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1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]
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Habitat for Humanity San Fernando Valley Santa Clarita ValleyThe San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys Chapter of Habitat for Humanity hosts its inaugural Homes 4 Families Rainbow Build at Habitat for Humanity’s SF/SCV Veteran Enriched Neighborhood, located at 21550 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita, on Saturday, June 3.

Members of the community are invited to join and help build homes for veterans.

John Musella is serving as chairman of the inaugural Rainbow Build. Musella is the first openly gay chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and is the former chairman of Log Cabin Republicans California, the largest statewide Republican LGBT organization in the nation.

“I cannot think of a more meaningful way to kick-off Pride month than the inaugural Rainbow Build,” Musella said. “Our veterans have given of themselves to protect American freedom and liberty, including those for LGBTQ Americans. We need to do our part to honor them and their sacrifices.”

Habitat for Humanity firmly believes that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live. Members of the LGBTQA+ community still struggle daily from the pushback they receive, and the last thing needed is for veterans of the LGBTQA+ community to come back from serving this country to find no support.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the need for affordable Veteran housing,” said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. “We must honor the diversity in our community and we believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live.”

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the official U.S. policy for military service, issued in December of 1993 and officially repealed September 20, 2011. Homosexuals and bisexuals have since then been able to serve openly in the military.

About Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. The locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serves North Los Angeles city and county, building houses and futures for low-income families. This Habitat affiliate specializes in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities, which hold the promise to move low-income families up into the middle class and have built 320 homes to date. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org.

About Homes 4 Families
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood® model, Homes 4 Families offers a powerful outcome-based program of wraparound services and education that empowers underserved families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For more information, go to www.Homes4Families.org.

About the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1923, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocacy organization in the Santa Clarita Valley. Covering the third largest city in the county of Los Angeles, the SCV Chamber has more than 1,000 members, focusing on local, state and national issues that affect the business community. For more information, visit www.scvchamber.com.

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Monday, Apr 19, 2021
The Children’s Bureau is seeking foster families during National Foster Parent Appreciation Month and is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption.
Friday, Apr 16, 2021
As National Volunteer Appreciation Week approaches, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is recognizing its valued volunteers, a group that numbers over 300 and includes adults, teens, and canines.
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
The Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative announced that it has reintroduced Food Pantry and Post Service Officer services at the Veteran Center.
Friday, Apr 9, 2021
In an effort to provide kids across the Santa Clarita Valley with a safe place to play and learn over spring break while parents are working, the Boys & Girls Club of SCV holds an annual camp.
Thursday, Apr 8, 2021
Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) will spotlight contemporary artist Alex Schaeffer in a virtual oil demo on Monday, April 19, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]
train tunnel
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The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has reported six productions filming in the Santa Clarita Valley, aka "Hollywood North," the week of Monday, April 19-25, 2021
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The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Commission will host a public hearing for the Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Plan on Thursday, April 22.
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The William S. Hart Union High School District was named one of 19 school districts and one county office of education for school attendance review board as a model program for its attendance strategies during distance learning.
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The Children’s Bureau is seeking foster families during National Foster Parent Appreciation Month and is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption.
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In April, the city of Santa Clarita joins in the celebration of National Volunteer Month by recognizing the community's exceptional volunteers with a national award.
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To provide a framework to guide the future of residential development locally, the city of Santa Clarita is embarking on a public process to update the Housing Element of the Santa Clarita General Plan.
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In an email distributed to parents, Sulphur Springs Union School District Superintendent Catherine Kawaguchi warned parents of a man telling students that he is there to pick them up.
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Carey Ranch
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Louise Gipe
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The owner of a shopping center at the corner of Lyons Avenue and Apple Street will seek the Santa Clarita Planning Commission’s approval Tuesday to subdivide the lot from three parcels to eight.
Planning Commission to Consider Subdivision Request
The deadline to submit entries for Santa Clarita Sister Cities’ Young Artists and Authors Showcase has been extended to Sunday, April 25, 2021.
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Internet marketing firm Scorpion made multiple company announcements Wednesday, including plans to open a new headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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After a year of turmoil for many businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV Economic Development Corp. released its list of the area’s largest employers.
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William S. Hart Union High School District officials said 18 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days during the regular board meeting Wednesday.
Hart District Reports 18 Positive Cases of COVID-19 Among Students
Los Angeles County Public Health on Friday confirmed 36 new deaths, 643 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, and reported the lowest test positivity rate to date.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: County Test Positivity Rate Hits Record Low; 27,557 Total SCV Cases
For the third year in a row, La Mesa Junior High School has been selected as a "Capturing Kids’ Hearts" National Showcase School for the 2020-2021 school year.
La Mesa Junior High School Selected as National Showcase School
California Senate Bill 545, a measure to provide additional resources to struggling students, has received unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee, announced Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).
Wilk’s Bill to Address Learning Loss Passes Senate Education
As National Volunteer Appreciation Week approaches, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is recognizing its valued volunteers, a group that numbers over 300 and includes adults, teens, and canines.
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The city of Santa Clarita’s annual Earth Arbor Day celebration is set to go virtual this year with the release of an entertaining and informative video program on Thursday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
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