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October 17
1837 - Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon [story]


You have lots of opportunities to volunteer your time and give back to your community this holiday season! Help make someone else’s holiday a joyous occasion.


D.I.V.E.R.T. Task Force
The Domestic Violence Center of SCV has teamed up with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station and other local agencies to create a new task force called D.I.V.E.R.T (Domestic Intervention Education Resource Team) to help combat domestic violence within the Santa Clarita Valley. The new website, Santa-Clarita.com/DIVERT will be a “one-stop shop” for survivors of domestic violence and their families to seek help. “Whether someone is a victim of domestic violence, is afraid for their life, or they know someone who is in a family violence situation, the time is now to act and the DIVERT website provides the help victims and their families need right now,” explains Captain Johnson.
“It’s a fact that one out of four women experience domestic violence during their lifetime.  At the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV, we offer everything from a 24-hour crisis hotline, temporary restraining orders and emergency shelter for survivors and their children, to counseling, parenting classes and support groups,” explains Linda Davies, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV and a member of the DIVERT Task Force.  “Women who need help and don’t know where to turn should call us first,” she added. Our 24 hour hotline is 661-259-HELP(4357)

The DIVERT Task Force is comprised of the following organizations:

5th District for Los Angeles County
Child & Family Center
City of Santa Clarita
College of the Canyons
Department of Children and Family Services
Domestic Violence Center of SCV
Emerge From Anger Program
L.A. County Department of Mental Health
L.A. County District Attorney’s Office
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department
L.A. County Special Victims Bureau

For more information about the DIVERT Task Force or efforts to raise awareness about family violence and local resources, please contact Gail Morgan, communication manager for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 255-4914 or via email at: gmorgan@santa-clarita.com.

Rent a Santa Fundraiser


It’s that time of year again! Yes, time to be thinking of Santa Claus, especially if you would like to arrange a personal visit from the Jolly Old Elf and/or Mrs. Claus for your home, block or business party during the upcoming holiday season.
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley is continuing this very unique  Rent-A-Santa Fundraiser again this year to assist them in supporting survivors of domestic violence in Santa Clarita.
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley was founded in 1983 and has offered advocacy, shelter, therapy and support groups to thousands of survivors in need.  Our objective will always be to stop domestic violence, build self-reliance and save lives through intervention, prevention and education.
You can rent Santa, Mrs. Claus and/or elf for a donation of $100 for up to one hour or $150 for up to two hours. The proceeds will help Domestic Violence Center of SCV.
Most visits will be scheduled December 1 through Christmas Eve.  We will make every effort to accommodate Christmas Eve visits.
Call our Head Elf, Barbara Cochran, at 661-251-1352 to reserve your Santa and/or Mrs. Claus and elf now!  Our schedule, as always, will fill up rapidly.
We would appreciate your support of the DVC and its activities in our community as well as providing you with a very unique opportunity to delight family and friends.
If you would like to volunteer to be Santa, Mrs. Claus or an Elf, please contact Barbara! We need more volunteers this year to accommodate all our requests!
Taproot Foundation Grant
I had two goals upon assuming Board Presidency; Board Development and Strategic Plan establishment for the DVC. Linda (DVC Executive Director) found The Taproot Foundation grant which moves both goals forward by engaging the Board of Directors and Executive Director in the first few phases of a Strategic Plan process.  Professionals in related fields provide pro-bono planning and research time to assess the current success of our programs, pointing to how future growth might occur.
The Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro-bono. Through their programs, business professionals deliver marketing, strategy, HR, and IT solutions that organizations need to achieve their missions.
The Taproot grant is valued at $70,000 in pro-bono services!
Support from DVC’s Taproot Team lasts four to six months, and culminates in published findings about DVC’s current capabilities.  The findings also highlight areas of work that need attention, improvement or development.  Some of the information collected toward that end are best practices of high performing organizations that provide similar services, and interviews with key DVC members, volunteers, staff and partners.
The findings generated by this grant will allow the Board of Directors to determine the best path forward over the next five to ten years.  As such, the Taproot grant is a tremendous benefit to our agency; saving much time and energy while propelling us toward a brighter future.
~DVC of SCV Board President, Jean Morrison
Purple Walk Success!
Our 4th annual Purple Walk of Strength 5k was a success! We had 180 participants this year and raised $5,000!!! Thank you so much to all those who came out, walked, and supported the DVC! Next year will be even bigger and better!

