Month In Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community development and awesomeness! – November 2018

by | Oct 29, 2018 | Community

Henry Mayo Launched New Program
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital launched a new, free afterschool program that encourages better eating habits, nutrition and being active for families to prevent diabetes. In response to the diabetes epidemic, Henry Mayo’s Community Health and Outreach department wanted to construct a program that catered to children as well as adults. The intended target audience are school age children ages 9-12 and their parents. Participants will undergo an eight-week long course that teaches how to create your own exercise routine, and to be more mindful of nutrition. The course will be conducted in a family friendly environment at the Henry Mayo Fitness and Health Center on Town Center Drive.

SpaceX Launch Seen in SCV
Last month a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch was seen and heard to close residents in the Santa Clarita Valley. The SpaceX rocket’s mission was to boost an Argentine environmental satellite that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California. This launch marked SpaceX’s first landing on the western coast. Since their first launch from Florida in late 2015 this enterprise has made more than 10 successful landings at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and 18 launches on off-shore drone ships. SpaceX Officials reported that this is the first of two stations that can see through clouds and measure soil moisture.

Rubber Ducks Take Over Bridgeport Park
This year marks the 16th annual Rubber Ducky Festival hosted by Samuel Dixon Health Centers. Over 1,000 rubber, yellow, smiley-faced ducks were brought to Bridgeport Park last month. These bright yellow friends help raise money to benefit patient care services at all the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers throughout Santa Clarita Valley. Attendees were able to “adopt” one of these little troopers for $5 and then participate in a race down the waterway. The event had different “heats” for attendees to race and the grand prizes for the winners were $2000 for first place, $1500 for second place, and $500 for third place.

Local School District Making Progress
Based on recent data taken from the annual 2017-18 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the Saugus Union School District is pleased to report an increase in academic success in the categories of language arts and math. The report stated that 65 percent of the students in third to sixth grades are either meeting or exceeding state standards in the categories of writing, listening, and speaking. In mathematics 53 percent of these same grades meet or exceed at grade-level. Saugus Union School District has partnered with teachers and administrators to bring in a new curriculum and standards in these departments.

LED Streetlight Project Completed
Last month, the City of Santa Clarita and Southern California Edison finished installing light-emitting diode or LED streetlights along Bouquet Canyon Road between Festividad Drive and Centurion Way. This project introduced 42 new fixtures as part of our community efforts for energy conservation and to improve safety on the road for both pedestrians and motorist. This coming year, the City of Santa Clarita will continue these efforts and convert more existing light fixtures to LED. Over 17,000 lights are projected to be converted to LED by late 201

Valencia High School Remembers Fallen Marine
Last month Valencia High School held a day of remembrance for Sergeant Jake Solley USMC, who passed away late September. Friends, family, and faculty came out to speak and relish in the memories of our fallen hero. All the stories shared painted a kind, determined young man who touched the lives of so many. On behalf of Santa Clarita Magazine our prayers and love go out to the friends and family of Jake Solley and a huge thank you to Valencia High School for their part in hosting this celebration of his life.

Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center Celebrated 15 years
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center celebrated its 15-year Anniversary. Local public officials and our community came out to celebrate with hospital administrators and staff. The Breast Center has seen over 166,000 patients over the 15 years they have been open. It has state-of-the-art equipment like, the Hologic 3D digital mammography machines and diagnostic workstations. These stations result in better image quality which enables health care professionals to detect early cancerous tissues while being able to look at multiple layers of breast tissue. “This celebration brings back great memories,” said Roger E. Seaver President and CEO of Henry Mayo. “When great professionals, great supporters, and the staff and technology come together, you can develop healthcare as we’ve done here.”

Library Now Offers Passport Services
Members of the Santa Clarita City Council visited the new Passport Acceptance Facility, located on the second floor of the Old Town Newhall Library. The new facility offers passport services to library customers by appointment. “The Santa Clarita Public Library, has what you need for where you’re going – and now that includes passport services,” said Mayor Laurene Weste during her visit. According to the U.S. Department of State, nearly 20 million passport books and cards will be issued this year in the United States alone. “Unfortunately, high demands can translate to long wait times. That is why we are excited to be able to offer this convenient service at your local library,” added the Mayor.

Stolen Collection – Be Safe, Not Sorry!

Make sure that your holiday purchases end up under your tree and not part of the Stolen Collection. The season of giving can quickly turn into a season of taking if you are not careful. When shopping, do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for would-be thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
If your holiday plans have you traveling over the river and through the woods – make sure your home is safe and secure. You can schedule a free vacation check and have a Sheriff’s deputy come check on your home while you are gone. Sign up through the City’s Resident Service Center at
Just as children can be tempted to peek at presents – make sure they are also hidden from potential burglars. Try and place your tree away from windows and direct view from the outside. It would only take a few seconds for someone to break the window and help themselves to all your gifts.
By following these tips you can make sure your holiday presents go to those on the nice list…not the naughty.
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Hart Grad Named the First Nike Athlete with Cerebral Palsy
Justin Gallegos, a William S. Hart High School graduate, was recently named the very first Nike Athlete with Cerebral Palsy. Justin, who now attends University of Oregon was surprised with a contract from Nike while qualifying for a national time trial. Justin was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disability that affects a person’s movements, balance, and posture. A Nike official stunned the crowd with the contract on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. This days pay homage to the 17 million people in the world that live with it. Justin plans on using his newly acquired endorsement to show others that they can achieve anything despite their disabilities. “People with disabilities are able to do great things,” he said. “Don’t treat us any differently.”

Residents Participated in Earthquake Drill
The City of Santa Clarita hosted earthquake drills at City facilities to help train the community how to properly drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake as part of The Great California ShakeOut. The Great California ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill held annually as an opportunity for the community to review emergency preparedness plans and supplies. Those who visited a City facility, such as a Santa Clarita Public Library branch or a community center had the opportunity to participate in the drill. City staff played an audio recording encouraging those in attendance to practice taking cover. At City Hall, an evacuation drill took place following the drop, cover, hold exercise (evacuations did not take place at other sites).

Supervisor Barger and Hahn Propose Public Health-Centered Motion
Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Supervisor Janice Hahn introduced a motion that is public health-centered to combat diseases that have become a cause of concern for Los Angeles County, especially in our homeless population. The two have proposed a partnership with cities in hopes to create a strategy for housing placement and sanitation resources. When very unsanitary areas are cleaned up, the people who live in these areas leave for the time being, and return when the cleaning is complete. With this proposed program, they want to end this cycle. In a report published by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, there has been an upward trend in annual typhus since 2009, which is found in these deplorable living conditions. Symptoms associated with this disease include high fever, headache, belly pain, and either constipation or diarrhea, according to the CDC.



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