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March 4
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High


A Special Coffee For Vets
Last Tuesday my office attended the weekly Coffee for Vets in Lancaster, where Ronnie Baker and Juan Blanco presented Fred Barthe a wonderful book about the Coast Guard. Fred is the DAV van driver for the Antelope Valley and drives other veterans to the Sepulveda VA every week. Thank you Fred for your service in the Coast Guard and your continuing service to our veterans.

Fred Barthe receiving well-deserved recognition

Antelope Valley Community Action Coalition
On the morning of December 7th my staff enjoyed meeting with the Antelope Valley Community Action Coalition and discussing veterans issues at Birdies Palmdale.

Discussing veterans issues in the Antelope Valley

Recognizing Our Law Enforcement Employees
On Wednesday my staff attended the Palmdale Sheriff Station Employee Recognition Dinner. Thank you to all our law enforcement and their families for your selfless sacrifice.

My office at the Palmdale Sheriff Station Employee Recognition Dinner

Visit Simi Valley
Last Thursday my office attended the Launch Party for the Simi Valley Chamber Tourism Alliance, which just launched its “Visit Simi Valley” campaign and its new website. Check it out here.

Launch Party for the Simi Valley Chamber Tourism Alliance

Chamber Breakfast
My office attended the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast on Friday, where they celebrated anniversaries and wished Jim Vigdor well as he departs from his role as Chairman of the Chamber Board.

Thank you for your service Jim!

MakerSpace Grand Opening
My staff joined the William S. Hart Union High School District, Hart District Pathway To My Future, and Saugus High School on December 9th at the grand opening of their Engineering MakerSpace. Congratulations on this wonderful addition to your campus and thank you for your continued commitment to our students.

Another great STEM initiative in Santa Clarita

Tis the Season
One of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing the community come together to help those in need. For example, this weekend the University of Antelope Valley hosted its 10th Annual Caring For The Community where they fed over 2000 people. Countless other organizations are also holding events and drives to help those in need, but remember that it’s up to all of us to chip in. So whether it’s Toys For Tots, Stuff-A-Bus, or any other charitable opportunity, please spare what you can and make a difference this Christmas season.

Around the Capitol
Authorizing National Defense
This week the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which authorizes funding for most of our country’s defense operations next year. Not only is the NDAA crucial to our national security, but it also has a tremendous positive impact on the economies of the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys. This year’s NDAA includes provisions that will directly benefit Edwards Air Force Base and Naval Base Ventura County, as well as the many businesses in our area that contract with the federal government. Additionally, it gives a well-deserved 2.1% pay increase for our troops. I will keep working with my colleagues on initiatives like this one so that we can provide for future generations of Americans who answer our country’s call of duty.

Holiday Mail for Our Heroes
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to participate in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Our Heroes program on Capitol Hill, where I got to write letters to some of our service members stationed overseas. This Christmas season, please keep these brave men and women in your hearts and prayers as they defend our country and our way of life.

Wishing our service men and women a Merry Christmas
Winning On Water
On Thursday afternoon the House passed a measure that would deliver relief for California’s drought. The effort has the support of Senator Feinstein, who will be crucial in ensuring the bill passes the Senate and makes it to the President’s desk. I applaud Leader McCarthy’s leadership on this important issue and Senator Feinstein’s support of this compromise. I am hopeful that we can continue our forward momentum and deliver a much-needed victory for the people and communities of our great state. Read more here.

 

Around the Corner
27th Annual Arts Classic Exhibit Reception
December 14, 7:00-9:00pm
Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita

CalArts Holiday Pop-Up Market
December 15, 6:30pm
California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia

Lancaster Breakfast With Santa
December 17, Seating times hourly 8:00am-12:00pm
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park , 43063 10th Street W, Lancaster

Adult Crafting at the Simi Valley Public Library
December 20, 4:00-5:00pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Annual Holiday Party Lights Up the Palmdale City Library
December 21, 1:00pm
Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard

