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2003 - U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon introduces the first of several bills intended to block the 78-million-ton Cemex gravel mine in Soledad Canyon [story]
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AQMD_logo_smallDue to the Grand Fire burning near Frazier Park and Lebec in Kern County, air quality is expected to be unhealthy for the Santa Clarita Valley and portions of the San Gabriel Valley through the weekend. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), smoke is adversely impacting the air quality for the Santa Clarita Valley and portions of the San Gabriel Valley. The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, recommends that all individuals take precautions when outdoors in areas where there may be visible smoke or an odor of smoke.

“In all areas of visible smoke or where there is an odor of smoke, all individuals are urged to be cautious and to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities. We are also advising schools that are in session in smoke-impacted areas to suspend outside physical activities in these areas, including physical education and after-school sports, until conditions improve,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and County Health Officer.

Non-school related sports organizations, such as Little Leagues, for children and adults are advised to cancel outdoor practices in areas where there is visible smoke, soot, or ash, or where there is an odor of smoke. This also applies to other recreational outdoor activity, such as hikes or picnics, in these areas.

Throughout Los Angeles County, sensitive individuals, such as those with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease, should follow these recommendations and stay indoors as much as possible even in areas where smoke, soot, or ash cannot be seen or there is no odor of smoke.

“It is difficult to tell where ash or soot from a wildfire will go, or how winds will affect the level of dust particles in the air, so we ask all individuals to be aware of their immediate environment and how it might affect their health,” said Dr. Fielding.

People can participate in indoor sports or other strenuous activity in areas with visible smoke, soot, or ash, provided the indoor location has air conditioning that does not draw air from the outside and it has closed windows and doors to protect the cleanliness of indoor air. If not, it is recommended that all individuals follow these guidelines as if they were outside.

The following recommendations will help you protect yourself and your family from harmful effects of bad air quality:

– If you see or smell smoke, or see a lot of particles and ash in the air, avoid unnecessary outdoor activity to limit your exposure to harmful air. This is especially important for those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), the elderly and children.

– If outdoor air is bad, try to keep indoor air as clean as possible by keeping windows and doors closed. Air conditioners that re-circulate air within the home can help filter out harmful particles.

– Avoid using air conditioning units that only draw in air from the outside or that do not have a re-circulating option. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can further reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors.

– If it is too hot during the day to keep the doors or windows closed and you do not have an air conditioning unit that re-circulates indoor air, consider going to an air conditioned public place, such as a library or shopping center, to stay cool and to protect yourself from harmful air.

– Do not use fireplaces (either wood burning or gas), candles, and vacuums. Use damp cloths to clean dusty indoor surfaces. Do not smoke.

– If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your doctor immediately or go to an urgent care center.

– When smoke is heavy for a prolonged period of time, fine particles can build up indoors even though you may not be able to see them. Wearing a mask may prevent exposures to large particles. However, most masks do not prevent exposure to fine particles and toxic gases, which may be more dangerous to your health.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.