LGBTQ Training
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent in all types of relationships. At the DVC, we asked an advocate from the LA LGBT Center to come to the Savia Center and conduct a training for our advocates. Upon completion of the training we will be able to recognize the prevalence of LGBTQ intimate partner violence, analyze and recognize various tactics used to establish power and control in LGBTQ IPV (intimate partner violence) and assess and remedy barriers to services and safety for LGBTQ survivors of IPV.  For more information about the LA LGBT Center you can visit their website
If you are experiencing intimate partner violence, please call our hotline so we can help! 24 hour Hotline

Ice Skating with
JCI Santa Clarita
JCI (Junior Chamber International) Santa Clarita will be throwing a party for our families and clients at the Ice Station! They will have crafts, dinner, ice skating gifts and even a visit from Santa Claus! Thank you so much JCI Santa Clarita for making the holiday season a little brighter! More information about JCI Santa Clarita can be found on their website

Adopt a Family
This holiday season give the gift of giving! Adopt a Family from the DVC of SCV and help bring joy to a family in need! You can fill out the application on our website, click to Adopt a Family. We ask that wrapped gifts be delivered to our Outreach Center by December 15th.

Building Bare Necessities
Our Senior Girl Scout, Ana, is still working hard on her Gold Award Project of raising money to help the DVC of SCV build a second bathroom! Ana’s goal is to raise $7,000 – $10,000 to help us fund this project! So far our County Supervisor, Michael Antonovich, has donated $500 and Lowes and Home Depot have donated store gift cards. If you would like to help Ana with her project or make a donation, please email Ana at  adomvi2@yahoo.com