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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
Whittaker-Bermite Owner Files Bankruptcy, Selling Land
Santa Clarita LLC, which owns the undeveloped 900-plus-acre Whittaker-Bermite site, recently filed for voluntary bankruptcy, and is working to sell it to a global industrial real estate company for possible commercial and residential development, officials said Wednesday.
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
Hart District Mulls Over Possible March 29 Return
William S. Hart Union High School District governing board members Wednesday discussed a potential March 29 start date for junior high and high school in-person instruction, provided the number of L.A. County COVID-19 cases continues to decline.
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: 144th Death at Henry Mayo; Decline in L.A. County Cases, Hospitalizations
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 116 new deaths and 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia reported its 144th fatality since the pandemic began.
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Los Angeles County Library is partnering with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to bring virtual arts programs to our communities, featuring LACMA teaching artists and staff.
L.A. County Library, LACMA Partner to Offer Virtual Arts Programs
Santa Clarita LLC, which owns the undeveloped 900-plus-acre Whittaker-Bermite site, recently filed for voluntary bankruptcy, and is working to sell it to a global industrial real estate company for possible commercial and residential development, officials said Wednesday.
Whittaker-Bermite Owner Files Bankruptcy, Selling Land
William S. Hart Union High School District governing board members Wednesday discussed a potential March 29 start date for junior high and high school in-person instruction, provided the number of L.A. County COVID-19 cases continues to decline.
Hart District Mulls Over Possible March 29 Return
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 116 new deaths and 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia reported its 144th fatality since the pandemic began.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: 144th Death at Henry Mayo; Decline in L.A. County Cases, Hospitalizations
Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark officials will host a virtual presentation commemorating the March 12, 1928, St. Francis Dam Disaster via Zoom on Friday, March 12, starting at 4 p.m.
March 12: St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Event, Free on Zoom
California State University, Northridge is launching an interdisciplinary master’s degree in sustainability, set to begin fall 2022.
CSUN to Offer an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Sustainability
Princess Cruises is extending the pause of its United Kingdom-based cruise vacations, sailing roundtrip from Southampton, through September 25, 2021, on Sky Princess, Regal Princess, and Island Princess.
Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Southampton Sailings Through Sept. 25
After a relatively dry February in California, water supply managers grow increasingly anxious as each dry, sunny day plunges the state deeper into drought.
Dry February Exacerbates Drought in California
The Biden-Harris Administration has approved California’s request to use Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) funding to pay for voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by the program, further supporting schools in underserved communities to reopen for in-person instruction.
Feds OK Medi-Cal to Fund COVID-19 Testing for Low-Income Students
Santa Clarita planning commissioners Tuesday sent the Sand Canyon resort proposal back to the drawing board amid continued concerns, focusing largely on emergency evacuations.
Sand Canyon Resort Sent Back to Drawing Board Amid Various Concerns
Sam Horn, president of Master’s University and Seminary for the past year, will be stepping down from his position, university officials said Monday.
Master’s University President Sam Horn to Step Down After 1 Year
Moving around California three decades from now will be safer, cleaner, and simpler with more transportation options under a plan Caltrans unveiled Wednesday.
Caltrans Unveils Vision for Future of Transportation
1882 - George Campton's Newhall general store explodes [story]
general store
After receiving athletic protocol updates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the William S. Hart Union High School District has put together a complete athletic program following all state and county guidelines.
Hart District Announces Outdoor Sports Practices, Competitions to Resume Immediately
The ability to transform data into information and insights that can elevate a business and influence decisions is at the core of the newest major being offered in California State University, Northridge’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
CSUN Students Can Now Earn Degree in Business Analytics
Three teachers from the William S. Hart Union High School District have been named by NASA and the SETI Institute to fly on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
NASA Selects Three Hart District Teachers for SOFIA Flight
Los Angeles County Parks is looking for highly-talented independent instructors to bring valuable expertise and learning to the community through the Contact Class Program.
L.A. County Parks Hiring Instructors for Summer 2021 Season
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday 91 new deaths and 1,407 new cases of COVID-19, with 26,212 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total  26,212; L.A. County Remains in Most Restrictive Tier
The Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission will hold its study session virtually Thursday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.
March 4: Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission Study Session
After its cancelation last year due to the emergence of COVID-19, the College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation will return this spring in a new virtual format.
COC’s Scholarly Presentations Return Virtually March 11
The Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to present Sidewalk Stories at the Old Town Newhall Library!
Old Town Newhall Library Now Offering Sidewalk Storytime
Santa Clarita Planning commissioners are expected to make a decision Tuesday regarding the proposed expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital via multiple construction projects that include building a second inpatient tower.
Proposed Henry Mayo Expansion Project Back Before Planning Commission
Picture this…the sun has just set on another brisk spring day.
Santa Clarita City Manager’s Monthly Message – March 2021
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