[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
89°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 24
1992 - Dedication of Santa Clarita's first Metrolink station (Santa Clarita Station) [brochure]


Sen. Steve Knight

Sen. Steve Knight

Legislative Update

The California Legislature officially adjourned the first year of the 2013–2014 legislative session on Friday, September 13th, 2013. I am proud to say that of the original 15 measures I introduced this year, one has already been signed into law and three bills are awaiting signature from Governor Brown. Additionally, six bills will continue through the legislative process in January of next year and pick up where we left off this year.

The three bills that are currently on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed into law are Senate Bills (SB) 290, 328 and 582. SB 290 provides that veterans stationed in California one year prior to an honorable discharge will receive in–state tuition rates at four–year institutions. SB 328 provides an additional tool for counties to receive bids for major projects and development plans. SB 582 asks the state to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the success of a web portal for taxpayers to access necessary forms from the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board and the Employment Department Development.

My staff will be diligently researching for next year’s legislative package through January 2014. Although the Legislature is in interim, the fall is a great time to continue working on the remaining legislation, gain stakeholders opinion, and draft meaningful proposals to help the residents of Senate District 21, as well as the State of California as a whole.

Play Ball!

Legislators met up on a different battleground one evening before session ended this month for a little fun in off work hours. Rather than the floor of the Senate or Assembly, we faced off on the baseball diamond at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento Rivercats, minor league farm team for the Oakland Athletics. The final score was 4–2, with Republicans edging out the Democrats in the final inning of the matchup. The game, slated to go 7 innings was tied 2–2 at the end of regulation. Our Republican team scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning, earning bragging rights for the year. I played third base for most of the game, switching over to second base with a few innings left. Not only did we have fun and bring home the win, we were able to raise approximately $20,000 for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento.

 

Senator Knight taking a break between innings of the Annual Democrat vs. Republican softball game

 

I Welcome Your Legislative Ideas

My top priority as a Legislator has always been to serve the people I represent in the best way possible. My district staff works tirelessly and diligently to assist constituents with local matters and my capitol staff is exhaustively dedicated to ensuring that the voices of my constituents are heard on a statewide level in Sacramento. That being said, with the 2013 legislative session having come to a close, fall is the time when my staff and I start to prepare for the upcoming year. We will research legislative ideas, evaluate our options, and finalize our decision for the legislative package we will carry in the 2014 legislative year, which commences in January. Always wanting to keep in touch with my constituents’ needs and priorities, I welcome input and ideas that will improve life in the Antelope, Victor, and Santa Clarita Valleys. Each year since I have been elected I have used ideas straight from the district, and I continue to do so. So please contact my offices, send me an e–mail, or contact me through my website to submit your legislative ideas. I look forward to hearing your input.

Dr. Dianne Van Hook Celebrates 25 Years with College of the Canyons

At the end of August my Santa Clarita District Representative Sarah Tyndall presented Dr. Dianne Van Hook with a Senate Resolution honoring her achievements of the past 25 years with College of the Canyons. Dr. Van Hook is the current Chancellor at COC, and through her vision and leadership has put College of the Canyons on the map for community colleges. She has gone above and beyond when it comes to the students of the college and has made a lasting impression on all who work with her. The numerous contributions she has made have allowed the school to grow from 4,000 students in 1988 to 27,000 students today, along with the college’s budget growing to $181 million. There is no doubt that Dr. Van Hook will only continue to help COC achieve remarkable benchmarks.
Photograph of Michele Jenkins, Joan MacGregor, Dianne Van Hook, Bruce Fortine, Steve Zimmer, and Michael Berger
From left: Michele Jenkins, Joan MacGregor, Dianne Van Hook, Bruce Fortine, Steve Zimmer, and Michael Berger.
Photo courtesy of College of the Canyons.

Remembering the “Good Old Days”

Lillian (Stratton) Pratt, the very first Miss Hesperia and Rodeo Queen of 1948 made the long journey from her current residence in Washington state to graciously serve as Grand Marshal of the Hesperia Days Parade, which was quite befitting, considering the theme of this year’s parade was “Good Old Days.” Hundreds of residents lined Main Street to cheer on their school bands and R.O.T.C., and to observe the hard work local businesses displayed with their floats. I would like to thank the City of Hesperia, Hesperia Parks and Recreation Department, local officials, and the parade presenters, Hesperia Kiwanis Club International, for once again presenting a spectacular event in the High Desert.

Parade watchers take in the floats and sights of the Hesperia Days Parade.
Parade watchers take in the floats and sights of the Hesperia Days Parade.

Outstanding Small Business – Jaqua & Sons, Masonry Center

I had the pleasure of honoring Randy Jaqua of Jaqua & Sons, Masonry Center in Lancaster as a 2013 Outstanding Small Business. Jaqua & Sons has been a family–owned business for more than 60 years and is now owned by the 3rd generation. Randy and his staff will be happy to help you with all your masonry needs.

