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1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
Garces statue


Wednesday, on International Women’s Day, Caltrans honors its women at all levels who work hard every day to keep California moving.

“A long line of distinguished women in Caltrans have helped advance California’s transportation system, many of whom have been recognized by other organizations for their leadership and contributions,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

A third of Caltrans’ executive management are women, including three district directors, six deputy directors, three assistant deputy directors, 8 division chiefs, 15 deputy district directors and the chief of staff. Caltrans women leaders include the Department’s first female Chief Legal Counsel and first female Chief Engineer.

Other women who have served as former Caltrans executives have continued to advance their careers in private industry or at other departments, such as the California Transportation Commission, where former Caltrans Deputy Director of Audits and Investigations Susan Bransen is currently serving as Executive Director.

Current female Caltrans executive leaders include:

Chief Financial Officer Norma Ortega
Administration Deputy Director Cristiana Rojas
Planning and Modal Programs Deputy Director Coco Briseno
Sustainability Deputy Director Ellen Greenberg
Chief of Staff Dara Wheeler
Acting Chief of Staff Velessata Kelley
Chief Engineer Karla Sutliff
Chief Legal Counsel Jeanne Scherer
Public Affairs Assistant Deputy Director Tamie McGowen
Legislative Affairs Assistant Deputy Director Melanie Perron
Business and Economic Opportunity Assistant Director Janice Salais
Fresno and Central Region District Director Sharri Bender Ehlert
Los Angeles area District Director Carrie Bowen
San Diego area District Director Laurie Berman

These women are helping Caltrans improve safety, mobility and the economy by meeting project delivery commitments, protecting the Department’s legal interests, and advancing technology, innovation and sustainable business practices.

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Friday, Apr 9, 2021
Los Angeles County Public Health on Friday confirmed 48 new deaths and 752 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,432 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday, Apr 9, 2021
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 52 new deaths and 710 new cases of COVID-19, with 27,417 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
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College of the Canyons will welcome José Rivera, award-winning playwright and the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar, to the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Virtual Industry Insight Series on Monday, April 12.
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