Giving Thanks
Every year for Thanksgiving, Castaic Water donates enough turkeys for our clients and Boston Scientific donates all the fixings for side dishes for our clients so that our clients may have a very Happy Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones. A VERY big thanks to Castaic Water and Boston Scientific to continuously supporting the DVC of SCV each year! Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Monday, Oct 16, 2017
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley will host a series of "Great Futures" tours for local residents in an effort to get the word out about the club's programs and services.
Friday, Oct 13, 2017
An alumna of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Cinthya Medrano, is the first recipient of a Duane R. Harte Memorial Scholarship.
Friday, Oct 13, 2017
The Golden State Gateway Coalition, a non-profit transportation education and advocacy organization based in Santa Clarita, has published the fall 2017 edition of its newsletter, "Interchange."
Friday, Oct 13, 2017
A "Tip-a-Cop" fundraiser for the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley is set for the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurant in Valencia on Thursday, October 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
Got non-perishable food? Drop them off at construction specialists C.A. Rasmussen, Inc., who is currently holding a food drive that benefits the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1837 - Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon [story]
After 16 years as director of Parks, Recreation and Community Service for the city of Santa Clarita, Rick Gould announced Monday he's retiring in mid-December.
Rick Gould Retires as City’s Parks & Recreation Chief
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Governor Brown signed off on a new bill that will change local water retailers distribute water in SCV. Plus, a spicy and savory Saturday for charity. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, October 16, 2017
The Newhall School District's next Regular Board Meeting is Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m., and consideration of Newhall Family Theater approvals are on the agenda.
Oct. 17: Newhall School District Considers Newhall Family Theater OK
Master’s and Westmont College needed more than 90 minutes again Saturday to settle a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown in Santa Barbara.
Master’s Men Soccer Players Fall to Westmont in OT
Leaders from the CLWA and NCWC will meet in October, November and December to discuss their merger, which creates the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency as of Jan. 1.
Next Step: Water Agency Officials to Share Merger Details
Master’s women soccer players and coaches alike were adamant after Saturday’s top-10 matchup that Westmont’s 5-2 win wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score suggests.
Westmont Tops Master’s Women’s Soccer 5-2
Although Friday the 13th is a day generally associated with bad luck, CalArts turned the superstition on its ear as the community celebrated the inauguration of its fourth president, Ravi S. Rajan.
CalArts Inaugurates Ravi S. Rajan as Fourth President
CalArts School of Theater faculty Janie Geiser brings her collage film program "Double Vision" to REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Oct 16: ‘Double Vision’: Recent Films by Janie Geiser at REDCAT
The promising signs the Mustangs showed in their Missouri opener paid off in the evening Friday when Master’s women’s volleyball picked up its first road win of the season.
Master’s Rallies on the Road, Nets Season’s First Win
College of the Canyons' women's volleyball team opened Western State Conference play in style, as the Cougars swept visiting West L.A. College in straight sets.
No. 11 Canyons Sweeps West L.A. at the Cougar Cage
Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country will host a fundraiser for local victims of the October 1 Las Vegas shootings on Saturday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m.
Oct. 28: Route 66 Hosts Benefit for Las Vegas Shooting Victims
A roundup of the Santa Clarita arts-related events for Oct. 16-20, 2017.
Oct. 16-20: Santa Clarita Arts Upcoming Events
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's October mixer is set for Wednesday, October 18 at Atria Senior Living in Newhall starting at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: SCV Chamber October Mixer at Atria
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley will host a series of "Great Futures" tours for local residents in an effort to get the word out about the club's programs and services.
SCV Boys & Girls Club Hosts ‘Great Futures’ Tours
A special meeting of the Santa Clarita City Council, the Planning Commission, the Parks, Recreation and Communnity Services Commission, the Arts Commission, and the Open Space Preservation District Financial Accountability and Audit Panel is set for Tuesday, October 17 at City Hall.
Oct. 17: Harassment, Abusive Conduct Prevention Training for City Officials
The Hart Indians outscored the Canyon Cowboys 35-18 at Harry Welch Stadium Friday, October 13, in the teams' 50th matchup, and Kevin Karzin, president of the SCV Photographers Association, contributed photos from the game.
Photo Gallery: Hart Indians Beat Canyon Cowboys 35-18
Gov. Brown has vetoed a President Donald Trump-inspired proposal that would have required presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the statewide ballot.
Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Candidates Release Tax Returns
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills on Sunday calling for criminal justice reforms, including reduction of penalties for some gun and drug crimes and changes to the Megan's Law sex offender registry.
Brown Signs Bills for Criminal Justice Reforms
1853 - Sarah Gifford, community leader and wife of Newhall's first railroad station agent, born in England [story]
With the stroke of his pen Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated the Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District and replaced them with a new water agency for the Santa Clarita Valley.
Brown Signs Wilk Bill Merging SCV Water Agencies
1939 - Second, larger OLPH Catholic Church dedicated on site of first (10th & Walnut, Newhall) [story]
Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises celebrated the New York premiere of “Born to Dance,” the latest offering from its first-of-its-kind partnership with award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and famed director/creator Daniel C. Levine.
Princess Cruises Celebrates NY Premiere of ‘Born to Dance’ With Schwartz, Levine
1980 - Phillies beat Royals in Game 1 of World Series; Hart grad Bob Walk is winning pitcher [story]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 44th Student Academy Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills Thursday night.
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National League Championships Open at Dodger Stadium Saturday
Santa Clarita ranks No. 5 among Los Angeles County's 88 cities in the assessed value of all taxable real property and business personal property, according to the 2017 Annual Report released by County Assessor Jeffrey Prang today.
Santa Clarita No. 5 Highest Valued City in LA County
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and a coalition of other law enforcement agencies and community organizations will host the 9th Annual Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, October 16 from 8:25 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Oct. 16: Cyber Crime Symposium for Educators, Parents, Students
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, locals found out what it is like to be a school principal. Plus, there are some great events to head out to this weekend. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, October 13, 2017
Starting Monday night, Oct. 16, the California Department of Transportation will paint new temporary lanes on a section of Interstate 5 aka the Golden State Freeway in and near the city of Santa Clarita.
New Temporary Lanes Coming Monday on Interstate 5 in SCV
The William S. Hart Union High School District is looking for someone to become a personnel commissioner to serve a three-year term beginning December 1, 2017.
Hart District Seeks Personnel Commissioner for Classified Employees
The College of the Canyons baseball program and Playa Vista Orioles youth baseball organization will host a free instructional clinic for players ages 11-14 at COC's Cougar Field in Valencia on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 21: COC Baseball, Playa Vista Orioles Youth Classic
An alumna of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Cinthya Medrano, is the first recipient of a Duane R. Harte Memorial Scholarship.
Cinthya Medrano Earns First Duane R. Harte Memorial Scholarship
The non-profit Santa Clarita Coalition has created a Facebook page to aid the Evans family after the mother of six children died in a car crash on Golden Valley Road.
Facebook Page Created to Aid Evans Family
The Golden State Gateway Coalition, a non-profit transportation education and advocacy organization based in Santa Clarita, has published the fall 2017 edition of its newsletter, "Interchange."
Golden State Gateway Coalition Issues Fall 2017 Newsletter
The Castaic Lake Water Agency's Budget and Rates Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
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