Month in Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community developments, and awesomeness – July 2018
$47 million Grant Awarded for I-5 HOV and Truck Lanes in SCV
$47 million was awarded to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for relieving the traffic congestion on the Interstate-5 in Santa Clarita California. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) the I-5 will receive funds to also improve the freeway naming the project the Interstate 5 Golden State Chokepoint Relief Program. These funds will be utilized to extend high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes approximately 13.4-miles from where the I-5 and State Route-14 intersect. Also the funds will be used towards a 3.4-mile northbound truck lane between Calgrove Boulevard and SR-14. Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste said the work will be completed between 2019-2021.
The Initiative to Split California was Placed on Ballot
There has been a lot of discussion on splitting California and finally the decision has been put on the ballots. This initiative proposes “The Golden State” be split into three separate states: California, Northern California, and Southern California. SCVTV reported that in this scenario, Los Angeles County and the Santa Clarita Valley would be in California. Northern California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following 40 counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following six counties: Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Southern California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following 12 counties: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare.
Pitchess Deputy Saves an Inmate’s Life
Last month an inmate almost choked to death if not for the quick actions of one of the correctional officers, Deputy Carlos Escamilla. On June 2nd during dinner time a huge commotion erupted and the well prepared, well trained deputy was quick to act after hearing the emergency shout, “We have a man down”. He saw through the commotion and noticed one of the inmates was displaying the universal choking signal (holding his hands to his throat). Deputy Escamilla noticed the man was turning purple and showed other signs of extreme distress. He swiftly moved through the crowd and administered the Heimlich maneuver without hesitation. Thankfully, the object was ejected and the man began to breathe. Because of his fast actions the inmate was able to walk out of the dining hall shortly after.
Kanye West and Kid Cudi held a release party in SCV
Last month, Kanye West and Kid Cudi held a listening party in an actual ghost town in the Santa Clarita Valley for their new album titled: Kids See Ghosts. The guest list was very exclusive and included some of the who’s-who of Hollywood and other celebrities. Those invited where immersed in a ranch-style cookout, free merchandise and several bars. There was a special performance for only a select few within the party while other guests watched from another area. The album consists of seven songs: ‘Feel the Love,’ ‘Beautiful Madness,’ ‘4th Dimension,’ ‘I Feel Free,’ ‘Reborn,’ ‘Kids See Ghosts’ and ‘Stay Strong’. ‘Feel The Love’ – the intro to the album – features GOOD Music’s Pusha T.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors in California State Parks
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation earlier last month declaring June 2018 as “Great Outdoors Month” in the State of California. In 1998, President Clinton declared the first national Great Outdoors Week to celebrate the country’s natural landscapes and the renewal of mind and body they offer. Since then, the observance has expanded to encompass the whole month of June, which is the perfect time to visit California’s varied landscapes. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on- and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 280 park units organized into 22 field districts throughout the state. A complete list of park units is available online at www.parks.ca.gov/visit.
College Hosts Next Generation Science Standards Training for Local Teachers
College of the Canyons hosted a three-day outreach training session for 22 sixth-grade teachers in the Castaic Union, Saugus Union, and Sulphur Springs Union School Districts to support the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were formally adopted by the State Board of Education in September 2013. With an emphasis on space, the three-day workshop featured faculty-moderated instructional design activities and participants engaged in workshop activities designed to promote integration of NGSS into elementary school curricu-lum. Offered through the college’s Educational Outreach Alliance partnership with local Santa Clarita Valley school districts, this year’s NGSS training session focused on cyclic patterns of lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses, seasons, scale properties of objects in the solar system, and the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. This is the third time that COC has hosted NGSS faculty training for local school districts.
Multi-Agency Press Conference on Fire Works
A Fireworks Safety Press Conference was held to remind residents that fireworks of any kind are illegal in the City of Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities and in many of its 88 cities. As part of the campaign, the agencies have partnered with the County of Los Angeles – Castaic Animal Shelter and the Lange Foundation’s St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary on a social media campaign, featuring local L.A. County Firefighters with dogs that are adoptable in the area. The campaign was intended to educate the public that besides being extremely dangerous, fireworks are the leading cause of runaway pets; more pets get lost on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. In addition to social media, the Fireworks Safety campaign includes digital and print messaging at local City facilities and schools.
A Discussion with Successful Artist
The public was invited to the free New Heights program: “Variety Is the Spice of Life: How to Develop Multiple Creative Outlets for Your Life.” Three successful artists will share their stories on how they found ways to make a living through a variety of endeavors and projects, while at the same time, being able to continue expressing their creative passions. The event showcased three panelists: Susan Lee (a comic book creator, a fine artist, a writer and a theater and film director), Ian Johnston (is an actor, psychic entertainer, hypnotist and teacher), Jennifer Fischer (is the Co-Founder of Think Ten Media Group, a writer, producer, art educator and musician).
Road Improvements have Begun
The City of Santa Clarita has begun its annual Road Rehab project which included a slurry seal and overlay road treatment to improve City roadways and extend their life. The project will continue through the summer months. Residents are asked to be aware of work being done in and around their neighborhoods and to alter parking and driving accordingly. A Road Rehab website, located at santa-clarita.com/RoadRehab, features frequently asked questions and tips for residents to ensure resurfacing goes quickly and efficiently. An interactive map will also be made available soon to allow residents to find their street on the map to see if slurry seal or overlay will be administered and an approximate date for resurfacing. For the latest updates including last minute changes in scheduling, please follow the hashtag #SCRoadRehab on Twitter.
Over 550 Firearms Seized in Agua Dulce Home
In an ongoing investigation, the efforts of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Department of Justice have paid off with the apprehension of several hundred fire arms of a convicted felon. Last month, the LASD Palmdale received a tip that a man living in Agua Dolce had an arsenal of weapons in his possession and that he was a convicted felon. Mid-June the team served the man with a search warrant and the authorities found an astonishing 432 weapons throughout the felon’s home. This led investigators to a second location that was affiliated with the suspect where officers found additional weapons bringing the total weapons found to be 553. The suspect was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and a felon in possession of ammunition.
It’s Fire Season in the SCV!
This last month the Santa Clarita Valley prevailed over fires that broke out. What started as a brush fire, and quickly grew, burning near Newhall and scorching almost 175-acres of land. This caused traffic delays along the 5 Freeway on a late Saturday afternoon. Quickly, evacuation points were set up at College of the Canyons and for large livestock and animals Castaic Animal Shelter handled intake. Mandatory Evacuations were put in place for all residents south of Calgrove Boulevard. Luckily through the heroic actions of our well trained fire department the fire was 100 percent contained by Sunday morning.
Photo provided by: Los Angeles County Fire Department
Henry Mayo Recognized by American Heart Association
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is known for its excellent patient care and have received recognition for the amazing efforts of their stroke team by the American Heart Association (AHA). This year marks the sixth consecutive year our hospital has been awarded for their valiant efforts with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The team received this award by meeting specific standards in quality achievement measures for diagnosing and treating patients who are actively having a stroke. Proper use of medication and other stroke treatments were a part of these measures. Additionally, Henry Mayo received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award; which is awarded based on the reduction of time between the patients arrival and treatment.
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