header image

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

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
59°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
November 23
1931 - Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson's Saugus Rodeo [story]
rodeo


Now and Then in the SCV | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
| Sunday, Feb 16, 2014

darrylmanzer021014I’m still laughing about the comments to the Facebook status update I posted Tuesday.

I was at Newhall Refinery having a late lunch-dinner and reported the following: “At Newhall Refinery. Blue Balls.”

The menu calls them that. I find them delicious, and only at Newhall Refinery can you get them.

If you’ve ever had a Southern meal with “hush puppies,” just imagine those cornbread balls filled with chicken and ricotta and blue cheese, sitting on a bed of blue cheese with hot wing sauce and blue cheese crumbles on top. So now everyone knows what Blue Balls are.

Today was the chicken salad pita sandwich with a green salad. You just can’t get a bad meal at Newhall Refinery. I don’t think you can find better service in all of Southern California too.

This Friday night, my karaoke coaching class at Vibe Performing Arts Studios paid off. Sang a lot better and had a great time at the ‘49er Bar and Grill in Acton.

Don’t forget – a 5.6-mile stretch of northbound I-405 is closed from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Boulevard until Tuesday morning.

There were art shows at the Newhall Library and plays to see in Old Town Newhall, too. If you’re really bored, you could always go wait in traffic at the construction site on the 405. “Jamzilla” it is called. Check traffic problems if you’re going to LAX or West LA. You might want to take an alternate route until Tuesday.

Speaking of alternate routes, the bike lane between I-5 and Highway 6 – er, Sierra Highway – is complete. Watch your speed heading west on Golden Valley to Newhall Ranch Road. There is a speed limit, even for those who have pedals and legs to power their vehicle.

Other traffic concerns? It looks like the roundabout or traffic circle or rotary or whatever in downtown Newhall works just fine. I love the lack of lights and ease of going around the circle.

Now about the art that might go in the middle – why don’t we just leave it like it is for now?

Friends and family in the East don’t like the comments I’ve been posting about the weather here. When the snowfall in your yard is measured in feet, it isn’t easy to be nice to someone who tells you how he had to turn on the AC in his car. It might not be nice, but it sure is fun.

Now, just because the northern part of the “Great State of California” is getting rain and snow, it isn’t quite time for us to celebrate the end of the drought. It might be easing in parts of the state, but even if the drought ends, the White House will declare it a result of climate change or global warming or the president’s plan to issue an executive order to end the drought.

If that guy can’t blame somebody else for our problems, he will take credit for the work of our Creator. He just seems to get a little weirder every day. Now he is in the Palm Springs area, blocking traffic on the ground and in the air until Monday. Just another little vacation while he talks with the King of Jordan.

With President Obama and Gov. Moonbeam both in the “Great State of California” at the same time, it gives new meaning to the left-leaning politics of our state. Hope it doesn’t lean so far it slips into the Pacific.

Over at the “Santa Clarita History Buffs” site on Facebook, the myth of Elvis at Melody Ranch during the 1962 fire has been busted. In fact, you might want to drift over to SCVHistory.com and see the changes. Old myths are being busted and new information is popping up all the time.

Why, I just read, in another Facebook group, that the William S. Hart High Indians became the “Indians” because the school was built on the site of a Paiute village. Didn’t know the Paiute Nation was around these parts at all. Don’t anyone tell the Tataviam.

Back in my old town of Mentryville, folks are still asking me if it is haunted. Well, it might be, after I go crazy from hearing that question again and again and again. The answer is NO. If you want to see strange actions and seemingly haunted apparitions, go to Sacramento and visit the State Capitol. Only happens when the State Senate or Assembly is in session. Those are the folks who are proposing to put labels on soft drinks with high sugar content while allowing recreational marijuana. Only in our “Great State of California.” I guess they want to try to prevent diabetic and fat pot heads.

The City Council election race is heating up. I’m going to dedicate an entire column to my thoughts on that race. We are starting to see political signs all over the place. I hope enough folks are awake to go vote on election day.

One last little item on the drought: I want everyone to wash the windows at home and on your cars with glass cleaner. If anything will bring rain, that usually works. And we could all plan a picnic at Central Park every weekend. If it doesn’t work, bring sunscreen.

 

Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com and his commentaries, published on Tuesdays and Sundays, are archived at DManzer.com. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

 