Senator Steve Knight presents Outstanding Small Business Award to Randy Jaqua.
Senator Steve Knight presents Outstanding Small Business Award to Randy Jaqua.

Speaking at Santa Clarita Women Federated

While the legislature is in interim break I have the opportunity to attend meetings in the district that I am not typically able to attend due to my responsibilities in Sacramento. This month I was invited to give a legislative update to the Santa Clarita Chapter of Republican Women Federated. With all that has happened in the last month in Sacramento, I had many updates to share with the group. I was asked many questions about recently passed bills regarding the State Budget, giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants and the changes to student privacy in restrooms.

Senator Knight accepts a certificate from SCRWF President, Paige Weaver. Photo courtesy of Tammy Messina.
Senator Knight accepts a certificate from SCRWF President, Paige Weaver.
Photo courtesy of Tammy Messina.

Fire Fee Town Hall

An issue that I have found to be of great concern for many of my constituents is the recently enacted California Fire Prevention Fee. I understand there are many questions and frustrations regarding the tax, and my aim is to aid and assist my constituents in whatever way possible. With this in mind, I co–hosted a Fire Fee tele–townhall along with Board of Equalization Member George Runner, Senators Tom Berryhill and Anthony Cannella, Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, and Assemblymembers Frank Bigelow, Shannon Grove, Jim Patterson and Scott Wilk. I wanted to have a free and open dialogue to provide answers as well as present the most up–to–date and accurate information. Here are the top 5 points everyone should know about the fee:

  • What is the SRA Fire Fee?
    The Fire Fee is a new tax that charges homeowners up to $150 per “habitable structure” located on property within the State Responsibility Area.
  • Are ALL structures assessed the fee?
    The fee is not assessed on all structures. Barns, woodsheds, outbuildings, commercial buildings, and other structures not used for human habitation are not assessed the fee.
  • What if I’m already protected by another fire agency?
    The fee is discounted $35 per habitable structure if the structure is within the boundaries of a local agency that provides fire protection services. In these cases, the fee will be $115 per habitable structure. 98% of the structures within the SRA are served by either local fire districts or county fire departments.
  • How do I file an appeal or protest my Fire Fee bill?
    Taxpayers who wish to file an appeal may do so by filing a petition with the state. The petition must be filed within 30 days of the billing date. More information is available on our How to Appeal page.
  • Is the Fire Fee a tax deductible item like property taxes?
    In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an opinion that fire fee payments are not tax deductible because the fee is not a tax under California or federal law, and because it is assessed only against specific property to provide a local benefit. For a detailed explanation, follow this link.
From left:  Board of Equalization Member George Runner, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, Senator Steve Knight, Assemblyman Jim Patterson and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway
From left: Board of Equalization Member George Runner, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, Senator Steve Knight, Assemblyman Jim Patterson and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway.

Outstanding Business – Victorville Motors

I am honored to recognize Victorville Motors as an Outstanding Business in the 21st Senate District. Victorville Motors has been selling cars for decades in the High Desert and undeniably takes great pride in supporting our local schools, foundations, and community projects. In fact, they actually give away new cars to winning 9th – 12th grade students with perfect attendance at participating high schools throughout the High Desert. The incentive program, “It’s a Gas to go to Class,” is expanding to teachers as well, with “It’s a Gas to Teach Class!” I see that high school attendance is up in the High Desert, which increases school revenues as well. I’m sure that the incentive of winning a new Dodge Dart has something to do with it! Thank you Billy Mack and Jeff Smilen for your dedication. Chet Watts, President, and Tim Watts, Chief Operating Officer of Victorville Motors, say it best, “We’ve been honored to be a part of the High Desert since 1970, and we are passionate about continuing to do our part to make the Victor Valley a better place to live and work.”

Billy Mack, Director of Sales, and Jeff Smilen, Sales Manager/Team Leader.
Billy Mack, Director of Sales, and Jeff Smilen, Sales Manager/Team Leader.

Kaiser Permanente Celebrates 10 Years in Palmdale

My Antelope Valley Representative Lisa Moulton recently presented Department Administrator Virginia Farley and Physician–in–Charge David Bronstein, MD, of the Kaiser Permanente Palmdale Medical Offices with a certificate of recognition for the outstanding work Kaiser has done for the community of Palmdale. It is vital for good, quality healthcare to come into a community and be successful in not only providing their services, but also educating the public on numerous health concerns; and Kaiser has done just that not just in Palmdale, but the entire Antelope Valley.

District Representative Lisa Moulton, Department Administrator Virginia Farley and Physician-in-Charge David Bronstein, MD.
District Representative Lisa Moulton, Department Administrator Virginia Farley and Physician–in–Charge David Bronstein, MD. Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.

AVBOT–XCOR Meeting

The Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) Aerospace Committee met with Khaki Rodway, Director of Payload Sales and Operations of XCOR Aerospace in Mojave this month. XCOR is another great company regrettably moving out of California to Texas due to the high cost of doing business in California.

Members of AVBOT meeting at Mojave Air and Space Port.
Members of AVBOT meeting at Mojave Air and Space Port.

9/11 — We Remember

My staff was honored to attend the Remembrance Ceremony at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Antelope Valley Mall. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, U. S. Forest Service, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation took part in the ceremony honoring the fallen heroes that gave their lives on September 11, 2001.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony remembered the people who died that day in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Let us never forget!!

The American Flag flies proudly from an engine of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The American Flag flies proudly from an engine of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley

One of the great opportunities of my job as State Senator is meeting with caring people like Sue Page and Donna Gaddis of The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley. The Children’s Center is a private non–profit organization located in northern Los Angeles County that provides a continuum of services to child victims of abuse, children at risk of abuse, and their families. The staff and volunteers are recognized community leaders in areas relating to the welfare and safety of children. Thank you all for your care and support for the families of the Antelope Valley.

Meeting with Sue Page and Donna Gaddis at The Children's Center of the Antelope Valley
Meeting with Sue Page and Donna Gaddis at The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley.

Rancho Raviri Tour

My staff and I toured Rancho Raviri with owner Lee Baron and learned about the finest almond barques in butterscotch, dark, milk and white chocolate, as well as a variety of savory and sweet almonds, flavored to perfection. For over 60 years Rancho Raviri Almond Gifts has been a great place to buy a gift for a special occasion. With the holidays coming up, remember Rancho Raviri has a wonderful selection of gifts and gift baskets. Thanks to Lee and his staff for all their hard work and commitment to the Antelope Valley.

Senator Steve Knight presents a Certificate of Recognition to business partners Lee Baron and Susan Jankowski.
Senator Steve Knight presents a Certificate of Recognition to business partners Lee Baron and Susan Jankowski.

