disabilities or access or functional needs. The FEMA helpline is 800-621-3362 / TTY 800-462-7585. For online information and resources, visit fema.gov/individuals-disaster-assistance. FEMA’s mobile app can connect you with weather warnings and resources on disaster preparation, aid and shelter. The U.S. government also coordinates nationwide disaster-related efforts via the Disaster Services Unit and the Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness & Response.

Support services from local organizations – Many of the federal and state emergency response agencies have community-level teams to help in times of disaster. The local Office of Emergency Management and fire department and emergency response teams are invaluable resources. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are two well-established disaster relief organizations that provide services locally, such as mobile feeding stations, water, shelter, first aid and other recovery supplies. For shelter resources, text 4FEMA (43362) and enter SHELTER and your ZIP code. For Spanish, text REFUGIO (7338446) and enter your ZIP code. A Community Emergency Response Team, neighborhood watch, faith-based organizations, community block associations and other locally organized public service groups also assist with emergency preparedness and response in time of a disaster or medical emergency.

“Doing some homework and planning upfront,” Dickstein advises, “will reduce stress and scrambling if and when a medical emergency or disaster alert arises. No one needs to be caught off guard in times of crisis. Every action you take now can make a life-or-death difference in the future.”

Wings Over Camarillo Donates $2,650 to the Ventura County Fire Department Widows and Orphans Assistance Fund

| Community | July 19, 2019

As our community faced incredible challenges recently due to wildfires, the 2018 Wings Over Camarillo Air Show (WOC) was dedicated to the firefighters who so bravely fought for us. The theme of the event was a “Tribute to Firefighters.”

As part of the tribute, WOC sold limited edition patches as a fundraiser. All net proceeds from patch sales were directed to the Ventura County Fire Department Widows, Orphans & Assistance Fund, a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization dedicated to helping families of firefighters and fire department employees facing serious crisis.

On July 1, 2019, WOC presented a check for $2,650 to Randy Gilbert, Vice President of the Ventura County Fire Department Widows, Orphans & Assistance Fund, who is also he Firefighter Paramedic Crew Chief for the Ventura County Air Unit. According to Gilbert, the assistance fund has seen a substantial need for funds over the past two years and this donation has been greatly appreciated.

For more information on the non-profit and to contribute to the fund, please visit their website at http://vcfdwoaf.org/. Also, a limited quantity of patches are still available for $10 at the CAF Museum at Camarillo Airport (https://www.cafsocal.com/).

Wings Over Camarillo is hosted by Camarillo Wings Association, a 501(c)(3), all volunteer non-profit corporation in collaboration with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) SoCal Wing, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 723, Ventura County Ninety-Nines and Ventura County Department of Airports.

The 2019 Wings Over Camarillo Airshow | Car Show | STEM is on August 17 & 18.


Wildfire Town Hall

| Community, News | July 18, 2019

Join Senator Scott Wilk, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Assemblyman Tom Lackey on Monday, July 22, from 6 to 8 pm at a wildfire town hall meeting.

Hear the experts discuss:
Best practices for keeping your home safe in a wildfire
Preventative measures being taken by utility companies
State and county preparedness plans
City response/action plan

It will take place at The Centre (former Activities Center), located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.

RSVP to: 661-286-1471 or http://tinyurl.com/y58dkq5c

Wannabe, a Spice Girls Tribute to Kick Off Concerts in the Park

| Community, Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Swing it, shake it, move it and make it all evening long at the first show in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. The show on Saturday, July 6, will feature WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute. Starting at 7:00 p.m., hits from the ultimate ‘90s girl band will get the crowd dancing at this free concert at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Residents and visitors alike can spice up their lives by jamming out to the tunes of Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty and Baby Spice. WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute celebrates the biggest girl band in the world and “recreates the era of Girl Power.” This Canadian girl group will be heading on a United Kingdom tour this summer, but will stop in the States to perform at the City’s Concerts in the Park! Do not miss your chance to see what has been called the world’s top Spice Girls tribute as they perform the Spice Girls’ greatest hits like “Wannabe” and “Who Do You Think You Are.”

Say you’ll be there with your friends and family to enjoy the free show. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can kick back on the grass. Attendees can also picnic at the park with snacks from the different food vendors that will be on site.
For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Canyons Promise Sees Record-Breaking Growth and First Graduates

| Community | July 4, 2019

“I am going to be the first of my family to go to college,” wrote one of the 738 students who were accepted into the 2019-20 Canyons Promise cohort in their application essay. “Being a part of this program will help me succeed in my future and have the ability to transfer to a UC or Cal State University.” Canyons Promise, which waives tuition and fees for new full-time college students during their first year of study, will serve more students than ever when the new cohort enters College of the Canyons in fall 2019.

The program, previously known as First-Year Promise, achieved a record-breaking increase of 111 percent over its launch in 2017, when 350 students were accepted.

“We are excited to see the new Canyons Promise class start this fall,” said Jasmine Ruys, associate vice president of enrollment services. “It has been incredible to witness the program’s continuous growth and its successful impact on students who have participated.”

This college’s recent Commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2019 was the first to include First-Year Promise students.  It included 105 students from the inaugural First-Year Promise cohort, which began in the fall 2017 semester.

The increase in the number of students COC accepted was made possible through a combination of state funds and private donations.

“We are so grateful to all the donors who contributed to the Foundation’s fundraising campaign for the Canyons Promise program,” said Murray Wood, Chief Development Officer at the COC Foundation.  “Their generosity will make a difference to the lives of so many of our students, as their gifts pay dividends for years to come.”

In addition to waived tuition and fees, students also benefit from priority registration privileges and receive a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward textbooks, supplies and instructional materials.

Many courses are offered with the benefits of Zero Textbook Cost materials, peer mentors, and other learning community elements. Students also have access to a parking pass or city bus pass, and free computer lab printing services.

Students are welcomed into the program with a half-day summer counseling workshop during which they complete career assessments and receive academic guidance.

To help students remain on track, counseling and student support are offered throughout the year. Students who maintain eligibility the first year will be eligible for waived tuition and fees for their second year.

A Welcome Day event on Friday, Aug. 9 will help all Canyons Promise students gain the skills needed to be successful. In addition, students new to COC are welcome to attend.

For more information about Canyons Promise, visit the Canyons Promise web page.


Pathways Partnership Created with Hart District

| Community | July 4, 2019

In an effort to help prepare students for transfer or for career technical education, College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District have created a partnership that will offer eight college classes at high school campuses during the regular school day during the fall semester.

The College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership will allow 180 Hart District high school students to enroll in up to a maximum of five units per term and provide all course materials, including books and equipment necessary for course completion.

“We are very excited about this College and Career Access Pathways Partnership with the Hart District that will give participating students concurrent enrollment status at COC,” said Joseph Gerda, interim assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at the college. “It will be tremendously beneficial in helping high school students become college and career-ready.”

The five-year agreement, which began in July 2018 and ends in June 2023, is made possible thanks to Assembly Bill 288 (AB 288), which was passed by the state of California in 2015.

AB 288 allows a community college district to enter into a CCAP partnership with a school district “for the purpose of offering or expanding dual enrollment opportunities for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education, with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness.”

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