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1898 - Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster [cemetery census]
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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a joint statement Wednesday in response to the United States Department of Justice’s decision to drop a key claim in litigation alleging that the Texas legislature purposefully enacted a strict voter ID law to make it harder for minorities to vote.

“The decision by President Trump’s Department of Justice to withdraw its claim that Texas intentionally discriminated against African American and Latino voters is an abdication of its responsibility to vigorously enforce the Voting Rights Act. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse course disenfranchises the more than 600,000 Texans that do not possess the types of identification required by the strict Texas statute. More fundamentally, it risks denying those seeking to participate in the greatest guarantee of our democracy – the right to vote. We support the efforts of the numerous advocacy groups that have been fighting for access to the ballot on behalf of all Americans for years and specifically for those groups that will continue to argue that the Texas law was motivated by a discriminatory purpose. Their work is more important than ever.

From the time that the Voting Rights Act became law, the U.S. Department of Justice has often been at the forefront in fighting for the right of historically underrepresented communities to participate in the political process. In the post-Shelby County v. Holder world, in which key Voting Rights Act protections were eroded by the United States Supreme Court in 2013, it is critical that the U.S. Department of Justice not abandon its mission. Since the Shelby County decision, dozens of states and local jurisdictions have introduced or enacted laws designed to suppress voting rights, including restrictive voter ID laws, reduction or elimination of early voting, and onerous voter registration requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice should always stand firm against those who seek to limit electoral access. But, if it refuses to do its job, others must step forward to fight for our democracy.

California has taken bold steps to expand opportunities for electoral participation – providing online voter registration, streamlining voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and establishing early voting at community vote centers to expand opportunities to vote. California will continue defending policies that expand voting rights to all eligible voters. We are prepared to do everything in our power to protect against this administration’s efforts to undermine voting rights.”

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
With L.A. County’s Project Roomkey coming close to an end, Bridge to Home officials announced Thursday a new initiative to house more than two dozen local homeless individuals, but it will require help from the community
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
Los Angeles County Public Works and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts will host a free Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling Roundup, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Val Verde Park.
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed 33 new deaths and 510 new positive cases of COVID-19, as the Santa Clarita Valley counts 6,809 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 72 deaths from the virus since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic on March 11.
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
A group of Black Lives Matter activists who rang Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s doorbell earlier this year were met by her husband holding a loaded handgun.
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
The daily COVID-19 report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was not available as of deadline Tuesday due to technical issues with the County's system.

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Santa Clarita Artists Association will hold its last virtual oil workshop of the year on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., with Rich Gallego, entitled, "Using a Modified Zorn Palette to Create Harmonious Landscapes."
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1898 - Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster [cemetery census]
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed 33 new deaths and 510 new positive cases of COVID-19, as the Santa Clarita Valley counts 6,809 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 72 deaths from the virus since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic on March 11.
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Fair Oaks Ranch Community School teacher Ken Newton has been named a recipient of a Fall 2020 Teacher Grant from the California Credit Union.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday honored 18 student Academy Award winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 47th Student Academy Awards ceremony, held virtually for the first time
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With only two weeks left before the November election, candidates Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, and Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, honed in on their priorities during a virtual forum Tuesday.
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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special virtual program titled “ACCESSIBILITY/VISIBILITY: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media,” going live October 26 at 5 p.m.
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Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups and individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley and the East San Gabriel Valley Wednesday, October 21, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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2007 - Buckweed fire chars 38,356 acres, destroys 21 homes in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce [story]
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