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

by | Nov 26, 2019 | Community

Veterans Tribute at Bella Vida

Early November, people from all over came to commemorate those who have served our country in the armed forces. The event began with a flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. After the performances, attendees were treated to a multi-course meal and a live show with patriotic music. From Pinup Girls to elected officials our veterans felt very appreciated.

More Pay for DOD Retiree’s

The Department of Defense (DOD) sets a pay increase for retirees in the next year. Due to the current, annual cost of living the DOD has determined that an increase was needed for retirees. Most will receive a 1.6 percent by January 1, 2020. This is also available to survivors of members who have passed away. Those eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will also receive a 1.6 percent annuity the max amount being $323 come January.

A Love for the Ride

For its 33rd year in a row hundreds of motorcycle riders came together to participate in LoveRide. This annual motorcycle charity ride began at the Glendale Harley Davidson and came all the way to the Harley-Davidson of Santa Clarita. Here riders were provided food, live music and a good time all in the name of charity. This year’s proceeds were donated to the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation, an organization that promotes innovation in education with a number of school programs.

COC Receives Big Money For Training

The College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI) has received $749,760 from the Employment Training Panel (ETP) to provide local companies with customized training programs that will include industry-recognized certifications, new skills and opportunities for employees to take their skills to the next level.

Valencia Resident Honored for Bravery

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Thursday honored Brian Zeringue of Valencia and two other Southern California residents for courageous acts in stepping up in the face of danger to help keep our community safe from violent crime. Zeringue came to the aid of a woman who was beaten by her boyfriend and forced to panhandle for money while her children were being held hostage at gunpoint.

SCV Water Awarded for Excellence

SCV Water has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation, or SDLF, in recognition of the agency’s outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate transparency compliance in the following areas: General, Outreach, and Website.

Fine Craft Show Celebrates Local Artist

This marks the 28th year the Fine Craft Show has come to the SCV. A free event to the public that featured 70 artist booths that showed off high-quality, original and Made-in-the-USA crafts at reasonable prices. While holiday shoppers browsed the unique and beautiful gifts, they also enjoyed gourmet food trucks, face painting and live music in a festive outdoor setting. The City is proud to support local artisans in Santa Clarita and hopes more residents will join in this family-friendly event next year.

Let there be Light!

The annual Light Up Main Street was just as fabulous as ever turning Old Town Newhall into a winter wonderland. This age-old tradition had families from all over come to see all the festive decorations and partake in all the fun activities available to include live performances, shopping and food vendors. What a great way to kick off the holiday season and we wish you happy holidays and a safe New Year.

State Wildfire Safety Panel’s New Member

Marcie Edwards, of Castaic, has been named to the California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board. The mission of the board is to advise a new Wildfire Safety Division within the California Public Utilities Commission on wildfire safety measures, including plans written by utilities, so the CPUC can more effectively regulate the safety of investor-owned utilities. Edwards earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $400 per diem.

Smokey the Bear Turns 75

The U.S. Forest Service– with Southern California Edison, City of LA, LA County Parks, California State Parks, and the Corps Network — are celebrating Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday and Smokey’s vital fire safety messages to youth and their families across Southern California. As one of the world’s most recognizable characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. federal law and is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Despite the campaign’s success over the years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Smokey’s message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944.

Giving our Teens a way to “Start Smart”

To address the problem of vehicle collisions as the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, the California Highway Patrol offers a free educational program called “Start Smart” to help recognize and eliminate high-risk teen driving behaviors. The two-hour class engages newly licensed teen drivers and their parents or guardians while addressing high-risk driving behaviors observed every day by CHP officers. “Start Smart” is conducted throughout the state at no charge. Within the first two years of driving, a teen’s chance of being involved in a collision is at a lifetime high.

Fashionably Scary

Five College of the Canyons interior design students won the People’s Choice Award at the International Interior Design Association’s LA Haunt Couture show. Held at Avalon Hollywood, the competition fuses fashion, design and architecture while challenging designers to create and construct inspiring haute couture fashion from interior design materials. Abigail Ornelas, Rachel Provencal, Jesse Franco, Kimberly Meza, and Melanie Ornelas worked together to create a couture design portraying the symptoms of claustrophobia. Judged by former “Project Runway” contestants the competition included nine large interior design and architecture firms and three schools. The college was the only two-year school competing.

 

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