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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Hart District Students Return to School 5 Days After Deadly Shooting
While Saugus High School remained closed Monday after a fatal shooting on campus late last week, students at other district schools returned to class, with some expressing comfort from teachers and an increased law enforcement presence.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
CHP Investigating Stevenson Ranch Crash That Killed 6-Year-Old
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating a fatal, fiery single-vehicle crash in Stevenson Ranch that sent two children to the hospital Monday morning as the driver — a Bakersfield woman wearing no clothes — reportedly fled from the scene on foot.
Monday, Nov 18, 2019
Saugus High Shooting: Community Comes Together for Vigil
Thousands gathered in Central Park Sunday night for a vigil to remember the lives lost in the Saugus High School shooting, and reuniting in their grief, they shared a message.
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While Saugus High School remained closed Monday after a fatal shooting on campus late last week, students at other district schools returned to class, with some expressing comfort from teachers and an increased law enforcement presence.
Hart District Students Return to School 5 Days After Deadly Shooting
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating a fatal, fiery single-vehicle crash in Stevenson Ranch that sent two children to the hospital Monday morning as the driver — a Bakersfield woman wearing no clothes — reportedly fled from the scene on foot.
CHP Investigating Stevenson Ranch Crash That Killed 6-Year-Old
2003 - U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon introduces the first of several bills intended to block the 78-million-ton Cemex gravel mine in Soledad Canyon [story]
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The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra collection of ensembles will perform "Music that Makes You Move" at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 23: SCV Youth Orchestra to Play ‘Music that Makes You Move’
The College of the Canyons Athletics Department invites community members of all ages to run, walk or jog in the 11th annual Thanksgiving Day "Turkey Trot" event at COC on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 28: Annual ‘Turkey Trot’ Run at COC Valencia
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has published the agenda for the board's November 20 meeting at 7 p.m.
November 20 Meeting: Hart School District Governing Board
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has published the agenda for their Tuesday, November 19 meeting starting at 9:30 a.m.
November 19 Meeting Agenda – LA County Supervisors
Award-winning Native American photographer Peggy Fontenot will guest at the opening reception for her new solo exhibit, "White Man’s Trash," at The Main in Old Town Newhall on Tuesday, November 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nov. 19: ‘White Man’s Trash’ Photo Exhibit to Open at The Main
The Valencia High School Jazz program will host a public concert to benefit the families of the victims of Saugus High School at Vincenzo's restaurant in Newhall on Wednesday, November 20 starting at 6 p.m.
Nov. 20: Valencia High Jazz ‘Songs for Saugus’ Benefit Concert
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported another new case of serious vaping-related lung injury, bringing the total to 31 cases and one death associated with e-cigarettes in the county.
LA County Reports 31st Vaping-Related Lung Injury
Thousands gathered in Central Park Sunday night for a vigil to remember the lives lost in the Saugus High School shooting, and reuniting in their grief, they shared a message.
Saugus High Shooting: Community Comes Together for Vigil
After seeing his former school splashed across various news networks following a shooting that took the lives of three people and injured three others, candlemaker Tyler Coe decided he wanted to do something about it.
Candlemaker Raises More Than $18K for Saugus Victims
California, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles jointly sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs on Monday, claiming the company caused a public health crisis by targeting teens with fruity, fun flavored vaping products and did not verify the age of its customers for online sales.
California, LA Sue Vape Giant Juul Over Marketing Practices
The California Highway Patrol has launched its "Age Well, Drive Smart" program for 2019, offering classes to assist senior drivers by providing them tools to remain safe and confident on the road.
CHP Offers ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’ Class for Senior Drivers
1957 - Newhall County Library dedicated on Ninth Street; rededicated as city of Santa Clarita's Business Incubator exactly 57 years later (2014) [story]
Newhall Library
1969 - Construction begins on Magic Mountain amusement park [story]
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Saugus High School will remain closed for classes until Dec. 2, following the Thanksgiving break. Other campuses will resume classes Monday, November 18.
Saugus High: No Classes Until Dec. 2; Other Schools Open Monday
The William S. Hart Union High School District, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition, has established a fund to support the ongoing needs of the students, staff, and families of Saugus High School as a result of this week’s tragic events.
Hart District, SCV Disaster Coalition Coordinate #SaugusStrong Donations
1941 - Rose (stagecoach) Station at bottom of Grapevine dedicated as California Historical Landmark [story]
Rose Station marker
Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, 16, the suspect in Thursday's deadly shooting at Saugus High School, died at 3:32 p.m. Friday, according to officials.
Saugus High Suspect Dies; 1 Victim was Nephew of LASD Officer
Two Saugus High School graduates set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding account to aid people affected by Thursday's shooting at the school, and as of early Friday afternoon, 333 people had donated nearly $15,000.
Saugus Grads Set Up Fund to Aid Recovery, Healing
California Gov. Gavin Newsom officially declared Friday morning the special election to fill former Rep. Katie Hill’s vacant seat after her resignation.
Newsom Calls Special Election to Replace Rep. Katie Hill
Three teenage victims of a deadly shooting at Saugus High School Thursday morning were recovering Friday, hospital officials said.
Saugus High Shooting: ‘Stoic’ Survivors Recovering
California regulators voted Wednesday to commence a formal investigation into the recent and controversial public safety power shutoffs that have left communities in the Santa Clarita Valley and across the state blacked out during fire season.
State Regulators Open Probe of Shutoffs; SCV Officials Respond
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