Small Business Information Fair

There will be a Small Business Information Fair on October 4th, 9:30am–1:30pm at the San Bernardino County Government Center Rotunda, located at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino. Government and small business agencies will be available at this free event.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
Loading...
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
Bowman Science Teacher Nominated National LifeChanger of the Year
Bowman Continuation High School science teacher Ravinder Athwal has been nominated for the 2017-2018 National LifeChanger of the Year award.
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
Cina Faces Enhanced Charges in Death of Katie Evans
A Canyon Country woman faces enhanced charges and increased bail in the death of a mother of a mother of six who was killed in a car crash on Golden Valley Road Oct. 6, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
SCV Sheriff’s Station Suspends Safe Drug Drop Off Program
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station has suspended its "Safe Drug Drop-Off" program for unwanted prescription drugs, sharps and narcotics pending reassessment of the program, according to officials.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1992 - Dedication of Santa Clarita's first Metrolink station (Santa Clarita Station) [brochure]
Bowman Continuation High School science teacher Ravinder Athwal has been nominated for the 2017-2018 National LifeChanger of the Year award.
Bowman Science Teacher Nominated National LifeChanger of the Year
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a Canyon Country faces enhanced charges in the death of 37 year old Katie Evans. Plus, a special luncheon for families of veterans. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition f SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, October 23, 2017
California State University, Northridge officials have named the building that houses the university’s business college Bookstein Hall, in honor of alumni Harriet and Harvey Bookstein and their generous support of CSUN over the years.
CSUN Names Business College Building for Harvey and Harriet Bookstein
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Santa Clarita will present "Jazz Vespers: A Celebration of Life, Spirit and Music" in honor of All Saints Day on Sunday, November 5 starting at 7 p.m.
Nov. 5: Jazz Vespers at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
A Canyon Country woman faces enhanced charges and increased bail in the death of a mother of a mother of six who was killed in a car crash on Golden Valley Road Oct. 6, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Cina Faces Enhanced Charges in Death of Katie Evans
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station has suspended its "Safe Drug Drop-Off" program for unwanted prescription drugs, sharps and narcotics pending reassessment of the program, according to officials.
SCV Sheriff’s Station Suspends Safe Drug Drop Off Program
Here is the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's public safety report for Saugus (Zone 4) for October 9-15, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Grand Theft Auto, Petty Theft in Saugus
California's attorney general and a coalition of 16 fellow AG's sent a letter to Congressional leadership Monday urging Congress to reject legislation that would force every state to recognize the concealed firearm carry standards of every other state.
California AG Urges Congress to Oppose Concealed-Carry Reciprocity
The Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees will conduct a joint business meeting with the Associated Student Government at College of the Canyons' Canyon Country Campus on Wednesday, October 25, starting at 3 p.m.
Oct. 25: COC Board of Trustees, Student Government Meeting
Here is the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s public safety report for Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) for October 9-15, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Burglary, Shoplifting in Stevenson Ranch
Here is the complete agenda for the Sulphur Springs Union School District's regular meeting of the Governing Board on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Sulphur Springs School District Governing Board Meeting
College of the Canyons freshman golfer Joanna Roecker was named the Western State Conference Female Athlete of the Week for week six (Oct. 1-7, 2017).
COC Golfer Joanna Roecker Named WSC Female Athlete of the Week
The College of the Canyons Athletics Department hosted a FUNdamentals Football Camp and "Punt, Pass, Kick" Challenge organized by Special Olympics Southern California and the Los Angeles Rams.
COC Athletics Hosts FUNdamentals Football Camp with Special Olympics, L.A. Rams
The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation arrived at REDCAT with its 2017 festival selections on Saturday.
Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation Lights Up REDCAT
The West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics Lecture Series (WHAP!), co-hosted by CalArts MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics and the city of West Hollywood, opened its fall 2017 series on Friday, and has two more lectures coming up this month and next.
CalArts Co-Hosts Fall 2017 WHAP! Lecture Series
The four Democrats running to be California’s next governor vowed to resist the Trump administration, protect the state’s sanctuary status, increase affordable housing and boost jobs and education during their first joint forum Sunday.
Gubernatorial Hopefuls Mostly Agree on Universal Health Care
TMU soccer player Brayden Campos is taking a crash course in goalkeeping. Two full games into his new gig, the freshman keeper is settling in just fine.
TMU Men’s Soccer: Campos Growing Into the Job
Early in Saturday’s second half, Sarah Stead chipped a short shot over the Jessup keeper’s head and into the goal, and Master’s hung on for a 1-0 win, its first shutout in two weeks.
TMU Women’s Soccer Team Blanks William Jessup 1-0
The Golden State Athletic Conference released its preseason coaches poll on Saturday morning, and The Master’s University men’s basketball team was projected to finish first.
TMU Men’s Basketball Tops GSAC Preseason Coaches Poll
In cross country, the No. 8-ranked TMU Mustang women finished third and the Mustang men finished fourth at the Warrior Invitational.
Mikesell Leads TMU Cross Country Through Rehearsal
Despite several bright spots in the home match, the Mustangs lost 3-1 by scores of 25-27, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-16.
Mustangs Volleyballers Corralled by Vanguard 3-1
In some sense, Thursday night’s match at Hope International in Fullerton summed up the Mustangs’ season to this point.
Hope International Bests Matadors Volleyball
A car crashed into the bedroom of a home on Wiley Canyon Road Saturday night, but no one was injured or arrested.
Car Makes Unwanted Visit to Newhall Home
A woman has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in a stabbing incident in Stevenson Ranch Saturday night.
Woman Charged in Alleged Stabbing of Friend in Stevenson Ranch
1888 - 8:15 a.m.: Newhall's luxurious Southern Hotel burns to the ground [story]
Bobbi Jean and her husband Jim Bell, whose OutWest clothing store and popular TV concert series celebrated all things Western and equestrian and helped revitalize Old Town Newhall over the past decade, will soon ride east into the sunrise: They’re moving to New Mexico.
OutWest Owners Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell Ride East Into the Sunrise
1898 - Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster [cemetery census]
2007 - Buckweed fire chars 38,000 acres, destroys 21 homes in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a sexual assault suspect was arrested Thursday night. Plus, some great weekend events. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, October 20, 2017
Forever Fit SCV, a Santa Clarita sports and personal fitness training company, will host a "Pumpkin Workout" at its Centre Pointe location on Saturday, October 28, starting at 9 a.m.
Oct. 25: Pumpkin Workout Benefits American Cancer Society
The next regular meeting of the Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is set for Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: Hart School District Governing Board Meeting
The LA County Public Defender has won the Silver Eagle Award for its Public Defender Jail Liaison Program during the 31st Annual Productivity and Quality Awards Ceremony on Oct. 18 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
LA County Public Defender Soars with Silver Eagle Award
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the Los Angeles Basin on Monday, October 23 through Tuesday, October 24.
Heat Alert for SCV, L.A. County on Monday, Tuesday
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has received three major gifts toward the creation of the museum in Los Angeles, bringing fundraising to more than $300M, nearly 80 percent of its $388M campaign goal.
Motion Picture Museum Nears $388M Campaign Goal
Caltrans added nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement repair and 66 bridges to its growing list of projects to be delivered sooner than planned, thanks to the imminent influx of revenue from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), the transportation funding and reform package passed in April.
Nearly $3.4 Billion in Transportation Projects to Be Accelerated