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2000 - Historic Larinan house in Pico Canyon burns down [story]
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According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), homelessness in LA County has climbed 12 percent over the past year, in a dramatic reversal from a four percent decline the previous year. Homelessness has been a persistent issue in California, stymied by the lack of a comprehensive system-wide solution and resources. CalArts alum Bella Baskin Bronson (Art BFA 12) is among those working to ease LA’s homelessness crisis, one bag at a time.

Baskin Bronson is the founder and CEO of Bless It Bag, an organization that distributes care packages in drawstring bags to LA’s homeless population. She began working on the project in January 2018, inspired to help the homeless population she passed on her daily work commute while working as a photography consultant for Warner Brothers television marketing.

Bella Baskin Bronson

Bella Baskin Bronson | Image courtesy of Bless It Bag.

“We wanted an alternative to giving money because we see homelessness every day and don’t want to support fatal addictions,” Baskin Bronson told the 24700 blog during a recent email interview. “Now we don’t have to and we can acknowledge a problem that is often times ignored and help other charities in the process. The people who receive the bags are just so happy that you’re even talking to them. It restores a sense of humanity and dignity.”

Baskin Bronson consulted people living on Skid Row to determine materials that would be useful alternatives to cash. The bags contain several basic essentials, such as non-perishable foods, toothpaste, sanitary wipes and socks. Bless It Bag offers three bag options—women ($15), men ($15) and dogs ($7). These bags can be purchased individually for people to hand out in person, or in bulk and sent directly to a partnering shelter.
Bless it Bag
Customers who purchase a bag have the option of donating $1 from each bag to one of Bless It Bag’s partner nonprofit organizations around the country, which include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The People Concern, Hashtag Lunchbag and Lava Mae.

Baskin Bronson, who is seeking nonprofit status for her LA-based venture, expressed a desire to counter self-involved attitudes through meaningful work; and, as she mentioned in a recent Los Angeles Times article, for “caring to be cool.” To expand her reach to a young demographic, Baskin Bronson has opted for a 21st century approach: mobilizing social media influencers and employing millennial marketing tactics, prominently featured on Bless It Bag’s Instagram page. Bless It Bag also received early support from singer-songwriter Demi Lovato, who attended the launch party in December 2018.

“People want to help any way they can,” said Baskin Bronson. “… Everyone wants to be involved in something good. They just needed something good to get involved in that didn’t seem overwhelming.”

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Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019
A new study by California State University, Northridge child and adolescent development professor Virginia Huynh suggests that the impact from an individual’s experiences of discrimination can spill over into their family life, including depression among teenagers and increased marijuana use by parents.
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019
College of the Canyons will be able to offer more online education classes and lower the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of online textbooks thanks to a recent education grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Monday, Jul 15, 2019
After nearly two decades serving College of the Canyons and its students, Dr. Barry Gribbons has agreed to become president of Los Angeles Valley College.
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The July 10 agenda for the Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees business meeting has been posted.
Monday, Jul 8, 2019
The College of the Canyons Office of Grants Development will host a "Meet the Grant Makers" panel presentation and seminar on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
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Taylor Snyder went deep in his second straight game, and Lucas Gilbreath set a season-high for strikeouts, but the JetHawks fell to the San Jose Giants, 4-3, on Sunday evening in San Jose.
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The First Peoples Fund and the Pukúu Cultural Community Services coordinated to bring the two-day Native Artist Professional Development Training course for indigenous artists to California Institute of the Arts on Friday and Saturday.
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Casey Golden and Taylor Snyder hit home runs, but a San Jose Giants six-run sixth inning carried them to a win over the JetHawks, 10-4, on Saturday night at Excite Ballpark.
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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a Lake Hughes woman on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting Sunday, according to Sheriff’s Station arrest records.
Lake Hughes Woman Charged with Attempted Murder
On the day Bridge to Home received major funding to provide homeless services in the Santa Clarita Valley year around, representatives from the nonprofit organization joined SCV Sheriff's Station deputies in an outreach effort Friday.
Bridge to Home, SCV Deputies Team for Homeless Outreach
2000 - Historic Larinan house in Pico Canyon burns down [story]
Larinan house burning
1952 - 7.5-magnitude Kern County earthquake devastates Tehachapi; damage spread from San Diego to Las Vegas [story]
quake map
2001 - Then-Assemblyman George Runner introduces legislation to memorialize the historic Ridge Route. Enacted Oct. 4. [story]
Ridge Route
CalArtians are nominated for the 71st Emmy Awards in numerous categories this year, including Acting, Picture Editing, Lighting Design, Production Design, Sound Editing and Animation.
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Bridge to Home, the primary homeless services provider in the Santa Clarita Valley, has secured a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority contract in the amount of $840,000 which will fund three-quarters of the annual cost of providing 60 beds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Bridge to Home Secures $840K Toward Year-Round Operations
The Valley Industry Association’s Advocacy Committee has been in hot pursuit following the changes, amendments and carve-outs of Assembly Bill 5, which passed the California Assembly floor on May 29, and the Senate’s Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee on July 10.
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The Santa Clarita Public Library will celebrate the end of its 2019 Summer Reading Program with a free event called the “Stellar Finale with Guest Performer: BubbleMania!” at the Old Town Newhall branch on Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Matt Hearn picked up two hits to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, but the JetHawks lost, 9-1, to the Stockton Ports on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
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Los Angeles County has agreed to its largest-ever largest payout -- $53 million -- to settle a 2010 class-action lawsuit over strip search practices of prisoners at the Sheriff’s Department’s Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.
LA County OK’s $53M Settlement in Jail Strip Search Suit
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in a county resident that is linked to four cases reported earlier this month.
Public Health Investigates Another Case of Measles
Speaking before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Planning and Programming Committee on July 17, Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean advocated for the Antelope Valley Line Study to be presented to the full Metro Board.
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A neighbor dispute over yard work ended with one man allegedly ramming his neighbor’s trailer with a tractor, resulting in his arrest on suspicion of making criminal threats and vandalism.
Valencia Man Accused of Ramming Tractor, Threatening Neighbor
A jury trial is slated to begin next month for L.A. rapper Blueface, who was arrested in connection with an alleged vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in Newhall last fall.
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The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed a West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample collected from a trap in the city of Long Beach (90803 zip code), the first confirmation of the presence of the virus in mosquito populations within the county this year.
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