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


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020
As restrictions remain in place for gatherings and events in Los Angeles County, one of Santa Clarita’s most important traditions will take place on an online format in 2020.
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020
The holiday shopping rush is upon us! As with everything this year, checking loved ones off your shopping list will look a little different in 2020. There will be no braving the crowds and tussling for the first crack at the doorbuster deals on Black Friday.
Friday, Oct 2, 2020
In his monthly message for October 2020, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin spotlights results of the city's 2020 public opinion survey about the quality of life in our community.
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
As with everything in 2020, this year’s State of the City event will be different than years past. We are looking on the bright side, embracing the necessary changes for safety’s sake and rejoicing in the fact that this year’s event is truly inclusive of the entire Santa Clarita community.
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020
Assembly Bill 1457, authored by Assembly Members Cervantes and Reyes, and supported by Santa Clarita’s Senator Scott Wilk, Assemblyman Tom Lackey and Assemblywoman Christy Smith, represents an important step forward in jumpstarting California’s economic recovery.
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020
In his monthly message for September 2020, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin spotlights how the Santa Clarita Public Library branches are helping students and families get back to school.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Monday reported 8 new deaths and the county's highest-ever daily number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 -- 6,124 since Sunday -- as unincorporated Canyon Country recorded its first COVID fatality over the weekend.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup: Over Weekend, SCV Sees 436 New Cases, 1 New Death
The city of Santa Clarita is calling for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to justify the new Health Officer Order update that bans outdoor dining for at least the next three weeks starting Wednesday.
Santa Clarita Officials Call for Hearing on L.A. County Outdoor Dining Ban
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold special and regular meetings at City Hall on Tuesday, November 24, and hear public comments from citizens virtually via Zoom.
November 24: Santa Clarita City Council Special, Regular Meetings
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will oppose the county Department of Public Health’s decision to prohibit outdoor dining and further restrictions including another "Safer at Home" order, she said in a statement Monday morning.
Barger Opposes Additional COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses
Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials on Sunday reported the county’s five-day average COVID-19 case rate had reached more than 4,000, prompting another tightening of pandemic safeguards and restrictions, including restricting dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars.
L.A. County to Prohibit Dining as COVID-19 Numbers Keep Climbing
Researchers who correctly forecasted the growth of COVID-19 infections over the summer issued a warning Monday that cases could nearly double by Inauguration Day, January 20, when presumptive President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn into office.
Forecast: COVID-19 Cases Could Double by Inauguration Day
The California Retailers Association released a safe holiday shopping video with guidelines and best practices to help employees and consumers be safe during the holiday season.
California Retailers Association Releases Safe Holiday Shopping Video
Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to conduct a public hearing Tuesday for the proposed development of nearly 140 homes next to Castaic High School.
Nov. 24: Public Hearing on Housing Project Near Castaic High School
To encourage safe travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, the California Highway Patrol will enact a Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.
CHP Sets Thanksgiving Holiday Maximum Enforcement Period
1931 - Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson's Saugus Rodeo [story]
rodeo
1843 - Rancho Castec (Lebec-Tejon area) granted to French immigrant Jose Covarrubias [story]
map
1967 - Local voters approve formation of community college and elect COC's first five-member board - Dr. William G. Bonelli Jr., Bruce Fortine, Sheila Dyer, Peter Huntsinger, Edward Muhl [story]
COC board
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday reported 35 new deaths and 4,272 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 countywide.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: 357,451 Cases in L.A. County, 8,634 Cases in SCV
The families of Gracie Muehlberger and Dominic Blackwell, the two students who died during the Saugus High School shooting filed wrongful death lawsuits Monday against the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Muelhberger, Blackwell Families File Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Hart District
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department’s recorded production of “Woyzeck” is available to stream online for free now through Saturday, Dec. 12.
COC Theatre’s Production of ‘Woyzeck’ Now Streaming
City of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation officials said Friday that 149 small businesses within the SCV have been approved to receive one-time COVID relief grants of up to $5,000 per business as reimbursement for COVID-related expenses.
Santa Clarita, SCVEDC Award COVID Relief Grants to Small Businesses
Valencia, California-based Princess Cruises is extending its pause in global sailing operations in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” pertaining to the resumption of U.S. cruise operations.
Princess Cruises Extends Sailing Operations Pause into 2021
The American Public Works Association’s Southern California Chapter has recognized the Inclusive Play Area at Santa Clarita's Canyon Country Park as one of its 2020 'Projects of the Year.'
Santa Clarita Inclusive Play Area Named a ‘Project of the Year’
The Newhall School District has decided to allow preschool reopenings, giving their preschool program director the green light to reopen three preschool sites.
Newhall School District OK’s Preschool Reopenings
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday asked Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving and only celebrate with people they live with.
Health Officials Urge Americans to Stay Home for Thanksgiving
Santa Clarita education officials from the Newhall School District said Thursday they’re taking “an abundance of caution” after multiple COVID-19 diagnoses were linked to the district office, on the corner of Orchard Village Road and Wiley Canyon Road.
COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Clarita Education, Business Settings
Westfield Valencia Town Center officials’ plan to expand the mall with a 101,000-square-foot Costco and other amenities is expected to be significantly smaller as officials have proposed removing the gym and cinema features.
Proposed Costco Project at Town Center to Cut out Gym, Cinema
The COVID-19 pandemic has reached a new grim milestone with more than 11,000 new daily deaths recorded globally for the first time this week over several days in a row, making it the deadliest week yet.
Pandemic Records Deadliest Week Yet as Cases Surge
Registering its third-highest monthly haul since 1990, California added 145,000 jobs in October and its jobless rate below 10% for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
California Jobless Rate Dips Below 10% for First Time Since Pandemic
%d bloggers like this: